Trip to The National Botanic Garden Wednesday 4th July 2018

Set on the old Middleton Estate in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. The National Botanic garden is a blend of the modern and historic with an inspiring range of themed gardens, the World’s largest single span glasshouse, National nature reserve all set in a Regency landscape make for a great day out.

The 3,500 sq. metre Great Glasshouse has the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere with endangered plants from six areas of the World, has ecology, survival and sensory trails.

The double walled garden spread over three acres has three quadrants showing evolution of flowering plants. Q4 is a modern kitchen garden; its produce used in the Season’s restaurant.

The Apothecary’s Garden is themed on the systems of the body and is near the Edwardian pharmacy packed full of medicinal memorabilia. There is a Japanese, gold medal and best of show garden from the Chelsea Flower Show. Additionally, there is the Bee Garden with large viewing windows; Growing the Feature Garden with ideas for garden layout, potager and raised beds; Butterfly Garden with exotic butterflies; Ice House; Boulder Garden; Conservation area and Garden lakes; Wallace Garden and much more.

Leaving Twyn Square, Usk at 9.00 returning at 6.00pm

Price: £21

 Contact David Gale on 01291 673141 for tickets

(Usk Twinning Association)

Bridge: Rota for Monday’s Director

Usk Bridge Directors’ Rota for Mondays

  • Date  Name
  • 6th June – Libby
  • 13th June – Keith
  • 20th June – Sue/John
  • 27th June – Roger
  • 4th July – Brenda (Guy)
  • 11th July – John/Sue
  • 18th July – Guy
  • 25th July – Barbara
  • 1st August – Help!
  • 8th August – More Help
  • 15th August – Yet More Help
  • 22nd August – Judith
  • 29th August – No Session
  • 5th September  – Volunteer Needed
  • 12th September – Judith
  • 19th September – Rosemary

Three more volunteers needed.


Walking Group meets “55 a day” cyclist

The walking group met Curtis Fields recently whilst walking at Llandegfedd reservoir. Curtis Fields, 55, from Oakdale, has been cycling for consecutive days since Tuesday March 1, finishing on Sunday April 24 – to coincide with the final day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. The ambitious cyclist is into the final third of his challenge to cycle 55-miles-for-55-days to raise money for Parkinsons UK. He said: “I am pleased to say that the local support has been fantastic and so far I have raised £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK.”The daily route takes him through 19 locations including Oakdale, Pontypool, Usk and Newport.