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Thursday 23 May 2024

Young people shape council decisions

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A group of secondary school pupils swapped their classrooms for the council's boardroom this week as part of the council's first-ever Young People's Take Over Day.
Tuesday 21 May 2024

Walk to school scheme has the WOW factor

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Ten primary schools have signed up to a scheme to encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school on a regular basis.
Thursday 16 May 2024

Business becomes a Litter Free Zone

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A business has become the latest organisation to sign up to be a Litter Free Zone.

New Pontypool Cultural Hub and Cafe Quarter designs

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Updated plans are to be submitted as part of the £9.3m Pontypool Cultural Hub and Cafe Quarter initiative.
Tuesday 14 May 2024

Key political appointments made at council AGM

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At the Annual General Meeting of Torfaen Council today, key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead.
Thursday 9 May 2024

Man jailed for selling cars illegally

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A man has been jailed for three years for selling almost 300 accident-damaged cars to unsuspecting customers.
Wednesday 1 May 2024

Let it Grow for summer

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Residents are being urged to support No Mow May and leave their lawns uncut this month to help biodiversity and tackle climate change.
Tuesday 23 April 2024

Age-friendly status plans

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Plans are being drawn up for Torfaen to be named an Age-Friendly Community by the World Health Organisation.
Monday 22 April 2024

Councils consider Joint Chief Executive

Councils consider Joint Chief Executive
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Following discussions between Torfaen Council, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council the Welsh Local Government Association, discussions are ongoing regarding the appointment of a joint Chief Executive (CEO) responsible for Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent
Friday 12 April 2024

Are you registered?

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The Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on Thursday 2 May.
Wednesday 27 March 2024

Pontypool RFC honoured with Freedom of the Borough

Pontypool RFC honoured with Freedom of the Borough
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Today, representatives of Pontypool Rugby Football Club gathered at Pontypool Civic Centre to officially accept and sign a scroll acknowledging their Freedom of the Borough
Friday 22 March 2024

Residents invited to shape delivery of community services

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Torfaen Council is extending an invitation to residents to take part in a survey that will help ensure that its new approach to working with communities is delivered in the most effective and impactful way.
Thursday 29 February 2024

Council leader supports Day of Reflection

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This Sunday marks the fourth annual Marie Curie Day of Reflection dedicated to those who died during the Covid pandemic.

Torfaen Youth Forum relaunch

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A group that enables young people to talk to the council about issues that affect them has been relaunched.
Tuesday 27 February 2024

Council sets budget and council tax for 2024/25

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Today, Torfaen Council approved the final budget proposals for 2024/25 and set a council tax rise of 4.95 per cent
Friday 2 February 2024

Ty Blaen office to close for public payments

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The council's Ty Blaen office in New Inn is to become an operational site only from Monday 12 February...
Thursday 1 February 2024

Residents attend new People's Panel event

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Twenty-eight residents attended our new-look People's Panel event this week.
Friday 26 January 2024

Holocaust survivor shares message of hope

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A Holocaust survivor who endured four concentration camps and the infamous Nazi Death March has dedicated his life to sharing a message of hope.
Thursday 25 January 2024

Polling station changes approved

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Councillors have approved the results of a review of polling stations and districts in Torfaen.
Monday 22 January 2024

Residents star in historical film

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A community project which explores and celebrates key figures who helped to shape Blaenavon town during the Victorian period has been turned into a film.
Thursday 18 January 2024

Join us at the People's Panel

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Would you like to find out more - and have your say - about the work the council does or is planning to do?
Wednesday 17 January 2024

Cabinet approves budget plan

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The Council is nearing a balanced budget, having identified £2.8m in further savings since the draft budget in November.
Thursday 11 January 2024

Ukraine refugee thanks residents

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A Ukrainian refugee who moved to Torfaen to flee the war with Russia has thanked residents for making her feel welcome.
Tuesday 9 January 2024

Former Deputy Leader of Torfaen passes away

Former Deputy Leader of Torfaen passes away
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It is with great sadness that the council has been informed that Lewis Jones, the former long-standing councillor for the Trevethin ward in Pontypool and the former Deputy Leader of Torfaen Council has passed away peacefully over Christmas
Friday 22 December 2023

Hundreds of tyres removed from beauty spot

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These shocking photographs show hundreds of car tyres found dumped near the old Blaenserchan colliery.
Thursday 7 December 2023

New climate action group

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The Climate Ambassadors Network was set up by Torfaen Council in November 2021 to help plan for the borough to become net carbon zero by 2050. Since then, the group has formed a residents' action group and they are looking for new members.
Monday 4 December 2023

New nature reserve will be the largest

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A former colliery site in Abersychan is on course to become Torfaen's eighth and largest Local Nature Reserve.
Tuesday 21 November 2023

Work to protect Garn Lakes

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Work is underway to remove a number of trees and shrubs growing close to Garn Lakes to enable repairs and reduce the risk of flooding.
Monday 20 November 2023

New job is a new start

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A mechanic has joined Torfaen Council's fleet team, thanks to a chance meeting at HMP Prescoed.
Friday 10 November 2023

Parents prosecuted for persistent absenteeism

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The parents of a child who was persistently absent from school have been prosecuted by Torfaen Council.
Thursday 9 November 2023

Budget proposals for 2024/25

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Next week, Torfaen councillors will consider the council's draft budget for 2024/25 and will be asked to make suggestions for potential further savings or areas for review to bridge a funding shortfall of £2.8million.
Wednesday 8 November 2023

Trader prosecuted for selling illegal vapes

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A 42-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the possession and sale of illegal disposable vapes.
Tuesday 7 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday 2023

Remembrance Sunday 2023
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Remembrance Sunday is an important date in the nation's annual calendar, and this year takes place on 12 November.
Monday 30 October 2023

Polling station review

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Every five years, local authorities must review their polling stations to ensure they are convenient and accessible for voters.
Tuesday 10 October 2023

Baby Loss Awareness Week

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Torfaen Council is joining other organisations across the UK to light up iconic landmarks pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Wednesday 4 October 2023

Filming for major new TV series

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Filming for a new Channel Four series will take place in Cwmbran and Pontypool over the next three weeks.
Wednesday 6 September 2023

Get ready for Voter ID

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From next month, voters will need to show photo identification to vote at polling stations in some elections.
Wednesday 30 August 2023

Record-breaking Summer Fun Fest

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A record number of volunteers have help to provide hours of free fun to thousands of children this summer.
Tuesday 29 August 2023

The British consultation

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Residents are invited to comment on plans for a new drainage scheme at The British site, prior to it being submitted for planning permission.
Tuesday 22 August 2023

Hundreds of trees to be planted

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Residents are being given the chance to identify the location of hundreds of new trees, as part of the Branching Out project which is supported by Torfaen Council and Bron Afon Community Housing.
Friday 18 August 2023

Community Resilience Fund

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A new fund has been launched by Torfaen Council to help groups and organisations that support communities to be more self-sufficient.
Friday 28 July 2023

Tennis court refurbishment

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The refurbishment of Cwmbran Park tennis courts will start on Monday 31 July...
Tuesday 25 July 2023

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape featured in new UNESCO map

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Blaenavon's industrial heritage has been included in a new interactive map celebrating UNESCO sites across the UK, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man...
Friday 21 July 2023

County Plan Delivery Plan hits targets

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The majority of targets set out in the first year of Torfaen Council's County Plan have been achieved.

Eight Green Flags

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Eight green spaces in Torfaen have been awarded Green Flag status for another year...
Tuesday 18 July 2023

Portraits pay tribute to fallen servicemen

Portraits pay tribute to fallen servicemen
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Today marked the unveiling of the first of three portraits honouring local servicemen who tragically lost their lives in conflict.
Thursday 6 July 2023

New team to tackle carbon emissions

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A new team has been appointed by Torfaen Council to help reduce carbon emissions which are a major contributor to climate change.

£1.1m investment for Blaenavon

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More than £1m is being invested in transforming three derelict buildings in Blaenavon Town Centre.
Tuesday 4 July 2023

Plans for zero carbon energy

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A blueprint for how carbon emissions in Torfaen will be reduced to net zero by 2050 is being developed.
Monday 3 July 2023

Are you registered?

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Residents are urged to check their electoral registration details as part of the annual canvass.
Thursday 22 June 2023

Windrush exhibition comes to Torfaen

Windrush exhibition comes to Torfaen
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An exhibition celebrating the history of the Windrush generation in Wales has come to Torfaen.
Wednesday 14 June 2023

Veterans' Support Hub set to open

Veterans' Support Hub set to open
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Torfaen County Borough Council is proud to announce the launch of a new veterans' support hub which opens in Cwmbran next week, as part of Armed Forces Week 2023.
Thursday 8 June 2023

Community review consultation

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Residents are being asked to take part in a review of community boundaries and electoral arrangement for community councils.
Wednesday 7 June 2023

Carers champions support colleagues

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Torfaen Council has set up a Carers Champions Network to help provide advice and support for staff who are unpaid carers.
Thursday 25 May 2023

Need help to apply for Voter Authority certificate?

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Torfaen Council's library service has launched a new service to help anyone who needs to apply online for a voter authority certificate.
Tuesday 16 May 2023

Key political appointments made at council AGM

Key political appointments made at council AGM
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At the annual general meeting (AGM) of Torfaen council on Tuesday 16 May, the key political appointments to the council's cabinet, committees and outside bodies were confirmed for the year ahead

Polling stations access review

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Torfaen Council's elections team has been working with disabled people's groups to improve review access to local polling stations.
Friday 24 March 2023

Council signs Placemaking Charter

Council signs Placemaking Charter
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Torfaen Council are the latest council in Wales to sign up to the Placemaking Charter for Wales which demonstrates the council's support for the principles of placemaking.
Wednesday 15 March 2023

Plans to improve customer services

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Around 400 calls are made to Torfaen Council's contact centre every day and there are often telephone queues at busy times.
Tuesday 28 February 2023

Council sets budget and council tax for 2023/24

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Today, Torfaen councillors approved the final budget proposals for 2023/24 and set council tax at 1.95 per cent for the second consecutive year
Wednesday 15 February 2023

LGBTQ+ youth group gets lottery funding

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A group that supports young people from the LGBTQ+ community in Torfaen has been given £10,000 in lottery funding.
Thursday 2 February 2023

New wetland for newts and toads

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A new wetland area has been created near Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve as part of a project to conserve amphibians and reptiles.
Tuesday 10 January 2023

Cabinet endorses improved financial picture and 2023/2024 budget proposals

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Today, Torfaen Council's cabinet committee endorsed a report that updated the council's financial position for 2022/23 and importantly outlines how the council is moving towards a balanced budget position for 2023/24.
Thursday 22 December 2022

Youth service serves up Christmas fun

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Youth workers served Christmas dinner to around 40 young people and family members this week.
Friday 16 December 2022

Council workers rescue elderly lady

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Two council workers have been praised after they rescued an elderly lady who had fallen between two cars in Pontypool.
Friday 9 December 2022

Festive sensory fun

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Children attending a sensory playgroup turned up in festive outfits for this year's Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day.
Thursday 24 November 2022

Award for two Covid heroes

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When the Covid pandemic started and their day centre temporarily closed, Akin Agbaje and Patrick Smith decided to take action.
Wednesday 16 November 2022

Places to Connect

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People are aware now more than ever how important it is for everyone to feel connected to others and to experience a sense of belonging to their community.
Friday 11 November 2022

Remembrance Sunday parades

Remembrance Sunday parades
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Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

Torfaen County Plan

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Torfaen Council is asking for feedback on their new county plan.
Friday 4 November 2022

Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday is an important date in the nation's annual calendar, and this year takes place on 13 November.
Tuesday 1 November 2022

Budget forecast 2023-2024

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A report into Torfaen Council's budget for the next financial year, 2023/24, has highlighted a potential funding gap of £12.5 million
Friday 28 October 2022

Annual residents survey opens

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Today, we're launching our annual Residents' County Survey.
Thursday 27 October 2022

Ex-footballer launches new podcast

Ex-footballer launches new podcast
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Former footballer Sean Wharton has spoken about the racism he experienced growing up and during his professional career
Tuesday 25 October 2022

Pledge to support Armed Forces

Pledge to support Armed Forces
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Torfaen's Town and Community Councils have today pledged their allegiance to support the borough's armed forces community.
Friday 21 October 2022

New accessible play equipment

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The playground will be closed next week while the work is being carried out but it's hoped it will reopen during the half term holiday.
Wednesday 5 October 2022

£1.77m plan for Greenmeadow Farm

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Councillors have approved a £1.77m plan to overhaul Greenmeadow Community Farm in Cwmbran.
Friday 23 September 2022

Great Big Green Week

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There will be a host of activities in Torfaen next week as part of #GreatBigGreenWeek, which starts this Saturday.
Tuesday 20 September 2022

Staff celebrate 30 years at school

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Two members of staff are celebrating 30 years working at the same school.
Thursday 15 September 2022

Royal visit to Cardiff

Royal visit to Cardiff
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King Charles III will visit Cardiff tomorrow - Friday 16 September - on his first visit to Wales since the death of Queen Elizabeth II
Monday 12 September 2022

Torfaen Proclamation of King Charles III

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Councillors and civic leaders gathered at Pontypool Civic Centre on Sunday for the local Proclamation of King Charles III
Friday 9 September 2022

Torfaen Remembers

Torfaen Remembers
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Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we would like to provide you with some information linked to the week or so ahead
Thursday 8 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)

Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)
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It is with true sadness that we receive the news that The Queen has passed away at Balmoral

New history book and exhibition

New history book and exhibition
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Step through the ages and find out what life was like in Blaenavon town centre in the latest book by Blaenavon Heritage History Group.

Special Ukrainian picnic in the park

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Ukrainian refugees living across Gwent got the chance to meet each other at a special picnic at Pontypool Park on the weekend.
Monday 5 September 2022

Resident prosecuted for fly-tipped furniture

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A resident has been prosecuted by Torfaen Council for fly-tipping after an eyewitness reported dumped household items, including broken furniture, a chair and carpet, near their home in Blaenavon.
Tuesday 16 August 2022

August Bank Holiday update

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August bank holiday update...
Monday 15 August 2022

There's still time to take part in the Nature Isn't Neat survey

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Since its launch, this summer's Nature isn't Neat online Survey has received more than 1,000 responses from across Torfaen and the wider Gwent area...
Thursday 11 August 2022

Your issues under the spotlight

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Torfaen Council's five scrutiny committees have decided the topics they will examine over the next year.
Tuesday 9 August 2022

Childcare support for families to be expanded

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A programme that supports families with young children living in deprived areas is being expanded.
Friday 5 August 2022

Disability access group expands

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A forum which gives people with disabilities in Torfaen a voice has seen the number of people attending its meetings more than double.
Friday 29 July 2022

Carer Friendly Award is first in Wales

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Torfaen Council has become the first organisation in Wales to be granted Carer Friendly Employer Accreditation by the Care Collective.
Wednesday 27 July 2022

Geese petition response

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At this week's council meeting, a report was presented in response to a petition about the removal of geese from Two Locks towpath in Cwmbran.
Thursday 21 July 2022

Annual Canvass gets underway

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Residents in Torfaen are being urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them.
Friday 15 July 2022

Take care in the extreme heat

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Experts at Public Health Wales are warning people to take extra care in the extreme heat that is forecast over the next few days.
Tuesday 12 July 2022

Plans for military parade and Forces Fun Day

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Royal Welsh soldiers will march through Pontypool later this month to celebrate the reaffirmation of their Freedom of the Borough.
Friday 1 July 2022

Free mental health training

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A project to create a network of qualified mental health trainers in Torfaen is underway.
Friday 24 June 2022

Food parcel cookery tips

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A day of cookery demonstrations will be held next month using items in food parcels.
Wednesday 22 June 2022

Shop SustainABLE-ly

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A charity supporting people with autism and learning disabilities has opened a new shop selling fresh fruit and vegetables.
Tuesday 31 May 2022

Support is Cream of the Crop!

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A programme offering rural food producers £10,000 to diversify and create new sustainable food networks is paying tasty dividends.
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