Glazed Screen Competition Entries

In November we invited you to submit designs for a screen that will be constructed in the church between the chancel and the nave.

Entries are now in and can be seen below…

Penrhos BBQ success

Despite the dreary weather on Sunday, the Penrhos BBQ was a great success. We had over 100 visitors, great food and drink, brilliant entertainment and lots of fun activities for kids.

A huge thank you to Craig and Charles for all of their hard work and providing the amazing venue, without which a BBQ on a rainy day would have been a very different proposition!

Thanks also to Jo Stephenson for her great performance and to Emma, Melissa, Clare, Teresa, Kevin, Gregory and everyone else who helped!

Naming ceremony for Monty and Hattie

On 25th June Heidi led a wonderful naming ceremony for Monty and Hattie Manchand.

It was a great fun ceremony with children in fancy dress, bubbles blowing in the churchyard and an eclectic selection of musical instruments to help lift the rafters during the songs! Emma and Kevin Manchand are extremely grateful to Heidi for leading this non traditional event and it was wonderful to have the church filled with such colour and noise.

A great time was had by all followed by tea at Woodlands Barns afterwards with scrummy sausage rolls and pasties courtesy of The Parsons Nose.

Thanks also to Charlie and Craig for the use of their wonderful party barns.

Help improve the road layout on the A40 at Raglan to prevent further accidents

On June 20th 2017 a serious accident occurred after a driver pulled out of Groesenon Road (Frank Sutton Rd) to cross the A40 to Raglan and in to the path of a driver travelling at approximately 65mph along the dual carriageway towards the A449. Whilst the driver of the first vehicle was clearly at fault this type of incident is easily preventable with a changed road layout incorporating traffic lights or a roundabout.

Thankfully both drivers survived the collision due to the excellent safety features in each of their cars. Both spent time in hospital due to injuries sustained in the incident and this story could so easily have had a more sombre ending.

A petition has been started to call on the National Assembly for Wales to make an urgent review of the road layout in the interests of the many walkers, cyclists and drivers whose lives are put at risk by this junction each day.

5000 signatures are required, which is unfair for such a small community so as well as signing the petition yourself please ask your partners, parents, grandparents and everyone you know to sign!

Please click here to sign the petition

Or go to www.change.org and search for A40

Open gardens raise £7,000 for great causes

Penrhos is beautiful, nestling in a magical bucolic setting. A village blessed with a plethora of exceptional gardens, some of which are opened periodically under the National Garden Scheme. Can any other Welsh village boast more? You probably have noticed all those bright yellow signs scattered around the lanes during the Spring and Summer, tempting you down previously unnoticed rabbit holes. Do you feel drawn to follow them when trudging off for your weekend trip to Lidl or Waitrose? It has got to be better than wrestling with that trolley with petulant wheels.

Rush hour in Penrhos came with a vengeance on two glorious weekends in April and May. The sun shone and the usual five cars, a tractor and the school bus were replaced with 700 hungry garden lovers (or the partners of garden lovers persuaded to spend an afternoon in the great outdoors lured by the promise of cake).

Woodlands Farm gardens, created from scratch by Craig and supported brilliantly by Helen (the Amazon) and Sue (from Church View), The Old Vicarage gardens, superbly maintained by the quietly effective Hartley and Tandderwen woodland gardens, our star new entry, transformed by Mat and Andrea all opened this year to an eager public.

A stunning £7,000 was raised for great causes including the NGS sponsored charities, such as Macmillan and Marie Curie; the Monmouth and District Foodbank; our very own St. Cadoc’s church in Penrhos; and to start a fund to buy a defibrillator for the village.

A huge thank you from the garden owners to all those whom supported these two very successful weekends.