Monmouthshire County Council has celebrated the 175th anniversary of the Usk Show by promoting its services aimed at helping people across the county. Record numbers of visitors descended on Llandenny, Usk to soak up the atmosphere, beautiful sun shine and the wide variety of marquees, stalls and animals.
The Monmouthshire marquee returned for the third year and was as popular as ever. This year the theme was ‘We Care’ – a wide range of council departments and organisations came together to promote services and projects that help people of all ages across Monmouthshire.
The marquee was filled with the sounds of the Monmouthshire Community Choir, Allegra Choir, the very talented young people from Gwent Music’s Brass Band ensemble and Swyn Celtiadd.
Council-led projects ‘My Day My Life’ and ‘My Mates’ engaged visitors with anecdotal stories and case studies sharing just how people with disabilities are living life to the full. My Day My Life helps to provide a range of activities to help people gain skills and socialise. My Mates is a friendship group which empowers individuals to meet new people and go out and do the things they want to do.
Monmouthshire Foster Care Team chatted to potential foster carers. Members of staff were happy to answer questions and dispel myths about fostering to help babies, children and young people have the best start in life. Monmouthshire Supported Lodgings team chatted about the opportunities to help homeless individuals. Supported Lodgings allows households to offer a room to those who need a safe place to live whilst enabling them to gain specialist support from the Supported Lodgings team and young people’s homeless organisation Llamau.
Visitors were drawn to the multitude of activities taking place outside the marquee. Little ones had fun jumping on scooters to ride on a specially made scooter track. The activity hosted by Monmouthshire Road Safety Team aimed to raise awareness of the benefits of active travel and promote road safety with both children and parents.
Monmouthshire’s Sports Development volunteers were inundated by families taking part in the mini golf area as well as boccia and skittles. Usk Tennis Club returned to the outside area with their inflatable tennis court. Visitors of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the activity.
Visitors flocked to take a look at the Riversimple Hydrogen car. The two seater ‘network electric’ car is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Monmouthshire County Council has joined a partnership with Riversimple to trial the car in Abergavenny. The council aims to be carbon free by 2030, welcomes innovative ways to combat climate change and the trial is just one exciting aspect.
Leader of the Council, County Councillor Peter Fox OBE said:
“Monmouthshire Marquee never fails to surprise me. I was so pleased to see so many visitors both inside and outside the marquee chatting, listening and most importantly having fun and interacting with council departments and partner organisations. I would like to thank show organisers for inviting us to the show and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.
I would also like to thank the Passenger Transport Team for stepping in to help transport visitors when organisers were let down by an external company.”
The Monmouthshire Foster Care Team will be at Caldicot Fireworks on Sunday 3rd November. Stop and chat to the team about the many ways you can help change a future. For more information call 01873 735950 or visit www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/fostering/
For more information about the Riversimple trial contact: Riversimple 01597 821060 or visit www.riversimple.com