FIRST PERSON: Documentary filmmaker Alexis Girardet

South Wales Argus:

10:42am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

From chewing bits of wood to sound like a beaver, to trekking to the South Pole with Prince Harry, Alexis Girardet from Tintern has earned his place as a documentary filmmaker, as EMMA MACKINTOSH found out.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Protecting Gwent's elderly from scammers

South Wales Argus: Gerry Keighley, campaigns coordinator for Age Cymru

6:26pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Elderly people are vulnerable to rogue traders and scammers who use underhand and illegal tactics to get their cash. FRAN GILLETT looks at what is being done in Gwent to protect them.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Llantarnam Community Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Llantarnam Community Primary School. Josh Lloyd making a model microbe. (11363846)

6:11pm Thursday 16th October 2014

“Where everyone matters” – a motto truly reflective of Llantarnam Community Primary School, as Hannah Wood discovers.

FIRST PERSON: Yurt campsite owner Amanda Copp

South Wales Argus: First Person with Amanda Copp.  Pictured is Amanda with the Yurts she rents out in the grounds of her farm in Llanishen, Monmouthshire. (11299054)

6:10pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

From working on a farm as a teenager to realising her dream of setting up a yurt campsite on a Wye Valley farm, Amanda Copp, 54, talks to Kath Skellon about coming full circle.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Plan aims unlock Newport's business potential

South Wales Argus: At Project Space in Newport there was a launch of the Business Improvement District (BID) proposal.  Pictured from left is Chris Ashford, Laura Smith, Becky Chantry and Tom Evans all from the Newport Now BID Team. (11224381)

6:46pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

BUSINESSES in Newport could soon be helping to revitalise the city centre if they vote to create a Business Improvement District in next month's ballot. BECKY CARR looks at why businesses should vote yes.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our man tries piano-tuning

South Wales Argus: Work Experience - John Phillips at Paul's Pianos. Paul Stevens shows John how to tune a Piano. (11014285)

6:22pm Friday 10th October 2014

Patience, skills and a good ear - JOHN PHILLIPS finds out what's required working in a piano workshop.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Kymin View Primary

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Kymin View Primary. Parents, babies and toddler in the Community Garden House. (11187073)

6:22pm Thursday 9th October 2014

ONE of Monmouthshire’s newest head teachers is relishing her post at the helm of a busy primary school.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our reporter tries fitting bras

South Wales Argus: Argus reporter Becky Carr tries work experience at the Marks & Spencer Lingerie Department in Spytty Retail Park.  Pictured left is section manager Nicky Moulton with Becky. (10934510)

6:21pm Friday 3rd October 2014

MORE than 70 per cent of women are wearing the wrong bra size, a statistic that the bra fitters at M&S are trying to change one bust at a time, as BECKY CARR finds out.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Padre Pio RC Primary School, Pontypool

South Wales Argus: School of the Week - Padre Pio Catholic School in Pontypool. Pictured is Headteacher Paul Welsh. (10561935)

6:10pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

PADRE Pio RC Primary School, Pontypool, is bursting with enthusiasm over its diverse range of learning initiatives. Hannah Wood discovers how it’s all about pupil participation at this school.

FIRST PERSON: Newport teenage snapper has mature focus on life

South Wales Argus: CITY SHOT: Ieuan Berry's photograph of the city

6:35pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

HE'S still only a teenager but self-taught photographer Ieuan Berry, 17, of Maindee, has already achieved a lot through his work capturing the ‘unseen’ city including being chosen to photograph the Nato Summit. He talks to HAYLEY MILLS.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Should 16-17 year-olds get the vote?

South Wales Argus: Behind the Headlines feature - Sixth Form Students from Croesyceiliog School with their thoughts on Scottish Referendum. Sixth Form Students from Croesyceiliog School woth teacher Tina Newland Jones. (10809257)

6:25pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE recent independence referendum in Scotland, in which 16- and 17-year-olds were able to vote, kickstarted a debate about whether the voting age should be lowered.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our man makes sure kids’ dinner is served

South Wales Argus: Caio Iwan Work Experience Lunchtime Supervisor at Nant-Celyn Primary School. Caio serves up lunch. (10434724)

6:32pm Friday 26th September 2014

The job of lunchtime supervisor at a Gwent school is not just about doling out mashed potato - it has an important role in the battle to keep children's attention in class and re-inforce good standards of behaviour, as CAIO IWAN found out.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the week, plus official school opening after Caerleon Endowed Infant and Caerleon Endowed Junior School amalgamated in April 2014.
EXCITED Pupils of the 'endowed junior section' look forward to the joining of the two schools, which will

6:11pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School in Caerleon opened its doors to the public last week as Newport’s most recently amalgamated primary. HANNAH WOOD went to the grand opening to find out more.

Behind the Headlines: The demise and rise of Newbridge Memo

South Wales Argus: After more than 30 years of neglect, the first phase in restoring the dilapidated Celynen Collieries Institute and Memorial Hall in Newbridge, South Wales, is nearly complete thanks to a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fundús People an

6:08pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

An iconic Gwent building will have a new lease of life this autumn - thanks to local fundraisers. CAIO IWAN looks at the decade-long battle to refurbish Newbridge's Memorial Hall.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Our reporter becomes a dental nurse

South Wales Argus: Work experience at Bethcar Dental Practice, Ebbw Vale
PREPARING MOUTHWASH  Argus reporter, Becky Carr, in her role as a dental nurse (10361340)

6:15pm Friday 19th September 2014

FOR many people, even ten minutes is too long to spend at the dentists, but what about the people that work there? BECKY CARR tries her hand at being a dental nurse.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Mount Pleasant Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the Week is Mount Pleasant Primary School.  Pictured is the entrance to the school. (10305734)

11:03am Thursday 18th September 2014

FOR Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, 2014 may be a school year that’s difficult to top.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Abergavenny Food Festival boosts local economy

South Wales Argus: PROUD LABEL: One festival-goer parades her bag at last year's festival

6:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tens of thousands will visit Gwent's biggest food festival this weekend. NATHAN BRIANT examines its key role in the local economy.

SCHOOL OF THE WEEK: Pembroke Primary School

South Wales Argus: School of the week-Prembroke Primary School, Bulwark
ACTING HEAD  Jo Child, (ok) (10150919)

6:11pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Pupils at Pembroke Primary School in Bulwark, will soon all be playing sweet music. Carys Thomas goes to find out about their music initiatives and their love for outdoors.

FIRST PERSON: Welsh Netball star, Cara Lea Moseley

South Wales Argus: First Person - Cara Lea Moseley. Cara practising at Sport Wales in Cardiff. (9569333)

6:23pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

DESPITE being Vice Captain of the Welsh Netball team, Cara Lea Moseley, from Abergavenny, said she did not fall instantly in love with the sport.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Is our ambulance service in Wales in crisis?

South Wales Argus: GenericEmergency services at work (9934917)

6:08pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

PRIVATE ambulances to help fill weekend rotas, the threat of industrial action, continued poor performance on emergency response time targets - health reporter ANDY RUTHERFORD looks at the difficulties faced by Wales' ambulance service.

First Person: Gareth Williams of Tiny Rebel brewery

South Wales Argus: Tiny Rebel Brewery are doing a takeover night at the Lamb Pub to celebrate the best of Newport.  Pictured left is Gareth Williams from Tiny Rebel Brewery and Will Panell Manager of the Lamb. (9300483)

8:04pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

From electrical engineer to professional brewer- GARETH WILLIAMS talks to SOPHIE BROWNSON about his incredible journey to create Gwent’s iconic brewery TINY REBEL.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Nato summit will focus world’s eyes upon us

South Wales Argus: A  cameraman films anti-Nato protesters march down Commercial St in Newport (9829395)

5:31pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

With just two days to go until the Nato summit, BECKY CARR looks at the impact that the world's media will have during their visit to Newport.

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


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.

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