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Monday 22 March 2021

Pontypool Civic Centre goes purple in celebration of Census 2021

Pontypool Civic Centre goes purple in celebration of Census 2021
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Last week, Torfaen Council Civic Centre and more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales were lit up purple to celebrate the Census and its importance to communities.

World Water Day

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Today is World Water Day, a day to highlight the importance of freshwater. In the UK we are very fortunate that we have access to freshwater for sanitation, hygiene and drinking...
Friday 19 March 2021

A time to reflect

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On Tuesday 23 March 2021, Torfaen Council will join the Welsh Government and public bodies across Wales in support of the charity Marie Curie's initiative to take part in a 'National Day of Reflection' to mark the anniversary of the national covid-19 lockdown...
Thursday 18 March 2021

Have your say at the online public meetings for the proposed Craig Y Felin and Llanfrechfa Strategic Sites

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Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Council will be holding an online public meeting on Microsoft Teams to answer your questions on these proposed sites

Are you a manufacturer in Torfaen that needs guidance with COVID-19 cases in the workplace?

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Test Trace Protect (TTP) and Torfaen Council's Public Protection team are holding an online Business Clinic...
Wednesday 17 March 2021

Torfaen County Borough Council joins new movement to eradicate litter and waste

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Torfaen County Borough Council has joined forces with Keep Wales Tidy to support Caru Cymru, the biggest ever initiative to eradicate litter and waste...
Monday 15 March 2021

Summer opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre begin Sunday 28 March

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On Sunday 28 March, the opening hours at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) located in New Inn will be changing...

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen

Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen
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After 18 months of planning and development by local authorities, Welsh Government and Carers Trust Wales, today (15 March 2021) a new Young Carers' National ID card scheme has been launched in Torfaen.
Friday 12 March 2021

Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021

Working together to deliver a successful Census 2021
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The Office for National Statistics – which runs Census 2021 – is working with Torfaen Council to deliver a successful census and help local services to fully meet future needs.

Hate Hurts Wales campaign

Hate Hurts Wales campaign
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Torfaen Council is standing with victims of hate crime as part of the Welsh Government's major anti-hate crime campaign Hate Hurts Wales

IWD Inspiration

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Did you know that nearly three quarters of people who work for Torfaen Council are female? To mark International Women's Day this week we've spoken to one of the many women who hold leadership positions with us

Borough wide grass cutting service to restart next week

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Weather permitting, the Council's grass cutting service which covers the borough is to restart next week...
Thursday 11 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update – work to continue

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Tree felling and chipping will continue at Cwmbran Boating Lake for another few weeks. We expect the work to be completed by the end of Thursday 1 April...

Torfaen Council joins Wales' mighty recycling mission to tackle climate change and get to world number one

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With 92% of people in Wales now recycling regularly*, Wales is one step closer on its Mighty Mission to become world number one for recycling...
Wednesday 10 March 2021

Can you help Gwent Police establish a youth community cohesion group?

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Gwent Police are looking to establish a Youth (young persons) Community Cohesion Group for 16-25 year olds.
Tuesday 9 March 2021

Free School Meals update

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Free School Meals update

New virtual employability hub launched in Torfaen

New virtual employability hub launched in Torfaen
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A new virtual employability hub to support residents into work has been launched in Torfaen.
Monday 8 March 2021

Garden waste collections to resume

Garden waste collections to resume
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Fortnightly garden waste collections in Torfaen will resume the week commencing Monday 22 March
Friday 5 March 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake tree felling update

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As tree felling and chipping continues at the Boating Lake, the Council would like to remind residents that the playground continues to be closed. The lake and the car park will also be closed from Sunday 7th March.

Love Food Hate Waste: top 10 tips for Food Waste Action Week

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Wasting food is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. A lot of water, land, energy, time, and transportation go into producing our food, and yet in UK homes we waste 4.5 million tonnes of edible food every year. That's enough to make 10 million meals...
Thursday 4 March 2021

'Balanced' budget for 2021-2022 financial year

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Torfaen councillors have approved the authority's budget for the 2021/22 financial year

New electric vehicle charge points installed across Gwent

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Sixty-two new dual electric vehicle 22kw fast charging units have been installed at thirty-four sites across Gwent...
Wednesday 3 March 2021

Stretchy plastic bring bank location change

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Due to an ongoing issue with littering and fly-tipping at the Cwmavon Road stretchy plastic bring bank, the decision has been taken to move it to the entrance of Capital Valley Plastic a few hundred meters away...

Council employee receives Armed Forces award for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty

Council employee receives Armed Forces award for outstanding Service and Devotion to Duty
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Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE recently paid tribute to the work of all of the Armed Forces who are currently supporting civil powers during the coronavirus crisis.
Tuesday 2 March 2021

Three ways to vote at the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Three ways to vote at the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections
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On Thursday 6 May residents in Torfaen will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and as Police and Crime Commissioner.
Monday 1 March 2021

Cwmbran Interchange public consultation questionnaire

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Cwmbran is the busiest sub-regional town centre in South East Wales and attracts around 15 million visitors a year. Cwmbran town centre provides a focal point for the surrounding valleys communities and acts as a 'strategic hub' for retail, employment, services, leisure and cultural activities...
Friday 26 February 2021

Torfaen Green Infrastructure Strategy consultation

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Green infrastructure is the living network of natural and semi-natural green spaces, blue spaces, and other landscape features, scattered within and between urban and rural places...
Thursday 25 February 2021

Age Connects supporting UK Census 2021

Age Connects supporting UK Census 2021
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Age Connects Torfaen has been identified as a Census Support Centre to help Torfaen residents with general census queries, provide support to complete an online census or paper form, and discuss other ways to support residents.

Our draft tree strategy and action plan is open for consultation

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We are in the process of preparing a tree strategy for the borough that sets out our approach to managing trees, including those that make up woodland and hedgerows. The draft strategy explains national and local policies, and explains how these translate into action to protect and manage trees for multiple benefits...
Wednesday 24 February 2021

Please use litter bins for litter and dog waste only

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We've had reports over the last few weeks that household waste bags are being put in litter bins. This is not the proper use of a litter bin, and can result in bins overflowing, leading to more litter in neighbourhoods...
Tuesday 23 February 2021

Farm receives improvements during lockdown

Farm receives improvements during lockdown
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Greenmeadow Community Farm was scheduled to reopen during February 2021, but due to current Welsh Government COVID restrictions on visitor attractions, this is still not possible.
Monday 22 February 2021

One week to go: School grounds and playgrounds across Torfaen to be smoke free from Monday 1st March

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Today marks just one week until new laws are introduced to make more places in Wales smoke-free.
Friday 19 February 2021

Cwmbran Boating Lake to close for emergency tree felling

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Torfaen Council and Network Rail are working together to remove dangerous trees in Cwmbran Park that pose an immediate risk to rail passengers and the public...

Charity joins forces with the Welsh Government and The Dragons to support older people with online exercise groups

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National charity, Re-engage, is launching free online groups to give the over-75s in Wales the chance to participate in gentle exercise as they make connections with others...

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps

More than 120 vulnerable children supported at half term wellbeing camps
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Torfaen Play and Sports Development have worked in partnership during the February half term to deliver five play and wellbeing camps for vulnerable children in Torfaen.
Thursday 18 February 2021

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

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Torfaen's first Local Testing Site (LTS) has opened today (February 18) in the Old Mill Car Park on Trosnant Street, Pontypool.

Welsh Government Sustainability Funding for Childcare Providers

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

Small business opportunities at Pontypool Indoor Market

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

Notice of Election

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

Over 200 businesses supported through a 12 month pilot project

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

Reminder to mourners and how to reduce the risks

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

£6.5m flooding support for Welsh communities

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

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

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

A phased return to school in Torfaen

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

Cabinet approves plans to expand Crownbridge school.

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

Pet owners advised to act responsibly when walking near livestock

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

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

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

Free PPE for Taxi and PHV drivers in Wales

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

We're PROUD to support #LGBTHM21

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

The Big Welsh Rhyme Time 8 -14 February

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

Funding approved for high-tec innovations in Adult Care

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

Our Scrutiny Committees need your views

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

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

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

We are cold weather ready

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

Have your say on local supply chains and procurement in Torfaen

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

Voting safely at this year's elections

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

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

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

C19 Town Centre Adaptation Grant available to businesses

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

The census is coming

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

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

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

Budget proposals approved for 2021/22

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Torfaen safe - stay home and stay local when exercising

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

Play Service get creative to support children learning from home

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

Pontypool Market Pop-Up Stalls

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

Joint statement from all public services in Wales

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

Changes to Torfaen library services

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

Statement from Torfaen Council on the return to education in January

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

New parents claiming Child Benefit reminded to register births

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

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

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

Changes to Christmas waste and recycling collections

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

Torfaen Santa Appeal receives more than 2000 donations

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

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

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As Wales' recycling rate reaches an all-time high, we're calling on our residents to keep up their 'mighty' efforts when it comes to recycling this Christmas.
Friday 11 December 2020

A statement on Torfaen schools from the Executive Member for Education

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

Getting about actively, safely and legally this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre announcement

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

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

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

Coed Eva Primary School teacher wins prestigious award

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

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

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

A number of new businesses have started trading in Torfaen.

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

'Request and Collect' library book service still available

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

Community project's interactive artworks now on display

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

Book your slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre

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

Torfaen Council wants to know what matters to you

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

Children get creative remembering the fallen

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

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

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

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

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

Torfaen libraries reopen for browsing next week

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

Gwent White Ribbon Day 2020 #149Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Self isolation financial support

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

Give a gift this Christmas

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

Service users required to improve digital innovation

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

Pontypool Indoor Market welcomes 3D printing business

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

Green waste collections will stop for winter

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

A message from Councillor Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council

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