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Friday 21 September 2018

Stay safe on the roads with Bike Safe

Stay safe on the roads with Bike Safe
Description:
Bookings are now being taken for the last few Bike Safe courses for 2018.
Thursday 20 September 2018

Cwmbran trader prosecuted for selling counterfeit goods

Cwmbran trader prosecuted for selling counterfeit goods
Description:
A Cwmbran trader has been caught selling fake hand bags and luggage from a town centre store.

Torfaen Local Development Plan - call for candidate sites reminder

Torfaen Local Development Plan - call for candidate sites reminder
Description:
There is just over a week to go for developers, landowners, organisations and the public to submit sites that could be included for new development, re-development or protection within a new Local Development Plan for Torfaen.
Wednesday 19 September 2018

Funds announced for Welsh language education in Torfaen

Funds announced for Welsh language education in Torfaen
Description:
Today (19.09.18), the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan AM, visited Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw to announce the allocation of capital funds to boost Welsh medium education across Wales.
Tuesday 18 September 2018

Play workers help to create safer routes in communities

Description:
Torfaen council's play workers and play volunteers have come together to enhance areas in Cwmbran for the benefit of local children.
Monday 17 September 2018

International Older People's Day

International Older People's Day
Description:
On October 1 2018 it will be 'International Older People's Day'. The theme this year is, 'Older People who Champion Human Rights', celebrating people who make a positive difference to other people's lives.
Thursday 13 September 2018

16 year old para-swimmer achieves gold, silver and bronze

16 year old para-swimmer achieves gold, silver and bronze
Description:
16-year-old Dylan Broom from Abersychan has recently represented Swim Wales at the British Summer Nationals where he won a silver medal in the 200m Freestyle (S14) and secured a bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley (SM14) at his first senior meet.
Tuesday 4 September 2018

Fully funded childcare launches in Torfaen

Fully funded childcare launches in Torfaen
Description:
This week, Torfaen Council in conjunction with Blaenau Gwent Council are rolling out the new Welsh Government Childcare Offer for three and four year olds in Torfaen.
Monday 3 September 2018

Road closures for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Description:
This year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k, held on Sunday 16 September in aid of the Mic Morris Trust, will take place on a fully closed-road route.

Scarecrow winner unveiled at horticultural show

Scarecrow winner unveiled at horticultural show
Description:
Scarecrows that were created by visitors to Blaenavon Library over the summer were displayed at the annual Blaenavon Horticultural Show on Saturday 1 September.

Merchant Navy Day

Merchant Navy Day
Description:
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars.
Friday 31 August 2018

Volunteer to support Torfaen's young athletes

Volunteer to support Torfaen's young athletes
Description:
The annual Mic Morris Torfaen 10k takes place on Sunday 16 September in aid of the Mic Morris Trust, a fund set up by Gwent Police and Torfaen Council to raise money to support young athletes in the borough.

Call for runners and volunteers

Call for runners and volunteers
Description:
The Pontypool junior parkrun started way back in 2014 and is held every Sunday morning in Pontypool Park at 9am.
Thursday 30 August 2018

Visit the Greenmeadow Farm annual family show

Description:
These are just a few of the categories that will be judged at the annual Greenmeadow Community Farm Horticultural and Craft show taking place on Sunday, 9 September from 10am until 5pm.
Wednesday 29 August 2018

Have you returned your Household Enquiry Form?

Have you returned your Household Enquiry Form?
Description:
Each year we send every household in Torfaen a Household Enquiry Form to check the right people are registered to vote. This is part of our annual canvass to maintain the electoral register and to ensure that all household details are correct and up to date.

Indoor market to host award-winning traders for Foodie Thursday

Indoor market to host award-winning traders for Foodie Thursday
Description:
Award winning Welsh produce will be on sale at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 6 September for the market's monthly Foodie Thursday.
Friday 24 August 2018

Play workers and volunteers celebrated

Play workers and volunteers celebrated
Description:
More than 280 play workers and volunteers have celebrated the end of the busiest ever summer of play schemes across Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Monmouthshire.

New footbridge creates safe walking link at Pontypool Park

New footbridge creates safe walking link at Pontypool Park
Description:
A new pedestrian footbridge has been installed at Pontypool Park, creating a safer link between the car park and the park itself.
Tuesday 21 August 2018

August bank holiday waste and recycling collections

August bank holiday waste and recycling collections
Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Friday 17 August 2018

Torfaen students celebrate A level achievements

Torfaen students celebrate A level achievements
Description:
In the national performance benchmark of A level A* - E, 98.2% of Torfaen pupils gained grades A* to E which is up from 97.1% last year and nearly 1% above the Welsh average.

Cwmbran man fined for dumping household waste on commercial premises

Cwmbran man fined for dumping household waste on commercial premises
Description:
A man from Cwmbran has been fined after he dumped six black bags of household waste into the clinical waste bins of a nearby dental surgery.
Tuesday 14 August 2018

Residents warned to protect themselves against rogue traders

Description:
Torfaen residents are being advised to use legally registered waste carriers when disposing of household waste, or risk being hit with thousands of pounds in fines.
Thursday 9 August 2018

Have your say on the British master plan

Description:
Torfaen residents are being invited to have their say on a proposed 'master plan' for the future of the British site in Talywain.

Council Tax Scam Warning

Description:
Residents are being warned about a potential council tax phone scam
Wednesday 8 August 2018

Talented Torfaen cyclist to debut on world stage

Talented Torfaen cyclist to debut on world stage
Description:
Zach Bridges, Torfaen's first Elite sponsored athlete, is set to debut on the World stage having been selected to represent Great Britain in next month's World Junior Cycling Track Championships.
Tuesday 7 August 2018

Youth Apprentices set sights on University

Youth Apprentices set sights on University
Description:
Ellis Dalling, 18 from Cwmbran, Olivia Williams, 19 from Pontypool and Lily Skyrme 21 from Blaenavon are the latest cohort to have passed the programme and will be starting a degree course in late September.

New closed-road route revealed for charity 10k

New closed-road route revealed for charity 10k
Description:
A new, closed-road route has been announced for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k which takes place on Sunday 16 September.
Monday 6 August 2018

Torfaen Local Development Plan – call for candidate sites

Torfaen Local Development Plan – call for candidate sites
Description:
Torfaen council is calling for developers, landowners, organisations and the public to submit sites that could be included for new development, re-development or protection within a new Local Development Plan.
Thursday 2 August 2018

Get up to mischief at Torfaen libraries this summer

Get up to mischief at Torfaen libraries this summer
Description:
Children are being challenged to read six library books or more over the summer holidays as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2018.
Tuesday 31 July 2018

National Playday 2018

Description:
Wednesday 1 August is National Play Day and playscheme sites across Torfaen are celebrating it in style!

Dinosaur fun at Pontypool Indoor Market

Dinosaur fun at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Come and meet Percy the Parasaurolophus and his dinosaur friends this Thursday 2 August at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Pontypool business celebrates four year anniversary

Pontypool business celebrates four year anniversary
Description:
A business owner from Torfaen is celebrating the fourth anniversary since opening her business in Pontypool.
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Powys to undertake animal health and welfare function for Torfaen council

Powys to undertake animal health and welfare function for Torfaen council
Description:
Animal health and welfare services in Torfaen will be delivered by Powys County Council after the plans were given the go-ahead by both authorities, it has been announced.

Council's unanimous show of support for Pontypool RFC

Description:
Torfaen councillors in unanimous show of support for Pontypool RFC

Landmark new well-being directory launches in Wales

Landmark new well-being directory launches in Wales
Description:
A landmark new national well-being website will be launched across Wales this week at the Royal Welsh Show.

Young entrepreneurs win enterprise award

Description:
Young entrepreneurs from Griffithstown Primary School are starting their summer holidays on a high after winning the 2018 Torfaen Enterprise Week.
Friday 20 July 2018

Lift off for Front Row Food

Lift off for Front Row Food
Description:
A new catering business venture has opened in Pontypool this week. Front Row Food is a cafe situated on Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate and has been opened by local resident Johnathan Gibbs.
Thursday 19 July 2018

Have your say on the future of the British site

Have your say on the future of the British site
Description:
Residents are invited to view and comment on a draft 'master plan' for the British site in Talywain at a series of workshops.

Sandybrook Park playground closed due to vandalism

Sandybrook Park playground closed due to vandalism
Description:
Torfaen council has closed the children's playground at Sandybrook Park in Cwmbran after vandals caused around £3,200 worth of damage.
Wednesday 18 July 2018

Renovation of Pontypool's war memorial completed

Description:
Pontypool's Grade II listed war memorial has been renovated following a project led by the Pontypool War Memorial Group and Torfaen council.

Torfaen parks keep green flags flying

Torfaen parks keep green flags flying
Description:
Four of Torfaen's parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for another year.
Tuesday 17 July 2018

Council responds to Pontypool RFC Announcement

Description:
Council statement in response to the announcement from Pontypool RFC

'Moving On Up' Project

Description:
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service and the Counselling Service are leading on a new project this summer which will support the transition of pupils from primary schools into secondary school, through participation in team building and issue based activities.
Monday 16 July 2018

Adventure hub to celebrate the best of Valleys natural resources and heritage

Adventure hub to celebrate the best of Valleys natural resources and heritage
Description:
A £4 million project to transform the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal into an adventure hub has had the green light for EU funding. This week, Tourism Minister, Lord Elis-Thomas visited Pontymoile canal basin, Pontypool to meet with project partners and see the plans for the area.
Friday 13 July 2018

Free Healthy Snacks at all Torfaen Summer Playschemes

Free Healthy Snacks at all Torfaen Summer Playschemes
Description:
Torfaen Play Service to offer free meals at all Summer Play Scheme provision in Torfaen.
Thursday 12 July 2018

Blaenavon World Heritage Site awarded £1.2m National Lottery grant

Blaenavon World Heritage Site awarded £1.2m National Lottery grant
Description:
The Blaenavon World Heritage Site has received a share of an £8.6m National Lottery investment to help preserve the UK's industrial heritage.
Wednesday 11 July 2018

Council adopts revised dog controls

Council adopts revised dog controls
Description:
Torfaen council will replace existing Dog Controls with a new Public Spaces Protection Order from December.
Tuesday 10 July 2018

Popular bakery to host pop-up afternoon tea

Popular bakery to host pop-up afternoon tea
Description:
A popular Pontypool bakery is hosting a pop-up afternoon tea at Pontypool Indoor Market on Saturday 21 July from 4:30pm.
Monday 9 July 2018

Get ready for Pontypool Party in the Park this weekend

Get ready for Pontypool Party in the Park this weekend
Description:
Pontypool Party in the Park takes place this Saturday 14 July from 11am until 5pm in Pontypool Park.
Friday 6 July 2018

Torfaen Youth offers adrenaline-fuelled summer activities programme

Torfaen Youth offers adrenaline-fuelled summer activities programme
Description:
Following on from the success of last year's summer programme, Torfaen Youth Service are offering a wide range of activities throughout Torfaen during the summer holiday period.

Don't lose your voice - residents in Torfaen urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post.

Description:
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing and returning their annual canvass form to their local authority as soon as possible.
Thursday 5 July 2018

St. Alban's Art department to showcase work of GCSE, AS and A-Level pupils at end of year exhibition!

St. Alban's Art department to showcase work of GCSE, AS and A-Level pupils at end of year exhibition!
Description:
The Art department at St. Alban's RC High School is inviting the public to attend an end year exhibition that will showcase the work produced by the school's aspiring young artists.
Wednesday 4 July 2018

Thousands set to take part in the Torfaen 10k run this September

Thousands set to take part in the Torfaen 10k run this September
Description:
The annual Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road race is set to take place on Sunday, 16 September, 2018.
Wednesday 27 June 2018

Garnteg pupils wow the judges at national business competition

Garnteg pupils wow the judges at national business competition
Description:
Children from Garnteg Primary School are through to the next round of a national competition which aims to find and nurture the most promising young business talent in Wales.
Monday 25 June 2018

Get ready for Blaenavon World Heritage Day this weekend

Get ready for Blaenavon World Heritage Day this weekend
Description:
Blaenavon World Heritage Day takes place in Blaenavon town on Saturday 30 June between 11am and 4pm.
Thursday 21 June 2018

New teaching block opens after fire 

Description:
A special ceremony marks the official opening of a new teaching block at Coed Eva
Wednesday 20 June 2018

Children prepare for Heritage Day Parade

Children prepare for Heritage Day Parade
Description:
Children from Blaenavon Heritage Primary School have been busy preparing for the Blaenavon World Heritage Day costume parade on Saturday 30 June.

Brand new dog show for Blaenavon World Heritage Day

Brand new dog show for Blaenavon World Heritage Day
Description:
Hope Rescue will be hosting a dog show at Blaenavon World Heritage Day on Saturday 30 June.
Tuesday 19 June 2018

Fully funded childcare from September 2018

Fully funded childcare from September 2018
Description:
From September, Torfaen Council will be the latest local authority in Wales to roll out the Welsh Government's Childcare Offer for three and four year olds.
Friday 15 June 2018

Torfaen youngsters get World Cup fever

Torfaen youngsters get World Cup fever
Description:
This week, in readiness for the Fifa World Cup, Newport 'County in the Community' in partnership with Torfaen Sports Development organised a Premier League Primary Stars World Cup themed football tournament.
Tuesday 12 June 2018

Considering childcare this summer?

Considering childcare this summer?
Description:
Torfaen Family Information Service is leading the way in helping parents find suitable childcare.
Monday 11 June 2018

Pupils compete at Nant Celyn Primary Football Festival

Pupils compete at Nant Celyn Primary Football Festival
Description:
On Friday Nant Celyn Primary School hosted their annual football tournament at the school which involved ten local schools taking part .

Women in Torfaen get fit and active through Torfaen's #Ifyougoigo campaign

Women in Torfaen get fit and active through Torfaen's #Ifyougoigo campaign
Description:
Torfaen Sports Development have recently completed their third instalment of the #Ifyougoigo campaign.

Have your say on gambling policy in Torfaen

Have your say on gambling policy in Torfaen
Description:
Residents and businesses in Torfaen are encouraged to have their say on a revised gambling policy for the borough.
Friday 8 June 2018

Torfaen Summer Playschemes 2018

Torfaen Summer Playschemes 2018
Description:
A selection of play activities will be provided over the summer period across Torfaen to ensure that every child's right to play is supported.

Big Mac's to headline Pontypool Party in the Park

Big Mac's to headline Pontypool Party in the Park
Description:
One of South Wales' most popular music acts, Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band, will headline Pontypool Party in the Park on Saturday 14 July.
Thursday 7 June 2018

Britain's Got Talent star to headline Pontypool comedy night

Britain's Got Talent star to headline Pontypool comedy night
Description:
Surreal stand-up star Noel James, fresh from his recent performance on Britain's Got Talent, will headline the quarterly comedy night at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 28 June.
Tuesday 5 June 2018

Pontypool pizzeria celebrates birthday with pizza and prosecco night

Pontypool pizzeria celebrates birthday with pizza and prosecco night
Description:
A popular Pontypool pizzeria is hosting a pop-up pizza and prosecco night on Thursday 21 June to celebrate its 30th anniversary in the town.
Monday 4 June 2018

Can you name the Torfaen Sixth Form/Post 16 Learning Centre?

Can you name the Torfaen Sixth Form/Post 16 Learning Centre?
Description:
Torfaen Council and Coleg Gwent need your help to choose a name for this new £20 million purpose built learning centre which will be the home of all English Language A Level education in the borough.

Get ready for the Cwmbran Big Event this weekend

Description:
The annual Cwmbran Big Event takes place this weekend (Saturday 9 June) at Cwmbran Boating Lake from 12pm-5pm.
Friday 25 May 2018

Blaenavon town recognised with Dementia Friendly award

Blaenavon town recognised with Dementia Friendly award
Description:
Blaenavon has had its commitment to becoming a Dementia Friendly Town recognised with an award from the Alzheimer's society.
Thursday 24 May 2018

Local businesses work with children to create entrepreneurs of the future

Local businesses work with children to create entrepreneurs of the future
Description:
Businesses from across Torfaen are working with school children to help them create their own products as part of the borough's second primary school enterprise week.

Deaf Awareness Week at Nant Celyn Primary

Description:
Pupils at Nant Celyn Primary School Hearing Impairment Resource Base celebrated and championed 'National Deaf Awareness Week' this week.
Wednesday 23 May 2018

Free guided nature walk around Torfaen beauty spot

Free guided nature walk around Torfaen beauty spot
Description:
Torfaen council, in partnership with Gwent Wildlife Trust, is hosting a free guided nature walk around The British in Talywain on Friday 8 June from 1pm.
Tuesday 22 May 2018

Closure of Sebastopol section of canal tow path extended until November

Closure of Sebastopol section of canal tow path extended until November
Description:
The closure of the canal tow path between Panteg and Pontnewydd in Cwmbran will be extended to 21 November 2018.
Monday 21 May 2018

Teams sought for Cwmbran Big Event raft race

Teams sought for Cwmbran Big Event raft race
Description:
Entries are now open for the annual raft race at this year's Cwmbran Big Event at Cwmbran Boating Lake.

Great news for foodies

Great news for foodies
Description:
The Lion Hotel and Restaurant in Blaenavon has been awarded a much coveted Rosette by the AA for culinary excellence and the prestigious Silver Star Award for outstanding hospitality.
Wednesday 16 May 2018

New appointments confirmed

Description:
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Tuesday 15 May 2018

Local business supported by Torfaen Council to expand workforce

Local business supported by Torfaen Council to expand workforce
Description:
King's Financial Services, located on Mamhilad Park Estate has recently expanded its workforce, with assistance from Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team.
Monday 14 May 2018

Local children need local foster homes

Description:
Foster Care Fortnight' is a National Campaign raising the profile of fostering and shows how foster care transforms lives of children and young people.
Friday 11 May 2018

Take a stroll while keeping your community clean

Take a stroll while keeping your community clean
Description:
Torfaen's Take a Stroll group will be picking up litter on their weekly walks as part of the Torfaen Spring Clean.
Wednesday 9 May 2018

Transform your idea into a business

Transform your idea into a business
Description:
Torfaen council and the Gateway Credit Union are offering new start-ups a business loan to help them get up and running.
Tuesday 8 May 2018

Mic Morris Trust awards its first Elite Grant

Mic Morris Trust awards its first Elite Grant
Description:
The Mic Morris Trust has awarded it's first ever Elite Grant to up and coming cyclist, 16 year old Zach Bridges from Llantarnam, Cwmbran
Friday 4 May 2018

Rechem roundabout update 04/05/2018

Description:
Please find an update from Welsh Government below in relation to modifications to the layout of the Rechem roundabout completed overnight.

School in need of significant improvement

School in need of significant improvement
Description:
A recent school inspection on Ponthir Church in Wales School by Estyn has provided a judgement against 5 key inspection areas.
Thursday 3 May 2018

Work begins to create new footbridge at Pontypool Park

Work begins to create new footbridge at Pontypool Park
Description:
Initial work to create a new footbridge between the car park at Pontypool Park, and the park itself, will begin on Thursday 3 May.
Wednesday 2 May 2018

Torfaen council approves tougher fines for fly-tippers

Torfaen council approves tougher fines for fly-tippers
Description:
Torfaen council is using new powers to hit fly-tippers with on-the-spot fines of up to £400.

Cwmbran jobs fair success

Cwmbran jobs fair success
Description:
Last week, Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team hosted another hugely successful jobs fair at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections
Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Monday 7 May and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Tuesday 1 May 2018

Torfaen welcomes Welsh Government support towards snow costs

Torfaen welcomes Welsh Government support towards snow costs
Description:
Torfaen council has welcomed a contribution of almost £50,000 from Welsh Government towards the costs of dealing with the heavy snow in March 2018.
Monday 30 April 2018

X Factor star to headline Blaenavon World Heritage Day

X Factor star to headline Blaenavon World Heritage Day
Description:
X Factor and Only Boys Aloud star Russel Jones will headline Blaenavon's World Heritage Day on Saturday 30 June.

Shopkeeper has alcohol license revoked for employing illegal worker

Shopkeeper has alcohol license revoked for employing illegal worker
Description:
Torfaen council has revoked the premises license of a local shopkeeper after he was found to be employing an illegal worker.
Friday 27 April 2018

Pass Plus Cymru

Pass Plus Cymru
Description:
Young drivers aged 17-25, who have already passed their test, can learn extra driving skills with Pass Plus Cymru.

Torfaen Play Priority Conference

Description:
On Friday May 4 Torfaen Play Service will be holding it's first Play Priority Conference as part of Torfaen's Play Sufficiency Action Plan
Thursday 26 April 2018

Inspectors find school making good progress

Description:
A Torfaen secondary school has been described as having a 'calm and pleasant environment' and showing improvements in quality of teaching, pupil attendance and behaviour following a recent visit by Estyn inspectors.

Rechem roundabout update

Description:
Many residents have raised concerns about the on-going works on the A4042 Cwmbran 'Rechem' Roundabout. Please find an update from Welsh Government.

Councils pledge to work together for people with disabilities

Councils pledge to work together for people with disabilities
Description:
Torfaen Council were one the many organisations in Gwent at the launch of the Charter at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran on 25th April.
Tuesday 24 April 2018

Tribute to former mayor and Cwmbran Community Council chair

Description:
Tributes have been paid to former councillor Robert Jones who passed away at the weekend
Friday 20 April 2018

Walking in a group helps beat isolation and loneliness

Walking in a group helps beat isolation and loneliness
Description:
With around 20 million adults also failing to meet UK government recommendations for physical activity, walking is the obvious answer to help combat loneliness and isolation whilst also maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Wednesday 18 April 2018

Play workers transform subways to create safer routes in communities

Play workers transform subways to create safer routes in communities
Description:
Torfaen council's play workers and play volunteers have come together to enhance subways in Cwmbran for the benefit of local children.
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