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The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

Christmas Wreath Workshops 2018

Let’s get festive, book now to create a beautiful Christmas Door Wreath on either Wednesday 5th December 2018 and Wednesday 12th December at 7pm at The Babington Centre, Trelleck, Monmouthshire.

Just bring yourself, an apron and a pair of secateurs, everything else needed (foliage, fir cones, ribbons, cinnamon, berries etc. etc) is provided along with step by step tuition enabling you to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to be the envy of all your neighbours and you will take your beautiful wreath home at the end of the 2.5 hour session.

So come along either by yourself or with friends for a lovely festive evening.

Mince pies, tea and coffee will also be served.

The cost will be £35.00 per person.

To reserve your place, please call Juliet on 07899 927229 or email juliet@julietmooreflowers.co.uk

The Babington Centre, Trellech Dash, Trellech Village Hall

TRELLECH BEACON DASH 2018 – October 28th at 11am

Registration
09:30-10:30 at the Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall, NP25 4PA)
Enter online HERE
  • Entries will probably be taken on the day, we will confirm closer to the time.
  • The race is affiliated with Welsh Athletics, licence number: EAST R.A.C.MT-24
  • Minimum age 18 on race day. Sorry no dogs, at landowners’ request.

About the Race
The Trellech Beacon Dash was a brand new c.10km multi-terrain running race for 2017. Brought to you by Spirit of Monmouth Running Club with the Babington Centre (aka Trellech Village Hall), a registered charity.

The 2017 race was held at 11am on Sunday October 22nd and 142 runners took part. Held the day after “Storm Brian” hit the UK, lots of the returning runners had muddy legs!

When we say multi-terrain, we aren’t kidding! There is tarmac, forestry track, woodland trails and farmland. Trail shoes are strongly recommended as parts of the course could potentially be very muddy and waterlogged.Just like the Kymin Dash, the race starts on a hill! Much of the first two miles is uphill (though not as steep as the Kymin). The good news is that once you have reached the Trellech Beacon, the rest of the race is fairly flat or downhill. There will be a separate prize for the first man and lady to reach the Beacon – plus the glory of being crowned “King” or “Queen” of the Beacon. The race has about 400ft of ascent in total.

The other advantage of the uphill climb at the beginning is that (in good weather), there are lots of far-reaching views to enjoy. We don’t think there are many running races with views of the Brecon Beacons, the Malvern Hills, Monmouthshire AND the Wye Valley – even the Severn Bridge can be seen from the route! And of course the woodlands of Monmouthshire, through which the route runs, are stunning in late October.

There will be lots of marshals to help guide runners through the woodland and sweeper runners to ensure no-one is left behind. There will be a water station at approx 4 miles.

For all race participants, there will be refreshments at the Babington Centre after the race plus a little memento of the race. There will be prizes for King and Queen of the Beacon, Overall winners and age category winners.

If you have any questions at all about the race, you can message us on Facebook or via our website contact form.

SPIRIT OF MONMOUTH RUNNING CLUB

The Babington Centre, Trellech Teas, Trellech Village Hall

What’s in store at Trellech Teas?


(Opens every Friday from 2pm to 4.30pm)

Trellech Teas has continued to open its doors all summer and what a lovely one it was.

Many cups of refreshing tea and slices of seasonal cake were served and the Trellech Tea ladies would like to thank all our customers for their continued support.

In fact, as we approach the new season, we will be celebrating our 6th anniversary, so please note Friday 28th September in your diaries and come along and join us.

There is another very good cause being championed this day also; The Macmillan Fund are holding their annual coffee morning. So please keep room for a little piece of cake in the afternoon and we will donate our takings for that day to this very worthwhile cause.

The next ‘Take over Teas’ is on Friday 19th October, when funds raised that day will help support the work of our local bellringers. More about this in our next edition.

We are currently working on our autumn programme and will keep you informed of any events, so for the meantime, keep Friday afternoons free if you can and come and join us in the Village Hall for refreshment and lively chat and hopefully a giggle. All ages welcome. We have a range of speciality teas and coffees, drinks for the children and a gluten free cake and quiche is always available.

Don’t forget that if you cannot stay, our takeaway boxes allow you to take cake (and quiche) away to family, friends and colleagues.

Last but not least, if anyone else out there would like to join our band of happy helpers, either as bakers or helpers, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes,

Jean and Margaret.
jeanmclhughes@gmail.com   mhmorris@hotmail.co.uk

The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

FRIENDS OF THE 65 BUS (update)

In June this year we found out by chance that Monmouthshire County Council planned to withdraw the 65 bus service that connects our village to Chepstow, Monmouth and the other villages in between.  A regular passenger led a high-profile campaign to save the bus, supported by (amongst others) our County Councillor Debby Blakeborough and Trellech Community Councillor, Larry Stoter.  Villagers along the route lobbied officers and members of the County Council, by writing letters and emails; they contacted David Davies MP and Nick Ramsay, AM; they wrote to the Beacon and spoke to journalists so that we had front page coverage in the local papers and articles about the bus have appeared over a number of weeks; they helped to circulate a paper petition round the village and to other villages, and we set up an online petition.  As a result of all this work, more than 1400 people signed the petition and MCC decided to defer withdrawing the bus service, pending a strategic review of public transport across the county.

In the wake of celebrating a successful campaign, we established a group called The Friends of the 65 Bus. Our aim is to promote and develop the 65 bus service for local residents and for leisure and tourism.  We have made positive contact with the Transport Department at MCC and are looking forward to meeting with them shortly.  We have been in contact with each of the community councils along the route and have either visited them or have a date to visit and speak with them at an upcoming meeting.  We have also spoken to Monmouth Town Council and hope shortly to speak to Chepstow Council.  We have been offered a place on the Monmouth Strategic Transport Group and attended our first meeting there.

We are building links with walking groups and other leisure users. Visit Monmouthshire have offered us a page on their website which makes available tourist information for people visiting the area.  We are currently putting together a description of the route, photos from along the road, information about places to visit in the villages that the bus passes through and ideas for linear walks.  We have set up an email address, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.  We’re using these to offer regular bulletins with ideas on ways to use the bus together with news of what we’re doing.  We are in the process of setting up our own website, again with support from Marilyn.

We are seeking a friend in each of the villages along the route who will take responsibility for looking after the bus stops in their village.  There is, for example, no-one whose job it is to ensure that the bus timetables on display at each stop are kept up-to-date.  We have produced village-specific timetables that show how long you can have in either Chepstow or Monmouth and which buses you need to use to do this.

We think we’ve achieved a lot in a very short space of time.  We have gained a lot of respect and support from influential quarters – our AM; the office of the Future Generations Commissioner and from the Commissioner herself; and our local county, town and community councillors. We are very grateful to all those of you who supported us during the campaign and since, for all that you did whether it was a signature on a petition, or a letter or email.  The number of our followers on social media is growing, which reflects the value of having a Friends group and helps to give us the confidence to continue with what we’re doing.  But the most important and influential thing you can do now to support us is to use the bus whenever you can.  If we are to retain the bus service for the benefit of the whole community, importantly including those who depend on it as their only means of transport, then we want as many of us to use the bus as possible – to town for shopping or to meet friends, around the village, to make linear walks (with dogs) to go to the pub or Trellech Teas, for longer trips… and if you have a pass then it’s free!

For more up-to-date information please join our Facebook page.

Rosemary Corcoran & Jane Gilliard
Friends of the 65 Bus
friendsofthe65bus@gmail.com