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Infected trees to be felled at Ystrad Mynach Park Caerphilly County Borough Council is keen to inform residents of the details of a Plant Health Order from Natural Resources Wales, which will see a row of 15 infected Larch trees felled in Ystrad Mynach Park later this month. Natural Resources Wales wrote to Caerphilly County Borough Council at the end of October to inform them of the discovery of ‘Phytophothora ramorum’, which are fungus-like organisms that cause diseases that can affect trees and shrubs, in a row of trees in the popular Ystrad Mynach Park. While these organisms pose no danger at all to humans, the air-borne organisms are easily transferable to other trees and shrubs, and as a consequence, the 15 identified infected trees will need to be felled, with works expected to take place in late November/early December. Cllr David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services said, “It is such a real shame that these magnificent trees need to be felled in Ystrad Mynach Park, however with the imposition of this Plant Health Order and the fact that the organism is as easily transferable to other trees and shrubs as it is, we really have no other option”. The council anticipate minimal disruption to the park while works are undertaken, however a small section of the park in the vicinity of where the row of trees are (adjacent to the boundary with Penallta Rugby Club), will have to be temporarily closed off to members of the public while the trees are felled. Access will be maintained to those who require it to Trinity Fields School…
Senghenydd Memorial
Centenary of mining disaster commemorated The centenary of the 1913 Universal Colliery mining disaster in Senghenydd, which resulted in the loss of lives of 440 men and boys, has been commemorated today (Monday 14th October) with the unveiling of the Wales National Mining Memorial. The memorial, which is dedicated to all miners who lost their lives in mining disasters across the country, was officially unveiled earlier today by BBC Radio Wales personality and Patron of the Aber Valley Heritage Group Roy Noble, together with Chair of the Aber Valley Heritage Group, Jack Humphreys. The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, was also present at the ceremony to lay a wreath at the memorial. Residents of Senghenydd and surrounding areas turned out in their thousands to witness the unveiling of the memorial, which marked the 100 year anniversary of the worst ever British mining disaster, when 440 men and boys were killed in a mining disaster at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd on 14th October 1913. Jack Humphreys, Chair of the Aber Valley Heritage Group said, “The unveiling of the Wales National Mining Memorial statue and memorial garden today, I hope, will provide a fitting tribute, not only to those men and boys who died, and their families, in that devastating tragedy 100 years ago, but to all miners who lost their lives in mining disasters across the country.” He continued, “We are so grateful to all organisations, community groups and individuals whose funding and donations have made this impressive memorial possible.” The Wales National Mining Memorial and garden features: – A bronze statue, designed by sculptor Les…
Caerphilly Miners
Caerphilly Miners Project – Caerphilly 3 peaks challenge Caerphilly Miners Project needs to raise £1million pounds to restore the Beeches building (former hospital) for the community. One part of the project is an IT suite with broadband connection, which will be available for young people for their homework / studies. This is going to cost around £20,000. GE Aviation volunteers are helping us to raise the money and we’re holding a sponsored walk on 14th September. Please can you help as a walker or sponsor? Will you ask your neighbours and friends? Details about the 3 peaks sponsored walk taking place on 14th September can be found on the flyer below. Click here to open the three peaks flyer
Pride in Your Place Awards 2013 Every year thousands of people do their bit to improve the quality of the environment across the whole of the county borough. The Pride in Your Place Awards is an initiative that acknowledges the endeavour, innovation and commitment of those who have helped to make our area cleaner, safer and greener and a better place to live and work. The award scheme is open to all residents, schools, businesses and community groups within the county borough. The closing date for applications is 11 October 2013. Categories: Go Wild! Rewarding wildlife and countryside work that has helped enrich biodiversity. Keeping Up Appearances Rewarding cleanliness and attractiveness of a business premises (shop, business, factory etc.). Best Environmental Business Reward for innovation and environmental excellence. Recycling in Schools Rewarding resourcefulness, waste minimisation and recycling activities. Environmental Education Rewarding excellence in Eco Project work in our schools and colleges. Healthy Living Rewarding activities that promote healthy lifestyles. Sustainable Travel Rewarding innovation and excellence in transport initiatives. Best Community Project Rewarding activities and events that have improved the well-being, safety and/or quality of the environment in our local communities. Best Kept Area Acknowledging the efforts of a neighbourhood for improving the quality of their local environment. Youth Environmental Champion Reward for an outstanding individual (Aged 25 and under) who has contributed to improving the environment and the well-being of the community. Environmental Champion Reward for an outstanding individual (over 25 years) who has contributed to improving the environment and the well-being of the community. Pride in your place Application Form
Business Awards
IWA / Western Mail Business Awards for Wales 2013 Once again the Institute of Welsh Affairs and Western Mail have joined forces to run the national Business Awards for Wales. The awards scheme is designed to recognise and honour the achievements of Welsh Businesses in all their variety. Categories cover all aspects of Business Activity and entries are sought from all business sectors right across Wales. Our 10 categories are: Company of the Year <£10m sponsored by ACCA Cymru Wales New Startup Company of the Year sponsored by Go Green Environmental Awards sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation Creative Marketing Award sponsored by Orchard Media & Events Group Best use of foreign languages in Business sponsored by CILT Cymru, the National Centre for languages in Wales Learning & Development Staff Award sponsored by USW Commercial Services Young Achiever sponsorship available PwC Young Enterprise Award Company of the Year >£10m sponsored by gap personnel Entrepreneur of the Year sponsorship available The closing date for all categories is Friday 20th September 2013 For category criteria and to request an entry form, please click here If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please call 029 2066 0820. The exclusive awards ceremony and gala dinner ball will take place on Friday 8th November 2013 at Cardiff City Hall, where the winners of the Awards will be announced. The Awards provide an excellent and unique opportunity to increase your company’s profile, throughout Wales and the UK, as all finalists will be profiled in the weeks preceding the Awards Ceremony. We hope that you will take the opportunity of benefiting from this widespread exposure, and…
Free school breakfast clubs Free Breakfast Clubs have been introduced in many Primary Schools in Caerphilly in accordance with Welsh Assembly Guidance. Breakfast has long been recognised as the most important meal of the day and evidence suggests that children who have the opportunity to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast prior to the start of the school day are more likely to achieve their full educational potential. The Welsh Assembly Government made a commitment to provide for all children of primary school age registered in maintained primary schools in Wales to have a free breakfast. All breakfasts offered should be healthy and consistent with the Primary School Free Breakfast Initiative guidance. The breakfast offered should include a choice of four food groups: – Milk-based drinks or products Cereals – these can be whole-wheat biscuits, corn flakes, rice based cereal, shredded wholegrain wheat biscuits, malted wheat squares, bran flakes, or porridge. None of these options must be sugar coated. Fruit – this can be a selection of chopped fresh fruit or dried fruit to add to the cereals, fruit canned in natural fruit juice, or unsweetened fruit juices. Breads served with low fat spread and reduced sugar jams and marmalade. Children should be provided with the option of having one item from each of the four food groups. Participating schools are listed below: Aberbargoed Primary Abercarn Primary Abertysswg Primary Bedwas Infants Bedwas Junior Blackwood Primary Bryn Primary Brynawel Primary Cefn Fforest Primary (Junior) Coed-y-Brain Primary Crumlin Primary Cwm Glas Infants Cwm Ifor Primary Cwmaber Infants Cwmcarn Primary Cwmfelinfach Primary Cwrt Rawlin Primary Fleur-de-Lys Primary…
Local Businesses – be part of the Caerphilly 10k As you may be aware we are hosting Caerphilly’s first ever 10k which will be taking place on Sunday 23rd June. As the organisers Caerphilly Council’s Business Enterprise Support Team and Sports Development Team are very excited about the event and want to ensure that it is one to remember for the participants. We would like to make Caerphilly 10k an annual event and therefore want runners to remember the great day they had by taking part in a fantastic road run through the streets of Caerphilly, as well as remembering the gifts received after the run. We are approaching local businesses to see if they would like to be part of the event by entering a team into the race but also on this occasion we would like to gauge interest in providing products for the goodie bags. Do you have an product that you feel would be suitable to be included in the goodie bag? We will require approximately 1,200 of the products and we will need them by 10th June to ensure all bags can be packed ready for the event. If you feel that you can get involved by offering a product for the goodie bag please contact by Friday 31st May. In return we will ensure your logo is added to the website and we will gladly erect a banner on the event site for you. Don’t forget if you would like to enter a team you can do this by visiting Thank you for your time.
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Nominate your local heroes in the Voluntary Sector Awards 2013 It is time again to nominate your local heroes for the recognition they deserve with the Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards 2013! The annual award ceremony is organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and GAVO and rewards local volunteers for their contribution to the community. The categories for this year’s Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards are: Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Gwent Police and open to individual volunteers aged 25 and under Record Breaking Volunteer – Longest service as an individual volunteer Environmental Volunteer – An individual or group of volunteers who have contributed to improving their environment Fundraising Volunteer – Focuses on the method used to fundraise, rather than specifically the amount of money raised Employer Supported Volunteer – Individual or group of volunteers who via their employers encouragement and support have contributed to the well-being of the community. Inspirational Volunteer – A person with learning or physical disabilities who, in being an inspirational volunteer, has contributed to the wellbeing of the community Retired Senior Volunteer – Open to individual volunteers aged 60 and over Practical Service Adult Volunteer (Individual) Practical Service Adult Volunteer (Group) – Individuals/groups who have provided service to improve the quality of life for another person or for the community New Volunteer – An individual who is new to voluntary work (within the last eighteen months) The closing date for all applications is Friday 26th April 2013 – all individual and group volunteers must carry out their voluntary work within Caerphilly county borough. The award ceremony will take place at Penallta House on 19th June 2013. Download the Voluntary Sector Awards 2013 nomination form or call 01443 863540.
Feast your eyes on the Caerphilly Food Festival Website The Caerphilly Food Festival is going at it alone in 2013 for its second year in existence. Following the overwhelming success of 2012, with the food festival coinciding with the Olympic Torch Relay event this years food festival, which is part funded by the Welsh Government, will fill the streets with delicious smells and wonderful sights. To help you get the most from the festival the food festival website is now live to give you up to date information on what is taking place at the event. Continuously being updated, the website covers the vast array of activities and events that will be taking place on the day, from cooking demonstrations, craft workshops and musical performances. The website will also have all the travel and access information to ensure everyone can arrange their day for maximum enjoyment. The Food Festival which will take place on 4th May has a special guest in the form of a celebrity chef. If you fancy having an autograph off or picture taken with Jean Christophe Novelli then Caerphilly is the place to be! Jean will be carrying out cookery demonstrations, book signing and autograph sessions throughout the day. Visit to view full details about the event. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said, “The Caerphilly Food Festival is great day out for the whole family and to get the most out of it I recommend everyone heads to the website so they can ensure they don’t miss out on anything on the day and plan a stress free journey to and from…
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