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May 17, 2024
Wales Director of the Year Awards

On Friday 17th May many of members of the Gwent Lieutenancy (not all photographed) attended the “Wales Director of the Year Awards” hosted at The ICC, Newport by Richard Selby MBE DL.

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May 6, 2024
Official Opening of Veterans Hub in Newport

The Lord-Lieutenant attended the opening ceremony of the Veterans Hub in Newport on Friday 3rd May and planted a tree to commemorate the occasion. Mr. Lee Williams (Director) and guests showed The Lord-Lieutenant around the allotment of the Veterans Hub, which is a vital part of their food bank project for the community.    

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April 11, 2024
VIDEO: Lord Lieutenant of Gwent’s Award Ceremony
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April 11, 2024
Gallery: Lord Lieutenant of Gwent’s Award Ceremony
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February 28, 2024
Tree planting at St Peter’s to mark King’s coronation

In a significant and commemorative gesture, the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, recently led a special event in the serene churchyard of St Peter’s in Goytre, marking the coronation of King Charles III. An oak tree, symbolizing strength and endurance, was planted amidst the historic ambiance of this site, which has been a […]

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February 20, 2024
VIDEO: Staff Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Eshan Iqbal of Gwent and Powys Army Cadet Force
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January 17, 2024
Torfean residents recognised on the Birthday Honours 2023

On Wednesday 17th January 2024 HM The Lord-Lieutenant attendee Pontypool Civic Centre to present the Torfean residents recognised on the Birthday Honours 2023 with their medals. Glyn Caron is awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community of Llanyravon, Cwmbran. Ian Jeffrey Cross is awarded the British Empire Medal for customer for services […]

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December 16, 2023
VIDEO: Newport Cathedral ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service

At Newport Cathedral earlier this month, the local community hosted their own ‘Together at Christmas’ Carol Service with @earlychildhood. Watch our short film from the Service: https://t.co/tYf1SOHZaA It was an evening that celebrated the diversity of the city and the people… pic.twitter.com/9enijItXE9 — The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) December 16, 2023

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November 14, 2023
MV Severn Princess Successfully Added To The National Register of Historic Vessels

MV Severn Princess has successfully qualified for listing on the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV), making it officially of UK national interest, as well as receiving a visit by his Majesty’s The Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE. The Princess now joins a prestigious list of over 1,000 historic vessels, such as the […]

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August 31, 2023
Flower Festival – All Saints Church, Llanfrechfa

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dame Claire Clancy, recently opened a wonderful Flower Festival at All Saints Church, Llanfrechfa. The Festival was a celebration of the Coronation and life of King Charles III who is well-known for his love of flowers, gardening, and nature. Considerable thought and attention to detail had gone into the floral displays which were inspired […]

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July 14, 2023
The Lord – Lieutenant’s Meeting with His Deputy Lieutenants

  The Lord- Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE and his Deputies had a meeting over lunch at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. The meeting gave the Deputies an opportunity to get together socially and catch up on Lieutenacy updates. They were delighted that the CEO of The Wallich, Dr. Lindsay Cordero- Bruce joined them […]

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July 13, 2023
Retirement Reception of Cardiff University Vice Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan CBE

On Thursday 13 July, Cardiff University held a retirement reception for their Vice Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan CBE. It was a good turn out with tributes being paid to Colin’s strong commitment to further education , research and innovation for Wales, the UK and globally. Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Gwent Professor Simon Gibson […]

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July 8, 2023
A Summer Concert by the Caerphilly Community Chorus

The Caerphilly Community Chorus presented their water themed “A Water in Song Concert “at the Vanguard Centre on Saturday 8 July. The Chorus won the W.S Gwynn Williams Award in 2014 for most improved amateur music organisation in Wales. They welcomed a new Musical Director, Anna Beresford to join their accompanist Ceri Gilford -Berry. They are […]

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July 1, 2023
The David Hawthorn Memorial Gala Concert

  This year marks the return of the fourth annual gala concert in memory of former Vanguard chairman Mr David Hawthorn. The annual concert had fallen silent over the last three years owing to the global pandemic.The concert , welcomed back Noteworthy Mixed Choir from Maesteg , The Volante Tenors music director Ryan Wood, and […]

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June 26, 2023
Prince of Wales visits Hill Street Residents in Newport, Gwent

A housing development in Newport, built to help tackle homelessness in the city, received an extra special visitor today in the form of the Prince of Wales, Prince William. He  has chosen Newport as one of six target areas for the five-year project, pledging up to £500,000 funding for “locally-led” work to eradicate rough-sleeping, sofa […]

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June 20, 2023
St John Ambulance Fundraiser Curry Night

  On Tuesday 20 June,  the St. John Ambulance held a fundraiser curry night at The Tamarind Indian Restaurant in Llandevaud, Newport     The King is Sovereign Head of St.John Ambulance and the Lord – Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE supported the event and was the guest speaker for the night.   […]

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June 19, 2023
Armed Forces Week

Deputy Lieutenant Richard Selby was delighted to represent His Majesty’s Lord -Lieutenant of Gwent Robert Aitken along with the High Sheriff of Gwent Simon Gibson for the Fly a flag for our Armed Forces ceremony at Monmouthshire County Council. Armed Forces Week started on 19 June 2023 and allows us to show support to the […]

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June 18, 2023
Town Honours – Myfanwy Haycock A Life in Poetry

To mark the 110th anniversary of Pontypool poet, National Eisteddfod winner MYFANWY HAYCOCK (1913-1963) Amgueddfa Torfaen Museum hosted an evening of poetry; “Myfanwy Haycock – A Life in Poetry.” The world has changed so much since Myfanwy was alive. The coal-pit wheels no longer turn, yet the landscape that she wrote about and her observations […]

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May 21, 2023
Songs of Praise

Deputy Lieutenant Anthony Clay was delighted to attend and do a reading at a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III at St. Mary’s Church in Magor. The church focused on ‘service’ to our community and invited representatives from the wider community including Jessica Morden MP and others from […]

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May 20, 2023
Chepstow Leaving Parade

1RIFLES was delighted to host HRH the Duke of Kent, Members of Parliament and hundreds of Chepstow residents yesterday for the Chepstow Leaving Parade. The battalion is moving to Dhekelia in the Eastern Sovereign Base Area of Cyprus, after spending 15 years in Chepstow.

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May 20, 2023
Chepstow History Festival

  The Vice Lord – Lieutenant, Dame Claire Clancy, was delighted to open the Chepstow History Festival, on the 75th anniversary of the Chepstow Society. She was welcomed by their Chairman – Guy Hamilton, President – Keith James and Vice Chairman – John Burrows. Claire thanked the Chepstow Society for the work they have done for over 75 years which has helped the town to understand Chepstow’s history and appreciate the achievements of earlier […]

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May 8, 2023
Coronation Clean Up

People throughout Gwent went out into their local areas to pick litter to mark The King’s Coronation on Monday 8 May.  What do you give the man who has everything, as a present on his special day? Well, if that man is King Charles, who is passionate about the environment and has a special […]

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April 1, 2023
Installation Service and Banquet at the City Hall, Cardiff

The Lord- Lieutenant of Gwent Robert Aitken CBE and his wife Mrs. Joanna Aitken attended the Installation Ceremony of the Worshipful Livery Conpany of Wales at the City Hall, Cardiff on 1st April. The Lord-Lieutenant is a Honorary Liveryman of the Livery Company of Wales. One of his deputies, Deputy Lieutenant Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP […]

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March 30, 2023
Declaration of Prof. Simon J. Gibson CBE, DL as High Sheriff of Gwent

On Thursday 30th March, the Lord- Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE together with Vice Lord- Lieutenant Dame Claire Clancy, Deputy Lieutenants Dr. Jack Hanbury- Tension, Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP,  Anthony Clay, Fiona Peel OBE and HHJ Helen Mifflin attended the Declaration of Professor Simon J Gibson CBE, DL as High Sheriff of Gwent […]

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March 3, 2023
Gwent High Sheriff Community Fund Your Voice, Your Choice

  The Vice Lord- Lieutenant Dame Claire Clancy DCB together with Deputy Lieutenants Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP, Edward Watts MBE and High Sheriff Elect Professor Simon Gibson CBE DL attended this year’s ‘Your Voice Your Choice’ event on Saturday 3 March at Coleg Gwent. This is a partnership between the Gwent High Sheriffs’ Community Fund, […]

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February 17, 2023
Caerphilly Miners Centre Presented with Royal Tree

Caerphilly Miners’ Centre has been gifted a tree on behalf of the late Queen Elizabeth II through the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme.The scheme was launched to coincide with the late monarch’s Platinum Jubilee last summer, three months before her death.On February 17, the centre was presented with a weeping birch tree by the Lord- Lieutenant […]

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February 11, 2023
Piano Recital at the VAN-guard Centre, Caerphilly

The Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP DL attended a piano recital organised by the Van- guard Centre on Saturday 11 February 2023. The talented pianist Giordano Ferla gave a very accomplished performance. He was accepted into the Live Music Now scheme in Wales and is one of their regular performers. He is also one […]

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February 9, 2023
Lord Lieutenant’s Awards at Raglan Barracks, Newport

The Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent’s Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 9 February 2023 at Raglan Barracks in Newport. Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE recognised the efforts of 15 people, including eleven young cadets, for their outstanding service and effort. Congratulations to everyone honoured!

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February 8, 2023
Army Engagement at Lewis School, Pengam

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent Dame Claire Clancy DCB DL attended the Army Engagement event at Lewis School Pengam on 8th February. The event was an ideal opportunity to show the Lieutenancy’s support for the British Army and for the audience to gain a greater understanding of who they are and what they do and how […]

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February 3, 2023
“Tree of Trees” Henllys Nature Reserve

An enthusiastic group of children from Henllys Church in Wales School helped plant the first of Gwent’s ‘Tree of Trees’ – a silver birch from the spectacular sculpture that dominated The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations outside Buckingham Palace last year. The tree is now located in the Henllys Nature Reserve, a wonderful facility run entirely by volunteers, with significant […]

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February 3, 2023
Queen’s Awards for Enterprise awarded to Empower, Chepstow

The Lord-Lieutenant presented one of the last Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to Empower in Chepstow.  The event was particularly poignant as we remembered The Queen’s life, but also because we celebrated a woman-owned and run business. The award was in recognition of Empower’s international work in the highly specialised field of translating market research material.  […]

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January 27, 2023
Celebration of Community Integration at the ISW Mosque, Newport

On Friday 27 January, the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, joined a stellar cast of bishops, MPs, MSs, mayors and High Sheriffs in a celebration of community integration at the ISW Mosque on Victoria Road in Newport. 

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January 12, 2023
Platinum Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II

The Gwent Lieutenancy supported and participated in the County of Gwent’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.One of the initiative undertaken by the County of Caerphilly was a project with local schools.Participants were asked to discuss with older members of the community how life has changed in Caerphilly in the past seventy years. The children worked really hard […]

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December 17, 2022
Visit to KidCare4U,Pill Millennium Centre, Newport

The Lord Lieutenant spent a very happy morning with the children and staff at KidCare4U

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December 16, 2022
Winter Wonderland Concert

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP attended a Christmas Concert under the baton of the Caerphilly Community Chorus’ new Music Director Anna Beresford

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December 15, 2022
Royal Foundation’s Carol Service, Westminster Abbey

Dylan Allman, who won a GAVO award for raising awareness of the plight of hedgehogs attended a special carol service in Westminster Abbey

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December 15, 2022
Cantare at Christmas in Caerphilly

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent Agnes Xavier- Phillips JP attended the Cantare at Christmas in Caerphilly

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November 25, 2022
Friends of Pontypool Receive the Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken was honoured to present the Queens Award for Voluntary Service to the Friends of Pontypool on 25 November 2022.

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November 25, 2022
Hands Around the World

Volunteers from Monmouth’s Hands Around the World ( HATW) were awarded the Queen’s Award for voluntary service which was first announced in June 2020 when the country was in lockdown.

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November 25, 2022
Caerphilly Business Club Awards

The 2022 Caerphilly Business Club Awards held at Bryn Meadows Golf Club

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October 13, 2022
Newport Volunteers celebrated at GAVO Awards Evening

Newport volunteers were recognised for their hard work and dedication at a special ceremony at The Lysaght Institute on Thursday 13 October 2022. His Majesty’s Lord Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, The High Sheriff of Gwent Malgwyn Davies Esq OBE CStJ and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Newport Councillor Martyn Kellaway were present at […]

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July 15, 2022
Princess Royal’s visit to Educ8

Princess Royal visited Gwent to see the Educ8 Training Group

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February 25, 2022
The Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting

An OAK tree was planted at the American Gardens in Pontypool as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.  The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, also an Honorary Liveryman planted the tree, while the High Sheriff of Gwent Phillip Alderman also attended the planting ceremony […]

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January 13, 2022
Tribute to The Millions VE Day 75 commemorations

As read by the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent

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July 4, 2019
July 2019 Royal Visit To Llanover House and Village

The Prince of Wales visited Llanover house and gardens on 4th July 2019 as part of his week of visits to Wales.

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July 14, 2018
LORD-LIEUTENANT’S NEWSLETTER – JULY 2018

It has been wonderful to see so many people from Gwent taking part in events around the Royal family this year.  In addition to the usual busloads of people who went to Buckingham Palace Garden Parties this year, we were also allocated places for a number of (mostly younger) people to attend the wedding of The […]

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May 14, 2018
Ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the RAF

A ceremony at Monmouthshire County Council Headquarters to commemorate the Centenary of the RAF.

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March 13, 2018
Flag Raising Ceremony

County Councillor Maureen Powell Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council reads a message from the Secretary General of the Commonwealth at the Flag Raising ceremony held at Monmouthshire County Council on Commonwealth Day Monday 12th March. Accompanying County Councillor Powell are Deputy Lieutenant Murray Kerr (centre) together with High Sheriff Kevin Thomas flanked by Canon Mark […]

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February 13, 2018
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The Commonwealth is an organisation with deep roots and profound strengths.  The Commonwealths uniqueness lies in its human networks.  These people-to-people links define the organisation and we need to recognise and nurture them. From 16-20 April 2018, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London and Windsor.  With the theme of […]

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February 13, 2018
FIRST PERSON: Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent

Click here to view the South Wales Argus’ First Person article on the Lord Lieutenant of Gwent

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February 9, 2018
November 2017 – BEM presentation to Cliff Powis BEM for services to Emergency care.
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February 9, 2018
December 2017 – BEM Presentation to Noreen Lewis BEM for services to Haematology Nursing in South Wales.
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February 9, 2018
December 2017 Prince of Wales visiting Abbeyfields in Caerphilly.
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February 9, 2018
January 2018 Princess Royal visit to Abertillery Joint Emergency Services

   

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November 14, 2017
November 2017 – BEM Presentation to Ron Jones for services to The Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces Community
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November 14, 2017
November 2017 MBE presentation to Shereen Aziz Williams for her services to community cohesion and community service.
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October 13, 2017
The Lord Lieutenant’s Newsletter October 2017

This time of year naturally makes us think about remembrance – perhaps especially in this period of the centenary of the Great War.  A number of new or updated memorials have been erected – at Langstone, for instance, and at Deri – to recognise the names of members of the community who might have been […]

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July 31, 2017
The Lord Lieutenant’s Newsletter July 2017

After a record number of Royal visits in the first part of the year (The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cambridge and The Princess Royal, all within a fortnight), the past few months have been largely free of Royal visits.  The Prince of Wales will be back in Gwent shortly, […]

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July 14, 2017
BEM Ceremony 12th July 2017 Mrs Teresa Thomas for Services to Nursing
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July 14, 2017
Royal Visit – prince of Wales to Llancaich Fawr Manor House 11th July 2017
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June 7, 2017
Duke Of Cambridge Visits Llanfoist Primary School March 2017
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March 23, 2017
The Prince of Wales meeting school children taking part in a climate change education programme run by the charity
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February 28, 2017
Royal visit to Action for Children in Mamhilad and Caerphilly, which the Duchess of Cambridge is a Patron of.
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January 16, 2017
Pamela Guy from Risca, was awarded a British Empire Medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE on 16th January 2017.

Pam, who studied Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music Drama, was presented with the award in recognition of her contribution to music and charitable services. First established in 1979, Pam serves as the Musical Director for the New Harmony Singers. Starting with just 16 signers the choir now has an impressive membership of […]

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December 20, 2016
John Rowlands receiving his BEM from The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent
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November 25, 2016
Lieutenants Cadets – Charlie Edmunds and Jack Felvus
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November 19, 2016
Merchant Navy Association Remembrance Parade on 19th November in Newport
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November 18, 2016
BEM Ceremony for Mr Colin Hector on 18th November in Caerphilly
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July 14, 2016
Royal visit to Abergavenny, July 2016
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July 12, 2016
David Hando – 12th July – Newport
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