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The Monmouthshire Beacon is first for local news, sport, events and farming.

It covers all aspects of life in Monmouth and has strong connections with the town’s schools, councils, emergency services, clubs and societies, and business community.

The first Beacon was published on October 14th 1837 priced at 4 1/2 d and was printed by Thomas Farror at Castle Hill and published in his offices in Agincourt Square.

Despite competition from other local newspapers, the Beacon flourished to such an extent that in 1839/40 the paper was able to produce a two hundred page report on the trial at Monmouth's shire hall of Chartist leader John Frost.

The Beacon itself made news in March 1963 when fire broke out in the Priory street premises, which were completely gutted.

Transferred to new premises at 50 Monnow Street, in 1987 the Beacon moved a few doors down to its current current home at Cornwall House. The premises were formally opened by the late Princess Margaret, the royal visit coinciding with the paper's 150th anniversary.

Now a 36-page tabloid, the paper continues to move with the times and has an active online following through Twitter, Facebook and its own website.

Based in the heart of Monmouth, it is well respected in the town and enjoys a growing reputation in Raglan, Usk, Chepstow and the Wye Valley.

Currently, the Beacon reaches almost 60 per cent of homes in the Monmouth area every week.

Since January 1980 the newspaper has been owned by Farnham Castle newspapers and is run as a family concern under the chairmanship of Sir Ray Tindle, a former president of the Newspaper Society.

We also offer colour photocopying facilities and rubber stamp make up and faxing to UK and INTERNATIONALLY. You can also pop in and buy your weekly newspaper.

Making a complaint

Monmouthshire Beacon Co Ltd takes all complaints very seriously and we abide by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) rules and regulations and the Editors’ Code of Practice that IPSO enforces.

Complaints will only be accepted within four months of the alleged behaviour, or first publication of the article, that you are complaining about, and should be submitted in the first instance to the editor, Philip Wilkinson-Jones, via email or by post 56 Monnow Street, Monmouth NP25 3XJ

If at the time you submit your complaint the article remains accessible on a website operated by us however, complaints may be accepted up to 12 months from the date of the incident or first publication of the article you are complaining about, provided it is still possible to investigate the complaint fairly.

Please provide a link to the relevant webpage/ web address or reference to publication title, date, page and headline of article.

Please write 100 words as to why you think the article breaches the Editor’s Code.

Please provide any other documents that will help us assess your complaint.

If you cannot provide these details we may not be able to assess your complaint.

We reserve the right to reject, without further investigation, complaints that show no breach of the Editors’ Code, or those which are vexatious and/ or disproportionate, or those which are without justification.

We may also decline to accept complaints from third parties not directly affected by the alleged breach of the Editors’ Code.

Your complaint

This complaints process is free of charge; we will acknowledge it within five working days of receipt.

You must also agree to respond promptly to requests for information.

We will respond to complaints within 28 days of receiving everything we need from you to allow us to investigate. If we fail to meet this timescale you can take your complaint to IPSO.

We reserve the right to amend this policy as required.


Email address:

Postal address:

Contact number:

Date of publication of story:

Did the story appear on the website or in print?

Page story appeared:

Story headline:

How does the article breach the Editors’ Code?

Other documents to support your complaint, including the original print out of the newspaper or website page.

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