News Archive

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Torfaen businesses take off at Fairwater shops

Torfaen businesses take off at Fairwater shops
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Two new ventures, supported by Torfaen council and its partner agencies has recently launched in the county borough.
Friday 16 June 2017

Children make costumes for World Heritage Day parade

Children make costumes for World Heritage Day parade
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Children from Blaenavon Heritage School have been making costumes in preparation for World Heritage Day on Saturday June 24.

Try business networking for free

Try business networking for free
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The next meeting of Torfaen's business club, Torfaen Business Voice, takes place on Thursday 22 June at Greenmeadow Golf Club in Cwmbran.
Thursday 15 June 2017

#IfYouGoIGo

#IfYouGoIGo
Description:
Torfaen Sports Development have recently completed a new project inline with the #ifyougoigo campaign. It included a 10 week fitness and health programme for 10 women living in the Torfaen area. The women had submitted their story of why they would like to be selected as one of the ten and how it would positively impact on their change in lifestyle.
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Shotgun start at Torfaen charity golf event

Shotgun start at Torfaen charity golf event
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In support of the Mic Morris Memorial Sporting Trust, the annual charity golf tournament is taking place this Friday, June 16 at Pontypool Golf Club. The charity golf tournament has been in existence since 2009 and has successively raised in excess of £6,000 from this tournament to date.

Free drop-in session for businesses

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A free drop-in session to help businesses make the most of new technologies is being held at the Springboard Business Innovation Centre in Cwmbran on Wednesday 14 June between 9am and 4:30pm.

Learn to identify wildflowers

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A wildflower workshop for those who can't tell their common spotted orchids from their southern marsh orchid, or their moonwort from their lousewort, will be held at the British site in Abersychan on Friday 23 June.

Dan Can visits Garnteg Primary School

Dan Can visits Garnteg Primary School
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Torfaen's recycling superhero, Dan Can, paid a visit to pupils in years one and two at Garnteg Primary school this week to hear about their school recycling projects.
Monday 12 June 2017

Torfaen council launches new service to tackle funeral poverty

Torfaen council launches new service to tackle funeral poverty
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Torfaen council has launched a new service in recognition of the increasing national problem of funeral poverty.

Blaenavon school children's World Heritage Day advert to be shown on the big screen

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An advert created by local school children to promote Blaenavon World Heritage Day will be shown ahead of this summer's block busters at the Blaenavon Workman's Hall Cinema.
Friday 9 June 2017

Project success helps people into employment

Project success helps people into employment
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5 unemployed Torfaen residents have entered work this month through a collaborative partnership between the ESF funded Communities for Work programme and Bron Afon Housing Association.
Thursday 8 June 2017

Torfaen Supporting Carers Week 2017

Torfaen Supporting Carers Week 2017
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Torfaen Council is urging local communities and businesses to work together during Carers Week 2017 to help make the borough more 'carer friendly'.
Wednesday 7 June 2017

'Barrowfull of Schools' winners

'Barrowfull of Schools' winners
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Over the May bank holiday weekend Llanyrafon Manor, Cwmbran hosted a school wheelbarrow competition called 'Barrowfull of Schools'. The competition was open to all nursery and primary schools across Torfaen & Newport.
Monday 5 June 2017

Get ready for the Cwmbran Big Event this weekend

Get ready for the Cwmbran Big Event this weekend
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The Cwmbran Big Event takes place this weekend (Saturday 10 June) at Cwmbran Boating Lake from 12pm-5pm.
Friday 2 June 2017

Release fees introduced for car parks

Release fees introduced for car parks
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Release fees for vehicles parked after closing hours in a number of Torfaen car parks will be introduced from Monday 5 June.
Thursday 1 June 2017

Top Beatles tribute to headline Pontypool Party in the Park

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Top Beatles tribute act, The Beatles Go On, will headline Pontypool Party in the Park on Saturday 8 July.
Tuesday 30 May 2017

STEPS to employment

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A Torfaen resident who undertook a series of courses, including confidence building and successfully completing a volunteering role in line with their goals and aspirations, has recently secured a job thanks to council's Bridges into Work 2 Project.

Voice star to play Blaenavon's World Heritage Day

Voice star to play Blaenavon's World Heritage Day
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Singer-song writer Tobias Robertson, who featured on the 2016 season of The Voice, will play Blaenavon as part of World Heritage Day on Saturday 24 June.
Friday 26 May 2017

Beatboxer to bring unique sound to Cwmbran Big Event

Beatboxer to bring unique sound to Cwmbran Big Event
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Beat boxing, cheerleading and classic brass bands are among the music and dance line-up for this year's Cwmbran Big Event.

New playground at Sandybrook Park underway

New playground at Sandybrook Park underway
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Work has begun to build a new playground at Sandybrook Park in Cwmbran.

Try your hand at Bushcraft at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Try your hand at Bushcraft at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
Description:
Children can try their hands at bush craft skills including camouflage, tracking and shelter building at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library this half term.
Thursday 25 May 2017

Book your stall at World Heritage Day

Book your stall at World Heritage Day
Description:
Bookings are open for stalls at this year's World Heritage Day, held in Blaenavon town centre on Saturday 24 June.

Garnteg pupils clear rubbish from local beauty spot

Garnteg pupils clear rubbish from local beauty spot
Description:
Pupils from Garnteg Primary School have helped to clear more than 40 bags of rubbish from the British site in Abersychan.

May bank holiday waste and recycling collections

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There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on Monday 29 May and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.
Wednesday 24 May 2017

Torfaen Council appointments announced at AGM

Torfaen Council appointments announced at AGM
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At the annual general meeting of Torfaen council on Tuesday, all the key political appointments were confirmed for the year ahead.
Tuesday 23 May 2017

Take part in the Cwmbran Big Event dog show

Take part in the Cwmbran Big Event dog show
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Greyhound Welfare will be hosting their annual dog show at the Cwmbran Big Event at Cwmbran Boating Lake on Saturday 10 June between 12pm and 5pm.
Monday 22 May 2017

Ysgol Panteg opening ceremony

Ysgol Panteg opening ceremony
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Kirsty Williams AM, the Welsh Government's Cabinet Secretary for Education will officially open Ysgol Panteg in Griffithstown, Pontypool this week

Torfaen council cracks down on dog fouling and litter

Torfaen council cracks down on dog fouling and litter
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Torfaen council is cracking down on dog fouling and litter in the borough.
Friday 19 May 2017

Garnteg Primary School children to take part in 'Barrowfull of Schools' competition at Llanyrafon Manor

Garnteg Primary School children to take part in 'Barrowfull of Schools' competition at Llanyrafon Manor
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Children at Garnteg Primary school have been busy working on a new project during the after school gardening club in order to enter the 'Barrowfull of schools' competition hosted by and taking place at Llanyrafon Manor on 26 May, 10am - 4pm.

Petrol pumps tested in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

Petrol pumps tested in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent
Description:
On Saturday 20 May over 80 countries across the globe will be celebrating 'World Metrology Day' and with transport playing such a key role in the modern world, this years theme is measurements of transport, World Metrology Day is celebrated every year and commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.
Monday 15 May 2017

Estyn's pilot inspection at Torfaen Training

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Estyn has published its inspection report on Torfaen Training, the council's vocational training provider.

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum

Two Mining Craft Apprentices start at Big Pit National Coal Museum
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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?

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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