History of Newbridge – Chapels & Churches

Early in the history of Newbridge appears “the house known by the name and sign of the New Bridge Inn and Beulah Chapel or meeting house”.
These were the two focal points of social life as the township began to develop. For it was at the ‘cymanfa ganu’, the endeavour and teetotal meetings, the fetes and the bazaars that men met one another.

Side by side with these religious activities were the clubs. Groups of people loosely associated together who formed themselves into primitive provident societies.Records show that at least four of these clubs met regularly.

They were the Odd Fellows, the Ivorite Club, the Male Benefit Club and the Women’s Benefit Club.The latter started in Newbridge as early as 1808.

 

Beulah Baptist Chapel

beulahIn the same year as the benefit club was set up, Beulah Church was opened for public worship.The church was built on a plot of land leased from one Henry Symmonds, a local farmer. Before this it was the custom of Baptists to hold religious meetings in the neighbouring  farms, particularly Hafod-Fach on Mynydd Maen.

One of the earliest deacons of Beulah was Henry Edmunds.It was he who loaned people in the district “sums of 15 shillings free of interest” in order that they might buy their seats in Beulah meeting house.Later, in 1820, William Daniels, an influential iron master of Abercarn, lent the Church £20 (and charged £4 interest) towards repairs.

However, it was not until the latter half of the century that the religious causes really began to expand.  

In 1882 the Wesleyans built a stone church at Golden Grove, and Y Demi, the Welsh Presbyterian Church was built at Parry’s Square in 1891. 

It is from the pen of schoolmaster William Stocker that we have the turbulent history of the established church.

In the parish records he writes:-
“In 1878 the first meeting of the church people took place at Newbridge Inn. The vicar of Penmawn assisted the cause and a small iron church dedicated to St. Augustine was erected.”

This church stood on the site of the old police station. It became so overcrowded that a more commodious building was erected at the expense of Lady Llanover.However, by this time, the village was predominantly English speaking and in spite of her charity, Lady Llanover found hostility to her instructions that the services in the church should be conducted in Welsh.Because of the people’s refusal her ladyship took away the building from Newbridge and erected it at Woodfield Side, Blackwood. 

As a result of this action the people of Newbridge were without a place to worship, so under the leadership of Mr. Stocker they had their services during the Spring and Summer of 1888 in a room at the Greenfield Board School. However, by September the people had built another temporary church capable of seating 300 people and it was dedicated by Bishop Lewis of Llandaff to St. Paul. 

A few years later, with the growing importance of Newbridge as an industrial area, plans were laid to make the town an independent parish and erect a permanent church.Interrupted by the First World War, these plans came to fruition in 1921 when the parish council met for the first time and the Rev. D. Evan Thomas had the distinction of being the first vicar.

 

 

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Warning to residents after vehicle thefts in Undy.

Officers in Undy are asking residents to be extra vigilant following an increased number of reports of thefts from unattended vehicles this week.

Motorists are being urged to ensure that whenever they leave their vehicle unattended it is secure and no items are left on view.
The offences recently are as below:

Barons Court, Undy.

Sometime between 6:00pm on Wednesday 19th April and 1.15pm on Thursday 20th April, a vehicle parked in Barons Court, Undy, was entered and the following items were taken:

• Apple iPod Nano blue
• Two pairs of children’s sunglasses

If anyone has any information regarding the above, please ring Gwent Police on 101 quoting incident number: 225 20/04/17.

Apple Avenue, Undy.

Sometime between 7:00pm on Wednesday 19th April and 6.30am on Thursday 20th April, a Silver Mondeo parked in Apple Avenue, Undy, was entered and the following items were taken:

• Severn bridge TAG
• Locking wheel nut
• Large black Adidas gym bag
• Adidas bright blue with yellow stripes trainers

If anyone has any information regarding the above, please ring Gwent Police on 101 quoting incident number: 86 20/04/17.

Badgers Walk, Undy

Sometime between 3:00pm on Wednesday 19th April and 8.30am on Thursday 20th April, a small white caddy VW van was entered in Badgers Walk, Undy, the following items were taken:
• Coat
• Sat Nav
• Tool Bag containing hand tools

If anyone has any information regarding the above, please ring Gwent Police on 101 quoting incident number: 76 20/04/17.

Teal Close, Undy.

Sometime between 10:00pm on Wednesday 19th April and 7:00am on Thursday 20th April, a vehicle parked in Teal Close, Undy, was broken into and loose change approx. £3.00 and a HP laptop were taken.

If anyone has any information regarding the above, please ring Gwent Police on 101 quoting incident number: 72 20/04/2017.

A crime can happen in seconds, please don't make it easy for thieves by leaving tempting valuables on display.

If you see anyone acting suspicious or loitering in the areas affected please call call 101.
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Thursday April 20th, 2017

Update from Detective Inspector Amanda Thomas, regarding an assault in Neerings, Cwmbran:

“In March 2017, we appealed for information to identify someone that we wanted to speak to regarding a serious assault upon a young female near Neerings in Cwmbran. An e-fit of this male was also generated and circulated to the public.

“I would like to thank the public for their response to this appeal and for the many shares on social media that this generated. As the investigation progressed other victims were identified.

“I would like to update you that at 07.29am on 19th April, 2017, officers arrested a 17 year old male, who was later charged with common assault, assault by beating and two offences of sexual assaults upon a female. He was remanded in police custody and appeared in court this morning, Thursday 20th April 2017.

“He has now been further remanded into custody and will appear at Cwmbran Youth Court.”
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Tuesday April 18th, 2017

SCAM WARNING: We have received a report from a local business that they had received an email from a person purporting to be a member of staff from Gwent Police, with a large bill attached.

We are investigating the report to identify who sent the email, but please be assured Gwent Police rarely charge for our services and if we do we will discuss this beforehand and an invoice will be created – we will NOT send an email asking you to pay us.

Should you receive any emails from businesses or people you do not know, please do not open any attachments as they may download malware on to your computer.

If you have received this email or have any further information please call 101.
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Tuesday April 18th, 2017

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Missing 17 year old - can you help?

We need your help to find Thui Hoang, who hasn’t been seen since yesterday evening (Saturday 8 April).

Thui, who is about 5ft 2ins tall with long brown hair, was last seen at about 7.30pm in the Gatefield Road area of Sheffield.

She is thought to be wearing white Adidas trainers with black stripes on, a white Adidas hooded jumper, white Superdry tracksuit bottoms and a padded maroon waistcoat.

Officers want to hear from you if you’ve seen or heard from Thui since last night, or know where she might be.

If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 384 of 9 April 2017.
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APPEAL: Have you seen 17-year-old Thui Hoang? We need your help to find Thui Hoang, who hasn’t been seen since yesterday evening (Saturday 8 April). Thui, who is about 5ft 2ins tall with long brown hair, was last seen at about 7.30pm in the Gatefield Road area of Sheffield. She is thought to be wearing white Adidas trainers with black stripes on, a white Adidas hooded jumper, white Superdry tracksuit bottoms and a padded maroon waistcoat. Officers want to hear from you if you’ve seen or heard from Thui since last night, or know where she might be. If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 384 of 9 April 2017.

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