CUTS CAUSE ALARM
Anger has been expressed at proposals to remove all fulltime fire fighters
from Caldicot fire station, leaving the station crewed entirely by part-timers.
The proposals, which mean that there will no longer be any fulltime fire
fighters in Monmouthshire, were described as “disgraceful”
by Councillor James Harris. Nigel Williamson, Fire Brigade Union representative
at Caldicot, said the FBU would be seeking a rethink from the fire service.
Caldicot A Level student Lauren Matthews has won the prestigious “Welsh
Learner of the Year” award at the Urdd Eisteddfod. Lauren, a student
at Caldicot Comprehensive School, comes from an entirely English-speaking
household and began learning Welsh while at Durand Primary School. She
will be studying the language at Lampeter University next year. She thanked,
Miss Davies and Mrs Williams, her Welsh teachers at Caldicot Comprehensive
School, for their help and support.
BAND SCORES HIT AT RIVERFRONT
Young Caldicot band ‘One String Loose’ won the ‘WhY
Factor’ prize at Newport’s Riverfront Arts Centre with their
own composition, A Moose in a Pineapple Shop. The band’s brand of
Celtic roots music was described as “refreshing” by the judges.
In a joint project with U3A, Monmouthshire County Council has replaced
a stile on land near Caldicot Castle with a “kissing gate”,
giving easier access to those who find it difficult to climb. The project
is part of the “Step Out Caldicot” scheme of short walks aimed
at encouraging a healthier life-style.
FORCES CARNIVAL MOVE
Heavy rainfall during the previous week forced a change of venue for Caldicot
Carnival from the castle grounds to the town centre. Nevertheless, large
crowds lined the route to watch the carnival procession, led by the Severn
Tunnel Band, and the whole event was pronounced a success by the organisers.
Caldicot Heartbeat Club, a self-help organisation for survivors of heart
attacks, has been awarded a £5000 lottery grant.
Caldicot Police Constable Mark Bowen was given a commendation for his
work in saving the life of a man who was on the verge of hanging himself
from a tree in Wentwood Forest.
Police were hunting a man who exposed himself to two women in the grounds
of Caldicot Castle.
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot
at the end of May 2006 was a three-bedroomed semi-detached property in
Park Road at £142,000.
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