Usk Community Hub is hosting two events to raise mid-winter and post-Christmas spirits.

 On Thursday 11th January at 7pm crime writers Alis Hawkins and Graham H Miller will deliver a talk on their latest works.  Alis’s most recent novel “None so Blind” is the first in the Teifi Valley Coroner series set in mid-nineteenth century West Wales.  Alis and Graham H Miller, who latest book is “The List”, a Jonah Greene thriller, will be available for book signing.  Refreshments will be provided.

Monday 15th January sees a packed day of activities designed to oust the winter blues.  From 10.30am an hour’s pottery course will be on offer followed by creative writing at noon.  Later, from 1pm to 5pm, Gwent Therapy Centre provides free 10 minute Indian head massage sessions while from 1pm Marianne of Usk’s Complexion Medispa company offers free hand and arm massages and free glittery lips as well as nails painted for the reduced price of £5.  Also running during the afternoon are sessions aimed at getting the best from your newly-purchased iPad, tablet or smartphone as well as beginners’ introductions to the guitar and ukulele.

 Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for community hubs, Councillor Bob Greenland said: “Our community hubs and libraries are the very cure for winter blues!  They’re within close proximity of most people in the county and they offer education, leisure, fun and great events for all ages.  These occasions are good examples of how our hubs support local communal activity, even in the depths of winter.”

 For more information, contact Usk Community Hub on 01291 426888 and speak to a member of the team.