June 2015  

The Proclamation ceremony for the 2016 Eisteddfod, to be held in Abergavenny, was held in Caldicot on Saturday 27th June. The weather was fine and sunny, allowing a procession of ‘druids’ in costume to march from the town centre to the castle, where the ceremony took place. It was preceded by a morning of song and music in the town centre with performances from local schools, bands and choirs. Some local traders complained that they had been given inadequate notice of the event by Monmouthshire County Council and were therefore unable to make the most of it. Although it was predicted that ‘thousands’ would attend the ceremony, press reports gave the actual attendance at around 800. The following day an estimated 2000 people attended the town carnival, in spite of poor weather.

The second two-day Monmouthshire Food festival was held at Caldicot Castle. Several hundred people attended the biannual event, which proved to be a far more ambitious affair than the previous one, held in October 2014.

The body of 26 year old Karl Baynton was found hanging from a tree in Caldicot Castle Country Park. Police said they did not regard the death as suspicious but were investigating the circumstances of his death. The inquest into his death was adjourned for two months to allow the investigations to be carried out. Karl was a former pupil of Caldicot School and was an able footballer, having played in goal for Chepstow Town.

Castle Park Primary School was graded ‘adequate’ following an inspection form Estyn, the Welsh Schools’ Inspectorate. The report criticised the opportunities for child-led activities at the foundation stage and stated that pupils did not apply their numeracy and literacy skills sufficiently across the curriculum. It did, however, state that pupils behaved well and had a positive attitude to learning. The school issued a statement saying that it had made considerable improvement over the previous 18 months and would continue on this ‘journey’.

The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of June
 2015 was a two bedroom ground floor flat in Sandy Lane at £119,950. The most expensive, as in April and May, was the Grade II Listed old vicarage in Church Road, with five bedrooms and four reception rooms at £850,000.

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