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Thursday 18 February 2021

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers
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Torfaen Council's Early Years team has received an additional £187,000 of funding from the Welsh Government to help the sustainability of registered childcare providers in Torfaen who have been directly impacted by Covid 19.
Wednesday 17 February 2021

Small business opportunities at Pontypool Indoor Market

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Have you ever wanted to start a business? Are you looking to move or expand your business into Pontypool?...

Notice of Election

Notice of Election
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Due to current vacancies and with the approval of the Electoral Commission, Notices for the Election of Councillors to Torfaen County Borough Council have been published on the council's website.
Tuesday 16 February 2021

Over 200 businesses supported through a 12 month pilot project

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Last year, Torfaen Council ran an invaluable 12-month pilot project that offered help and support to local business start-ups and Small to Medium Enterprise's (SME's) that are situated in the Pontypool area...

Reminder to mourners and how to reduce the risks

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Those that have lost loved ones over the last year, whether related to the pandemic or not, have had to deal with the extra stress and complications that the virus and associated restrictions have caused...
Monday 15 February 2021

£6.5m flooding support for Welsh communities

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Welsh Government Ministers have announced £6.5 million to support local authorities and people affected by flooding during the Alert Level 4 lockdown...
Friday 12 February 2021

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference

'Talk Tuesday' - a small conversation can make a huge difference
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Torfaen Council's Skills and Employability Team is launching a new 'Talk Tuesday' campaign, which looks to encourage local people to get in touch and talk about matters that's affecting their ambitions to succeed in life.

A phased return to school in Torfaen

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The Welsh Government's Minister for Education has announced that schools will be reopening to children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 after half term from the week commencing the 22nd of February

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.
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This week, Torfaen Council's Cabinet committee approved to invest £6,850,000 in a 50 place extension to Crownbridge School.
Wednesday 10 February 2021

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock

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With the evenings getting lighter and Spring on the way, walkers are making the most of the beautiful landscape in Torfaen...

Bridges into Work 2 supports Andrew to land his dream job!

Bridges into Work 2 supports Andrew to land his dream job!
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Andrew Wilkinson's journey with ESF funded project Bridges into Work 2 in 2020 lifted everyone's spirits, following his successful move into meaningful employment at the start of the New Year.
Monday 8 February 2021

Free PPE for Taxi and PHV drivers in Wales

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Taxi and private hire vehicle drivers in Wales can claim a free pack of high-quality PPE and vehicle cleaning materials, funded by the Welsh Government...
Thursday 4 February 2021

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21
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For LGBT + History Month, the council has teamed up with other #ProudCouncils across South Wales to fly the LGBT+ flag and promote equality and inclusion.

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time 8 -14 February

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The Big Welsh Rhyme Time is a national celebration of sharing rhymes and songs in the early years. It is organised by BookTrust Cymru as part of our Welsh Government funded programmes...
Tuesday 2 February 2021

Funding approved for high-tec innovations in Adult Care

Funding approved for high-tec innovations in Adult Care
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Torfaen Council has progressed two projects aimed at finding innovative solutions to improve care for residents.
Thursday 28 January 2021

Our Scrutiny Committees need your views

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The Cleaner Communities, and the Prosperous Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committees, are holding a joint meeting on Thursday 04 February to look at the development of a strategic vision for the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal...
Wednesday 27 January 2021

Greenmeadow Community Farm becomes a test bed for exciting new Crop Cycle project

Greenmeadow Community Farm becomes a test bed for exciting new Crop Cycle project
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Greenmeadow Community Farm have joined three other sites across Wales to take part in a new venture led by Social Farms & Gardens and supported by Welsh Government's Horticulture Cluster group and NutriWales CEA Special Interest Group.
Friday 22 January 2021

We are cold weather ready

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Whilst Wales is in Level 4 alert restrictions (Covid-19), the council is continuing to provide a winter service for those with an essential need to travel...

Have your say on local supply chains and procurement in Torfaen

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Torfaen based businesses are invited to have input into a study that is currently being conducted to identify emerging procurement trends and investigate how these trends could be exploited to benefit businesses locally...

Voting safely at this year's elections

Voting safely at this year's elections
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On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Torfaen will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and on who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for their local police force area.
Thursday 21 January 2021

Be 'a light in the darkness' this Holocaust Memorial Day

Be 'a light in the darkness' this Holocaust Memorial Day
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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2021 takes place on the 27th of January and the theme for this year is, 'Be the light in the darkness'.

C19 Town Centre Adaptation Grant available to businesses

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A grant is now available to support the continued recovery of town centres and businesses due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The grant has been designed to ensure that town centres continue to work economically and are safe environments.
Tuesday 19 January 2021

The census is coming

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By taking part in the Census 2021, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.
Friday 15 January 2021

Torfaen Council's Covid Enforcement Team: Keeping you safe during the pandemic

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The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the lives of us all, and with the threat expected to continue until the effects of the vaccine are seen, Torfaen Council's Public Protection service continues to play a vital role in helping to prevent transmission...

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22
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This week, the council's cabinet committee endorsed the latest draft budget proposals for the 2021/22 financial year.
Monday 11 January 2021

Charged and ready to go: new electric vehicle charge points open in Torfaen

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Work is now complete on 10 new dual electric vehicle-charging points in Torfaen.In partnership with other local authorities in Gwent, the Council was awarded a share of £459,000 funding from the UK Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), to start to develop the infrastructure for the vehicles of the future.
Friday 8 January 2021

Cwmbran resident supported to launch new mobile foot care business in Torfaen

Cwmbran resident supported to launch new mobile foot care business in Torfaen
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A Cwmbran resident is putting her 'best foot forward' as she steps into 2021 with the launch of her mobile foot health business Golden Mobile Foot Care Cwmbran.

Keep Torfaen safe - stay home and stay local when exercising

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We really don't want to shut any of our car parks which is why we are asking everyone to think first before driving anywhere for exercise or a spot of fresh air

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home
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To compliment home learning already taking place with schools, from Monday 11th January Torfaen Play Service will be providing additional resources and activities online for families to take part at home.
Wednesday 23 December 2020

Pontypool Market Pop-Up Stalls

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This week our essential traders at Pontypool Indoor Market will be trading from 'pop-up' shops located in the entrance doors to the market on Crane Street and Market Street

Joint statement from all public services in Wales

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As the festive period fast approaches, please think carefully about what you 'should do' rather than what you 'can do'
Friday 18 December 2020

Changes to Torfaen library services

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The final day to visit a Torfaen library to borrow books and use other library services will be Saturday 19th December...

Statement from Torfaen Council on the return to education in January

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Following discussions with the Welsh Government and the WLGA, the new school term will start on 4th January for supported home learning in all Torfaen schools for the first week
Thursday 17 December 2020

New parents claiming Child Benefit reminded to register births

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Parents in Wales are being urged to register the birth of their newborns, so HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) can verify their Child Benefit claims

Wales' first plasmapheresis donor backs call for more donors in Wales to step forward

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The first donor in Wales to donate plasma through the Welsh Blood Service's new 'plasmapheresis' process is calling on other males who have recovered from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma to support medical trials...
Monday 14 December 2020

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations
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Gifts for Christmas will be handed out to 237 children and young people in Torfaen thanks to the huge success of this year's Torfaen Santa Appeal.

Keep up the MIGHTY recycling effort this Christmas to help get Wales to number one

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As Wales' recycling rate reaches an all-time high, we're calling on our residents to keep up their 'mighty' efforts when it comes to recycling this Christmas.

Changes to Christmas waste and recycling collections

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The council is pleased to announce that this year we will be collecting waste and recycling on Bank Holiday Monday (28th December), which in previous years wouldn't have occurred...
Friday 11 December 2020

A statement on Torfaen schools from the Executive Member for Education

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Secondary schools in Torfaen will move to blended learning for the final week of term. Primary schools will continue teaching in school until Wednesday with blended learning taking place on the last two days of term
Wednesday 9 December 2020

Getting about actively, safely and legally this Christmas

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This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.
Friday 4 December 2020

All-Wales approach agreed to keep schools open in run-up to Christmas

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A common approach has been agreed by the Welsh Government and the WLGA for school arrangements at the end of the Christmas term

Consultation on the Preferred Strategy of the Torfaen Replacement Local Development Plan

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The council is preparing a plan to identify where new developments such as housing, employment, community facilities, and supporting infrastructure, will go in Torfaen up to 2033...

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre announcement

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Further to the recent announcement from Welsh Government, the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that the Heritage Café and Library will remain open over the next two weeks...
Wednesday 2 December 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales
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Today we received the welcome news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine temporary authorisation for use based on evidence of safety and effectiveness.

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award
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A teacher at Coed Eva Primary School has just won 'Teacher of the Year' at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru 2020 which took place on Sunday 29th November.
Monday 30 November 2020

New owner takes the reins as Betty retires from her wool shop after 30 years

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Business owner Mrs Betty Black is retiring from Pontypool Indoor Market after 30 years of working and owning Pontypool's Sewing and Wool Shop, also known as Betty's Wool Shop...
Friday 27 November 2020

A number of new businesses have started trading in Torfaen.

A number of new businesses have started trading in Torfaen.
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Two new business start-ups have launched in Torfaen after receiving support via Welsh Government and European Social Funded Communities for Work programme.

'Request and Collect' library book service still available

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No time to visit your local library to choose your own books at the moment? Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service is still operating across all three libraries...

Community project's interactive artworks now on display

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Last week Head4Arts released the first glimpses of its four digital interactive artworks generated from the visual contributions of over 450 participants in its first virtual Arty Parky event...
Wednesday 25 November 2020

Book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre

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If you're having a clear out ready for Christmas, don't forget to book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in New Inn.
Friday 20 November 2020

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you
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Torfaen Council wants your suggestions on the burning issues you feel require scrutiny from councillors on the council's five Overview and Scrutiny committees.

Children get creative remembering the fallen

Children get creative remembering the fallen
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Leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Torfaen schools had the chance to take part in a Remembrance competition.
Thursday 19 November 2020

Keeping sport going through the tough times and the good times... Celebrating the National Lottery

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To say a huge thank you to the National Lottery and National Lottery players, we're celebrating the National Lottery's 26th birthday this month.
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Torfaen Council and partners win award at the Lets Recycle Award for Excellence 2020

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The council working in partnership with, Capital Valley Plastic and FCC Environment, have won 'The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative of the Year' at the Lets Recycle Awards for Excellence 2020...

Torfaen libraries reopen for browsing next week

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Torfaen Libraries are pleased to announce that From Monday 23rd November all libraries will reopen for limited browsing, borrowing and book returns....
Tuesday 17 November 2020

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge
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White Ribbon Day is an annual event that marks the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and aims to raise awareness of male violence towards women.

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story

Magic Moments in Home Care - Jade and Shaun's Story
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The coronavirus global pandemic has emphasised the critical role the social care workforce play in supporting Torfaen's most vulnerable citizens and the need for more people to start a career in the social care sector.
Monday 16 November 2020

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen

Animal lover and passionate dog walker supported to launch a new business in Torfaen
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Supported by the European Social Funded Communities for Work project, Cwmbran resident Danny Moreton has been able to realise his dream of owning his own business by launching 'Happy Paws', a local dog walking and pet sitting service.
Friday 13 November 2020

Self isolation financial support

Description:
The Welsh Government want to make it easier for you to follow self-isolation guidance if you test positive or are asked to isolate by our Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) team

Give a gift this Christmas

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Donate a gift this Christmas to an elderly person in your community and let them know you care.

Service users required to improve digital innovation

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Torfaen Council are looking to speak to residents who have recently requested or have been referred to support from the occupational therapy team
Tuesday 10 November 2020

Pontypool Indoor Market welcomes 3D printing business

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Pontypool Indoor Market has recently welcomed a new trader, Woolfalls 3DP, a 3D printing company...
Monday 9 November 2020

Green waste collections will stop for winter

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The fortnightly green waste collections in Torfaen will stop for winter shortly...

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council
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Thank you to all Torfaen residents for all your efforts during the national Firebreak and the local restrictions before that.
Saturday 7 November 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020
Description:
Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar. This year however, additional precautions are required to comply with the latest Coronavirus regulations
Friday 6 November 2020

Get involved in the Torfaen Climate Change Challenge today

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Last year, the Council declared a climate change emergency, acknowledging the real threat that climate change poses to both current and future generations...

Torfaen County Borough Council signs Healthy Travel Charter

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Twenty one leading public sector organisations which work across Gwent have today (6th November 2020) signed a Healthy Travel Charter, which commits to supporting and encouraging staff to travel in a sustainable way to and from work...

It's time to pick the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks

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Help us find the world's favourite Green Flag Award parks by voting for yours in the People's Choice Awards 2020.

Household Waste Recycling Centre to reopen Monday 9th November

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The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Panteg Way, New Inn will re-open on Monday 9th November with new winter opening hours. The new opening hours will be Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Wednesday 4 November 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe this Fireworks Night

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With many organised events cancelled, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are preparing for a busier night than usual as people plan to celebrate in their own gardens.
Monday 2 November 2020

Wales Climate Week 2020

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From Monday 2nd to Friday 5th November, the Council will be sharing tips on how to live a more sustainable life to promote and support Wales Climate Week...
Thursday 29 October 2020

Virtual sessions for people interested in fostering

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As part of the Councils Autumn fostering campaign, we will be hosting virtual one to one drop in sessions for anybody who is interested in becoming a foster carer.
Wednesday 28 October 2020

Temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres to close in Torfaen

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The temporary covid-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will close on Friday 30 October.
Tuesday 27 October 2020

Support for Torfaen Businesses

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This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19

Celebrate Halloween safely at home

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Traditional Halloween activities, such as trick or treating, parties and other gatherings, all risk spreading Covid-19 further and are prohibited under the current Wales firebreak lockdown rules.
Monday 26 October 2020

Make some tasty treats with your pumpkins this Halloween

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Halloween is a fun time for many people who love getting creative carving out spooky pumpkins but did you realise that you can eat the insides of your pumpkins too?

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!

Torfaen Santa Appeal opens soon: spread a little joy this Christmas!
Description:
Once again Christmas is upon us and our thoughts turn to the children and young people of Torfaen who are experiencing poverty or have no contact with family.
Friday 23 October 2020

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader

COVID-19 - Message from Torfaen Council Leader
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A message to Torfaen residents, businesses and partners from the Torfaen Council Leader

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have extended the opening of the covid-19 testing facilities in Torfaen.
Description:
The temporary covid-19 test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool will now remain open until Friday 30 October

Torfaen Council launches a new campaign to support employment in the borough

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Working closely with partner agencies, Torfaen Council have an important role to play in the coming weeks and months to support residents whose employment situation has been affected by the impact of Coronavirus.

Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups

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Urgent - Request for Holiday Accommodation Businesses to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups
Thursday 22 October 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Sunday 25th October

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In conjunction with daylight saving and clocks going back an hour on Sunday, from Sunday the 25th of October, cemeteries in Torfaen will be changing to winter opening hours. Cemeteries will be open daily between 9am-5pm...

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home

Remembrance Sunday; remembering the fallen at home
Description:
Remembrance Day is an important date in the nation's annual calendar. This year however, additional precautions are required to comply with the latest Coronavirus regulations.
Tuesday 20 October 2020

2020/21 Torfaen Council AGM

Description:
At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 20th of October, all the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Friday 16 October 2020

Council's Trading Standards team warn the public of new inheritance scam

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Torfaen CBC's Trading Standards team are advising the public to be alert to a new scam. The team have become aware of attempts made to deceive vulnerable people by claiming they could be helped to attain a multi-million pound inheritance...

Three more Torfaen businesses handed Premise Improvement Notices for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Description:
Cwmbran Workingmen's Band Club and Institute, The Terrace Inn, Cwmbran, and The Teazer, New Inn, are the latest businesses to be handed a Premises Improvement Notice for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

COVID-19 'walk-up' test centres in Blaenavon and Pontypool to remain open

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is keeping open the temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon which opened on the 8th October.

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime
Description:
Torfaen Council are joining other local authorities across Gwent to promote a new Autumn fostering campaign that looks to encourage more families and individuals to come forward and foster a child or young person in need.

Poppy Appeal Launch

Description:
The Poppy Appeal 2020 will soon be underway across the County of Gwent.
Thursday 15 October 2020

£50,000 from National Lottery and Welsh Government will help provide for pollinators in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent

Description:
Verges in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to benefit from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.
Wednesday 14 October 2020

Four areas in Torfaen named among country's best green spaces

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Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled this year's Green Flag Award winners – the international mark of a quality park or green space...
Tuesday 13 October 2020

Improvement notice issued to Livio's Barber Shop for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Description:
A premises improvement notice has been issued to Livio's Barber Shop, Windsor Road, Griffithstown, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Monday 12 October 2020

It's National Adoption Week!

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One of the best ways to inspire people to adopt is by sharing success stories of those that have been there and done it.

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020
Description:
This week marks Hate Crime Awareness week, a national week of action that encourages local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.
Friday 9 October 2020

Boathouse to be lit up to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Pink and blue lights will illuminate the boathouse at Cwmbran Boating Lake between 6pm-10pm daily from Friday 9th – Thursday 15th to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness week. Now in its 18th year, the week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death.

Council shortlisted for prestigious recycling and waste management award

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Now in its 17th year, the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management is considered the most prestigious awards scheme for waste and recycling professionals recognising organisations, partnerships and individuals across 17 categories.

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Improvement notice issued to The Halfway Inn for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
Description:
A premises improvement notice has been issued to The Halfway Inn, Old Cwmbran, for breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

Walter Waygood photography exhibition to be held at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Description:
From Tuesday 3rd –Friday 27th November an exciting photography exhibition will be displayed at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre (BWHC) between 10am -5pm (Tuesday – Friday).
Wednesday 7 October 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Blaenavon

Description:
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit in Blaenavon on Thursday 8th October. The new unit will operate every morning from 9am – 12.30pm until Thursday 15th of October
Tuesday 6 October 2020

COVID-19 Innovation Support

Description:
Ensuring that your business is COVID-19 safe and compliant while remaining productive and profitable can feel like a huge challenge. But help is available, at no cost to manufacturing businesses in Wales, through SMART Innovation programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
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