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Wednesday 28 October 2020

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

Description:
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
Description:
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

Description:
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

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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.

Poppy Appeal Launch

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The Poppy Appeal 2020 will soon be underway across the County of Gwent.

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime

#FosterLocal and make a difference that will last a lifetime
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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.
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

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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!

Description:
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
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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

Description:
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.
Thursday 1 October 2020

NHS COVID-19 app

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We're encouraging people in Torfaen to download and use the app because the more people that do so, the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID.
Tuesday 29 September 2020

Temporary 'walk up' Coronavirus testing unit opens in Pontypool

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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is opening a temporary mobile testing unit at the Old Mill Car Park, Trosnant, Pontypool, NP4 8AT, on Wednesday 30th September.
Monday 28 September 2020

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers

Torfaen Council partners with UDDR to provide a 'one stop shop' service for businesses and shoppers
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Torfaen Council have formed a partnership with the mobile app UDDR to provide businesses and shoppers with an easy to use 'One Stop Shop'.

Local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control Covid-19 in Torfaen

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Torfaen tonight from 6pm (Monday 28 September) in response to a rising rate of Covid-19 cases in the borough and due to Torfaen's proximity to neighbouring areas where numbers are significantly higher
Sunday 27 September 2020

Further local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control rises in South Wales

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Coronavirus laws are being further tightened in Neath Port Talbot, the Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen in response to a growing spread of cases, First Minister Mark Drakeford, has confirmed
Friday 25 September 2020

Council leader makes appeal

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This week the leader of Torfaen Council, Cllr Anthony Hunt made an appeal to the Torfaen public to follow the Covid-19 rules and guidance.
Thursday 24 September 2020

Torfaen calls on residents to Be Mighty, Recycle and get Wales to number one!

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We're already the third best recyclers in the world, and now Torfaen Council is backing the Wales-wide movement to make us first.
Wednesday 23 September 2020

Bi Visibility Day 2020

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At 2.00pm Bi Cymru / Wales will be hosting an online discussion and Q&A session for anyone who wants to ask questions or know more about being bi, pan, poly, or omni sexual/romantic and attracted to more than one gender.

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health
Description:
Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.
Tuesday 22 September 2020

Residents asked to display caution

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Torfaen Council's Trading Standards team have been made aware of book sales people operating door to door within the borough.
Monday 21 September 2020

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine

Public Health Wales urges eligible people in Wales to have free flu vaccine
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Public Health Wales is urging all eligible people in Wales to have their free flu vaccine as NHS Wales begins its largest ever national flu vaccine programme.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Local Seamstresses: The final Batch

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The council would like to thank a group of seamstresses for their hard work and effort in supporting the NHS during Covid-19.
Tuesday 15 September 2020

Community Farm site improvements get the green light

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Torfaen councillors have today approved £240,000 capital spend for essential maintenance and remedial work at the farm

Face coverings to be worn in all Adult and Community Learning buildings

Description:
In response to the Covid-19 regulation changes, Torfaen Adult Community Learning has updated it's centre user policy.
Thursday 10 September 2020

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations

Torfaen Pub has licence revoked for breaching Coronavirus Regulations
Description:
Following the identification of persistent Coronavirus regulation breaches at Castell-y-Bwch, Henllys Lane, Cwmbran, the licence holder has had their licence revoked and has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Wednesday 9 September 2020

Shielding information from the Welsh Government

Description:
Following the lockdown in Caerphilly, for Torfaen residents who were shielding prior to 16th of August and therefore remain on the Shielding Patient List, there is no change to the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Childcare Hubs a huge success during lockdown

Description:
Over the summer period Torfaen Play, Youth and Sport Development services came together to provide a fun filled and engaging childcare provision for keyworker children and the most vulnerable

Important message - we need your help

Important message - we need your help
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On Tuesday 8th September at 6pm, the Caerphilly County Borough Council area became an enhanced local health protection area and several new Lockdown restrictions come into force.
Tuesday 8 September 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.
Friday 4 September 2020

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start

Next round of weed spraying in the borough to start
Description:
The next round of weed spraying in the borough will start on Monday 7 September (weather permitting).

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings

Schools to become 'Covid Secure' buildings
Description:
We are ensuring that all our Education buildings are 'Covid Secure' by complying with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.
Thursday 3 September 2020

Flying the flag for Merchant Navy Day 2020

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Today we are flying the Red Ensign; the UK Merchant Navy's official flag outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool.
Friday 28 August 2020

Communication for schools and parents regarding the wearing of face coverings

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Following the Welsh Government's announcement and publication of the Technical Advisory Group Advice on Face Coverings for Children and Young People (under 18) in Education settings earlier this week, Council and school leaders have been urgently seeking clarification at a local and national level regarding key aspects of the guidance around the wearing of face coverings...
Thursday 27 August 2020

A not so Blue Lagoon

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Torfaen Council, Blaenau Gwent Council, Caerphilly Council and Gwent Police would like to remind the public that the area known as Blaencuffin Canyon is on private land and that it is not a tourist attraction.
Tuesday 25 August 2020

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre café re-opening

Description:
The Heritage Café, located in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, is looking forward to welcoming back their customers. The café is reopening on Tuesday 1st September from 10am and will be serving a reduced menu to eat in or takeaway.

Nursery Admission 2021

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Nursery admissions 2021 for pupils born between 1/09/2017 and 31/08/2018
Monday 24 August 2020

The phased re-opening of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Description:
The facilities at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre will be gradually reopening from the beginning of September.

August bank holiday waste and recycling collections 2020

Description:
There will be no waste and recycling collections in Torfaen on the Bank Holiday 31st August, and all collections that week will take place a day later than scheduled.

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!

PRIDE 2020: Pride Cymru's Big Online Week is here!
Description:
Whilst most summer festivals have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Pride Cymru have been working tirelessly to take Pride – Wales's biggest celebration of equality and diversity - online!
Friday 21 August 2020

Making school transport safe

Description:
During this time of uncertainty, we know that parents and carers have many questions about how their children can return to school safely using council provided school transport.

Adult Learners celebrate GCSE results

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Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning service are celebrating this year's GCSE results and the amazing achievements of post 16 adult learners.
Thursday 20 August 2020

Learners celebrate GCSE results

Description:
Today, pupils across Torfaen have been picking up their GCSE results, which will set them on the pathway to further education, training or employment

Making visits to the barber safer in Torfaen

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Following the announcement by Welsh Government that businesses providing close contact services such as barbers and hairdressers can open again, Torfaen Council's Public Protection Service have been visiting barbers to offer advice and guidance on COVID-19 controls.
Tuesday 18 August 2020

New online NHS course helps people improve their mental health

Description:
Feeling worried or anxious can have a big impact on your health, and for some people life at the moment can be particularly difficult.

Childcare Offer re-opens

Description:
The Childcare Offer for Wales has re-opened to eligible families. Applications for parents eligible for the Offer from April 2020 can apply now. Once approved, eligible parents will be able to access the Offer from the start of the autumn term in their local authority, providing they still meet the criterion.
Monday 17 August 2020

Your experience when contacting the council

Description:
We are asking for your views on the experiences you've had when contacting the council during the last 12 months. In particular, how you've been able to gain information or receive a service.
Friday 14 August 2020

Learners celebrate A-level results

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This week, Torfaen's Year 12 and Year 13 learners have been celebrating their examination results, which sets them on the path to an exciting future.

Community Farm to re-open in February

Community Farm to re-open in February
Description:
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Greenmeadow Community Farm which closed its gates on March 23 following guidance from the Welsh Government, will re-open in February 2021.

Canvass deadline approaching

Canvass deadline approaching
Description:
Torfaen Council are appealing to residents to return their annual canvass forms which were delivered through letterboxes during July.

75th anniversary of VJ Day

Description:
The next celebration on the Armed Forces calendar is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Japan, which takes place this Saturday, 15th August 2020.

Computers and printers available to book in Torfaen Libraries from Monday

Description:
From Monday 17th August, Torfaen Libraries will be offering access to computers and printing by appointment in all three libraries.
Tuesday 11 August 2020

Beyond Perfection the latest trader to join Pontypool Indoor Market

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Gemma Davies, from Sebastopol, is the latest trader to set up shop in Pontypool Indoor Market. "Beyond Perfection" is a ladies hairdressers, and is situated in Unit 29 of the market...
Monday 10 August 2020

National Play Day 2020 success

Description:
Despite the ongoing pandemic, this year's Torfaen Play Service National Play Day campaign was a huge success.
Friday 7 August 2020

Tech Coach service home visits are back

Tech Coach service home visits are back
Description:
A Torfaen Social Care project which aims to support digitally excluded residents in Torfaen is once again taking appointments to conduct home visits.
Thursday 6 August 2020

Support for working families affected by Coronavirus given an extra boost

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Families who benefit from government funded childcare support were given a boost as the Government announced that they would not lose out due to COVID-19...

Torfaen receives Gold Award for supporting the armed forces community

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Torfaen council has been named as one of this years' winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards for demonstrating outstanding support for the armed forces community...
Wednesday 5 August 2020

SenCom Independent Review 2020

Description:
An independent external review commissioned by the WLGA of the Sensory and Communication Support Service (SenCom) has been completed.
Tuesday 4 August 2020

Eat out to help out scheme

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More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have now signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme...

Torfaen Libraries 'Request and Collect' service extending to Pontypool and Blaenavon

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Torfaen Libraries is extending its 'Request & Collect' service. From Monday 17th August, the successful service which has been operating from Cwmbran Library will be extended to Pontypool and Blaenavon Libraries to make it even easier for residents to request and borrow books...
Monday 3 August 2020

Haggles joins Pontypool Indoor Market

Description:
Pontypool Indoor Market was thrilled to reopen its doors earlier in the month to welcome customers back
Thursday 30 July 2020

Burial attendance - permitted numbers of mourners

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Today (30/07/20), the Gwent Local Resilience Forum, including the five councils, agreed to increase the number of mourners permitted to attend funerals at cemeteries within the five local authority areas of Gwent to 30

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020

Free play equipment on National Play Day 2020
Description:
Torfaen council's play service is encouraging families to celebrate and join in the fun on National Play Day

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning

Achieve, create and learn with Adult Community Learning
Description:
Torfaen Council's Adult Community Learning team have delivered the new Autumn Term 2020 brochure to every household in Torfaen offering a wide range of learning opportunities
Wednesday 29 July 2020

Employment Support for Torfaen Residents

Description:
As part of Torfaen Council's response to Covid-19, the Skills and Employability team are offering a free, specialist employment service to residents impacted by coronavirus

Phased reopening of national museums across Wales

Description:
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales is pleased to announce that it will begin a phased reopening of its museums to the public. Big Pit National Coal Museum will re-open on 1 September.
Tuesday 28 July 2020

Essential tree removal to be undertaken along Cwmbran Drive

Description:
On Sunday 2nd August essential tree removal will take place along Cwmbran Drive between Rechem roundabout and Ashbridge roundabout between 5am and 5pm, therefore the road will be closed to ensure the safety of staff and road users.
Monday 27 July 2020

Happy customers return to playgrounds

Happy customers return to playgrounds
Description:
Children from around the borough have been busy enjoying the fresh air and playgrounds since all council owned playgrounds reopened last week following relaxations in lockdown.
Friday 24 July 2020

Cemetery opening times changing from Monday 27th July

Description:
From Monday 27th July cemeteries in Torfaen will be open daily from 9am-7pm.
Wednesday 22 July 2020

Cadw announce phased re-opening of Wales's major heritage sites

Description:
Earlier this month, Cadw successfully re-opened 43 of its unstaffed, free-entry monuments and today (18 July), the historic environment service has revealed a phased re-opening plan for selected staffed sites in its care, including some of Wales's most iconic historical attractions...
Friday 17 July 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 launches today

Description:
The annual Challenge aims to get children between the ages of 4 and 11 to read six books over the summer holidays...

Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event

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Torfaen Economy & Enterprise supporting local businesses and start ups with FREE 3 day 'Business Power Up' event ...
Thursday 16 July 2020

Children play areas to reopen in Torfaen by 3 August

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Following the recent Welsh Minister's announcements regarding children's play areas, Torfaen County Borough Council is working hard to make these areas safe and ready for children...
Tuesday 14 July 2020

Stay #ScamAware

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With many of us spending more time online, either staying in touch with loved ones, shopping for essentials or work, criminals are hard at work trying to lure us into revealing our personal and business information.

Torfaen Business Club supports members via virtual events during Pandemic

Description:
Torfaen Business Voice, one of south wales' most popular business networking clubs with over 65 members, has continued to support its members via a series of monthly 'virtual' networking meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big Pit to open from September 1st

Description:
"Wales' seven national museums and the National Collection Centre are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority and therefore our sites will reopen only when it is safe for us to do so.
Thursday 9 July 2020

Toilets in Torfaen parks to re-open tomorrow

Description:
Toilets at Cwmbran Boating Lake and Pontypool Park will be opened tomorrow for the public to use (Friday 10th July).

Schools to reopen to all pupils from September

Description:
Torfaen has today welcomed plans by the Education Minister to allow schools that can do so, to safely reopen from the first week of September, with all schools to reopen from September 14.
Wednesday 8 July 2020

Popular 'Request and Collect' library book service issues over 3.5K books since launch

Description:
The Torfaen Libraries 'Request & Collect' service has proved popular since its launch at the beginning of June with almost 4,000 books now on loan...

Summer Support for Vulnerable and Key Worker Children

Description:
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are today announcing support for vulnerable children and some key worker children that will be put in place for the summer holiday period.
Tuesday 7 July 2020

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport

£4m fund launched to save and rebuild community sport
Description:
Grassroots sports clubs in Torfaen can apply for a new fund to help them survive the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare to restart activities safely.

Annual Canvass 2020

Description:
Don't lose your voice - residents in Torfaen urged to look out for their voter registration letters.
Monday 6 July 2020

"Together we can keep people safe"

"Together we can keep people safe"
Description:
A campaign launches today across Wales to encourage people to contact social services if they are worried that a family member, friend or neighbour is at risk of abuse, neglect and harm.
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