Snow globes workshop

Snow globes workshop

Snow globes workshop

Saturday 29 November. 10am to 3.15pm.Join us for this popular workshop and create your own Christmas snow globe! Please bring along a jam jar with lid. No labels please!

Suitable for children aged 5 plus. Booking essential.

To book your place call 01495 272001 or go to the Cwmcarn Forest website.

Bargoed Christmas Market


Bargoed Christmas Market

Saturday 29 November, 10am to 4pm.

Bargoed Town Centre.

Local food, craft and charity stalls.The event also includes street entertainment, funfair rides, real reindeers and children’s entertainment and activities.

Call 02920 880 011 or go to the Christmas website for further info.

Police appeal after man tries to catch hold of boy, 11, in Blackwood

dc6MooMc9An attempt was made to “catch hold” of an 11-year-old boy in Blackwood, police have said.

The suspicious incident happened at around 6.25pm on Wednesday November 19 on Fairview Hill.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “An 11-year-old-boy was walking down Fairview Hill when he was approached by a man.

“As the man came towards him the boy started to run. The man raised his arm as if in attempt to catch hold of him but failed to so and didn’t run after the boy.

“The boy returned home safely and was not harmed.”

The man was described as being in his late 30s, mixed race and clean shaven, with dark messy hair.

He was wearing dark baggy trousers and a dark top, possibly with a zip up the front of it.

The spokesperson added: “Anyone with information about this incident should call 101 quoting 473 19/11/14.

“Anyone with concerns should speak to their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

The funeral of Glyn Hughes

The funeral of Glyn Hughes, a former newsagent in Newbridge will be taking place on Tuesday 18th November 2014 with a Service at Golden Grove Pentecostal Church, Newbridge at 12.15pm, followed by cremation at Gwent Crematorium at 1.30pm. Family flowers only please donations if desired to Newbridge and Abercarn Rotary or Newbridge Branch of the Royal British Legion may be given at the service.

Most middled aged locals will remember Glyn who gave jobs to many paper boys & girls, he ran a very traditional papershop which was a cornerstone of the town.

Newbridge Library up for sale

THE former Newbridge Library is to be placed on the market by the council with a view to handing the reins over to prospective businesses. Caerphilly council’s cabinet members met on the 12th November to discuss the future of the former Newbridge Library, which they deemed “surplus to the requirements” of the authority, due partly to the renovation works at Newbridge Memo, which includes a brand new library.
A report presented to members said the condition of the former library, which was built in 1970, is likely to deteriorate while it would cost the council more than £53,000 to put the 470 square-metre accommodation into a “reasonable standard” over a five-year period.
It was estimated demolition work would cost in the region of £20,000.
Cabinet members unanimously voted in favour of option 2, which would see the building being offered to interested businesses or ventures either through freehold sale or to lease it out.
Local councillors as well as the Newbridge Community Partnership have said they want to see the area used for amenity or recreational space, or for an alternative community use. Local people use the grounds to walk through from Newbridge town to get to the doctors or as a shot cut to treowen.
The report said there have been a limited number of enquiries regarding the future use of the site, one of which from a community organisation.
It added: “Should an organisation wish to develop the site, we would require the submission of a viable business case detailing a firm proposal. Therefore, option 2 would be to offer, via freehold sale or leasehold disposal, the opportunity for interested parties to submit detailed proposals and supporting business cases for acquisition of the former library.”
A further cabinet report will be submitted in due course outlining recommendations for the preferred end use of the building following consideration of any business proposals submitted.

Source: South Wales argus by Caio Iwan

Exert Netball Girls Make Children In Need Video

The girls from the Exert Netball team have made a music dance video “All about the Bass” to try and raise money  for Children in Need this Friday, 14th November 2014.

Click the corner to go full screen!

A lot of hard work has gone into this video so please reward them by donating and perhaps having a little collection around family, friends and work colleagues .

You can contact Jade via her Facebook page or drop into Exert in Abercarn to donate.

Cinderella Panto at Newbridge Memo

Fantastic Panto, all local people in it and all profits go to Newbridge Memorial hall.

Please come and see, tickets on sale at Memo from Thursday 4th Dec to Saturday 6th, Matinee on the Saturday performance.

‘Gang of three’ steal woman’s cards and pin numbers in sting at Cwmbran Aldi

POLICE are investigating after a shopper’s bank cards and pin numbers were stolen in Cwmbran and then used in what they believe was a sting involving three people. The cards were taken on Wednesday between 11-11.30am, when a woman was approached by a man asking for directions as she returned to her car from the trolley bay at the town’s Aldi store. The man had a map on the bonnet of his car and spoke in a foreign accent.

As she was distracted police say someone then went into her car, a silver BMW, and stole two debit cards from her purse. Police believe a third person was watching the shopper use her card in the store and enter her pin number into the machine. Police believe the three are using a silver Peugeot 206. Similiar to this one. 

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 376 29/10/14 or Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Newbridge Online welcomes yet another new business to the town – The Honey Pot Gift Store

Selling a variety of gifts including bath bombs, soap slices and tart burners, tinned and glass candles.

 Also selling scarf’s, cosy toes and hanging hearts, beautiful Christmas and other bath bombs, including whoopie blasters, blasters, bath mallows and creamers ranging from £2.09 each to £2.99 each.

Warm your toes ready for the winter with a variety of different slipper socks and slipper boots.

Newbridge-Online supports local business

Newbridge-Online supports local business

Newbridge Memo needs you

 Newbridge Memo are looking to start a ‘Sort, List and Store Session’ to work on material relating to the Celynen Collieries’ Institute and Memorial Hall.

On Saturday 8th November 10am-Midday there will be a introductory session in the Institute Function Room.   They hope to start a more formal group in the New Year and anyone can register their interest in joining, either by coming to the open day or by contacting them either by phone 01495 243252 or by e-mail:

On Tuesday 25th November,  We are looking for people to talk on camera about ANY of the following themes and topics:

Dancing – Could you tell us about the dances held in the Ballroom? Romance – Did you find romance at The Memo? Mining and the Miner’s Strikes Cinema – Can anyone remember Harold Jones telling them off? Theatre Performances and Panto Sunday Gig Nights in the 70s and 80s.   Could you come along on Tuesday 25th November to talk to camera on anyof the following timeslots?

2pm – 3pm
3pm – 4pm
4pm – 4:30pm
5pm – 6pm
6pm – 7pm.

 If so, then please get in touch with Helen Harman (Heritage andCulture Manager) to book on to a timeslot either by phone 01495 243252, by e-mail  or by dropping into the office 9:30am – 4pm (Monday – Friday)

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Wednesday November 26th, 2014

Youngsters from Crumlin High Level Primary School have helped launched this year's Battery Recycling initiative with Bella the Battery:

Plant o Ysgol Gynradd Crymlyn Lefel Uwch wedi helpu i lansio menter Ailgylchu Batris gyda Bella’r Batri:
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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Ever thought about giving up your spare time to help someone in your community? Meet the CCBC Volunteering Team in Asda Blackwood today between 11am and 4pm to find out more.

Ydych chi erioed wedi meddwl am roi'r gorau o'ch amser sbâr i helpu rhywun yn eich cymuned? Dewch i gwrdd â Tîm Gwirfoddoli CBSC yn Asda Coed Duon heddiw rhwng 11am a 4pm am fwy o wybodaeth.
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Monday November 24th, 2014

Ever thought about giving up your spare time to help someone in your community? Meet the CCBC Volunteering Team in Asda Blackwood tomorrow between 11am and 4pm to find out more.

Ydych chi erioed wedi meddwl am roi'r gorau o'ch amser sbâr i helpu rhywun yn eich cymuned? Dewch i gwrdd â Tîm Gwirfoddoli CBSC yn Asda Coed Duon yfory rhwng 11am a 4pm am fwy o wybodaeth.
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Wednesday November 26th, 2014

A lock up in Coed Eva Mill, Cwmbran was broken into overnight last night, 25-26th November.

Items stolen included two Gen Set generators, a Honda Whacker Plate, a Stihl petrol disc cutter, a Makita petrol disc cutter, a Makita chop saw, a Top Con industrial laser level and some scaffolding.

If you have any information relating to this incident, please call 101 quoting log 48 26/11/14.
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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

BRYNMAWR RESIDENTS: Please be aware of a possible scam in your area where a man and woman are selling goods, door to door.

Beware of any cold callers and always ask for ID to check they're from a legitimate company. Never feel pressurised to buy items and if in doubt, call a friend or relative for help.
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Shaid Tanolithank you Gwent Police19 hours ago   ·  2
Melanie JonesThank u 😊8 hours ago   ·  1
Mark LeekDavid Goodchild10 hours ago   ·  1
Stephen Cheggers MorganIf they knock your door tell them to eff right off.18 hours ago   ·  1

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

Pill Harriers Rugby club will put their own spin on the Life of Brian for the return of their infamous adult pantomime this Christmas.
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Nicola SherriffAre we going too this Laine-Loo Blakesley1 day ago   ·  1
Julie CrockerAww dad you look amazing I can't wait Christopher Crocker xxxxx1 day ago
Kayleigh CrockerOmg dad aka Christopher Crocker what are you like lol 😁1 day ago   ·  2
Laine-Loo BlakesleyWaiting for Matthew Liam Dwyer to get back to meeeeee???!!! X1 day ago   ·  2
Dave CrockerChristopher Crocker class1 day ago   ·  1
Louise TorjesenFab...19 hours ago   ·  2
Dawn RundleLisa Mcnulty your uncle is playing in it. Cant wait Mandie Reynolds7 hours ago   ·  1
Lisa McnultyI know looking forward to it :-)5 hours ago

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

We are appealing for information following a theft from the Argos store, High Street, Blackwood

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a toy at about 10.25am on Wednesday November 12th

The man is described as about 30-35 years of age, slim build, wearing light coloured trousers and a dark jacket.

Please call 101 quoting log 146 12/11/14 with any information
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Maria EvansCome on guys, they asking for help here not silly answers. If you can't help then say nothing.xx1 day ago   ·  12
Emma 'emz' DavisWith all the CCTV in Blackwood town centre and this is the best picture???1 day ago   ·  8
Lee VaughanTry lord of the rings im sure ive seen him on there lol or it maybe alook like :))1 day ago   ·  7
Graham Blofeld DaviesIt's the ghost of Christmas Past.1 day ago   ·  4
Andrew T. LlewellynNah... That's Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Show.1 day ago   ·  3
Dane Ccfc CollettVoldermort before his nose fell off I thought....1 day ago   ·  7
Carrie-Ann WheelerIn the jeepers creepers film maybe?1 day ago   ·  2
David EvansIts Stephen Cook7 hours ago   ·  1
Justine WatersIs he made from lego ?19 hours ago   ·  1
Alex Millerthey migh be wrong and You have to be carefull1 day ago   ·  2
Luanna PriceThink he's an elf.. look at his ears lol1 hour ago
Anthony Christopher HerbertThe hills have eyes👀21 hours ago
Mandy HowellsDracula1 day ago
Sarah JamesThat man looks very familiar I'm sure he's tried shoplifting from Farmfoods, no name tho sure It will come out.1 day ago
Marc MarcIt's bill nighy out of underworld 😂😂😂😂1 day ago
Lee VaughanHes definitely a orc i bet he's hanging around the cinema waiting for the new hobbit movie to come out..1 day ago
Tom Griffithsit's jeremy vine!1 day ago
Michael WilliamsPhil Rumble20 hours ago   ·  1
Sharon BirtHe looks familiar1 day ago

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

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Donna Marie ElliottDo they work with you Gareth Mayne? Lol1 day ago
Gareth MayneNope1 day ago   ·  1
Jennifer BakerWell it is unique a new sideline! X21 hours ago   ·  3

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

You may remember us appealing for information following the theft of two children's benches from the garden of Belle Vue Nursery in Cwmbran on 20th November.

Well, just to update you, a 38 year old man has been charged with theft and criminal damage and has been sentenced to 8 weeks in prison.

As always, thank you for your assistance with this, and all our appeals.
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Bethanjones HarrisThe police do not decide the sentence! Well done for identifying and getting him in and before courts1 day ago   ·  10
Nicola GeogheganThank you to every one who shared the status. But more importantly thank you to Gwent Police and the officers involved. A prompt result. BelleVue Children's Nursery1 day ago   ·  7
Paul FullerOur judicial system will never get an overhaul...due to the Politicians are unlikely to ever make Prison a place that No-body wants to go to... Its too doesn't scare anyone, there is NO deterrent..1 day ago   ·  7
Lynda Paul8 weeks is that all he must of known someone on the bench 😂😂1 day ago   ·  6
Mandy Edwardsthey should also make him pay for 2 new benches1 day ago   ·  10
Sadie MeyrickThat's disgusting, didn't know about this ! 😔1 day ago   ·  2
Ellie FreestoneSo glad he got caught that is the main thing !1 day ago   ·  2
Rhi TeagueHes needs longer than that and his name shared.filthy scumbag.1 day ago   ·  2
Michelle Melissa MorrisWell done Gwent police1 day ago   ·  1
Daniel MorseI'd quite like to see even 'minor' offenders like this in the caught and in court section of the website!1 day ago   ·  1
Robin Clark8 weeks!, a joke. Our judicial system needs a complete overhaul.1 day ago   ·  1
Jacqueline IrelandGood god that was quick, crime, caught and banged up in 5 days! Top marks1 day ago   ·  3
Robert PeacockExcellent good enough for him20 hours ago
Debbie KerrellNot a very good result, (think 6 months would have sufficed) but it is a result and that's what counts21 hours ago
Sharnie MartinYeah but its not like he's getting a way with it an when he gets out he will probably have strict rules anyway ...22 hours ago
Gerry WalkerPolice do a good job then the sentence is a joke22 hours ago
Sharnie MartinThat was for some people saying he should be kept for a year22 hours ago
Sharnie MartinTbh 8 weeks is enough its not like he killed someone. Yes it was wrong of him but a year for taking benches seriously ....22 hours ago
Gerald Simsif anyone or company would like to donate to replace these benches. Then you can contact Bellevue Children's Nursery23 hours ago
Verity Jayne HumphreysI had no idea about this, how awful x24 hours ago
Matt HawkinsOnly 8 weeks sentence thats disgusting surly 1-2 years should do for theft the justice system is not organised very well1 day ago
Michelle RobinsYey. Thank you gwent police.justice for robbing from our children.Made a mess of the gardens too.1 day ago
Michelle JonesName and shame1 day ago
Ian BowenWell done gwent police1 day ago
Tania James PriceI have no real knowledge of sentences but pleased to see what is now considered petty theft is being dealt with by a sentence. That will certainly be a deterrent to young people to get involved in crime. Sadly folk don't seem to get that much more for crimes against people.6 hours ago

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Friday November 21st, 2014

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Sophie Thomas-VoddenMatthew Rees Dave Neale this was that helicopter5 days ago   ·  1
Kirsty WarrenderIf u read the Gwent police it tells u both of them are in hospital x5 days ago
Steve Brand^ well spotted Columbo5 days ago   ·  3
Julie Evansfemales been released. males still in hospital arrested5 days ago   ·  2
Mandy Beardgod help this world alll that's be after us5 days ago   ·  1

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