August 2000

RESCUE PACKAGE FOR LLANWERN
After months of speculation, Corus Steel have apparently secured the future of Llanwern steelworks, one of Caldicot's major employers, by announcing a 35 million investment programme. It was widely believed that the 'heavy end' at Llanwern would close with the loss of a thousand jobs and possibly that the whole works, which employs 3,000 people, would shut down. However, Corus has now decided that it will will reline the No 3 blast furnace and keep the 'heavy end' open. In spite of the rescue package, the plant still faces serious problems due partly to the high value of sterling against the euro, a situation which Corus believes will continue for the foreseeable future. The company is embarking upon a restructuring programme which is likely to mean greater specialisation at each of its plants and more job losses.

MITEL WINS MAJOR CONTRACT
Telecommunications firm Mitel, Caldicot's biggest employer, has won a 54 contract to lead a consortium of companies in providing and maintaining computer equipment to schools in Glasgow. It is believed to be the biggest contract of its kind in the UK.

CALDICOT PEOPLE IN TV DRAMA
Film crews have visited the area to shoot scenes for a BBC television drama. The film, called Shoot, tells the story of a village football team that wins the lottery. Local people were invited to serve as extras in match scenes shot at Sudbrook Camp, in the shadow of the Second Severn Crossing.

ROW BREAKS OUT OVER TOWN CREST
Caldicot town council has complained that Caldicot Chamber of Trade has used its crest without permission. The Council asserts that it owns the copyright of the crest because it was given to them by the designer. The Chamber of Trade is disputing the issue.

CADET OF THE YEAR
Caldicot school student Rachel Lewis, aged 16, has been named Welsh cadet of the year by St John's Ambulance Brigade.

BOY RACERS
Complaints have been received that 'boy racers' have been driving recklessly and doing handbrake turns in the grounds of Caldicot Castle Country Park.

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