Newent Choral Society’s Spring Concert – 24th March

Newent School Hall – 7:30pm    Tickets £12 (under 16 free)  ring 01989 750528

Haydn ~ Nelson Mass, Te Deum & Insanae et Vanae Curae – 24th March 2018

  ONE of Britain’s most promising young singers is set to thrill music lovers at Newent. Young Welsh soprano Ffion Edwards will perform the stunning Mozart motet Exsultate Jubilate at Newent Choral Society’s spring concert on March 24.  Ffion, 22, last year won the prestigious Geraint Morris Award for young soloists, to follow her first place at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in the Lieder solo category.  he has since been invited to take part as a soloist in the 2018 Festival of Massed Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The motet, composed when Mozart was still in his teens, is a glorious work, a favourite of sopranos around the world, allowing them to show a wide range and virtuostic ability.  Ffion will sing the Mozart masterpiece under the baton of another rising star on the Welsh and British music scene, the Newent society’s conductor Nia Llewelyn Jones. As well as her work inspiring the Newent choir, Nia conducts the national youth choir of Wales and is singing development leader at Gloucester Cathedral. 

To continue the city and Welsh connection, Cathedral director of music Adrian Partington, one of Britain’s leading organists and conductor of the BBC national chorus of Wales, will accompany the choral works, alongside a professional orchestra.

The concert also includes three choral works by Franz Joseph Haydn, which the society singers have been rehearsing since the New Year.

The Te Deum is a magnificent choral drama in three parts, originally a commission from Empress Marie Therese, the wife of Franz I of Austria.

Also on the programme is Haydn’s motet Insanae et Vanae Curae, and the concert will conclude with a performance of the composer’s acclaimed Nelson Mass, described as ‘arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition’.

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Newent Art Competition

We are very excited to announce that the theme for the Newent Art Competition 2018 is… Music! Sponsored by The Secret Gallery and Creates Gallery Monmouth, the competition will be open to entries in June.

You can find more information about the competition

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FREE over 50′s swim session – starts 27th March

Tuesday 27th March at Newent leisure centre for the passengers on the new bus route. The new route runs through Dymock, Kempley, Gorsley, Kilcot and Newent. It is only £2 return from the villages and £1 return within Newent. The Newent Community Transport membership is also free.  For information about the timetable and for your free pass please contact Active Communities FOD 07710708870 or email

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Spring daffodils in the Golden Triangle – March 2018

An area on the borders of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.  Events on at Kempley (17-18th March), Awnells Farm (23rd March), Oxenhall (24-25th March) and Dymock (31st March and 1st April) we are offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity see the Golden Triangle and the County Flower of Gloucestershire in all its glory,  to sample local food, enjoy good company and join spring walks now recognised nationally as some of the best in the Country.

This year we have collated together all the major events on during the months of March and April so that visitors can have a choice on when they come and we have added an extra event at Awnells Farm ( Countryside Restoration Trust).  The Farm will also feature on one of our celebrated walks that will provide visitors with the opportunity to visit St Mary’s Church (to see the famed 12th Century Frescoes and wall paintings),  a craft cider maker, (who will explain his trade and provide guests with samples) and to see a famed pedigree heard of Herefordshire Cattle grazing in historic orchard settings.

At Oxenhall we have added in a new walk so that visitors can see historic remains of the industrial revolution that touched this part of Gloucestershire in the Victorian Period. Details on the Newent Coalfield and Iron Ore Industry and now abandoned canals and railways will feature on this walk, that also takes in magnificent Daffodil Meadows and Woodlands as well as panoramic views over the Cotswolds and May Hill.

Many of the walks will use routes not normally available to the public by agreement with private landowners as well as the famed Daffodil Way.  At Kempley a Minibus will run regularly on a circular tour for our younger and older guests who cannot tackle the walks.


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Thursday 5thApril Afternoon Tea At Sheppard House 1.45pm till 3.30pm Tickets £4 01531 821227 to book   Transport can be provided

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Prize Bingo- 6th April

Prize Bingo and raffle in aid of Newent in Bloom on Friday -   at the Circle Club, Broad St.

Eyes down 7.30 prompt.

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‘Celebration of Spring!’-starts 17th March

A new exhibition will be opening in the Secret gallery.  Vibrant artwork and creations by both emerging and established local talent… something to make you smile after a long, cold winter!

Paintings, Print-work, Encaustic, Glass Art, Ceramics, Jewelry… and more…
by Monique Oliver ArtartbyjanefootBlack Cat Glass DesignsPartridges GalleryLisa Dear ArtworksGilly Hancock, William Robson, Hannah Ferguson ArtSandra Townsend, Patricia Homewood and Heather Sweet-Moon   

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Community Cafe

 Community Cafe –   36 Broad Street Newent
 Coffee/Tea 50p  Cakes/Biscuits available
Computers/Free WiFi  Pool Table
Open to All  Run by Newent Initiative Trust
Wednesdays - 10:30 – 12:30 

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Easter Animal Event at Newent Library – 11th April

Wed 11 April   11:30 – 12:30  FREE event

Newent Library  Newent High Street  Newent  GL18 1AS

Please come and meet our beautiful animal friends.. you can ask questions and find out about looking after them, where they live and what they like to eat. Contact us at Newent Library or tel. 01531 820447 for more information.

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‘Newent Orchestra Open Workshop: Saturday, 7th April

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Newent Community School.  

All orchestral players are welcome to join in.  Students free; non members £12. Full programme for the day and booking form at .’

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