March 2001

MARJE RETURNS
After 18 months suspension and numerous court appearances, Caldicot headteacher Marje Evans returned to her post at St Mary's Junior School. Her return followed a decision by the governors' disciplinary panel that there was "no credible evidence" to support the charges that she had mistreated children at the school. Mrs Evans said "I am delighted to have at long, long last been allowed to come back where I belong."

MAN DIES AFTER INCIDENT OUTSIDE CALDICOT PUB
A Caldicot man was arrested after another man was found seriously injured outside Mr Chaplain's Taverna near the centre of Caldicot. The man was treated at the scene by ambulance crew but died on his way to the hospital. The arrested man was subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.

CITIZENS' ADVICE SAVED
Caldicot town council has stepped in to save the local Citizens' Advice Bureau from bankruptcy. The councillors added another 3,000 grant to the 4,000 they have already given this year. The long term future of the local centre remains in doubt, however, since even if the town council and Monmouthshire County Council match this year's grant, there will be a shortfall next year. Eric Taylor, Chairman of Caldicot CAB told the Free Press that "the people of Caldicot need the CAB now more than ever due to the job cuts at Corus' Llanwern steel plant."

A SURE START WITH SURESTART
Local parents with children under three years old are being offered classes in computing, health and beauty, cookery, home decorating, first aid, maths, reading and parenting skills under a new 'Surestart' scheme set up by Monmouthshire County Council with a 200,000 grant from the Welsh Assembly.

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