COVID-19 – The Coed-y-paen Initiatives

In this time of national upheaval, we are very lucky to live here.  We have fabulous countryside to enjoy and tremendous community spirit and both email and Facebook to communicate with each other if we can’t get out.  Sadly neither the Carpenters Arms nor the church can be the social hub of the community but there have been many offers of help and, as I write, three main suggestions:

1.  If you can’t get out and need something, just put a note on the village email group and if someone can help they will ‘Reply to all’ to accept the request (this avoids duplication).

2.  Matt (Carpenters Arms) is offering, to those in need, delivered pub meals, veg boxes and some other essentials.  The details of the link to use for ordering are on his email dated Wednesday 25 March.  Deliveries will be Tuesdays and Fridays.  As this service is for village residents only, I am not publishing here any further details of that service.

3.  The CyP Residents Association has identified properties without access go the email group, and a contact card will be distributed with contact details for committee members and others who have offered help. Please be weary of accepting help from anyone you do not know and please take the time to read this warning from Torfaen Council regarding ‘Rogue Traders’ –

Please also keep up to date with the official government guidance, which can be found here:

And you can also find local information on the Monmouthsire Council website here:

Above all, stay safe, and stay informed.

Burns Night

The annual Burns Night celebration was a roaring success with 31 villagers in attendance and over £600 raised for Hope and Homes for Children! A huge thank you to Jean for hosting, Nick for his bagpipes and words, and everyone else for helping the night flow smoothly with wine, whisky and laughter.

Village Christmas Dinner

42 villagers turned up for our annual Christmas meal at the Carpenters Arms on December 11th. As usual, Matt, Mark, and the team produced a lovely meal and (to coin a phrase) ‘a good time was had by all’.

Denise organised a raffle with interesting prizes which raised about £150 for Residents Association funds.