March 2013  

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PULLS OUT OF EVENTS
Caldicot Chamber of Commerce announced that it was pulling out of organising events in the town. It had previously organised annual ‘spectaculars’ each summer and firework displays each November. The decision, which was said to be due to lack of resources, followed a dispute with the town council under the funding of the events. The chamber ceased all other activities in 2009 and was considering dissolving altogether.

HARLEM SHAKE INVESTIGATION
A teacher at Caldicot Comprehensive School was suspended pending an investigation into his involvement into a ‘Harlem Shake’ dance with a group of Year 10 pupils. It was suggested that the teacher may have acted unacceptably during the dance, which was filmed by a pupil on a mobile phone and briefly placed on youtube.

DOMESTIC ABUSE
Monmouthshire County Council was told that there were 128 cases of domestic abuse in Caldicot in 2012 compared to 167 in Chepstow and 300 in Abergavenny.

STREET PASTORS
Street pastors from four Caldicot churches continued to help people in distress and to make sure people were safe between 8 pm on Fridays and 1 am on Saturdays. They have helped distressed people by helping them to get home or providing them with foil blankets or footwear.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of March 2013 was a three bedroom property in Plover Crescent at £159,950. The most expensive was Dewstow Lodge at £349,950.


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