OCTOBER 2003

COUNCIL ACCUSED OF GRAVE MISTAKE
Relatives of people buried in Caldicot cemetery criticised the town council for “desecrating” memorials when 135 gravestones were laid flat during safety checks. A petition signed by 300 people was presented at a special meeting. Council members expressed regret for any distress called but pointed out that clear notice had been given and that the checks had been recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.

RECORD ATTENDANCE AT CASTLE
Monmouthshire museum Service reported a record rise in the number of people visiting Caldicot Castle.

PENSIONER DIES IN FIRE
Pensioner Shirley Pettyjohns, aged 69, died following a fire in her first floor bedroom at her flat in Elm Road, Caldicot.

NEW SERVICE FOR ADDICTS
Arrangements have been made for a mobile needle exchange unit to visit Caldicot once a week to allow addicts to exchange dirty needles and syringes for clean ones. The move follows complaints that dirty needles had been found discarded near the town playing fields. It is estimated that there are 40 drug addicts in Caldicot.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest house for sale in Caldicot in October 2003 was a three bedroom semi detached property in Betjeman Avenue without garage at £93,000.

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