Sunday 25 February 2024

Welsh Architectural Awards

 Hay Castle has been shortlisted for the RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards for 2024.

From this angle, the modern rebuilding looks quite brutalist, but what you can't see are the window shutters that were all individually made to fit, and the etching on the glass panels along the edges of the balconies.  Then there's the art gallery room, and the way they've reconstructed the roof.  It really does work - and it's a lot better than the ruin at that end of the building that they started with!

Saturday 24 February 2024

Lots of Bananas

 This Wednesday, there were boxes of bananas at the Zero Waste stall.  When I went on Friday, one of the ladies in the queue said that there had been so many that they couldn't get rid of them all at the stall, so took them down to the school, where there were enough for every child in Hay School to get a free banana!

Friday 23 February 2024

Gaza at the Globe


There will be an evening of events dedicated to the situation in Gaza and Palestine at the Globe on Sunday 25th February, from 5pm.  This includes talks about the current situation in Gaza, music from Shark Bait Art Collective, Johanna Warren and Charlie James, arts and crafts and meditation from River Flow Yoga.  Also there will be a raffle.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Changes for the Cheese Stall

 This week, the Cheese Stall moved from its usual position with its back to the Castle to the end of Kieran the greengrocer's stall along the side of the market.  He has taken over the running of the stall, so he's now a greengrocer and cheesemonger.  There's only a small selection of the stuff the original Cheese Stall had at the moment, but he's planning to expand.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Japanese Events at Belmont House

 There are two interesting events coming up at Belmont House.

The first is a Sashiko workshop.  Sashiko is the Japanese style of embroidery, usually done in white on a dark blue background.  This will take place on Sunday 25th February, from 1pm to 4pm, and costs £32.  All the materials to make four coasters will be provided, and the tickets are available from Booth's Bookshop.

On the following Sunday, 3rd March, there will be a Hinamatsuri banquet and tea ceremony.  It is Japanese Girls Day, and is open to ladies only.  The cost is £50, and it begins at 6.30pm.  As Belmont House does not have a drinks license, anyone who would like to have an alcoholic drink with the meal should bring their own drinks.

Monday 19 February 2024

Refurbishment at Spar

 Spar has closed for a major refurbishment this week.

Last night I forgot the date and went in after work for a pint of milk, and the cooler cabinets were already empty (though someone was buying a bottle of wine).

This evening there are lorries from Yorkshire, taking advantage of the closure of Belmont Road for the water pipes to park at the top of the road without any danger of other traffic trying to pass them (though I suppose there might be one or two cars trying to get in and out of Carlesgate).  As I passed, a sort of forklift on caterpillar tracks was lifting a cooler unit into the back of one of the lorries.

It'll be interesting to see how much they change the layout of the store - I remember when the present shelves went in, and it seemed more cramped than the previous layout, though everyone got used to it pretty quickly.

Sunday 18 February 2024

Beware of Toads

 It's breeding time for toads at the moment, being so mild, and there is a danger that they will be squashed on the roads on the way to their breeding ponds.  People have been stepping in to help, by carrying them across in buckets, but drivers should be wary, especially up Forest Road.