May 2017  

LOCAL ELECTIONS
Town Council and County Council elections saw only limited change in the representation of Caldicot. On 4 May, Jim Higginson (Labour – Severn Ward), Tony Easson (Labour – Dewstow Ward) and David Evans (Labour – West End Ward) were all re-elected while Alan Davies retained control of Green Lane Ward for Labour. However, Jo Watkins took Caldicot Castle Ward from Labour for the Liberal Democrats. The conservatives retained their control of Monmouthshire County Council.

In elections for the town council, several seats were uncontested and the final results left Labour with a clear majority, holding twelve of the seventeen seats. Plaid Cymru hold two seats and Independents two. One seat remains vacant.

DEATH CRASH MOTORIST JAILED
Nigel Sweeting of Bettws, Newport, was jailed for seven years after being convicted of causing the death of father-of-two, David Evans of Caldicot on Christmas Day 2015.

SOLIDARITY WITH MANCHESTER
A vigil was held at Caldicot Cross to show solidarity with the people of Manchester and the victims of the terrorist attack in the city. It was organised by local residents Christine Rees, Allison Drake-Griffiths, Jo Stevens and Sue Tovey with the help of Caldicot Town Team. Civic and religious leaders spoke of the need to stay united in the face of those who tried to divide us. A letter of thanks was read from Matt Strong, a Manchester City Councillor who was brought up in Caldicot. A collection was held for the Manchester Evening News fund.

FOOD AND DRINK BRING THOUSANDS TO THE CASTLE
It was a busy month at Caldicot Castle with two major events being held. Hundreds attended the Monmouthshire Food Festival at the beginning of the month while the Monmouthshire Cider and Perry Festival, which featured 102 ciders from 22 producers, attracted 3,700 visitors over the bank holiday week-end.

CALDICOT AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK
Ian Crawford of Church Road, Caldicot, has self-published The Dragon Tree, a story about two children who are transported in time to when an evil sorcerer ruled the Wye valley.

GOLD SUCCESS FOR CALDICOT TEENAGER
Katlyn Guy, 18, attended a party at Buckingham Palace where she received her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from Olympic gold medallist Nicole Cook.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of May 2017 was a one bedroom apartment in Sandy Lane at £104,950. The cheapest house was a one bedroom terrace in Stafford Road at £119,950. The most expensive was a four bedroom barn conversion in the original grounds of Llanthony Secunda Manor, Church Road at £549,500.

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