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Pupils learn about the impact of war on home front

Free Press Series: Pupils from Penygarn Primary School attended Pontypool Museum for a special workshop on World War 2.  Pictured trying out a mock Anderson Shelter are pupils Mya Jennings and Tyler Mason. (11478439)

2:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PONTYPOOL Museum welcomed school pupils to join in their Second World War workshops.

Blaenavon Post Office

2:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

COUNCILLORS “share residents’ concerns” about the proposed temporary closure of Blaenavon post office.

Stand Up to Cancer event raises £1,000

Free Press Series: A charity fund rasing day was held at the Threepenny Bit Hall in Cwmbran. Pictured is hairdresser Karra Wade who is doing a 12 hour hairdressing fundraiser for her sister Kresta Allen who has kidney cancer. (11616149)

12:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FAMILY from Cwmbran has raised more than £1,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.

New schemes set to make road changes

10:57am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CHANGES to the A4043 St Lukes Road in Pontnewynydd are due to start at the end of this month for approximately six weeks.

New piercing laws approved

Free Press Series: Ear Piercing (11811639)

6:48am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TORFAEN councillors approved new skin piercing byelaws at its full council meeting earlier this week.

Cwmbran woman 'paid credit card bills with fake cigarette cash', court hears

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697259)

9:48am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CWMBRAN woman accused of laundering money raised by selling fake cigarettes, deposited large sums of cash into her bank account each month, two days before paying off her credit card bill, a court heard.

Search for tragic son's charity marathon pals - 40 years on

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8:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COUPLE from Griffithstown are trying to trace the childhood friends of their son who died following a battle with Multiple sclerosis.

Appeal after man exposes himself to woman near canal

Free Press Series: Pontypool police in bid to cut car crime

3:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself to a woman as she was walking along the canal near Pontypool.

Smaller bins to be rolled out across Torfaen

Free Press Series: GENERIC WHEELIE BINS IN NEWPORT (987952)

2:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SMALLER black wheelie bins are to be introduced into Torfaen following a council decision today.

Appeal after gold rings and necklaces stolen from Cash Generator

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11:50am Tuesday 21st October 2014

GWENT Police are appealing for help following a burglary at Cash Generator in Cwmbran when gold rings and necklaces were stolen.

Councils back merger plan

9:58am Tuesday 21st October 2014

TORFAEN and Blaenau Gwent have taken a step towards merging their councils.

Cwmbran woman put £50k cash into bank accounts, court hears

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

6:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CWMBRAN woman accused of laundering money raised by selling counterfeit cigarettes deposited more than £50,000 in cash into her two bank accounts over a four-year period, a court heard.

Trio in court after police op

Free Press Series: MODERN: Newport's new magistrates' court

4:47pm Monday 20th October 2014

THREE men from Torfaen appeared at Newport Magistrates Court today following a police operation.

Well-known surgeon and former Pontypool player is remembered

Free Press Series: DOCTOR: Mr Shute being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

4:20pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A CELEBRATION of the life of a Newport surgeon who operated on thousands of Gwent patients will take place on Friday.

Grieving parents hand grave petition at Senedd

7:57am Friday 17th October 2014

PARENTS left devastated after cemetery mementoes were binned in a council purge lobbied the Senedd yesterday to have a law introduced on grave personalisation in Wales.

Cwmbran lady marks 100th birthday with family

Free Press Series: GOING STRONG  100 year old Florence Cully, celebrates her birthday, at the Thomas Gabriel Home. Old Cwmbran (11419920)

3:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

TORFAEN pensioner Florence Culley was surrounded by generations of her family as she marked her landmark 100th birthday.

Pontypool paedophile jailed for five years

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12:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A PAEDOPHILE who had unprotected sex with a "vulnerable" underage girl has been jailed for five years.

Carrier bag with £8k found in BMW - fake cigs trial hears

Free Press Series: Court snatch of Simon Leighton (11544689)

5:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A CARRIER bag holding £8,000 was found in the boot of a BMW a court heard today as the trial of a Griffithstown ice-cream man and a Cwmbran mother charged with money laundering by selling counterfeit cigarettes continued.

Pals play golf tribute to Blaenavon man

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8:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A GOLF competition will be staged tomorrow in memory of a Blaenavon man.

Man set for court on Cwmbran assault charge

Free Press Series: Pontypool police in bid to cut car crime

10:08am Thursday 16th October 2014

A MAN has been charged with assault after an incident in the St Dials area of Cwmbran on Saturday 6th September.

Pontypool Museum welcomes funding

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7:51am Thursday 16th October 2014

PONTYPOOL museum - which is hoping to boost its visitor numbers to secure its immediate future - has received £23,000 from a community regeneration initiative for a refurbishment.

Wales star Faletau helps Torfaen church auction

Free Press Series: AUCTION:Church member, Shane Taylor, with his grandchildren (left to right) Caleb, Brodie and Coby with Taulupe Faletau.

1:29pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AN AUCTION at a church in Trevethin - with special guest, former Pontypool schoolboy and Newport Gwent Dragon’s player, Taulupe Faletau - has helped to raise vital funds to eradicate dry rot from its floor.

‘Fake cig sales funded lifestyle’ - court hears

Free Press Series: Court snatch of Simon Leighton (11544689)

11:29am Thursday 16th October 2014

TWO witnesses gave evidence yesterday in the trial of a Griffithstown ice-cream vendor and a Cwmbran woman charged with laundering money raised by selling counterfeit cigarettes.

Pontypool Museum welcomes funding

8:49am Thursday 16th October 2014

PONTYPOOL museum - which is hoping to boost its visitor numbers to secure its immediate future - has received £23,000 from a community regeneration initiative for a refurbishment.

£10k fraudster who conned teammates sentenced

5:26am Thursday 16th October 2014

A “FUNDAMENTALLY dishonest” man who defrauded a catalogue company and four people connected to a Pontypool football club of nearly £10,000 was given a suspended prison sentence.

Poet deplores state of churchyard in Blaenavon world heritage town

Free Press Series: OVERGROWN The cemetery of St Peter's Church, Blaenavon has many graves hidden by the long grass and brambles. Pictured is an unhappy Pat Madden next to a world war 1 grave (11454705)

7:41am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A DAD has written a heartfelt poem deploring the state of a cemetery remembering war heroes in a town enjoying world heritage status.

Ice-cream man and Cwmbran woman 'sold fake cigs to fund lavish lifestyle' - court hears

Free Press Series: Newport Crown Court

6:10am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A GRIFFITHSTOWN ice-cream man and a Cwmbran woman appeared in court yesterday charged with money laundering from selling counterfeit cigarettes.

Cwmbran snooker sensation, 13, beats Jimmy White

Free Press Series: At the Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran a special exhibition match took place with 'People's Champion' Jimmy White.  Pictured left is Jimmy White with 13-year-old snooker sensation Lewis Sinclair.  (11229838)

8:06am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD snooker sensation has faced “The Whirlwind” at a snooker club in Cwmbran - and came out on top in one of his games.

Poet deplores state of churchyard in Blaenavon world heritage town

Free Press Series: OVERGROWN The cemetery of St Peter's Church, Blaenavon has many graves hidden by the long grass and brambles. Pictured is an unhappy Pat Madden next to a world war 1 grave (11454705)

7:26am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A DAD has written a heartfelt poem deploring the state of a cemetery remembering war heroes in a town enjoying world heritage status.

‘English votes for English laws’ threaten future of Union - Torfaen MP

Free Press Series: Paul Murphy MP

5:56pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

warns Government plans to curb voting rights of Scottish and Welsh MPs would cause ‘constitutional

Areas of Cwmbran suffer power cut

Free Press Series: 40-hour power-cut angers residents

5:35pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

FOUR wards in Cwmbran are currently being affected by a power cut.

Ex-rugby star Eddie Butler turns hand to fiction

Free Press Series: NEW BOOK: Eddie Butler with his new fiction novel

5:45pm Monday 13th October 2014

PONTYPOOL great, Eddie Butler, will be talking about his debut novel, The Head of Gonzo Davies.

New jobs for Cwmbran as store opens

5:18pm Saturday 11th October 2014

THE Danish variety store, Tiger, will open its second Welsh store in Cwmbran this weekend, creating 12 new jobs in the town centre.

Teen battling tumour set for trip of a lifetime

Free Press Series: SAILING: Morgan Raynsford, 15, on his trip with with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

3:31pm Saturday 11th October 2014

A TORFAEN teenager set sail on an inspirational trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust after battling a brain tumour.

'I'll keep decorating son's grave' - Cwmbran mum's vow

Free Press Series: Grieving mum Cheryl Downes has cemented ornaments personal to her son at his graveside in Panteg Cemetery.  Pictured is Cheryl cementing back ornaments personal to her son. (11073547)

12:21pm Saturday 11th October 2014

AN unwavering mum has vowed to keep cementing ornaments on her son’s grave after being told they would be removed to comply with controversial personalisation rules.

Croesyceiliog school evacuated in grenade scare

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10:30am Friday 10th October 2014

PUPILS from Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran have been evacuated after reports a pupil brought in a fake grenade.

Cwmbran actor to make emotional appearance in Casualty

Free Press Series: ACTION: Josh Green is playing John Collier in Casualty who attends the funeral of his father

9:40am Friday 10th October 2014

A BARMAN from Cwmbran aims to make it big in the acting world as he stars in tomorrow’s emotional episode of Casualty.

Bus company bosses disqualified by regulator

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7:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

 THE Traffic Commissioner for Wales has disqualified the bosses of a Pontypool bus company which transported pupils on an unsafe vehicle.

Shoppers enjoy a taste of Europe

Free Press Series: European Market in Gwent Square at Cwmbran Shopping. Pictured is Kors from the Dutch Cheeseman company selling a range of Dutch cheese. (11291649)

7:42pm Thursday 9th October 2014

CWMBRAN town centre was transformed into a bustling European market place today.

Torfaen Elvis scoops the top title

Free Press Series: Photos Becky Matthews Words Emma 8.6.13
Cwmbran Big Weekend at Cwmbran Boating Lake and Llanyrafon Manor.
Darren 'Graceland' Jones entertains the crowds as Elvis. (6253763)

5:48pm Thursday 9th October 2014

TORFAEN’S Elvis tribute act scooped the crown for Best Festival Elvis at the world’s biggest Elvis Festival in Porthcawl

School projects builder gets green light

Free Press Series: Uniforms are among the regular costs to pay to get your child back in the classroom.

12:10pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A £20 million Torfaen school building project passed a new milestone yesterday as council chiefs agreed to appoint a contractor to build three primaries able to accommodate 1,000 pupils.

Severe council cuts on the way

Free Press Series: Torfaen County Borough Council HQ in Pontypool

9:53am Wednesday 8th October 2014

COUNCIL chiefs may have to save up to 10 per cent across all services to meet the acute financial challenges posed by Welsh Government cut-backs.

Police appeal after Pontypool man breaches licence

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4:25pm Monday 6th October 2014

GWENT Police are appealing for help in finding a Pontypool man who breached his licence conditions after being released from prison.

Uniting to help ex-soldiers adjust

Free Press Series: Torfaen County Borough Council HQ in Pontypool

1:33pm Monday 6th October 2014

A TORFAEN-BASED military charity has launched a free advice service for servicemen returning to civilian life in what was hailed as a renewed commitment to the armed forces.

Special council meetings to discuss merger

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12:57pm Monday 6th October 2014

SPECIAL cabinet meetings will be held simultaneously by two Gwent councils to discuss a possible merger.

Struck down - how a cruel illness has condemned a 20-year-old woman to a life of debilitating pain

Free Press Series: Struck down - how a cruel illness has condemned a 20-year-old woman to a life of debilitating pain

5:01am Monday 6th October 2014

FROM active 14-year-old to wheelchair-reliant at just 20, Larissa Ralph fights a constant battle against horrific pain, the main symptom of a cruel and debilitating illness.

Pontypool lady celebrates 100th birthday

Free Press Series: Doreen Price 100th Bithday at Llanyravon Court care home in Cwmbran. Pictured is Doreen Price with family members Ewan Radley, Alan Price, Sian Radley, Ffion Radley, Scott Crewe, Ceri Crewe, and James Crewe (11100457)

11:43am Monday 6th October 2014

A PONTYPOOL woman celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday surrounded by family and friends.

Youth festival plans could be relaunched

9:55am Sunday 5th October 2014

TOWN leaders are looking at re-launching a youth council in a move which could re-ignite the town's twinning arrangement - and pave the way for young people to attend a German youth festival next year.

Widow helps raise £20k for charity

Free Press Series: ALL GEARED UP: Emma Parker (right) and her friend Jo McDonagh ready to take the jump

4:23pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A WIDOW who took a leap at 12,000ft on the first anniversary of her New Inn husband’s death has helped raise £20k for charity.

Youngsters appeal for flat footballs

Free Press Series: Sharon Lewis is taking a team of vulnerable young people from Cwmbran Centre for Young People, youth workers (to mentor them) and adults who are passionate about helping others to Kenya in November. Pictured are the volunteers with their goods to take to

9:10am Friday 3rd October 2014

YOUNG people from Cwmbran are among the volunteers appealing for flat footballs and unwanted shoes to take on a charity trip to Africa.






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