May 2004

POWELL’S LAST STAND
Veteran County Councillor Graham Powell has thrown down the gauntlet to his old Labour Party comrades by standing as an independent candidate in Caldicot’s Severn Ward in the County Council elections. Councillor Powell was dropped by the Labour Party following a number of disciplinary issues and separate criminal charges, which were later dropped. (See Archive)

SCHOOL TO SEEK CHURCH STATUS?
Governors of Caldicot Comprehensive School have started to investigate the possibility of applying for Voluntary Aided status. This would turn the school into a “church school” under the control of a new Board of Governors, the majority of whom would be appointed by the Church in Wales. A spokesperson for the school stressed that no decisions had been made and that at this stage governors were merely seeking information.

CYGNETS GO MISSING
Seven cygnets have disappeared from the lake in Caldicot Country Park. Park wardens fear the birds have been stolen.

COUNCILLOR ATTACKED
Caldicot town councillor Dave Evans was attacked and knocked to the ground by two youths who attempted to rob him. Two youths have been arrested in connection with the attack.

ARRESTS FOLLOW BOGUS CALLS
Six people have been arrested and charged with obtaining money by deception. The arrests follow complaints that a team of bogus callers was knocking on doors asking for donations to “Volunteers of International Students."

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