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Usain Bolt scarecrow is star of village contest

Free Press Series: Llanfrechfa Village Association first annual Scarecrow Festival
OFF TO A FLYER  Usain Bolt with creators Lloyd Harris and Natasha Owen (9805360)

10:18am Saturday 30th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the village of Llanfrechfa are preparing for the winners of the scarecrow competition to be announced with some causing quite a stir in the area.

Torfaen councillor defiant as Facebook post branded 'anti-muslim'

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9:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

COMPLAINTS have been made after a Torfaen councillor used the term “muzzy” in a post on Facebook – but he denies the comment was an anti-Muslim slur.

Torfaen one of worst hit in Wales by bedroom tax

Free Press Series: 'Bedroom Tax': social housing tenants face uncertain future

1:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AROUND 1,700 housing benefit claimants in Torfaen are almost £700 worse off as a direct result of the controversial bedroom tax, according to a Welsh Government report.

Blaenavon teacher set for Sandhurst challenge

Free Press Series: Victoria Reed, from Blaenavon, is leaving to join up at Sandhurst. Pictured is Victoria at home in Blaenavon. (9593087)

6:47am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TEACHER from Blaenavon has signed up to join the army and will begin training in Sandhurst next month.

Switched-on Torfaen kids get energy savvy

Free Press Series: Pupils from Ysgol Bryn Onmen school who have been taking part in an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of schools in Torfaen.They are pictured here with (left to right)  Karen Griffiths from the Carbon Trust, Sian-Eleri Fudge the school's deput

8:05pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PUPILS in Torfaen primary and secondary schools took part in a Carbon Trust Wales programme to minimise energy use and raise awareness of the importance of carbon reduction.

Traders move in to revamped Pontypool Market

Free Press Series: New Traders at Pontypool Market. Pictured are Rhianne and Danny Harris, who run a fruit and veg stall alongside a flower stall in Pontypool Market. (9468565)

7:43pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AS PONTYPOOL Market’s refurbishment nears completion, its appeal to new traders continues to gather speed.

Pontypool RFC legend backs museum campaign

Free Press Series: OFFERING HIS SUPPORT  Alun Carter Pontypool RFC rugby director has become a member of Pontypool Museum, and encourages others to do so (9681764)

7:04pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

POOLER legend and former Wales international Alan Carter is backing a campaign to draw new members to Pontypool Museum.

Biker who died after A465 crash is named

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1:07pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A BIKER who dies on the Heads of the Valleys Road near Abergavenny is named as Alwyn Pritchard.

Assault sentencing for Dragons star Ian Gough adjourned

Free Press Series: STOMACH BUG: Ian Gough

11:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

DRAGONS player and ex-Wales star is to be sentenced today for attacking his ex girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, just days after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

One week until Blaenavon's music festival

Free Press Series: BAND: Blackwood's Bleedin Noses

4:03pm Sunday 24th August 2014

IN a week’s time 24 bands will play for free in Blaenavon as part of a festival to raise funds to support a project for young people.

Wet weather warning for Bank Holiday Monday

Free Press Series: PREDICTED: Heavy rain forecast all day on Bank Holiday Monday

5:11pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A DAY of "unpleasant weather" is on the cards tomorrow (Monday) according to the Met Office's Chief Forecaster, as the organisation puts out a yellow warning for rain in Wales.

New wildfire plan for Blaenavon

Free Press Series: Firefighters tackle a blaze  in Barrackswood Newport (9589147)

9:31am Sunday 24th August 2014

A NEW wildfire plan has been launched to benefit the Blorenge valley and to help fire crews attend incidents more quickly.

New show set to be Cwmbran theatre hit

Free Press Series: At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy.  Pictured is main character Doris Jones played by Jason Lee. (9429043)

5:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

A NEW show based on life in the South Wales Valleys is set to be a big hit with the Welsh public after selling hundreds of tickets ahead of its opening night.

Bumper crop of GCSE results in Torfaen

Free Press Series: At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results.  Pictured please with his grades is Rhys Baldwin 16. (9546716)

4:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

TORFAEN students are celebrating after a bumper crop of GCSE results.

Accused Gwent Police officer used 'Carry On' humour, court 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.. (5631825)

6:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A POLICE officer told a court he was lightening the mood and joking around when he inferred to a woman in custody that he would like to have sex with her, a court heard.

Cwmbran soldier's tale of escape uncovered

Free Press Series: Robert Phillips fought in the trenches in WW1. Pictured is grand daughter Lynda Osbourne with her grandfather's medals. (9443007)

11:23am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE tale of a Torfaen prisoner of war who was determined to make his way home after escaping has been uncovered by his granddaughter.

Teddy bears picnic in Pontypool a success

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4:23pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DESPITE wet weather a teddy bear’s picnic held in Pontypool Park was deemed a success yesterday with over 100 people joining in the fun.

Art group helps Pontypool museum

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Some of the members of Pontypool Art Club and corporate members of the museum enjoy a get together, but they have become too big for the museum to house, but still draw inspiration from the work on show. (sorry names have been m

2:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

PONTYPOOL artists have joined forces to help draw new members to Pontypool Museum.

Former Cwmbran hotel to make way for residential housing

1:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FORMER hotel is to be knocked down to make way for a residential facility for people with autism and learning difficulties.

Pontypool community leader warns historic rugby club may become an ‘eyesore’ unless security fence goes up

Free Press Series: Pontypool RFC corporate director Ben Jeffreys and Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle met representatives from the council to discuss the ongoing vandalism at the Park.  Pictured is Ben with Lynne showing the recent arson attack in the club stadium. (5156928)

12:37pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PONTYPOOL community leader warned yesterday that the town's historic rugby club could become an “eyesore” unless the public backs plans to put up a 7ft security fence to protect its grounds.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Fire crews tackle blaze on Commercial Street Pontypool

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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

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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


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

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.

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.


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