CONNECTING THE TORFAEN COMMUNITY on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Walk and Talk Torfaen, helping you improve your mental and physical wellbeing.

Monday 7th October 2019 10.30am Queens, Upper Cwmbran

Tuesday 8th October 2019 2.00pm Blaenavon Heritage Centre 

Wednesday 9th October 2019 1.00pm Coffee Bar, Croesyceiliog 

Thursday 10th October 2019 10.30am Pontypool Park and afternoon event showcasing Community resources to start 12.30pm  to 3.30pm 

Friday 11th October 2019 10.30am Cwmbran Stadium 

On World Mental Health Day Thursday 10th October 2019 there will be an event held in Pontypool Active Living Centre promoting and celebrating World Mental Health Day and an opportunity for Community based projects and activities to show case what's available across Torfaen. There will be space for stalls and information tables to anyone wishing to take part. 

If you're a group/organisation interested in having a stall at our showcasing event on 10/10/19, please contact the team on 01495 742397 or email communityconnectors@torfaen.gov.uk 

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Help Design the Future of Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre

Woodland Road is being re-developed! Please help us to with your views on how make the site to meet the needs and wants of your community!

OPEN CONSULTATION EVENTS   

Friday 20th September. 1pm - 2pm. Woodland Road Hall
Tuesday 24th September. 8pm - 9pm. Woodland Road Hall


 

For more information please contact:

Ashleigh Taylor:

Ashleigh.taylor@thehwb.org
07894910149
 

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Can You Help? 

 The Cinnamon Trust Needs Volunteers in Greenmeadow

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We are looking to welcome new dog walking volunteers to help a resident of Greenmeadow and their adorable dogs Theo and Pippin both Jack Russell crosses who would love to go for a good walk.

What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four legged companions?  A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to rehome them, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays.

All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them,they take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take the dog for a walk, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean out the budgie's cage or cats litter trays. If anyone would like to register or even have a quick chat about registering just call direct on 01736 758707 or email appeals@cinnamon.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1134680 The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861 

Click here for more information 

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Nominations are open for the Caring In Welsh Award 2019 from Social Care Wales. Click here to download a nomination form if you know someone you think makes a difference by providing care through the medium of Welsh 

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 CLICK HERE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

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Cwmbran Big Event 2019

                                               

 Councillors Joanne Gauden, Stewart Matthews & Veronica Crick  at  the Community Council’s stall at the Cwmbran Big Event

                                                    

 Many of the younger visitors were intrigued by the seed bombs Joanne offered them

Once again, a large number of residents & visitors supported the event. The Community Council was very pleased to have been able to provide funding to ensure the continuation of the Big Event 

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Notice of Conclusion of Audit for year end 31st March 2018

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Local residents joined Councillors on a cold Saturday morning in April to litter pick along the river walk in the Dyke area. 

It was lovely to see local children of all ages being so enthusiastic about keeping our community litter free & having fun at the same time. 

As well as some fresh air & exercise we retrieved a trolley from the river bank and numerous bags of mostly recyclable waste. 

A huge thank you to all residents who came litter picking & hope you’ll join us next time too. 

 

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UK Government Windrush Taskforce and Windrush Compensation Scheme events in Wales  - May 2019

Welsh Government are raising awareness of the UK Government ‘Windrush Taskforce’ and ‘Windrush Compensation Scheme’. These seek to regularise immigration status and provide compensation to citizens of the commonwealth who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1988. Despite the ‘Windrush’ name, these schemes exist to support people from any of the 52 Commonwealth nations.

To raise awareness of these schemes the Home Office are planning on holding the following events:

14.05.2019;        12.00 – 2.30pm         Swansea          11 St Helen's Rd, Swansea SA1 4AB

15.05.2019:        12.00 – 2.30pm          Cardiff              40 Loudoun Square, Cardiff CF10 5UZ

15.05.2019:          6.00 – 8.30pm           Newport         1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH

The Home Office will deliver a presentation on the Compensation Scheme and we are keen to reach out to the communities who have either not engaged at all or engaged in low numbers to raise awareness of these events. 

 

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Community Council Business Plan 2019 – 2023 Tell Us What You Think

The Council is developing its Plans for the next few years & would very much like to discuss these with community groups, local businesses & residents

Two consultation sessions are planned, to discuss how the Community Council can use its limited resources to improve the wellbeing of residents of Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon

Click here to view our draft business plan 

You are invited to attend the Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre on Friday 17th May and 24th May from 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Please join our discussion  

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The new trees are all in, the weather was awful but good for tree planting so hopefully they have had a good start and will be here for many years to come 

Tree Planting 

 

Your Community Council is fully involved in trying to improve the local environment.

So we are very pleased to be planting some new trees on Tuesday 24th April and Wednesday 25th April.

There will be 2 oaks planted at WRSSC which include a Remembrance Qak tree  to commemorate the centenary of 1st World War together with an additional oak kindly donated by a local resident. 2 oaks will also be planted along The Highway, Croesyceiliog and 3 Red Horse Chestnuts on Llanfrechfa Way.

 


Spring into action to clean up your Community

 


Community groups, sports and social clubs, churches, schools and businesses are being urged to join in with the annual Torfaen Spring Clean in March. 


The council is partnering with Keep Wales Tidy and inviting groups to get involved and take part in litter picks and clear ups in their area.

Cllr Jo Gauden has organised a community litter pick on Sunday 18th March at 10.30am. The litter pick take place along the riverbank –  to meet at the bottom of Edlogan Way, opposite Building Blocks Nursery

Equipment will be supplied including litter pickers, high viz vests, gloves and TCBC waste bags. Also excited to have biodegradable pink chalk spray for spraying dog poo and hopefully some ‘There is no such thing as the dog poo fairy’ posters!

Please dress appropriately for the event & weather - shoes with a good grip and gloves are sensible. I would love to see families attend but children will need close supervision given our location to the river.

Cllr Jo Gauden

     



Grants Presentation Evening 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Grants Presentation evening on Wednesday 12th December 2018. It was lovely to see so many groups represented and hear about the wonderful work you are doing in our community. 

 

Remembrance Sunday-Cwmbran Memorial Gardens


I was extremely honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Croesyceiliog and Llanyrafon at Cwmbran Memorial Gardens on Remembrance Sunday. Once again, the ceremony was well attended with crowds following the parade and participating in the moving Remembrance service.
Thank you to everyone involved. Cllr Sean O'Dobhain Chair

Notice Boards

Take a look at our recently refurbished Community Council notice boards, for information on all council meetings and agendas. The boards are located at Woodland Road Community Centre, Edlogan Way Shops, Llanyrafon Shops and North Road Croesyceiliog.

Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales

Consultation on review of electoral arrangements for the County Borough of Torfaen. For more information click on this link 

Baby Changing Facility

Good news we now have a baby changing unit in the disabled toilet at Woodland Road Centre. Access is with a key available from staff when the Centre is open. 

The Coffee Bar 

The Coffee Bar re-opened on 1st September 2015 and is run by Evolve, a Social Enterprise Company.  Situated at the rear of the building with a great view of the playing fields it is very handy for members of public coming to the site for sport, the children's play area, dog walking,  and Centre users.  As well as the Opening Times below the Coffee Bar will be open for sporting events.

Opening Times: 

Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm  

Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm / Sunday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Japanese Knotweed

The Council has set a target to make the Croesyceiliog & Llanyrafon area a Japanese Knotweed free area within 5 years. We are asking residents to advise us of any local areas where the knotweed is growing. Action to control the spread of this invasive weed takes place annually in the autumn.

Benches

You may have noticed new benches as the Council is gradually replacing old benches in the area.