February 2013  

FOODBANK SET TO OPEN
Caldicot Churches Together announced that it would shortly open a foodbank in Caldicot in association with Newport based charity Raven House Trust. The foodbank would help individuals and families in crisis by providing emergency food parcels to cases referred by local support agencies. A collection of food items was due to take place at the Caldicot branch of Waitrose at Easter. (www.ravenhouse.org)

SCHOOLS IN DEBT
Two Caldicot schools were reported to have deficit budgets. In December the deficit at the comprehensive was £31,083 and the deficit at Castle Park Primary was £66,432.

SCHOOL BULLYING CLAIM
County Councillor John Marshall said he had ‘major concerns’ about alleged bullying at Caldicot School. He tabled a written question to MCC cabinet member responsible for education, Liz Hackett Pain, asking how she could be sure that bullying claims were treated seriously. Opinions taken locally expressed the view that the school had a robust anti-bullying policy and that any reported incidents of bullying were dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

CASTLE REPAIRS UNDERWAY 
Work was underway to repair the drawbridge at Caldicot castle.

DRINK UP YE ZYDER!
It was announced that the 2013 Welsh Perry and Cider Festival was to be held at Caldicot Castle on May 24-27. The festival had been moved to Caldicot to accommodate its growing popularity.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2013 was an extended semi-detached property in Tennyson Road at £137,000. The most expensive was an extended three-bedroom detached house in Church Road at £245,000.


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