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Friday 21 February 2020
Last weekend we witnessed exceptional rainfall to Torfaen and the rest of Wales. Across the region rivers reached dangerously high levels and caused extensive damage. We had spent the week ahead of the storm checking and clearing culvert entrances and gulley's to ensure they were running clear and free.
Storm Dennis didn't stop play
During the half term period more than 500 children and young people have attended playschemes across the borough.
Applications to become a Member of Youth Parliament open
An incredible opportunity has opened up for young people to stand for election to become Torfaen's next Member of Youth parliament (MYP).
Thursday 20 February 2020
Torfaen and Newport businesses join forces for successful 'Meet your business neighbour' networking event
On Tuesday 4th February 2020 businesses from Torfaen and Newport along with members of Torfaen Business Voice enjoyed an evening of networking with the aim of forging closer trading partnerships between these neighbouring counties...
Nitrous Oxide and fake cigarettes seized from Pontypool shop
Khallis Hamad of The Hawthorns, Cardiff, appeared in Newport Magistrates Court on Tuesday 18 February 2020 pleaded guilty to five charges of selling counterfeit and foreign labelled duty avoided cigarettes and tobacco, and for illegally supplying nitrous oxide capsules (also known as laughing gas)....
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Excellent start to 2020 for popular Torfaen Business Club
Torfaen Business Voice, one of the area's most successful and popular business networking clubs started its 2020 calendar with a successful membership recruitment event....
Funding available to enhance Pontypool Town Centre
The council is now accepting applications for two new grant programmes aimed at regenerating key buildings within Pontypool Town Centre.
Sunday 16 February 2020
Storm Dennis brought prolonged and substantial rainfall from Saturday afternoon into Sunday. This caused a fair amount of flooding throughout the borough and the Met Office issued a red weather warning for South Wales.
Friday 14 February 2020
Torfaen Vitalize Radio to air live local employment show
A new partnership has been formed between Torfaen based radio station 'Vitalize Radio' and Communities For Work/ + Torfaen.
Torfaen Spring Clean 2020
The council has started preparations ahead of its fourth Spring Clean, which begins Monday 9 March and runs until Friday 3 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will cross over with Keep Wales Tidy's annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign, which begins Friday 20 March and runs until Friday 13 April, so there will be lots of activity going on throughout the borough...
Thursday 13 February 2020
Transport for Wales urges cardholders to not delay and apply for their new bus pass
Transport for Wales is reaching out to cardholders who haven't applied for their new bus pass yet and highlighting the importance of applying for a new card as soon as possible to continue to enjoy the benefits of concessionary travel...
Wednesday 12 February 2020
George Street Primary School pupils unveil their written masterpieces
On Tuesday (11 February), Year 3 pupils from George Street Primary School unveiled their written masterpieces at Pontypool Library.
Tuesday 11 February 2020
Torfaen's Cabinet recommends final budget
The council's budget proposals for 2020/21 received sign off today (Tuesday 11 February) by the council's cabinet committee and will now go to full council on the 3rd of March for approval.
Friday 7 February 2020
A magical night at Cwmbran library
A fun filled fully booked Harry Potter evening took place last night (Thursday 6th February) at Cwmbran library.
Innovation challenge reaches first milestone
This week, five suppliers will end work on Phase 1 of the Govtech Catalyst Challenge.
Thursday 6 February 2020
Drop in session being run for landlords and tenants about ECO-flex domestic energy efficiency improvements grant
On Wednesday 12th February at Greenmeadow Golf Club, Tre-Herbert Road, Cwmbran, NP44 2BZ, between 2pm-5pm, the council and energy providers are holding an information event for landlords and tenants* to find out if they are eligible for the Eco-Flex grant...
Wednesday 5 February 2020
Funding available to help tackle food poverty in Torfaen
CREATE, the Torfaen Rural Development Programme which is EU Funded, is inviting community groups and enterprises to develop new and innovative food related projects. The aim of the projects is to help reduce food poverty in Torfaen and create social and economic benefits to rural wards...
Tuesday 4 February 2020
Hair and beauty academy opens its doors in Cwmbran
On Monday (03/02/2020), Torfaen Council welcomed the launch of Mac-Ed Training Academy, an accredited academy based next to Torfaen Training in Springvale, Cwmbran.
Illegal cigarettes seized in raid
Hewa Kerome Fatah of Dolphin Street, Newport, appeared in Cwmbran Magistrates Court on Monday 13th January 2020, and pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit and foreign labelled duty avoided cigarettes and tobacco...
Friday 31 January 2020
School support categories published by Welsh Government
Today, the Welsh Government published their school categorisation and overall, there has been a slight increase in the number of schools in Torfaen ranked in the top 2 categories.
Tuesday 28 January 2020
New Year New Business Bonanza Boom in Torfaen
Four new businesses have begun trading in a great start to the New Year in Torfaen.
Monday 27 January 2020
Mary scoops Inspire Tutor Award
A Torfaen Adult Community Learning tutor who reminds adult learners that maths can be fun has won a national award.
Thursday 23 January 2020
Croesyceiliog School officially opened
Torfaen Council welcomed the Welsh Government's Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM, to officially open Croesyceiliog School.
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Northville Underpass information event
The council and partners are holding an information event on Thursday 23rd January 2020 at Maendy Primary School between 3pm-7pm to inform residents about proposed changes to the pedestrian link between Northville and Cwmbran Town Centre.
Interior Designer launches 'Athena at 47', an Interiors showroom in Torfaen
Interior designer, Sarah Jeffs, founder of Athena Interiors has recently opened the doors of an inspiring showroom namely 'Athena at 47' on Llandowlais Street, Cwmbran.
Seven Torfaen car parks to receive electric vehicle charging infrastructure
Five local authorities in Gwent have been awarded a share of £459,000 by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to install a total of 65 fast charge points across 34 sites.
Monday 20 January 2020
Torfaen Play volunteering applications open
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service is now recruiting new Play Volunteers and Play Helpers for the Summer 2020 Play schemes in Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
Friday 17 January 2020
Night Shelter to aid rough sleepers in Torfaen
Last week, Torfaen council held an extraordinary council meeting to update councillors on the steps being taken to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Torfaen.
Thursday 16 January 2020
We need your help shaping our next litter and fly-tipping strategy
We are in the process of creating our next litter and fly-tipping strategy and we need your thoughts and ideas about the strategy and the objectives within in...
Tuesday 14 January 2020
Care recruitment event to take place at Cwmbran Library
Torfaen Personal Care Team are hosting an event on the 21st January 2020 at Cwmbran Library to recruit Support Workers for their Intake/Enablement and Dementia Teams.
Monday 13 January 2020
Popular Torfaen business networking club to start 2020 with membership recruitment event
Torfaen Business Voice will kick off its 2020 calendar of events with a membership recruitment evening...
Thursday 9 January 2020
Pass Plus Cymru
Pass Plus Cymru is a course designed for anyone aged 17 -25 who has passed their driving test.
Wednesday 8 January 2020
Torfaen Play support children and their families over the festive period
Over 35 children with additional needs and their families were supported each day over the festive period through Torfaen Play Services free holiday Play and Respite provisions.
Tuesday 7 January 2020
Waste and recycling collection update
During the Christmas and New Year period the amount of waste and recycling created by households increased significantly, and we are still in the process of collecting it....
Wednesday 1 January 2020
550 more foster carers needed across Wales in 2020
The Fostering Network has estimated that 550 foster families will be needed in Wales to keep up with the widespread demand.
Friday 20 December 2019
Torfaen's Education Service receive Kitemark Award
Torfaen's Education Service become the first in Wales to receive Children and Young People Participation Kitemark Award.
Torfaen Adult Community Learning first to deliver new infection prevention and control course for special procedure practitioners
We are delighted to announce that Torfaen Adult Community Learning team were the first learning provider in Wales, and the UK, to register to deliver the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Infection, Prevention, and Control in Special Procedures for Practitioners.
Thursday 19 December 2019
Torfaen Play Service volunteers celebrated at annual awards ceremony
This week, the annual Play Service Volunteer Awards took place at Pontypool Active Living Centre to celebrate some of the key achievements young people across Torfaen make to support every child's right to play.
Wednesday 18 December 2019
Torfaen council publishes 2020/21 budget proposals
A report to the council's cabinet committee has today (Wednesday 18 December) set out the council's latest revenue budget forecast for 2019/20 and budget proposals for 2020/21.
Tips for visiting the Household Waste Recycling Centre during Christmas and New Year
For some people a trip to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) is a frequent one, but for those who only visit once or twice a year a few things have changed.
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Long established local law firm Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt relocating to new town centre offices in Pontypool
Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors, one of the longest established law firms in south east wales with offices in Pontypool, Newport and Usk has confirmed that it will shortly be relocating 23 members of staff into newly acquired and refurbished premises in the centre of Pontypool.
Monday 16 December 2019
Christmas and New Year waste and recycling information
There will be some minor changes to waste and recycling collections taking place in Torfaen during the Christmas and New Year period.
Friday 13 December 2019
#IFYOUGOIGO changing lives
The latest 10-week IFYOUGOIGO programme saw more than 20 local women take part to overcome personal health barriers, resulting in them living more active and healthy lifestyles.
Torfaen Public Services Board become the first PSB in Wales to sign Children and Young People's Participation Standards charter
Children and young people in Torfaen set to have greater input into the design of future children and young people's services.
Friday 6 December 2019
Over 540 residents attend Thrifty Christmas Fayre
Last Friday, Torfaen Welfare Reform Action Group hosted its first ever Thrifty Christmas Fayre at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Are you ready for winter?
As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.
Thursday 5 December 2019
Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions bring joy to many
Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions are bringing comfort and joy to residents across Torfaen.
Friday 29 November 2019
Woodlands Community Primary awarded 'Excellence' in recent Estyn Inspection report
Following an Estyn inspection in September 2019, Woodlands Community Primary School has scored 'excellent' in all five inspection categories, greatly improving on their positive inspection back in 2014.
Thursday 28 November 2019
Torfaen Santa Appeal - time is running out
Every year we kindly ask you if you are able to donate gifts to our annual Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal to ensure that some of the most vulnerable children living in the borough don't miss out at Christmas.
Tuesday 26 November 2019
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) warn consumers about buying fakes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) warn consumers about buying fakes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Primary school stretchy plastic recycling scheme launched
Torfaen CBC has been working with Ysgol Bryn Onnen, Capital Valley Plastics, and FCC Environment to trial the collection of stretchy plastics over the last 5 months to see if a roll out to all primary schools would be possible.
Monday 25 November 2019
AVoptics successfully graduates from Torfaen's Springboard Business Innovation Centre and stays local
AVoptics Ltd specialises in providing and developing high quality engineered fibre optics and photonic solutions for use in harsh environments.
White Ribbon Day 2019
Today marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Environmental volunteers thanked for their hard work
Last night (Thursday 21st November) environmental volunteers who work with the council to keep Torfaen clean and green were thanked at an appreciation event.
Friday 22 November 2019
Torfaen Social Care launches new Tech Coach service
Torfaen Social Care has recently launched a new service that will look to combat loneliness and social isolation by coaching residents on how to use new smart technologies in the home.
Torfaen Play encourages families to play outdoors this autumn and winter
It is widely known that Torfaen Play Service offers a large range of play opportunities for children and young people across the county borough, seven days a week.
Thursday 21 November 2019
Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Thursday 28th November 2019 between 6-8:30pm.
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Help us teach school children how to cross to roads safely
Kerbcraft is a Welsh Government and Torfaen CBC funded road safety scheme which teaches children how to be safer pedestrians, and we need your help.
Monday 18 November 2019
Step up for safe streets this UK Road Safety Week 18-24 November
Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. Each of these tragedies has a devastating effect on families and local communities.
Thursday 14 November 2019
Come and join in the festivities at Llanyrafon Manors Victorian Christmas Market
Llanyrafon Manor will soon be hosting its annual Victorian Christmas Market.
Monday 11 November 2019
Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
Torfaen Council wants to speak to all Gypsy and Traveller families about their accommodation needs.
Friday 8 November 2019
Green waste collections will stop for winter
The fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter shortly.
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Save the date - Thrifty Torfaen Christmas fayre
Christmas doesn't have to cost a fortune, which is why the Torfaen Welfare Action Group are inviting you to attend their thrifty Christmas fayre at the end of the month.
Friday 1 November 2019
Torfaen hosts successful and inspirational Women in Business event
On Wednesday 23rd October over 85 women from Torfaen and across the south east wales region gathered at the Cwmbran Parkway Hotel & Spa, Cwmbran to attend the borough's annual celebration of women in business and the contribution they make to the economy.
Thursday 31 October 2019
Spread a little joy this Christmas
This year's Santa appeal opens on Monday 4 November 2019.
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Recycling enthusiast Ieuan Bradfield helps Torfaen Borough Council and FCC Environment unveil new re-use shop in partnership with Circulate
Local dignitaries and a young recycling enthusiast came together today (30th October 2019) to help local charity Circuate Recycling, in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council and FCC Environment, launch a unique retail outlet close to the Torfaen household waste recycling site in New Inn.
Tuesday 29 October 2019
First Caru Cymru litter picking hub set up in Torfaen
Caru Cymru is the new, flagship partnership project that will tackle environmental issues that really matter to communities across Wales.
The Old Chestnut of Pontypool crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year
A 400-year old sweet chestnut tree in Pontypool Park has been crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year. The results were announced on Wednesday (23rd October) at a ceremony at the Pierhead Building at the Senedd, hosted by John Griffiths AM.
Monday 28 October 2019
New Inn Primary School pupil scoops the Summer Reading Challenge prize
Logan Weaver, 6, Pontypool, who attends New Inn Primary School has been awarded a £100 Smyths Toy Store gift card from Torfaen libraries.
Tuesday 22 October 2019
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has today (22/10/2019) launched the #EndingAgeism campaign.
Strive for 95+ pupils celebrated
Today, Torfaen pupils have received certificates in the council chamber to celebrate their outstanding attendance in the last academic year.
Friday 18 October 2019
A trio of Pontypool childminders are on a mission to reduce plastic waste
A group of childminders are showing they care for the environment as well as the children in their care by using reusable nappies and wipes in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic they use.
Young People's Safeguarding Conference
Today (Friday October 18), the Gwent Safeguarding Children Board are holding their first young people's conference at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Thursday 17 October 2019
A passion for all things vintage inspires Cwmbran retail start up
Cwmbran woman, Rosa Newton, has recently opened a vintage and gift shop on Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, Torfaen...
Tuesday 15 October 2019
Speakers announced for 2019 Torfaen Women in Business Event
Organised by the business support team at Torfaen Economy & Enterprise within Torfaen council, this annual event, now in its 7th year, provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that women make to the business community and attracts women from across the south east Wales region.
Friday 11 October 2019
Children's Autism book hits the shelves
This week the official book launch of 'Moli The Cow Who Moo She Was Different' took place at the Serennu Centre in Newport. The book raises awareness and understanding of the Autism Spectrum.
Thursday 10 October 2019
More than 130 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium
More than 130 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League (EFL) Trust kid's cup at Cwmbran Stadium.
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Real superheroes needed at care sector recruitment event
A care recruitment event will be held at the Congress Theatre on the 23rd October 2019 and will have over 20 local adult care providers looking to fill live vacancies.
Friday 4 October 2019
Celebrations as new businesses establish in Torfaen
Two new and exciting business ventures have launched in Cwmbran this past week.
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Ageing well – with a little help from our friends!
Today (), Blaenavon 50+ Forum and Pontypool Senior Active Support Forum have come together for a friendly event at Blaenavon Workmen's Hall to mark International Day of Older Persons, celebrating living well into old age.
Join the conversation about how to tackle litter in Torfaen
We are in the process of creating our next litter strategy and we want your thoughts and ideas about what should be included in it.
Bethlehem Chapel opens its doors once again thanks to funding contributions
The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP) is underway, and the first building to benefit from funding has been completed.
Friday 27 September 2019
Zero tolerance for abuse of staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centre
The council, along with its waste management partner FCC Environment, are asking local people to respect the dedicated staff working at its Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in New Inn.
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Open spaces consultation – we need your views
The council is preparing a review of the Local Development Plan (LDP) which will identify where new developments will go for the next 15 years.
Tuesday 24 September 2019
New free swim initiative to get people in Torfaen swimming
A revised Free Swimming Initiative, funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Sport Wales in partnership with the Torfaen Leisure Trust, will be introduced in public pools across Torfaen from October 2019.
Friday 20 September 2019
Walk and Talk for Mental Health Week 2019
Torfaen Community Connectors have joined forces with Torfaen Take a Stroll and Torfaen Employability Team to host a series of community 'Walk and Talk Torfaen' events in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week in October.
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Seven fantastic trees ready to fight it out for this year's Wales Tree of the Year
Seven spectacular trees have been shortlisted for this year's Wales Tree of the Year competition, including one in Pontypool Park.
Jobs Fair to take centre stage at Congress Theatre in Cwmbran
On Tuesday 1st October 2019, Torfaen County Borough Council's Economy and Skills will host their 16th annual jobs fair at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Monday 16 September 2019
Blaenavon World Heritage Site to be awarded £180,000 from Valleys Taskforce funding
Five Gwent sites named as Discovery Gateways will share more than £2 million Valleys Taskforce funding to maximise the potential of the area's natural and cultural assets, as part of the Valleys Regional Park.
Thursday 12 September 2019
Topping out ceremony takes place for Torfaen Learning Zone
Today, (Thursday 12 September) a topping out ceremony took place on the roof of the Torfaen Learning Zone to mark the latest milestone in the £24 million development.
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Business at the double in Blaenavon
Two new businesses have launched in the world heritage town of Blaenavon.
Tuesday 10 September 2019
Governing Body replaced by IEB
This week, Torfaen Council received approval by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government Minister for Education to replace the Cwmbran High School governing body with an Interim Executive Board (IEB).
Topping out ceremony for Torfaen Learning Zone
A topping out ceremony will take place on Thursday 12 September to mark the latest milestone in the development of the Torfaen Learning Zone.
Monday 9 September 2019
Know your Numbers!
Know your Numbers! is Blood Pressure UK's flagship awareness campaign.
Friday 6 September 2019
Torfaen Libraries 'Read to Me' service
Torfaen Libraries Shared Reading Service expands to offer a 'Read to Me' service to residents that are experiencing social isolation and loneliness in the borough.
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Let's help children have a safe return to school
With the schools returning this week, let's help dropping the children off a safe activity and not a dangerous one.
Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2019
For the fifth year running, today we fly the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the civic centre in Pontypool.
Monday 2 September 2019
Sharing home, family and community life
The South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme offers a unique community based service for adults who need care and support in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
Friday 30 August 2019
Have your say on loneliness in Torfaen
Torfaen Adult Social Care wants to hear people's views on how the community can work together to tackle loneliness and isolation.
Wednesday 28 August 2019
End of Summer Playscheme Awards 2019
Last week (23/08/2019), more than 300 Torfaen Play Service staff attended Victory Church in Cwmbran to celebrate what has been the busiest year ever for playschemes.
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