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Wednesday 26 June 2019
Youth Service Gains Quality Mark Award
Representatives of the Torfaen Youth Service received the Silver Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales
100+ attend launch of £1.2m social care tech challenge
More than 130 people attended the suppliers launch of Torfaen's £1.2 million GovTech Catalyst challenge.
Tuesday 25 June 2019
#SaluteOurForces - Armed Forces Week
This morning we honoured Armed Forces Week with a flag-raising ceremony at the civic centre.
Ornamental bench stolen from World Heritage Site
An ornamental heavy duty World Heritage Site branded bench has been stolen from the car park located at the top of Broad Street in Blaenavon.
New Well-being and Work Hub to Launch at Cwmbran Library
A brand new Well-being and Work Hub will launch on Friday 28 June at Cwmbran Library from 10am until 1pm.
Monday 24 June 2019
Local schools prepare for 3rd annual Torfaen Enterprise Week
Following the great success of this event over the previous two years, a number of businesses from across the local area are once again working with school pupils within Torfaen as part of the borough's third annual Enterprise Week.
Friday 21 June 2019
Torfaen Schools Show Racism the Red Card
Torfaen Council has signed up with Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) to provide anti-racism workshops in schools across the Borough.
Thursday 20 June 2019
Abersychan business woman, Jean Church, awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List
Abersychan born business woman Jean Church has been awarded an MBE for Services to Business in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Wednesday 19 June 2019
Torfaen council joins the UK wide Refill revolution on National Refill Day
Today, on National Refill Day (Wednesday 19 June) the council is pleased to announce the installation of a free-to-use Refill water station at Pontypool Civic Centre. Easily accessible to the public, the water station is positioned near the customer services desk by the front door. All you need to do is bring your own reusable water bottle.
Tuesday 18 June 2019
Cracking down on counterfeits
As part of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day (Thursday 6 June) trading standards officers carried out an investigation involving a Torfaen retailer, following reports of fake cigarettes being sold from this premises.
Friday 14 June 2019
Jam-packed Summer Fun with Torfaen Youth Service
Following on from last years success, this year Torfaen Youth Service have yet another action packed summers worth of activities and trips for young people in Torfaen to take part in.
A Dementia Friendly Torfaen
Across Torfaen the Gwent Regional Partnership Team have been developing a Dementia Friendly Community for the last few years and have been awarded Dementia Friendly status by Alzheimer's Society.
Estyn inspection report published for Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw
A recent inspection conducted by Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, on Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw during May 2019, provided an overall judgement on the school's current performance.
Thursday 13 June 2019
Road Closures for Mic Morris Torfaen 10k
This year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k will be held on Sunday 14 July, with road closures enforced from 8am until 11:30am.
A Father's Day FEASTival Treat at Big Pit National Coal Museum
On Sunday 16th June, 11am-4pm, Big Pit will be holding a very special Father's Day event.In partnership with Taste of Torfaen and Cotyledon Markets more than 40 food, drink and craft stalls will be taking part in the Father's Day FEASTival.
Tuesday 11 June 2019
£1 million for road safety schemes in Torfaen
Torfaen is set to benefit from just over £1 million to improve active travel routes, safe routes in communities, road safety and public transport infrastructure in the borough.
Friday 7 June 2019
Students get creative with scaffolding banner
The first in a series of vibrant banners showcasing the history and heritage of Blaenavon has been unveiled at Bethlehem Chapel.
Thursday 6 June 2019
Free entry for Mic Morris Volunteers
Can you spare a few hours to help runners in this year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10k?
World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2019
Now in its twenty first year, World Anti-Counterfeiting day (Thursday 6 June) aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with counterfeit goods, as well as piracy.
Wednesday 5 June 2019
More than 500 children take part in half-term playschemes
During the half term period more than 500 children took part in Torfaen's open access playschemes.
Torfaen Business Networking Club to welcome Moneypenny team at June event
The next quarterly event of the Torfaen Business Voice networking club will take place from 5pm on Thursday 20th June 2019 at Greenmeadow Golf & Country Club, Cwmbran.
Friends of Pontypool Town receives the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Friends of Pontypool Town, a group of volunteers based in Torfaen have been honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Tuesday 4 June 2019
Torfaen Communities for Work (+) and JCP help launch new businesses
Torfaen Communities for Work programme and Job Centre Plus has helped establish two new and exciting ventures during the month of May 2019.
Monday 3 June 2019
Fly-tipping at The British results in removal costs of over 30K
The British has become a dumping ground for black bag rubbish and asbestos which has resulted in the council having to pay in excess of 30K for removal.
Friday 31 May 2019
Theft of Orchids at Llwyncelyn Local Nature Reserve
Earlier this month 30 orchids were dug up from a council owned Local Nature Reserve at Llwyncelyn, Cwmbran.
Are you ready for Torfaen 10k run this July?
This year, the annual Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road race will be taking place on Sunday 14 July, 2019.
Thursday 30 May 2019
Free events to celebrate nature in all of its glory during Wales Nature Week
Next week, during Wales Nature Week, the Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Local Nature Partnership are running a series of free events to celebrate nature.
Wednesday 29 May 2019
Volunteering leads to job success in the care sector
Torfaen Employability and Haford work together to ensure Volunteers find job success in the care sector.
Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism visits Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit National Coal Museum, located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, continues to be a popular visitor destination, and on Monday 13 May, it was visited by the Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas.
Friday 24 May 2019
Half term fun with Torfaen Play Service
Torfaen Play Service will be providing a range of free activities during the half term period.
Torfaen Youth Service and volunteers nominated for national award
Torfaen Youth Service has been nominated to attend the Youth Work Excellence Awards in Conwy, Wales on the 28 June 2019.
Monday 20 May 2019
Spring bank holiday waste and recycling collections
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Monday 27 May and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled
Thursday 16 May 2019
Parking restriction signs and road markings being refreshed
Ahead of the new joint in-house civil parking and environmental enforcement team coming into action on Monday 01 July, some of the borough's parking restriction signs and road markings are being refreshed or renewed where required
Wednesday 15 May 2019
Sustrans needs you - sign up to a Discovery Trail workshop
Sustrans is working to engage local stakeholders to identify priorities for the improvement of the Discovery Trail which is a circular traffic free path which runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool along NCN route 49 (Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal), then north to Brynmawr along NCN route 492 and back to Abergavenny through Clydach Gorge along route
Torfaen introduces menopause policy
A new policy aimed at ensuring women experiencing the menopause receive the support they require in the workplace has been approved by Torfaen Council.
Strive for 95+
Torfaen pupils received certificates in the council chamber to celebrate their outstanding attendance in the last academic year.
New council appointments confirmed
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.
Friday 10 May 2019
Can you #changeafuture?
With Foster Care Fortnight 2019 just around the corner, Torfaen Fostering teams are looking to recruit new mainstream foster carers that would love to make a positive difference in children's lives.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Changes to food waste caddy liners
From this week Torfaen residents will see a change in their food waste caddy liners. A change in the way the borough's food waste is recycled now means that residents can reuse bread bags or similar as food waste caddy liners. Caddy liners will still be provided, but will be made of recycled plastic (for those who want to use them).
Wednesday 8 May 2019
30 Days Wild
This June, the The Wildlife Trusts are challenging you to do something wild every day. That's 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.
Rough sleeping in Torfaen
Rough sleeping in Wales has increased in recent years, becoming more of a visible presence in our towns and communities.
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Pontypool roundabout becomes a Spring haven for pollinating insects
Residents and visitors may have noticed the amazing proliferation of daisies currently on the access roundabout to Pontypool from the A472.
Friday 3 May 2019
Tech business invited to launch of £1.25m challenge event
Tech companies are invited to attend a launch event for our £1.25m GovTech Catalyst challenge on data and technology and adult social
Look out for your new polling card
During next week, Torfaen Council will be re-issuing new polling cards to some electors in the borough for the UK European Parliamentary elections taking place on 23 May.
Enhancing safer routes to play
Local volunteers and Torfaen Play Service are working hard supporting a project that helps improve safer routes around the community.
Thursday 2 May 2019
Ceremony officially opens Penygarn Community Primary School
Yesterday (Wednesday 1st May) the Welsh Government's Minister for Education Kirsty Williams, officially opened a refurbished and extended Penygarn Community Primary School.
Childrens book raising awareness of autism launches in May
Across Gwent, young people with autism and their siblings have been getting creative by putting pen to paper, writing their very own story book to raise awareness of autism.
Wednesday 1 May 2019
May bank holiday waste and recycling collections
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Monday 06 May and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Monday 29 April 2019
Hundreds of people join the war on litter during Torfaen Spring Clean 2019
More than 300 people from across the borough helped clear 342 bags of rubbish as the council, Keep Wales Tidy, community groups, partners, local schools and organisations came together for the Torfaen Spring Clean 2019.
Friday 26 April 2019
Help shape the future of environmental volunteering in Torfaen
The council would like to invite all existing or new environmental volunteer groups in Torfaen to a workshop on Saturday 11 May between 10am-12pm at Pontypool Active Living Centre.
Tuesday 23 April 2019
Leftover chocolate fridge cake
This easy to make fridge cake is a great way to use up leftover chocolate Easter eggs, and makes a wonderful afternoon treat.
Thursday 18 April 2019
A Torfaen man has lost his appeal against a conviction for food hygiene offences
Rashid Iqbal, director of a company running Premier Stores from 15 Edlogan Square, Cwmbran, appealed his conviction against food hygiene offences in a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on 12 April 2019.
Thursday 11 April 2019
It's spring and the new motorcycling season is here. Riders, why not refresh your riding skills?
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Easter waste and recycling collections
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Easter Monday (22 April) and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled
Pupils raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Last week, 18 pupils from Nant Celyn Primary ASD base celebrated Austism Awareness week by promoting their very own autism awareness campaign.
Tuesday 9 April 2019
Brynmawr man found guilty of fly tipping in Torfaen
A former businessman from Brynmawr has been found guilty of two offences relating to the unlawful disposal of commercial waste in the World Heritage site, Blaenavon.
Friday 5 April 2019
Torfaen proves solid base for The Ice Academy
Torfaen has now been home to The Ice Academy for nearly seven years. Initially established in May 2012 and located in Llantarnam Park, Cwmbran, this unique business can now be found at the Polo Grounds Industrial Estate, New Inn, Pontypool and continues to go from strength to strength.
Thursday 4 April 2019
Heddlu Bach 'on the beat' at Nant Celyn Primary
20 pupils from Nant Celyn Primary are making a positive impact at the school through their roles as Heddlu Bach (mini police).
Tuesday 2 April 2019
Help shape the activities and new facility being planned for the Pontymoile canal basin
The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Adventure Triangle project has identified the Pontymoile canal basin as an important development hub, which can offer new leisure activities for local people and visitors. The aim is to offer canal related activities and access along the canal corridor to the wider countryside. Improvements planned will include a new café, activity space, car parking, toilets and showers.
Successful networking event for popular Torfaen Business Club
Torfaen Business Voice (TBV), one of the area's most successful and popular business networking clubs has held its first members' quarterly event of 2019 with more than 50 business people attending.
Torfaen based app developers aiming to link local services and suppliers with residents
Established in November 2018, uddr is the brainchild of three Pontypool men, Michael O'Neill who is a seasoned marketing professional, Dave Smith whose background is in electronic engineering and Stuart Arthur whose 15 years' experience in software consultancy and mobile application development earned him the role of Technical Director at uddr.
Friday 29 March 2019
DVDs and CDs to go on sale
Last year, the Torfaen Library service took the decision to discontinue the DVD and CD loan service due to a reduction in demand and to help achieve savings targets.
Local legend 'Kenny Bins' empties his final recycling box
You may not give a waste operative a second glance as you see them collecting your waste and recycling, but it's time you do. What do you know about your local waste operative?
Join the council by switching off your world for Earth Hour
On Saturday 30 March 2019 at 8.30pm, Torfaen County Borough Council will be turning off the Civic Centre lights at for one hour to celebrate WWF's Earth Hour.
Wednesday 27 March 2019
New self-service kiosks coming to Torfaen Libraries
New self-service kiosks will be installed and ready to use at all Torfaen Libraries from Thursday 28 March 2019.
Becoming a registered childminder In Torfaen
There are currently 46 registered childminders in Torfaen and there is potential for this to increase.
Monday 25 March 2019
Step into the heart of iron and coal: virtual reality transports visitors back in time at Blaenavon World Heritage Site
Those interested in industrial history and Welsh heritage will be able to discover the sights and sounds of Victorian Blaenavon this spring, with the unveiling of an advanced digital project at the world-renowned Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
Friday 22 March 2019
Essential toilet maintenance to take place at Cwmbran Boating Lake
From Monday 25 March the toilet block and surrounding path will be undergoing essential maintenance.
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Green waste collections to resume
Fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 25 March.
Friday 15 March 2019
New policy for rough sleepers
Last week Torfaen Council introduced a new policy to help rough sleepers access temporary accommodation.
Wednesday 13 March 2019
Staff clear over 600 bags of litter from Torfaen roadsides
More than 600 bags of rubbish have been cleared from roadside verges over the past ten days following the launch of this year's Torfaen Spring Clean campaign.
Friday 8 March 2019
Torfaen Youth Apprenticeship scheme success
18-year-old Thannaya Lewis, 17-year-old Josh Legge, 20-year-old Libby Martin and 17-year-old Carla O Brien are the latest cohort to complete Torfaen Youth Services apprenticeship programme.
Thursday 7 March 2019
Magic Moments in Homecare
Today (7/3/2019), The Wales School for Social Care Research and The Gwent Regional Partnership Team launched an interactive event that brings together home carers from across Gwent and beyond to celebrate the innovation, commitment and good practice of care staff through the sharing of stories and magic moments.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Help Friends of The British with hedge planting this weekend
Can you spare an hour or two on Saturday 09 March to help the Friends of The British with hedge planting?
Council approves 2019/20 budget
Councillors have this week approved the budget for 2019/20
Tuesday 5 March 2019
Thousands more care workers needed in Wales by 2030
Wales will need thousands more people to work in caring roles with adults and children by 2030 if it is to keep pace with the growing demand for care services and provide support for communities across the country.
Polling station review
The council is reviewing all its polling districts and polling stations in Torfaen.
New well-being initiative launched in Torfaen for families
Torfaen Play Service are working in partnership with Sports Development and Families First to deliver a series of health and well-being sessions to families in Torfaen.
Monday 4 March 2019
Torfaen preparing for spring clean with cleanse of A4042 roadside verges
The council has started preparations ahead of its third Spring Clean which begins Friday 22 March and runs until Tuesday 23 April. The Torfaen Spring Clean will run in parallel with Keep Wales Tidy's annual Spring Clean Cymru campaign.
Apprenticeship Week Cymru 2019 – You're hired!
Torfaen Training encourages businesses to embrace apprentices as part of a nationwide celebration of the value of apprentices.
Friday 1 March 2019
Fun in the sun
Over the half term period, Torfaen Play Service provided a wide range of free play related activities for children and young people.
Thursday 28 February 2019
Reminder - New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre on Monday
Reminder - New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre on Monday
Wednesday 27 February 2019
One2One Mortgage Solutions opens in Pontypool town centre
Monday marked the opening of One2One Mortgage Solutions in Pontypool town centre.
Two memorial benches installed in Abersychan car park to reflect on the fallen
Earlier in the month two memorial benches were installed in Abersychan car park to honour fallen soldiers from Abersychan in the First and Second World Wars.
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Wales Cyber Safety Bus Tour
The importance of cyber security and the threats posed to businesses and individuals will be highlighted in March when a specially equipped cyber information bus is set to tour all 22 unitary authorities in Wales.
Thursday 21 February 2019
Art centre plans for former school approved
Plans to transform the former Victoria Primary School building into a community arts centre and base for a children's service collaboration were approved by councillors.
New Loans to help improve homes
This week (Tuesday, 19 February) Torfaen council's cabinet committee approved the introduction of a Property Appreciation Loan (PAL) to provide financial assistance to home owners in the borough.
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Meet the dinosaurs at Pontypool Indoor Market for free this February half term
Come and meet Ronnie the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends on Thursday 28 February at Pontypool Indoor Market
Monday 18 February 2019
Make a difference, volunteer with Torfaen Play Service
Torfaen Play and Short Break Service is now recruiting new Play Volunteers and Play Helpers for Summer Play schemes in both Torfaen and Monmouthshire.
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Inquiry launches national TV campaign for the Truth Project
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has launched a landmark television public awareness campaign to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have the opportunity to be heard at the Truth Project.
Tuesday 12 February 2019
Young people encouraged to get creative with 'Grow Wild' funding
Young people aged 14-25 across the country are being given the chance to apply for £500 to lead a project that celebrates UK native wildflowers and fungi in exciting and engaging ways.
High Street Jeweller Fined for Misleading Consumers
The owner of high street jeweller H Samuel has been fined £60,000 after admitting misleading customers about price information presented on its website.
Friday 8 February 2019
Tips for cooking an allergy-friendly Valentine's meal
Cooking for a partner with food allergy can seem like a daunting task, especially on a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day, when you want everything to be special and you really don't want to get it wrong!
Monday 4 February 2019
Council trials new smart technology for social care
The Lifeline service in Torfaen is currently trialling the use of new smart technology in order to support the most vulnerable people across the borough to overcome the challenges they face daily.
Thursday 31 January 2019
New bag sorting policy coming to Household Waste Recycling Centre
On Monday 04 March a new bag sorting policy will be coming into action at the Household Waste recycling Centre (HWRC) as part of the council's plans to reduce the amount of recyclable products sent for disposal.
Wednesday 30 January 2019
Bethlehem Chapel receives £300,000 investment
A Grade II listed chapel in Blaenavon will be transformed into a community hub thanks to a £303k investment.
Tuesday 29 January 2019
Police and Crime Commissioner launches newsletter
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has launched a new e-newsletter.
Monday 28 January 2019
PopUp Business School coming to Torfaen
A life changing opportunity for people to learn how to start their own business with almost next to nothing except enthusiasm and determination is what's on offer at the Torfaen PopUp Business School taking place between 11th - 13th February 2019
Tuesday 22 January 2019
Torfaen issues social care digital innovation challenge
Technology businesses will be invited to develop solutions that could transform adult social care services in Torfaen and potentially world-wide, after the council successful secured £1.25 million from a UK Government digital innovation fund.
Pensioner caught selling illegal cigarettes
A Torfaen pensioner has been fined more than £200 and had £2000 confiscated after pleading guilty to selling illegal cigarettes at pubs around Cwmbran
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