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Friday 3 November 2017

Homes named in honour of local hero

Homes named in honour of local hero
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The mother of Cwmbran solider Pte James Prosser, who was killed while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, has today (Friday 3 November) unveiled a street sign on a new housing estate named in his honour.

Facebook seller caught with counterfeit tobacco and drugs

Facebook seller caught with counterfeit tobacco and drugs
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A Cwmbran man has been made to pay £900 after he was caught selling illegal tobacco products on Facebook.
Thursday 2 November 2017

Torfaen prepared for winter weather

Torfaen prepared for winter weather
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Preparations for the winter weather are underway in Torfaen.
Wednesday 1 November 2017

Green waste collections to end for winter

Green waste collections to end for winter
Description:
Green waste Green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter from the first week of December and will resume at the end of March 2018.
Tuesday 31 October 2017

Nant Celyn Primary achieve healthy schools award

Nant Celyn Primary achieve healthy schools award
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Nant Celyn Primary School are celebrating after achieving the highest recognition from Torfaen 'Healthy Schools' scheme by successfully completing Healthy Schools 6 award.
Monday 30 October 2017

Explore the outdoors at Greenmeadow Community Farm this weekend

Explore the outdoors at Greenmeadow Community Farm this weekend
Description:
Visitors to Greenmeadow Community Farm are encouraged to come and follow the brand new Stick Man trail as part of a farm fun day this Saturday 4 November from 10am.

Britain's largest mechanical puppet to begin 2018 tour in Blaenavon

Britain's largest mechanical puppet to begin 2018 tour in Blaenavon
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The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will start its tour of Wales with an opening ceremony in Blaenavon on Sunday 8 April 2018.
Friday 27 October 2017

Santa Appeal 2017

Santa Appeal 2017
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Bring some Christmas cheer to a child in need with this year's Santa Appeal

#IFYOUGOIGO campaign scoops an award

#IFYOUGOIGO campaign scoops an award
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The Sports Development #IFYOUGOIGO project has achieved the 'Healthy Neighbourhood Award' at this years South Wales Argus Health and Care Awards.
Wednesday 25 October 2017

School children to clear litter at local beauty spot

School children to clear litter at local beauty spot
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Pupils from Garnteg Primary are joining forces again with Torfaen County Borough Council to tackle litter at The British site in Talywain.

Cwmbran teenager wins team bronze at archery world championships

Cwmbran teenager wins team bronze at archery world championships
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Cwmbran teenager Thea Rogers was selected to represent Team Great Britain at the outdoor Archery World Championships in Argentina, where over 600 archers competed for medals.
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Crumlin man prosecuted for fly tipping on common land

Crumlin man prosecuted for fly tipping on common land
Description:
A Blaenau Gwent man has been prosecuted for dumping bags of rubbish and plastics on common land at Pen-yr-Heol Road on Llanhilleth mountain.
Monday 23 October 2017

Have your say on draft wellbeing plan

Have your say on draft wellbeing plan
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Have your say on Torfaen Public Services Board's draft wellbeing plan

Free stalls available for Foodie Thursdays in Pontypool

Free stalls available for Foodie Thursdays in Pontypool
Description:
Food businesses and traders are being offered the chance to trade for free at Pontypool Indoor Market on the first Thursday of every month, starting on 7 December.

The Really Amazing Charity launches their new website

Description:
TRAC2 Charity, based in Trevethin but working across the whole of the borough of Torfaen, have recently relaunched their new website.
Thursday 19 October 2017

Firework displays - get registered and stay safe

Firework displays - get registered and stay safe
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As bonfire night approaches Torfaen council asking organisers of fireworks displays to register their event voluntarily with its environmental health team.

Blaenavon resident becomes Bridges into Work 2 Project's 100th 'Volunteering Placement' success

Blaenavon resident becomes Bridges into Work 2 Project's 100th 'Volunteering Placement' success
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Torfaen County Borough Council's Employability Team recently celebrated its 100th successful volunteering placement.
Wednesday 18 October 2017

Council votes unanimously to remove council tax for care leavers

Council votes unanimously to remove council tax for care leavers
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Torfaen has become the first council in Wales to exempt care leavers from council tax up to the age of 21.
Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fake DVD seller caught on Facebook

Fake DVD seller caught on Facebook
Description:
A Cwmbran man has been made to pay £1,379 and carry out 120 hours of unpaid work after he was caught selling counterfeit DVDs on Facebook.

'Race for Life' at Nant Celyn Primary School

'Race for Life' at Nant Celyn Primary School
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Over 400 children, aged 3 to 11 and staff at Nant Celyn Primary School have been raising money and supporting the Cancer Research 'Race for Life' charity.
Monday 16 October 2017

Premier League Primary Stars!

Premier League Primary Stars!
Description:
Nant Celyn Primary School has been successful in securing new PE equipment through the newly established 'Premier League Primary Stars' school programme.

Get arty in Pontypool Park this autumn half term

Get arty in Pontypool Park this autumn half term
Description:
Community arts group Head4Arts are running their popular Arty Crafty event in Pontypool Park on Sunday October 29 from 10.30am until 3pm.

Slipper swap to help prevent falls in the home this winter

Slipper swap to help prevent falls in the home this winter
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Torfaen's library service is giving away 250 pairs of brand new, safer slippers as part of a project aimed at preventing falls in the home and improving the health and wellbeing of older members of the community.
Thursday 12 October 2017

'Safe Places' launched at Cwmbran Centre

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Safe Places launched at Cwmbran Centre
Wednesday 11 October 2017

New beauty salon opens its doors in Pontypool town centre

New beauty salon opens its doors in Pontypool town centre
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A new beauty salon has opened its doors in Pontypool town centre.
Tuesday 10 October 2017

Torfaen businesses celebrate success

Torfaen businesses celebrate success
Description:
Three businesses from Torfaen received awards at the 2017 Monmouthshire Business Awards at the Celtic Manor on Friday 6 October.

Torfaen primary school is the first in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly

Torfaen primary school is the first in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly
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Griffithstown Primary School in Pontypool is the first primary school in Gwent to become Dementia Friendly.
Friday 6 October 2017

Bookings open for women in business event

Bookings open for women in business event
Description:
Bookings are now open for Torfaen's annual women in business event at the Cwmbran Parkway on Thursday 23 November.
Thursday 5 October 2017

Bookings open to see Santa in Pontypool's shell grotto

Bookings open to see Santa in Pontypool's shell grotto
Description:
Santa will be making his annual stop to meet children at the shell grotto in Pontypool Park on Sunday 3 December between 11am and 3pm.

Activities at Llanyrafon Manor this October

Activities at Llanyrafon Manor this October
Description:
Throughout October Llanyrafon Manor are hosting a selection of fun activity days, courses and a rural fair.
Wednesday 4 October 2017

Brand new comedy night for Pontypool

Brand new comedy night for Pontypool
Description:
Some of the best acts on the Welsh comedy circuit will be entertaining audiences at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 19 October.
Tuesday 3 October 2017

New trail at community farm encourages children to explore the outdoors

New trail at community farm encourages children to explore the outdoors
Description:
Children from Llantarnam Community Primary School have been exploring a brand new activity trail at Greenmeadow Community Farm.
Wednesday 27 September 2017

Pontypool man fined for council tax fraud

Pontypool man fined for council tax fraud
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A Pontypool has been fined for council tax fraud

Supplement seller fined

Supplement seller fined
Description:
A Cwmbran director has been fined for failing to provide trading standards officers with supplier information

Pontypool Indoor Market to host first wedding fair

Pontypool Indoor Market to host first wedding fair
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Pontypool Indoor Market will host its first wedding fair on Saturday 7 October from 10am until 3pm.
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Be sure of a big surprise!

Be sure of a big surprise!
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Varteg residents Miranda and Pete have opened up a new and unique business venture based at Pontypool Indoor Market.

Torfaen 'Safe Spaces' launch

Torfaen 'Safe Spaces' launch
Description:
The Launch Torfaen 'Safe Places' scheme will take place on 9 October, 10am at Gwent Square, Cwmbran.
Monday 25 September 2017

New opening date for 6th form centre

New opening date for 6th form centre
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A new opening date has been announced for the proposed 6th form centre in Cwmbran.

Explore the myths and legends of Pontypool

Explore the myths and legends of Pontypool
Description:
A darker side of Pontypool will be explored in a series of storytelling evenings at Pontypool Indoor Market in October.
Tuesday 19 September 2017

Library supports National Eye Health Week

Library supports National Eye Health Week
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Cwmbran Library is supporting National Eye Health Week which runs from 18 – 24 September.

Laugh, learn and get active

Laugh, learn and get active
Description:
Over the summer period, Torfaen Play lead on a pilot programme for a new 'Holiday Hunger' project funded by the Welsh Government.
Friday 15 September 2017

Live opera and ballet to be screened in Blaenavon

Live opera and ballet to be screened in Blaenavon
Description:
Blaenavon Workmen's Hall Cinema will be screening live opera and ballet as part of the Royal Opera House's 2017 – 18 season.

Torfaen Community Connectors

Torfaen Community Connectors
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A local resident living in Pontypool turned his life around since receiving support through Torfaen Community Connectors and other local services.
Tuesday 12 September 2017

Award winning chef to bring a taste of Spain to Pontypool

Award winning chef to bring a taste of Spain to Pontypool
Description:
An award winning chef is bringing a taste of Spain to Torfaen with a pop-up tapas night in Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 28 September at 7pm.

Fibromyalgia support event

Fibromyalgia support event
Description:
Fibromyalgia support event, taking place Friday 22 September, 1:30 to 6:30 at Pontypool active living centre.
Tuesday 5 September 2017

Former Torfaen Mayor passes away

Former Torfaen Mayor passes away
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The former Mayor of Torfaen and councillor for the Abersychan ward, Doug Davies sadly passed away on Sunday, 3 September at his home in Abersychan.
Thursday 31 August 2017

Meet employers at Cwmbran jobs fair

Meet employers at Cwmbran jobs fair
Description:
Job hunters will be able to meet local employers at a jobs fair in the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran on Tuesday 5 September from 11am – 2pm.

Have your say on life in the valleys

Have your say on life in the valleys
Description:
Residents and businesses in Torfaen are invited to a meeting of the Welsh Government's Valleys Task Force on Wednesday 13 September at 6pm at Blaenavon Workmen's Hall.
Wednesday 30 August 2017

Pontypool prepares for Foodie Thursday

Pontypool prepares for Foodie Thursday
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Preparation is underway for the first Foodie Thursday at Pontypool Indoor Market on Thursday 7 September.
Friday 25 August 2017

Popular local councillor commemorated with memorial bench

Popular local councillor commemorated with memorial bench
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A bench to commemorate former Torfaen councillor Marlene Thomas has been unveiled at the Llantarnam Grange arts centre in Cwmbran where she was an active member of the centre's committee.
Thursday 24 August 2017

Adult Learners celebrate success

Adult Learners celebrate success
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Adult Learners across Torfaen are celebrating today following fantastic results in their GCSE exams and a successful year of learning with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Torfaen pupils celebrate GCSE results

Torfaen pupils celebrate GCSE results
Description:
Today, pupils from across Torfaen have been celebrating their GCSE results.
Wednesday 23 August 2017

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections

Bank holiday waste and recycling collections
Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections on bank holiday Monday 28 August and all collections will take place a day later than scheduled.
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Have your say on licensing policy in Torfaen

Have your say on licensing policy in Torfaen
Description:
Residents and business in Torfaen are being asked comment on the way the council licenses businesses such as pubs, clubs and taxi firms.
Monday 21 August 2017

Torfaen celebrate with Rainbow Flag

Description:
Torfaen Council are flying the Rainbow Flag outside the civic centre in Pontypool all this week to celebrate Rainbow Flag day on Friday, August 25 and the start of Pride Cymru events in Cardiff this weekend.
Friday 18 August 2017

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market

Food businesses offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Food businesses are being offered free space to trade in Pontypool Indoor Market every Thursday in September as part of the market's new Foodie Thursdays.

A level results in Torfaen

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Students across Torfaen are celebrating their A-level achievements.
Thursday 17 August 2017

Fit and Fed

Fit and Fed
Description:
Fit and Fed is a new initiative run by Torfaen Sports Development team throughout August for children.

Residents urged to avoid burning plastics

Residents urged to avoid burning plastics
Description:
Torfaen residents are being urged to avoid burning plastic on garden bonfires and to use the free recycling options available instead.
Friday 11 August 2017

Thea wins gold in European Youth Archery Championships

Thea wins gold in European Youth Archery Championships
Description:
A Cwmbran teenager has hit gold representing Great Britain in her first major European archery competition in Croatia.
Thursday 10 August 2017

Llanyrafon pupils take on the charts

Llanyrafon pupils take on the charts
Description:
Children from Llanyrafon Primary School in Cwmbran are hoping to take on the charts with a music video all about sweeties.
Wednesday 9 August 2017

Free e-newsletter for Torfaen businesses

Free e-newsletter for Torfaen businesses
Description:
Businesses in Torfaen are being encouraged to sign up for a free, quarterly newsletter.
Monday 7 August 2017

Pontypool trader to get tattoo for cancer charity

Pontypool trader to get tattoo for cancer charity
Description:
A Pontypool market trader, who has battled testicular cancer, is to go under the needle to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre.

Have your say on the future conservation of Blaenavon town centre

Have your say on the future conservation of Blaenavon town centre
Description:
Torfaen council is inviting residents to have their say on the future conservation of Blaenavon town centre.
Friday 4 August 2017

The Torfaen We Want

The Torfaen We Want
Description:
Join the big conversation about the future of Torfaen
Thursday 3 August 2017

Popular Pontypool florist is changing hands

Popular Pontypool florist is changing hands
Description:
One of Torfaen's most popular florists has hung up her secateurs for the last time.

'Fake' Facebook seller caught peddling counterfeit cigarettes

'Fake' Facebook seller caught peddling counterfeit cigarettes
Description:
A Pontypool man has been fined and made to carry out 60 hours of unpaid community work after he was caught selling counterfeit cigarettes.

App puts Pontypool on the digital map

App puts Pontypool on the digital map
Description:
An app that tells the story of Pontypool has been launched as part of a digital package of resources for school children and those with an interest in the history of the town.
Wednesday 2 August 2017

Canal project celebrated

Canal project celebrated
Description:
Restoration of a section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Ty Coch in Cwmbran has been formally completed.
Monday 31 July 2017

Have your say on enforcement policy in Torfaen

Have your say on enforcement policy in Torfaen
Description:
Residents and business in Torfaen are being asked comment on the way the council enforces its environmental health, trading standards and licensing policies.
Thursday 27 July 2017

National Play Day 2017

Description:
Wednesday 2 August sees the 30th anniversary of National Play Day.

Independent Living Skills awards

Independent Living Skills awards
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Residents with learning disabilities & difficulties that attend Independent Living Skills classes have been awarded.
Tuesday 25 July 2017

Have your say in the Residents Survey 2017

Have your say in the Residents Survey 2017
Description:
Our residents survey is your opportunity to tell us whether we are making a difference to the lives of the people living in Torfaen.

Canal project recognised with national award

Canal project recognised with national award
Description:
A project to restore a derelict stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Ty Coch in Cwmbran has been recognised with a national award.
Monday 24 July 2017

Libraries are always open thanks to new app

Libraries are always open thanks to new app
Description:
Torfaen library members can now download bestselling e-books and e-audiobooks directly to their computer, tablet or smart phones.
Friday 21 July 2017

George Street Primary School 'Young promoters' arts award

George Street Primary School 'Young promoters' arts award
Description:
George Street Primary School year 5 pupils have recently showcased all the work they have completed for their Arts Awards.

Garndiffaith Bowls Club open their doors to Garnteg Primary pupils

Garndiffaith Bowls Club open their doors to Garnteg Primary pupils
Description:
Class 7 pupils at Garnteg Primary School have been attending Garndiffaith bowls club each Wednesday for the past 6 weeks and have enjoyed learning all about outdoor bowls
Thursday 20 July 2017

Rural Market and Family Dog Show

Rural Market and Family Dog Show
Description:
The last Sunday of every month hosts the rural food & craft market at Llanyrafon Manor
Wednesday 19 July 2017

Children invited to join Animal Agents at Torfaen libraries

Children invited to join Animal Agents at Torfaen libraries
Description:
Torfaen libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Young entrepreneurs make thousands during enterprise week

Young entrepreneurs make thousands during enterprise week
Description:
Children from across Torfaen became market traders for a day as part of the borough's first primary school enterprise week.
Tuesday 18 July 2017

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.

Movie night at the Manor

Movie night at the Manor
Description:
Llanyrafon Manor will be hosting their popular open air cinema on 22 July, showing "Jersey Boys".
Monday 17 July 2017

Summer playschemes

Summer playschemes
Description:
A wide range of play activities will be provided this summer across Torfaen to ensure that every child's right to play is supported.
Wednesday 12 July 2017

A walk on the 'wild' flower side

A walk on the 'wild' flower side
Description:
Torfaen residents living near The British site in Talywain recently explored the area with ecologists from Gwent Wildlife Trust and Torfaen council to identify some of the many different species of wildflowers that grow there
Friday 7 July 2017

Cwmbran volunteers reopen local putting green

Cwmbran volunteers reopen local putting green
Description:
Volunteers from St Dial's Ward Community Group are reopening the putting green at Old Cwmbran Park on weekends during the summer holidays.
Thursday 6 July 2017

Cwmbran Centre backs dementia friendly shopping

Description:
Cwmbran Centre has become the latest venue to join the campaign to make Torfaen a dementia friendly community.

Universal Credit Changes in Torfaen

Universal Credit Changes in Torfaen
Description:
There are some changes to benefit administration in Torfaen for working age people from July 12.
Wednesday 5 July 2017

Coopers serves up treats in Trevethin

Coopers serves up treats in Trevethin
Description:
A brand new café enterprise has established in Trevethin.
Tuesday 4 July 2017

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 8 July from 11am until 5pm in Pontypool Park.
Monday 3 July 2017

School children release weevils to tackle invasive water fern

School children release weevils to tackle invasive water fern
Description:
A colony of North American weevils has been introduced into a section of canal in Cwmbran to tackle an invasive species of water fern.
Friday 30 June 2017

Eco award winning school making a difference

Eco award winning school making a difference
Description:
Nant Celyn Primary School has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award in recognition of the school's commitment to creating a greener, cleaner environment.
Thursday 29 June 2017

School children to become market traders for enterprise challenge

Description:
School children from Torfaen have designed and made their own products to sell in Pontypool Indoor Market as part of the borough's first primary school enterprise week, from Friday 7 – 14 July.
Wednesday 28 June 2017

Pontypool gearing up for Party in the Park

Pontypool gearing up for Party in the Park
Description:
Pontypool Party in the Park will be celebrating cycling when it takes over Pontypool Park on Saturday 8 July, the day before thousands of cyclists pass through Torfaen as part of the Velothon Wales.
Tuesday 27 June 2017

Have a say on Active Travel in Blaenavon

Have a say on Active Travel in Blaenavon
Description:
Torfaen council is inviting residents of Blaenavon to have their say on future walking and cycling routes in the area.
Thursday 22 June 2017

Dan Can visits Crownbridge School

Dan Can visits Crownbridge School
Description:
Pupils at Crownbridge School in Cwmbran have been learning about recycling and how it benefits the environment.

Car dealer ordered to pay compensation for selling illegal cars

Car dealer ordered to pay compensation for selling illegal cars
Description:
A former car dealer from Cwmbran, who is currently serving a prison sentence for selling cars that breached trading standards legislation, has been ordered to pay more than £150,000.

Blaenavon Post Office recognised with national award

Blaenavon Post Office recognised with national award
Description:
Blaenavon's Post Office has been named as the Best Independent Retailer of 2017 at the Post Office's Retail Sales Awards 2017.

Children tee off with golf pro!

Children tee off with golf pro!
Description:
Paul Mayo a professional golfer from Pontnewydd Golf Club came to school and offered the children the opportunity to play golf, all children were then able to further their interests and attend free golf tuition lessons.
Wednesday 21 June 2017

Energy saving opportunities for Trevethin residents

Energy saving opportunities for Trevethin residents
Description:
Torfaen Council is carrying out energy efficiency surveys in Trevethin.
Tuesday 20 June 2017

Bridges into Work 2 & Working Skills for Adults 2

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Bridges into Work 2 & Working Skills for Adults 2 course timetable, July 2017.
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