FIRST PERSON: Musician John Collier

South Wales Argus: First Person - John Collier. Pictured is John at home in Bassaleg. (9612054)

6:29pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Gwent musician John Collier has been a name on the Welsh dance band and jazz circuit. He’s performed with John Dankworth, played at Butlin’s and let his own band as saxophonist and flautist. It’s been a lively career. We asked him to recall some amusing moments

Behind the Headlines - the long road to UNESCO World Heritage Status

South Wales Argus: SWA _CT_25.11.05.THE TRANSPORTER BRIDGE REFLECTED IN THE RIVER USK AT NEWPORT.. (9091908)

6:16pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The battle to gain World Heritage Status for Newport's Transporter Bridge is set to be a long and hared one, as FRAN GILLETT discovered.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our reporter gets to grips with running a B&B at the West Usk Lighthouse

South Wales Argus: Argus reporter Francesca Gillett tries her hand with work experience in a B&B at the West Usk Lighthouse in St Bride's.  Pictured changing the bed linen is Francesca with Ya Qin the house keeper. (9352099)

5:51pm Friday 22nd August 2014

The work never ends when running a B&B as FRAN GILLETT discovered when she spent a morning at West Usk Lighthouse.

FIRST PERSON: Former Wales, Barbarians and Lions rugby union player John Bevan

South Wales Argus:

7:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The former Wales, Barbarians and Lions rugby union player raised a few eyebrows when he left for Warrington to play rugby league in 1973. But more than 40 years on, John Bevan, 63, has not looked back and is now a master of rugby and housemaster at Haberdashers' Monmouth School. He talks to CAIO IWAN.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent organisations helping those battling depression

South Wales Argus:

6:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

IT IS surely now well known, after several charity campaigns and other public awareness drives, that one quarter of people are suffering from mental health difficulties at any one time.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Mucking in and picking up after litter bugs

South Wales Argus: Work Expereience-Helping Natural Resources Wales clean up thye Newport Wetlands
PREPARED  Argus reporter Becky Carr with reserve manager Kevin Dupe (8997204)

3:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

Plastic bottles and industrial fridges are just some of the many items of rubbish that get washed up at the Newport Wetlands. BECKY CARR went to help Natural Resources Wales to clean up.

FIRST PERSON: Cwmbran schoolgirl Danielle Jordan talks about playing hockey at the Commonwealth Games and her love of the sport

South Wales Argus:

6:27pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Wales hockey player Danielle Jordan, 18, from Cwmbran, tells JOHN PHILLIPS about her love of the sport and competing in the Commonwealth Games.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Gwent libraries are facing changing roles as the cuts bite

South Wales Argus: RENOVATION: Risca Palace became a library in 2011

6:14pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

With threats of closure many libraries are now turning to innovative ways of trying to staying open. CARYS THOMAS looks at what the libraries in Gwent have to offer.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Summer playscheme volunteer

South Wales Argus: Becky Carr - Work Experience at Torfaen Play Scheme. Becky with volunteers Courtney Webb, Hannah James, Anna Cullaton, Dylan Zenedee, Leahmara Morris, Katy Atwood and Josh Sumner. (8831891)

6:26pm Friday 8th August 2014

SCHOOL'S out, the sun is shining and the kids need entertaining. BECKY CARR finds out what its like to be a summer playscheme volunteer.

FIRST PERSON: Children's author and teacher Paul Manship

South Wales Argus: Teacher and children's author Paul Manship (8662992)

6:16pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Author Paul Manship, 53, from Rhiwderin, talks to FRAN GILLETT about how the children he has met over his 23-year teaching career have inspired his novels.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The logistics of Newport's Nato summit

South Wales Argus: LIVE: Newport council debate Celtic Manor conference centre

6:20pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

WITH Newport's population set to swell by up to a quarter during the Nato Summit in a month's time, BECKY CARR and EMMA MACKINTOSH take a look at the logistics of such a huge operation and what city residents make of it.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our man becomes a butcher

South Wales Argus: Work Experience - Caio Iwan at Turner's butchers. Pictured is Caio putting a finished burger in a machine to be packed. (8255372)

6:21pm Friday 1st August 2014

IT'S not a job for everyone, but there are those who dedicate their lives to it. CAIO IWAN tries his hand as a butcher in Newport.

FIRST PERSON: Crosskeys globe-trotter, Graham Osborne

South Wales Argus: First Person - Graham Osbourne. Pictured is Graham at his home in Crosskeys. (8576474)

6:29pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

Dr Graham Osborne, 89, talks to FRAN GILLETT about his adventures from Gwent to New Zealand as a former research scientist, farmer and local historian.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Parents condemn new £60 ‘truancy’ fines

South Wales Argus: Parent Terry Banfield is against the new truancy policy. He’s saying education is not just about the 3 Rs. He took his daughter to the Lake District for a week in May with her school’s permission and he says she read books and learnt all sorts

6:10pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

EDUCATION chiefs in Gwent will be able to hand out “punitive” fines to families of students who skip school from September. JOHN PHILLIPS takes an in-depth look at the merits of a controversial new policy which could also penalise parents who take their kids on holiday during term time.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Blenheim Road primary , Cwmbran

South Wales Argus: Gill Ellis, head teacher of Coed Eva, who’s been on secondment as acting head at Blenheim Road Primary School in St Dials. She’s about to become executive head teacher of both schools. Pictured is Gill outside Coed Eva Primary in Cwmbran. (748

6:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

“COURAGE, respect, co-operation,” reads a poster in the headmistress’ office at Blenheim Road Community Primary School, and it is clear that these three words have a lot of importance here.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Decision on M4 relief road sparks new row

South Wales Argus: POLITICS Wales 105430 (2282705)

6:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LAST week's announcement that the Welsh Government is backing a new motorway across the Gwent Levels provoked a backlash from critics and was welcomed by those backing the "black route". So what happens now? JEN MILLS reports.

Newport's town bridge sealed off due to police incident

South Wales Argus: Gwent Police Logo2.jpg

5:36pm Friday 18th July 2014

TOWN Bridge is sealed off this afternoon due to a police incident.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Getting green-fingered at the garden centre

South Wales Argus: Argus reporter Fran Gillett tries work experience at Sunnydale Garden Centre in Croesyceiliog.  Pictured outside the entrance on left is Jason Samuel and Fran. (8122476)

6:35pm Friday 18th July 2014

From assembling garden furniture to watering lots and lots of plants, FRAN GILLETT tries her hand working at Cwmbran's Sunnydale Garden Centre.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Somerton Primary

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Somerton Primary. Pictured is Courtney Thomas with her mum Hannah Whiteley. (7992333)

6:14pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A school with a difference, SOMERTON PRIMARY in Newport puts pupil participation and enjoyment above all else, as reporter SOPHIE BROWSON discovers.

FIRST PERSON: Trellech councillor, Ashley Thomas

6:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

Ashley Thomas talks to NATHAN BRIANT about his 40 years service with Trellech United community council.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Gwent councils facing more cuts

South Wales Argus: TRANSFER: Sport and leisure services in Newport are set to be transferred from council control to a trust. This has already happened in Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

6:17pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

With the Welsh Government indicating that councils across the country could be facing budget cuts as deep as 4.5 per cent next year, NATHAN BRIANT finds out what it means for Gwent.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Trading standards raise the bar for traders

South Wales Argus: AT WORK: Jen tests a petrol pump for accuracy

5:04pm Friday 11th July 2014

IMAGINE eating a 7oz steak, stopping off to fill up your car on your way home and then later winding down with a Smirnoff and coke in the pub.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Willowtown Primary, Ebbw Vale

South Wales Argus: School of the week is Willowtown Primary. Pictured is the outside of the school. (7026917)

7:09pm Thursday 10th July 2014

It's a fun learning environment at Willowtown Community Primary School as KEILIGH BAKER finds out.

FIRST PERSON: Newport's DIY superman reveals his fantastic projects

South Wales Argus: First person feature Edward Hayes of Beechwood, Newport (7920277)

4:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Newport gardener, Eddie Hayes, who recently found fame through a 26ft flower tower in his garden, speaks to Laura Lea about a whole life of innovative projects and a do-it-yourself attitude.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: The student voices behind planned university cuts

South Wales Argus: Students at the Acorn Centre in Abergavenny (L-R) Kelly Brown, Sharron Clarke, Sally Jones, David Holman and his daughter Tanaka Abigail Shaw, Nikki Wilkins, Janet McCarthy, Annwen Holland, and Kathy Batten (7841174)

11:36am Wednesday 9th July 2014

LAST month the Argus revealed 100 part-time student places could leave Gwent if cuts proposed by the University of South Wales go ahead this year, while some courses in Caerleon are already being stopped. EMMA MACKINTOSH spoke to some of the students who could be affected.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: St Mary's CIW Primary, Brynmawr

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - St Marys Church in Wales Primary - Brynmawr. Abi Reece and Cai Stone make plastic footballs to send to school in Tanzania aspart of their twinning project. (7614325)

6:12pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Learning at St Mary’s Church in Wales Primary School is fun and fast-paced. KATHARINE SKELLON finds out more.

FIRST PERSON: Newport photographer Lisa-Jane Meates

South Wales Argus: Local self-employed wedding photographer Lisa-Jane Meates.  Pictured is Lisa-Jane at home growing up in Ballymena in Northern Ireland. (7315496)

6:08pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

AT the age of 24, Newport photographer Lisa-Jane Meates, known as LJ, has already photographed the wedding of a TV actress, started her own business and been awarded best enterprise at an award ceremony in Cardiff. Reporter BECKY CARR finds out more.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Will the Newport Nato summit boost the city?

South Wales Argus: Newport NATO Summit Logo (7529320)

6:04pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

As Newport is snubbed from the Nato summit’s title and an overwhelming majority believe there are no benefits to be had, LAURA LEA asks the people of Newport how we can benefit from the global event this autumn.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Trellech Primary

South Wales Argus: School of the Week-Trellech Primary School
FILMED Pupils Johnny Dunkley and Millie Edwards were filmed by Mon  TV as part of a healthy eating programme (7113202)

6:12pm Thursday 26th June 2014

PRIMARY schoolchildren have been enjoying a summer of fun at Trellech Primary with football games in the lead-up to the World Cup as well as a show modelled on Britain's Got Talent.

FIRST PERSON: Mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts

South Wales Argus: internationally renowned mosaic artists are lending a hand to help Newport celebrate Big Splash 2014.  Pictured is director Stephanie Roberts in the Project Space workshops on Commercial Street. (6090153)

6:19pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Travelling across Ireland, Wales, the Bahamas, and Chile, Newport mosaic artist Stephanie Roberts has been on quite a journey with her creative skills. Reporter SOPHIE BROWNSON finds out more.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Pit closures still blighting Gwent

South Wales Argus: SWA_BM_1046_03 (3429885)

6:30pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

COAL mining areas in South Wales continue to be blighted by the effects of the huge job losses caused by pit closures throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and still require support to help them recover, a new State of the Coalfields report concludes. ANDY RUTHERFORD looks at former mining areas in Gwent.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Curator at Pontypool Museum

South Wales Argus: Reporter Hayley Mills tries her hand with work experience at the Pontypool Museum.  Pictured is Hayley watering plants that are on sale at the museum. (7065879)

6:26pm Friday 20th June 2014

HAYLEY MILLS goes back in time to help out staff at Pontypool Museum.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Ponthir Church in Wales Primary

South Wales Argus: Ceris Spooner head of Ponthir Chuch in Wales School (7147151)

6:11pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE beauty of a small primary school is that everyone can be involved in the same topic from reception through to year six.

FIRST PERSON: Usk entrepreneur and hairdresser Phillip Mungeam

South Wales Argus: Phillip aged 18

6:32pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Usk entrepreneur and hairdresser Phillip Mungeam, 62, talks to KATH SKELLON about his passion for music and reaching the final of Sky Living’s reality cooking show.

Library work experience

South Wales Argus: Work Experience Librarian.  Pictured left is Argus reporter Jen Mills with Newport Central Library manager Sian Jones. (6780697)

6:21pm Friday 13th June 2014

JEN MILLS got lost in a world of books, history and imagination when she find out what it was like to work as a librarian.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Cross Ash Primary

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Cross Ash Primary School. Zsa Zsi Mount and Tilly Probert hula hooping. (6472855)

6:14pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Cross Ash Primary School aims to help children gain their independence as CARYS THOMAS finds out.

FIRST PERSON: Newport designer Heidi-Louise Griffiths

South Wales Argus: First person feature with Newport accessories designer Heidi Louise Griffiths at her studio  (6352288)

6:20pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

From buying to designing, Newport accessory designer Heidi-Louise Griffiths talks to SOPHIE BROWNSON about her brand ' Lola and Me’ and the global journey on which it has taken her.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: 'Cuts hitting older people'

South Wales Argus: CAMPAIGNING: Sarah Rochira

6:15pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

PUBLIC service cuts are hitting the quality of life of older people in Wales, says Older People's Commissioner Sarah Rochira. NATHAN BRIANT reports.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Argus reporter tries beauty therapy

South Wales Argus: Work Experience - Heaven Sent Day Spa. Carys using the VPL (Variable Pulse Light) on Katie Wenzel. (6805286)

6:14pm Friday 6th June 2014

Pampering is what staff at The Health and Serenity Spa in Newport do best. Carys Thomas has a go at being a beauty therapist.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Castle Park Primary, Caldicot

South Wales Argus: School of the week, Castle Park Primary School in CaldicotDEPUTY HEAD Jon Keohane (ok) (6383380)

6:20pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Pupils at Castle Park Primary are leaping to success both in and outside of the classroom as KATH SKELLON finds out.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our reporter learns the art of breadmaking

South Wales Argus: Work experience for Jen Mills with Bill King Artisan Baker of Cwmbran
READY TO BAKE  Jen pops the bread into the oven (6441101)

12:57pm Thursday 5th June 2014

THE first rule of baking is you need to show the dough who’s boss.

FIRST PERSON: Newport writer Richard Frame

South Wales Argus: Newport historian Richard Frame is typing up extracts from a first world war one soldiers diary, written from the trenches.  Pictured is Richard at home in his study. (5678024)

4:19pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

Newport historian and author Richard Frame, MBE, talks to Kath Skellon about his friendship with the late Alexander Cordell, sharing a flat with Joe Strummer and researching the lives of World War One Soldiers.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Are blocked brooks to blame for flooding?

South Wales Argus: WATERWAY: The footpath from the St Joseph's Meadow estate to the railway line had at least a foot of water. -Photo taken by Mike Villars (6690998)

6:03pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

People whose homes were flooded in Cwmbran last month are still living with the fall-out of the waters damaging their properties. LAURA LEA investigates.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Malpas Court Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the Week- Malpas Court Primary School. Tayah Bald, Ashley Hudson-Thompson and Oliwia Pyzyk making sandwiches. (6507333)

6:12pm Thursday 29th May 2014

From firefighting to filling supermarket shelves and working in a bank, children at Malpas Court Primary School have been given an insight into their futures. John Phillips reports.

FIRST PERSON: Torfaen's Elvis Darren 'Graceland' Jones

South Wales Argus: Darren Jones,9, (right) with his brother Lee, 6.

5:04pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

TORFAEN’S own Elvis tribute act, Darren "Graceland" Jones, 42, is aiming for bigger competitions after being named as The Best Welsh Elvis three years in a row. Reporter HAYLEY MILLS finds out more.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Eisteddfod will be ‘lasting legacy‘ for Abergavenny

South Wales Argus: CB 2.8.10 REPORTER BEN
THE EISTEDDFOD IN EBBW VALE .  THE  CROWNING OF THE BARD CEREMONY . GLENYS MAIR GLYN ROBERTS BEING CROWNED  (6373569)

6:20pm Tuesday 27th May 2014

The biggest cultural event in Wales is coming to Monmouthshire in 2016. Carys Thomas and Kath Skellon report on what this will bring to the county.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our reporter tries wood-carving

South Wales Argus: Work Experience reporter Sophie Brownson spends a morning with Carpenter Paul Roberts in his workshop at Tredegar House.  Pictured is the sign and entrance to the Craft Units. (6174797)

6:16pm Friday 23rd May 2014

Beautifully crafted and polished, the end result of woodcraft is certainly impressive as reporter SOPHIE BROWNSON found out when she tried her hand at wood carving.

FIRST PERSON: Patrick Jones, Blackwood playwright and poet

South Wales Argus: First person feature with Patrick Jones, poet and playwriter (6081170)

6:10pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

Patrick Jones, 49, of Blackwood is a playwright and poet. He tells Carys Thomas about growing up in the valleys with his rockstar brother.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Argus reporter is British Gas engineer

South Wales Argus: Argus reporter Keiligh Baker joins British Gas Boiler Engineer Kirsty Williams for some work experience.  Pictured is Kirsty next to a boiler unit she is servicing. (5849886)

6:26pm Friday 16th May 2014

I’M SURE there are plenty of little girls who dream of being engineers, but I was never one of them.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Blaenavon VC Heritage Primary School. Ashden Davey and Ewan Gilmore learning on their tablet computers. (5978533)

6:33pm Thursday 15th May 2014

It may have only been running for two years but Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School is already a major part of the community and is enjoying success as JOHN PHILLIPS finds out.






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