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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.
Tuesday 17 April 2018

'Darling Buds' growing competition at Llanyrafon Manor

'Darling Buds' growing competition at Llanyrafon Manor
Description:
After the huge success of the Llanyrafon Manor 'Barrowfull of Schools' competition which had taken place last year, the Manor is relaunching the competition again in 2018

Entrepreneurial couple to bring Malaysian street food to Pontypool

Entrepreneurial couple to bring Malaysian street food to Pontypool
Description:
A couple of entrepreneurs from Blackwood are to host a pop-up Malaysian street food night at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 3 May from 7pm.
Thursday 12 April 2018

Have a say on the future management of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Have a say on the future management of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site
Description:
Residents and other stakeholders are being asked to comment on a draft plan that will guide the management of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site until 2023.
Tuesday 10 April 2018

Presentation of First Aid certificates

Presentation of First Aid certificates
Description:
Today a group of young women from Torfaen received certificates from St John's Ambulance for achieving their basic first aid qualifications.
Monday 9 April 2018

Shop worker jailed for selling illegal cigarettes in Pontypool

Shop worker jailed for selling illegal cigarettes in Pontypool
Description:
Two employees at a Pontypool convenience store have been prosecuted for selling illegal cigarettes.
Thursday 29 March 2018

Torfaen council invests in borough-wide deep clean

Torfaen council invests in borough-wide deep clean
Description:
Torfaen council is investing £65,000 to tackle litter in streets, shopping areas, parks, road verges and cycle paths.
Wednesday 28 March 2018

Pontypool Easter fun

Description:
Pontypool town centre is hosting a vintage-themed Easter eggstravaganza on Saturday 31 March.

Easter waste and recycling collections

Easter waste and recycling collections
Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Easter Monday (2 April) and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Tuesday 27 March 2018

Torfaen Adult Community Learning floristry class success

Torfaen Adult Community Learning floristry class success
Description:
Torfaen's floristry students have once again outdone themselves in their efforts to raise money for charity.

Cwmbran man defies the odds during Sports Relief challenge

Cwmbran man defies the odds during Sports Relief challenge
Description:
A Cwmbran man defies the odds during a Sports Relief challenge at Newport Velodrome.

New approach to breaking down barriers to food recycling

New approach to breaking down barriers to food recycling
Description:
Torfaen council has partnered with the Wales Audit Office to understand why significant numbers of people in the borough choose not to recycle their food waste.
Monday 26 March 2018

Adult Community Learning summer 2018 brochure

Description:
Torfaen Adult Community Learning has released the new Summer 2018 brochure.

Pontypool Shell Grotto open on Easter Monday

Pontypool Shell Grotto open on Easter Monday
Description:
Pontypool's Shell Grotto will be open for visitors to explore on Easter Monday (2 April) between 11am - 3pm.
Friday 23 March 2018

Stand-up comedy at Pontypool Indoor Market

Stand-up comedy at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Some of the best acts on the Welsh comedy circuit will be entertaining audiences at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 29 March.
Wednesday 21 March 2018

School children call on community to help clear local beauty spot

School children call on community to help clear local beauty spot
Description:
Children from Garnteg Primary School are calling on the local community to join them in a litter pick at the British site in Talywain on Tuesday 27 March from 9.30am.

Plan your trip to see Man Engine tour launch in Blaenavon

Plan your trip to see Man Engine tour launch in Blaenavon
Description:
Visitors wanting to see the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine when it begins its grand tour of Wales in Blaenavon are advised to plan ahead for the event.

Green waste collections to resume

Green waste collections to resume
Description:
Fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 26 March.
Tuesday 20 March 2018

Easter celebrations at Llanyrafon Manor

Description:
Over the Easter period, Llanyrafon Manor will be hosting some Easter activities which will include an Easter egg hunt.

Torfaen Spring Clean off to a tidy start

Torfaen Spring Clean off to a tidy start
Description:
The Torfaen Spring Clean has gotten off to a fantastic start with four events held in its first week.

Ten years of tree planting project celebrated

Description:
A project to plant a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a planting session at the Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve in Blaenavon.
Friday 16 March 2018

Jobs fair offering local opportunities

Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council will be hosting another FREE Jobs Fair on Tuesday 24 April 2018, at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran Town Centre
Tuesday 13 March 2018

Spring into action this Friday

Spring into action this Friday
Description:
Torfaen council is inviting the local community to join in with its first Torfaen Spring Clean event at Cwmbran Boating Lake on Friday 16 March from 12pm.
Monday 12 March 2018

Magical night to celebrate Harry Potter books

Magical night to celebrate Harry Potter books
Description:
Around 30 young witches and wizards took part in Blaenavon Libraries' celebration of national Harry Potter Book Night.

Hundreds of Torfaen children take part in Crucial Crew

Hundreds of Torfaen children take part in Crucial Crew
Description:
Almost 1000 year six pupils from Torfaen schools have taken part in the Crucial Crew, an annual event that teaches children about personal safety, sustainability, recycling and other skills that will be useful as they transition into secondary school.
Friday 9 March 2018

Try a taste of Italy at Pontypool pop-up restaurant

Try a taste of Italy at Pontypool pop-up restaurant
Description:
Award winning chef Mark Coulton is bringing an Italian night to Pontypool on Thursday 22 March with a pop-up restaurant at the indoor market.

MMR vaccination urged as measles outbreak declared in South East Wales

Description:
Public Health Wales is urging young adults and teenagers to make sure they are protected against measles with two doses of the MMR vaccine as it investigates an outbreak of measles in South East Wales.
Thursday 8 March 2018

'Girl power' is going strong in Gwent!

'Girl power' is going strong in Gwent!
Description:
Today (Thursday 8th March) is International Women's Day, and with three of the five councils in the Gwent area seeing women holding their organisation's top job, 'girl power' is well and truly going strong.

Torfaen council recognised for its commitment to the armed forces

Torfaen council recognised for its commitment to the armed forces
Description:
Torfaen council has had its commitment to serving and former members of the armed forces recognised with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
Wednesday 7 March 2018

Union Street improvements exhibition

Union Street improvements exhibition
Description:
A drop-in exhibition for residents to view plans for improvement works to the junction of Union Street and Broad Street in Abersychan is taking place on Wednesday 14 March from 12pm until 7pm at Noddfa Baptist Church.

Have your say on Blaenavon Town Council's business plan

Have your say on Blaenavon Town Council's business plan
Description:
Blaenavon residents are being asked for their opinions on the town council's first ever business plan.
Tuesday 27 February 2018

Event to showcase local produce

Event to showcase local produce
Description:
Cwmbran Centre will host a showcase of Welsh produce, local foods and crafts on Saturday 3 March from 10am.
Thursday 22 February 2018

Gwent Police launch new community speed watch scheme in Torfaen

Gwent Police launch new community speed watch scheme in Torfaen
Description:
Gwent Police launched the first Torfaen Community Speed Watch scheme on 18 February 2018.
Wednesday 21 February 2018

Market foodie event to mark St David's Day

Market foodie event to mark St David's Day
Description:
March's Foodie Thursday event at Pontypool Indoor Market will take place on St David's Day, with a host of Welsh-themed produce on offer.
Monday 19 February 2018

Tickets available for Man Engine Cymru's visit to Blaenavon

Tickets available for Man Engine Cymru's visit to Blaenavon
Description:
Tickets to see the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine when it begins its grand tour of Wales in Blaenavon are now available.

Torfaen business breakfast addresses cyber-crime

Torfaen business breakfast addresses cyber-crime
Description:
More than 50 members of the Torfaen business community met at Greenmeadow Golf Club to discuss cybercrime and data protection.
Friday 16 February 2018

Try a taste of Italy at Pontypool pop-up restaurant

Try a taste of Italy at Pontypool pop-up restaurant
Description:
Award winning chef Mark Coulton is returning to Pontypool on Thursday 22 March to host a pop-up Italian restaurant at the indoor market.

Beat off the winter blues at Cwmbran Library

Beat off the winter blues at Cwmbran Library
Description:
A wellbeing event to give the winter blues the boot takes place at Cwmbran Library on Friday 23 February from 11am until 2pm.
Wednesday 14 February 2018

Spring into action to clean up your community

Spring into action to clean up your community
Description:
Community groups, sports and social clubs, churches, schools and businesses are being urged to join in with the annual Torfaen Spring Clean in March.

Torfaen Play Service recruitment

Torfaen Play Service recruitment
Description:
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service are providing a range of free activities this half term.
Thursday 8 February 2018

Business breakfast to address cyber-crime

Business breakfast to address cyber-crime
Description:
A free breakfast event to help businesses protect themselves against cyber-crime and understand new data protection rules is being held on Thursday 15 February at Greenmeadow Golf Club from 7:45am.
Wednesday 7 February 2018

Sebastopol section of canal tow path to close for works

Sebastopol section of canal tow path to close for works
Description:
A section of the canal tow path between Panteg and Pontnewydd in Cwmbran will be closed from Sunday 18 February for a number of months.

Cabinet to consider budget proposals

Cabinet to consider budget proposals
Description:
Torfaen council have set out proposals to balance the budget in 2018/19 and address a shortfall of £8.9 million

Agenda for Cabinet Meeting - 13/02/2018

Agenda for Cabinet Meeting - 13/02/2018
Description:
A meeting of the Cabinet will take place on Tuesday, 13 February at 10.30am
Tuesday 6 February 2018

Generations come together for slipper-themed tea party

Generations come together for slipper-themed tea party
Description:
Children from across Torfaen joined older member of the community for a special tea party at Cwmbran library as part of a project to encourage better understanding between the generations.
Thursday 1 February 2018

Sporting teenager awarded talent development pass

Sporting teenager awarded talent development pass
Description:
Kyran has been successful in obtaining support through Torfaens Talent Development Scheme which enables him free access to use the facilities
Monday 29 January 2018

Regular Foodie Thursdays launch at Pontypool Indoor Market

Regular Foodie Thursdays launch at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
A new series of foodies events kicks off at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 1 February, and will run on the first Thursday of every month throughout 2018.
Friday 26 January 2018

Sections of Trosnant Street to close next week

Sections of Trosnant Street to close next week
Description:
Sections of Trosnant Street will be closed to through traffic the week commencing Monday 29 January.
Thursday 25 January 2018

Councillors to scrutinise budget proposals

Councillors to scrutinise budget proposals
Description:
Torfaen councillors will scrutinise the council's proposed budget savings for 2018/19 next week
Wednesday 24 January 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day service

Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council, working closely with Holy Trinity Church and Torfaen Schools, is hosting a service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mobile business gets the green light

Mobile business gets the green light
Description:
Kiaya Watkins from St Dials, Cwmbran has realised a lifelong dream and started her own mobile hairdressing business in the county borough.
Friday 19 January 2018

#YOURFUTUREYOURCHOICE

#YOURFUTUREYOURCHOICE
Description:
From Monday 22 January, Torfaen employability teams will be taking over Torfaen social media channels for the whole week.
Thursday 18 January 2018

Parade to commemorate Cwmbran hero

Parade to commemorate Cwmbran hero
Description:
A parade to remember Cwmbran hero John Fielding will take place on Saturday 20 January.
Wednesday 17 January 2018

Drop-in session for Pontypool railway station

Drop-in session for Pontypool railway station
Description:
A drop-in session for residents and other stakeholders to view proposals for improvements at Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station is taking place at St Mary's church hall in Panteg between 10am and 7pm on Wednesday 24 January.

Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent councils adopt joint enforcement policies

Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent councils adopt joint enforcement policies
Description:
The way in which environmental crime, breaches in licensing laws and consumer protection issues are enforced will be standardised across Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

Care centre users create story-inspired slippers

Care centre users create story-inspired slippers
Description:
Members of Torfaen care centres have taken inspiration from classic children's stories to create ornate slippers as part of a library project focussing on the health and wellbeing of older members of the community.
Tuesday 16 January 2018

Road closure to complete footbridge at Station Road/Avondale Road

Road closure to complete footbridge at Station Road/Avondale Road
Description:
A section of Station Road and Avondale Road in Griffithstown will be closed for one day on Sunday 21 January to allow the safe installation of a new footbridge between Station Road and Avondale Road.
Friday 12 January 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.
Monday 8 January 2018

New bakery opens in Pontypool

New bakery opens in Pontypool
Description:
Visitors to Pontypool Indoor Market can fight off the cold this winter with a selection of warming soups, homemade pies and pasties, and freshly baked bread.
Tuesday 2 January 2018

Residents asked to shape the future of Torfaen libraries

Residents asked to shape the future of Torfaen libraries
Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents to help shape the future of library services in the borough
Thursday 21 December 2017

Upgrade to A4042 Cwmbran 'Rechem' Roundabout

Upgrade to A4042 Cwmbran 'Rechem' Roundabout
Description:
Welsh Government in conjunction with Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd will be upgrading the A4042 Cwmbran 'Rechem' Roundabout south of Pontypool starting on Monday 8 January. Works are expected to take 12 weeks and to be finished by Sunday 1 April 2018.

Torfaen 'Take a Stroll' weekly walks

Torfaen 'Take a Stroll' weekly walks
Description:
The 'Torfaen take a Stroll' group has been walking weekly throughout the borough of Torfaen for the last 12 years, with some volunteers and walkers having been with them from day one.

A Christmas message from the council leader

Description:
A Christmas message from Cllr Anthony Hunt
Wednesday 20 December 2017

Welsh Government approve 6th form closures

Description:
Today, (20.12.17), Eluned Morgan AM, the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Skills formally approved Torfaen Council's proposals to overhaul post 16 education in the borough with the closure of three English language 6th forms.
Tuesday 19 December 2017

Torfaen signs MND Charter

Torfaen signs MND Charter
Description:
Today, Tuesday (19.12.17) Torfaen council became the latest council in the UK to sign the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter.

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council

Torfaen businesses congratulated by Leader of Torfaen Council
Description:
A selection of Torfaen businesses who have been successful in winning awards or have made significant achievements during 2017 have met with Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council.

Business event raises money for children's charity

Business event raises money for children's charity
Description:
Torfaen's annual women in business event has raised a whopping £2,220 for Ty Hafan children's hospice.

Children wrap safe slippers for Christmas

Children wrap safe slippers for Christmas
Description:
School children in Torfaen have been wrapping up pairs of safe slippers to distribute to older members of the community and help prevent falls in the home over the winter.
Monday 18 December 2017

Two extra bags part of changes to Christmas collections

Two extra bags part of changes to Christmas collections
Description:
There will be some minor changes to waste and recycling collections taking place in Torfaen after Christmas Day.
Monday 11 December 2017

Record numbers of Torfaen children crack Summer Reading Challenge

Record numbers of Torfaen children crack Summer Reading Challenge
Description:
Record numbers of children in Torfaen completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge by reading six library books or more during the school holidays.
Friday 8 December 2017

Festive donation to foodbanks

Festive donation to foodbanks
Description:
Christmas can be a magical time of the year for children and families and this year Nant Celyn Primary School have been focusing on Christmas being a time for giving.
Thursday 7 December 2017

Torfaen council caring differently with the Carers Trust

Description:
Torfaen council have entered into a 12 month arrangement for a care & support scheme with the Carers Trust.
Wednesday 6 December 2017

Enjoy a 'taste of the Med' at Pontypool Indoor Market

Enjoy a 'taste of the Med' at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Food lovers can enjoy a taste of Mediterranean cuisine at a pop-up Greek night in Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 14 December at 7pm.

2017 community volunteer awards celebration

2017 community volunteer awards celebration
Description:
Over 300 people attended this year's annual Play Service Volunteers Awards Ceremony at Mount Pleasant Hall, Pontnewydd.
Tuesday 5 December 2017

Drop-in session for Pontypool railway station (December)

Drop-in session for Pontypool railway station (December)
Description:
A drop-in session for residents and other stakeholders to view proposals for improvements at Pontypool and New Inn Railway Station is taking place at St Mary's church hall in Panteg between 10am and 7pm on Monday 11 December.

Order extra recycling containers ready for Christmas

Order extra recycling containers ready for Christmas
Description:
Torfaen residents are being advised to order additional recycling containers to dispose of the extra waste generated over the Christmas period.

Get ready for Christmas at Pontypool Indoor Market

Get ready for Christmas at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Pontypool Indoor Market will be hosting a special Christmas market on Thursday 7 December.
Thursday 30 November 2017

Celebrate Christmas with the Torfaen business club

Celebrate Christmas with the Torfaen business club
Description:
The Christmas meeting of Torfaen Business Voice, Torfaen's business club, takes place on Thursday 7 December at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran.
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Torfaen school teachers nominated for awards

Torfaen school teachers nominated for awards
Description:
Three Primary school teachers from Torfaen schools have been nominated for 'Teacher of the year' award for the 2018 Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.

Pontypool prepares for Foodie Thursday

Description:
Preparation is underway for a Christmas Foodie Thursday at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 7 December.

150 shoe boxes collected at West Monmouth School

150 shoe boxes collected at West Monmouth School
Description:
West Monmouth School has held its annual Christmas shoe box appeal again this year, with over 150 boxes collected.
Monday 27 November 2017

Torfaen young people achieve 48% of the Welsh vote at Youth Parliament

Torfaen young people achieve 48% of the Welsh vote at Youth Parliament
Description:
Torfaen's turnout has been outstanding, with one of the top regional turnouts. Torfaen winning in Wales with 48% of the votes coming from Torfaen.
Friday 24 November 2017

Women in business event a success

Women in business event a success
Description:
More than 135 members of the Gwent businesses community visited the Cwmbran Parkway hotel on Thursday 23 November for Torfaen's annual women in business event.
Thursday 23 November 2017

STEPS to Excellence

STEPS to Excellence
Description:
Seven intrepid young ladies in Torfaen have recently completed the four day Pacific Institute's STEPs to Excellence course at The Powerstation Cwmbran

Doors open for successful six in Torfaen

Doors open for successful six in Torfaen
Description:
Six unemployed participants living in Communities First areas across Torfaen have successfully completed a Security Industry Authority (SIA) training course
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Young volunteers recognised with prestigious Diana Award

Young volunteers recognised with prestigious Diana Award
Description:
The Blaenavon World Heritage Youth Ambassadors have been recognised with a prestigious Diana Award at a ceremony in Cardiff.
Tuesday 21 November 2017

Award winning chef to bring Mediterranean cuisine to Pontypool

Award winning chef to bring Mediterranean cuisine to Pontypool
Description:
An award winning chef is bringing Mediterranean cuisine to Pontypool with a pop-up Greek night in Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 14 December at 7pm.
Monday 20 November 2017

Local school children refuse to give in to litterers

Local school children refuse to give in to litterers
Description:
Children from Garnteg Primary School's eco committee have cleared more than 20 bags of rubbish from the British site in Talywain after collecting more than 40 bags from the same spot just 6 months ago.
Thursday 16 November 2017

Charities benefit from Mayor's fund

Charities benefit from Mayor's fund
Description:
Today (Thursday, November 16), the Mayor of Torfaen's charity appeal fund for 2016/17 has been officially closed with trustees approving that £5,516.27 will go to the Mayor's chosen charities.
Wednesday 15 November 2017

Trevethin scrap dealer prosecuted for operating without a licence

Trevethin scrap dealer prosecuted for operating without a licence
Description:
A scrap dealer from Trevethin has been made to pay £800 after he was found to be operating without a licence.

Are you Verified?

Description:
Did you know that you now need to verify your identity online to access a range of government services?

Have a say on dog control orders

Have a say on dog control orders
Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents to have their say on changes to dog controls in the borough.
Monday 13 November 2017

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market for Christmas Foodie Thursday

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market for Christmas Foodie Thursday
Description:
Food businesses are being offered free space to trade in Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 7 December as part of a special Christmas Foodie Thursday.

Under two weeks to go until women in business event

Under two weeks to go until women in business event
Description:
There is still time to book onto Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 23 November.

Change of day for Blaenavon family history sessions

Change of day for Blaenavon family history sessions
Description:
The popular family history sessions held at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library every Thursday morning will be moving to new a Friday morning slot as of Friday 1 December.
Friday 10 November 2017

Pupils pay tribute in remembering the fallen at West Monmouth School

Pupils pay tribute in remembering the fallen at West Monmouth School
Description:
Pupils and teachers at West Monmouth School have planted 113 ceramic poppies at the school entrance, in honour and remembrance of the 113 service men that attended the school and had lost their lives in the war.
Thursday 9 November 2017

West Monmouth School pupils raise funds for The Royal British Legion

West Monmouth School pupils raise funds for The Royal British Legion
Description:
Torfaen Youth Service has been working closely with West Monmouth School Gypsy and Traveller students, alongside Blaenavon Royal British Legion in order to raise funds through the poppy appeal.

Remembrance Sunday events in Torfaen

Remembrance Sunday events in Torfaen
Description:
Details of Torfaen's Remembrance Sunday events
Wednesday 8 November 2017

Professional Teaching Awards Cymru

Description:
People across Wales have until Thursday 30 November to nominate outstanding teachers in Wales for the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru. With three extra categories, there are even more opportunities to celebrate the very best in Welsh education.
Tuesday 7 November 2017

Blaenau Gwent company directors prosecuted for misleading customers

Blaenau Gwent company directors prosecuted for misleading customers
Description:
The directors of two Blaenau Gwent electrical companies that lied to their customers have been made to pay more than £12,000 by the courts.
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