Writing Children’s Books Course

The Usk Community Hub are urgently seeking a few more people to fill the Writing Children’s Books course.

The 10 week course takes place every Monday at 12-2pm at the Usk Community Hub.

The course started on Monday 16th September but it’s not too late to join!

Please visit the Usk Community Hub web page at:


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Read all about St Cadoc’s Church

If you are interested in the history of St. Cadoc’s Church, would like to see some old photos, interact with a 3D laser scan of the church or discover what restoration work has been done recently, please take a look at the new About St. Cadoc’s Church section of our website.

Details about how you can access the church are also available within this section on the Access to the Church page.

Penrhos Village Association delivers its first project

The Penrhos Village Association has delivered its first project, to provide Penrhos with a defibrillator. The defibrillator is now installed and working at its site on the wall of the Pavilion at Woodlands Farm Barns. It is part funded by the green energy fund with the remainder being funded through donations and fund raising.

It is now important that as many people as possible are trained to give CPR and to operate the defibrillator. Watch out for training sessions coming soon. These will be advertised on this website or contact Charles at woodlandsfarmwales@gmail.com if you are interested in being trained.

The Penrhos Village Association has held two committee meetings since its inception this year and minutes of the meetings are posted on the village website on the village association page. A bank account has been set up to hold funds raised to enable the village association to finance projects.

The village association has been looking into options for improved broadband, as many villagers are frustrated by terrible broadband speeds. Broadway Broadband have concluded a successful pilot in Llanarth and are looking to expand into Penrhos and Llanvapley. You can register your interest in this project at https://www.broadwaybroadband.co.uk/service/broadway-monmouthshire/

A huge thank you to all those involved with the Penrhos Village Association and particularly to the members of the committee who give up their time for the wider interests of our community.

Was William Shakespeare’s captain Fluellen born in Penrhos?

An interesting bit of Penrhos history has been discovered by Tom from Church View.

Born in Penrhos and buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Roger Williams (1539/1540 – 12 December 1595) was a Welsh soldier who had accompanied Essex during the French campaign of 1592 and had died, tended by Essex to the last, in 1595.

Shakespeare scholar J. Dover Wilson suggested that the character of Fluellen was in fact based on Williams. Wilson insisted that Fluellen was “a careful and unmistakable portrait—a real portrait—of Sir Roger Williams”.

Could this be true and where did he live? If anyone knows more, please let us know!

Read more about it here on Wikipedia >