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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Wednesday August 27th, 2014

Oakdale Silver Band will perform on Saturday 6th September, Music on the Square.

Come and join Oakdale Silver Band at the main square in Central Avenue for an afternoon of popular music. The band will be playing from 2pm till 4pm.

Bydd Band Arian Oakdale yn perfformio ar Ddydd Sadwrn y 6ed o Fedi, Cerddoriaeth ar y Sgwâr.

Dewch i ymuno â Band Arian Oakdale yn y prif sgwâr yn Rhodfa Ganolog am brynhawn o gerddoriaeth boblogaidd. Bydd y band yn chwarae o 2pm tan 4pm.
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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

On Wednesday 20 July junior rangers at Cwmcarn Forest constructed their very own ‘bee hotel’.

To find out about upcoming events and activities visit www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk or call 01495 272 00.

Ar Ddydd Mercher 20 Gorffennaf bu ceidwaid iau yng Nghoedwig Cwmcarn yn adeiladu eu 'gwesty gwenyn' eu hunain.

I gael gwybod am ddigwyddiadau a gweithgareddau sydd ar y gweill ewch at www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk neu ffoniwch 01495 272 00.

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Sunday August 24th, 2014

Can someone come out to the football field in Pentwynmawr and remove the rubbish please? Trying to walk my dog around rotten food, sharp cans and cigarette boxes is a nightmare! I take the responsibility of cleaning up after my dog so I expect the same from others to not litter. ... See MoreSee Less

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Caerphilly County Borough CouncilHI Kirsty, please can you message us your address and telephone number and we'll get this logged in, thanks2 days ago
Caerphilly County Borough CouncilThanks Kirsty2 days ago
Ryan WilliamsGet used to it Kirsty, the council are closing down the tips soon so this type of occurrence will be something of the norm in the next year or two1 day ago
Caerphilly County Borough CouncilPlease note... There are no plans to close 'the tips'1 day ago
Ryan WilliamsThat's not what I have been reading on the BBC. You also plan to shut leisure centres. I know the council have a habit of saying these decision are yet to be made, but just like the car park charges...the decisions have already been made and you will do what you like regardless of public opinion1 day ago
Caerphilly County Borough CouncilCCBC like many other councils are currently consulting on significant budget cuts. Please join the debate and have you say. There is a link on home page of ccbc website.1 day ago

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