A good day was had at Crumlin Cricket Six’s on the bank holiday weekend, check out this short video.

TiP: Click the bottom right corner to go full screen….

New Video of a flyover of Pant Moors, DD and the Quarry, compliments of Emerald Media Productions

Summer Reading Challenge

Love reading? Come to Newbridge Library and sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge – Lose yourself in a legendary adventure this summer at Newbridge Library in the Mythical Maze.

It is easy to do, just read six books and receive stickers and prizes along the way. But beware the nasty niff of the smell stickers!

What’s on

Already well known for its wide range of attractions, Caerphilly county borough has a variety of festivals, events and activities that can offer a taste of the character, culture and heritage of this fascinating region.
To find out more about the forthcoming events and activities in Caerphilly county borough, click on one of the following links:
Bonfire Night
Special events
Take a look at the list of annual and special one off events taking place throughout the year in Caerphilly county borough. From bonfire night displays and Christmas fairs to halloween and summer festivals, there is something for everyone.
Cup of coffee
Regular events
A list of mainly local community events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis. From farmers markets to social gatherings, a list of regular activities and events are listed here for the local community to enjoy.
Singer
All Events
Take a look at the full list of events taking place in Caerphilly county borough. From small-scale events to larger festivals, this is a comprehensive list of the majority of events taking place in the area.
Exhibition
Exhibitions
For a list of exhibition events taking place at venues, galleries and exhibition spaces across the county borough. Exhibition events generally take place on a continous basis for a set period of time and cover a wide varierty of subjects, from World War I to local sporting icons.

Caerphilly leisure services threatened by budget cuts

Newbridge Leisure CentreNewbridge leisure centre is one of several that could be taken over by schools

Leisure centres, public toilets and waste sites across Caerphilly county are facing closure as the council tries to save £13.4m in the next two years.

Some bowling greens could shut, outdoor sports facility charges may rise and street cleaning could be cut back.
Floral displays might be removed from parks and playing field maintenance could also be reduced.
The proposals are in the early stages and the council said staff and unions would be consulted if they progressed.
report to the authority’s regeneration and environment scrutiny committee said the proposals were the first stage of a longer process in the council’s budget setting for 2015-16 and 2016-17. It anticipates it needs to save £6.5m next year and £6.9m the year after.

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New Blackwood cinema gets ready for gala opening night

TIME TO RAISE THE CURTAIN: The Maxime Cinema as it appears today after a £1.5m redevelopment

Source: Caerphilly Media Ltd
The finishing touches are being put to a new independent cinema in Blackwood town centre.
The Maxime, which was originally opened as a cinema in 1939, will open its doors once again to film fans on August 6 after a £1.5 million refurbishment by company Picturedrome Cinemas, based in Bognor Regis.
Adam Cunard, Managing Director of the firm, said the newly reopened cinema would be a huge boost to the town’s High Street.
He said: “We estimate the cinema will attract an extra 3,500 to 4,000 people a week to Blackwood town centre.”

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Beware of computer scam

We would like to urge residents to be vigilant after a householder in Blackwood was contacted by telephone by someone purporting to be from a computer software company and asked to “fix” their computer. The man said he had conducted a “health check” on their computer, asked them for their bank details and charged them for it.

We would like to remind residents to never give bank details to anyone over the phone unless you know exactly what you are paying and who you are paying. If you believe you have been contacted in this way, please report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk/

BUSINESS Building Improvement Grant FOR NEWBRIDGE

Building Improvement Grant

The Building Improvement Grant (BIG) scheme provides financial assistance to owners or tenants of business properties that have become run-down and have deteriorated over time. The aim is to encourage high standard environmental improvements to commercial buildings within target areas of the county borough.

 Who is entitled to apply?

 The building or site must be located within the defined boundaries of the Newbridge or Bargoed ward to be considered for the grant.
 Only buildings currently used, or intended to be used, for business, social enterprise or community use are eligible to apply for grant assistance.

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Car parking charges to come in at local beauty spots

***UPDATED – READ THE COMMENTS***
More than 700 people have signed a petition to stop parking charges being introduced at beauty spots .
Caerphilly County Borough Council is planning to introduce charges at Parc Cwm Darran in Deri, Sirhowy Valley Country Park, Parc Penallta in Ystrad Mynach, Parc Coetir in Bargoed and Pen-y-fan Pond in Oakdale. The scenic drive in Cwmcarn are already charging for car parking.
Under the plans, parking will cost £1 for two hours, £3 for a day and £50 for an annual ticket.
Disabled badge holders will have to pay £1 for a three-hour stay.

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Do you have historic links with the 1876 Prince of Wales mining disaster at Abercarn Colliery

Newbridge Memo is looking for relations of miners who witnessed the 1876 Prince of Wales mining disaster at Abercarn Colliery. They want someone with historic links to the disaster to unveil a painting in the hall commemorating the tragedy.
The work was painted by local artist Ron Guy. For information contact Newbridge Memo on 01495 243252.
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Monday September 1st, 2014

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Monday September 1st, 2014

**Roadworks Notice**

Caerphilly County Borough Council is making motorists aware of possible disruption on the roads in the Caerphilly Basin area, beginning next week between the hours of 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Ground clearance works are due to commence near Pwll-y- Pant roundabout on Monday 1st September, and are scheduled to last approximately three to four weeks. The works form part of a larger proposed scheme to improve the traffic system at Pwll-y-Pant roundabout.

The council wishes to thank motorists for their patience while these works are carried out.

**Hysbysiad Gwaith Ffyrdd**

Mae Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili yn ceisio sicrhau bod modurwyr yn ymwybodol o aflonyddwch posib ar y ffyrdd yn Ardal Basn Caerffili , yn dechrau wythnos nesaf rhwng 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Mae gwaith clirio tir at fin dechrau yn agos i gylchfan Pwll-y-Pant ar Ddydd Llun 1af Medi, ac maent wedi’u trefnu i bara tua tair neu bedair wythnos. Mae’r gweithfeydd yn ffurfio rhan o gynllun arfaethedig mwy i wella’r system draffig wrth gylchfan Pwll-y-Pant.

Hoffai’r cyngor ddiolch i fodurwyr am fod yn amyneddgar tra bod y gweithfeydd hyn yn cael eu cynnal.
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Jane Yendle-DaviesWow! Well done again CCBC, great planning disrupting the busiest roundabout in the borough as soon as the traffic doubles as the kids are back in school! Bravo!11 hours ago   ·  12
Rachel AndrewsThank you for the warning, at least you have planned the work outside of the rush hours and during school hours which minimises the disruption to motorists.10 hours ago   ·  1
Jo KirtonAh deep joy! Although I hope there will be lights on that roundabout. It's a nightmare!10 hours ago   ·  3
Jenna SzalkowskiLights are needed on tha roundabout its a nightmare if your cuming from penyrheol10 hours ago   ·  2
ʚϊɞ Kathryn Watkins ʚϊɞUmmm why couldn't this have been done in the holidays7 hours ago   ·  2
Ryan Williams9:30AM they start, which isn't actually too bad, if they were done during the holidays then there would be more traffic around during the day. As long as they actually do start at 9:30AM then I'm not too bothered about it. I'm very interested to see what they are actually doing, hopefully its nothing stupidly complicated like the junction by Ystrad hospital......5 hours ago   ·  1
Lucy CorbettTraffic lights are needed badly on this roundabout !!45 minutes ago
Jenna SzalkowskiThey prob dont evan no wa there doing just dig the roads and see wa they end up with.. waste of money..45 minutes ago

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Monday September 1st, 2014

Please be aware that the access road to Cwmcarn Forest Drive is currently closed due to a diesel spillage. The council is working with Natural Resources Wales to resolve this issue.

Diversions to and from the site are currently in place. We hope to have the road open again as soon as possible, and we will provide further updates as and when we receive them.

Byddwch yn ymwybodol fod yr heol fynediad i Ffordd Goedwig Cwmcarn wedi ei gau ar hyn o bryd oherwydd gollyngiad disel. Mae’r cyngor yn gweithio gyda Chyfoeth Naturiol Cymru i ddatrys y mater hwn.

Mae dargyfeiriadau i ac o’r safle mewn lle ar hyn o bryd. Rydym yn gobeithio agor yr heol unwaith eto cyn gynted ag sy’n bosib, a byddwn yn darparu diweddariadau pellach wrth i ni eu derbyn.
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Caerphilly County Borough Council**Update** The affected access road will remain closed until Monday. The site will remain open during this time, and those wishing to access the site are asked to follow the diversions in place.12 hours ago

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Friday August 29th, 2014

When will the work to the subways on the A467 be finished? I drove past yesterday and thought they would have been finished before the schools ,Ysgol Cwm Gwyddon, Cwmcarn Primary and High, go back. They may have finished today, hope so, I don't like to think of so many school children having to cross such a busy road even with the traffic lights. ... See MoreSee Less

Caerphilly County Borough CouncilHi Helen, please can you message us your name, address and phone number and we can log this in, thanks12 hours ago

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Friday August 29th, 2014

MEMORIAL SERVICE - WAR MEMORIAL NEW TREDEGAR

Saturday 20th September 2014 at 11.00am

To commemorate the life of the Private Thomas Mills, the first of the fallen, who was killed in action on 20th of September in 1914 and to all the men of New Tredegar who died in the Great War 1914-1918.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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Friday August 29th, 2014

Notice of works

Caerphilly County Borough Council is making motorists aware of possible disruption on the roads in the Caerphilly Basin area, beginning next week.

Ground clearance works are due to commence near Pwll-y- Pant roundabout on Monday 1st September, and are scheduled to last approximately three to four weeks. The works form part of a larger proposed scheme to improve the traffic system at Pwll-y-Pant roundabout.

The council wishes to thank motorists for their patience while these works are carried out.
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Beci NewtonSo you waited to do major works just as the kids went back to school and the amount of traffic increases? Top work. *slow hand claps*3 days ago   ·  32
Helynn Skrine WilkinsJust as the kids go back to school and college. Typical lol Beth Wilkins Mark Wilkins3 days ago   ·  3
Saffron Roberts LarnderSame old init3 days ago   ·  1
Katie BrickleyGreat as the roads get busy again! Perfect.3 days ago   ·  3
Elizabeth CookOh no !! Same time as the traffic restrictions for the NATO summit in Cardiff. Folks will never get to work over the next few weeks. Shows whose important :(3 days ago   ·  3
Jenna SzalkowskiTha roundabout is horrible without roadworks.3 days ago   ·  1
Keiron LamorteI can understand that improvements are required to improve that terrible roundabout. But isn't it a little silly deciding to do this when traffic is going to be heavier with schools returning and the NATO summit being in progress?3 days ago   ·  7
Russell Gorky HarperWell Done CCBC, just as the roads are getting busy again.... Probably took you the whole 6 weeks holidays sat on your arses to decide what date to start it... Pathetic...3 days ago   ·  6
Richard MeadeFairPlay couldn't find brain with two hands and a map!3 days ago   ·  3
Lucy CorbettWhy wait until the schools are back I'd love an answer it's bad enough any time of the day on that roundabout without this !!! Leave at 7am now to try and avoid I'll be leaving earlier now thanks Caerphilly county borough council !!!3 days ago   ·  3
Rebecca LewisGreat, not! This and NATO chaos will finish me off!3 days ago   ·  3
Richard ThomasBrilliant planning!!3 days ago   ·  1
Sue FordWhere is the Pwll y pant roundabout? Will that affect going from Ystrad to Nantgarw?3 days ago   ·  1
Zoe Fearn-BerryYep - Cedar Tree roundabout3 days ago
Steph JonesExcellent, just in time for the school holidays to finish. Good timing.3 days ago   ·  3
Yvonne Farruggia Was EvansRound of applause to ccbc, great timing!! The busiest month of the year!!3 days ago   ·  4
Kyle PookStupid timing, can't you plan properly?3 days ago   ·  1
Jamie Jimbob HarrisFun Caerphilly council done the road from the speed camera in threthomes to the rugby club in bedwas and left 100 yards between the rugby club and traffic lights where all the pot holes are what is the point3 days ago   ·  1
Mark BrownBunch of clowns3 days ago   ·  1
Robert WithersWe're fked grrrrrr3 days ago   ·  1
Pam JamesSchool start back and traffic flow increases so what do CCBC do...........start work on Cedar Tree Roundabout which is almost at a standstill in normal conditions during school term WELL DONE YOU3 days ago   ·  3
Lucy WilsonWhat a stupid time to start works there! So getting my son from Nantgarw to Llanbradach for nursery will be fun!3 days ago   ·  1
Sharon MorganHad six weeks to these works,and start now where school are bk.great planning as special needs children traveling to trinty fields school.well done not.3 days ago   ·  2
Tracey LuffI have to agree with comments above 100% bad timing CCBC 😁3 days ago   ·  3

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Friday August 29th, 2014

Please be aware that the access road to Cwmcarn Forest Drive is currently closed due to a diesel spillage. The council is working with Natural Resources Wales to resolve this issue.

Diversions to and from the site are currently in place. We hope to have the road open again as soon as possible, and we will provide further updates as and when we receive them.

Byddwch yn ymwybodol fod yr heol fynediad i Ffordd Goedwig Cwmcarn wedi ei gau ar hyn o bryd oherwydd gollyngiad disel. Mae’r cyngor yn gweithio gyda Chyfoeth Naturiol Cymru i ddatrys y mater hwn.

Mae dargyfeiriadau i ac o’r safle mewn lle ar hyn o bryd. Rydym yn gobeithio agor yr heol unwaith eto cyn gynted ag sy’n bosib, a byddwn yn darparu diweddariadau pellach wrth i ni eu derbyn.
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Caerphilly County Borough Council**Update** The affected access road will remain closed until Monday morning. The site will remain open during this time, and those wishing to access the site are asked to follow the diversions in place.3 days ago

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Friday August 29th, 2014

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Pantomime season is fast approaching and the Committee at Bedwas Workmen's Hall are looking for residents from the Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen area to audition to take part in their pantomime this year - Aladdin. If you are interested, please come along to the auditions :)

Pantomime season is fast approaching and the Committee at Bedwas Workmen's Hall are looking for residents from the Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen area to audition to take part in their pantomime this year - Aladdin.  If you are interested, please come along to the auditions :)

Friday August 29th, 2014

THE MP for Islwyn Chris Evans joined the ice-bucket craze today as he was doused with cold water outside his constituency office in Oakdale. The Labour MP is the secretary of the all-party group on Motor Neurone Disease.

Have you done an ice-bucket challenge? Send us a link to your video and we'll post it on our website and Facebook page. bit.ly/1nK0Ydd
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Gez KirbyHis constituency office is in Pontllanfraith3 days ago
Gez KirbyHe should have told us he was doing it - would have had loads of bucket-wielding volunteers!3 days ago
Dee WilliamsOur local MP. Well done3 days ago   ·  2
Ross WhitingI donated to WaterAid UK, rather than do the challenge, because while we have safe water to throw over ourselves here in wet Wales, literally hundreds of millions of people in other parts of the world do not have access to clean water for drinking, hygiene and sanitation. I appreciate the cause (ALS) behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it's not the only worthy cause to donate towards.3 days ago   ·  1
Loretta ShideWell done3 days ago
Christine BoriesWell done3 days ago

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Friday August 29th, 2014

We're appealing for help to identify three people who were stopped by a woman who was distressed in Abertillery Town Centre between 8.30am and 8.45am on the morning of Sunday 17th August.

The woman, who was driving a black Ford Mondeo, stopped and spoke to a man out jogging, an elderly man who was walking in the town centre and a man driving a silver 4x4 vehicle with a spaniel dog in it.

If you think this was you, please call 101 quoting log 151 17/08/14.
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Gwent PoliceThe 23 year old who was in custody has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear before Cardiff Crown Court on Monday 8th September.5 hours ago
Hayley FulcherF3 days ago
James MarshallAnything happened?3 days ago
Amy MessengerHehehehe2 days ago

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