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Liz : My Favourite Monmouthshire Places

Born and brought up in the Rhondda Valley I moved to Caerwent 23 years ago with my husband, actor, broadcaster, writer and lexicographer, Terry Victor. I have a daughter and 4 grandchildren who live in Spain. My eldest grandson returned from Spain last year and now lives in Wales with his Spanish girlfriend.

Having enjoyed working in a variety of jobs, I retired from South Gloucestershire Council in 2011. I enjoy volunteering, reading, theatre, politics and visiting Spain. I am Administrative Director of Notional Theatre, a professional theatre company run by my husband.

I am also an actor with Murder on the Menu, a professional theatre company, providing interactive murder mysteries on Belmond British Pullman (or the Orient Express as it was once known!). As a professional role-player I work with medical and pharmacy students at the University of Wales – a job which is both personally satisfying and a help to the medical community.

I volunteer with a number of different organisations in very different ways. With each one I see myself as an Ambassador both for the organisations and, therefore to a wider Monmouthshire.

Liz Gardiner

The Savoy Threatre, Monmouth

The Savoy Theatre

The first of my recommendations is The Savoy Theatre, a hidden gem in the centre of Monmouth. It hosts live theatre, films and book launches and has recently become licensed as a wedding venue.

I first started volunteering at the Savoy after I retired in 2011. As well as helping out front-of house from time to time I also carry out publicity work. I can sit at home in front of my computer and add information on live events taking place at the theatre to a wide range of free listings websites. I also have a list of email contacts to whom I send a monthly information sheet. It’s difficult to assess what impact my postings have but we work on the basis that if one person sees the information and buys a ticket then all it’s actually cost the theatre is my time – which I’m happy to give.


The Kymin, Monmouth

My second recommendation is The Kymin, Monmouth where I help out at a variety of family activities we run at Easter, Halloween and at other times of the year. I love meeting children and their families who have travelled up to this beautiful spot for some fun and games. I also do the listings for the Kymin.

With its Roundhouse and Naval Temple, The Kymin is an off the beaten track jewel high on the hill above Monmouth with views across to the Brecon Beacons.


The Kymin

Caerwent Church and Walls

Caerwent Church

Thirdly, I also volunteer in Caerwent, with its incredible Roman and Celtic history and its Norman Church Of St Stephen and St Tathan. Walking the walls and strolling amongst the Roman remains is a delight.

The church is a gem – it can be a place for quiet contemplation and also a place where people gather together. Warm, friendly and open every day. The members run coffee mornings, history days, concerts and, of course, the usual religious services for the community and visitors.


Caerwent Village Hall

The recently extended and refurbished Caerwent Village Hall and playing fields is very important for the community in which I live. It offers a range of activities and is home to Caerwent Junior Football Club. It hosts events including, of course, the ever-popular annual Caerwent Village Show.

I list event information for the Village Hall & Playing Felds and Caerwent Church but also give a helping hand at various events and activities.

I enjoy my listings work and when it’s raining outside I can sit in my office at home, tapping away on my computer, content in the knowledge that I’m doing something useful to promote these special places.


Caerwent Village Hall
Welsh Dragon