News Archive

Wednesday 5 October 2022

£1.77m plan for Greenmeadow Farm

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Councillors have approved a £1.77m plan to overhaul Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 4 October 2022

Garden waste collections extended

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Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen are extended for the duration of November, after being suspended for a few weeks earlier in the year...
Monday 3 October 2022

Name the recycling vehicle

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Torfaen Council is taking delivery of 19 new recycling vehicles over the next few months, and we want school children to name them...
Thursday 29 September 2022

Ukrainian Community Day

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More than 30 Ukrainian refugees got the chance to find out about - and experience - some of the different learning opportunities on offer with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Proposed changes to Hackney Carriage fares

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Torfaen Council has received a request from the Hackney Carriage trade to increase their fares. Hackney Carriages are the black taxis that can be hired on the taxi ranks in Torfaen or be hailed in the street, and use a meter system to work out the cost of a journey...

Welsh Secretary sees community renewal projects in Torfaen

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Secretary of State for Wales Robert Buckland has viewed two community projects in Torfaen which are receiving UK Government funding to increase the amount of locally-produced food and combat food poverty...
Monday 26 September 2022

Winter Fuel Payment

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A one-off £200 payment to help eligible households with fuel costs this winter has opened for applications.
Friday 23 September 2022

Great Big Green Week

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There will be a host of activities in Torfaen next week as part of #GreatBigGreenWeek, which starts this Saturday.

Footpath diversion gets green light

Footpath diversion gets green light
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An alternative public right of way has opened for walkers which now removes the need to walk through the grounds of Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw.
Thursday 22 September 2022

Connecting volunteers in Torfaen

Connecting volunteers in Torfaen
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If you fancy volunteering but don't know where to start, the Connect Torfaen has more than 60 volunteer vacancies...
Wednesday 21 September 2022

Mic Morris Trust reopens

Mic Morris Trust reopens
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A fund that has supported hundreds of aspiring athletes in Torfaen has reopened to new applications.
Tuesday 20 September 2022

Staff celebrate 30 years at school

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Two members of staff are celebrating 30 years working at the same school.

Canal consultation

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The canal is one of Torfaen's most popular attractions for local residents and visitors and is an important conservation area...
Friday 16 September 2022

Tributes paid to rugby great

Tributes paid to rugby great
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Tributes have been pouring in for Pontypool RFC legend Eddie Butler, who sadly passed away yesterday, aged 65.
Thursday 15 September 2022

Royal visit to Cardiff

Royal visit to Cardiff
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King Charles III will visit Cardiff tomorrow - Friday 16 September - on his first visit to Wales since the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Monday 12 September 2022

Torfaen Proclamation of King Charles III

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Councillors and civic leaders gathered at Pontypool Civic Centre on Sunday for the local Proclamation of King Charles III
Friday 9 September 2022

Torfaen Remembers

Torfaen Remembers
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Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we would like to provide you with some information linked to the week or so ahead
Thursday 8 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)
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It is with true sadness that we receive the news that The Queen has passed away at Balmoral

New history book and exhibition

New history book and exhibition
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Step through the ages and find out what life was like in Blaenavon town centre in the latest book by Blaenavon Heritage History Group.

Special Ukrainian picnic in the park

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Ukrainian refugees living across Gwent got the chance to meet each other at a special picnic at Pontypool Park on the weekend.

Family fun on the Farm

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The Greenmeadow Show is back at the farm this weekend after a two-year absence.
Monday 5 September 2022

Resident prosecuted for fly-tipped furniture

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A resident has been prosecuted by Torfaen Council for fly-tipping after an eyewitness reported dumped household items, including broken furniture, a chair and carpet, near their home in Blaenavon.
Friday 2 September 2022

Manager of dirty takeaway fined for food hygiene offences

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The manager of a takeaway business has admitted food hygiene charges after Torfaen Council's Environmental Health Officers discovered the premises in a dirty and greasy condition, with foods exposed to risks of contamination...

Multi-use games area vandalised again

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Vandals have damaged an all weather sports pitch and games area for a second time in less than a year...
Friday 26 August 2022

Garden waste collections suspended for 2 weeks

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From this Bank Holiday Monday, Torfaen Council will suspend Garden Waste collections for 2 weeks from Monday 29 August until Friday 9 September
Thursday 25 August 2022

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning
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School pupils aren't the only ones getting their GCSE results today. Adult learners in Torfaen are also finding out if they made the grade
Thursday 18 August 2022

Second Thrifty School Shop event a success

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The second Thrifty School Shop which was held at Pontypool Indoor Market yesterday was a success - people were turning up early to get in!...
Tuesday 16 August 2022

August Bank Holiday update

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August bank holiday update...
Monday 15 August 2022

There's still time to take part in the Nature Isn't Neat survey

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Since its launch, this summer's Nature isn't Neat online Survey has received more than 1,000 responses from across Torfaen and the wider Gwent area...
Thursday 11 August 2022

For Dad, By Dads

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New and expectant fathers in Torfaen can sign up to a new programme which aims to support dads on their new journey of parenthood.

Your issues under the spotlight

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Torfaen Council's five scrutiny committees have decided the topics they will examine over the next year.
Wednesday 10 August 2022

Knitting her way to success

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Pontypool Indoor Market stall holder Tania Britten of The Craft Cabin, has been nominated for this year's British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2022, under the category of Best Regional Independent Store...
Tuesday 9 August 2022

Grants to transform empty town centre buildings

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

Childcare support for families to be expanded

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A programme that supports families with young children living in deprived areas is being expanded.
Friday 5 August 2022

Disability access group expands

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A forum which gives people with disabilities in Torfaen a voice has seen the number of people attending its meetings more than double.
Thursday 4 August 2022

Libraries' Summer of Fun

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As part of the Torfaen Summer of Fun, Torfaen Libraries will be hosting a wide variety of free activities throughout August, including science workshops, slime making, sessions on creating Lego robots and story and crafts. Some sessions are already fully booked so be quick and book your space today
Friday 29 July 2022

Carer Friendly Award is first in Wales

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Torfaen Council has become the first organisation in Wales to be granted Carer Friendly Employer Accreditation by the Care Collective.

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes
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More than 340 staff and volunteers at Torfaen Play Service are getting ready to hop, skip and jump into delivering an action-packed summer playscheme for children throughout August.

Connect Torfaen "your real social network"

Connect Torfaen "your real social network"
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If you're looking for things to do this summer, Connect Torfaen is your one-stop-shop for activities in your local area.
Wednesday 27 July 2022

Geese petition response

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At this week's council meeting, a report was presented in response to a petition about the removal of geese from Two Locks towpath in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 26 July 2022

7 Green Flags for Torfaen

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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.
Thursday 21 July 2022

Annual Canvass gets underway

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Residents in Torfaen are being urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them.

Free school meals to reach more pupils than ever

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From September, free school meals will be available to any full-time nursery pupils, and pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in local authority maintained schools across Torfaen, thanks to Welsh Government funding...

Connecting Torfaen

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More than 400 people and organisations have signed up to a new website that aims to bring communities together.
Tuesday 19 July 2022

Trader prosecuted for selling fake designer T-shirts

Trader prosecuted for selling fake designer T-shirts
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A man has pleaded guilty to the possession and sale of counterfeit clothing after he was caught selling fake designer T-shirts on Facebook
Monday 18 July 2022

Free events to celebrate the canal this summer

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Twilight yoga and wildlife walks are just a few of the activities taking place alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal this summer...
Friday 15 July 2022

Take care in the extreme heat

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Experts at Public Health Wales are warning people to take extra care in the extreme heat that is forecast over the next few days.
Thursday 14 July 2022

Folly Tower and Shell Grotto to reopen

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The Folly Tower and Shell Grotto visitor attractions are set to re-open following a £45,000 refurbishment project...
Wednesday 13 July 2022

Summer of Fun

Summer of Fun
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Thousands of children and young people in Torfaen have the chance to take part in a series of action-packed activities and events this summer, and best of all, it's free.
Tuesday 12 July 2022

Plans for military parade and Forces Fun Day

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Royal Welsh soldiers will march through Pontypool later this month to celebrate the reaffirmation of their Freedom of the Borough.
Friday 8 July 2022

Courts set for improvements

Courts set for improvements
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Tennis courts in Pontypool Park and Panteg Park in Griffithstown are set to get a facelift, thanks to a £16,000 grant from Torfaen Sports Development Tennis Focus Sports Programme.
Wednesday 6 July 2022

Become a 'Gadgeteer' with the Torfaen Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year it's more inventive than ever!...
Monday 4 July 2022

Torfaen 10k road closures

Torfaen 10k road closures
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Road closures will be in place between Blaenavon and Pontypool to make way for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k race this Sunday.
Friday 1 July 2022

School pupils meet Bert and Trevor

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The winners of our competition to name Torfaen's new fully-electric waste vehicles got to see the trucks for the first time today...

Free mental health training

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A project to create a network of qualified mental health trainers in Torfaen is underway.
Thursday 30 June 2022

River fly-tipper fined

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A women has been ordered to pay £280 after her household waste was found dumped in the Afon Llwyd in April 2020...

Business club celebrates 21 years

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More than 40 businesses attended a 21-year anniversary celebration event of Torfaen Business Voice last week where they were treated to cake and a caricature...
Wednesday 29 June 2022

Pontypool Party in the Park

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Party in the Park returns to Pontypool this year, featuring a fun fair, live performances, and Britain's Got Talent's Titan the Robot.
Friday 24 June 2022

Football festival increases participation

Football festival increases participation
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Close to 100 girls from primary schools across Torfaen have taken part in an all-girls football festival at Cwmbran Stadium this week.

Food parcel cookery tips

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A day of cookery demonstrations will be held next month using items in food parcels.
Thursday 23 June 2022

Youth Service strikes gold

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Torfaen's Youth Service has been awarded a Gold Quality Mark following a recent Welsh Government inspection.

New advice service hits the road

New advice service hits the road
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A new service offering job and training advice is taking to the road.
Wednesday 22 June 2022

Shop SustainABLE-ly

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A charity supporting people with autism and learning disabilities has opened a new shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables.

Blaenavon's Broad Street to come alive with entertainment

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Live music, magic acts, dance performances and free fair rides are a few of the delights residents and visitors can experience at the Blaenavon World Heritage Day this weekend...
Friday 17 June 2022

Re-Start a Heart

Re-Start a Heart
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Do you want to learn a new skill that could save someone's life?

Nominations open for Community and Volunteer Awards

Nominations open for Community and Volunteer Awards
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The Torfaen Community and Volunteer Awards returns to bring everyone together once again to recognise those who do good across the third sector, sport, business, and local community.
Thursday 16 June 2022

A thrifty return to school

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With just weeks to go until the end of the academic year, are you already concerned about the cost of buying new school uniform for September?
Wednesday 15 June 2022

Bench gets people talking

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A friendship bench outside a new community wellbeing hub is getting people talking.
Tuesday 14 June 2022

Runners get ready for Mic Morris 10k

Runners get ready for Mic Morris 10k
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Close to 1000 people have already signed up for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10K on Sunday 10 July.
Friday 10 June 2022

Making young carers more visible

Making young carers more visible
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Nearly 190 young carers in Torfaen have signed up for a national ID card, allowing them to be more visible within their communities.

New electric vehicle names revealed

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Over 100 entries were received to name the first two electric waste vehicles in the borough, and after much debate the winners have been chosen...
Thursday 9 June 2022

Carers Garden goes wild

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A flower garden for unpaid carers in Torfaen has become the latest site where wildflowers are encouraged to grow in the borough.

Caring About the Cost of Living

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Around 40 unpaid carers have received help and advice about the rising cost of living as part of a series of Carers Week roadshows.
Wednesday 8 June 2022

Have your say on Torfaen's green spaces as part of the Nature isn't Neat project

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Torfaen Council is looking for residents' feedback on how natural areas within the county are managed, as green spaces across Torfaen are being left to grow during spring and summer months to benefit ecosystems as part of the Nature isn't Neat project...
Tuesday 7 June 2022

Author marks Tourette Awareness Day

Author marks Tourette Awareness Day
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'I can't make it stop' is helping to educate on Tourette's Awareness Day
Tuesday 31 May 2022

Support is Cream of the Crop!

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A programme offering rural food producers £10,000 to diversify and create new sustainable food networks is paying tasty dividends.

Carers Week roadshows

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As part of Carers Week next week, Torfaen Council is organising a series of roadshows for unpaid carers concerned about the rising cost of living.

3D printing business increases dimensions

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A 3D printing business has increased its dimensions, thanks to support from Torfaen Council and Pontypool Indoor Market...
Monday 30 May 2022

Town centre regeneration plans unveiled

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Ambitious plans to revitalise Blaenavon and Pontypool town centres have been unveiled...
Friday 27 May 2022

Have your say on changes to the Mental Capacity Act

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The Welsh Government is consulting on changes to the Mental Capacity Act and how they will be applied.

Celebrate the Jubilee safely

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Only five days to go until the long Bank Holiday weekend, so if you're planning to celebrate in Torfaen, and you're not sure where to start, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the council is here to help. We have some easy-to-follow tips so that the food at your event will be memorable for all the right reasons...
Tuesday 24 May 2022

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 24th of May, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead
Monday 23 May 2022

Climate Change Minister's message on International Day of Biodiversity was 'let it grow'

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"We are in a nature emergency and now, more than ever, we must support our precious wildlife."...
Friday 20 May 2022

Support for rural businesses to grow

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A project aimed at increasing the amount of locally-produced food is offering grants to rural businesses to help them diversify.
Wednesday 18 May 2022

Estyn inspection report highlights areas for improvement

Estyn inspection report highlights areas for improvement
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A recent inspection conducted by Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, on the council's education service during March 2022, provided an overall judgement on the service's current performance

Return to three week loan period at Torfaen libraries

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From Monday 23 May Torfaen Libraries will be returning to a three-week loan period for all book loans...
Tuesday 17 May 2022

Residential and wellbeing hub is a prime example

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A multi-purpose residential and wellbeing hub in Cwmbran, which supports people to live independently, has been described as a prime example of an innovative housing scheme...
Monday 16 May 2022

£500 unpaid carers payment

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Unpaid carers in Torfaen, who were in receipt of Carers Allowance on 31 March 2022, can now apply for a one-off £500 payment.
Friday 13 May 2022

Cwmbran Big Event Is back!

Cwmbran Big Event Is back!
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Cwmbran Community Council have announced the return of the highly anticipated Cwmbran Big Event this spring.

Play in the park

Play in the park
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Torfaen Play Service 'Play in the Park' sessions have returned this spring, bringing families together to engage in play outdoors.

Spring clean tackles litter hot-spots

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Crips packets, sweet wrappers, a park bench and a hoover! Just some of the items of rubbish picked up as part of Torfaen's annual Spring Clean events...
Wednesday 11 May 2022

Calling all creative children!

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To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2022, Torfaen Council is running a sunflower themed fostering competition for local children to get creatively involved in.
Monday 9 May 2022

Flowers for foster carers

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Residents are being asked to plant sunflower seeds in their gardens this spring to celebrate local foster carers, as part of the annual Foster Care Fortnight campaign.
Friday 6 May 2022

Cost of Living Payment support

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From Monday 9 May, the Torfaen Employability team are running Cost of Living Payment sessions to support residents who made need a little help to make their claim...
Wednesday 4 May 2022

Pub pulls in punters for polling day

Pub pulls in punters for polling day
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The Unicorn Inn in Pontypool will become the first pub in Torfaen to host a polling station, as part of this year's #Torfaenlocalelections2022.
Monday 25 April 2022

Easter fun at Play and Wellbeing camps

Easter fun at Play and Wellbeing camps
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More than 450 children attended Torfaen's Play and Wellbeing Camps at schools across the borough during the Easter break.
Thursday 21 April 2022

Spring clean 2022 starts soon

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The Torfaen Spring Clean 2022 is due to start next Monday at Sandybrook Park, St Dials, from 9.30am...

Vandalism at Glansychan Park

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Play equipment at Glansychan Park, Abersychan, has been vandalised...
Wednesday 13 April 2022

Orienteering Festival comes to Blaenavon

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Thousands of competitors will be heading to Blaenavon on Easter Sunday as part of a four-day orienteering event in Wales, which starts this Friday.
Tuesday 12 April 2022

Geese settle into new home

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The two geese removed from the canal following complaints about aggressive behaviour are settling into their new home.
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