News Archive

Thursday 13 June 2024

Carers walk

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More than 50 unpaid carers from across Torfaen came together to take part in a 5K walk to mark Carers Week.
Wednesday 12 June 2024

Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Council to share Chief Executive Officer

Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Council to share Chief Executive Officer
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This week councillors at Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Council agreed to become the first local authorities in Wales to share a Chief Executive Officer

Community Meals driver raises medical alarm

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A member of Torfaen Council's Community Meals Service has been thanked for raising the alarm when he noticed a change in one of his clients.
Tuesday 11 June 2024

Are you registered to vote?

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The UK Parliamentary Election will be held on Thursday 4 July.

International school programme is child's play

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The founder of an international primary school programme has praised a local school.
Friday 7 June 2024

Volunteers keep culture and history alive

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Volunteers have devoted more than 15,000 hours over the past year helping to run the borough's cultural venues.

Wanderlust exhibition launch

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A new exhibition created by children to celebrate their heritage and culture has been unveiled this week.
Thursday 6 June 2024

Putting carers on the map

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Unpaid carers are being asked to submit photos as part of a project to help them feel part of a wider community.

Community praises school facilities

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Community praises school facilities
Friday 31 May 2024

Recycling crew gives first aid

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A woman has thanked a three-man recycling crew who rushed to her aid when she fell.

Children get scooter safety lessons

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Around 80 children have had lessons in how to scoot safely, as part of Torfaen Play Service's Play and Activity Camps this half term.
Tuesday 28 May 2024

Free digital support for businesses

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Businesses are being offered free digital support, thanks to a collaboration between Torfaen Council and a local digital solutions company.
Friday 24 May 2024

Official sod cutting ceremony at Maendy Primary

Official sod cutting ceremony at Maendy Primary
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Pupils and staff joined Lynne Neagle, the Welsh Government's Cabinet Secretary for Education and MS for Torfaen for the official sod cutting ceremony for the new Maendy Primary School
Thursday 23 May 2024

New campaign to help over 60s live long and prosper

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Thrive - Live Long and Prosper is a new wellness campaign fronted by Torfaen Sports Development which aims to energise residents aged 60 years and above, to stay healthy and active in older age.

School debates over school holidays

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School debates over school holidays

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.
Wednesday 22 May 2024

Multiply your maths skills

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A programme that has helped more than 300 people to improve their numeracy confidence celebrates its first anniversary this National Numeracy Day.

Welsh medium school award is UK first

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As well as the 3Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic - pupils at a primary school in Pontypool have been learning a 4th - reasoned thinking.
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.
Friday 17 May 2024

Foster Carers Celebrated

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More than 160 local authority foster carers across Torfaen have been recognised for their exceptional contributions to the lives of vulnerable children.
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.
Wednesday 15 May 2024

Fostering moments that matter

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A foster family from Pontypool have spoken of the moment they realised they were making a positive difference to a young person's life.
Tuesday 14 May 2024

Recycling Hubs are changing

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From Friday 24 May, the locations in Torfaen where residents can collect recycling boxes, bags and caddies will change

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.
Monday 13 May 2024

Inspectors praise school's attendance initiative

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Estyn inspectors have praised a secondary school for its attendance reward scheme, which has reduced persistent absenteeism.

Can you bring something to the table?

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This Foster Care Fortnight, 13 - 26 May, Foster Wales Torfaen is calling on people in the area to consider becoming foster carers to support local children and young people in need.
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 8 May 2024

Publicly accessible toilet consultation launched

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The first part of a two-part consultation has been launched to improve understanding of the availability and accessibility of toilet facilities across Torfaen.
Friday 3 May 2024

Facebook seller prosecuted for selling counterfeit clothing

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A Facebook trader from Pontypool has pleaded guilty to the sale and possession of counterfeit clothing including North Face, Chanel, Nike and Dior.
Thursday 2 May 2024

Meet and greet resumed at the Household Recycling Centre

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The Household Recycling Centre team has resumed meeting and greeting visitors to the site in New Inn.
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.

Debate team wins inaugural competition

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Debate team wins inaugural competition

Restaurant prosecuted for failing to display food hygiene rating

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A Pontypool restaurant has been prosecuted for failing to clearly display their food hygiene rating...
Tuesday 30 April 2024

Fly-tipping poster competition

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Primary school pupils are being asked to help in the battle against litter and fly-tipping by designing a poster.
Monday 29 April 2024

Dementia friendly sports programme

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An innovative sports programme is supporting dementia sufferers to relive their favourite sports and help them live happier and more active lifestyles.
Thursday 25 April 2024

Nappy Library launches in Torfaen

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Did you know that in the first year of their life a baby will produce around 78 bin bags full of disposable nappies?...

Cwmbran Investment moves a step closer

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During 2023, the UK Government announced a £20 million allocation for Cwmbran Town Centre as part of their Long Term Plans (LTP) for town centres
Tuesday 23 April 2024

New play provision unveiled for families

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A new play facility to support parents and children under the age of eleven has been opened today at Pontypool Civic Centre.

Bridge repair plan approved

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Today, councillors approved plans to repair a section of the A472 where it crosses the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal have been approved...

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 19 April 2024

Grant that seeks to unite cultures and celebrate diversity opens

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A grant aimed at funding projects that help bring communities together, has opened.

Inspectors praise inclusive school

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Inspectors praise inclusive school
Monday 15 April 2024

Spring Clean success

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Plastic bottles, crisp packets, vapes, a broken E-Scooter, and a car head rest are just some of the items of rubbish picked up as part of Torfaen's annual Spring Clean.
Friday 12 April 2024

Get ready for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10K

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Hundreds of runners are gearing up for this year's Mic Morris Torfaen 10K.

Are you registered?

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The Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on Thursday 2 May.

Pontypool shop ordered to close for three weeks

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A shop in Pontypool town centre has been ordered to close for three weeks...
Tuesday 9 April 2024

Easter fun with Torfaen Play

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Over 1,000 children have taken part in a fun-filled Easter half term break, thanks to Torfaen Council's Play Service.
Thursday 28 March 2024

Irresponsible dog owner prosecuted

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A Torfaen resident has been prosecuted after allowing her dog to continue to bark, despite being served with a Noise Abatement Notice.

Temporary road closure

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Between Wednesday 03 April – Friday 05 April and Monday 15 April – Wednesday 17 April a section of Brangwyn Avenue, Llantarnam, will be closed to install a new zebra crossing on a raised platform.

Cardiff Capital Region's 'Regionally Unleashed' breakfast event comes to Cwmbran

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Aimed at SMEs and entrepreneurs, this FREE two-hour event will give you valuable information on the multi-million pound CCR funds that businesses can apply for...
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
Tuesday 26 March 2024

Schools Rugby Sevens Success

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Last week, Croesyceiliog hosted their first regional schools' rugby sevens tournament
Friday 22 March 2024

Foundry Road tree felling update

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We would like to inform residents that the necessary felling of diseased Ash trees, and other trees posing a risk to the highway along Foundry Road, Abersychan, have been successfully completed.

Council cemeteries service consultation

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A public consultation has been launched focusing on the way the Council manages its cemeteries service...

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 21 March 2024

Pupil wins cash for new car

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A pupil has successfully applied for funding to purchase a new car for his school...

Cracking down on counterfeit goods

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A Cwmbran business owner has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit mobile phone covers...

New partnership created to boost funding opportunities for Third Sector groups

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A new partnership, "Connecting Torfaen," has been formed to increase funding opportunities for Torfaen's Third Sector...
Monday 18 March 2024

Easter recycling and waste collections

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Crews will be working the Easter bank holidays this year so there are no changes to collection days...

Lights, camera, attendance!

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Pupils from Coed Eva Primary School, in Cwmbran, and Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw, in Pontypool, have taken part in a new film encouraging families to avoid taking holidays during term-time.
Friday 15 March 2024

Survey success for schools

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More than 80 per cent of Torfaen primary schools have taken part in a recent active travel survey – the highest number across Wales...
Thursday 14 March 2024

Be Mighty. Recycle – Let's get Wales to number 1!

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Here in Wales we're proud recyclers, and that's made us the third best recyclers IN THE WORLD...
Wednesday 13 March 2024

Blaenavon's Broad Street memories digitally preserved

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Tapestries capturing memories of shops and businesses on Blaenavon Broad Street have been turned into a new digital and audio exhibition...
Monday 11 March 2024

Torfaen schools ready to celebrate 15 years of UK's largest travel to school challenge

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This week marks the start of the Big Walk and Wheel fortnight which aims to encourage school children to travel to school actively...
Friday 8 March 2024

Gold for sibling sports stars

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Olivia and Myles Taylor, a sister and brother duo from Pontypool, have been making waves in the world of Brazilian Jujitsu, thanks to the support of the Torfaen Mic Morris Trust.
Wednesday 6 March 2024

Spring clean 2024 starts soon

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The Torfaen Spring Clean 2024 is due to start Saturday 30 March at Pontypool Park at 11am
Tuesday 5 March 2024

Unlicensed taxi driver prosecuted

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A Torfaen resident has pleaded guilty to driving a hackney carriage vehicle without the required council issued taxi driver's licence...

Temporary road closure

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To safely remove diseased Common Ash trees on Foundry Road, Abersychan, a series of temporary road closures will be taking place...
Friday 1 March 2024

Floating island to create haven for wildlife

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A floating island at Cwmbran Boating Lake has been restored to attract nesting birds.

School cuts persistent absenteeism

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A secondary school in Pontypool has seen a significant reduction in persistent absenteeism thanks to an innovative attendance reward scheme.
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.

Like mother, like daughter

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A new-type of fitness class aimed at mothers and daughters has helped one woman to overcome her back and leg pain.
Wednesday 28 February 2024

Cwmbran takeaway manager prohibited from running a food business

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A former manager of a takeaway business has pleaded guilty to multiple food hygiene, and health and safety breaches...
Tuesday 27 February 2024

Prosecution for persistent absenteeism

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A parent has been fined by a magistrate for failing to ensure their children regularly attend school.

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
Monday 26 February 2024

Hundreds attend first Torfaen Food Summit

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More than 200 local residents, businesses, and community groups took part in the first Torfaen Food Summit last week...
Friday 23 February 2024

Temporary closure of public toilets

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Further investigation work is due to take place in Pontypool town centre to prepare for the development of a new cultural hub and cafe quarter...

School comes back firing to take the win

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A team of pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw has put themselves in pole position in an F1 competition for schools.
Thursday 22 February 2024

Work on new 3G pitch kicks off

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Construction work has begun on a new all-weather 3G pitch at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw.
Wednesday 21 February 2024

New Maendy Primary school approved

New Maendy Primary school approved
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Torfaen's Cabinet committee have approved the replacement and expansion of Maendy Primary School by awarding a £14 million construction contract to Morgan Sindall

Garden waste collections restart soon

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Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen will restart week beginning Monday 04 March...
Tuesday 20 February 2024

Play volunteers celebrated

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More than 180 volunteers have been celebrated at this year's Play Service Volunteering Awards ceremony for enriching the lives of children in communities across Torfaen.
Friday 16 February 2024

Project helps teenager achieve rugby dreams.

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A project that supports young people struggling to cope with mainstream education has helped one promising rugby player tackle the challenges he faced.

Hundreds take part in half term fun

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More than 700 children have taken part in a fun-filled week of play this half term, thanks to Torfaen Play Service.
Friday 9 February 2024

Dad's the way to do it!

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A father of two and successful entrepreneur has shared how a parenting programme has transformed his approach to fatherhood and improved his well-being.

First Torfaen Food Summit

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An event aimed at promoting locally produced food will be held in Blaenavon this month.

Ministers visit mental health service for children and young people

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This week, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Lynne Neagle and Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, visited a Regional Partnership Programme located in Torfaen which supports children and young people with complex mental health needs.
Thursday 8 February 2024

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber

Pupil committee holds meeting in council chamber
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Pupils got the chance to use Torfaen Council's chamber to hold their own council meeting this week. Fifteen members of Croesyceiliog School's senedd group got the chance to speak to the Leader, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration before holding their own meeting.
Wednesday 7 February 2024

New headteachers start school

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It was a new term and a new start for three new headteachers who have joined schools in the borough.
Tuesday 6 February 2024

First day at the Farm

First day at the Farm
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Torfaen Council have appointed Mike Coe as their new General Manager at Greenmeadow Community Farm
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...

Energy saving event for carers

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Unpaid carers are invited to attend a free event next month aimed at helping them save money on their energy bills.

Cwmbran shop ordered to close to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviour

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A shop in Old Cwmbran has been served with a Court Order, requiring it to close for three months, following action by the Council's Trading Standards Team...
Thursday 1 February 2024

New Welsh medium childcare centre opens

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A new Welsh medium childcare centre in Pontypool was officially opened by Torfaen Council Leader Cllr Anthony Hunt today.

Residents attend new People's Panel event

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

New childcare course is first in Wales

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Cwmbran High School has become the first school in Wales to take part in a pilot project to offer a childcare course to pupils at secondary school.
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.
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