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Monday 15 May 2017

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum
Description:
Big Pit has introduced a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at providing the next generation of staff for the world-famous mining museum.
Thursday 11 May 2017

Have a say on active travel in Torfaen

Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents to comment on a draft map of active travel routes in the borough.
Wednesday 10 May 2017

Book your stall at Pontypool Party in the Park

Book your stall at Pontypool Party in the Park
Description:
Bookings are now open for stalls at this year's Pontypool Party in the Park, held in Pontypool Park on Saturday 8 July.

Parklives launch in Pontypool Park

Parklives launch in Pontypool Park
Description:
Torfaen Sports Development will be launching a new sports and health related programme called Parklives this Friday at 12:30pm at Pontypool Park.

Counterfeit clothes donated to aid projects in Africa

Counterfeit clothes donated to aid projects in Africa
Description:
More than 300 items of counterfeit clothing seized in Torfaen will be sent to help aid projects in Africa.

Rogue trader fined for fly tipping in Pontypool countryside

Rogue trader fined for fly tipping in Pontypool countryside
Description:
A rogue trader from Abergavenny has been made to pay £946 for fly tipping household rubbish at the roadside in Pontypool.
Monday 8 May 2017

Put a spring in your step at Pontypool Indoor Market

Put a spring in your step at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Pontypool Indoor Market will host a variety of health, wellbeing and alternative therapy stalls on Saturday 13 May from 11am until 3pm.

Teams sought for Cwmbran Big Event raft race

Teams sought for Cwmbran Big Event raft race
Description:
Entries are now open for the annual raft race at this year's Cwmbran Big Event at Cwmbran Boating Lake.
Friday 5 May 2017

Countdown to the Torfaen Business Show

Countdown to the Torfaen Business Show
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There is just over a week to go until Torfaen's biggest business show.
Wednesday 3 May 2017

Vitalize Radio 'The voice of Torfaen' launching in June

Vitalize Radio 'The voice of Torfaen' launching in June
Description:
A Torfaen based radio station is set to officially launch on Saturday 3 June 2017. Offering a non-profit making approach which actively encourages volunteers to get involved, get trained and become active to voice local and topical news to the residents of the county borough.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight
Description:
Following on from the launch of Torfaen council's 'More Than A Job' campaign last year, Torfaen will be supporting the Fostering Network's annual campaign 'Foster Care Fortnight' taking place 8 May to 21 May 2017.
Wednesday 26 April 2017

Superfast broadband in Torfaen

Superfast broadband in Torfaen
Description:
With the majority of Torfaen residents now having the ability to access the service, the campaign will showcase how superfast broadband is transforming the way people work, learn and connect with their families and friends.
Thursday 20 April 2017

Sign up for the Torfaen Business Exhibition

Sign up for the Torfaen Business Exhibition
Description:
Torfaen businesses will have the opportunity to create their own two minute promotional film at the Torfaen Business Exhibition on 17th May 2017.
Wednesday 19 April 2017

Pontypool hosts second antiques fair

Pontypool hosts second antiques fair
Description:
Pontypool's second antiques fair takes place on Saturday 22 April from 11am – 3pm in the town centre.

'More than just a course' Adult Community Learning

'More than just a course' Adult Community Learning
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As a first step back into second chance learning for many adults, it also supports wider government policies on localism, social justice, stronger families, digital inclusion and social mobility.
Tuesday 18 April 2017

Leading consumer magazine available for free at Torfaen libraries

Leading consumer magazine available for free at Torfaen libraries
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The leading, independent consumer magazine Which? is now available online for free at all Torfaen libraries.
Thursday 13 April 2017

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 (17 April) between 11am - 3pm.
Monday 10 April 2017

Only days left to register to vote in local elections

Only days left to register to vote in local elections
Description:
With only days left to go until the deadline to register to vote in local elections, Torfaen Council is urging residents who have not yet received a poll card to join the electoral register to make sure they are registered in time.
Friday 7 April 2017

Sign up now for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k

Description:
The annual Mic Morris Torfaen 10k road race takes place on Sunday, 17 September, 2017.

Easter waste and recycling collections

Easter waste and recycling collections
Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Easter Monday (17 April) and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Tuesday 4 April 2017

Easter fun at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library

Easter fun at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library
Description:
There are lots of activities for the whole family taking place at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library this Easter.

Social media guru to address Torfaen business exhibition

Social media guru to address Torfaen business exhibition
Description:
National media consultant Miranda Bishop will give her top tips to help businesses in Gwent improve their use of social media when she addresses the Torfaen Business Exhibition on Wednesday 17 May.
Friday 31 March 2017

Discover what's on your doorstep

Discover what's on your doorstep
Description:
The very best activities, attractions, and food and drink Torfaen has to offer will be showcased at Cwmbran Shopping Centre on Saturday 8 April from 10am.
Wednesday 29 March 2017

World Heritage Day to celebrate the legends of Blaenavon

World Heritage Day to celebrate the legends of Blaenavon
Description:
Children from the Blaenavon Heritage School Council have met with the Blaenavon World Heritage Day Committee to discuss the theme of this year's event.
Monday 27 March 2017

Public Spaces Protection Order in Cwmbran

Description:
The order has been introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in Cwmbran town centre, carparks and nearby carparks following a collaboration between Torfaen's Community Safety Team, Gwent Police and Cwmbran Shopping.

Cwmbran pupils take part in safety quiz

Cwmbran pupils take part in safety quiz
Description:
Year five pupils from primary schools in Cwmbran took part in the annual Keep Me Safe quiz on Wednesday 22 March.

Have your say on active travel in Torfaen

Have your say on active travel in Torfaen
Description:
Torfaen residents can contribute to the council's active travel plans, at Ponthir Village Hall on Tuesday 28 March from 3pm until 7pm.
Thursday 23 March 2017

Cabinet Secretary visits the SRS

Cabinet Secretary visits the SRS
Description:
During March, Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government visited the Shared Resource Service (SRS) at the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate in Blaenavon.

Improvements for Civic Centre customers

Improvements for Civic Centre customers
Description:
A major revamp of the Civic Centre in Pontypool is underway, creating an improved customer care area and enhancements to the building's security.

Facebook Counterfeiter given suspended sentence and fined

Facebook Counterfeiter given suspended sentence and fined
Description:
A Facebook trader from Cwmbran has pleaded guilty to 24 separate trade mark charges relating to the sale and possession for sale of over 140 counterfeit items

Child employment in Torfaen – do you know the law?

Description:
The 1933 Children Act & Local Authority Byelaws govern the employment of school aged children to ensure young workers are protected, treated fairly and aware of their rights.

Renovation of Pontypool gateway building complete

Renovation of Pontypool gateway building complete
Description:
A project to transform a key gateway building at the entrance to Pontypool has now been completed.

Crack down on illegal parking in Pontypool taxi rank

Crack down on illegal parking in Pontypool taxi rank
Description:
Gwent Police, working with Torfaen council's licensing team, are cracking down on drivers parked illegally in the taxi rank in Pontypool.
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Key speaker announced for Torfaen Business Exhibition

Key speaker announced for Torfaen Business Exhibition
Description:
BBC Wales's business correspondent, Brian Meechan, has been announced as the key note speaker for the Torfaen Business Exhibition which takes place on Wednesday 17 May at Cwmbran Stadium.
Monday 20 March 2017

Spring clean success

Spring clean success
Description:
More than 62 tonnes of litter and fly tipping have been cleared from streets, parks and beauty spots in Torfaen as part of a campaign to make the borough cleaner and greener.

Working Skills For Adults 2 - Dylan's Story

Working Skills For Adults 2 - Dylan's Story
Description:
Workings Skills For Adults 2 - Good news story. In July 2016 Dylan Zennadi contacted Torfaen Employability to enquire about teaching assistant courses scheduled to start the following September with Adult Community Learning...
Friday 17 March 2017

Brynteg Nursery recognised for excellence

Brynteg Nursery recognised for excellence
Description:
During March, Brynteg Nursery were one of only twenty eight education providers recognised by Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales for attaining excellence in education.
Thursday 16 March 2017

Council approves £460,000 investment in Voluntary Sector

Council approves £460,000 investment in Voluntary Sector
Description:
Council approves an additional £18,000 for the major grants budget for third sector organisations in Torfaen.

Cabinet approve 6th form centre

Cabinet approve 6th form centre
Description:
On Tuesday (14 March), Torfaen's Cabinet committee approved a report on 6th form education in the borough.
Wednesday 15 March 2017

Torfaen pupils take part in Crucial Crew

Torfaen pupils 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 pupils about personal safety, sustainability, recycling and other skills that may be useful as they transition into secondary school.
Tuesday 14 March 2017

Green waste collections to resume

Green waste collections to resume
Description:
Fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 27 March.
Monday 13 March 2017

Torfaen Councillor passes away

Torfaen Councillor passes away
Description:
The ward councillor for Trevethin, Councillor John Marshall passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in the early hours of this morning.

"Barrow full of schools" at Llanyrafon Manor

"Barrow full of schools" at Llanyrafon Manor
Description:
Pre-schools and primary schools surrounding Torfaen and Newport are invited to get creative for our new "Barrow Full of Schools" Wheelbarrow Competition, to be held at Llanyrafon Manor between Saturday 27th and Monday 29th May 2017.

Torfaen business venture takes off

Torfaen business venture takes off
Description:
As part of Torfaen council's anti-poverty programme Communities First is helping local people to get back to work with its comprehensive employability programme.

Torfaen's longest serving councillor to step down

Torfaen's longest serving councillor to step down
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Torfaen's longest serving councillor, John Cunningham MBE KSG, is to step down as a councillor at the May elections after 40 years' service.
Thursday 9 March 2017

£20m plan for 6th Forms in Torfaen submitted to Welsh Government

£20m plan for 6th Forms in Torfaen submitted to Welsh Government
Description:
Next week (Tuesday 14 March), Torfaen's Cabinet committee will consider a report on 6th form education in the borough.
Wednesday 8 March 2017

Local sports clubs encouraged to apply for Community Chest grant

Description:
The scheme is open to any group wishing to organise activities aimed at getting more people, more active, more often, regardless of age. This could mean new activities or raising the standard of existing activities. The maximum grant available is £1500.
Tuesday 7 March 2017

Torfaen's business club hosts first event of 2017

Torfaen's business club hosts first event of 2017
Description:
Torfaen's business club will hold its first networking session of 2017 at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran on Thursday 16 March from 5pm.

Council seeks local views on licensing

Council seeks local views on licensing
Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents and businesses to have their say on the way it licenses businesses such as pubs, clubs, taxis and cinemas.

Hundreds spring into action to clean local beauty spots

Hundreds spring into action to clean local beauty spots
Description:
More than 150 bags of rubbish have been cleared from local beauty spots during the first week of the Torfaen Spring Clean.

Dewis website to launch in Torfaen

Dewis website to launch in Torfaen
Description:
The Dewis website will be officially launched in Torfaen on Friday 10 March.
Monday 6 March 2017

International Women's Day at the Riverfront Newport

Description:
A day of inspirational guest speakers, films, performances, workshops and demonstrations to celebrate women and their achievements.
Friday 3 March 2017

Torfaen Play Service nominated for an award

Torfaen Play Service nominated for an award
Description:
The 15th National Playwork Awards takes place in Eastbourne on Tuesday 7th March. The awards ceremony pays recognition to outstanding practitioners within the world of play. Torfaen Play and Short Break Services has been successful in being short listed for an award and are the only local authority service in Wales to be nominated!
Thursday 2 March 2017

Hundreds celebrate St David's Day with Pontypool rugby legends

Hundreds celebrate St David's Day with Pontypool rugby legends
Description:
Hundreds crowded into Pontypool Indoor Market on St David's Day to meet members of Pontypool's legendary front row, Graham Price and Charlie Faulkner, and TV presenter and former Welsh International Eddie Butler.
Wednesday 1 March 2017

£1.2bn CARDIFF CAPITAL REGION CITY DEAL RATIFIED BY LOCAL AUTHORITY PARTNERS

£1.2bn CARDIFF CAPITAL REGION CITY DEAL RATIFIED BY LOCAL AUTHORITY PARTNERS
Description:
A £1.2 billion Cardiff Capital Region City Deal that could transform the economy of south east Wales has been formally ratified today (March 1, 2017) during a special ceremony held on St David's Day.

Open air cinema at Llanyrafon Manor

Open air cinema at Llanyrafon Manor
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Llanyrafon Manor are delighted to be partnering with Goram Events to provide another year of open air cinema treats at their beautiful venue.
Tuesday 28 February 2017

Torfaen council sets 2017/18 budget and council tax

Torfaen council sets 2017/18 budget and council tax
Description:
At its full council meeting today (Tuesday 28 February), Torfaen councillors approved a budget dedicating extra money to its corporate priorities of schools, social services and cleaning and greening the borough.

Bridges into Work 2 launch new community hub

Bridges into Work 2 launch new community hub
Description:
A new community hub has been launched in The Melin Academy Blaenavon. The ESF funded projects Bridges into Work 2 and Working Skills for Adults 2 host an experience team of Employment Support Workers who offer support to job seekers to gain new skills, build their confidence, and improve employment opportunities, the team also help those already in work to improve their workplace skills.

Cwmbran entrepreneurs turn over £1.7 million in first year

Cwmbran entrepreneurs turn over £1.7 million in first year
Description:
A pair of Cwmbran-based serial entrepreneurs are celebrating a £1.7m turn over in insurance premiums in the first year of their new business.
Friday 24 February 2017

Torfaen residents thanked for Christmas recycling efforts

Torfaen residents thanked for Christmas recycling efforts
Description:
Torfaen residents recycled 670 tonnes of rubbish at the kerbside over the Christmas holidays.

Meet rugby legends at Pontypool Indoor Market this St David's Day

Meet rugby legends at Pontypool Indoor Market this St David's Day
Description:
TV presenter and former Welsh International Eddie Butler will be joined by the legendary Pontypool front row Graham Price, Charlie Faulkner and Bobbie Windsor, and current members of Pontypool RFC, for a special meet and greet this St David's Day at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Thursday 23 February 2017

February is LGBT history month

Description:
The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.

Have your say on the future of Pontypool town centre

Have your say on the future of Pontypool town centre
Description:
Torfaen council is asking residents to share their views on a series of project ideas that will enhance Pontypool town centre over the next five years.
Wednesday 22 February 2017

St Davids Day themed market at the manor

St Davids Day themed market at the manor
Description:
Llanyrafon Manor will be hosting it's monthly food & craft market on Sunday 26 with a St. David's Day theme.

Pontypool town centre regeneration

Pontypool town centre regeneration
Description:
We are developing ideas for Pontypool town centre
Tuesday 21 February 2017

Torfaen Spring Clean: Events Near You

Torfaen Spring Clean: Events Near You
Description:
There are more than a dozen Torfaen Spring Clean Ups, with something for everyone.
Friday 17 February 2017

Special Mothers Day treat at Llanyrafon Manor

Special Mothers Day treat at Llanyrafon Manor
Description:
Llanyrafon Manor are hosting a special 'Mother's Day' event where you will be able to treat your mum to some sunshiney, sparkling, spoil time on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February.
Monday 13 February 2017

Hundreds springing into action for Torfaen clean up

Hundreds springing into action for Torfaen clean up
Description:
More than 100 people have already signed up to take part in a Torfaen spring clean in March.
Friday 10 February 2017

Make a difference through the joy of reading

Make a difference through the joy of reading
Description:
Passionate book lovers are being recruited to act as reading companions for Torfaen library service's Read to Me scheme.

Experts excited by 'unique' shell grotto

Experts excited by 'unique' shell grotto
Description:
The shell grotto in Pontypool Park has been visited by a couple on a quest to catalogue every example of a shell house or grotto in the UK.

Cwmbran community group transform local park

Cwmbran community group transform local park
Description:
A Cwmbran community group are transforming the former Bowleaze Park in Greenmeadow into a safer, clean, green space for the local community.
Thursday 9 February 2017

New schools officially open

New schools officially open
Description:
Today, (Thursday, 9th February) Kirsty Williams AM, the Welsh Government's Cabinet Secretary for Education officially opened Llantarnam Community Primary and Blenheim Road Community Primary schools in Cwmbran.
Wednesday 8 February 2017

Bridging the gap to employment

Bridging the gap to employment
Description:
A Torfaen resident who took on a series of volunteering roles while struggling to find employment has just gained a full time job with support from a Torfaen Council project.

Harry Potter Book Night success

Harry Potter Book Night success
Description:
Around 30 young witches and wizards took part in Pontypool Libraries' celebration of national Harry Potter Book Night on Thursday.
Monday 6 February 2017

CfW programme that supports people into employment extended

CfW programme that supports people into employment extended
Description:
It has been announced by the Welsh Government Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant that £29,408,232 of Welsh Government and EU funding will extend the Communities for Work programme in Wales until 2020

Can you help ensure parents get a fair hearing?

Can you help ensure parents get a fair hearing?
Description:
Torfaen council is looking to recruit more volunteers to sit on School Admission and Exclusion Appeal Panels.
Friday 3 February 2017

Volunteer litter picker uses mobile app to make Torfaen cleaner and greener

Volunteer litter picker uses mobile app to make Torfaen cleaner and greener
Description:
A volunteer from Pontypool is using Torfaen council's mobile app in his war on litter.
Thursday 2 February 2017

Love Pontypool this February

Love Pontypool this February
Description:
Pontypool will host an arty, crafty event with entertainment for children and live music on Saturday 18 February.
Tuesday 31 January 2017

Learn about allotments at Griffithstown community hall

Learn about allotments at Griffithstown community hall
Description:
Anyone interested in helping to create an allotment and community garden at Griffithstown Community Hall is invited to a talk at the hall on Monday 6 February at 7pm.

Work begins on green link between park and town centre

Work begins on green link between park and town centre
Description:
Work to revitalise a green link between car parks in Pontypool and the town centre will begin in February.
Monday 30 January 2017

Teaching Assistant Course

Description:
A FREE introductory course for Teaching Assistants will start in The Settlement, Pontypool on Tuesday 31 January. The course will run for 8 weeks, 19.00 -21.00 and provides a great introduction to the role of a teaching assistant.

Careers Fair in Pontypool

Careers Fair in Pontypool
Description:
On Thursday 2 February, 2pm – 6:30pm, Pontypool Active Living Centre are hosting a careers fair in the main sports hall aimed at providing jobs and career information for young people leaving school and young adults in Torfaen.

Blaenavon Heritage Town secures National Lottery support

Blaenavon Heritage Town secures National Lottery support
Description:
Torfaen council has received initial National Lottery funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to improve the condition of properties in Blaenavon.
Friday 27 January 2017

Torfaen to vote on Capital City Region Deal

Torfaen to vote on Capital City Region Deal
Description:
Torfaen councillors will be asked to formally approve the establishment of a Regional Cabinet comprising of the leaders from the 10 local authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR).

Let's Spring into action to make a cleaner, greener Torfaen

Let's Spring into action to make a cleaner, greener Torfaen
Description:
Community groups, sports and social clubs, churches, schools and businesses are being urged to join in a Torfaen-wide spring clean.

Try your hand at market trading

Try your hand at market trading
Description:
Budding entrepreneurs can try their hand at market trading with a causal stall or table at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Thursday 26 January 2017

Living Wage commitment for Torfaen

Living Wage commitment for Torfaen
Description:
Nearly 900 employees in Torfaen Council are set to receive a pay increase after the authority agreed to become an accredited Living Wage employer.

Market day at Llanyrafon Manor

Market day at Llanyrafon Manor
Description:
A market day will be taking place this Sunday (29 January) at Llanyrafon Manor. There will be the usual ranges of food on offer and craft stalls. Additionally, there will be live music from Pilli Pali Accordionists and Coed Filias will be demonstrating spoon carving and wood whittling in the heritage rooms.

Business start-up loans

Description:
New business start-ups can access a loan of up to £1,500 from the Torfaen Credit Union.

Holocaust Memorial Day Service

Holocaust Memorial Day Service
Description:
Torfaen County Borough Council, working closely with St Cadoc's Church and Torfaen Schools, is hosting a service to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Holocaust Memorial Day service will be taking place on Friday, 27th January at 10.00am. The Service is taking place at St Cadoc's Church, Trevethin, Pontypool (NP4 8JP).

Council seeking relatives of Blaenavon grave owner

Description:
Torfaen council is trying to establish contact with relatives of Gertrude Valentine Hayes, who was buried in Blaenavon Cemetery in August 1928.

Reception admissions September 2017

Description:
All parents/carers of Torfaen Nursery aged pupils, should by now have received correspondence to enable them to apply on line for a Reception placement 2017
Wednesday 25 January 2017

Free space to promote public services in Pontypool Indoor Market

Free space to promote public services in Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Organisations that offer Torfaen residents support, advice and training are being offered free space in Pontypool Indoor Market to promote their services.
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Tasha's Tea Room, open for business

Tasha's Tea Room, open for business
Description:
Local lady Natasha Maddison - Herbert has opened up a café facility within the Torfaen Council's Power Station building in Blenheim Road, St Dials. The café, Tasha's Tea Room is open to users of the adult education centre and members of the public on a daily basis and serves teas, coffees, cakes, hot and cold rolls.
Monday 23 January 2017

Volunteers needed!

Volunteers needed!
Description:
Torfaen Play Service is currently looking for volunteers aged 16+ to support their summer playschemes. If you are a interested or know of a young person that may benefit from this volunteering experience, please signpost them to complete the form on the link below. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

Stalls available at Pontypool Indoor Market

Stalls available at Pontypool Indoor Market
Description:
Pontypool's town centre team are seeking new businesses to join 18 independent traders at Pontypool Indoor Market.
Thursday 19 January 2017

Contractor appointed for sixth form centre

Contractor appointed for sixth form centre
Description:
Plans for a new £20m sixth form centre in Torfaen reach key milestone

John Fielding memorial parade

John Fielding memorial parade
Description:
A parade to remember Cwmbran hero John Fielding will take place on Saturday 21 January.
Wednesday 18 January 2017

Have your say on the future of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site

Have your say on the future of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site
Description:
A series of public consultation events that will allow residents to shape a new Management Plan for the future management of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site are being held in February.

New Blaenavon community hub launched to boost employment skills

New Blaenavon community hub launched to boost employment skills
Description:
A new community hub that offers employment support to the local community has opened in Blaenavon.
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