Woman's family and Usk locals rally round to pay for life-prolonging cancer drug

Free Press Series: Ann Wilkinson is part of a campaign in Usk to get the same cancer drugs available on the NHS in Wales as in England. Pictured is Ann at home in Usk with Julie Mcgowan. (9399377)

7:17am Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN USK woman who is campaigning for a drug she has said could prolong her life to be made freely available on the Welsh NHS has blasted the board that has denied her the medication.

Cygnet injured from illegal fishing at Caldicot Castle

Free Press Series: INJURED: The cygnet was injured in the ponds at Caldicot Castle

5:34am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A CYGNET had to have two life saving operations due to an injury cause by illegal fishing in the pond of Caldicot Castle.

Detainee says she feared Pontypool police sergeant would rape her, court is told

Free Press Series: Arriving at Cardiff Crown Court is Police Sergeant Richard Evans from Gwent Constabulary to make plea charged with sexual assaults and misconduct in a public office.. (5631915)

5:02pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A WOMAN arrested and taken to a Gwent police station feared the sergeant in charge of her care was about to rape her, Cardiff Crown Court heard today

Pontypool man recalled to prison

Free Press Series:

2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are trying to locate a 32 year old man from Pontypool who has been recalled to prison.

Two Gwent police officers warned over using Facebook to contact members of the public

Free Press Series: (9432655)

9:36am Tuesday 19th August 2014

TWO GWENT police officers were given written warnings for contacting members of the public on Facebook, documents obtained by the Press Association found.

Gwent Police officer denies sexually assaulting detainees

Free Press Series:

6:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A GWENT police officer had sex with a suspect while on duty and sexually assaulted two other women, Cardiff Crown Court heard today.

Council approves Chepstow light switch-off

5:51pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE lights will go out around Chepstow starting next Thursday night, after the cabinet member approved plans to help save £180,000 on street lighting costs.

Elvis performs at Abergavenny in charity gig

Free Press Series: Family Fun Day in memory of Terry Richards of Abergavenny RFC. Performers from Abertillery Youth Drama and Music Society on stage. (9370675)

2:23pm Monday 18th August 2014

ELVIS and other musical acts took to the stage at Abergavenny Castle in memory of a former rugby coach at the weekend.

Mud-free festival enjoyed at Pontypool pub

Free Press Series: Unicorn Pub Beer and Music Festival. Georgia Paterson performing at the festival. (9367344)

11:24am Monday 18th August 2014

MUSIC fans got a taste of the festival experience without the mud at a Pontypool pub this weekend.

Fun day out at Caerwent Show

Free Press Series: Caerwent Show - Steve Richards with his Owl Hooch. (9370884)

11:18am Monday 18th August 2014

THE CAERWENT Show was another success this year as hundreds turned out to enjoy the festivities.

Appeal to repair First World War flag

Free Press Series: Monmouth Museum is looking for help to find the funds to conserve a very important World War I item in the collection – a flag commemorating the sinking of HMS Monmouth in 1914. Pictured are Joanne Terry and Karin Molson with the commemorative flag.

9:41am Sunday 17th August 2014

A MONMOUTH museum is hoping to raise £2,000 to conserve a silk flag from the First World War which has been damaged from wear and tear.

Fire crews tackle blaze on Commercial Street Pontypool

Free Press Series:

9:44am Friday 15th August 2014

A 'BIG' fire tore through a building in Pontypool in the early hours of this morning.

Cwmbran man arrested

2:02pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A Cwmbran man who breached his licence conditions has been arrested.

A Level results

Free Press Series:

9:45am Thursday 14th August 2014

A Level results are out today. Keep up to date with all the news here.

Dedicate a tree to create a lasting tribute to those who lived and served during the First World War

5:43pm Thursday 14th August 2014

OVER the next four years, the Woodland Trust will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War by planting millions of trees across the country – and you have the chance to create a lasting tribute to those who lived and served during the war.

Cwmbran photographer scoops wedding prize

Free Press Series: HAPPY DAYS: One of Mr Beesley's previous shots taken at Celtic Manor.

5:41pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A FATHER and daughter photography duo are celebrating after their joint efforts saw them named Welsh Wedding Photographer of the Year.

Englishman drives 200 miles to give Pontypool rugby chiefs rare 1904 picture

Free Press Series: GESTURE: Brian Surridge presents the trophy picture to Alun Carter at the Parkway Hotel in Cwmbran

3:39pm Thursday 14th August 2014

AN Englishman made an “incredible gesture” to Pontypool RFC by travelling 200 miles to give the club a rare 1904 trophy photograph of the rugby squad.

Abersychan drink driver crashed into church wall

2:34pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A DRINK-driver crashed into a church wall in her street after reaching down to get a phone inside her car, a court heard.

Cwmbran girl makes loom bands for cancer cause

Free Press Series: FUNDRAISER  10 year old Lara Temby of Hollybush, Cwmbran, who has been making loom bands to sell them to raise cash for Macmillan (9017298)

11:33am Thursday 14th August 2014

A CWMBRAN girl has taken on the latest loom band craze for a good cause this month as she aims to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

School memories

Free Press Series: Terry Harris

7:41pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A FORMER Torfaen school pupil who resides in New Zealand and keeps up to date with local news through The Free Press website has written to us after hearing his former school is due to close.

Torfaen A-level results

Free Press Series: Twins from Fairwater High School, Cwmbran.Lydia Boxall on the left and Hollie Boxall on the right.

With one A*, two As and a B Hollie will study Photography at Bath Spa while her sister Lydia will take up an offer to study Fashion Design at the Universi

7:10pm Thursday 14th August 2014


Monmouthshire A-level results

Free Press Series: TRIPLE DELIGHT  Chepstow Comprehensive students Will, Hannah and Tom Leney of Itton, have secured their places at Birmingham University, after receiving their A Level results (9292869)

7:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014


Fire at former pub being treated as arson

Free Press Series: Fire crews attend the scene of a fire at the derelict Masons Arms in Griffithstown (8934732)

5:39pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A FIRE which broke out at a Pontypool pub last week causing the building to be torn down is being treated as arson.

Mi-space hires impressive work experience candidates in Wales

Free Press Series: Joe Cappell and Jamie Dixon from Cwmbran with Paul Leighton, Mi-space senior site manager for the project

4:36pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Two work experience candidates at a Mi-space building project in Cwmbran so impressed their managers that they are now in paid full time employment.

Cwmbran vegetable growers take measure to protect prized crops

Free Press Series: Jamie Fortey with his giant sun flowers. Picture by giantveg.co.uk

1:36pm Thursday 14th August 2014

VEGETABLE growers up and down the country would have been watching over their crops like hawks during the recent bad weather, but no more than the Cwmbran giant vegetable growers.

Man jailed for assault and racial affray

12:31pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A MAN who “bounced” a man’s head on a road then racially insulted a police officer when he was arrested was jailed for 30 weeks.

140 new jobs for Cwmbran

3:01pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CWMBRAN-based call centre is looking to increase its staff roll by a third with a major recruitment drive.

Mini excavator burnt at Monmouthshire farm

2:59pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MINI excavator was completely destroyed by fire at a Monmouthshire farm on Tuesday.

Funds for Caldicot tot move closer to target

Free Press Series:

9:27am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A FUNDRAISING appeal backed by the Free Press to raise £40,000 to help a Caldicot tot walk independently has the end in sight as funds top £30,000.

Three-year-old horse-riding prodigy from Abergavenny

Free Press Series: Three-Year-Old Phoenix Dene has already had success at her local equestrian centre in Llantilio Pertholey and will be going on to some big shows soon. Pictured is Phoenix and her pony Ellie at Uppe Triley Farm Equestrian Centre, near Abergavenny. (9198361

6:50am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A THREE-year-old Abergavenny girl is on course to become an expert at horsing around.

Beer and music festival in Pontypool

Free Press Series: LIVE MUSIC: Blues rock quartet The Bakestones will perform at the Unicorn on Saturday night

3:11pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

REAL ales, ciders and plenty of live music will liven up The Unicorn pub in Pontypool next weekend.

Blaenavon Big Pit workers strike over weekend pay cuts

Free Press Series: On strike. PCS union members strike at Big Pit in Blaenavon. (9105658)

3:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

EMPLOYEES at Blaenavon's Big Pit were on strike on the weekend following cuts to pensions and weekend pay.

Blaenavon charity urges sport and leisure groups to apply for funds

2:02pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

SPORTS people and clubs from north Torfaen are being urged to apply for funding from a local charity.

Cwmbran staff raise money for charity

Free Press Series: CHARITY RIDE: Zodiac Seats UK before they set off

1:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

CWMBRAN staff have raised £20,000 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support after completing a charity cycle ride.

Adult learners to protest against Pontypool centre cuts

12:02pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

USERS of a popular education centre are mounting a protest in an attempt to stop council chiefs implementing austerity cuts threatening to curtail its activities.

Hundreds go back in time at Defence of Blaenavon

Free Press Series: WW2 re-enactment of the 'defence of Blaenavon' at the Iron Works
JOINING THEC RANKS  Harrison Reed, age eight, of Blaenavon gets a taste of thing back then as he walks with Robert Wilkins and Stephen Hunt of the 101st Airbourne (9122891)

11:06am Wednesday 13th August 2014

HUNDREDS were cast back to the Second World War at a free event in Blaenavon on the weekend.

Plans to enclose historic Pontypool rugby grounds could be overturned by 1920s covenant

11:03am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PONTYOOL RFC rugby chiefs have appealed for residents to back plans to enclose its vandalised grounds, after they suffered a setback which could see the proposal overturned by a 1920s covenant.

Pontypool councillor at centre of twinning row praises EU funded trip for young people

Free Press Series: From left to right: Jay Morgan, Jordan Marc Taylor, Rhys Baldwin and Connor Alexander Perry.

10:04am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A FORMER community council chairman embroiled in a twinning row hailed an EU-funded trip for young people indicating it should replace "outdated" arrangements.

Picture puzzle at Pontypool Museum

Free Press Series: Pontypool Museum displaying unknown photos from around Torfaen. Pictured is Sassy Hicks placing another picture on the wall of photos from around Torfaen. (9079093)

9:03am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PONTYPOOL Museum are hoping to reveal new clues about some old photographs thanks to a brand new project.

Infant school closes for last time

Free Press Series: FINAL FAIRWELL: Pupils' keepsake photograph taken by Nigel Bloomer.

6:02am Wednesday 13th August 2014

FORMER pupils posed for a keepsake photograph as their Torfaen school closed for the final time.

Usk head shave raises £700 for charity

Free Press Series: HEAD SHAVE: Alice Griffiths after completing her head shave in aid of Diabetes UK Cymru

7:32pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHARITY fundraiser collected £700 by shaving her head in memory of a woman who died as a result of an illness linked to diabetes.

Tintern cycle path petition clocking up support

6:21pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MONTH on from it being featured in the Free Press a petition calling for a cycle path to be built from Chepstow to Tintern still needs signatures to reach its target.

Magicians of Chepstow showing off their new tricks

Free Press Series: Feature for the weekender
MONEY TO BURN  Marc Hay, chairman of Chepstow's magicians, shows off a hot trick (8693516)

6:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

MAGIC is being spread around Chepstow by a newly-formed group who are determined to show people their tricks.

Caldicot teen in coma for two weeks raises funds for hospital which helped him

Free Press Series: FUND RAISER  Ricky Bailey, of Caldicot, who will be doing a charity bike ride with the police, to help raise funds for the Heath Hospital in Cardiff (7016959)

5:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CALDICOT teenager who fought back from a coma and had to learn how to walk again has raised more than £800 for the hospital which helped him.

Travellers welcome £52k grant

4:07pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A GROUP of travellers have welcomed the allocation of a £52,000 Government grant to regenerate a Pontypool suburb.

Wind turbines in Undy will generate electricity for hundreds of homes

4:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

PLANS for two wind turbines in Undy will generate electricity for up to 1,600 homes according to the company behind the proposal.

Judging of Chepstow in Bloom competition held

Free Press Series: COLOURFUL Mencap in Chepstow get their garden judged by Bloom town councillors, Yvonne Havard, centre, and Dale Rooke, far right. Pictured also looking on are attendees to the centre, from left, Malcolm Jones, Pauline Phillips and Richard Rogers (9134985)

3:21pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TOWN councillors took a trip around Chepstow on Monday to judge entries in its own In Bloom competition.

Chepstow town councillor takes on half marathon inspired by cousin

Free Press Series: RAISING FUNDS: Cllr Benjamin Smith with his cousin and goddaughter Elizabeth Jones

2:48pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHEPSTOW town councillor will be taking on the first Severn Bridge half marathon this month to raise money for a charity which helped his young cousin in her battle against cancer.

Monmouth group's doubt after pool meeting

Free Press Series: PROTEST: Residents and user groups protest at the proposed closure of Monmouth Swimming Pool. Photograph: Andrew Hubert.

2:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MONMOUTH group campaigning for a new swimming pool in the town say they remain unconvinced it will be built, despite a meeting with Monmouthshire council last week.

Neighbours speak of shock after house fire in Govilon

Free Press Series: House fire in Govilon, near Abergavenny. The scene of a house fire in Govilon on Sunday night. (9175049)

1:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after five people were taken to hospital after inhaling smoke from a house fire in Govilon on Sunday evening.


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