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It wasn’t just miners who fought to oppose the closure of their pits. Robin Turner speak to women who took part in the miners’ strike
Dot Phillips, now 81, set up the first soup kitchen for miners in Wales at the Celynen Collieries’ Miners’ Institute in Newbridge
During the 1984 miners’ strike, women protested alongside their husbands, fathers and brothers to oppose the closure of 28 Welsh pits and within days they were organising food parcels, marching in rallies and joining pickets.
Many changed forever, leaving behind their traditional roles and becoming politicised by the bitter clash between the working classes and the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher who branded the miners and their supporters “the enemy within”.
A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving.
A man in his 40s is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a moving car.
Emergency services were called at 5.05pm on Wednesday to reports of a road traffic collision on Bryngwyn Road, Newbridge.
Gwent Police said they arrived at the scene to find the man with life threatening injuries. He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The car he was travelling in did stop at the scene.
A 38-year-old woman, from the Newbridge area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving. She remains in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.
The road remained closed for most of the evening, but has since reopened.
Gwent Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Gwent Police by ringing 101 quoting log 359 09/04/14.
John Williams former landlord of the Masons Arms, Newbridge (4879939)
A 104-YEAR-OLD Newbridge pub, known as ‘The Black’ because of its history with miners, has closed down.
The Masons Arms, on North Road often saw miners from the Celynen North and South collieries use the pub after a day’s work down the pit between 1930 and 1985. The pub first opened in 1910 but had to close last month.
John Williams, 60, landlord from 2004 to 2008, said: “It was called the Black because miners used to go straight to the pub before going to have a bath. Showers at the pits weren’t introduced until later.
“Not many pubs would let that happen but back then there weren’t carpets in pubs.
The pub’s upstairs was turned into four flats during the 1980′s and now there is planning permission to turn the pub into living quarters.
“I remember going there when I was 18-years-old and there was an open fire at the pub, it was popular with miners until the pits closed in 1985. It’s sad that a pub with such history had to close.”
Jason Wallace, 45, current pub landlord, said:
“The pub will be living quarters for myself. I’ve been in the trade since I was 18-years-old, it’s been nearly 25 years working at the Masons, back and forth there a few times.
We get lots of characters here with our regulars, it’s quite sad about the decline in British pubs mainly down to the smoking ban and cheap alcohol at supermarkets. It was the biggest decision me and my wife had to make but we couldn’t keep throwing money away.
Source: South Wales Argus
UPDATE: POLICE are appealing for information after an attacker broke a woman’s finger and cut her in Newbridge
A 36 year old man has now been charged with attempted assault following this incident that involved a 27 year old woman on Yewtree Road in Newbridge last week, Wednesday 2nd April. He appeared at Newport Crown Court on Monday 7th April and was remanded to appear at a future date.
The assault happened at around 3pm yesterday on Yewtree Road, off North Road in Newbridge.
The 27-year-old victim, who is from the area, sustained a small cut to her neck and a broken finger and went to the Royal Gwent Hospital for treatment. The offender is white, in his early twenties, between five feet five and five feet six inches tall, thick set with black short cropped hair and of clean appearance.
He was wearing a bright white jacket, jeans, trainers, and had a Liverpool scarf hanging down from his waist down the back of his legs.
He approached the woman, assaulted her, then bent down to pick up whatever caused the injury to her neck and walked off.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 257 2/4/14.
A male 11 month English springer has been missing/ suspected stolen since 5pm yesterday evening. The owners are desperate to get him home and are offering a reward for his safe return. Please contact Newbridge-Online or leave a message below if you have any information on this and we will forward onto the owners.
UPDATE; Good news, the dog has now been found and reunited with it’s owners.
APPEAL: Police have released an e-fit image of a someone they want speak to after a man exposed himself to a girl under 16 years of age in Oakdale after asking for directions
POLICE have released an e-fit image of a someone they want speak to after a man exposed himself to a girl under 16 years of age in Oakdale after asking for directions.
Officers are appealing for information following the incident of indecent, which happened at around 3.20pm on Wednesday, March 19.
The teenage girl was walking along Brynhoward Terrace in Oakdale towards Croespenmaen when a man pulled up beside her in a silver four-door hatchback vehicle (07 plate) and asked for directions. When the girl responded he exposed himself and then drove off. The girl was unharmed.
The man is white, of medium build and aged between 20 and 25. He had mousey brown hair with a swept fringe. He was wearing a light blue round neck t-shirt and stonewash jeans, and spoke with a local accent.
Gwent Police are reminding residents to stay vigilant, and to report any information they may have relating to the incident to 101 quoting log 381 19/03/14.
Newbridge ward officers have been performing regular visible patrols in this problem area to combat anti-social behaviour and to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice to local residents. Anti-social behaviour (ASB) referrals have been submitted for those causing harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public. Repeat offenders will enter behavioural contracts in conjunction with Gwent Police and Caerphilly County Borough Council (CCBC) Tenancy Enforcement in order to further reduce anti-social behaviour.
As a result of the work carried out by Neighbourhood Officers, calls relating to anti-social behaviour have fallen in the area in the last 4 months. Regular patrols have been conducted around the grounds, car parks of the leisure centre and rugby ground also the Calzaghe Bridge and train station have had increased patrols on a regular basis providing a high visible presence to combat any issues.
Please continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Today sees the launch of the new Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Adult Weight Management Service. This new integrated service will provide an evidence based, person centred approach to weight management with a tailor made programme to help support patients to achieve and maintain a 5-10% weight loss…..
The service has been based on the tiered approach outlined by the All Wales Obesity Pathway and sees the integration of existing weight management services such as Slim for Life, Dietetic led clinics and the multi-disciplinary Specialist Weight Management clinic in Ebbw Vale via a single point of access. In future, the new service will also provide Clinical Psychology input to build upon existing services.
The Integrated Adult Weight Management Service will include the following elements:
Single point of access
Initial assessment and advice clinic (for assessment and initial advice)
Dietetic led groups and dedicated weight management clinics
Clinical Psychology input (from July 2014)
Multi-disciplinary Level 3 clinic
Access to the National Exercise on Referral Scheme (NERS)