Friday, 22 March 2019

Barriers Around the Old Library

These fences went up a few days ago, around the car parking spaces for the old Library building. Of course, that land will be sold as part of the sale of the Library building, along with the little garden at the other end of the site.
I was chatting to a lady who lives opposite, who said it was a lot more difficult to get residents' cars in and out now, without that extra turning space.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Art and History in Breconshire

Not long now until the Hay History Group's AGM, which will be on Tuesday 26th March at the Parish Hall, starting at 7pm.
This will be followed by a talk by William Gibbs called Illustrating Breconshire. It's about the artists who illustrated Theophilus Jones' History of Breconshire - required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the history of the area! They include Richard Colt Hoare, Thomas Price, Charles Norris and Edward Pugh. Theophilus Jones wrote his great work (of four volumes) in 1805.
Entry is free.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Small Business Sunday

A new gift shop on Backfold, where Haystacks music shop used to be.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Transforming an Old Bank

Meanwhile, further down the street, building work has started in earnest on what used to be the HSBC (and before that the Midland) Bank building. They're cutting new doorways in the wall, and I don't know what they're doing inside, but it's a hard hat area. They've also moved the public bench from the top of the slope to the bottom of the slope, beside the old front door.
It'll be interesting to see the final results.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Gibbons' Butcher's Shop

Like the old shop across the road, the new shop is double fronted - but this one goes back and back!
The meat counters are at the back, with pies and quiches and cooked meats at the front, along with fruit and veg, and dairy products, and ready meals. Geraldine told me that they will be selling fish as well. It all looks fantastic!
The only thing I was slightly concerned about was how wide the new counters are - the staff have to really lean over to reach the customers. But I'm sure they'll find the best way to work with that in time.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Oxfam Saga

I couldn't help noticing this lunchtime, when I walked through Hay, that the Oxfam shop is closed.
I don't know when it might re-open.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

What's Been Happening While I've Been Away?

I don't know - I go off for a few day's holiday, and when I come back there's a Twitter and Facebook storm about a volunteer in the local Oxfam abusing a Welsh family for speaking Welsh in the shop (which is IN WALES). Happily, Oxfam Cymru are aware of the incident, and seem to be taking it seriously (they also post in Welsh).

And the new Powys County Council budget for the year has now been voted through.
On the plus side, Hay Library is safe (for now, at least).
On the minus side, the Council tax is going up by nearly 10%.
Still, we might have lost the library and had the rise in Council tax.

More happily, Cusop History Group seem to have had a wonderful time at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on their day out. I would have liked to go, but it was the day before I was due to go away, and I didn't feel I could do both. They got to put on gloves, pick up magnifying glasses, and examine some treasures from China, Iran, India and Japan in great detail, as well as learning about the Indus Valley civilisation, which had a writing system which no-one has been able to decipher so far.

If anyone's interested in What I Did On My Holidays, I'm writing it up on Morwenna's Tower (see the sidebar for the link).