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The annual Usk Show on Saturday 9th September saw thousands turn up for a wonderful family day out. During the spectacularly sunny day, Monmouthshire County Council’s marquee was a hive of activity.

Free wildlife themed crafted activities and face-painting was offered alongside cost of living support and a baby feeding and changing area. The Foster Wales team were also on hand to discuss how you can help give a Monmouthshire child a bright future.

The ReUse Shop offered visitors an opportunity to find bargains and provide a new lease of life to pre-loved items. The money made by these second-hand items goes towards funding tree planting around Monmouthshire, an essential part of the wide-ranging actions to help with the Climate Emergency.

The School Admissions team were also there to provide parents with all the information needed when applying to schools, including information about the new Welsh-medium school opening in Monmouth in 2024.

At another table, the Gwent Green Grid Partnership provided information on how green infrastructure is vital in addressing nature, climate change and health emergencies. Throughout the day, visitors could participate in a Spin to Win wheel game, where prizes included wildflower seeds and potted trees.

Across the day, visitors to the marquee were entertained by various entertainment that included the talented Kitsch & Sync, Louby Lou’s bee-themed storytelling and bilingual entertainer Halibalw Miwsig.

Monmouthshire County Council Leader Cllr. Mary Ann Brocklesby said: “It was wonderful to speak to so many people at Usk Show this weekend. Being at Usk Show allows our staff to engage with the people of Monmouthshire and share information on their fantastic work.

“Seeing so many people taking the opportunity to purchase items from the ReUse Shop was fantastic. With the current Climate Emergency, seeing these once loved items being used again is marvellous. Thank you to everyone who came to the marquee. Next up will be the Abergavenny Food Festival this weekend, looking forward to welcoming people to beautiful Abergavenny. If you’re thinking about fostering, our team will be based in the Community Hub next to the Market Hall entrance. We’d love to see you.”

Monmouthshire County Council’s Chair Cllr. Meirion Howells said: “What a fantastic day at the show. Seeing so many people visit and engage with the different departments was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who spoke to the different departments and registered their interest in learning about many projects.”

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