Bike Ride for Trudy

This charity bike ride bike ride is a tribute from nearly 300 motorcyclists to Trudy Jones who was a victim of the Tunisia shootings. Well done to everyone who turned out for this great cause.

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filmed by Emerald Media Productions 29th August 2015

Cold calling, be aware!

The Caerphilly Over 50 facebook page posted another warning today this time from CCBC Social Services:
“Yesterday, in th Risca area 2 men from a company called Lawzak Ltd were in an older person’s house when her home carer arrived. They said they were there to service her Dyson hoover, although this person does not own one. The carer challenged them and when she went to call the family, the 2 men made a very quick exit.
The two men were described:
Man 1) Mid-30s, dark hair, short & slim build
Man 2) Mid 30s, dark hair, mid height, slim build
Both wearing jeans & black t-shirts with logo and driving van with the company logo.
The family passed this information onto the police and have carried out some online research. They spoke to Dyson who said they have been afflicted by companies in South Wales cold calling people offering cheap servicing then charging several hundreds of pounds.

WAG- Tell us about your rail experience

Arriva-Trains-WalesWe all understand that the rail improvements are necessary and we all expect some disruption, but Arriva trains, planning and lack of thought for passengers are something that sometimes need addressing, especially when we have big events on in the city and we get just two carriages, or they send passengers to the wrong platforms or most recentlty delay trains due to train staff not turning up.
Newbridge-online recently wrote to Edwina Hart Minister for Economy, Science and Transport to convey our dismay about the way Arriva has been communicating with the public regarding cancelled trains and replacement busses.
 Ms Hart said:
I am grateful for you bringing your concerns to my attention. I take matters of customer service seriously, and while we support Arriva Trains Wales with additional investment, it remains their responsibility to manage resources carefully to ensure that sufficient services are provided to meet passenger demand and operate their services safely in line with their contractual obligations.
Should you wish to provide further feedback on Arriva Trains Wales services or stations, you may like to use a new system that I have set up for this purpose which can be accessed on our website at:

New Newbridge Family Pick-Nick Area & Outdoor Gym

The new pick-nick area, skate board park and gym are coming on really well, a credit to all involved.

We understand the outdoor gym is now open.

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Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labour.

This morning (Wednesday 1st July), officers from Gwent Police’s Operation Imperial team arrested a 62 year old man from the Peterstone area on suspicion of offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labour.

Operation Imperial is an ongoing investigation into serious offences against vulnerable adults.
Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths leads the investigation:
 “For over two years now, the Operation Imperial team has been investigating very serious offences committed against some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. A number of people have been arrested and charged and one has been convicted as a result of the investigation and we remain committed to bringing victims to safety and offenders to Justice. We have set up a dedicated number – 01495 745443- which will be answered by staff working on the investigation since it began. This will enable anyone who has any suspicions or concerns about people being exploited for their labour or kept against their will to call us with information so we can investigate. This number will be staffed during office hours and an answerphone facility is available as well. If your call is urgent, then please use the 999 emergency service”
Detective Superintendent Griffiths would like to make a direct appeal to an anonymous caller to re-contact the team:
“We are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch but I would like to take the opportunity to again appeal to an anonymous caller who called Gwent Police on Wednesday May 27th to call back again. The short message indicated the individual had knowledge and information which could assist us. If someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the Police then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent of the Police and guarantees complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.”

Local Video Production Business wins lucrative title for second year running Media Productions are international award winning videographers who specialise in Wedding and Event Videography, they originally started in the business in the late 1980’s and have just won for the second year running a number of top awards in the international Wedding Industry Experts Awards. The WIEA is an international membership and awards organisation.

Two of the three Co-Owners Kieran & Lloyd said,
“We are really pleased to accept these awards. Wedding Videography should be in the top three things to book when arranging a wedding, unfortunately couples leave this last on their lists to see if they can afford it, but then miss out on the best videographers and maybe the only true representation of a wedding day. Most clients say that it is the only thing they look back on over and over to remember one of the most important days of their life”
“EMP invest in the newest technology’s, new concepts like multi camera HD set-ups, on-line password protected screening rooms for everyone to watch the video wherever they are in the world and Drones for those fantastic aerial shots. We never ever stop innovating or investing or enjoying attending clients weddings, we give our clients the best we can give every time to create a unique Blu-Ray video, read our testimonials page to see the joy couples get from their wedding videos “

Emerald Media Productions who is one of the main sponsors of Newbridge-Online won Most Popular Cinematography/Videography) for:

1st in area, 1st in Wales and 4th in United Kingdom.

Newbridge-Online congratulates Emerald Media Productions and wishes them all the in the future.

For more about Emerald Media Productions please see:
Newbridge-Online supporting local business


Former Newbridge Library building set to be sold off to housing developer

THE former Newbridge Library is expected to be put on the open market after the council failed to attract any business proposals for its future use.
Caerphilly council cabinet members will be presented with a report at a meeting on Wednesday, which will suggest selling the site for a housing development.
Back in November last year, members agreed to place the building on the market with a view to handing the reins over to prospective businesses either for freehold sale or to lease it out.
But despite four initial expressions of interest, including from a community organisation, no actual applications were received before the April 13 deadline.
As the building remains vacant and the responsibility of the council, cabinet members are now being asked to approve that the site can be formally marketed for sale on the open market.
The report says: “As part of the disposal process, it may be deemed beneficial to obtain outline planning consent for a residential development to ensure access from Thorne Avenue can be formally considered.”
A report last November said the site was deemed “surplus to the requirements” by the council, due partly to the renovation works at the Newbridge Memo, which includes a brand new library.
That report said the condition of the former library, which was built in 1970, was likely to deteriorate while it would cost the authority 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.
Local councillors as well as the Newbridge Community Partnership had said they wanted to see the area used for amenity or recreational space, or for an alternative community use.
But the freehold disposal of the land will produce a capital receipt and relieve the council of its maintenance obligations, which would ease the financial burden on the council as they try and make further budget cuts.

Velothon Wales, June 14th Road Closures

In order to safely deliver the Velothon Wales, extensive all day road closures around Newbridge and other areas will need to be implemented to ensure the route is safe for 15,000 participants to navigate the route on traffic free roads.
If you wish to raise specific concerns, or if any of your questions are unanswered below, there is a dedicated road closure email and hotline available in the contact information at the bottom of this post.
If you wish to download all of the maps as a PDF, please click here.

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Caerphilly Council increases fines for littering and dog fouling

Fines for littering and dog fouling offences will increase to £100 in Caerphilly County Borough from June.
Members of Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet approved the proposals, which will see fixed penalty notices rise from £75.
During 2014/15, 266 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering offences in Caerphilly County Borough
Cllr David Poole, Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said: “Dog control order and littering offences are very emotive issues for residents across Caerphilly County Borough, and we welcome this increase in the level of fine for fixed penalty notices.
“I would also emphasise that this is certainly not intended as a cash generating exercise. We are simply reacting to public concern and taking action against the small minority of people who commit these offences. We want to reassure our residents that we are taking these matters very seriously.”
The new fixed penalty notices of £100, which can be reduced to £75 if paid within seven days, will come into force from June 1.

Newbridge student designs first Velothon Wales medal

WINNER: Simone Williams with her winning medal design

WINNER: Simone Williams with her winning medal design

A final year BA Graphic Communications student from Newbridge has designed the medal that will be given out to 15,000 cyclists as they cross the finishing line at the inaugural Velothon Wales.
Starting in Cardiff and taking riders on a scenic 140km route through Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire, Velothon Wales will take place on Sunday June 14. There will also be a shorter, less challenging 50km route on the same day.
Twenty-four-year-old Simone Williams will be taking part as an event volunteer to hand out medals to cyclists as they cross the finishing line on the day. Simone’s winning design was selected via the Velothon Wales Facebook page and attracted more than 1,200 votes.
Her Art-Deco style design incorporates elements of Welsh culture including a dragon and daffodil petal, merged with a cyclist and bike rings to create a feeling of motion and speed.

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Sunday August 30th, 2015

Hope you don't mind me posting this on here but as I was leaving work around 19:20 a small black Staffie looked no older than a year old, darted across the roundabout near asda Blackwood looked as if it had come from Argoed way, and ran down Blackwood high street dodging cars I followed and stopped to try and coax it away from traffic but it was so scared and ran up a side street opposite the Thompson travel agent I followed it and searched for nearly an hour but with no luck! It wasn't wearing a collar! I just hope it's okay and finds its way home! He was lucky to have made it away from the high street with the heavy traffic!! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday August 29th, 2015

I'd like to report one of your employees for driving whilst using a mobile phone. I was a passenger at the traffic lights on Blackwood road waiting to turn right into Libanus road at 4:05pm today (29/08/2015). Your driver was in a white small caged vehicle (carrying green bags of items). I am sure the registration was CV11 UVR or UYR. I do not believe that it was the most clever thing to be doing right by the police station. When I worked for you it was a disciplinary offence. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday August 28th, 2015

Special Offer at Pontllanfraith Leisure centre - Indoor football and 3G football only £10 per 55 min session for both adults and juniors between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Plus free gym inductions between 4pm – 8pm Monday to Friday.

Cynnig Arbennig yng nghanolfan Hamdden Pontllan-fraith - Pêl-droed dan do a phêl-droed 3G £10 yn unig am sesiwn 55 munud ar gyfer oedolion a phlant rhwng 10am a 5pm Dydd Llun i Ddydd Gwener.

Hefyd cwrs cyflwyno’r gampfa am ddim rhwng 4pm - 8pm Dydd Llun i Ddydd Gwener.
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Friday August 28th, 2015

Do you fancy growing your own fresh produce while getting lots of fresh air and exercise? There are currently a number of empty allotment plots at Trinant and Pentwyn Allotments. If you are interested contact John Dixon on 07791 359176.

Ydych chi'n awyddus i dyfu eich cynnyrch ffres eich hun wrth gael llawer o awyr iach ac ymarfer corff? Ar hyn o bryd mae nifer o leiniau rhandir wag ar Randiroedd Trinant a Phentwyn. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, cysylltwch â John Dixon ar 07791 359176.
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Wednesday August 26th, 2015

We're re-appealing for information to locate 39 year old Richard Davies from Blackwood after he breached a court order.

It's believed he could be in the Blackwood or Wattsville areas.

If anyone has information they are asked to call 101 quoting log number 426 15/8/15
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Tuesday August 25th, 2015

We're appealing for information following fake £20 Scottish notes reportedly being used in the Abertillery, Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale areas.

On Friday 21st August a man entered various shops in Abertillery, Brynmawr and Ebbw Vale and attempted to purchase low value items (under £5) and pay for them with fake £20 Scottish notes. Some shops declined, however, a few shops accepted the note.

The man is described as being white, medium build, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and an Irish accent. He was smartly dressed, wearing a light blue shirt and tie, grey trousers.

Anyone with information relating to this is asked to call 101 quoting log 193 21/08/15.
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