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Wednesday 20 March 2019

Green waste collections to resume

Description:
Fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 25 March.
Friday 15 March 2019

New policy for rough sleepers

Description:
Last week Torfaen Council introduced a new policy to help rough sleepers access temporary accommodation.
Wednesday 13 March 2019

Staff clear over 600 bags of litter from Torfaen roadsides

Description:
More than 600 bags of rubbish have been cleared from roadside verges over the past ten days following the launch of this year's Torfaen Spring Clean campaign.
Friday 8 March 2019

Torfaen Youth Apprenticeship scheme success

Torfaen Youth Apprenticeship scheme success
Description:
18-year-old Thannaya Lewis, 17-year-old Josh Legge, 20-year-old Libby Martin and 17-year-old Carla O Brien are the latest cohort to complete Torfaen Youth Services apprenticeship programme.
Thursday 7 March 2019

Magic Moments in Homecare

Magic Moments in Homecare
Description:
Today (7/3/2019), The Wales School for Social Care Research and The Gwent Regional Partnership Team launched an interactive event that brings together home carers from across Gwent and beyond to celebrate the innovation, commitment and good practice of care staff through the sharing of stories and magic moments.
Wednesday 6 March 2019

Help Friends of The British with hedge planting this weekend

Help Friends of The British with hedge planting this weekend
Description:
Can you spare an hour or two on Saturday 09 March to help the Friends of The British with hedge planting?

Council approves 2019/20 budget

Description:
Councillors have this week approved the budget for 2019/20
Tuesday 5 March 2019

Thousands more care workers needed in Wales by 2030

Thousands more care workers needed in Wales by 2030
Description:
Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities across the country.

Polling station review

Description:
The council is reviewing all its polling districts and polling stations in Torfaen.

New well-being initiative launched in Torfaen for families

Description:
Torfaen Play Service are working in partnership with Sports Development and Families First to deliver a series of health and well-being sessions to families in Torfaen.
Monday 4 March 2019

Torfaen preparing for spring clean with cleanse of A4042 roadside verges

Torfaen preparing for spring clean with cleanse of A4042 roadside verges
Description:
The council has started preparations ahead of its third Spring Clean which begins Friday 22 March and runs until Tuesday 23 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will run in parallel with Keep Wales Tidy's annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign.

Apprenticeship Week Cymru 2019 – You're hired!

Apprenticeship Week Cymru 2019 – You're hired!
Description:
Torfaen Training encourages businesses to embrace apprentices as part of a nationwide celebration of the value of apprentices.
Friday 1 March 2019

Fun in the sun

Fun in the sun
Description:
Over the half term period, Torfaen Play Service provided a wide range of free play related activities for children and young people.
Thursday 28 February 2019

Reminder - New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre on Monday

Reminder - New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre on Monday
Description:
Reminder - New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre on Monday
Wednesday 27 February 2019

One2One Mortgage Solutions opens in Pontypool town centre

One2One Mortgage Solutions opens in Pontypool town centre
Description:
Monday marked the opening of One2One Mortgage Solutions in Pontypool town centre.

Two memorial benches installed in Abersychan car park to reflect on the fallen

Two memorial benches installed in Abersychan car park to reflect on the fallen
Description:
Earlier in the month two memorial benches were installed in Abersychan car park to honour fallen soldiers from Abersychan in the First and Second World Wars.
Tuesday 26 February 2019

Wales Cyber Safety Bus Tour

Wales Cyber Safety Bus Tour
Description:
The importance of cyber security and the threats posed to businesses and individuals will be highlighted in March when a specially equipped cyber information bus is set to tour all 22 unitary authorities in Wales.
Thursday 21 February 2019

Art centre plans for former school approved

Description:
Plans to transform the former Victoria Primary School building into a community arts centre and base for a children's service collaboration were approved by councillors.

New Loans to help improve homes

New Loans to help improve homes
Description:
This week (Tuesday, 19 February) Torfaen council's cabinet committee approved the introduction of a Property Appreciation Loan (PAL) to provide financial assistance to home owners in the borough.
Wednesday 20 February 2019

Meet the dinosaurs at Pontypool Indoor Market for free this February half term

Meet the dinosaurs at Pontypool Indoor Market for free this February half term
Description:
Come and meet Ronnie the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends on Thursday 28 February at Pontypool Indoor Market
Monday 18 February 2019

Make a difference, volunteer with Torfaen Play Service

Make a difference, volunteer with Torfaen Play Service
Description:
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service is now recruiting new Play Volunteers and Play Helpers for Summer Play schemes in both Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
Wednesday 13 February 2019

Inquiry launches national TV campaign for the Truth Project

Description:
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a landmark television public awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have the opportunity to be heard at the Truth Project.
Tuesday 12 February 2019

Young people encouraged to get creative with 'Grow Wild' funding

Description:
Young people aged 14-25 across the country are being given the chance to apply for £500 to lead a project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.

High Street Jeweller Fined for Misleading Consumers

Description:
The owner of high street jeweller H Samuel has been fined £60,000 after admitting misleading customers about price information presented on its website.
Friday 8 February 2019

Tips for cooking an allergy-friendly Valentine's meal

Tips for cooking an allergy-friendly Valentine's meal
Description:
Cooking for a partner with food allergy can seem like a daunting task, especially on a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day, when you want everything to be special and you really don't want to get it wrong!
Monday 4 February 2019

Council trials new smart technology for social care

Description:
The Lifeline service in Torfaen is currently trialling the use of new smart technology in order to support the most vulnerable people across the borough to overcome the challenges they face daily.
Thursday 31 January 2019

New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre

Description:
On Monday 04 March a new bag sorting policy will be coming into action at the Household Waste recycling Centre (HWRC) as part of the council's plans to reduce the amount of recyclable products sent for disposal.
Wednesday 30 January 2019

Bethlehem Chapel receives £300,000 investment

Bethlehem Chapel receives £300,000 investment
Description:
A Grade II listed chapel in Blaenavon will be transformed into a community hub thanks to a £303k investment.
Tuesday 29 January 2019

Police and Crime Commissioner launches newsletter

Police and Crime Commissioner launches newsletter
Description:
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has launched a new e-newsletter.
Monday 28 January 2019

PopUp Business School coming to Torfaen

PopUp Business School coming to Torfaen
Description:
A life changing opportunity for people to learn how to start their own business with almost next to nothing except enthusiasm and determination is what's on offer at the Torfaen PopUp Business School taking place between 11th - 13th February 2019
Tuesday 22 January 2019

Torfaen issues social care digital innovation challenge

Torfaen issues social care digital innovation challenge
Description:
Technology businesses will be invited to develop solutions that could transform adult social care services in Torfaen and potentially world-wide, after the council successful secured £1.25 million from a UK Government digital innovation fund.

Pensioner caught selling illegal cigarettes

Pensioner caught selling illegal cigarettes
Description:
A Torfaen pensioner has been fined more than £200 and had £2000 confiscated after pleading guilty to selling illegal cigarettes at pubs around Cwmbran

Torfaen Council prosecutes food business in Cwmbran

Torfaen Council prosecutes food business in Cwmbran
Description:
On Friday 11 January 2019 Rashid Iqbal, director of a company running Premier Stores from 15 Edlogan Square, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, has been successfully prosecuted by Torfaen Council
Friday 18 January 2019

Torfaen to benefit from Safe Places funding

Torfaen to benefit from Safe Places funding
Description:
The Safe Places Organisation has received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to expand the Safe Places National Network across the UK.
Thursday 17 January 2019

Pontypool Nationwide Building Society awarded Dementia Friends status

Pontypool Nationwide Building Society awarded Dementia Friends status
Description:
Nationwide Building Society in Pontypool is one of the latest organisations in Torfaen to gain their 'Working Towards being Dementia Friendly' status.
Tuesday 15 January 2019

Your views wanted on proposals to reorganise Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw

Description:
On Monday 14 January, Torfaen Council opened statutory consultation on proposals to extend the age range of pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.
Thursday 10 January 2019

Consultation on rugby ground lease

Consultation on rugby ground lease
Description:
A consultation on the future management of the rugby ground within Pontypool Park is now open.

Torfaen Adult Learning class contribute to UK Study for Contemporary Adult Reading

Torfaen Adult Learning class contribute to UK Study for Contemporary Adult Reading
Description:
Torfaen Adult Community Learning's Essential Skills Communications class has been a part of a growing study headed by University College London about 'Reading Aloud in Britain Today'.
Tuesday 8 January 2019

New Torfaen Play sessions prove a success in the New Year

New Torfaen Play sessions prove a success in the New Year
Description:
Torfaen Play Service started 2019 by doing what they do best, offering play and support sessions to children across Torfaen.

Have we got Loos for you!

Description:
We want to hear your views on our draft local toilets strategy.
Friday 21 December 2018

Torfaen Employability Work Placement Scheme takes off

Description:
34-year-old Dafydd Howells from Blaenavon, 21-year old Lucas Vaughan and 29-year-old Sammy Edwards from Cwmbran are the latest candidates to successfully find full time employment through the Bridges into Work 2 work placement scheme
Friday 14 December 2018

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council for successes during 2018

Description:
A number of Torfaen businesses and individual professionals who have been successful in winning national and regional awards during 2018 have met with Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council.
Thursday 13 December 2018

James wins National 'Young Volunteer Award'

James wins National 'Young Volunteer Award'
Description:
21-year-old James Matthews from Ponthir has recently been awarded the 'Young Volunteer of the Year award' at the annual National Volunteering Matters AGM awards ceremony in London
Friday 7 December 2018

Celebration of Play Volunteers in Torfaen

Celebration of Play Volunteers in Torfaen
Description:
This week, Torfaen Play Service hosted their annual Volunteer Awards evening to celebrate the work of nearly 200 volunteers this year, delivering community play provision across the borough

Have we got Loos for you!

Description:
Torfaen Council want to hear your views on its draft local toilets strategy. The draft strategy has been produced as a requirement of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017
Tuesday 4 December 2018

Torfaen receives Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award

Torfaen receives Silver Armed Forces Covenant Award
Description:
Major Stephen Dwyer, representing the 104th Regiment Royal Artillery, attended full council to officially award Torfaen a silver award on behalf of the 'Defence Employer Recognition Scheme'
Monday 3 December 2018

Update - Pontnewydd Park improvements

Description:
Torfaen Council has secured funding through the Mon and Brecon Adventure Triangle to undertake improvements to paths, open spaces, links to the canal and national cycle network in the park.

School improvement recognised but special measures required

School improvement recognised but special measures required
Description:
Today (3rd December), Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales published a monitoring report on Cwmbran High School which places the school in special measures
Friday 30 November 2018

Money raised for White Ribbon Campaign

Money raised for White Ribbon Campaign
Description:
Torfaen vs the Emergency Services Charity Football match has raised over £200 for the #WhiteRibbon Campaign and Torfaen Womens Aid.
Thursday 29 November 2018

New order brings in changes for dog walkers

New order brings in changes for dog walkers
Description:
Important information for dog walkers in Torfaen
Wednesday 28 November 2018

Torfaen Play Service - Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2018

Torfaen Play Service - Volunteer Awards Ceremony 2018
Description:
On Monday 3 December young people across Torfaen are set to celebrate another successful year supporting community play settings in Torfaen at this years Play Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
Tuesday 27 November 2018

Spring preparations at Pontnewydd Park

Description:
A series of activities are planned to take place at Pontnewydd Park to help maintain it's appearance.
Thursday 22 November 2018

Record results for gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen

Record results for gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen
Description:
Record numbers of gypsy and traveller children in Torfaen are gaining new skills and qualifications thanks to the success of the borough's gypsy and traveller service.
Wednesday 21 November 2018

Torfaen hosts inspirational women in business event

Torfaen hosts inspirational  women in business  event
Description:
On Thursday 8 November 2018 over 75 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.
Monday 19 November 2018

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Blaenavon

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Blaenavon
Description:
Torfaen Community Safety Team and Gwent Police, Neighbourhood Policing Team are hosting a community engagement evening in Blaenavon.

First sod cut at the Torfaen Learning Zone

Description:
Today, (Monday, November 19) Torfaen Council and Coleg Gwent officially cut the first sod of Torfaen's new post 16 learning centre to mark the beginning of a new era for education in Torfaen.

Torfaen Santa Appeal deadline

Description:
The deadline date for Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal is Monday 3 December 2018.
Thursday 15 November 2018

Crownbridge Primary School pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of WW1

Crownbridge Primary School pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of WW1
Description:
This morning, ex-service men and women from Torfaen joined with pupils and staff from Crownbridge School for a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Wednesday 14 November 2018

Torfaen gypsy and traveller pupils raise £800 for Poppy Appeal

Torfaen gypsy and traveller pupils raise £800 for Poppy Appeal
Description:
Gypsy and traveller pupils from West Monmouth School raised £800 for the Royal British Legion by designing and selling their own poppies.

Online Blaenavon family business, Sprinklez, expands into retail premises

Online Blaenavon family business, Sprinklez, expands into retail premises
Description:
Torfaen Economy and Enterprise project supports online start-up to expand into retail premises at Heritage Court in Blaenavon.
Friday 9 November 2018

Dementia Friendly School entertains residents at Ty Gwyn Care Home

Description:
Pupils from Greenmeadow Primary School choir has recently visited Ty Gwyn Care Home in Cwmbran as part of their Dementia Friendly Schools commitment.
Tuesday 6 November 2018

Playschemes bring children together over the half term period

Description:
More than 300 children attended Torfaen playschemes over the half term period, with over 80 trained volunteers giving up their time to support the scheme.
Thursday 1 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday parades and services - 11.11.18

Description:
Details on Torfaen's Remembrance Parades and Services
Wednesday 31 October 2018

Closed Pontypool bank reopens as vintage and antiques emporium

Closed Pontypool bank reopens as vintage and antiques emporium
Description:
A former Barclays Bank in Pontypool, which was saved by the local community when it closed its doors in 2017, has reopened as a vintage and antiques emporium.
Tuesday 30 October 2018

Help design Blaenavon's Time Travellers benches

Help design Blaenavon's Time Travellers benches
Description:
Residents are invited to help design time travelling benches that will use virtual reality to recreate the sights and sounds of Blaenavon in the 19th century.

Pontypool Halloween Spooktacular

Description:
Hundreds of people visited Pontypool for a spooktacular Halloween event on Saturday.
Monday 29 October 2018

Trading Standards crackdown on Facebook counterfeiters

Trading Standards crackdown on Facebook counterfeiters
Description:
Two Torfaen Facebook traders have pleaded guilty to the sale and possession of counterfeit clothes and tobacco.

Pontypool buildings given new lease of life

Pontypool buildings given new lease of life
Description:
The renovation of two buildings in Pontypool has created 10 new affordable homes in the town centre.
Friday 26 October 2018

Celebrate International Games Week at Cwmbran Library

Celebrate International Games Week at Cwmbran Library
Description:
Cwmbran Library is holding a special board gaming event for 11-16 year olds on Thursday 8 November to celebrate International Games Week.
Wednesday 24 October 2018

Halloween fun at Pontypool Indoor Market

Halloween fun at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Pontypool Indoor Market will be taken over by witches and wizards on Saturday 27 October for a special Harry Potter inspired Halloween event.
Tuesday 23 October 2018

'Cuppa and chat' sessions launch at Farm

'Cuppa and chat' sessions launch at Farm
Description:
A new group that aims to tackle loneliness by bringing different generations together for a cuppa and a chat is launching in Cwmbran

Summer reading success

Summer reading success
Description:
Almost a thousand children in Torfaen took part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge and read six library books or more during the school holidays.

Family fun at Llanyrafon Manor this autumn​

Description:
With Halloween and Christmas on the horizon, Llanyrafon Manor have organised an array of fun filled Autumn events for all the family to enjoy.
Friday 19 October 2018

Spread some joy this Christmas

Spread some joy this Christmas
Description:
This year's Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal opens on Thursday 1 November 2018.
Wednesday 17 October 2018

People have their say in Residents Survey

People have their say in Residents Survey
Description:
More than half of Torfaen residents have rated the quality of public services in the borough as good.

Spooky stories and crafts at Cwmbran Library

Spooky stories and crafts at Cwmbran Library
Description:
Enjoy spooky stories and craft at Cwmbran Library this Halloween.
Monday 15 October 2018

Volunteers clear litter from local lanes

Description:
Volunteers have cleared litter and fly-tipping from lanes and footpaths at the Race in Pontypool.

A new Universal Credit Hub opened its doors in Panteg

A new Universal Credit Hub opened its doors in Panteg
Description:
Today, Torfaen Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 teams launched a their first Universal Credit Hub at Age Connects, Sebastopol.
Friday 12 October 2018

Youth apprenticeship sets Conor on the right path

Youth apprenticeship sets Conor on the right path
Description:
Torfaen Youth Service works with young people across Torfaen to support them towards a prosperous future as qualified Youth Workers. Conor Smith is the latest apprentice youth worker to take on this.
Wednesday 10 October 2018

A new Universal Credit Hub is due to launch in Panteg

Description:
Come along and join the Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 teams at the official opening of their new Universal Credit Hub at Age Connects, Sebastopol on Monday 15 October from 1pm.
Friday 5 October 2018

Nominate a Torfaen sporting hero

Nominate a Torfaen sporting hero
Description:
Torfaen Sports Development are partnering with the Torfaen Leisure Trust to launch the very first 'Torfaen Sporting Heroes Awards' this year.
Thursday 4 October 2018

Play time for Torfaen families

Play time for Torfaen families
Description:
More than 200 families are attending Torfaen Play Service 'Family and Play' sessions across the borough, with six sessions being delivered on a weekly basis.
Wednesday 3 October 2018

Facebook fraudster caught selling counterfeit clothes

Facebook fraudster caught selling counterfeit clothes
Description:
A Facebook trader from Pontypool has been ordered to carry out 60 hours of community service after he was caught selling counterfeit clothes on Facebook.

Remembering the Great War

Remembering the Great War
Description:
Gwent Archives have organised a special event to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Tuesday 2 October 2018

Celebrating 'International Day of Older People' 2018

Celebrating 'International Day of Older People' 2018
Description:
International Day of Older People; this year we are celebrating the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nursery admissions for 2019

Nursery admissions for 2019
Description:
The closing date for the Nursery 2019 admission round is Friday 5 October.

Bookings open for women in business event

Bookings open for women in business event
Description:
Bookings are open for Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 8 November.
Monday 1 October 2018

New plaque commemorates First World War

New plaque commemorates First World War
Description:
A new plaque has been unveiled outside Torfaen council's Civic Office in Pontypool marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Friday 28 September 2018

Foodie event celebrates local produce

Foodie event celebrates local produce
Description:
There will be a celebration of local produce at Pontypool Indoor Market's Foodie Thursday on 4 October.
Thursday 27 September 2018

Over 180 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium

Over 180 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium
Description:
More than 180 children from schools across Torfaen took part in the annual EFL (English Football League) Trust kid's cup at Cwmbran Stadium today.
Wednesday 26 September 2018

Penygarn Primary will be closed on 27/09/2018

Description:
Penygarn Primary will be closed to all pupils tomorrow (Thursday) 27th of September.

Iconic building set for transformation

Description:
One of Blaenavon's most historic buildings is to be transformed after being awarded funding of almost £280,000.

'Women in Construction' event coming to Cwmbran

'Women in Construction' event coming to Cwmbran
Description:
Acorn Recruitment is partnering with Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 to host a 'Careers for women in construction' event in Cwmbran.

New campaign launched to support young people with food allergies

New campaign launched to support young people with food allergies
Description:
The 'easy to ASK' campaign reminds food establishments to ask customers about their dietary needs. The campaign is a partnership between Torfaen council and the Food Standards Agency.
Tuesday 25 September 2018

New plaque to commemorate First World War

New plaque to commemorate First World War
Description:
A service to unveil a plaque marking 100 years since the end of the First World War will take place on Monday 1 October at 10am outside the Civic Centre building in Pontypool.

Firework displays - get registered and stay safe

Firework displays - get registered and stay safe
Description:
Torfaen council is advising anyone organising fireworks displays this November to register their event and receive free safety advice.
Friday 21 September 2018

Cwmbran pupils organise first health and happiness conference 'by children, for children'

Cwmbran pupils organise first health and happiness conference 'by children, for children'
Description:
More than 175 children attended the first health and happiness conference organised by children for children at Blenheim Road Primary School on Friday.

Abersychan roadworks scheme

Abersychan roadworks scheme
Description:
A major programme of works to improve the Union Street/Broad Street junction in the centre of Abersychan will start on Monday 8 October

Greenmeadow Primary School receives Dementia Friends Award from Alzheimer's Society.

Greenmeadow Primary School receives Dementia Friends Award from Alzheimer's Society.
Description:
More than 200 pupils and staff at Greenmeadow Primary school have completed Alzheimer's Society's awareness training and have become Dementia Friends by learning about dementia and what life is like for people living with condition.

The traineeship that transformed Demi's career

The traineeship that transformed Demi's career
Description:
21-year-old Demi Jenkins is the latest Torfaen Training trainee to successfully setup her own beauty and nails business.
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