Modern Newbridge

Mining eventually ceased in the mid-1980s, after surviving the 1926 general strike, the 1930s Depression and post-war nationalisation, but became unsustainable following the UK miners’ strike (1984-1985). The Institute became a drinking club.

Since the end of coal mining, new leisure facilities have been constructed in Newbridge. Residents have also reported the return to the area of birds such as heronsbuzzards and kestrels.

After some delays, the Ebbw Valley Railway, running from Ebbw Vale Parkway railway station to Cardiff Central railway station, opened in February 2008. Newbridge is one of seven stations on the line.

A bridge linking the main town of Newbridge with the school and leisure centre over the Ebbw River was completed at a cost of over £3 million and was opened by Joe Calzaghe in November 2009.

Sport and leisure

Newbridge Rugby Union Football Club plays in the WRU Championship.

Newbridge Boxing Club is the base of Team Calzaghe whose famous member Joe Calzaghe retired in 2009 as an undefeated world champion.

Newbridge Swimming Pool (photo 2007)

Newbridge has a public leisure centre which was opened in January 1997. The complex includes a swimming pool and a fitness suite which was enlarged from one to two floors in 2007.

Institute & Memorial Hall

The Celynen Collieries’ Institute (1908) and Memorial Hall (1925) on High Street, are both listed buildings, the Memo being Grade II*. The Institute is unusual as the miners themselves built it, borrowing the money through a private mortgage. The Memo was built to commemorate the 75 Newbridge men who died in the First World War. It is still the focus of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday activities every year. The Memo contains a ballroom with a sprung dance floor and an art deco auditorium which was designed to be both a theatre and a cinema. Both buildings now provide community facilities for local groups and societies, live music and community events but are both in urgent need of repair. After the mines closed, the Institute & Memorial Hall lost its income and became a drinking club. In 2004, when the local council was considering purchasing the land for a car park, a public meeting called by local MP Don Touhig led to the formation of The Friends of Newbridge Memo who got the buildings onto the BBC2 programme Restoration. They narrowly missed winning the final but received assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fundto begin the long process of raising money to restore both buildings. After a development grant was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund in summer 2009, Cadw and Caerphilly County Borough Council are actively supporting the scheme and the Big Lottery awarded £500,000 in December 2009. In July 2010 it was announced that the Heritage Lottery would grant the project £2.9 million to restore the buildings.

Education

Newbridge Comprehensive School is located in the town, catering for some 1,000 pupils aged 11 to 16. Tynewydd Primary School in Greenfield, Pantside Primary School, and Pentwynmawr Primary School cater for 4- to 11-year-olds.

Notable people

Notable people to have grown up in Newbridge include world-champion boxer Joe Calzaghe CBE; Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown; Steve Strange, frontman of New Romantic band Visage; and Sir Terry Matthews OBE, high-tech entrepreneur and owner of the Celtic Manor ResortBritish Lions and Welsh rugby union captain and coach John Dawes OBE is from Chapel-Of-Ease, near Newbridge.

Etymology

The Welsh placename for Newbridge is often incorrectly shown on OS Maps as Cefn Bychan. It is in fact Trecelyn, meaning the town of the holly trees.

 

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Friday April 28th, 2017

Yesterday our Tidy Towns Team, Caerphilly Adventures, Keep Wales Tidy, staff from McDonalds & ASDA Blackwood and local residents took part in a clean-up at Cliff Road Blackwood, as part of the Big Spring Clean!

Ddoe mae ein Tîm Trefi Taclus, Anturiaethau Caerffili, Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus, staff o McDonalds ac ASDA Coed Duon a’r trigolion lleol wedi cymryd rhan mewn glanhau Ffordd Cliff, Coed Duon fel rhan o ymgyrch Glanhad Mawr!
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Friday April 21st, 2017

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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