News Archive

Friday 25 November 2022

Grab a bag of toys for £1

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If you are concerned about finances this Christmas, head to The Steelhouse reuse shop to grab a bargain...
Thursday 24 November 2022

Carers ID card takes off

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More than 200 young carers from across Torfaen have signed up to a new ID card that helps to make them more visible and valued in their communities.

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.

More schools to benefit from solar power

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Fourteen schools in Torfaen are to receive solar photovoltaic (PV) installations thanks to support from the Welsh Government...
Wednesday 23 November 2022

School attendance drive

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Scrutiny members have considered a report into Torfaen Council's partnership approach to improving school attendance.

Community artwork inspired by nature

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New nature-inspired artwork is appearing across Gwent to encourage people to value the nature we can find in green spaces within our communities...
Tuesday 22 November 2022

Fund launched to support unpaid carers

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Unpaid carers struggling with the cost of living can apply for a new grant of up to £500 to help with essential items.
Friday 18 November 2022

World Cup fever

World Cup fever
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More than 180 children got into the World Cup spirit this week by taking part in a football festival, organised by Torfaen Council.

Climate change hero

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The Council's Local Places for Nature Co-ordinator, Veronika Brannovic, has been named a climate change hero by the National Lottery...

Getting winter ready

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Highways maintenance teams are checking gullies and drains as part of the Council's winter preparedness plan...
Thursday 17 November 2022

Caring Costs roadshows

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Next week, Torfaen Council is hosting a series of roadshows across the borough to support unpaid carers concerned about the rising cost of living.
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.
Thursday 10 November 2022

New school attendance campaign

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A campaign has been launched to increase the number of children who regularly attend school in Torfaen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Friday 4 November 2022

£1.7m farm plans unveiled

£1.7m farm plans unveiled
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Details of a £1.7 million pound project to transform Greenmeadow Community Farm have been unveiled.

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.
Thursday 3 November 2022

Former pub owner pays price for dirty premises

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The former owner of the Castell-y-Bwch pub in Henllys, has been prosecuted for food hygiene offences dating from 2021
Wednesday 2 November 2022

Foster carers urgently needed across Wales

Foster carers urgently needed across Wales
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With around 550 foster carers needed each year in Wales, a one-off recruitment event looks to inspire a new generation of carers later this month.
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.

Housing Summit

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This week, a housing partners summit took place with contributions from Torfaen council, registered social landlords Bron Afon and Melin Homes, plus local health, housing developers and planners.

Torfaen Repair Café opens

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Residents have an alternative to throwing away small items when they become broken or damaged thanks to a new repair shop...
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.

Drivers given on the spot fines

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Drivers of defective vehicles faced action last week, following a multi-agency operation carried out by officers from Torfaen Council, Gwent Police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)....
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.

Seedling School officially opens

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OnThursday, Jeremy Miles MS, the Welsh Government Minister for Education and Welsh Language, officially opened the 'Gwladys Block' at Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw in Pontypool.

Summer Reading Challenge winner

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Six-year-old Sophie Hyde will be able to buy lots of new books after completing a national reading challenge...

Warm spaces open up in Torfaen

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Libraries across Torfaen are now providing warm spaces for people struggling with the cost of keeping their homes warm due to the significant rise in energy costs.
Thursday 20 October 2022

Civica Pay Education system upgrade

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The Civica Pay Education system will not be available tomorrow morning due to a security upgrade and improvement
Wednesday 19 October 2022

School Payment System Unavailability

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Due to an essential upgrade, parents and carers will not be able to make payments on the Civica Pay Education Payments system for a period of time on the 19th and 21st October
Friday 14 October 2022

Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022

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The Torfaen Santa Appeal 2022 will open for donations at the beginning of next month.
Thursday 13 October 2022

Schools launch Active Travel Plans

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Two primary schools in Cwmbran have become the first in Torfaen to launch new Active Travel School Plans...
Monday 10 October 2022

Celebrating World Mental Health Day

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More than 200 people attended a wellbeing event at the Congress Theatre today in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
Friday 7 October 2022

Bringing the Community Together this World Mental Health Day

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On Monday, Torfaen Council's Community Connectors team will be marking World Mental Health Day by holding a free wellbeing day at the Congress Theatre.
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.
Tuesday 4 October 2022

Garden waste collections extended

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Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen are extended for the duration of November, after being suspended for a few weeks earlier in the year...
Monday 3 October 2022

Name the recycling vehicle

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Torfaen Council is taking delivery of 19 new recycling vehicles over the next few months, and we want school children to name them...
Thursday 29 September 2022

Ukrainian Community Day

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More than 30 Ukrainian refugees got the chance to find out about - and experience - some of the different learning opportunities on offer with Torfaen Adult Community Learning.

Proposed changes to Hackney Carriage fares

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Torfaen Council has received a request from the Hackney Carriage trade to increase their fares. Hackney Carriages are the black taxis that can be hired on the taxi ranks in Torfaen or be hailed in the street, and use a meter system to work out the cost of a journey...

Welsh Secretary sees community renewal projects in Torfaen

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Secretary of State for Wales Robert Buckland has viewed two community projects in Torfaen which are receiving UK Government funding to increase the amount of locally-produced food and combat food poverty...
Monday 26 September 2022

Winter Fuel Payment

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A one-off £200 payment to help eligible households with fuel costs this winter has opened for applications.
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.

Footpath diversion gets green light

Footpath diversion gets green light
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An alternative public right of way has opened for walkers which now removes the need to walk through the grounds of Ysgol Gymraeg Gwynllyw.
Thursday 22 September 2022

Connecting volunteers in Torfaen

Connecting volunteers in Torfaen
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If you fancy volunteering but don't know where to start, the Connect Torfaen has more than 60 volunteer vacancies...
Wednesday 21 September 2022

Mic Morris Trust reopens

Mic Morris Trust reopens
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A fund that has supported hundreds of aspiring athletes in Torfaen has reopened to new applications.
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.

Canal consultation

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The canal is one of Torfaen's most popular attractions for local residents and visitors and is an important conservation area...
Friday 16 September 2022

Tributes paid to rugby great

Tributes paid to rugby great
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Tributes have been pouring in for Pontypool RFC legend Eddie Butler, who sadly passed away yesterday, aged 65.
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.

Family fun on the Farm

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The Greenmeadow Show is back at the farm this weekend after a two-year absence.
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.
Friday 2 September 2022

Manager of dirty takeaway fined for food hygiene offences

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The manager of a takeaway business has admitted food hygiene charges after Torfaen Council's Environmental Health Officers discovered the premises in a dirty and greasy condition, with foods exposed to risks of contamination...

Multi-use games area vandalised again

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Vandals have damaged an all weather sports pitch and games area for a second time in less than a year...
Friday 26 August 2022

Garden waste collections suspended for 2 weeks

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From this Bank Holiday Monday, Torfaen Council will suspend Garden Waste collections for 2 weeks from Monday 29 August until Friday 9 September
Thursday 25 August 2022

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning

GCSE Success at Torfaen Adult Community Learning
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School pupils aren't the only ones getting their GCSE results today. Adult learners in Torfaen are also finding out if they made the grade
Thursday 18 August 2022

Second Thrifty School Shop event a success

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The second Thrifty School Shop which was held at Pontypool Indoor Market yesterday was a success - people were turning up early to get in!...
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

For Dad, By Dads

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New and expectant fathers in Torfaen can sign up to a new programme which aims to support dads on their new journey of parenthood.

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.
Wednesday 10 August 2022

Knitting her way to success

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Pontypool Indoor Market stall holder Tania Britten of The Craft Cabin, has been nominated for this year's British Knitting and Crochet Awards 2022, under the category of Best Regional Independent Store...
Tuesday 9 August 2022

Grants to transform empty town centre buildings

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Businesses in Pontypool, Blaenavon and Cwmbran town centres can register their interest in funding to help regenerate vacant and under used building space.

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.
Thursday 4 August 2022

Libraries' Summer of Fun

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As part of the Torfaen Summer of Fun, Torfaen Libraries will be hosting a wide variety of free activities throughout August, including science workshops, slime making, sessions on creating Lego robots and story and crafts. Some sessions are already fully booked so be quick and book your space today
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.

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes

Play Service gears up for Summer Playschemes
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More than 340 staff and volunteers at Torfaen Play Service are getting ready to hop, skip and jump into delivering an action-packed summer playscheme for children throughout August.

Connect Torfaen "your real social network"

Connect Torfaen "your real social network"
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If you're looking for things to do this summer, Connect Torfaen is your one-stop-shop for activities in your local area.
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.
Tuesday 26 July 2022

7 Green Flags for Torfaen

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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.
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.

Free school meals to reach more pupils than ever

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From September, free school meals will be available to any full-time nursery pupils, and pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in local authority maintained schools across Torfaen, thanks to Welsh Government funding...

Connecting Torfaen

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More than 400 people and organisations have signed up to a new website that aims to bring communities together.
Tuesday 19 July 2022

Trader prosecuted for selling fake designer T-shirts

Trader prosecuted for selling fake designer T-shirts
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A man has pleaded guilty to the possession and sale of counterfeit clothing after he was caught selling fake designer T-shirts on Facebook
Monday 18 July 2022

Free events to celebrate the canal this summer

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Twilight yoga and wildlife walks are just a few of the activities taking place alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal this summer...
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.
Thursday 14 July 2022

Folly Tower and Shell Grotto to reopen

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The Folly Tower and Shell Grotto visitor attractions are set to re-open following a £45,000 refurbishment project...
Wednesday 13 July 2022

Summer of Fun

Summer of Fun
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Thousands of children and young people in Torfaen have the chance to take part in a series of action-packed activities and events this summer, and best of all, it's free.
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 8 July 2022

Courts set for improvements

Courts set for improvements
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Tennis courts in Pontypool Park and Panteg Park in Griffithstown are set to get a facelift, thanks to a £16,000 grant from Torfaen Sports Development Tennis Focus Sports Programme.
Wednesday 6 July 2022

Become a 'Gadgeteer' with the Torfaen Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

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The annual Summer Reading Challenge is back, and this year it's more inventive than ever!...
Monday 4 July 2022

Torfaen 10k road closures

Torfaen 10k road closures
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Road closures will be in place between Blaenavon and Pontypool to make way for the Mic Morris Torfaen 10k race this Sunday.
Friday 1 July 2022

School pupils meet Bert and Trevor

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The winners of our competition to name Torfaen's new fully-electric waste vehicles got to see the trucks for the first time today...

Free mental health training

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A project to create a network of qualified mental health trainers in Torfaen is underway.
Thursday 30 June 2022

River fly-tipper fined

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A women has been ordered to pay £280 after her household waste was found dumped in the Afon Llwyd in April 2020...

Business club celebrates 21 years

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More than 40 businesses attended a 21-year anniversary celebration event of Torfaen Business Voice last week where they were treated to cake and a caricature...
Wednesday 29 June 2022

Pontypool Party in the Park

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Party in the Park returns to Pontypool this year, featuring a fun fair, live performances, and Britain's Got Talent's Titan the Robot.
Friday 24 June 2022

Football festival increases participation

Football festival increases participation
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Close to 100 girls from primary schools across Torfaen have taken part in an all-girls football festival at Cwmbran Stadium this week.

Food parcel cookery tips

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A day of cookery demonstrations will be held next month using items in food parcels.
Thursday 23 June 2022

Youth Service strikes gold

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Torfaen's Youth Service has been awarded a Gold Quality Mark following a recent Welsh Government inspection.

New advice service hits the road

New advice service hits the road
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A new service offering job and training advice is taking to the road.
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.

Blaenavon's Broad Street to come alive with entertainment

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Live music, magic acts, dance performances and free fair rides are a few of the delights residents and visitors can experience at the Blaenavon World Heritage Day this weekend...
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