Rural market at Navigation Colliery Crumlin

Don’t forget that a rural market is taking place at the colliery site in Crumlin tomorrow, Saturday October 25 between 10am and 2pm.

Please go along and give your support.


 Photograph courtesy of Brian 'Rocket' Hunt.

Photograph courtesy of Brian ‘Rocket’ Hunt.

GREENFIELD SCHOOL REUNION. At Crumlin Rugby Club. 7pm til late.

For all who attended Greenfield school. Tickets £4.50 includes buffet.








Cess’s Story

Cess wants to encourage young people to think about the way that their behaviour may affect elderly and vulnerable people this Halloween. He tells us about an experience that left him frightened after some young people ran through his garden and banged on his doors and windows. For several years, Cess has visited many schools throughout the Caerphilly area telling children his story but this short video can tell us all about an experience that left him frightened.
Please remind your children to think about others this Halloween and if you do see the ‘No Callers Please’ pumpkin in someone’s window – please respect it. Thank you!

Please watch this video to see his story…..

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Train commuters to Cardiff annoyed at state of the trains

trainsMany passengers are annoyed at the state of the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff train service. On a number of occasions in the last week, carriages have been taken out of service due to mechanical breakdowns leaving just two carriages for journeys at rush hours slots. Commuters to the city are getting irate as one person commented;

“we all pay the same fare but have to stand for most of the journey, it’s not cheap to travel every day and we pay for a seat so we arrive fresh at our place of work”.
In January the Welsh Government minister Edwina Hart had earmarked funding for improvements to the Ebbw Valley line that would allow for an extra hourly passenger rail service as part of the South East Wales Metro plan. The Wales Route has started feasibility work for an infrastructure enhancement scheme on the Ebbw Vale line, to provide a passing loop at Llanhilleth to enable a more frequent service on the line.  A further expansion of the Ebbw Vale line, with an extra passing loop at Llanhilleth, plus a second platform face, will enable an additional hourly service, to give a combined half hourly frequency at the six branch line stations in the valley.
The Welsh Government’s Outline Business Plan for the electrification scheme set out plans to run 16 trains per hour through Cardiff Queen Street using three-car Electric Multiple Units.The initial programme for the Valley Lines electrification project shows completion of all lines by December 2019.
This move has the potential to provide a link to Newport – but it was unclear when it would go ahead or whether that train would instead be bound for Cardiff. The  Newport Area Resignalling Scheme was always used as a reason why the train could not go to Newport, this has now been complete.
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£250k regeneration grant for Crumlin’s Navigation Colliery

A community project to save a historic colliery site has been boosted by a £250,000 grant from the Welsh Government.
Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy Science and Transport, has awarded the grant for land reclamation works at the site of the former Navigation Colliery in Crumlin.
The colliery was built between 1907 and 1911 at a time when South Wales was the world’s largest coal exporter.
It still has 11 separately listed buildings as well as other listed surrounding structures – the winding houses, fan house, chimney and power-house are all listed Grade II*.
The South Wales Building Preservation Trust took over ownership of the site in 2011 and is working with the council and other organisations, including the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, to safeguard the future of the buildings.
Local groups Glofa Navigation Trust and The Friends of the Navigation have around 15 dedicated community volunteers, who are working hard to maintain the site to prevent further deterioration.
Vera Jenkins, Community Champion for Glofa Navigation Trust, said people involved with the project were “over the moon” at the grant.
She said: “The money will be used for remedial work to help clean the site up.
“Our intention is to save the buildings and bring the site back into community use.”
Jocelyn Davies, AM for South Wales East, welcomed the decision after she brokered a meeting between the Minister and the organisations leading the project.
The Plaid AM said: “Navigation Colliery is a significant part of the heritage of the South Wales Valleys coalfield. Securing this grant from the Welsh Government is an important step in restoring this historic site so that it can be adapted for new uses to benefit the local community.
“Navigation Colliery is not only our past, it is also our future.”
The grant will be used by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, with support from the Glofa Navigation Trust and friends group, to secure the site by tackling pollution rising from the former mineshaft and preventing a culvert beneath the main access road collapsing.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that the Welsh Government has made this significant financial commitment to the Navigation Colliery which will make vital remediation work possible – without which there would be no hope of the site ever being reoccupied.”

• A rural market is taking place at the colliery site on Saturday October 25 between 10am and 2pm. All volunteers are welcome and for more information call 01495 243729.

Source: Caerphilly Media Ltd

Caerphilly Council’s cabinet unanimously agree to slash their allowances by 5%

Council leader says members must lead by example as £12m cuts bite.

The move comes after the recent budget settlement announcement from the Welsh Government, which saw the authority receive a 3.4% reduction in funds for next year – about £9m.
Councillor Keith Reynolds, the leader of the council, said the 10-member-strong cabinet would be “more than happy” to make a contribution if it helped lessen the bite of impending cuts.
Last week, the Rhymney Valley Express reported that the budget for next year would have to be cut by £12m, and potentially by a massive £40m over a three-year period.
Councillor Reynolds said: “We all agree this is absolutely the right thing to do as we have a duty to lead this authority by example.
“I want to send a clear message out to our residents and staff that we are working hard to protect services and we are more than happy to make a contribution if it helps lessen the impact of the cuts ahead.”
On October 29, a cabinet meeting will consider draft budget proposals for next year.
Councillor Reynolds added: “We have a number of very difficult budget decisions to make over the coming weeks and the cabinet want to show unity with the rest of the organisation as we ask all our departments to make cuts.”
Opposition group Plaid Cymru said the 5% individual allowance cut represented a “gesture”.
Its leader,
Councillor Colin Mann said: “We welcome the decision of the cabinet to reduce their allowances which is long overdue. Plaid Cymru has been urging Labour rulers to follow their colleagues ​on​ Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff councils but until now they ignored our appeals.
“The savings proposed won’t have any major impact on the authority’s budget problems but it does represent a gesture when the people of the county borough are facing cuts in services.”
He added: “However, we note that the Labour group is continuing to ignore our appeals to reduce the number of cabinet members.
“They increased the number to 10 immediately when they took office in 2012. The cabinet is top heavy and could be cut without any impact on the running of the authority.”
More than 1,700 residents throughout the county borough have already taken part in a budget consultation that will help shape council services over the next few years.
During August and September, local people were asked on their views on the range of discretionary services – those which the council are not required to provide by law.
Coun Keith Reynolds said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey and provided invaluable feedback about the way we deliver our services in the future.
He added: “Local authorities across Wales face huge budget cuts over the next three years and Caerphilly wants consultation to play a key role in the way it prioritises services and agrees its budget allocation.
“The results from this survey, together with the other consultation activity undertaken to date, will help inform the budget planning process over the next few weeks.”
Source: Wales On Line

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

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BE AWARE: Campaign to target drivers using mobile phones whilst driving starts today…

An all Wales police initiative is  launching a two week operation to target motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving.
This all Wales enforcement campaign is urging all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.

Pmobile-phone-737650olice patrols will increase across Wales for the duration of the enforcement campaign, which runs from 6th until 19th October, to promote the safety message and raise awareness of the dangers and penalties amongst motorists.
Go Safe safety camera vans will also be used for the duration of the campaign as they also enforce mobile phone offences.
Gwent Police Roads Policing Inspector, Martyn Smith said: “Use of a mobile/smart phone is second nature to most people these days, therefore they may feel confident that they can do so behind the wheel without any impact. This clearly isn’t the case. Just losing concentration for a second could result in devastating consequences.
“As soon as a driver accesses their mobile/smart phone whether it be taking a call, using a Sat Nav function, texting or accessing a social media app, they aren’t giving their full attention to the road, and risk becoming involved in a collision. All of these actions carry the same danger and hence, the same penalty.
“The safest thing do to avoid all temptation is switch off your phone before you drive and pick up any missed calls or texts when it is safe and convenient to do so.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent to increase the amount of council tax collected locally to maintain the policing service provided to Gwent residents.

This item was posting in one of the comments to another post but I feel it needs front page attention as well. Firstly did we realise the police commissioner had the power to increase our council tax to pay for the lack of proper funding to the police, funding we already pay for in our local and national tax’s, where’s it going to stop, will cuts to other services get there extra funding from us through our council tax? It seems all these cuts eventually filter down to the man and women on the street to pick up all the bills. The NHS has had to “do things better to save money” as they cannot raise money in any other way.
Please take the survey, to give your opinion and also let your MP know how you feel.

Urging as many people in Gwent to have their say by completing the survey, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: “I have identified that due to the continual funding cuts that are being inflicted upon Gwent Police by the Government I need to increase the amount of council tax collected locally in order to maintain, as far as possible, the policing service provided to Gwent residents. I am keen to hear what you think so that my decisions take your views into account when setting the policing precept for next year and reviewing the Gwent Police priorities.”0131d0f193


The survey will run from today (Wednesday October 1st) and the closing date for all responses is Sunday 30th November 2014. The results of this survey will inform the police precept setting for 2015 / 2016 and the Police and Crime Plan.n The results will be available via the Commissioner’s website by the end of 2014.
Follow this link to complete the online version of the survey
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Friday October 24th, 2014

**Roadworks Notice A468 - Please share**

Major maintenance works are scheduled on the A468 Caerphilly Northern Bypass on the length of highway between the Trecenydd and Pwllypant Roundabouts. The works will involve the reconstruction of elements of the carriageway and the provision of a new surface course over the full length of identified highway.

To facilitate the safe implementation of these works it will be necessary to close this section of highway to east bound traffic i.e. traffic travelling into Caerphilly from Nantgarw.

The works are programmed to commence tomorrow Saturday 25th October 2014 and extend over a period of three weeks. The timing is to incorporate the autumn school half term holidays within construction period in order to minimise disruption to the travelling public.

Advanced signing will be in place and road users where possible are advised to seek alternative routes.

** Hysbysiad Gwaith Ffyrdd A468 - Rhannwch**

Mae gweithfeydd cynnal a chadw mawr wedi cael eu trefnu ar yr A468 Ffordd Osgoi Gogledd Caerffili ar hyd y briffordd rhwng Cylchfannau Trecenydd a Phwll-y-pant. Bydd y gweithfeydd yn cynnwys adluniad elfennau'r lôn gerbydau a'r ddarpariaeth o gwrs arwyneb newydd dros hyd lawn y briffordd a nodir.

Er mwyn hwyluso gweithrediad y gweithfeydd hyn yn ddiogel, bydd angen cau'r rhan hon o'r briffordd i draffig dwyreiniol h.y. traffig sy'n teithio i mewn i Gaerffili o Nantgarw.

Mae'r gwaith wedi'i drefnu i gychwyn ar yfory ddydd Sadwrn 25ain Hydref 2014 a pharhau dros gyfnod o dair wythnos. Mae'r amseru'n ymgorffori gwyliau hanner tymor yr ysgolion yr hydref o fewn y cyfnod adeiladu er mwyn lleihau aflonyddwch i'r cyhoedd sy'n teithio.

Bydd arwyddion ymlaen llaw yn cael eu gosod yn fuan yn rhoi gwybod am y gweithfeydd arfaethedig ac fe gynghorir i ddefnyddwyr y ffyrdd chwilio am lwybrau eraill lle’n bosib.
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Lisa 'Sarah' WilliamsGonna be chaotic if they don't complete it over the next week and its gonna be closed while 1000s come to see the fireworks at the castle, poor timing again by CCBC one work = gridlock :-(29 minutes ago   ·  1

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Blackwood’s biggest and best Halloween party is back! Join 4th Street Traffic and special guests for a frighteningly fantastic night of live music at Blackwood Miners' Institute this Halloween.

Mae parti Calan Gaeaf mwyaf a gorau Coed Duon yn ôl! Ymunwch â 4th Street Traffic a gwesteion arbennig am noson ddychrynllyd wych o gerddoriaeth fyw yn Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon.
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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Families can enjoy a frightfully fantastic evening of Terrible Tales and Spooky Stories at Cwmcarn Forest on Sunday 26 October.

Join your storyteller Megan for an evening of ghoulish tales that will be sure to send shivers down your spine! Wear your most frightful fancy dress costume and you may even win a prize!

Gall deuluoedd fwynhau noson ryfeddol tu hwnt o Chwedlau Chwerw a Straeon Ysbrydion yng Nghoedwig Cwmcarn ar Ddydd Sul 26ain Hydref.

Ymunwch â’ch storïwraig Megan am noswaith yn llawn chwedlau afiach a fydd yn gyrru iasau ar hyd eich asgwrn cefn! Gwisgwch eich gwisg ffansi fwyaf ofnus ac efallai cewch ennill gwobr!
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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Audiences can enjoy an exciting reworking of ‘Adventures in the Skin Trade’ by Dylan Thomas at Blackwood Miners’ Institute on Thursday 30 October

Gall cynulleidfaoedd fwynhau fersiwn cyffrous o ‘Adventures in the Skin Trade’ gan Dylan Thomas yn Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon ar Ddydd Iau 30 Hydref.
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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

I thought bins were meant to be moved off the pavements soon after being emptied so why are there bins permanently outside the Zion flats in Newbridge and outside Tynewdd flats? ... See MoreSee Less

Caerphilly County Borough CouncilHi Barbara, I will look into this for you. Thanks3 days ago   ·  1
Caerphilly County Borough CouncilHi Barbara, the waste team have advised that residents are asked to store brown bins within the boundaries of their property and only present at the kerbside on the collection day, returning as soon as possible once they have been emptied. The team will arrange for letters to be sent to the properties you mentioned asking them to remove their bins from the highway between collections. I hope this helps. Thank you2 days ago   ·  1

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Tuesday October 21st, 2014

New Christmas range launched at Cwmcarn Forest, ideal for those extra special gifts and bespoke Christmas decorations.

Cyfres newydd y Nadolig wedi ei lansio yng Nghoedwig Cwmcarn, yn ddelfrydol ar gyfer y rhoddion arbennig ychwanegol hynny ac addurniadau Nadolig ar archeb. (2 photos)
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Friday October 24th, 2014

It may be the end of the school term but Caerphilly Officers have been working hard today, helping Mr Garcia (the caretaker of Plas-y-felin School in Caerphilly) turn over the pupils allotment which is part of the ‘Growing school’ scheme.

The officers used the opportunity to improve their gardening skills as well as provide Mr Garcia and the school with plenty of crime prevention tips to help protect the school from crime – especially over half term! Remember, if you live near a school, keep an eye on it over the school holidays and if you see any suspicious activity, contact Gwent Police on 101 immediately.
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Lisa SinghKaren Williams.... That's y we saw them at school... Well done lads 👍x35 minutes ago
Lesley Cotterellkeep up good work ...1 hour ago
Grass CuttingNice to see the police doing a bit of ground work 👐 for the community 💪 well done😀..1 hour ago
Anthony Mark DaviesNice to see the police doing a bit of ground work 👍 💪 for the community😆. X.2 hours ago
Heather EvansWell done keep up the good work xx2 hours ago

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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

CAUGHT AND IN COURT: A 31 year old Ebbw Vale man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for affray and possession of a sharply bladed object. Read the full story here:
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Kim WilliamsGood job , nice 2 hear about these cowards removed off our street ! 1 day ago   ·  5
Shelley WalshScum bag !!! x1 day ago   ·  4
Rika Le Hanie RobertsonAnd Oscar gets 10months for murder!1 day ago   ·  1
Lesley EvansShould have had linked!!!1 day ago
Kirsty Roberts14 months? Is that all?! He'll only come out & do it again ffs1 day ago   ·  1
Karen EdwardsWhat a mess21 hours ago

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Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

PARENTS - PLEASE SHARE: We know Halloween is a lot of fun for children (and adults) but our Blackwood Crime Prevention Panel Volunteer, Cess wants to encourage young people to think about the way that their behaviour may affect elderly and vulnerable people this Halloween.

For several years, Cess has visited many schools throughout the Caerphilly area telling children his story but this short video can tell us all about an experience that left him frightened. Please remind your children to think about others this Halloween and if you do see the ‘No Callers Please’ pumpkin in someone’s window – please respect it. Thank you!
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Cess wants to encourage young people to think about the way that their behaviour may affect elderly and vulnerable people this Halloween. He tells us about a...

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Pam ThomasHalloween trick or treating can be very frightening for many of the elderly, some of whom cannot even get up to open the door please be sensitive ....2 days ago   ·  2
Kate EdwardsThats awful :-( where i live - i take my kids around my street and a few above as they love to dress up and have their faces painted. A lot of residents who enjoy halloween have their houses lit up with pumpkins and flashing skeletons so we only go to them... as we have the only children in the street our neighbours wait for them to come even the elderley ones! Its not about roaming the streets.. i am with my two little ones! My teens actually go to thorpe park every year with torfaen youth service for fright night :-) Its all about respect... and a bit of fun.2 days ago   ·  1
Leonora FletcherDo children really need to be doing house to house halloweening at all? I just put the lights off and don't answer the door. No need for signs which would probably be ignored anyway. Parents need to keep their children in after dark not let them roam the streets annoying people.2 days ago   ·  1
Chelsea FoxThat was not nice what they did if they did some think to him he was so scared thats why I dont liket go in out for Halloween the world is to dangerous for children abd olde people 2 days ago

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Monday October 20th, 2014

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James BentleyShe was in a few sweeney episodes and also one of the films4 days ago
Mary BrownRIP Lynda you were an inspiration, our thoughts and prayers are with your family4 days ago
Wendy TrebleFirst remember seeing her in a drama called General Hospital.4 days ago
Jennifer BanksShe was lovely in "All Creatures Great & Small."4 days ago
Deborah DaviesAwww bless her4 days ago
Jean BoothmanLovely lady ,R.I.P.4 days ago
Nichola Broadhurst ToonLovely lady will be missed r.i.p4 days ago
Sally WhiteCondolences to her family4 days ago
Jill BeynonSweet dreams you was a wonderful lady xx4 days ago
Anne HodgeShe was a brilliant actress and came across as a lovely lady r I p linda4 days ago

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