February 2017  

CALDICOT FIRM WINS MAJOR RUGBY CONTRACT
Caldicot-based firm Pro Steel Engineering has won a £4.5 million contract with the Rugby Football Union to manage 850 tonnes of new steelwork at the extension to Twickenham’s East Stand. In 2016 Pro Steel was named the second fastest growing business in Wales.
CALDICOT VETERAN HONOURED
Caldicot resident Ronald Simmonds has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government in recognition of his service during the D-Day Landings. 95-year-old Mr Simmons joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and was a chief petty officer on ships operating as part of the Arctic Convoys, He took part in the D-Day operations in June 1944. The French government has been awarding the Légion d’Honneur to D-Day veterans as a means of thanking those who fought and risked their lives to liberate France from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.
A PRIZE GIFT
A Caldicot resident who won a television in a County Council leisure promotion has donated his prize to charity. Robert Haines won his prize when he joined Caldicot Leisure Centre, but chose to donate it to the Newport-based charity Sparkle, which helps young people from Gwent with developmental disabilities.
SCHOOL REBUILD ON SCHEDULE
The new Caldicot School reached 12 months into its 18-month build and was said to be on track for its planned opening September 2017.
NEW HOUSES TO REPLACE SHELTERED COMPLEX
Monmouthshire County Council's planning committee approved a Monmouthshire Housing Association scheme to replace the Brookside sheltered housing site on Neddern Way. All existing residents had been relocated to more suitable accommodation. The new homes would be a mix of six three-bedroom houses, 13 two-bedroom houses, two 2-bedroom bungalows and 4 one-bedroom flats.
PROCEEDS OF CRIME
Neil Bradbury, who was jailed in November 2016 after being found guilty of fraud was ordered to make a proceeds of crime payment of only one pound. A court hearing heard that he had no money to pay the £63,000 outstanding from the £74,000 he defrauded from clients of his property development business.
SCHOOL WINS AWARD
Durand Primary School won a Healthy Schools National Quality Award. The award recognises excellence in health promotion in schools.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2017 was a one bedroom apartment in Church Road at £79,950. The cheapest house was a two bedroom cluster house in Grove Gardens at £147,500. The most expensive was a four bedroom detached house in Heol Teifi at £319,950.

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