August 2007

FEST AND ANTIFEST
The annual Caldicot Festival, held in the castle grounds on Bank Holiday Monday, was attended by over 4000 people. Entertainment included an Elvis impersonator and a talent contest.

Meanwhile, the alternative ‘Antifest’, which was due to be held at Caldicot Rugby Club, was switched at the last minute to the White Lion pub in Chepstow after organisers were informed the day before the event that licensing issues meant that Monmouthshire County Council had informed the Rugby Club that it could not host it. Organisers fear they have been victims of a scam, since when they arrived to post diversion notices, Rugby Club members were busy preparing for the event and said they knew nothing of its cancellation.

POLICE OFFICERS COMMENDED
Caldicot police officers, PC Wetherall and PC Cornock have been commended for their actions in keeping alive a 26-year old man who had collapsed near Washbourne’s Garage in the early hours of 14 August 2006. The man stopped breathing but was resuscitated by the officers and monitored until an ambulance eventually arrived.

An alarming aspect of the story is that when the officers called for an ambulance they were told that “none was available”.

YOUTH PROBLEMS CONTINUE
The problems of drunken youths gathering at Cas Troggy Park and leaving broken bottles have continued in spite of earlier complaints from residents.

WORMS CUT WASTE
A pilot scheme by Monmouthshire County Council and Wormtech to collect food and garden waste from 12,000 homes in Caldicot, Portskewett and Magor has led to a 25% fall in household waste. The food and garden waste is turned into compost by works at the Wormtech base at Caerwent.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of August 2007 was a one-bedroom apartment in Monmouth Court, Sandy Lane at £122,000. The cheapest house was a three-bedroom end of terrace in Shelley Close at £149,950. The most expensive property was a five-bedroom detached bungalow in Chepstow Road at £389,950.

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