Heroes pull out stops to keep Gwent moving

Heroes pull out stops to keep Gwent moving

An Abergavenny postman continues his round despite the weather

The Torfaen road team at Albies All Weather burger van in Pontypool

First published in News

FROM head teacher taxi services to camping hospital chefs, Gwent’s communities pulled together to make sure life went on as normally as possible as nine inches of snow fell.

In Monmouthshire, Head teacher Graham Murphy of Archbishop Rowan Williams primary school in Chepstow went round in his 4x4 picking up staff to make sure the school was open.

It was one of few Gwent schools open and pupils had lessons in the snow after braving the elements to attend today.

Mr Murphy said: "We have a lot of parents who are essential workers, so decided we would open for their sake."

They made the most of the conditions, having playtime and some lessons in the school’s forest school while enjoying cups of hot chocolate.

Due to the lack of buses and wanting to get pupils home safely to their parents, it closed at 12.30pm.

Valiant hotel services supervisors and chefs Ysbyty Ystard Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, decided to channel their inner Bear Grylls and sacrificed a night in a warm comfy bed to camp out at the hospital through the weekend to make sure patients will get meals and other services they need.

The 269 bed hospital saw a shortage of porters today which meant nurses stepped in to fill the void.

At Wales’ newest school, Llanwern High school in Newport, pupils braved the early morning blizzard to make it in for their English Literature A-Level exam.

Pupil Sean Oldfield, 17 from Beechwood, one was one of many pupils across the region who trudged in through the snow to sit their exams.

He, said: "I got up earlier than usual because normally I get lift but I couldn’t do that with the snow.

"I didn’t know whether the buses would be running or not so in the end I just walked from Beechwood.

"I got absolutely soaked. I had wet feet all the way through my exam. At least it seemed to go quite well," he said.

Back in Monmouthshire youth service staff and young people were out and about clearing pathways for residential care homes, and in Blaenavon, town councillor, Janet Jones, from Foy Williams Estate agents, praised the town’s traders for getting essential businesses open.

Meals on wheels teams across Gwent battled through to make sure residents got their food, with services in Blaenau Gwent using 4x4s to make sure they got there, while Torfaen’s street teams were delighted that Albies all weather burger van lived up to his name and battled in to Pontypool from Abersychan so the boys could fuel up with sausage sandwiches for their gritting trip down to Cwmbran.

Perhaps the hardiest of the lot though were three drivers from Night Freight on Cardiff Road, Newport who were yomping back to Caerphilly.

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9:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

brava199 says...

hi dear south wales agus i am a membere of 4x4 respones we are groop of 4x4 drives that have start opertion at 5 am and there nothing about us we have been transport hospital staff and care work all day and night which will carry on we ar a voultary force and a lot of the money for these jobs come from our owne pokets sorry about the spelling im disabled we have a facebook page

https://www.facebook
.com/pages/Gwent-4x4
-Response-Wales-new-
page/453908301334469


be nice to have some frenly commets otell us to keep up the good work
hi dear south wales agus i am a membere of 4x4 respones we are groop of 4x4 drives that have start opertion at 5 am and there nothing about us we have been transport hospital staff and care work all day and night which will carry on we ar a voultary force and a lot of the money for these jobs come from our owne pokets sorry about the spelling im disabled we have a facebook page https://www.facebook .com/pages/Gwent-4x4 -Response-Wales-new- page/453908301334469 be nice to have some frenly commets otell us to keep up the good work brava199
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12:32am Sat 19 Jan 13

gathin says...

Heroes???
I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes".
Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero.
I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too!
Heroes??? I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes". Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero. I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too! gathin
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8:50am Sat 19 Jan 13

kamarupa says...

Heroes if you manage not to get stuck.

Some people (including me) aren't all that confident driving in the snow and do more harm than good by venturing out!
Heroes if you manage not to get stuck. Some people (including me) aren't all that confident driving in the snow and do more harm than good by venturing out! kamarupa
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12:39pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Miguel.Juan says...

Brava 199

Many thanks to you and all of your colleagues who put themselves out to help others. I, for one, much appreciate the work that you and others like you do. Safe driving!
Brava 199 Many thanks to you and all of your colleagues who put themselves out to help others. I, for one, much appreciate the work that you and others like you do. Safe driving! Miguel.Juan
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7:55pm Sat 19 Jan 13

brainfreeze says...

Anybody would think we've had 6 foot of snow, just get on with it
Anybody would think we've had 6 foot of snow, just get on with it brainfreeze
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8:30pm Sat 19 Jan 13

brava199 says...

gathin wrote:
Heroes???
I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes".
Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero.
I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too!
a nures that works 30 miles to see to patient on Dialysers or change the bandges on a old lady so it dosnt get infect which frees hospital bed up goes beound what there paid to do is a hero or doctor
[quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: Heroes??? I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes". Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero. I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too![/p][/quote]a nures that works 30 miles to see to patient on Dialysers or change the bandges on a old lady so it dosnt get infect which frees hospital bed up goes beound what there paid to do is a hero or doctor brava199
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10:04pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Lewis UK says...

There are many people just like brava going out there way to help others.Well done.
Those doctors, nurses, fire man and police who walk miles to get to work, to ensure the wellbeing of others well done

How many Argus readers would go out there way to help a total stranger
There are many people just like brava going out there way to help others.Well done. Those doctors, nurses, fire man and police who walk miles to get to work, to ensure the wellbeing of others well done How many Argus readers would go out there way to help a total stranger Lewis UK
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11:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

gathin says...

brava199 wrote:
gathin wrote: Heroes??? I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes". Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero. I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too!
a nures that works 30 miles to see to patient on Dialysers or change the bandges on a old lady so it dosnt get infect which frees hospital bed up goes beound what there paid to do is a hero or doctor
No, it's called doing your job.
[quote][p][bold]brava199[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: Heroes??? I really wouldn't call a bunch of workers getting into work to do their jobs "Heroes". Someone who has risked their life for another is probably a hero. I bet Graham Murray was massively popular after picking up his staff and taking them in for a full days teaching too![/p][/quote]a nures that works 30 miles to see to patient on Dialysers or change the bandges on a old lady so it dosnt get infect which frees hospital bed up goes beound what there paid to do is a hero or doctor[/p][/quote]No, it's called doing your job. gathin
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