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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.

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