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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

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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...
Thursday 8 July 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (9 - 15 July)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at the car park at the rear of Cwmbran Village Surgery, Victoria Street, Cwmbran until 15 July 2021
Friday 2 July 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update

Description:
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...
Friday 25 June 2021

Cashless catering and Education Payment Portal update

Description:
If you are a carer or parent of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School, you should have had your registration letter from the school...

Connect Torfaen set to launch in Torfaen

Connect Torfaen set to launch in Torfaen
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Connect Torfaen is a new, bespoke social networking platform dedicated to volunteers and community groups in Torfaen.

What would get you to walk or cycle more?

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The council wants to know how walking and cycling routes throughout Torfaen can be improved to help residents ditch the car for everyday journeys...
Wednesday 23 June 2021

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves

How a bin lorry driver from Cwmbran gained the confidence to speak in public – thanks to the Reserves
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Despite a dislike of public speaking, 25-year-old Jack Pritchard from Cwmbran is glad he was pushed out of his comfort zone.
Tuesday 22 June 2021

Council approves extra funds for The British

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Torfaen councillors have voted in favour of allocating an extra £1.2m to regenerate the site of an old ironworks.
Friday 18 June 2021

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards

Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards
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Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards is set to return to bring Torfaen together and recognise those who regularly do good across the third sector, sport, business and the local community.

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Lady of The Angels Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

Changing lives by sharing lives

Changing lives by sharing lives
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This week we celebrate National Shared Lives - a programme, where people open their lives and homes up to help those in need of support.

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer

School's launch competition to find Torfaen's youngest engineer
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A competition has been launched this week in schools across Torfaen in order to find Torfaen's youngest engineer.

Dementia friendly Torfaen business, musiCare, gears up to resume outdoor musical performances at care homes

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Torfaen based musiCare, established in 2013 and run by Dementia Champions, Michael Clutton and Natalie Webb is resuming its professional musical entertainment services outdoors at care homes across the South East Wales region, Herefordshire and Forest of Dean...

Important message for parents/carers of children at Ponthir, Llanyravon, Woodlands and Our Ladies of the Angels Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...

Reminder for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

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By now, you should have had your registration letter from the school, or an email from Civica (donotreply-education@civicapayments.co.uk) about registering for the new Education Payment Portal...
Thursday 17 June 2021

Vandalism continues at Sandybrook Park

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Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, which is currently closed due to vandalism, has been the victim to even more vandalism.
Monday 14 June 2021

Crucial Crew reaches over 1000 pupils in Torfaen

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Around 1000 primary school children have been learning about road safety, dangers of grass fires, and food hygiene as part of their preparations for secondary school...
Friday 11 June 2021

Vandalism at Sandybrook Park

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Sandybrook Park, Cwmbran, is the latest park to be vandalised in the borough

Make sure you pay before you play at Northfields and Southfields

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If you are a sports team or fitness group, please can you make sure you have booked a pitch/hard standing before you play/carry out your class

Pontypool Indoor Market Traders get creative

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A number of talented market traders at Pontypool Indoor Market are now displaying their artwork across the Market Hall

Work Begins On Carers Garden

Work Begins On Carers Garden
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Work has started on a new flower garden dedicated to all unpaid carers in Torfaen.

Road Closure in Pontypool Town Centre

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An emergency road closure on Commercial Street, Pontypool will remain in place into next week to undertake emergency repairs to collapsed sewerage pipes

Important message for parents/carers of children at Pontnewydd Primary School

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The way parents/carers pay for school meals, trips and other items is changing...
Wednesday 9 June 2021

Help For Young Carers

Help For Young Carers
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A pioneering scheme to support young carers in Torfaen is helping more than 100 youngsters.
Tuesday 8 June 2021

Emergency road closure in Pontypool

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The council is putting an emergency road closure on Commercial Street, Pontypool from 7am tomorrow morning (9th of June)

HMRC & Trading Standards crackdown on illegal alcohol

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More than 4000 cans of lager including Stella Artois, Orangeboom and Kronenbourg have been seized by trading standards and customs officers...

Extra Help For Carers

Extra Help For Carers
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Around 120 carers have been given extra help by Torfaen Council's social care teams during the coronavirus pandemic
Monday 7 June 2021

Your Voice Your Decision

Description:
Did you know that you can apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney at any age?

Opportunities to work with an Ecologist to enhance wildlife at churchyards and burial sites

Description:
Love Your Burial Ground Week runs from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 June, and this year, the Council, along with partner organisations, are leading on several sub-projects under The Resilient Greater Gwent work programme, funded by Welsh Government's Enabling Natural Resources & Wellbeing Grant...

Vandalism at Pontnewydd Park

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Last week Pontnewydd Park was exposed to vandalism like we've never seen before.
Saturday 5 June 2021

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems

Celebrating Torfaen's Ecosystems
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It's World Environment Day and this year's theme is ecosystem restoration. Local Nature Partnership Coordinator Veronika Brannovic explains why ecosystems are important and what's being done in Torfaen to develop them.
Friday 4 June 2021

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun

Volunteers Help With Half-Term Fun
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Playworkers and volunteers have provided play and wellbeing sessions for vulnerable children across Torfaen during the Whitsun holidays.
Wednesday 2 June 2021

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Council wants views on Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
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The council's Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee are meeting at 10am on the 9th of June to consider a report on how the council is preparing for changes to the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act

Young Volunteers Thanked

Young Volunteers Thanked
Description:
Hundreds of young people volunteer with Torfaen Council's Play Service every year.
Friday 28 May 2021

Wales Nature Week 29 May - 6 June

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This year, the Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP), are asking the public to explore, discover and share their nature stories and experiences during Wales Nature Week (29 May – 6 June)...

Calling all Torfaen litter heroes - Spring Clean Cymru is back

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People in Torfaen and across Wales are being encouraged to 'be part of the pick' and join Spring Clean Cymru 2021...
Thursday 27 May 2021

Volunteers' Week 2021 – A Time to Say Thanks

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National Volunteers Week takes place from 1 – 7 June 2021 and this year Torfaen Council and Torfaen Voluntary Alliance are paying tribute to the thousands of volunteers that have given their time over the last 15 months to support causes they care about.
Tuesday 25 May 2021

Two vehicles seized at Operation Options

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During Global Road Safety Week (17-23 May), the council worked in partnership with Gwent Police, and South Wales Fire and Rescue, to run Operation Option sessions...
Friday 21 May 2021

Guardians Contract Awarded to Groundwork Wales

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Valleys Regional Park are pleased to have contracted Groundwork Wales to continue delivering the VRP Guardians Scheme...

97 per cent of households respond to Census 2021

97 per cent of households respond to Census 2021
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The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent of households across England and Wales making sure they count when it comes to local services like school places, GP surgeries and hospital beds.
Thursday 20 May 2021

'Get There Together'

'Get There Together'
Description:
In Gwent during 'Dementia Action week' (17 – 23 May 2021), Torfaen Council would like to promote our part in the National Bevan Exemplar project, 'Get There Together'.
Wednesday 19 May 2021

Greenmeadow Farm to reopen

Greenmeadow Farm to reopen
Description:
After 14 months, over 100 litres of paint and more than 150 baby animals, Greenmeadow Farm will reopen to visitors this weekend.

Welsh Medium Childcare Development at Ysgol Panteg

Welsh Medium Childcare Development at Ysgol Panteg
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Building works will begin later this month on the Ysgol Panteg primary school site in which a new Welsh Medium childcare provision will be located.

Men Who Care tee off

Men Who Care tee off
Description:
As part of Foster Care Fortnight, the Celtic Manor Resort generously offered two rounds of golf to Gwent's local authority foster carers.
Tuesday 18 May 2021

Key political appointments made at AGM

Key political appointments made at AGM
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At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 18th of May, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead

'Wildlife & Wellbeing' packages on offer to social care workers as part of Urban Wildlife project

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Last Summer, the Council, along with partner organisations, took lead on a new Urban Biodiversity project 'An Urban Buzz'...
Monday 17 May 2021

Support for LGBTQ youngsters making a difference

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Members of an LGBTQ support group for young people have welcomed Torfaen Council's commitment to supporting gender diversity and promoting equality

Men Who Care wellbeing walk

Men Who Care wellbeing walk
Description:
As part of this years Foster Care Fortnight campaign, Torfaen Council have joined other local authority fostering teams across the Gwent region to host a regional Men Who Care Wellbeing Walk in Pontypool Park.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre reopening

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre reopening
Description:
From Tuesday 18 May, the Heritage Café located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will resume serving customers indoors, with the World Heritage Centre exhibition, gift shop and Tourist Information Centre also reopening
Friday 14 May 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (17 - 28 May)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 28 May 2021

Torfaen Council says it with flowers

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This week, nearly 200 bouquets have been hand-delivered to foster carers by Torfaen Council's adult social care team, as part of Foster Care Fortnight.

Good Samaritan raises almost £5,000 running Ultramarathon

Good Samaritan raises almost £5,000 running Ultramarathon
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After five and a half months training council employee Alex Jones finally got the chance to put her mind and body to the test in a gruelling 24 hour ultramarathon, raising more than £4,700 for the Samaritans.

Let People Know You're Open

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Torfaen Council is calling on community groups and organisations stirring from the restrictions of the pandemic to let people know they're back open.
Thursday 13 May 2021

Boom in recycling rates

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The amount of cardboard being left out for recycling in Torfaen has increased by 16 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

New trees vandalised

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Dozens of newly planted beech trees have vandalised at Cwmbran Boating Lake
Wednesday 12 May 2021

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands

Students taking Mind Matters into their own hands
Description:
Coleg Gwent has been offering it's students training to help boost their mental health and wellbeing, and to support their friends as well.

Have your Say on Active Travel

Have your Say on Active Travel
Description:
Residents in Torfaen are being asked to help improve walking and cycling routes for everyday journeys around Torfaen.
Monday 10 May 2021

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales

Britain's Got Talent star unveils latest art project celebrating local authority foster carers across Wales
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Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn wants to shine a light on the work that Torfaen's foster carers do, as Pontypool Civic Centre will be lit up in orange this Foster Care Fortnight.

Torfaen Council is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week

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Today (Monday 10 May 2021)marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health.
Friday 7 May 2021

Cwmbran cash office reopening

Description:
Next week, Cwmbran Cash Office will re-open on Thursday 13th May and Friday 14th May and will continue open every Thursday and Friday thereafter.
Tuesday 4 May 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (5 - 11 May)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 11 May 2021
Friday 30 April 2021

Calum supported to unlock doors to success

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A new business venture, supported by Torfaen Council's Communities For Work and Careers Wales, launched this month in the county borough.
Wednesday 28 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (28 April - 4 May)

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 4 May 2021

Reminder: Libraries reopening Tuesday 4 May

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Libraries in Torfaen are reopening from Tuesday 4 May for limited browsing, borrowing and returning books.
Tuesday 27 April 2021

No changes to waste and recycling collections on bank holidays

Description:
There will be no changes to waste and recycling collections next week on the May bank holiday.....
Friday 23 April 2021

Community Renewal Fund information session

Description:
Further to our invitation to bid on 20th April, Torfaen County Borough Council in partnership with Torfaen Voluntary Alliance has organised a webinar on the 29th April from 11am-12 noon...

Torfaen Youth Service win mock Senedd election

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Five Young People from Torfaen Youth Service have recently taken part in a virtual Mock Senedd Election, competing against other young people political parties from across Wales.

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high

Demand for Torfaen Community Meals hits an all-time high
Description:
A Torfaen Council meal delivery service has seen demand for its service increase by almost a third over the past year.
Wednesday 21 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (20 - 27 April)

Description:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 27 April 2021

Changes to polling stations

Changes to polling stations
Description:
Things will look different for people planning to vote at a polling station at next month's elections.
Tuesday 20 April 2021

UK Community Renewal Fund: Invitation to Submit Project Bids

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Torfaen County Borough Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to deliver activity as part of the UK Community Renewal Fund...
Friday 16 April 2021

Phase 2 of libraries reopening

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that all libraries will reopen from Tuesday 4 May for limited browsing, borrowing and returning books...

Green waste (garden waste) reminder

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Unfortunately, due to some residents using their green waste bin inappropriately our recycling contractors haven't been able to recycle everything we have sent them this week. ..

Celebrating 'Month of the Military Child'

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April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, which highlights the important role Service children play in the Armed Forces community.
Wednesday 14 April 2021

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Centres in Torfaen (14 - 20 April)

Description:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has extended the Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit at Greenmeadow Community Farm until 20 April 2021
Tuesday 13 April 2021

New Torfaen councillors

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Meet Torfaen Council's newest councillors who were elected in three by-elections last week

Pontypool skate park closed for essential repairs

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Pontypool skate park will remain closed until essential ramp repairs can be carried out, due to safety concerns related to their current condition...
Monday 12 April 2021

Next steps for post-EU funding

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On 3 March, the UK Government announced further details on how replacement EU funds will be made available via the Shared Prosperity Fund...
Friday 9 April 2021

All areas of Cwmbran Boating Lake open to the public tomorrow morning

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Tomorrow morning (Saturday 10 April), all access points to the Cwmbran Boating Lake will be open to the public...

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021
Description:
Torfaen Council is saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

More Than 1000 Popular Magazines Now Available for Download through Torfaen Libraries and the Libby reading app

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that more than 1,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7
Thursday 8 April 2021

Cash offices to reopen

Cash offices to reopen
Description:
The cash offices in Pontypool Civic Centre and Blaenavon Medical Centre will re-open from Monday April 12th
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