December 2010  

RAID ON CALDICOT CALDICOT SHOP
A lorry delivering supplies to Martin’s Newsagents in Caldicot town centre was attacked by a gang of masked and hooded thieves at 6.50 a.m. on Thursday 30 December. The raiders, who were unarmed, stole a quantity of cigarettes and fled towards Jubilee Way car park where, it is believed, they had a vehicle waiting. Police appealed for witnesses to phone them on 01633 838111 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

FRESH BID FOR NEW SCHOOL
Monmouthshire County Council renewed its bid for the rebuilding of its four comprehensive schools and improvements to primary schools. The original bid, which depended heavily on Welsh Assembly Government funding, was rejected in the summer. Of the four comprehensive schools, Caldicot was identified as the top priority with rebuilding planned between 2012 and 2014.  The new schools would be designated “community learning centres”. The total cost of the bid was £209 million of which 70% would come from the Welsh Assembly Government. The cost of redeveloping Caldicot School was put at £39 million.

COUNCIL STICKS TO GUNS ON SUPERMARKET LAND SALE
Caldicot Town Council again rejected plans for the sale of land at the comprehensive school for a supermarket. The council debated a letter from County Councillor Bob Greenland which repeated earlier arguments that a new supermarket would help the regeneration of the town and would raise money towards the rebuilding of the school. Councillors rejected the regeneration argument on grounds that its position was not central and would not therefore increase trade in the town centre. Speaking for the minority, Councillor Jim Higginson accused opponents of the sale of having a “village mentality”.

CHURCH REPAIRS LEAD TO INTERESTING FIND
Following the completion of a £40,000 programme of repairs and treatment for woodworm and death watch beetle, St Mary’s Church Caldicot re-opened for services. During the repairs a stone cockerel that used to stand in the church tower was discovered at the base of the tower. It has been restored and returned to its rightful place. Rev. Lyndon Harrison is said to be “cock-a-hoop” at the find!

“MR POPPY” RECOGNISED
Mr Arthur McAteer has been awarded the Royal British Legion Gold Badge for his work as organiser of the RBL poppy sales in the Caldicot area over 35 years.  In this time he has helped to raise £300,000.

YOUNG CHEFS WIN COMPETITON
Two budding young chefs from The Zone youth club in Caldicot won the “Come Dine With Me” competition between four Monmouthshire youth clubs. In the final at Abergavenny food and drink fair, Chris Seal and Shane Robertson, assisted by chef Stephen Hodges of the Castle Inn, cooked pan-seared breast of pheasant with confit of pheasant leg, braised red cabbage, baby vegetables, pigs in blankets with cranberry, orange and red wine sauce.


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