Ugly Bug Ball Hallowe'en fundraiser

Free Press Series: The Usk Project Park group held a Ugly Bugs Ball at the Usk Rugby Club.  Pictured at the party is Julie Hope with her daughter Amelia aged 3. (12185377)

4:28pm Friday 31st October 2014

WITCHES and bats in Usk enjoyed the Ugly Bugs Ball today as part of a Hallowe'en fundraiser.

Breaking news Cwmbran widow found guilty of money laundering

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697255)

4:09pm Friday 31st October 2014

A CWMBRAN mum accused of money laundering by converting criminal property, said to be counterfeit cigarettes, has been found guilty of five counts and cleared of three.

New Welsh medium nursery opens in Cwmbran

Free Press Series: NURSERY OPENING: (Left to right) head teacher Ed Jones, Torfaen Mayor Cllr Mandy Owen, Consort Richard Owen, Torfaen MP Paul Murphy, cllr Jeff Rees.Front, pupil Daniel Lee with S4C TV presenter Angharad Mair, who is enjoying some Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran ice

1:35pm Friday 31st October 2014

A NEW Welsh medium nursery building has been opened by Torfaen MP Paul Murphy.

Warmest Hallowe'en on record for UK

Free Press Series: HALLOWE'EN: Pictured is pumpkin entry in the under 5 category at Garndiffaith Millennium Hall's pumpkin competition

12:40pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE Met Office has declared today the warmest Hallowe'en on record, with the mercury hitting 22.5 degrees C in parts of the UK.

Son meets his long-lost mum - after almost 58 years apart

Free Press Series: Kevin Scott, from Portskewett, reunited with his mother Pat Johnson. They are pictured on a day out together at Tintern Abbey. (12159259)

6:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PORTSKEWETT man has been re-united with his mother after nearly 58 years apart.

Car crashes into banking on A466 in Redbrook

10:12am Thursday 30th October 2014

FIRE crews attended to a car which had crashed into banking on the A466 in Redbrook last night.

Widow denies knowing husband's cash could have come from illegal means

Free Press Series:

9:53am Thursday 30th October 2014

A WIDOW accused of laundering cash from counterfeit cigarettes to fund a "lavish lifestyle" denied knowing her husband's money may have come from illegal means.

PICTURES: See great Hallowe'en pumpkin carvings

Free Press Series: A pumpkin competition was judged at the Garndiffaith Millennium Hall in Pontypool.  Pictured is an entry in the under 16 category. (12102226)

11:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

ABERSYCHAN residents took to the challenge of creating the best spooky carved pumpkin as part of a Hallowe'en competition.

Caldicot Castle fate won't be decided for months

8:11am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE fate of Caldicot Castle will not be decided for another six months and pending the outcome of the £30,000 heritage report.

Estyn to visit Cwmbran school before merger

Free Press Series: Llantarnam School protestors outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool (5952687)

10:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

ESTYN bosses have acknowledged they plan to conduct a “monitoring visit” at a school set to be merged with another secondary next year.

Listed Pontypool church fixed with grant

Free Press Series: Repairs to the Victorian Crane Street Church in Pontypool have been completed with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair the roof after it started leaking.
The church is now applying for further grants to cover 80k needed in repair

9:04am Thursday 30th October 2014

REPAIRS to a Grade II* Victorian church in Torfaen have been completed with the help of a grant of over £60,000 - making it a "sight to behold".

Family of Caerwent teen who died of toxic shock launch national awareness campaign

Free Press Series: SUCH A LOSS: Natasha Scott-Falber

7:24am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A CAERWENT family who lost their daughter to Toxic Shock Syndrome have launched a 13 day awareness campaign they hope to take nationwide.

Cwmbran mum breaks down at money laundering trial

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697255)

5:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A CWMBRAN mum broke down in tears in court yesterday (Tuesday) as she gave evidence about her late husband’s extra-marital affair, during the third week of a trial in which she is accused of laundering cash from the sale of counterfeit cigarettes.

Fire crews attending Devauden barn fire

9:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are currently putting out a barn fire in Devauden, near Chepstow.

Torfaen and Caerphilly landmarks are helping to boost the Welsh economy by £19m

Free Press Series: CADW Project to bring 90 million pounds year on year into the Welsh economy. Pictured is Ken Skates AM at Blaenavon Ironworks. (12009961)

7:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014

MORE than 40 Welsh heritage landmarks are helping to boost the Welsh economy by up to £19m a year, according to new research published today.

Twitter "burn books" target schools

Free Press Series: Chepstow School raising standards. A view of the school (2710056)

2:42pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

CHEPSTOW School was one of three secondary schools to experience bullying twitter accounts set up by in October by pupils to send abusive messages.

Pooler in new row over lease

Free Press Series: Pontypool RFC (6777977)

1:01pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PONTYPOOL RFC faces a new challenge after learning it could be saddled with a 20-year lease to maintain its vandal-hit home.

Monmouth paedophile images "stomach churning" - judge

2:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN INTERNET paedophile who sent a child abuse image to a teenager and pretended to be a girl online has escaped jail, with a judge branding the images he downloaded “stomach-churning”.

Torfaen gears up for winter gritting

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2:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PREPARATIONS are underway in Torfaen for the beginning of the gritting season that started on Monday.

Man faces life in jail for incest assaults

1:13pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A TORFAEN man is facing life imprisonment for raping and sexually assaulting members of his own family.

Villagers disappointed as solar farm approved

12:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS opposing a bid to build the third and largest solar farm in Monmouthshire have had their hopes dashed after the energy firm behind the proposal won its appeal.

Mum crowned Cwmbran’s community star

Free Press Series: WINNER: Cwmbran community star, Connie Button with £500 of gift vouchers. © Huw Evans Picture Agency

11:06am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A TORFAEN woman who has raised more than £10,000 for charity has been crowned Cwmbran’s community star.

Glimmer of hope for Torfaen leaseholders

Free Press Series: SubmuttedLYNNE NEAGLE (1290467)

8:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

TORFAEN’S Assembly Member, Lynne Neagle has revealed that the Welsh Government is investigating whether it has the power to cap the amount leaseholders can be charged in Wales, following a campaign she has taken up on behalf of her constituents.

Pub hopes to be community hub

Free Press Series: Peter and Chantal Ferrer have opened the Old Forge Cafe in Chepstow (11370151)

6:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE New Inn pub in Pwllmeyric is set to become a community hub under new ownership.

Specialist car seat for Pontypool tot

Free Press Series: Three-year-old Zac Summers, from Pontypool in Torfaen, is enjoying more family days out, thanks to his new specially designed car seat. Pictured is Zac in his car seat. (12024364)

3:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A PONTYPOOL toddler is enjoying more family days out thanks to the support two UK charities.

Man wanted over WHSmiths theft

2:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

GWENT Police want to identify and speak to this man in connection with a theft from WH Smith, High Street, Chepstow, on Saturday, October 25.

Pupil throw wildflower bombs

Free Press Series: Wildflower seed bomb planting at Pontypool Park. Pictured are Harri Parfitt, Beatrice Stokes and Ben Robinson throwing their seed bombs. (11826027)

1:35pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PUPILS from a Pontypool school joined Pontypool Park Friends to throw wildflower seed bombs recently.

Raglan church appeal gets £30k boost

Free Press Series: St Cadoc's Church, Raglan, which needs to raise à 	£400,000 to carry out repairs to the roof. Pictured from left, are the Reverend Joan Wakeling, Cecilia Davies, (ok), Beverley, Jones and Roy Bradly, (ok), committee members (22219

11:36am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A MAJOR appeal to raise £410,000 for urgent repairs to the roof of a Grade II-Listed church in Raglan has been given a £30,000 funding boost.

Caldicot could get free wi-fi

4:22pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

BUSINESSES in Caldicot could get free wireless internet installed as part of a government scheme - with the possibility of the whole town centre soon being connected wirelessly to the world wide web.

Schoolbeat celebrates 10th birthday

Free Press Series: MILESTONE: ACC Bottomley, left, cuts the anniversary cake with Linda Roberts, the National Coordinator for the Programme

1:07pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE All Wales School Liaison Core Programme celebrated 10 years as a national crime prevention programme at Blaenavon Heritage V.C. Primary School in Torfaen on October 23.

Second World War hero's medal stolen in Abergavenny raid

Free Press Series:

5:31am Tuesday 28th October 2014

BURGLARS stole a Canadian Second World War hero's medal from the son who never knew him.

West End performer turns iron man gold medallist

Free Press Series:

1:41pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A CHEPSTOW man is wowing audiences of a musical and sporting kind with impressive performances on the stage and on the track.

Stag put to sleep after becoming entangled in wire

Free Press Series: The stag was entangled in wire

2:14pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE RSPCA has issued a warning about litter after a stag became entangled in wire.

Long awaited book on the history of Monmouthshire village

Free Press Series: ( l to r) The book's editors Margaret Reece, Annette Burton Jane Kennedy with Llansoy resident, historian and playwright Julian Mitchell

12:41pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A LONG-awaited book about the Monmouthshire village of Llansoy has been published by the community.

Greens announce candidate for Torfaen

Free Press Series: Matt Cooke, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Torfaen

10:52am Tuesday 28th October 2014

WALES' Green Party has announced Matt Cooke as its parliamentary candidate for Torfaen.

Canadian Cross among medals stolen from house in Abergavenny

Free Press Series:

11:23am Monday 27th October 2014

GWENT Police are appealing for information after army medals, cash, and jewellery were stolen.

Portskewett film-maker's joy at Bafta Cymru award

Free Press Series:

5:17pm Monday 27th October 2014

A GWENT film-maker is celebrating after debut feature movie won a Bafta Cymru award.

Abergavenny-based mountain rescuers find couple stranded on cliffs above the town

Free Press Series: Members of Longtown Mountain Rescue head off on a caves rescue exercise ©James Davies Photography.(1012206)

2:20pm Monday 27th October 2014

MOUNTAIN rescuers answered their fifth call in 10 days on Sunday when a couple were left stranded above cliffs near Abergavenny.

Indecent images charge

1:43pm Monday 27th October 2014

A 46-YEAR-OLD man from Chepstow has been charged with possession of a number of indecent images.

Torfaen female war casualty remembered

Free Press Series: Service at the grave of Lucy Saint, 23, from Tranch of the regiment Queen Mary Army Auxiliary. Pictured are Jaea Watkins from George Street Primary School, where Lucy attended, and Lucy Saint's neice Megan Avery.  (11958795)

3:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

A WOMAN travelled from Northamptonshire to Pontypool to place a cross on the grave of her aunt - the only known female First World War casualty to be buried in the borough.

Council suspends roadworks on Remembrance Days

1:17pm Monday 27th October 2014

ROADWORKS in Monmouthshire will be suspended to allow remembrance parades and service to be held without disruption.

UPDATED: Prison absconder is located

Free Press Series:

9:43am Monday 27th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a prisoner who absconded from HMP Prescoed near Usk yesterday.

Sebastopol housing plans approved

10:20am Saturday 25th October 2014

PLANS for a controversial 1,200 home plan in Torfaen have once again been approved - despite concerns.

Falklands war veteran at Cwmbran school

Free Press Series: Simon Weston held a presentation evening at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran.  Pictured is Simon during the presentation. (11776204)

5:11pm Saturday 25th October 2014

FALKLANDS war hero Simon Weston gave an inspirational talk at a secondary school in Torfaen.

Female war casualty from Pontypool to be commemorated

2:08pm Saturday 25th October 2014

TORFAEN veterans will attend a service and lay a memorial cross at the grave of the only female World War One casualty from Pontypool.

Abergavenny fraudster who took money from his hospital radio station avoids jail


4:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN who admitted £14,000-worth of fraud - including taking more than £2,000 from a Gwent hospital radio station - has been handed a suspended sentence.

Overturned car blocks A465 near Abergavenny

4:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

THE A465 Heads of the Valleys Road is reportedly blocked with traffic queuing in both directions between the Pandy junction and Pontrilas, because of an overturned car.

UPDATE: A40 between Raglan and Monmouth is closed

8:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE A40 Northbound between Raglan and Monmouth is closed.

Two vehicle accident on A40 in Monmouth

7:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE A40 in Monmouth is down to one lane following a two vehicle collision.

Council rejects Newport merger plan

Free Press Series: SWA MIKE LEWIS 19 2 13 REP[ORTER

12:55pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE councillors rejected the Welsh Government’s vision for a council restructure with another Gwent authority and chose to seek an alternative model.


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