September 2001

The new school year saw the opening of the Archbishop Rowan Williams Church in Wales Primary School at Portskewett. The new school, which was built at a cost of 3 million, replaces the 19th century building at Sudbrook and has places for 210 children from Portskewett, Sudbrook and Caldicot. It was officially opened by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, and Rhodri Morgan, First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Sudbrook building remains in use as a Welsh medium primary school. Ysgol Y Ffin (School on the Border) will cater for children from throughout the southern part on Monmouthshire whose parents wish them to receive a Welsh medium education. The children will be taught entirely in Welsh for their first three years and then bilingually.

Caldicot Regeneration Group is continuing its attempts to improve the town. A leaflet, funded by Monmouthshire County Council, is to be published to advertise activities in the Caldicot area, while plans are being discussed to brighten up the shopping centre with banners.

Elaine Meredith, the pensioner convicted of scratching obscene words into car paintwork, has left Caldicot. She is at present serving a six month sentence after refusing to pay a fine. Upon her release she will live in the Pill area of Newport.

A coroner has decided that an unemployed Caldicot man died as a result of accidentally taking an overdose of prescription drugs. Darren Powell, aged 30, was found dead in front of the television at his home in Denny View.

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