• Nantyglo foster carers honoured

    NTYGLO couple have been honoured at the House of Lords for their commitment to vulnerable young people in the community.Carole and Ray Mainwearing have been foster carers with Action for Children’s Taith Newydd Fostering in Newport since 2005.Their

  • Pontypool Market revamp on target

    THE regeneration of Pontypool Market is making excellent progress, say Torfaen County Brough Council, half way through the redevelopment.New market stalls are under construction, while the painting of the higher levels is complete. New floor is due to

  • Of Mice and Men to tour with new album in 2014

    Of Mice & Men have announced a tour to coincide that their third studio album Restoring Force which will be released on January 27 on Rise Records. The album is the follow up to the band’s 2011’s acclaimed release The Flood, which solidified

  • Newport variety show helps children

    A GROUP of Newport women have held a variety show to raise around £1,000 for the domestic violence unit of Gwent Police.The event at the Lysaght Institute, Newport, on Wednesday featured such acts as a disco dancing troupe, belly dancers, and a

  • Terry Jiones Silly Kings in Sound and Vision

    Terry Jones’ Fairy Tales will be brought to life on BBC Radio Wales this Christmas by some of Wales’ best loved voices; Torchwood actress Eve Myles, The One Show presenter Alex Jones, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and comedian and actor Griff

  • WORK EXPERIENCE: Nathan Briant helps out Newport recycling

    I HAD seen Wastesavers workers around Newport, mostly early in the morning on my way to Argus Towers, and was keen to see whether what they did was difficult, or simply them merrily lobbing plastic boxes into a truck with little effort. So I asked

  • Comedy legend Joan Rivers to play Cardiff in 2014

    The international treasure that is Joan Rivers will return to the UK for 2 weeks in October 2014 for a series of rare performances and what promises to be the hottest ticket in town.Joan’s last UK tour in 2012 saw her appear to critical acclaim

  • Meet Ant Law

    Andy Howells chats to guitarist Ant Law ahead of his appearance at Swansea Jazzland on January 22Guitarist Ant Law was a scholar at both Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music until moving to London in 2008. Upon arrival he picked up work with

  • All Star Line Up for Weston Super Mare Festival

    Some of pop’s biggest acts will come together next summer to tour the UK for a series of one-day festivals. The line up includes chart topper Jessie J, fun loving hitmakers Rizzle Kicks, the UK’s top girl band The Saturdays, teen sensations

  • Al Lewis releases new single for Christmas

    North Wales singer-songwriter, Al Lewis, delights fans with his latest single ‘A Child's Christmas in Wales’. Based upon the short-story of the same name by Dylan Thomas, the release coincides with the beginning of a year-long celebration

  • Foodbank opens its fourth Newport branch

    A NEW foodbank opened in Newport this week as figures revealed households relying on food donations had almost trebled in the space of a year.The foodbank network charity, Trussell Trust, launched its fourth distribution centre in Duffryn on Tuesday after

  • Shappi Khorsandi will raise a smile in Ebbw Vale

    Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country and she will be appearing at Beaufort Theatre & Ballroom, Ebbw Vale on Friday 7th February at 8pm.The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi Khorsandi’s

  • John Bishop goes supersonic

    Ground control to Major John! Strap yourselves in, set doors to manual and cross check, the new John Bishop national tour is preparing for take off!The countdown is on for the launch of John Bishop’s latest national comedy caper! After taking eighteen

  • The Lash play Newport

    As Newports Warehouse54 Wind down a whole year of exciting live sessions weekly at the Cambrian Road based venue This Weekend Warehouse are proud to present a clash of South Wales finest emerging bands with A Double bill of Glamourous Indie Rock and Roll

  • Bombay Bicycle Club all set for tour with new album

    BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB continue to blaze a trail as one of the UK’s most prolific and ambitious bands with the release of their fourth album in five years, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (on February 3rd 2014 via Island Records) – and

  • Gwent garage gives away free MOT vouchers

    A GARAGE has given something back to the community by giving away more than £214,000 worth of workshop time.Ponthir Road Service Station has donated vouchers to sports clubs, charities, hospitals and schools in Gwent which all offer a free MOT or

  • Torfaen MP wants more youngsters aiming for Oxbridge

    YOUNGSTERS in Gwent are as bright as any others and deserve support and encouragement to aim high, the MP for Torfaen has said.Paul Murphy spoke after he said low self-esteem and a lack of academic confidence are getting in the way of Welsh pupils applying

  • James Taylor to play Cardiff in 2014

    There's a chance to see one of the all-time great singer/songwriter's James Taylor when he visits Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena later next year.Taylor's music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is

  • MP backs Llanhilleth brewery

    A FAMILY-RUN brewery was visited by Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith on Small Business Saturday as part of a Labour-led drive to support local companies.Mr Smith visited Tudor Brewery and got an insight into the process which creates the six drinks they offer

  • Union J and Elyar Fox hit Cardiff this weekend

    Pop heartthrobs Union J arrive at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena this Sunday (December 15) with news that they will release their new single ‘Loving You Is Easy’ on December 29th. The track is taken from their top 10 self-titled album ‘Union

  • Kids get presents thanks to Newport church charity

    THE KINGS Church’s Jesus Cares campaign has expanded this Christmas with hundreds of presents being given out to children across South Wales.Volunteers turned up at the Newport church to pack and wrap around 800 gifts for children from struggling

  • Newport toy firm give Christmas gift for Gwent kids

    FOURTEEN charities and organisations have benefited from Newport-based toy firm Hasbro’s Day of Joy project.Around 100 staff at the firm’s Reevesland industrial estate distribution centre gift wrapped more than 1,250 presents for children,

  • FIVE MINUTES WITH: Colin Baker of Bettws in Bloom

    Colin Baker trustee of Bettws in BloomIf you had to be stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why? Tom Jones. I was brought up in Pontypridd like him and I admire all the work he has done for charity. What is your biggest fear? Heights. I don

  • COUCH POTATO: ‘Horrendous din’ of X Factor final looms

    Thirty wasted weekend nights later and we’re at Wembley Arena for the live final. What then, if anything, can we take away from the grimmest series yet of X Factor, which celebrated its 10th anniversary fittingly on its landmark nine years, two

  • Wrong choices

    REFER to headlines in Torfaen Talks magazine. Bob Wellington, our leader, says he has been open and frank about the budget cuts for 2014/15 but I have seen little detail of actual cuts. I think we would accept cuts at facilities such as Greenmeadow

  • We told you so

    WHY IS Newport city’s Labour-led council allowed to “sell off all our green space” on Newport’s Glebelands Park? Asks Ian Young (Argus 9.12.13). The answer is because it wants to, because it ignores Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), because it

  • Marriage figures

    A PARAGRAPH in a national newspaper caught my eye about the benefit chaos with the new computer system handling the government’s flagship Universal Credit scheme, and how it is not able to cope with the ‘complicated’ lives led by millions of families

  • Monmouth pupils off to world chess tournament

    THREE Monmouth youngsters are preparing to spend Christmas in the Middle East.Nyasha Katsande, 13, of Monmouth School, Stephanie du Toit, 11, of Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, and Alice Tang, 11, of Inglefield House, will take on the best

  • Alfie Boe prepares for second arena tour

    Alfie Boe formerly known as ‘The Nation’s Favourite Tenor’ has announced details of his second UK arena tour for November and December 2014. The tour follows the news of Alfie’s new album ‘Trust’ . Alfie Boe has moved

  • Newport chairman Will Godfrey backs head coach Sven Cronk

    NEWPORT RFC chairman Will Godfrey has moved to back his under fire head coach Sven Cronk although he admits some of the Black and Ambers’ performances this season have been “inept”, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.This week the team and their

  • Newbridge seek third win in a row

    NEWBRIDGE will be looking for their third successive triumph when they entertain big Gwent rivals Pontypool in the Swalec Championship tomorrow afternoon, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.The Welfare Ground outfit got their away monkey off their backs last week

  • Billy Jones aims to extend his time at Rodney Parade

    DEFENDER Billy Jones is once again at the end of his monthly contract with Newport County AFC after Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth, writes Andrew Penman.The 30-year-old is hoping to agree an extension to his stay at Rodney Parade having played an

  • Dragons urged to bounce back after Bordeaux misery

    NEWPORT Gwent Dragons forwards coach Kingsley Jones was left to rue his side’s difficult night at Bordeaux-Bègles but urges his troops to bounce back in style away at Connacht next weekend. The region had travelled to the South of France with high

  • Ex-County star Aizelwood banned as company director

    EX-WALES International and Newport County footballer Mark Aizlewood has been disqualified as a company director for six years following a probe by the Insolvency Service. The case which showed “failures” and “behaviour that falls far below that

  • No Gwent schools in top bandings

    Annual banding results for Welsh schools were released by Welsh Government yesterday and spelled bad news for many of Gwent's schools. EMMA MACKINTOSH, KATH SKELLON, HAYLEY MILLS and DANIEL ANGELINI report.THERE are no Gwent schools in the best category

  • More than 50 ideas to boost Newport city centre

    THE ReNewport report makes more than 50 recommendations spanning a wide range of ideas for boosting the city centre.One of the most eye-catching is the establishment of a so-called software university in the city to address a “critical gap&rdquo

  • Newport task force unveils ambitious plans

    A NEW software university, a roof over High Street and a national centre for cyber security are among forward-thinking plans penned by a city centre task force.After six months of work, the ReNewport Business Development Task Force has reported back to

  • New look Cross Keys proud to host European superpower

    CROSS Keys look to make it a day to remember at Pandy Park as they welcome the development side of one of the powerhouses of European rugby to the Gwent Valleys this weekend, writes Iwan Gabe Davies.Leinster A will be the visitors as the hosts look to

  • ARGUS COMMENT: A report built on positivity

    THERE is much to commend in the Newport business development task force's report to the Welsh Government. Re:Newport - as the task force is called - is a private sector group asked by the Welsh Government to review how to re-energise the city centre

  • Newport man jailed for attack on partner

    A MAN who assaulted his girlfriend and allegedly said he would kill her was jailed for a year. Newport Crown Court heard that Darren Bates, 41, of Kensington Place, Newport, said he would kill his then girlfriend Gemma Pember during an assault

  • Delays on M4 in Newport after crash

    SLOW traffic is reported due to a accident on the M4 westbound between J26 at Malpas and J27 at Highcross. Emergency services remain in at the scene where there is a vehicle facing the wrong way on the hard shoulder between the exit and entry slip

  • Varteg residents petition council over 'Y Farteg' name change

    A VARTEG resident’s petition has been submitted to Torfaen council in opposition to the proposed name change to Y Farteg.A consultation was relaunched last month, reigniting a row started over the village following an initial proposal earlier this

  • Overdose Brynmawr OAP died of natural causes

    AN 84-year-old Brynmawr woman died of natural causes despite being mistakenly given an overdose of medication by a nurse at her care home, an inquest heard yesterday.Gwent Coroners Court sitting at Newport heard Megan Brown was mistakenly administered

  • Pupils name New Inn housing development

    YOUNGSTERS from New Inn Primary School have been given the chance to name one of Melin Homes’ new housing developments, at The Walk, in New Inn. The school decided upon the name Maes y Dderwen, which means Oakfields in Welsh. As a thank you, representatives

  • Blaze in Pill, Newport was 'deliberate'

    UPDATE: 9.31AM: A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue said the blaze was deliberate. UPDATE: 8.31AM: Eyewitness Sean Powell, 21, works at nearby Dale Motors. He saw black smoke while he was sat in his car this morning outside

  • MPs' pay body ‘living on another planet’

    THE quango which has recommended a nine per cent pay rise for MPs has been accused of “living on another planet” by a Gwent politician. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) published a final report on MPs’ pay and

  • Caerphilly leader asks councillors to reject pay rise

    THE leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Harry Andrews, has written to all 73 members of the authority urging them not to accept a proposed pay rise.The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, a statutory body established by the Welsh Government