Wednesday, 28 July 2010


News that two historic buildings in Monmouthshire (South Wales Argus 28th July) are to receive grants for essential repairs and maintenance work (from the National Assembly) is welcome news indeed. St Bridget's Church, Skenfrith - the medieval St Bridget's Church in Skenfrith will be offered the funds for repairs to its roof, drainage and masonry. The Savoy Theatre, in Church Street, Monmouth, have successfully applied for funds from the Historic Building Grants fund respectively. Cadw has listed both buildings. The grants are part of a total of £999,124 worth of funding announced this week for 24 historic buildings in Wales.

The Savoy Theatre in Monmouth which is the oldest theatre in Wales and contains a rare example of a small cinema from the intra-war period in Wales. The funds will be offered towards repairs to the front elevation of the building. I myself have trodden the boards at the Savoy, admittedly at a Green Hustings during the last Westminster election campaign, rather than an epic drama. Admittedly there may have been some fierce debate as to whether or not my New Labour lawyer opponent or my Conservative opponent might well have been well suited to play a stage pantomime villain.

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