ST MARY'S JUNIOR
running saga of Marjorie Evans, headteacher of St Mary's, took yet more
twists. At the start of the month she was re-instated by school governors
following her acquittal upon appeal of a charge of common assault against
a pupil. Other charges against her had also been dropped by Gwent police
following a report from the Crown Prosecution Service. 56 year old Mrs
Evans stated that she was looking forward to returning to the school as
soon as possible.
Nevertheless, internal disciplinary action against Mrs Evans remains on
the cards. Discussion of the 400 page report compiled by Gwent police
produced a rift between governors body. While the governing body decided
not to convene a disciplinary panel it did not rule out the possibility
of future action. One of the governors, County Councillor Graham Powell,
stated that he would ask the local education authority to dismiss the
existing body and appoint a new one if disciplinary action was taken.
It is understood that several governors, including supporters of Mrs Evans,
were angered by Councillor Powell's public outburst, as well as by his
practice of speaking to the press in advance of the release of agreed
statements. Councillor Powell had already outraged fellow Labour councillors,
who had withdrawn the whip form him following accusations that he had
harassed a council official at County Hall. The local educational authority
followed-up this action by establishing a panel to discuss his position
as school governor. If the panel, which is due to meet early in December,
finds against him he could be removed from his position.
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT
LLANWERN: Hopes of securing
the future of jobs at Llanwern Steelworks were raised by news that Corus
Steel had abandoned its attempts to buy the Huta Catowice steel plant
in Poland. Nevertheless, deep concerns remained that, as adverse trading
conditions continued to hit sales, Corus would retract its decision to
invest £35 million on relining the Number Three blast furnace at Llanwern.
OLD PILL FARM: Monmouthshire County Council has received a £178,000
grant to complete the refurbishment of Caldicot's Old Pill Farm Industrial
Estate. The grant will allow the clearing of three old Nissen huts and
the conversion of a 2000 square feet stone barn in the middle of the estate
into five small units.
MITEL: Management at the Caldicot telecommunications plant, which
employs 865 people, announced that it was hoping to create sixty highly
skilled jobs. The expansion will be dependent upon a decision by directors
in Canada, who will decide whether to invest in Caldicot or in Mitel plants
elsewhere in the UK, Sweden or in the Far East.
WILKINSON'S: The giant Wilkinson Distribution Centre began to supply
the company's network of stores. The 850,000
square foot centre at the Gwent Europark, Magor, took twelve months to
build and employs 300 people.
Caldicot Town F.C. travelled all the way to Anglesey to
play Lalnfair PG in the third round of the Welsh Cup on 25th November,
only to have the match abandoned after 35 minutes due to a waterlogged
pitch. It has not been Caldicot's season so far. The club languishes at
the bottom of the CC Sports Welsh League Division 2 with only one point
from eight games.
Reverend Terry Palmer has retired after 43 years as rector
A group of Year 11 pupils at Caldicot Comprehensive School
produced a Book of Remembrance to commemorate the men who fell during
the wars of the 20th century. Copies of the book, which contains details
of all those whose names appear on the town war memorial, were presented
to Caldicot Library, local churches and the town council. The book was
produced with the assistance of a grant from Caldicot Town Council's Millennium
Fund. The pupils were following up there project by preparing to publish
it on the internet.
MUCK THERE'S BRASS
Thieves stole more than £4,000 worth of copper and other
metals from Caldicot Sewage Works.
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