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Wednesday 18 December 2019
Tips for visiting the Household Waste Recycling Centre during Christmas and New Year
For some people a trip to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) is a frequent one, but for those who only visit once or twice a year a few things have changed.
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Long established local law firm Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt relocating to new town centre offices in Pontypool
Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors, one of the longest established law firms in south east wales with offices in Pontypool, Newport and Usk has confirmed that it will shortly be relocating 23 members of staff into newly acquired and refurbished premises in the centre of Pontypool.
Monday 16 December 2019
Christmas and New Year waste and recycling information
There will be some minor changes to waste and recycling collections taking place in Torfaen during the Christmas and New Year period.
Friday 13 December 2019
#IFYOUGOIGO changing lives
The latest 10-week IFYOUGOIGO programme saw more than 20 local women take part to overcome personal health barriers, resulting in them living more active and healthy lifestyles.
Torfaen Public Services Board become the first PSB in Wales to sign Children and Young People's Participation Standards charter
Children and young people in Torfaen set to have greater input into the design of future children and young people's services.
Friday 6 December 2019
Over 540 residents attend Thrifty Christmas Fayre
Last Friday, Torfaen Welfare Reform Action Group hosted its first ever Thrifty Christmas Fayre at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Are you ready for winter?
As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.
Thursday 5 December 2019
Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions bring joy to many
Torfaen Libraries 'Read To Me' companions are bringing comfort and joy to residents across Torfaen.
Friday 29 November 2019
Woodlands Community Primary awarded 'Excellence' in recent Estyn Inspection report
Following an Estyn inspection in September 2019, Woodlands Community Primary School has scored 'excellent' in all five inspection categories, greatly improving on their positive inspection back in 2014.
Thursday 28 November 2019
Torfaen Santa Appeal - time is running out
Every year we kindly ask you if you are able to donate gifts to our annual Torfaen Christmas Santa Appeal to ensure that some of the most vulnerable children living in the borough don't miss out at Christmas.
Tuesday 26 November 2019
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) warn consumers about buying fakes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) warn consumers about buying fakes during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Primary school stretchy plastic recycling scheme launched
Torfaen CBC has been working with Ysgol Bryn Onnen, Capital Valley Plastics, and FCC Environment to trial the collection of stretchy plastics over the last 5 months to see if a roll out to all primary schools would be possible.
Monday 25 November 2019
AVoptics successfully graduates from Torfaen's Springboard Business Innovation Centre and stays local
AVoptics Ltd specialises in providing and developing high quality engineered fibre optics and photonic solutions for use in harsh environments.
White Ribbon Day 2019
Today marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Environmental volunteers thanked for their hard work
Last night (Thursday 21st November) environmental volunteers who work with the council to keep Torfaen clean and green were thanked at an appreciation event.
Friday 22 November 2019
Torfaen Social Care launches new Tech Coach service
Torfaen Social Care has recently launched a new service that will look to combat loneliness and social isolation by coaching residents on how to use new smart technologies in the home.
Torfaen Play encourages families to play outdoors this autumn and winter
It is widely known that Torfaen Play Service offers a large range of play opportunities for children and young people across the county borough, seven days a week.
Thursday 21 November 2019
Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Join us for an evening of festivities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Thursday 28th November 2019 between 6-8:30pm.
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Help us teach school children how to cross to roads safely
Kerbcraft is a Welsh Government and Torfaen CBC funded road safety scheme which teaches children how to be safer pedestrians, and we need your help.
Monday 18 November 2019
Step up for safe streets this UK Road Safety Week 18-24 November
Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. Each of these tragedies has a devastating effect on families and local communities.
Thursday 14 November 2019
Come and join in the festivities at Llanyrafon Manors Victorian Christmas Market
Llanyrafon Manor will soon be hosting its annual Victorian Christmas Market.
Monday 11 November 2019
Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
Torfaen Council wants to speak to all Gypsy and Traveller families about their accommodation needs.
Friday 8 November 2019
Green waste collections will stop for winter
The fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter shortly.
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Save the date - Thrifty Torfaen Christmas fayre
Christmas doesn't have to cost a fortune, which is why the Torfaen Welfare Action Group are inviting you to attend their thrifty Christmas fayre at the end of the month.
Friday 1 November 2019
Torfaen hosts successful and inspirational Women in Business event
On Wednesday 23rd October over 85 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.
Thursday 31 October 2019
Spread a little joy this Christmas
This year's Santa appeal opens on Monday 4 November 2019.
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Recycling enthusiast Ieuan Bradfield helps Torfaen Borough Council and FCC Environment unveil new re-use shop in partnership with Circulate
Local dignitaries and a young recycling enthusiast came together today (30th October 2019) to help local charity Circulate Recycling, in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council and FCC Environment, launch a unique retail outlet close to the Torfaen household waste recycling site in New Inn.
Tuesday 29 October 2019
First Caru Cymru litter picking hub set up in Torfaen
Caru Cymru is the new, flagship partnership project that will tackle environmental issues that really matter to communities across Wales.
The Old Chestnut of Pontypool crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year
A 400-year old sweet chestnut tree in Pontypool Park has been crowned as Wales' 2019 Tree of the Year. The results were announced on Wednesday (23rd October) at a ceremony at the Pierhead Building at the Senedd, hosted by John Griffiths AM.
Monday 28 October 2019
New Inn Primary School pupil scoops the Summer Reading Challenge prize
Logan Weaver, 6, Pontypool, who attends New Inn Primary School has been awarded a £100 Smyths Toy Store gift card from Torfaen libraries.
Tuesday 22 October 2019
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales has today (22/10/2019) launched the #EndingAgeism campaign.
Strive for 95+ pupils celebrated
Today, Torfaen pupils have received certificates in the council chamber to celebrate their outstanding attendance in the last academic year.
Friday 18 October 2019
A trio of Pontypool childminders are on a mission to reduce plastic waste
A group of childminders are showing they care for the environment as well as the children in their care by using reusable nappies and wipes in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic they use.
Young People's Safeguarding Conference
Today (Friday October 18), the Gwent Safeguarding Children Board are holding their first young people's conference at the Celtic Manor Resort.
Thursday 17 October 2019
A passion for all things vintage inspires Cwmbran retail start up
Cwmbran woman, Rosa Newton, has recently opened a vintage and gift shop on Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, Torfaen...
Tuesday 15 October 2019
Speakers announced for 2019 Torfaen Women in Business Event
Organised by the business support team at Torfaen Economy & Enterprise within Torfaen council, this annual event, now in its 7th year, provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that women make to the business community and attracts women from across the south east Wales region.
Friday 11 October 2019
Children's Autism book hits the shelves
This week the official book launch of 'Moli The Cow Who Moo She Was Different' took place at the Serennu Centre in Newport. The book raises awareness and understanding of the Autism Spectrum.
Thursday 10 October 2019
More than 130 children take part in EFL kids cup at Cwmbran Stadium
More than 130 children from schools across Torfaen have taken part in the Torfaen qualifier for the English Football League (EFL) Trust kid's cup at Cwmbran Stadium.
Wednesday 9 October 2019
Real superheroes needed at care sector recruitment event
A care recruitment event will be held at the Congress Theatre on the 23rd October 2019 and will have over 20 local adult care providers looking to fill live vacancies.
Friday 4 October 2019
Celebrations as new businesses establish in Torfaen
Two new and exciting business ventures have launched in Cwmbran this past week.
Tuesday 1 October 2019
Ageing well – with a little help from our friends!
Today (), Blaenavon 50+ Forum and Pontypool Senior Active Support Forum have come together for a friendly event at Blaenavon Workmen's Hall to mark International Day of Older Persons, celebrating living well into old age.
Join the conversation about how to tackle litter in Torfaen
We are in the process of creating our next litter strategy and we want your thoughts and ideas about what should be included in it.
Bethlehem Chapel opens its doors once again thanks to funding contributions
The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP) is underway, and the first building to benefit from funding has been completed.
Friday 27 September 2019
Zero tolerance for abuse of staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centre
The council, along with its waste management partner FCC Environment, are asking local people to respect the dedicated staff working at its Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in New Inn.
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Open spaces consultation – we need your views
The council is preparing a review of the Local Development Plan (LDP) which will identify where new developments will go for the next 15 years.
Tuesday 24 September 2019
New free swim initiative to get people in Torfaen swimming
A revised Free Swimming Initiative, funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Sport Wales in partnership with the Torfaen Leisure Trust, will be introduced in public pools across Torfaen from October 2019.
Friday 20 September 2019
Walk and Talk for Mental Health Week 2019
Torfaen Community Connectors have joined forces with Torfaen Take a Stroll and Torfaen Employability Team to host a series of community 'Walk and Talk Torfaen' events in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week in October.
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Seven fantastic trees ready to fight it out for this year's Wales Tree of the Year
Seven spectacular trees have been shortlisted for this year's Wales Tree of the Year competition, including one in Pontypool Park.
Jobs Fair to take centre stage at Congress Theatre in Cwmbran
On Tuesday 1st October 2019, Torfaen County Borough Council's Economy and Skills will host their 16th annual jobs fair at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.
Monday 16 September 2019
Blaenavon World Heritage Site to be awarded £180,000 from Valleys Taskforce funding
Five Gwent sites named as Discovery Gateways will share more than £2 million Valleys Taskforce funding to maximise the potential of the area's natural and cultural assets, as part of the Valleys Regional Park.
Thursday 12 September 2019
Topping out ceremony takes place for Torfaen Learning Zone
Today, (Thursday 12 September) a topping out ceremony took place on the roof of the Torfaen Learning Zone to mark the latest milestone in the £24 million development.
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Business at the double in Blaenavon
Two new businesses have launched in the world heritage town of Blaenavon.
Tuesday 10 September 2019
Governing Body replaced by IEB
This week, Torfaen Council received approval by Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government Minister for Education to replace the Cwmbran High School governing body with an Interim Executive Board (IEB).
Topping out ceremony for Torfaen Learning Zone
A topping out ceremony will take place on Thursday 12 September to mark the latest milestone in the development of the Torfaen Learning Zone.
Monday 9 September 2019
Know your Numbers!
Know your Numbers! is Blood Pressure UK's flagship awareness campaign.
Friday 6 September 2019
Torfaen Libraries 'Read to Me' service
Torfaen Libraries Shared Reading Service expands to offer a 'Read to Me' service to residents that are experiencing social isolation and loneliness in the borough.
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Let's help children have a safe return to school
With the schools returning this week, let's help dropping the children off a safe activity and not a dangerous one.
Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2019
For the fifth year running, today we fly the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the civic centre in Pontypool.
Monday 2 September 2019
Sharing home, family and community life
The South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme offers a unique community based service for adults who need care and support in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.
Friday 30 August 2019
Have your say on loneliness in Torfaen
Torfaen Adult Social Care wants to hear people's views on how the community can work together to tackle loneliness and isolation.
Wednesday 28 August 2019
End of Summer Playscheme Awards 2019
Last week (23/08/2019), more than 300 Torfaen Play Service staff attended Victory Church in Cwmbran to celebrate what has been the busiest year ever for playschemes.
Tuesday 27 August 2019
Help keep nature safe by securing your recycling box net
Residents are being reminded to keep their recycling box nets tied onto their boxes, and placed inside them, when they are not in use.
New Torfaen based aluminium window and door fabricator, AluView, enjoys early demand and growth
Set up by its Director, Michael Burke, in March 2019, AluView is currently based at Springvale Industrial Estate, Cwmbran. AluView is a specialist aluminium fabricator supplying Bi fold, Hinged, Shop front, Sliding doors and Window solutions throughout Wales and the South West.
Friday 23 August 2019
Hundreds of families benefit from Childcare Offer
The Childcare Offer for Wales provides 30 hours a week of Government funded early education and childcare for working parents of three and four year olds in Torfaen, for 48 weeks of the year.
Adult learners celebrate GCSE success
Adult Learners across Torfaen are celebrating following fantastic results in their GCSE exams and a successful year of learning with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.
Wednesday 21 August 2019
Education and awareness key to a cleaner, greener and safer Torfaen
Since the council took over civil parking enforcement from Gwent Police (on July 1) 426 parking related tickets have been issued.
August bank holiday waste and recycling collections
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Monday 26 August and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Tuesday 20 August 2019
Torfaen: When it comes to food, are we Spoiled Rotten?
New campaign encouraging people in Torfaen to buy what they need to reduce the 7.1 million tonnes of food wasted every year in UK homes.
Thursday 15 August 2019
Torfaen students celebrate A Level results
In the national performance benchmark the level 3 threshold increased from 92.3% to 94.4%
Wednesday 14 August 2019
Bernard's not "Lost the Plot" with his new gardening service
Garndiffaith resident Bernard Williams has launched a brand new gardening service business in Torfaen, specialising in garden clearance and bespoke garden design and creation work, with support from Communities for Work.
Monday 12 August 2019
Water weevils released to tackle water fern
An army of 2mm long weevils have been introduced into the Afon Lwyd at the Ty Coch section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to help battle the rapid growth of water fern.
Sweet Pixie Hair Salon opens its doors
Local lady Nicole Morris from Penygarn has realised her lifelong dream of opening and running her own hair salon.
Friday 9 August 2019
Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Armed Forces Veterans
Torfaen Council has introduced a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for armed forces veterans. The scheme supports the pledges in the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
Thursday 8 August 2019
Torfaen Playscheme hand out 3,000 reusable bottles
This summer, Torfaen Play Service are doing their bit to help improve the local environment and reduce their carbon footprint by handing out 3,000 reusable drink bottles.
Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start
On Monday 12 August (weather permitting) Complete Weed Control (South & Central Wales) Ltd will be starting the second round of spot treating weeds on public footways and car parks using their cutting edge technology, the Weed-it, throughout the Torfaen on Council and Bron Afon Community Housing.
Wednesday 7 August 2019
Do you fancy being an environmental champion?
If you want to get hands on experience of helping the environment with an opportunity to meet new friends, then we have the group for you. The Torfaen Greener Cleaner group work together to litter pick the borough and work in partnership with organisations such as Keep Wales Tidy.
Monday 5 August 2019
£600,000 small capital grants fund opens for childcare settings in Torfaen
Applications for the Welsh Government Funded Childcare Offer - Small capital grants funding are now open for all childcare providers in Torfaen.
Thursday 1 August 2019
Work Placement pays off!
A Torfaen resident has recently secured employment within the council's payroll team, after retraining during a voluntary placement in the department.
Wednesday 31 July 2019
Pontypool based gaming business gets off to a flying start
Based in George Street, Pontypool, Torfaen, Duke's Gaming first opened its doors in March 2019, by Luke Durham, gaming enthusiast of over 20 years and experienced retail manager with well-known brands such as 'GAME' and 'Mamas and Papas'. A few months on, and the hobby turned business, is going from strength to strength, offering a place to play and buy a host of hobby and card games such as Warhammer 40,000, A Song of Ice and Fire, Bolt Action, Dragon Ball Super Card Game, and Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent businesses join forces for successful 'Meet your business neighbour' networking event
Businesses from Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent along with members from successful business networking clubs Torfaen Business Voice and the Blaenau Gwent Effect Network, enjoyed an evening of networking on 9th July 2019 with the aim of forging closer trading partnerships between these neighbouring counties.
Food delivery firm ordered to dispose of £2,500 worth of sandwiches
A food delivery firm was ordered to dispose of £2500 worth of sandwiches last month after food hygiene officers from the council discovered they had been transported from London in a broken refrigerated vehicle.
Thursday 25 July 2019
Enforcement officers now issuing fines
At the beginning of July our new civil parking and environmental enforcement officers were busy issuing warning parking tickets to raise awareness of civil parking enforcement (which came into action on 1 July). However, they are now formally issuing fines (known as Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)) to those who have been ignoring parking signs and lines, and issuing fines for environmental crimes such as littering.
Summer Playscheme preparation is underway!
Preparations are well underway for this year's summer play schemes!
Wednesday 24 July 2019
FREE interactive family Love Food Hate Waste cookery sessions
Come and join the waste and recycling team on Thursday 1 and Thursday 22 August in Pontypool Indoor Market between 10:30am – 3pm where they will be providing free interactive cookery sessions for families.
Torfaen Social Services team achieve Dementia Friendly status
Central Cwmbran Well-being Team, based at Canalside Cwmbran are the latest to receive the Dementia Friends award, becoming the first well-being team in Gwent to achieve 'Dementia Friendly' status.
Friday 19 July 2019
Third Enterprise Week a huge success with pupils making over 1K profit
A joint profit of £1102.70 was made by pupils who took part in this year's Enterprise Week .Schools made a range of products from palm oil free soap, environmentally friendly bags to outdoor decorations which were sold in Pontypool Indoor Market last week. Take a look at the councils Facebook Page to see photos of each school and their products.
Thursday 18 July 2019
Café Cwtch nominated for Welsh Café Awards
Café Cwtch at Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran has been shortlisted in the 'Best Community Café' and 'Best Themed Café' categories at the Welsh Cafe awards on Tuesday 23 July.
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Torfaen Together: Have your say in our Residents Survey 2019
Have your say in our Residents Survey 2019
National Lottery funding benefitting young apprentices
Ryan Smart, 19, from Cwmbran is a carpentry apprentice who has benefitted from National Lottery funding through the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP).
Torfaen CBC achieves international Green Flag Award
Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space.
Monday 8 July 2019
Passion for wildlife and the environment inspires primary school enterprise plan
Local law firm Watkins & Gunn have teamed up with Cwmffrwdoer Primary School as part of the 3rd annual Torfaen Enterprise Week initiative.
Friday 5 July 2019
Summer Playschemes 2019
Details of Torfaen's 2019 summer playschemes
Man fined following Pontypool flytipping incident
Mr Brian Walker from Trevethin, Pontypool, has been found guilty by Newport Magistrates after waste under his control was found fly tipped outside garages in Pontnewenydd, Pontypool.
YouTube video captures the history and heritage of Blaenavon
The first in a series of powerful exhibitions has been created by young people of Blaenavon to showcase its' history and heritage.
Thursday 4 July 2019
Dragons support walking rugby sessions at community engagement event
Players from the Dragons were among those taking part in a walking rugby session in Blaenavon this week as part of a community engagement campaign.
Wednesday 3 July 2019
School children to sell hand made products in Pontypool Indoor Market
Next week school children will be in Pontypool Indoor Market selling their hand made products as part of Enterprise Week.
Tuesday 2 July 2019
Town centre bollards being permanently raised for public safety
On Monday 8 July the council are going to permanently raise the bollards at the entrance to Commercial Street from the Hanbury Road approach to the town centre.
Monday 1 July 2019
Matt Preece of Business Doctors helps West Mon pupils with enterprise qualification
Senior manager, managing in business for over 25 years and now business coach Matt Preece of South East Wales 'Business Doctors', the UK's fastest growing support service for small and medium-sized businesses, has been supporting three groups of young people at West Mon Secondary School, Torfaen, who are preparing for their enterprise qualification as part of the Inspire2Achieve programme.
Local law firm Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt support pupils at Penygarn Primary School with their entrepreneurial skills
Local solicitors Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt, who have offices in Pontypool and Newport have teamed up with Penygarn Primary School to support, mentor and encourage pupils in the development of their entrepreneurial skills and understanding of how a business operates.
Thursday 27 June 2019
Less than a week to go until Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE)
With less than a week to go until the council takes over CPE what does it actually mean?
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