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Re-opens: 09:00 hrs. Tuesday 30th December 2014

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Monmouthshire County Council’s new community hub for Usk – housing the community learning and youth services as well as the council’s integrated library and one stop shop teams – will open on Monday 6th July.  Located in the former youth service building in Maryport Street it has been renovated to provide a first class resource for community use.  The council is developing new ways to continue services and this provision leads the way.

 Cllr Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Innovation, Enterprise and Leisure said: “We listened to the concerns of the local community and are pleased to see the opening of the new venue for our combined services provision in Usk. This new approach allows us to continue providing much needed and regarded local services while reducing operating costs such as building maintenance and utilities. We hope that the community will continue to enjoy this provision for many years to come”.

 Opening times for community learning classes and other services will be advertised at the centre.  When not in use by council services the building will be available for hire by community groups.

 Contact 01291 426888 for further information.

 

Three young people from Magor Church in Wales Primary School held centre stage at last week’s (25th June) meeting of Monmouthshire County Council when they shared their views on the development of a new railway station for the village.

Year Six pupils Mia Norman, Owen James and Tom Cavilla opened the meeting with a ten minute presentation to councillors and engaged in a question and answer session.  They spoke with confidence and handled councillors’ questions proficiently.

A campaign to restore a rail station to the community of Magor with Undy was set up two years ago when The Magor Action Group on Rail (MAGoR) was formed.  Since then, the group has raised £4,000 and received wide support from the community including a fund raising event at Magor Primary School which realised £200 in one day.

Mia, Owen and Tom decided to seek the support of the council and Chief Executive Paul Matthews was so impressed by their approach and persuasive arguments he invited the three to speak to all councillors.  Mia, Owen and Tom had written a long letter to Paul outlining the benefits that a rail station could bring to the locality including a reduction in pollution, congestion, car journeys and noise while improving road safety and transport links to the cities of Newport, Cardiff and Bristol.

Paul Matthews commented: “I was very impressed by the content of the letter so in conjunction with Council Leader Peter Fox and Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, the cabinet member with responsibility for schools and learning, we extended an invitation to Mia, Owen and Tom to address the council.  Their presentation was delivered professionally and we send them our very best wishes for success in their campaigning.”

Councillor Hacket Pain added: “It’s so refreshing to listen to the views of young people, especially when they articulate ideas to benefit the community so convincingly.”

For more information on the campaign to reintroduce a railway station in Magor, log onto: http://magorstation.co.uk/

Both the National Eisteddfod and Monmouthshire County Council have voiced their delight at the success of the 2016 Monmouthshire and District Proclamation ceremony which was held in Caldicot over the weekend.

With over 800 local people attending the ceremony in Caldicot Castle and the family fun day in the town centre, residents were entertained by a wide range of local performers, showcasing the talents of Monmouthshire.

The highlight of the day was the procession with hundreds of dignitaries and local people who joined the Gorsedd of the Bards to walk through the town and on to the Castle for the Proclamation Ceremony, which has been part of the Eisteddfod tradition for many generations.

Speaking after the event, Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh language commented: “We’ve been eagerly looking forward to the Proclamation Ceremony coming to Caldicot so naturally I’m delighted the day went so well.

“The townspeople extended a warm welcome to those attending and performing, while the castle and its grounds were tailor-made for such an occasion.  It was a memorable day and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Welsh culture.”

Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts added, “May I thank the people of Caldicot and Monmouthshire for the fantastic welcome we received on Saturday in the town.  It was a very special day and we were delighted to see so many people in the town and in the castle grounds showing their support for the Eisteddfod.

“We must also thank and pay tribute to Monmouthshire County Council for all their work not only on Saturday but over the past year while we have been working together.  Their support has been invaluable and Saturday’s success is very much down to the excellent team at the Council.

“The Proclamation is the first major event of the Eisteddfod locally, designed to give a taste of things to come at the festival itself the following year.  Based on Saturday’s events, I’m sure the Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod in 2016 will be a great week.”

The Eisteddfod will be held on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August 2016.  For more information go online – www.eisteddfod.org.uk.

Staff in Monmouthshire’s Social Care and Health team received a valued accolade from the Care Council for Wales last week (18th June) when a council initiative was recognised for the role it has played in transforming the lives of people with dementia.  At a ceremony in Cardiff’s City Hall The Raglan Project took first prize in the care for older people category.

The project supports 14 people living with dementia and focuses on carers undertaking activities after daily discussions with the person and family rather than working on fixed plans and set times.

The team has developed connections with the community and has supported people to re-engage with friends, family and the village as a whole.  They have also established two community groups – regularly attended by more than 50 people – aimed at helping people to regain and develop skills.  A number of those people assisted consequently need reduced levels of support.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for social care and health, Councillor Geoff Burrows said: “I’m delighted that the team have won this richly deserved award.  The inspirational methods employed by the Raglan Project will increasingly form the basis of how Monmouthshire delivers care to dementia sufferers. Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford is very keen to know more and he is visiting the staff and the people they care for at the end of next month.”

  •  Monmouthshire County Council also took second prize for its radical project Select the Best which aims to attract and select the best social workers.  The project uses posters, social media and video to give applicants an appreciation of what it’s like to work in one of the council’s Social Care and Health teams.

Many say that the Eisteddfod Proclamation Festival is a taste of things to come next year as the Gorsedd of the Bards lead a procession through a local town to celebrate the fact that there’s only a year to go before the National Eisteddfod is held in the area.

And the people of Caldicot and the rest of Monmouthshire and the surrounding area will have their chance to savour some of the pomp and ceremony of the National Eisteddfod on Saturday 27 June this year as the town’s castle plays host to the welcoming ceremony for the 2016 Eisteddfod, which will be held on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August next year.

Local performers and schools will perform on two stages on Newport Road in the centre of town during the day with an emphasis on music and dance.  Slots for these stages have all been filled and details are included below.  A procession of local dignitaries and the Gorsedd of the Bards will leave the centre of town shortly after 14.00 for the procession to the castle grounds.  The aim of the procession is to show the welcome and the enthusiasm which exists locally for the Eisteddfod and it’s also the chance for the Eisteddfod to look forward to its visit to the area.

Once in the castle grounds, the Proclamation Ceremony itself will take place, at which the Chair of the local Executive will present the first copy of the List of Competitions to the Archdruid.  Monmouthshire County Council have arranged simultaneous translation at the event and information leaflets will be available to find out more about the ceremony and what’s going on.

Local Executive Chair, Frank Olding said, “We’re all looking forward to the Proclamation immensely.  What better place to hold such a symbolic event than in the beautiful grounds of Caldicot Castle.  On behalf of everyone involved with the Eisteddfod, I’d like to thank all the perfomers and the schools for their enthusiasm in getting involved in the day, and I’m looking forward to seeing so many local talents on show.

“The Proclamation is just a taste of the Eisteddfod, and the festival itself will offer something for every one of all ages.  It’s a celebration of the Welsh language and all our culture, which includes all kinds of music, visual arts, science and technology, dance, literature, folk, drama and so much more.

“The Eisteddfod is known as one of the world’s greatest cultural festivals, and I hope people from all parts of Monmouthshire, Wales and beyond will flock to Abergavenny in just over a year’s time.  We can’t wait to see you there!”

Activities on the performance stages start at 10.00 and details are below:

 Music Stage
10.00 Ysgol Gymraeg y Ffin
10.20 Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni
10.40 Caldicot School
11.00 Monmouth Comprehensive School
11.20 Dewstow Primary School
12.00 Caldicot Male Voice Choir
12.20 Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw
12.40 Castle Park Primary School
13.00 Serenata Ladies Choir
13.20 Caldicot Musical Theatre Company
13.40 The Monmouthshire Community Choir
14.00 Rock Choir
Dance Stage
11.00 Widders Welsh Border Morris
11.20 Gwerinwyr Gwent
11.40 Gŵyl Plant Gwent
13.00 Widders Welsh Border Morris
13.20 Gwerinwyr Gwent

The procession will not take place if the weather is poor and the ceremony will be held in the leisure centre on Mill Lane.  Announcements will be made via social media, the Eisteddfod website and local media if this takes place.  The intention is for the performances to take place on the stage regardless of the weather.

The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August next year.  For more information go to www.eisteddfod.org.uk.

Our Children with Disabilities Team are asking for views on Short Break (overnight respite) Services.

Have you used our Short Break or respite services? Did you have a positive experience or do you think things could be improved?

Join staff from The Children with Disabilities Team for Afternoon Tea  8th July, Usk Centenary Hall 12noon to 3pm and have your chance to share your thoughts or find out more about the respite services that our Children’s Services provide. The information that is shared will help the Children with Disabilities Team improve and progress current provision.

For more information please contact the team 01291 637857 or have a chat with your social worker.

There is an online survey to share your thoughts if you are unable to attend the session.

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Many say that the Eisteddfod Proclamation Festival is a taste of things to come next year as the Gorsedd of the Bards lead a procession through a local town to celebrate the fact that there’s only a year to go before the National Eisteddfod is held in the area.

And the people of Caldicot and the rest of Monmouthshire and the surrounding area will have their chance to savour some of the pomp and ceremony of the National Eisteddfod on Saturday 27 June this year as the town’s castle plays host to the welcoming ceremony for the 2016 Eisteddfod, which will be held on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August next year.

Local performers and schools will perform on two stages on Newport Road in the centre of town during the day with an emphasis on music and dance.  Slots for these stages have all been filled and details are included below.  A procession of local dignitaries and the Gorsedd of the Bards will leave the centre of town shortly after 14.00 for the procession to the castle grounds.  The aim of the procession is to show the welcome and the enthusiasm which exists locally for the Eisteddfod and it’s also the chance for the Eisteddfod to look forward to its visit to the area.

Once in the castle grounds, the Proclamation Ceremony itself will take place, at which the Chair of the local Executive will present the first copy of the List of Competitions to the Archdruid.  Monmouthshire County Council have arranged simultaneous translation at the event and information leaflets will be available to find out more about the ceremony and what’s going on.

Local Executive Chair, Frank Olding said, “We’re all looking forward to the Proclamation immensely.  What better place to hold such a symbolic event than in the beautiful grounds of Caldicot Castle.  On behalf of everyone involved with the Eisteddfod, I’d like to thank all the perfomers and the schools for their enthusiasm in getting involved in the day, and I’m looking forward to seeing so many local talents on show.

“The Proclamation is just a taste of the Eisteddfod, and the festival itself will offer something for every one of all ages.  It’s a celebration of the Welsh language and all our culture, which includes all kinds of music, visual arts, science and technology, dance, literature, folk, drama and so much more.

“The Eisteddfod is known as one of the world’s greatest cultural festivals, and I hope people from all parts of Monmouthshire, Wales and beyond will flock to Abergavenny in just over a year’s time.  We can’t wait to see you there!”

Activities on the performance stages start at 10.00 and details are below:

 

Music Stage

10.00 Ysgol Gymraeg y Ffin
10.20 Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni
10.40 Caldicot School
11.00 Monmouth Comprehensive School
11.20 Dewstow Primary School
12.00 Caldicot Male Voice Choir
12.20 Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw
12.40 Castle Park Primary School
13.00 Serenata Ladies Choir
13.20 Caldicot Musical Theatre Company
13.40 The Monmouthshire Community Choir
14.00 Rock Choir
Dance Stage
11.00 Widders Welsh Border Morris
11.20 Gwerinwyr Gwent
11.40 Gŵyl Plant Gwent
13.00 Widders Welsh Border Morris
13.20 Gwerinwyr Gwent

The procession will not take place if the weather is poor and the ceremony will be held in the leisure centre on Mill Lane.  Announcements will be made via social media, the Eisteddfod website and local media if this takes place.  The intention is for the performances to take place on the stage regardless of the weather.

The Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod is held on the outskirts of Abergavenny from 29 July – 6 August next year.  For more information go to www.eisteddfod.org.uk.

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Get ready for Monmouthshire’s Eisteddfod 2016!

Win a chance to experience this summer’s Eisteddfod festival at Meifod, nr Welshpool, Powys

Get ready to have fun in the sun and experience this year’s Eisteddfod festival at Meifod, nr Welshpool.  All you have to do is buy a £1.00 raffle ticket.

We have 24 family tickets (two adult and two child tickets ) up for grabs for Friday 7th August, including  transport from Monmouthshire.  

Raffle tickets will be on sale until Saturday 27th June and the winning tickets will be drawn at the Eisteddfod Proclamation Ceremony in Caldicot that day.

For your chance to win a free family visit to this year’s Eisteddfod (including free transport) come to see us at:

  •  Chepstow, Caldicot, Abergavenny and Monmouth leisure centres and our museums – all week until Friday
  • Caldicot Castle - all week until Friday
  • Shire Hall, Monmouth – all week until Friday
  • Usk – Twyn Square between 9.30am to 2pm on Saturday 20th June
  • Abergavenny – Outside the One Stop Shop between 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 23rd June
  • Caldicot – in the town centre from 9.30am to 2pm on Saturday 27th June at the Proclamation Ceremony!

For more information please contact Alan Burkitt, Welsh Language and Equalities Officer 01633 644010 or email alanburkitt@monmouthshire.gov.uk

 

Monmouthshire County Council is working in partnership with a number of local organisations to help save the lives of people who take to the water this summer.

 The council will join forces with the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Gwent Police and SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) to promote Drowning Prevention Week (20th to 27th June) – a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) national campaign – in the county’s schools and leisure centres.  Using activities and resources provided by the society, events will take place to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water.

 The council aims to deliver resource packs to every school in the county during Drowning Prevention Week and the four leisure centres in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth will provide advice on avoiding the dangers posed by water.  While many people swim in rivers, lakes and quarries as the summer approaches, staff will take the opportunity to prove that the best place to cool off is the local leisure centre pool where there is always a lifeguard on duty. Various activities will take place during the week at all four leisure centres.

 Helen Dymond, Manager of the Chepstow and Caldicot Leisure Centres said: “Shockingly, drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK.  Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and thousands more suffer near-drowning experiences, many resulting in life-changing injuries.”

 Councillor Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “It is vitally important that we warn people about the risks presented by water and the county council is pleased to back the Royal Life Saving Society and its Drowning Prevention Week campaign as well as work with other partners to cut accidents and fatalities.”

 Swimming Development Officer for Monmouthshire, Natalie Parfitt added: “We are happy to support RLSS UK to save lives and reduce accidents by informing our customers and the public about how to be safe near water.”

 Chepstow School head teacher Claire Price commented: “Keeping young people safe near water is of vital importance, especially as the hot weather approaches.  We are pleased to support RLSS UK in educating our students about the dangers of unsupervised open water.”

 The Drowning Prevention Week campaign also encourages people to fundraise on behalf of the charity’s drowning prevention work.  Money raised will go towards ensuring schoolchildren know how to stay safe near water, funding the creation of new lifesaving clubs, helping existing lifesaving clubs to provide water safety education, funding supporters to teach water safety in developing countries and supporting families affected by drowning or near-drowning.

 Log on to the Drowning Prevention Week section at www.rlss.org.uk for more information.