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Wednesday 27 October 2021

Cemetery opening times changing from Sunday 31 October

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In conjunction with daylight saving and clocks going back an hour, from Sunday 31 October, cemeteries in Torfaen will be changing to winter opening hours...

Tricks and treats to save your food on Halloween

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It's spooky season and we are stocking up on pumpkins, apples, tasty treats and other hearty and seasonal foods...
Monday 25 October 2021

Mynydd Garn Clochdy Tapestry

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Year 4 pupils from Ysgol Bryn Onnen and members of Blaenavon Intergenerational Group (BIG) have been working hard to produce a 10 metre long tapestry on the local legend of 'Mynydd Garn Clochdy', with support from Menter Iaith Torfaen.

Spread some festive joy to children in need

Spread some festive joy to children in need
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Christmas is almost upon us and our thoughts turn to the children and young people of Torfaen who are experiencing poverty or have no contact with family.

Tackling Torfaen's carbon emissions

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Tackling climate change in Torfaen is a key priority, and today Torfaen Council launches its first major consultation on how that can be done...
Friday 22 October 2021

Pride of Torfaen Awards 2021

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The first ever Pride of Torfaen Awards are now open for nominations to recognise the individuals, groups and clubs that make Torfaen a better place to live.

Students are stars of the show

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Students, local politicians, representatives of the council and Coleg Gwent have marked the official opening of Torfaen Learning Zone.
Thursday 21 October 2021

Footbridge closure due to resurfacing

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The footbridge which crosses the Afon Lwyd at Woodland Road Sport and Social Centre is due to be resurfaced next week..
Wednesday 20 October 2021

Street lighting repairs delayed

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Currently there is a national shortage of new LED lanterns, which is leading to a backlog in repairing outages in the borough. There is a shortage of parts which make up the LED lanterns, and there is also issues with shipping and transport....

New life for old mobility aids

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Crutches and zimmers are being given a new lease of life, thanks to the team at Torfaen Council's Household Waste Recycling Centre which is operated by waste and recycling partner FCC Environment...
Tuesday 19 October 2021

Gwent Dragons drive anti-hate message

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Rugby players from the Gwent Dragons have been helping to drive home the message that Hate Hurts Wales.

New college official launch

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A new £24m centre for all post-16 education in Torfaen will be officially opened this week.
Monday 18 October 2021

Canal photograph wins competition

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The winner of the Ty Glas y Dorlan photography competition has been chosen.
Friday 15 October 2021

Winter opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre begin Sunday 31 October

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Winter opening times are due to come into effect at the Household Waste Recycling Centre located at New Inn from Sunday 31 October 2021...

Disruption expected to school transport

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Torfaen Council has received notification that drivers for the largest bus operator in the UK will strike for three weeks due to a dispute over pay...
Thursday 14 October 2021

Four areas in Torfaen named as some of the 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...
Wednesday 13 October 2021

Shining a light on Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Three key council buildings will be illuminated in pink and blue this week in honour of parents and families in Torfaen who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy this week...
Tuesday 12 October 2021

Time to get ready for Self Assessment

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment customers to check that they have the correct information in order to complete their tax return.
Monday 11 October 2021

Business supported to sow seeds to success

Business supported to sow seeds to success
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A Pontypool man has turned his dream of running a landscape gardening business into reality, thanks to support from Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus team.
Friday 8 October 2021

Celebrating the outstanding volunteer achievements of the past year

Celebrating the outstanding volunteer achievements of the past year
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More than 170 people came together on Saturday 2nd October to celebrate the first ever Torfaen Community & Volunteer Awards at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

Torfaen Council joins new campaign to tackle dog fouling

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Torfaen Council is urging dog owners to do the right thing and pick up after their pets as part of a new national campaign from Keep Wales Tidy...

School system and payment update week ending 8 October

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The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal...
Thursday 7 October 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021

WeCare Wales Week 2021
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Next week WeCare Wales will be shining a light on what it's like to work in the social care, children's and early years sectors.
Wednesday 6 October 2021

Support for Universal Credit recipients

Support for Universal Credit recipients
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A temporary increase in Universal Credit introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end today.

A new survey looks to capture your health barriers to employment

A new survey looks to capture your health barriers to employment
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If a health condition has ever prevented you from finding work or progressing in the work place, we want to hear about your experiences.
Monday 4 October 2021

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children

People across Wales encouraged to open their homes to foster children
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Several life-size front doors have been unveiled outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, highlighting those who have opened their homes to foster children in Wales.

Rhyme Time anniversary a success

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An online Rhyme Time session organised by Cwmbran library has been viewed more than 450 times...

NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever winter vaccinations programme

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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free NHS flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines as the NHS in Wales begins its biggest ever national winter vaccinations programme.
Friday 1 October 2021

Thumbs up for first phase of The British regeneration

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Plans for the first phase of a project to regenerate The British in Talywain, have been given the thumbs up by local residents.

Help shape the future of childcare

Help shape the future of childcare
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A survey about the future provision of childcare services in Torfaen.has gone live today.

Have your say in our residents survey

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We're committed to making Torfaen a better place to live and work and delivering on services that matter the most to you.

School payment system update week ending 01 October

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The project team continue to work unwaveringly with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Thursday 30 September 2021

Prepared for the latest changes to Universal Credit?

Prepared for the latest changes to Universal Credit?
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In less than a week's time, the £20 per week uplift for Universal Credit claimants will be removed. Find out what support is available.
Wednesday 29 September 2021

Meet The British project team

Meet The British project team
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Work is due to start on the first phase of a project to regenerate the former ironworks site in Pontypool, known as The British
Tuesday 28 September 2021

Parks to get major upgrades

Parks to get major upgrades
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More than £100,000 is being spent to substantially improve two children's playgrounds...
Monday 27 September 2021

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic

Volunteers celebrated for going above and beyond in pandemic
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Preparations are well underway for this year's Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards.
Friday 24 September 2021

School payments system update week ending 24 September

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The project team continue to work with Civica to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System, and the Civica Pay Education parent portal. Progress is being made and this update outlines both resolutions and issues still ongoing...
Wednesday 22 September 2021

Veteran awarded for voluntary service

Veteran awarded for voluntary service
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A volunteer for the Blaenavon Royal British Legion has won a Community Award at the Welsh Veterans Awards for going above and beyond for his local armed forces community.

£200K worth of illegal cigarettes seized in Wales

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A MILLION illegal cigarettes with a street value of more than £200,000 have been seized in Wales as part of a major crackdown on the country's illegal tobacco trade...

Stretchy plastic recycling project put on hold

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A project to recycle single-use stretchy plastic in Torfaen has been temporarily suspended following a devastating fire at the Capital Valley Plastics...
Monday 20 September 2021

We're looking for new foster carers for our children

We're looking for new foster carers for our children
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Foster Wales Torfaen is part of a new national campaign to recruit more local authority foster carers for local children.
Friday 17 September 2021

September litter picks

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As part of our drive to create a cleaner, greener Torfaen, the Council along with Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) are running a series of litter picks next week...

Council gets keys to state-of-the-art wellbeing centre

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Plans for a new multi-million-pound wellbeing hub have taken a major step forward.

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales

It's Time to Deliver for Young People in Wales
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A report published today by The Interim Youth Work Board for Wales sets out recommendations identifying practical and achievable ways of creating a sustainable model for both the governance and delivery of youth work services in Wales.

School payment system update week ending 17 September

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The Project Team are working determinedly with Civica Pay to resolve the on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal, which continue to affect some schools and parents/carers.
Thursday 16 September 2021

Celebrate 10 years of Rhyme Time with Torfaen Libraries

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Staff at Torfaen Libraries will be marking 10 years of Rhyme Time sessions next week...

Support for new care service

Support for new care service
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A former care worker has launched her own business offering companionship care to the elderly, thanks to Torfaen Council's Communities for Work Plus programme.
Wednesday 15 September 2021

Torfaen Council supports the mighty mission to help Wales become the number one recycling nation this Recycle Week

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Wales is already the third best recycling nation in the world, and the Mighty Mission to get us to number one continues into Recycle Week 2021 from 20 to 26 September...

New food allergen law comes into force on 1 October

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Trading Standards Wales is supporting an initiative by Greater Gwent Food Group to reduce deaths from allergic reactions...
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Torfaen County Borough Council to save millions thanks to energy upgrades

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Torfaen council is on track to save millions of pounds and significantly reduce its carbon footprint and impact on climate change after investing in over 45 energy efficiency upgrades across the borough...
Friday 10 September 2021

Summertime Reading Challenge is almost up!

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There's still time to finish the Summer Reading Challenge if you are only a few books behind...

Have you ever wondered what happens to your black bag rubbish?

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Find out what happens to the rubbish you put in your purple lidded bin by taking a virtual tour around Viridor's Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)...

Electoral boundaries review

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Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation.

Interested in the work of the Council?

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Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022.

School payment systems update

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There are a number of on-going problems with the new Cashless Catering System and the Civica Pay Education Payment Portal which are affecting some schools, and in turn parents and carers accounts...

Your views on nuisance dog orders needed

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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) help local Councils tackle anti-social behaviour. We are reviewing the current PSPOs in place relating to dog controls to ensure they remain relevant and effective in maintaining a clean and green Torfaen, and we want your views..

2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies

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Initial proposals for changes to Parliamentary constituencies in Wales are now live for public consultation

Governance & Audit Committee

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Torfaen Council is seeking to appoint an independent member to sit on its Governance & Audit Committee from May 2022
Thursday 9 September 2021

Residents of Upper Cwmbran get involved in our consultation

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The Council are considering reopening or permanently closing a footpath which lies between 68 Thornhill Road and Merthyr Mawr, Thornhill Road, Upper Cwmbran, and we need residents to help us decide what happens...
Wednesday 8 September 2021

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways

Photography competition celebrating Torfaen's waterways
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We're running a photography competition entitled Views and Nature Around the Waterways of Torfaen.
Tuesday 7 September 2021

Summer fun down at the farm

Summer fun down at the farm
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It's been a busy summer at Greenmeadow Community Farm, which has welcomed more than 17,000 visitors - and 40 rare breed piglets - since it reopened at the end of May.
Friday 3 September 2021

Enforcement officers go back to school

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Parents and carers who drive their children to school will be given road safety advice at the school gates this term....

Museum Car Park closed for essential maintenance

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From 7.30am on Monday, 6th of September, the Pontypool Museum car park will be closed to the public to allow for the reconstruction of the river wall....
Friday 27 August 2021

Fitness programme for women reaches new heights

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An exercise programme for women is proving so popular that extra sessions are being organised to help meet demand.
Wednesday 25 August 2021

No changes to waste and recycling collections on bank holidays

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There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections on Monday 30 August, which is our Summer bank holiday...

If You're Illegally Riding a Privately Owned E-scooter – STOP!

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This summer, some people may be considering purchasing an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people are still looking at alternatives to public transport or a way to reduce car use...
Tuesday 24 August 2021

Play camps are a summer-time success

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Nearly two thousand children have attended camps run by Torfaen Council's Play Service this summer.

Share your feedback on home care services

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People who receive home care services and their families are being asked to tell Torfaen Council about their experiences.
Friday 20 August 2021

Pontypool town centre treasure hunt

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Pontypool Post Office and local independent traders are holding a Children's Treasure Hunt within the town centre between Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August...
Wednesday 18 August 2021

Underage alcohol sales crackdown

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There has been an increase in the number of complaints about premises in Torfaen selling alcohol, cigarettes and vapes to underage children - some as young as 12.

New online learning platform goes live

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It's well documented that learning on the go is increasingly becoming more common place, so to keep up with the pace of change, Torfaen Adult Community Learning have just launched a new 'learn on-the-go' online training platform.

Attendees of prom event urged to get PCR tests

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An appeal is being issued for the attendees of a school prom or graduation party held at the Cwrt Bleddyn hotel near Usk on Wednesday 11 August to get a PCR Covid-19 test.
Tuesday 17 August 2021

New active travel map needs your views

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If you cycle or walk regularly – or would like to – then Torfaen Council needs your help!...
Sunday 15 August 2021

Adult learners celebrating exam success

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Students across Torfaen are celebrating after another set of great A Level and GCSE results, following another difficult year.
Friday 13 August 2021

Community care services under pressure

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Councils in Gwent are alerting residents who receive community health and social care to expect possible changes in their support because of high demand on services and staff shortages.

Play is in for summer

Play is in for summer
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More than 200 children and young people have been enjoying their summer holidays thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Friday 6 August 2021

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!

Autumn Adult Community Learning Brochure is out now!
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Have you ever fancied learning how to trace your family history, speaking a different language or retraining for a new career?
Friday 30 July 2021

Louise wins Care Star Award

Louise wins Care Star Award
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Torfaen Carer Support worker Louise Hook has won a Care Star award for the support she has provided to local carers during the last 15 months.
Wednesday 28 July 2021

Access council services 24/7

Access council services 24/7
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You can contact Torfaen Council anytime of the day by signing up for your personal online council service
Tuesday 27 July 2021

Making streets safer

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Welsh Government want to make our streets safer for everyone...
Friday 23 July 2021

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment

Wellness project supports people on the path to employment
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More than 300 unemployed people have been supported by a project that focuses on improving mental and physical health.

Don't lose your voice in elections

Don't lose your voice in elections
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Torfaen residents are being urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
Thursday 22 July 2021

Spot checks reveal three businesses not complying with Covid regulations

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Castel-Y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the Dorallt, Henllys, Cwmbran and the Oakfield, Cwmbran, are the latest businesses to be issued a Premises Improvement Notice for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020...

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers of mourners

Funeral attendance - permitted numbers of mourners
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The numbers of mourners permitted to attend funerals at Gwent cemeteries and Gwent Crematorium is changing in line with updated government guidance

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife

New report provides important record of the state of Gwent's wildlife
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A thought-provoking new report, launched Wednesday 21st July, has looked at the breadth of wildlife in Gwent, recording the ecological successes and identifying those species most at risk...
Monday 19 July 2021

FSA explains PPDS changes for businesses | FSA explains PPDS changes for businesses (fsaevents.co.uk)

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From 1 October 2021, the requirements for labelling on prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods will change in England, Wales and Northern Ireland....
Saturday 17 July 2021

New fund to save the heart of your community

New fund to save the heart of your community
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Is there a former pub, village hall or shop that used to be the heart of your community? Or is at risk of closing?
Friday 16 July 2021

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover

Subways in Torfaen receive makeover
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Staff and volunteers with Torfaen Play Service are bringing a splash of colour to underground walkways this summer.

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal 16.07.21

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Today, Bleinham Primary School will be changing over to the new Cashless Catering and Education Payment Portal....

Have a waste free BBQ

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If you're making the most of the sun this weekend by having a BBQ here's some top tips on how to make it waste free...
Thursday 15 July 2021
Tuesday 13 July 2021

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize

Creative Writing Tutor Wins Poetry Prize
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A poem about a family affected by the death of their son in World War I has won a national poetry competition.
Friday 9 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update - 9 July 2021

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If you are a carer or parent of children at St Davids, Coed Eva, Cwmffrwdoer, George Street, Henllys Church in Wales, Padro Pio and Ysgol Panteg Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...

Be A Torfaen BetterMan

Be A Torfaen BetterMan
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Following the long running success of Torfaen Sports Development's female only #ifyougoigo programme, it's finally time for the men of Torfaen to step up and take on a similar challenge!

Free interactive online webinars about heritage building conservation

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The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme, working in partnership with the Tywi Centre and Blaenavon Civic Society, will deliver series of interactive online workshops from 6-8 pm on Monday 12 and 19 of July, and 9 August...
Friday 2 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update - 2 July 2021

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If you are a carer or parent of children at Garnteg, Croesyceiliog, Maendy, St. Davids and Ysgol Bryn Onnen Primary school, you should have had your registration letter from the school,..

Spots checks on pubs and shops

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team are conducting enforcement visits to shops and pubs in the borough following an increase in complaints regarding underage drinking and the sale of alcohol to young people...
Thursday 1 July 2021

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper

Gregor proves he's a Little Trooper
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A new club has been set up at New Inn Primary School for pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

Torfaen Libraries Summer Reading Challenge goes Wild

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year it's going Wild...

Torfaen Council now seeking Expressions of Interest for new Grants Programme.

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Businesses in Pontypool, Blaenavon and Cwmbran town centres can register their interest for funding to help regenerate vacant and under used building space...
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