March 2000

Children from Green Lane School, who thought that they would have to transfer to other school sites while their own school was being rebuilt, have learnt that they will not have to move after all. After pressure from parents, Monmouthshire County Council rejected its own working party’s arguments that it would be unsafe to keep the school open while building work was carried out.

Friends of the Earth Cymru have claimed that the ‘Orange’ phone mast on the roof of Caldicot Comprehensive School could be a health risk. They argue that prolonged exposure to low levels of radiation can cause headaches, memory loss and high blood pressure. The Headteacher, Mr John Norwood, rejected the FOE call for the mast to be taken down. He pointed out that an independent risk assessment had concluded that there was no risk.

A new counseling service has been set up at Caldicot Resource Centre. It will offer people with problems such as stress, relationships, finance and drugs a chance to talk them over in privacy and with confidentiality assured. (For details phone 01291 424277)

A former teacher at Caldicot Comprehensive School is setting up a new charity "Everybody’s Child" to help Romanian families whose children have HIV or Aids. Paul Davies left Caldicot in 1997 to work in a Romanian hospice and set up the charity as a result of his experiences. Please phone 01495 229112 if you can help in any way.

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