Caerphilly Food Festival

 Saturday 9 May 2015, 10am to 5pm. Caerphilly Town Centre

caerphilly_food_festival_762The fourth Caerphilly Food Festival is pulling out all the stops to make it an event to remember, and one that will draw visitors from near and far! This year’s event will descend on the town centre on Saturday 9 May.
The high street will be adorned with stalls offering a food market through the town and host a feast of entertainment for all ages. A variety of food stalls will line the street filling he town with delicious smells and sizzling sounds of a bustling food fayre!
Foodies will be in their element as cookery demonstration programmes accompany the festival, offering inside information on how produce is made and how to improve your own culinary skills. 
There will be an abundance of attractions for visitors of all ages to see with fun activities and entertainment enhancing the street festival, bringing fantastic colour and excitement to Caerphilly.
For further information on the event please contact The Visit Caerphilly Centre on 02920 880011 or contact our Visit Caerphilly Team.
To keep up to date with this event, like Visit Caerphilly on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @visitcaerphilly 
For more information visit the Food Festival website.


Newbridge open for business as usual despite improvement works

Business-as-usual_762Works to progress the final phase of the Newbridge regeneration works are underway, and despite forthcoming works to undertake paving and resurfacing in the town, Caerphilly County Borough Council and appointed contractors Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd are keen to emphasise that Newbridge remains very much open for business as usual.
Between Monday 13th April and Sunday 10th May, it will be necessary to close the road where Bridge Street, High Street and North Road meet in order for paving and resurfacing works to take place. During this time, diversions will be in place and advance warning signs positioned to advise motorists of the works.
There will also be some diversions to bus routes in the area during this time:
 5          Blackwood – Oakdale – Newbridge – Pantside
  • Towards Pantside buses will operate normally to Newbridge but will then operate via Crumlin to Pantside.
  • Towards Blackwood buses will operate from Pantside via West End. As a result buses to Blackwood will depart from Ebbw View Terrace not outside The Co-operative.
  • Bus stops at Newbridge Comprehensive School will not be served

95A      Roseheyworth – Abertillery – Newbridge Comprehensive School
95B     Warm Turn – Abertillery – Newbridge Comprehensive School
95C     Aberbeeg – Newbridge Comprehensive School

  • These buses will continue to operate to Newbridge Comprehensive School.
  • The afternoon journeys will not serve North Road or Crumlin Square.

151      Blackwood – Newbridge – Abercarn – Risca – Newport

  • On Mondays to Saturdays, buses departing Blackwood and Newport up until 1800 will incur an extra 6 minutes journey time as these buses will need to operate via Crumlin
  • To allow for the extra time, all buses up until the 1800 departure will leave Blackwood 6 minutes earlier than the current timetable and run 6 minutes earlier between Blackwood and Chapel of Ease. From Chapel of Ease buses will continue to Newport on the normal timetable.
  • Likewise, all buses departing Newport until 1800 will operate as normal to Chapel of Ease then operate 6 minutes later between Newbridge and Blackwood.
  • Buses departing Blackwood and Newport after 1800 and those on Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays will operate to the current timetable however these buses will stop on Ebbw View Terrace in Newbridge Town Centre (not outside or opposite The Co-operative).
  • The journey on schooldays departing Crosskeys at 0805 will continue to terminate at Newbridge Comprehensive
    School at 0816.
  • Bus stops at Newbridge Comp. School will not be served.

X74      Crosskeys – Newbridge – Abertillery – Brynmawr – Abergavenny

  • This bus will operate via West End and use the stops at Beulah Chapel as normal.
  • Bus stops at Newbridge Comprehensive School will not be served.

There are no changes to routes 21, 52, N2, X15 and X18.

By the time of completion, almost £16 million investment will have been made into the town as part of the Newbridge Regeneration Programme, which has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.
The programme, which started in 2009, has helped transform the town into a key cultural, retail and tourist destination within Caerphilly county borough.
Caerphilly County Borough Council and Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd would like to thank residents, businesses and visitors to the area for their patience and cooperation during these works.
For further information, please visit or call 0845 862 3123

Newbridge Subway to Close for a Month!!

dc6MooMc9UPDATE: we understand the road will be closed from Monday 13th Apil 2015.
Caerphillly Council are planning to close the access roads leading to the Newbridge Train station from Newbridge and Crumlin sides of what is known locally as the subway for a month (shortly) in order to repave the pavements under the above scheme.
 This will cause extra traffic using Crumlin, West End and Pentwynmawr in order to travel down the valley.
 Car travellers using the rail network will be requred to take a detour either to Crumlin, West End or Pentwynmawr to access the railway car park.  People travelling from Pantside, High Meadow and others further down the valley will need to detour from the roundabout by McDonnalds to either Crumlin or Pentwynmawr to access the Newbridge Town.
Local residents have not been informed of the planned closure by Caerphilly Council.
Travel conjestion is high in Crumlin at peak times and the above will add to this problem.   The residents of both West End and Pentwynmawr to see an huge increase of vehicles using the roads.
Road users travelling via West End should be made aware of the speed bumps which can cause damage to their vehicles.
This will have an adverse effect on residents travelling down the valley for work.  Bus companies will need to reshedule, Ambulance and Fire Services will also neet to look at alternative routes.
By Arthur Withers 

Connect Gwent

Connect Gwent is a brand new Multi-Agency service for all victims of crime in the Gwent area. It has been set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent with the primary aim of ensuring that victims remain at the heart of everything we do. With this in mind, we would very much like your views on what you think we need to focus on so that we can ensure Connect Gwent is the right service for the people of Gwent who have experienced the trauma of crime – whether or not this has been reported to the police, and whenever this may have occurred.

Please click on the link below to take part:

Please note responses are required by the: 30th April 2015

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
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.”
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Wednesday April 15th, 2015

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Wednesday April 15th, 2015

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Thursday April 16th, 2015

Blackwood Neighbourhood Officer’s Annual 5-a-side Challenge Cup was held today at Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre. Over one hundred pupils from eight Primary Schools in Blackwood attended and all participants were fantastic!

A big thank you to pupils from the Caerphilly Council Sports Leadership programme who refereed the games, the sponsors and St Johns Ambulance for attending. A great turnout from parents this year too!

The year five tournament was fierce with Blackwood Primary, Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd Primary, Libanus Primary and Penllwyn Primary making the Semi-finals. The final was between Blackwood and Libanus which was an exciting affair with some excellent defending. This ended in a 2-0 win for Blackwood Primary.

The year six tournament was just as competitive and Bryn Primary, Markham Primary, Blackwood Primary and Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd Primary made the semi-finals. The final was between Bryn Primary and Blackwood – with only three minutes to go it was all even at 2-2 but Blackwood scored two quick goals to become winners of both the year five and six tournament!

Caerfilli Lions Club have sponsored a trophy for player of the tournament. Referees and Officers chose the winners based on ability, gamesmanship and general good attitude. Those who deserve recognition are Jo Porter, Kiara Powell, Olivia Barnes, Max Collins and Joel Thomas but the winner was Corey Gilfillan for an excellent all round performance – well done Corey!

All participants received a medal and runners up and winners had extra trophies – the presentation was led by the organiser CSO Kelly Rees and the Deputy Mayor of Caerphilly Leon Gardiner

Well done to all those involved – a great day!!
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Friday April 10th, 2015

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Thursday April 9th, 2015

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