Pontypool retired men get cash boost

12:20pm Monday 30th November 2009

THE Pontypool Retired Men's Society will receive a £2,500 grant through the Big Lottery's Awards For All Wales programme, to fund outings for members.

Crownbridge pupils show enterprise

3:21pm Tuesday 16th June 2009

PUPILS from Crownbridge special school, Pontypool will take part in the Young Enterprise Wales Innovation Awards 2009 final in Cardiff on Tuesday June 23.

Plan for Hanbury Hotel apartments submitted

3:42pm Monday 19th January 2009

THE existing disused Hanbury Hotel at Griffithstown, Pontypool, could be converted into apartments.

Fountain restoration plans on view

3:01pm Tuesday 12th August 2008

A CONSULTATION display on the proposed restoration of the Italian Gardens Fountain in Pontypool Park can be viewed at Pontypool Museum from Friday, August 15.

Canal targets more tourists

2:45pm Friday 1st August 2008

CANALS TRUST NEWSLETTER: Every so often I receive a publication called the Reed Warbler, which is issued by the Monmouthshire Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust. Its slogan is “Progress Through Partnerships”, and it certainly reveals that the organisation is full of enthusiastic members, headed by their chairman, events and media officer, Chris Morgan. Their president is Lord Raglan and their vice-presidents include Lord Crickhowell, the Newport MP, Paul Flynn, and Sir R Hanbury-Tennison.

Those were the great films days

2:27pm Friday 1st August 2008

PROBUS CLUB OF PONTYPOOL: “A Film Fan’s Recollection Of The Best Films Between 1947 and 1954 – Part II”.

Breastfeeders welcome

3:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2008

Pontypool Museum and Bread of Heaven cafe have signed up to the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.

Charity auction for cancer fund

8:25am Tuesday 22nd July 2008

HATS, TIARAS, shoes, handbags and much more will be on sale at the Courtyard charity event on Saturday, 9 August to raise money for The Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer.

Housing plan for Promenade

9:08am Wednesday 11th June 2008

LAND off The Promenade, at Pentywyn, Pontypool, is being earmarked for a housing development by Shropshire-based Parkhill Estates Limited, which is applying for outline planning permission from Torfaen county borough council.

Police warning to shed owners

1:46pm Friday 30th May 2008

POLICE are warning Pontypool residents to secure their property after a rise in shed and outbuilding burglaries in the area during the last week.

Cash boosts for Pontypool

11:45am Friday 30th May 2008

PONTYPOOL community council gave a grant of £600 to Panteg Public Hall, £150 to Victoria Primary School and £150 to Garnteg Primary School.

Cash allotment for gardens

11:31am Friday 30th May 2008

THE Twmpath Allotments Association was given a grant of £500 by Pontypool community council.

Tranch gets cash boost

11:31am Friday 30th May 2008

TRANCH AFC was given a grant of £300 by Pontypool community council.

Meanwhile, down in the park

1:14pm Friday 23rd May 2008

PONTYPOOL PARK: Just under eight years ago I wrote my first item for Grassroots. I remember quite clearly that I said that I would try to stick to subjects that I knew something about.

Pontypool council Walks for Life

2:25pm Wednesday 21st May 2008

THE Kidney Wales Foundation received £500 from Pontypool community council in sponsorship for their Walk for Life.

Christmas tree cost revealed

12:17pm Wednesday 21st May 2008

CHRISTMAS trees in Pontypool cost the town's community council £7,955.91, its meeting was due to be told today.

Get your talent on air

11:41am Thursday 15th May 2008

FLAME Radio, a Pontypool-based internet radio station, is searching for local talent.

Poet of Pontypool

9:00am Monday 28th April 2008

POET OF PONTYPOOL 2008: It is that time of the year again when all the local purveyors of words gird up their inventive brains and produce the poem that is going to walk away with the first prize.

Shortage of seating

1:50pm Sunday 20th April 2008

During the recent half term holidays I happened to walk past the children's playground opposite the Leisure Centre and was delighted to see that it was absolutely packed with youngsters who, to judge by the screams and shouts, were thoroughly enjoying the various swings and things that have been placed there.

Signs of the times?

2:37pm Friday 28th March 2008

SIGNAGE IN PONTYPOOL: I was recently invited to a meeting of the Pontypool Regeneration Partnership Steering Group Forum, in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre.

Edward is half tidy!

1:53pm Friday 21st March 2008

TIDY Edward Watkins from Pontypool cleaned-up at a national awards ceremony for his handiwork around the home.

A very interesting talk

9:30am Monday 17th March 2008

Eyes right!: Mr Andrew Hillier, a Manager Supporting People, Caerphilly, and closely connected to the Gwent Association for the Blind, which covers the former County of Gwent in Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent County Council areas, gave a very informative and interesting talk about GAB (www.gwentblind.org) to the Probus Club of Pontypool at their meeting, at Panteg House, on Wednesday, March 5.

Ale to the president!

9:23am Monday 17th March 2008

ALL THE WAY FROM THE US OF A!: Beer enthusiasts will be able to enjoy beers from as far afield as the USA and Japan during a 19-day festival at Wetherspoons, in Pontypool.

OK, let's cut to the chase!

9:21am Monday 17th March 2008

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE HANBURY HAIRDRESSING SUITE: Former Gents' World Hairdressing Champion, Michael Constantinou, recently opened four brand new salons at Coleg Gwent's Pontypool Campus.

Regeneration strategy – what a game!

9:19am Monday 17th March 2008

PONTYPOOL REGENERATION STRATEGY: I wrote about this subject back in mid-February, and I have now received a further notice about the Consultation on the Initial Proposals.

Bio-waste protest meeting

2:51pm Monday 10th March 2008

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against plans to build a mechanical biological waste treatment plant in New Inn, Pontypool, are holding a public meeting at the PILCS Club on New Road, on March 18 at 7.15pm.

Spare a thought for our furry friends

8:45am Monday 10th March 2008

GWENT CAT SOCIETY: The secretary of this society, Loretta Kedward, has asked me to publicise their forthcoming Cat Adoption day, which is to be held at Panteg Public Hall on Sunday, March 16, starting at 2pm.

Flood prevention scheme to start

3:56pm Wednesday 5th March 2008

A MONTH-long scheme to cut the risk of flooding to properties in Pontypool is due to start on Monday.

Champion crimper opens student salons

3:11pm Tuesday 4th March 2008

A FORMER gents world champion hairdresser formally opened four brand new salons at Coleg Gwent's Pontypool Campus.

Fair times for Fairtrade

12:01pm Friday 29th February 2008

COFFEE MORNING: Last week I mentioned the coffee morning at the Red Cross building in Trosnant, but the details that I had been given were a little thin on the ground, so I prevailed on Phil Smith, the secretary of the Aneurin Bevan Court Residents' Association, to let me have more details of the event.

A volunteer's life for me!

12:00pm Friday 29th February 2008

EVERYTHING FOR THE COMMUNITY: Mr Stuart Ashley, a Community Councillor in Cwmbran, and a development worker for Torfaen Credit Union gave a talk on his life in community work, with the aid of a computer aided projector, to the Probus Club of Pontypool, at their meeting at Panteg House, on Wednesday, February 28.

Rug Makers cash booster

11:56am Friday 29th February 2008

GREAT GRANT: PontypoolTextileArtists&CwmbranRagRugMakershavereceivedagrantof£1,000from'AwardsforAllWales', thiswillenablethemtotraveltoTheAmericanMuseumin Bath,andtoinvitespeakerstotheirpracticalsessions,which take placeatthe beautifulPontypoolMuseumeachmonth.

Panteg Women's Institute

8:40am Monday 25th February 2008

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: Panteg Women's Institute celebrated their 85th birthday, on Wednesday, February, 13.

It's all been fun so far!

8:35am Monday 25th February 2008

PONTYPOOL RETIRED MEN'S SOCIETY: As we arrive at the half-term mark, it is good to look back at another period of enjoyable meetings.

Multiple Sclerosis explained

10:56am Monday 18th February 2008

PROBUS CLUB OF PONTYPOOL: Mr Michael "Mike" Bailey, an active member of the Cwmbran and District branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.mssociety.org.uk/cwmbran) (01633 875273) gave a very informative talk, well illustrated with the aid of flip charts, to the Probus Club of Pontypool, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 7.

Can you lend a hand?

10:54am Monday 18th February 2008

TOGS VOLUNTEERS: TOGS Family Centre, at New Inn, Pontypool, is looking for volunteers who can offer two hours each week to help at their youth clubs.

Getting the lowdown on the Preferred Strategy

10:49am Monday 18th February 2008

TORFAEN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN PREFERRED STRATEGY: The purpose of the Preferred Strategy is to set out the council's strategic priorities for development up to the year 2021.

Pontypool woman is the business

8:24am Monday 18th February 2008

A WOMAN from Gwent won an award for her work in business.

Net result is worth it

3:49pm Friday 1st February 2008

MORE ABOUT THE CIVIC CENTRE RENOVATIONS: I must admit that I was too quick off the mark a week or two ago when I said that the scaffolding on the Civic Centre was only half way up the building.

Man's Everest trek for ill daughter

South Wales Argus: Richard Jenkins with daughter Samantha

8:21am Thursday 31st January 2008

DAD will follow Edmund Hillary's route up peak

Age Concern helping with the shopping experience

9:32am Monday 28th January 2008

FACILITIES PROVIDED BY AGE CONCERN TORFAEN: Reading through the winter edition of the Age Concern Torfaen newsletter there are a number of facilities that are rather unusual.

The mighty heart of our mining heritage

9:15am Monday 28th January 2008

PROBUS CLUB OF PONTYPOOL - EARLY COALMINING: Mr Clive Davies and Gwyn Tilley, joint authors of a recent book on the above subject, entitled The Iron Heart Of Gwent (ISBN 978-1-84306-401-5), and with the aid of their excellently produced DVD, were the guest speakers at the Probus Club of Pontypool meeting on Wednesday, January 16.

A mum in a million

2:33pm Monday 14th January 2008

A SEBASTOPOL mum who shaved her head after her daughter lost her locks battling breast cancer, has raised £2,400 for Nevill Hall Hospital.

It's all about getting mobile

2:27pm Monday 14th January 2008

MODERN FADS: In recent years I have noticed that there are certain items that particularly younger people really have to have with them.

First-class speaker at the Probus Club

2:24pm Monday 14th January 2008

"30 ODD YEARS AS A POSTMAN": Mr Des Morgan, a retired postal officer, gave the Probus Club of Pontypool a very interesting talk on the above subject at their meeting at Panteg House on Wednesday, January 2.

The Barkers' are back home

2:23pm Monday 14th January 2008

Two major paintings have been added to the Barker collection at Pontypool Museum. The new works, by Benjamin Barker and his son Thomas Barker, were purchased for £43,000 with the help of a Lottery grant.

Proud moment for retiring Joy

3:34pm Friday 4th January 2008

A VALUABLE VOLUNTEER: A dedicated volunteer is retiring after 25 years of service.

Fundraising goes to their head!

3:32pm Friday 4th January 2008

THE COUNTY HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS: Fundraising is the constant aim of this group of hard working people, and their bank balance certainly received a shot in the arm when a local hospital porter, John Wedlock, joined with two friends, John Jayne and Nathan Powell, and they agreed to have their heads shaved for the charity.

Hall gets £10,000 boost

3:40pm Thursday 20th December 2007

A GWENT village hall was given a new lease of life thanks nearly £10,000 of funding.

Practice makes Christmas perfect!

9:01am Thursday 20th December 2007

THE LINDEN SINGERS CHRISTMAS PARTY: Every year the choir put on a Christmas show in the schoolroom of the Congregational Chapel in Griffithstown. This is very familiar territory for the ladies, as that is where they hold their weekly Monday practices.






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