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Wednesday 25 November 2020

Book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre

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If you're having a clear out ready for Christmas, don't forget to book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in New Inn.
Friday 20 November 2020

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you
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Torfaen Council wants your suggestions on the burning issues you feel require scrutiny from councillors on the council's five Overview and Scrutiny committees.

Children get creative remembering the fallen

Children get creative remembering the fallen
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Leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Torfaen schools had the chance to take part in a Remembrance competition.
Thursday 19 November 2020

Keeping sport going through the tough times and the good times... Celebrating the National Lottery

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To say a huge thank you to the National Lottery and National Lottery players, we're celebrating the National Lottery's 26th birthday this month.
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Torfaen Council and partners win award at the Lets Recycle Award for Excellence 2020

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The council working in partnership with, Capital Valley Plastic and FCC Environment, have won 'The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative of the Year' at the Lets Recycle Awards for Excellence 2020...

Torfaen libraries reopen for browsing next week

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that From Monday 23rd November all libraries will reopen for limited browsing, borrowing and book returns....
Tuesday 17 November 2020

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge
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White Ribbon Day is an annual event that marks the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and aims to raise awareness of male violence towards women.

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story
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The coronavirus global pandemic has emphasised the critical role the social care workforce play in supporting Torfaen's most vulnerable citizens and the need for more people to start a career in the social care sector.
Monday 16 November 2020

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen
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Supported by the European Social Funded Communities for Work project, Cwmbran resident Danny Moreton has been able to realise his dream of owning his own business by launching 'Happy Paws', a local dog walking and pet sitting service.
Friday 13 November 2020

Self isolation financial support

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The Welsh Government want to make it easier for you to follow self-isolation guidance if you test positive or are asked to isolate by our Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) team

Give a gift this Christmas

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Donate a gift this Christmas to an elderly person in your community and let them know you care.

Service users required to improve digital innovation

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Torfaen Council are looking to speak to residents who have recently requested or have been referred to support from the occupational therapy team
Tuesday 10 November 2020

Pontypool Indoor Market welcomes 3D printing business

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Pontypool Indoor Market has recently welcomed a new trader, Woolfalls 3DP, a 3D printing company...
Monday 9 November 2020

Green waste collections will stop for winter

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The fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter shortly...

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council
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Thank you to all Torfaen residents for all your efforts during the national Firebreak and the local restrictions before that.
Saturday 7 November 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020
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Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar. This year however, additional precautions are required to comply with the latest Coronavirus regulations
Friday 6 November 2020

Get involved in the Torfaen Climate Change Challenge today

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Last year, the Council declared a climate change emergency, acknowledging the real threat that climate change poses to both current and future generations...

Household Waste Recycling Centre to reopen Monday 9th November

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The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Panteg Way, New Inn will re-open on Monday 9th November with new winter opening hours. The new opening hours will be Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Torfaen County Borough Council signs Healthy Travel Charter

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Twenty one leading public sector organisations which work across Gwent have today (6th November 2020) signed a Healthy Travel Charter, which commits to supporting and encouraging staff to travel in a sustainable way to and from work...

It's time to pick the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks

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Help us find the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks by voting for yours in the People's Choice Awards 2020.
Wednesday 4 November 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe this Fireworks Night

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With many organised events cancelled, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are preparing for a busier night than usual as people plan to celebrate in their own gardens.
Monday 2 November 2020

Wales Climate Week 2020

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From Monday 2nd to Friday 5th November, the Council will be sharing tips on how to live a more sustainable life to promote and support Wales Climate Week...
Thursday 29 October 2020

Virtual sessions for people interested in fostering

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As part of the Councils Autumn fostering campaign, we will be hosting virtual one to one drop in sessions for anybody who is interested in becoming a foster carer.
Wednesday 28 October 2020

Temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres to close in Torfaen

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The temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will close on Friday 30 October.
Tuesday 27 October 2020

Support for Torfaen Businesses

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This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19

Celebrate Halloween safely at home

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Traditional Halloween activities, such as trick or treating, parties and other gatherings, all risk spreading Covid-19 further and are prohibited under the current Wales firebreak lockdown rules.
Monday 26 October 2020

Make some tasty treats with your pumpkins this Halloween

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Halloween is a fun time for many people who love getting creative carving out spooky pumpkins but did you realise that you can eat the insides of your pumpkins too?

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!
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Once again Christmas is upon us and our thoughts turn to the children and young people of Torfaen who are experiencing poverty or have no contact with family.
Friday 23 October 2020

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader
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A message to Torfaen residents, businesses and partners from the Torfaen Council Leader

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.
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The temporary covid-19 test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will now remain open until Friday 30 October

Torfaen Council launches a new campaign to support employment in the borough

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Working closely with partner agencies, Torfaen Council have an important role to play in the coming weeks and months to support residents whose employment situation has been affected by the impact of Coronavirus.

Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups

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Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups
Thursday 22 October 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Sunday 25th October

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In conjunction with daylight saving and clocks going back an hour on Sunday, from Sunday the 25th of October, cemeteries in Torfaen will be changing to winter opening hours. Cemeteries will be open daily between 9am-5pm...

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home
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Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar. This year however, additional precautions are required to comply with the latest Coronavirus regulations.
Tuesday 20 October 2020

2020/21 Torfaen Council AGM

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At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 20th of October, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Friday 16 October 2020

Council's Trading Standards team warn the public of new inheritance scam

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Torfaen CBC's Trading Standards team are advising the public to be alert to a new scam. The team have become aware of attempts made to deceive vulnerable people by claiming they could be helped to attain a multi-million pound inheritance...

Three more Torfaen businesses handed Premise Improvement Notices for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

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Cwmbran Workingmen's Band Club and Institute, The Terrace Inn, Cwmbran, and The Teazer, New Inn, are the latest businesses to be handed a Premises Improvement Notice for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

COVID-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool to remain open

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is keeping open the temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon which opened on the 8th October.

Poppy Appeal Launch

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The Poppy Appeal 2020 will soon be underway across the County of Gwent.

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime
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Torfaen Council are joining other local authorities across Gwent to promote a new Autumn fostering campaign that looks to encourage more families and individuals to come forward and foster a child or young person in need.
Thursday 15 October 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

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Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Four areas in Torfaen named among country's best green spaces

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Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Tuesday 13 October 2020

Improvement notice issued to Livio's Barber Shop for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

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A premises improvement notice has been issued to Livio's Barber Shop, Windsor Road, Griffithstown, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Monday 12 October 2020

It's National Adoption Week!

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One of the best ways to inspire people to adopt is by sharing success stories of those that have been there and done it.

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020
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This week marks Hate Crime Awareness week, a national week of action that encourages local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.
Friday 9 October 2020

Boathouse to be lit up to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Pink and blue lights will illuminate the boathouse at Cwmbran Boating Lake between 6pm-10pm daily from Friday 9th – Thursday 15th to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness week. Now in its 18th year, the week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death.

Council shortlisted for prestigious recycling and waste management award

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Now in its 17th year, the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management is considered the most prestigious awards scheme for waste and recycling professionals recognising organisations, partnerships and individuals across 17 categories.

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
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A premises improvement notice has been issued to The Halfway Inn, Old Cwmbran, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Walter Waygood photography exhibition to be held at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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From Tuesday 3rd –Friday 27th November an exciting photography exhibition will be displayed at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre (BWHC) between 10am -5pm (Tuesday – Friday).
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Blaenavon

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon on Thursday 8th October. The new unit will operate every morning from 9am – 12.30pm until Thursday 15th of October
Tuesday 6 October 2020

COVID-19 Innovation Support

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Ensuring that your business is COVID-19 safe and compliant while remaining productive and profitable can feel like a huge challenge. But help is available, at no cost to manufacturing businesses in Wales, through SMART Innovation programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Thursday 1 October 2020

NHS COVID-19 app

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We're encouraging people in Torfaen to download and use the app because the more people that do so, the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID.
Tuesday 29 September 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Pontypool

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit at the Old Mill Car Park, Trosnant, Pontypool, NP4 8AT, on Wednesday 30th September.
Monday 28 September 2020

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers
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Torfaen Council have formed a partnership with the mobile app UDDR to provide businesses and shoppers with an easy to use 'One Stop Shop'.

Local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control Covid-19 in Torfaen

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Torfaen tonight from 6pm (Monday 28 September) in response to a rising rate of Covid-19 cases in the borough and due to Torfaen's proximity to neighbouring areas where numbers are significantly higher
Sunday 27 September 2020

Further local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control rises in South Wales

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in response to a growing spread of cases, First Minister Mark Drakeford, has confirmed
Friday 25 September 2020

Council leader makes appeal

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This week the leader of Torfaen Council, Cllr Anthony Hunt made an appeal to the Torfaen public to follow the Covid-19 rules and guidance.
Thursday 24 September 2020

Torfaen calls on residents to Be Mighty, Recycle and get Wales to number one!

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We're already the third best recyclers in the world, and now Torfaen Council is backing the Wales-wide movement to make us first.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Bi Visibility Day 2020

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At 2.00pm Bi Cymru / Wales will be hosting an online discussion and Q&A session for anyone who wants to ask questions or know more about being bi, pan, poly, or omni sexual/romantic and attracted to more than one gender.

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health
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Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Residents asked to display caution

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team have been made aware of book sales people operating door to door within the borough.
Monday 21 September 2020

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine
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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Local Seamstresses: The final Batch

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The council would like to thank a group of seamstresses for their hard work and effort in supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Community Farm site improvements get the green light

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Torfaen councillors have today approved £240,000 capital spend for essential maintenance and remedial work at the farm

Face coverings to be worn in all Adult and Community Learning buildings

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In response to the Covid-19 regulation changes, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has updated it's centre user policy.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
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Following the identification of persistent Coronavirus regulation breaches at Castell-y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the licence holder has had their licence revoked and has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Shielding information from the Welsh Government

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Following the lockdown in Caerphilly, for Torfaen residents who were shielding prior to 16th of August and therefore remain on the Shielding Patient List, there is no change to the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Childcare Hubs a huge success during lockdown

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Over the summer period Torfaen Play, Youth and Sport Development services came together to provide a fun filled and engaging childcare provision for keyworker children and the most vulnerable

Important message - we need your help

Important message - we need your help
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On Tuesday 8th September at 6pm, the Caerphilly County Borough Council area became an enhanced local health protection area and several new Lockdown restrictions come into force.
Tuesday 8 September 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

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Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Friday 4 September 2020

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start
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The next round of weed spraying in the borough will start on Monday 7 September (weather permitting).

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings
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We are ensuring that all our Education buildings are 'Covid Secure' by complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.
Thursday 3 September 2020

Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2020

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Today we are flying the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool.
Friday 28 August 2020

Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings

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Following the Welsh Government's announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings...
Thursday 27 August 2020

A not so Blue Lagoon

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Torfaen Council, Blaenau Gwent Council, Caerphilly Council and Gwent Police would like to remind the public that the area known as Blaencuffin Canyon is on private land and that it is not a tourist attraction.
Tuesday 25 August 2020

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre café re-opening

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The Heritage Café, located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, is looking forward to welcoming back their customers. The café is reopening on Tuesday 1st September from 10am and will be serving a reduced menu to eat in or takeaway.

Nursery Admission 2021

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Nursery admissions 2021 for pupils born between 1/09/2017 and 31/08/2018
Monday 24 August 2020

The phased re-opening of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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The facilities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will be gradually reopening from the beginning of September.

August bank holiday waste and recycling collections 2020

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There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on the Bank Holiday 31st August, and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!
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Whilst most summer festivals have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pride Cymru have been working tirelessly to take Pride – Wales's biggest celebration of equality and diversity - online!
Friday 21 August 2020

Making school transport safe

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During this time of uncertainty, we know that parents and carers have many questions about how their children can return to school safely using council provided school transport.

Adult Learners celebrate GCSE results

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Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning service are celebrating this year's GCSE results and the amazing achievements of post 16 adult learners.
Thursday 20 August 2020

Learners celebrate GCSE results

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Today, pupils across Torfaen have been picking up their GCSE results, which will set them on the pathway to further education, training or employment

Making visits to the barber safer in Torfaen

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Following the announcement by Welsh Government that businesses providing close contact services such as barbers and hairdressers can open again, Torfaen Council's Public Protection Service have been visiting barbers to offer advice and guidance on COVID-19 controls.
Tuesday 18 August 2020

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

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Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.

Childcare Offer re-opens

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The Childcare Offer for Wales has re-opened to eligible families. Applications for parents eligible for the Offer from April 2020 can apply now. Once approved, eligible parents will be able to access the Offer from the start of the autumn term in their local authority, providing they still meet the criterion.
Monday 17 August 2020

Your experience when contacting the council

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We are asking for your views on the experiences you've had when contacting the council during the last 12 months. In particular, how you've been able to gain information or receive a service.
Friday 14 August 2020

Learners celebrate A-level results

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This week, Torfaen's Year 12 and Year 13 learners have been celebrating their examination results, which sets them on the path to an exciting future.

Community Farm to re-open in February

Community Farm to re-open in February
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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Greenmeadow Community Farm which closed its gates on March 23 following guidance from the Welsh Government, will re-open in February 2021.

Canvass deadline approaching

Canvass deadline approaching
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Torfaen Council are appealing to residents to return their annual canvass forms which were delivered through letterboxes during July.

75th anniversary of VJ Day

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The next celebration on the Armed Forces calendar is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Japan, which takes place this Saturday, 15th August 2020.

Computers and printers available to book in Torfaen Libraries from Monday

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From Monday 17th August, Torfaen Libraries will be offering access to computers and printing by appointment in all three libraries.
Tuesday 11 August 2020

Beyond Perfection the latest trader to join Pontypool Indoor Market

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Gemma Davies, from Sebastopol, is the latest trader to set up shop in Pontypool Indoor Market. "Beyond Perfection" is a ladies hairdressers, and is situated in Unit 29 of the market...
Monday 10 August 2020

National Play Day 2020 success

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, this year's Torfaen Play Service National Play Day campaign was a huge success.
Friday 7 August 2020

Tech Coach service home visits are back

Tech Coach service home visits are back
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A Torfaen Social Care project which aims to support digitally excluded residents in Torfaen is once again taking appointments to conduct home visits.
Thursday 6 August 2020

Support for working families affected by Coronavirus given an extra boost

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Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19...

Torfaen receives Gold Award for supporting the armed forces community

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Torfaen council has been named as one of this years' winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards for demonstrating outstanding support for the armed forces community...
Wednesday 5 August 2020

SenCom Independent Review 2020

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An independent external review commissioned by the WLGA of the Sensory and Communication Support Service (SenCom) has been completed.
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Eat out to help out scheme

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More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme...

Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service extending to Pontypool and Blaenavon

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Torfaen Libraries is extending its 'Request & Collect' service. From Monday 17th August, the successful service which has been operating from Cwmbran Library will be extended to Pontypool and Blaenavon Libraries to make it even easier for residents to request and borrow books...
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