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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Llanyrafon Manor will be hosting their popular open air cinema on 22 July, showing "Jersey Boys".
Monday 17 July 2017

Summer playschemes

Summer playschemes
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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.
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