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Bedwas High School placed into special measures by education watchdog Estyn

Bedwas High School

Bedwas High School has been placed into special measures by education inspectors.


St James Primary School pupils get busy with honeybee project

St James Primary School pupils have been working on honeybee conservation

Primary school pupils have been honing their DIY skills while helping to preserve bee populations by constructing a habitable bee hive.


Islwyn AM Rhianon Passmore: ‘Don’t deprive children of music’

Austerity must not be an excuse to deprive children of the opportunity to learn and perform music, Islwyn Assembly Member Rhianon Passmore has said.


Tesco Express on Newport Road in Trethomas targeted by thieves

The Tesco Express store on Newport Road, Trethomas, was broken into

Tesco Express in Trethomas has once again been targeted by thieves with a break-in.


Man arrested after armed police called to Caerphilly bus station

Police kept a presence at Caerphilly bus station for more than an hour after the initial call

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after armed police were called to Caerphilly bus station.


Teenager arrested after death of 15-year-old Shauna Davies denies drug offences

TRIBUTES: Friends have remembered Shauna Davies, 15

A 17-year-old boy from the Gelligaer area has denied two charges of supplying drugs after he appeared at Cwmbran Youth Court.


Tuesday July 25th, 2017
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Profit up at Caerphilly insurance firm Constructaquote, but overall group down

MILLIONAIRE: Constructaquote.com’s founder Lyndon Wood

Pre-tax profit at insurance broker Moorhouse Group, better known as Constructaquote.com, grew by 72.5%, according to figures filed at Companies House.


Bedwas-based Seren Electrical completes management buyout

FINANCE: Beth Cousins, Richard Wakeman and Mervyn Ham

Bedwas-based Seren Electrical Supplies has completed a management buyout with a “significant investment” from Finance Wales.


Boy, 15, arrested in connection with Ystrad Mynach Park arson attack

Play equipment worth around £35,000 was damaged by arsonists at Ystrad Mynach Park

Play equipment worth around £35,000 was damaged by arsonists at Ystrad Mynach Park

A 15-year-old boy from the Rhymney area has been arrested in connection with an arson attack which caused around £35,000 worth of damage.


Monday July 24th, 2017
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Penyrheol councillor voices concerns over the “abuse” of Eglwysilan Common

The common above Penyrheol is at risk because it is being abused, Plaid Cymru ward councillor Steve Skivens fears.


Playscheme for children living in Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn to begin this week

A free summer playscheme for children living in the Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn areas is to begin tomorrow.


Hope for 1,100 Tesco workers affected by closure of Cardiff contact centre

Tesco House, on Maes-Y-Coed Road, Cardiff

Around 20 companies based in the South Wales area have said they could offer new jobs to the majority of the 1,100 workers facing potential redundancy from Tesco's contact centre in Cardiff.


Bargoed post office reopens after mystery closure

Bargoed post office on Cardiff Road

Bargoed post office has reopened today following a mystery closure.


Welsh Government unveils plan to boost employment in the Valleys by 7,000

REGENERATION: The new taskforce has been set-up to help the South Wales Valleys

A plan to create thousands of new jobs in the Valleys and help people gain new skills has been unveiled.


Anger at suspended prison sentence for hit-and-run driver

Michaela Jones, five, pictured with mother Claire, suffered serious injuries after being hit, but is doing well despite everything she’s been through

The family of a five-year-old girl who was the victim of a hit-and-run outside her home have criticised the sentence handed out to the man responsible for her injuries.


Pontllanfraith pupils receive inaugural presentation of Sir Harold Finch Cup

HONOURED: The family of Sir Harold Finch, with Islwyn AM Rhianon Passmore, present the cup to the winning team

Enterprising youngsters at Pontllanfraith Primary School have been awarded a prize in the name of former Bedwellty MP Sir Harold Finch.


Award success for Pengam hair academy

Pengam's Unique Hair and Training Academy won the Hair Extensions Specialists of the Year award

A Pengam academy which offers training in hair and beauty courses across the country has been recognised with a national award.


Morris dancing group mark 30 years with day tour of Caerphilly County Borough

TRADITION: Clocs Canton North West Morris Dancers performing in front of Caerphilly Castle

A morris dance group from Cardiff marked their 30th anniversary with a celebratory tour of Caerphilly County Borough.


Severn crossings tolls to be scrapped next year, UK Government confirms

Theresa May pledged to abolish Severn Crossing tolls in her party's election manifesto

Tolls on both Severn bridges will be scrapped by the end of next year, the UK Government has announced.


Health board admits poor communication over Bargoed health centre closure and confirms GP surgery will remain open

CLOSURE: Hefin David, third from left, with community representatives from Bargoed

Health bosses have said the future of a GP surgery in Bargoed is secure, after it was confirmed that another in the town will close.


Senghenydd ready for Aber Valley Carnival celebrations

The Aber Valley Carnival returns to Senghenydd this weekend.


Caerphilly-based financial firm reports boosts in turnover and profit for 2016

Left to right: Mark Eedy, Kevin Price, John Moore MBE, Alison Davies and Rhys Thomas

Caerphilly-based financial firm Thomas Carroll has reported pre-tax profits of £1.5 million for last year.


Green Flag award for six open spaces across Caerphilly County Borough

Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, David Poole, second from right, at Ystrad Mynach Park, a recipient of the Green Flag Award.

Six open spaces in Caerphilly County Borough have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag for 2017.


Sponsored walk to raise money for drop-in centre for disabled children

A sponsored walk and wheelchair push to raise funds for a drop-in centre for disabled children is set to take place on Sunday, July 23.


Extra trains to be added to Wales’ rail network by 2018 with £2.9m investment

RAIL: Arriva Trains Wales holds the contract for the Wales and Borders franchise, which is up for renewal in 2018

An extra 20 carriages will be added to the Welsh rail network by next year.


£15,000 raised for porcelain making to restart at Nantgarw China Works

PRETTY FINE: Nantgarw porcelain is one of the finest in the world, according to expert Henry Sandon

The production of porcelain using a 200-year-old method is to restart at Nantgarw China Works after a crowdfunding campaign raised £15,000.


Caerphilly MP welcomes UK Government inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

Caerphilly MP Wayne David with Bronwen Morgan. centre. and her grandmother Janet at the House of Commons

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has “warmly welcomed” the announcement by the UK Government of an inquiry into the scandal of contaminated blood given to NHS patients during the 1970s and 1980s.


Caerphilly sales business to receive UK Steel Enterprise grant

A new Caerphilly business has been given a helping hand thanks to a business support grant awarded by Caerphilly County Borough Council and UK Steel Enterprise.


More support needed for mobile cancer care units, claims Islwyn MP

The Tenovus Mobile Support Unit can provide free health checks for residents

Islwyn Member of Parliament Chris Evans has called on the local health board to give more support for a cancer charity’s mobile care units.


Nominations open for annual volunteer awards ceremony

2016 Winners at last year’s GAVO ceremony

Nominations for the Caerphilly GAVO Volunteer Achievement Awards, which recognises the efforts of volunteers, have opened.


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