Posted on Jun 28th 2013
CRiC celebrates all things local – unique, hand made, locally produced are all attributes that CRiC looks for in the expanding range of gifts, products and cards that are now sold alongside a variety of carefully selected books, guides and maps.
Centre manager Jan Morgan said, “Local produce and producers are pivotal to the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre’s (CRiC) retail offering and supporting local businesses is at the heart of CRiC as an organisation. The staff and volunteers of CRiC look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to the area to our celebratory day of all things local on 20 July when a number of our suppliers will be on hand to chat, offer tasters and show a range of their products.”
In addition to the wonderful exhibitions of local art and craft which change every 8 weeks upstairs in the oriel CRiC gallery, the range of gifts in the retail area downstairs includes: items locally turned from wood sourced sustainably on the Glanusk Estate, hand crafted pewter jewellery, pin badges and trinkets, Nature’s Little Helpers’ range of balms and soaps, alongside the beautifully fragranced Quinnell candles made down the road in Usk by rugby legend Scott and his family.
Make your own bread with freshly milled flour or a bread-kit from the recently restored Talgarth Mill to eat with one of the scrumptious homemade chutneys from Hardwick Hampers and some local cheese and meats from the delicatessen counter just a few metres down the High Street in Cashells. Welsh honey, as well as jams and preserves from Hay on Wye’s award winning Chef on the Run and delectable handmade Black Mountain Gold’s chocolates are perfectly sweet gifts also for sale in CRiC.
Lace book marks, tea towels and placemats bearing Crickhowell’s historic buildings and Ordnance survey printed mugs showing your favourite local spot complete the gift range.
If you find browsing and buying in CRiC thirsty work the coffee bar serves fresh filter coffee, tea, hot chocolate and locally baked cakes and biscuits or quench your thirst with a bottle of Margaret and John’s Welsh Farm House apple juice. Check your emails in CRiC with free internet access when you buy a hot drink at CRiC’s coffee bar.
Choose a booklet or a pocket sized guide to take yourself on one of the many local walks ranging from Table Mountain, the Sugar Loaf, the Llangattock escarpment, or a little further afield up the Allt or Pen y Fan. If you’d prefer to be led, join the Walkers are Welcome in Crickhowell walk of “Tolkien’s Shire” also on 20 July. Bookings can be made at CRiC.
CRiC is a charitable organisation and its volunteers give their time freely over 52 weeks of the year to promote the area and all it has to offer. The centre is open daily 10am to 5pm with the exception of Sundays 10am to 1.30pm.