New Toy Shop for Newbridge – Little Hands Play

A new toy shop has just opened up in Newbridge called Little Hands Play. They sell the latest toys and children, (and adults if they feel like it!) can come and make their own teddies, complete with heart, adoption certificate and bag. They also do teddy parties in people’s homes as well…

The new shop is at 10a High Street. (Opposite the old HSBC bank by the traffic lights).
Newbridge-Online supporting local businesses.

See the new promotional video for Exert Gym in Abercarn, filmed by Emerald Media Productions

Double Click to go full screen and don’t forget to turn on your speakers!

Reduction in reported issues in town

IMG_3677Newbridge-Online has seen a decrease in people reporting problems and issues to the site regarding the anti social problems in the town since the public meeting last month and our Facebook page has also not seen so many posts.

Except for local youths causing problems at the Co-Op car park recently, that was dealt with, it seems the town seems to be getting back to normal of late.

Please continue to let us know what you see or hear so we can keep people aware. Thanks go out to Labour councillor Gary Johnson, Inspector Mark Thomas, Mr Chris Burns Chief Executive of Caerphilly Council. and Kirsty Thomas who is the manager of Ty Croeso for all taking a pro active approach to the issues that were brought up at the meeting.


Planning Permission to open 24/7 – McDonalds Restaurants

Case Ref. 15/0073/NCC Site Area: 2060m²
Location: McDonalds Restaurants Ltd Unit 2 Newbridge Gateway Bridge Street Newbridge Newport NP11 5GH
Proposal: Remove Condition 01 of planning permission 14/0055/NCC to allow the restaurant to operate 24 hours daily.
Applicant: McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd C/o Savills (UK) Ltd Miss C Blagden 33 Margaret Street London W1G 0JD
Agent: Savills (UK) Ltd Miss C Blagden 33 Margaret Street London W1G 0JD
Case Officer: Mr C Boardman
01495 235037
Ward: Newbridge Map
Ref: 321312 (E) 196591 (N)
Decision Level: Delegated
Community Council: Not Applicable

Mountain Bike Dirt Days at Cwmcarn Forest

Date : 30 March 2015 9:30am

Mountain Bike Dirt Days
Mountain Bike Dirt Days
Monday 30 March, 9.30am to 3pm
Join us for the first of our Mountain Bike Dirt Days with Welsh Cycling. If your aged 13 to 16 and  into MTB, or thought about racing, then join us at Cwmcarn Forest to ride the trails with professional cyclists.
 You can test yourself against local champion Manon Carpenter in skills and pump track challenges. 
Bring a packed lunch and your bike! 
Application forms must be completed via consent is essential.

This is a FREE event.

New Riverside Park Newbridge

clip_image001Work to create a riverside park under Trecelyn Viaduct will get under way this month as part of the Newbridge Development Programme. Phase Three of the programme will see the land developed for use by the public.
Facilities will include a cycle track, an outdoor gym, new seating and lighting. Landscape improvements to the footpath from the town centre to the park will also be carried out. There will also be kerbing, paving and resurfacing works along Bridge Street and its junction with lower High Street and North Road, with planned improvement works also to the junction at the leisure centre and Newbridge School.
The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said:
“The council continues to work hard alongside our communities on programmes of investment and it is fantastic to see Newbridge is benefiting from further European funding. The regeneration programme to date has already delivered major benefits to the town, and I have no doubt that the works as part of phase three of the programme will continue to build on this success.”

Schoolchildren help plant trees in Newbridge’s Pantside Tip woodland recovery

Thousands of trees have been planted on Pantside Tip in Newbridge in a bid to create native woodlands – and thousands more will follow.
Pupils from Pantside Primary School, Newbridge School and Pantside Youth club helped plant over 500 Alder, Beech, Hawthorn, Birch and Oak oak to help extend and  a native woodland on the hillside near the tip. This follows an initial project in February 2014 when schoolchildren and residents helped Caerphilly County Borough Council plant 6,000 trees on the site to the east of Newbridge.
Over the next few weeks 4,500 more trees will be planted in this area by the council, to further extend the boundaries of the community woodland. Ninety years ago Pantside Tip, in the Nant Gawney Valley was relatively untouched by the coal industry and contained a mix of small farms enclosed fields and large areas of woodland. By 1970 the agricultural fields had been replaced by a large housing estate, the top of the valley had been filled with waste from local collieries and much of the ancient woodland which had escaped the tipping was given over to plantation forestry.
The tip was reclaimed in the late 1970′s and early 1980’s, some small blocks of native tree planting undertaken, and a two sports pitches developed, though a large part of the site was left needing future development, being undertaken now with the help of Natural Resources Wales. Project Manager Carol Travers said: “It is great to see the young people here planting trees near where they live, along with some of their parents.
“The Plant! project, that has planted a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales since 2008, wants the future generations of Wales to see the benefits of creating these green spaces in urban areas.”


Source  Caerphilly Media Ltd

Dont forget! PUBLIC meeting on Wednesday 18th February, 7pm to 8.30pm

dc6MooMc9Don’t forget the PUBLIC meeting on the 18th February, 7pm to 8.30pm, which is now in the Newbridge Memo. Lets have a good turn out and get our town back on track…..

Bodies on the panel are,

Mr Chris Burns Interim Chief Executive, CCBC.
Mr Chris Evans MP.
Mrs Jocelyn Davies AM.
Cllr Gary Johnston.

On the agenda for this meeting,
*Anti-social behaviour.
*General crime.

There will be free tea and coffee in the tabernacle church after this meeting.

Video of Newbridge Fire

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Sad day for Newbridge

Wednesday the 11 February was a sad day for our town and the traders affected by the fire. Around 30 fire fighters were called to the area after the fire started in St David’s Foundation and spread down to the Station Cafe.
This is blow for the traders of these businesses but also another blow to Newbridge that is already suffering from an increase in anti social behaviour, crime problems, Police and council cuts.
Locals are reporting getting off trains and buses and having to endeavour groups of men smoking drugs and drinking alcohol on the bridge steps, remember this bridge is the main school safe pathways route. These people are also in the car park by the Co-Op and one is even intimidating shoppers by asking for money and all this in the day time. There has also been instances of grown men fighting on the street in the past few weeks and reports of children being followed to school.
On Facebook someone also mentioned class “A” drugs being sold in the pubs. I was up by the cash machine last Friday and men who were stood talking and who are locals I must add, was openly smoking a joint which was blowing right in my and a young girl’s face who was waiting next to me and there was not a policeman to be seen.
A lot of these problems are allegedly stemming from the residents that have been housed in Ty-Croeso, the old police station ironically. Locals have shown concern that they do not know what the history and background of these residents are and what criminal backgrounds they have. The opinion of many people are that this type of establishment should not be put in the middle of a town, especially so close to schools and where there is no 24 hour police station. It has not worked in Argoed who are having the same issues as we are in Newbridge.
Make sure every effort to attend the public meeting at the Memo on the 18th February at 7pm is made to bring all these issue up and let’s get our town back to how it used to be and feel safe again going for a walk or even to do the shopping.
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Tuesday March 31st, 2015

Residents in Edward street fair view blackwood are putting their bin out too early (Saturday) before collection day, the adverse weather has knocked bins over and resulting in recycling being blown all over the street, My Mother has filled her recycling bin with the rubbish that has landed in her garden and on the street outside her gate. Not the first time, ive driven up the street to find Bins blown all over the road on a weekend during a storm force wind storm. Whilst this may seem pathetic to others, The street has a poor sewage waste system and theres now rubbish in the drains making matters 10 times worse. Can CCBC review this street for drains to be cleared, and street cleaned pleased and reminder letters posted to residents of collection dates and remind them that bins go out a maximum of 24hrs before collection. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday March 28th, 2015

Celebrations are in order at Blackwood Comprehensive School as pupils achieved brilliant results at the F1 in Schools Regional and National competitions - being placed 1st in South Wales and 3rd best in Wales. The team also achieved 13th overall out of approximately 400 schools throughout Britain.

Mae Ysgol Gyfun Coed Duon yn dathlu ar ôl i ddisgyblion gyflawni canlyniadau gwych yn F1 yng nghystadlaethau Rhanbarthol a Chenedlaethol Ysgolion - a chael eu rhoi yn 1af yn Ne Cymru a’r 3ydd gorau yng Nghymru. Fe wnaeth y tîm hefyd ddod yn 13eg yn gyffredinol allan o thua 400 o ysgolion ar draws Prydain.
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Friday March 27th, 2015

Hi. The ped crossing by the Maxine in blackwood doesn't work.
And are you really planning to put humps on the newbridge bypass as that is the sign you put up a couple of weeks ago says lol!
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Friday March 27th, 2015

On 28 March 2015 and 18 April 2015 there will be a temporary train timetable on the Rhymney Valley Line.

Ar 28 Mawrth 2015 a 18 Ebrill 2015, bydd amserlen trên dros dro ar Linell Cwm Rhymni.
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Friday March 27th, 2015

This morning volunteers from Newbridge Memo met with Cllr. David Carter, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough to discuss their experiences of volunteering and the impressive restoration of Celynen Collieries Institute & Memorial Hall.

Y bore yma, fe wnaeth gwirfoddolwyr o Neuadd Goffa Trecelyn gwrdd â’r Cyng. David Carter, Maer bwrdeistref sirol Caerffili i drafod eu profiadau o wirfoddoli a’r atgyweiriad trawiadol o’r Sefydliad a Neuadd Goffa Pwll Glo Celynen.
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Friday March 27th, 2015

Today The Royal Welsh held their first reservist recruitment session at Pontllanfraith House

Heddiw fe wnaeth Y Cymry Brenhinol gynnal eu sesiwn recriwtio milwyr wrth gefn cyntaf yn Nhŷ Pontllan-fraith
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Thursday March 26th, 2015

The following businesses have recently been awarded a 5 Food Hygiene Rating. Well done!

Mae’r busnesau canlynol wedi derbyn Sgôr Hylendid Bwyd 5 yn ddiweddar! Da iawn bawb!

Kwong Ming Chinese, Pontllanfraith
Craig Y Trwyn Care Home, Wattsville
Greggs, Caerphilly
Risca Workingmens Branch Club, Risca
Llechwen Hall Hotel, Nelson
Noels Family Butcher, Fleur De Lys
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Thursday March 26th, 2015

Mountain Bike Dirt Days arrive at Cwmcarn Forest next week!

“Dirt Days” Beiciau Mynydd yn cyrraedd Coedwig Cwmcarn yr wythnos nesaf!
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Tuesday March 24th, 2015

Gwent Police Officers, the Police and Crime Commissioner, representatives from Torfaen Communities First and children from Torfaen schools attended the premiere of a DVD called “Lethal Highs” last night to view the result of their hard work in making and producing the film.

The event was organised by production company Zoom Cymru who filmed and produced the DVD. “Lethal Highs” is an educational film warning youngsters of the dangers of New Psychoactive substances. The initiative came about out of concerns in the local community about so called “legal highs” now referred to as New Psychoactive Substances. The DVD, the script of which is based on real life events, will be used as part of a formal lesson plan delivered by School Community Police Officers firstly in Gwent, with a supporting online package, and then throughout Wales aimed at an audience of 11 and 12 year olds. The initiative has the full support of the social care committee at the Welsh Government.

The DVD was shown at the Maxime Cinema Blackwood as part of the Zoom Cymru International Youth Film Festival.

Cwmbran Police Constable Jennie Tinsley has been driving the work assisted by the Partnership group and gave the production company, Zoom Cymru, the storyline based around real events - a character who uses and gets addicted to synthetic cannabinoids:

“The film catalogues the effects and consequences of taking the drug – on the boy’s life and that of his family and friends - and how he recovers. Working together with the children, Torfaen Communities First and Zoom Cymru we have been conscious that the film meets the objectives of challenging youngsters' perception of so called legal highs and raise awareness of the detrimental effects of taking the substances. The film has been great fun to make and it was important that local children were involved throughout”

The DVD was funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner using cash seized from criminals and from the sale of unclaimed found property to make a positive difference in communities.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: “We must move away from the term legal highs. It’s misleading and promotes what are essentially very dangerous substances. This film highlights those dangers and I would encourage young people to make the most of this production. These psychoactive substances pose a serious threat to the health and safety of people in our communities and I’m delighted that the money from our Partnership Fund has been spent on such a worthwhile educational project which could help save lives. We want to send out the clearest possible message that the trade in these substances is reckless and that these substances can be dangerous to people’s health - even fatal. Projects such as this one are absolutely key to my aim of reducing crime in Gwent by tackling the underlying causes of offending."

Perminderjit Mudher, Torfaen’s Communities First Manager, said: “We were happy to support the production of this film which shows what damage legal highs can cause to an individual. We worked closely with Gwent Police and Zoom Cymru to enable the community, particularly young people, to be educated and made aware of the impact of these drugs and hope it makes young people take notice.”

Zoom Cymru said: "We were delighted to be premièring the film as part of our opening night of the festival. It was a red carpet affair! We've had a great time working with Gwent Police and the wonderful young cast from across Torfaen and were excited to see the finished film on the big screen and look forward to supporting rolling it out to schools"
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Tuesday March 24th, 2015

More and more school pupils are being given life saving first aid training throughout Gwent.

CSOs Linzi and Denise and PC Penrose went along to St Mary's Church in Wales School in Brynmawr, to show Year 5 pupils basic skills like CPR and how to deal with choking. All pupils did really well!
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