Really pleased to be here again! Spring! WOW! The warmer sunshine, longer evenings and milder weather (except for a few snow showers and frosts).
Even so, any hints and tips you would like to share please let me know as I would love to include them in our Newsletter.
We had a really enjoyable Coffee Morning this month. Beautiful knitted Easter animals, chocolates, cakes, country produce and a great variety of plants. A big thank you to everyone supporting our regular community event.
Again, any other suggestions, jubilee ideas, interesting stories, local news or if you fancy writing a short article please don’t hesitate to send it to me, lots of pictures too!
Have a really Happy Easter and keep safe,
♪⭐Tom Jones Tribute⭐♫
★TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE BUT SELLING FAST!★
We are still looking for raffle prizes for our Tom Jones Tribute evening.
Any donations and suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Please contact Annis (details above).
Come and join us for some tea, coffee, biscuits and cake. Come in and browse our book collections, chat with friends and swop/buy a plant or two.
See you soon!
Next month - Tuesday, 11.00am, 3rd May 2022
Plants & Produce
Plants & Produce coincides with our Coffee Morning (11.00am) to give our wonderful Litter Pickers (10.15am) a chance to get back for a well deserved coffee, cake and biscuits,.
Next month - Tuesday, 11.00am, 3rd May 2022
Don’t forget our monthly litter pick please turn up at the Village Hall before our Coffee Morning and Plants & Produce at 10.15am.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Next month - Tuesday, 10.15am, 3rd May 2022
Coffee Morning, 11.00am,
3rd May 2022
Plants & Produce, 11.00am,
3rd May 2022
Litter Pick, 10.15am,
3rd May 2022
Yoga - Easter Break, please check.
Tom Jones Tribute,
13th May, 2022
Please note: Film Night will be back for a winter season.
Easter Coffee Morning
What a great morning! It was lovely to feel the Hall buzzing again!
What a great turn out!
Thank you so much for all your support and hope to see you all again in May.
Anne’s beautiful handknitted Easter Gifts!
Easter Plants & Produce
Usk Sunday Artisan Market opens
What a wonderful idea by Usk Town Council.
“We hope you agree this is a great opportunity to utilise the former recycling centre for the benefit of our existing businesses and residents alike and return Usk, once again, to its Market Town status.” (Green Top Events)
Sunday morning in Usk
Photos taken by Emma Baker, thank you for sending them to us.
Where and when?
Easter falls on Sunday 17th April
Easter this year falls on Sunday, April 17th, because that is the first Sunday after the full moon and after the spring equinox.
Easter is an important festival in the Christian calendar. It celebrates Jesus rising from the dead, three days after he was executed.
The History of the Easter Bunny
The strange story of the Easter Bunny.
Why hiding chocolate eggs is connected to the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
New Arboretum in Usk
What a wonderful asset to our community!
The Rotary Club of Usk and volunteers helped to plant over 130 trees in an area by the Athletic Club to create a new arboretum in Usk.
Lots of things to do in the garden in April
Monty Don gives us lots of hints and tips for our garden throughout the calendar year. .
This month Monty Don talks about April.
Spring in Gwehelog
Ros Stanbrooks’ beautiful Gwehelog Spring lambs.
What clever Mums; the miracle of nature.
Thank you Ros for sharing these amazing photos with us!
Edible Flower Spring Rolls
How impressive are these?
Edible flower spring rolls are so strikingly beautiful and make a fabulous addition to any get together.
Most of us will have edible flowers in our gardens to try it out.
Five months left to spend your paper banknotes
The Bank of England will be withdrawing legal tender status of the paper £20 and £50 notes after 30 September 2022, and are encouraging anyone who has these at home to swop, spend or deposit them at their local bank or Post Office.
Rubbish on Usk to Wentwood road
Please be careful when out driving around Usk. Rubbish had been tipped on some roads.
As the photos show, on the Usk/Wentwood road, there is a lot of rubbish and it has completely obscured one lane.
Thank you so much Phillipa Cherryson for alerting us to this danger and for sharing your photos.
(Saturday 2nd April, 2022)
Another recent tipping was around Raglan and was spotted by James Peters, “This load dumped on Warrage Road north of Raglan. Calcium Hypochlorite swimming pool chemicals spilling out…” (Monday, 4th April 2022)
Thank you so much James for sharing your photos and alerting us to this hazard. A hazard both to us and the local wildlife.
⚠ Dogs running free on Wainfield Lane ⚠
We have had a number of concerned residents approach us to ask if we could politely ask dog owners to please not allow their dogs to run freely around the lanes, especially on Wainfield Lane.
Large, young, excitable, off lead dogs not only scare walkers but may also find their way into fields of sheep and their lambs, especially in Gwehelog.
Thank you for your consideration, we really appreciate it.
Whilst talking about dogs…
…we have had some disturbing reports of ‘dog poo’ being bagged and thrown into fields of Mums and lambs.
Indeed, our diligent litter pickers picked up a similar smelly package last month.
Please be aware that the fields in and around Gwehelog are peoples gardens… many fields will also be used for hay making. Please respect this and the animals who live there and take your dog poo home with you. Thank you🌷
Tiny baby bird nests in ladies hair
“After one particularly bad (September 2018) thunderstorm, I found a fledgling – a bronze-winged mannikin finch – barely a month old, on the ground,” Bourne-Taylor said. “He was abandoned by his flock, his nest blown from the mango tree…”
“For the next 84 days, the fledgling lived on me.”
Message from a choirboy
A hidden message from an orphanage choirboy pleading not to be forgotten has been found after it lay undisturbed in a church pew for 125 years.
The letter was written by 13-year-old William Elliott on August 11 1897.
Free school meals in Wales
“No child should ever go hungry” (Welsh Gov)
From September 2022, free school meals are being rolled out for all primary school children in Wales.
Cat rescue on M4
A major operation was launched by the police during rush hour on Wednesday 30th March at 8.00am, to rescue a cat from the busy M4.
Photo from Traffic Wales showing the backup on the M4.
Strange metal rings?
Did you know that ‘Barrage Balloons’ played a very important part in the UK's defences against the Germans during WW2?
These giant balloons were around three times the size of a cricket pitch!
The balloons were tied up using the rings and then released where they would restrict German pilot's ability to fly.
Nessie spotted by webcam
Loch Ness monster hunter has caught the creature on camera for the first time this year after spotting two objects “moving parallel to each other.”
Eoin O'Faodhagain’s sighting of Nessie has now been marked up on the official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register (Chronicle Live).
Highway Code rules tightening up
Please be careful on the roads.
People could face a fine for using a mobile phone if you're a passenger under new Highway Code rules.
Drivers who even touch a phone could face a £200 penalty.
If a person is supervising a learner driver and touches their phone, they could face £1,000 fine if caught - as well as six points on their licence.
Library book returned after
The book, dated 1875 was due to be returned in 1974.
The anonymous borrower posted the book back with a note instructing the librarian, “don’t throw it out, now that I’ve taken the time and trouble to return it”.
Do you have any overdue library books? The fine for this book, £1254!
Speedwatch Scheme, Usk
Five sites have now been approved to operate the Speedwatch Scheme and new equipment has been supplied by Gwent Police to this end.
If you would like to join this scheme, please contact the Scheme Coordinator Tony Kear on 07824 810182
Check your symptoms
Check your symptoms on-line with the NHS Symptom Checker.
A really sweet and curious looking bat, not seen in 40 years and feared extinct has been found in Rwanda.
Two Hill's horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus hilli), which haven't been seen since 1981, were found by scientists in the forest at the Nyungwe National Park in Nyungwe (Cover Media).
Police Horses undergoing special training
Police horses in London are undergoing special training because they keep getting ‘spooked’ by LGBT road markings, Trans Pedestrian Crossings.
The bright markings have caused some confused horses to veer off in different directions while on patrol (London Metro).
Rare migrating birds
With winter visitors flying off to new lands and the arrival of summer migrants, now is a great time to keep a look out for rare nesting birds.
We used to hear the rare, beautiful Nightingale song years ago in Gwehelog, hence the name ‘Pant-y-reos’ - ‘valley of the nightingale’.
The swirling black and white image contains a series of numbers, but how many can you spot?
The illusion is a measure of contrast sensitivity, which allows us to perceive the difference between objects and their backgrounds.
Miranda runs weekly yoga classes in Gwehelog Village Hall, a gentle but mixed ability class on Monday evenings at 6pm and classes for older students on Tuesdays at midday. All welcome.
To be kept in touch with when they are happening, email Miranda at Mirandayogawales@gmail.com
NB. Miranda will be having an Easter break. Please contact her for further details.
You can also see what Miranda does on Facebook, YouTube and on her Website
Located in the conservatory. Enter the garden via the side gate off the lane.
Current Government Covid Guidelines will apply for all our activities (if any).
Please do not enter the Hall if you feel unwell or have any cold like symptoms.
We encourage you to cleanse your hands regularly whilst you are with us.
Thank you for your understanding.
You can order Lateral Flow Tests here: Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Please be aware that you can now only order Lateral Flow Tests if you are showing symptoms of Covid.
Also, you might now be charged for these tests.
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