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Jean Christophe Novelli
Oh la la!! French Celebrity Chef is on his way to Caerphilly! The second Caerphilly Food Festival is pulling out all the stops to make it an event to remember, and one that will draw visitors from near and far! This year, when the festival comes to town on Saturday 4th May, to ensure that the event reaches its full potential, following a high footfall in 2012, which was aided by the Olympic Torch Relay, celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli will be onsite for the duration of the event to add some European culinary skills into the mix. The well known chef, who has a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin star to his name, will be on hand at the Caerphilly Food Festival to carry out cookery demonstrations throughout the day and will also give visitors an opportunity for autograph and book signings. Dubbed “the nation’s favourite French chef”, Caerphilly cannot wait to welcome Jean Christophe Novelli into town! As well as the cookery demonstration programme, the event will include over 60 stalls, farmers market, animal displays, children’s activities and lots more. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development said, “This excellent event promises to offer a vast array of culinary delights and fun for all the family. Set in the heart of Caerphilly town centre, I would encourage as many people to come along and enjoy this event as possible”. Caerphilly is cooking up a storm on Saturday 4th May 2013 between 10:00am – 5:00pm. Miss it and certainly miss out!! For further information on the Caerphilly Food Festival, please call 029 20 88…
Toddler Time 12th April at Ystrad Mynach Library Stories, Rhymes and crafts for under 5’s starting at 2pm. Free weekly sessions, no booking required. For further details please telephone Yvonne Ryall on 01443 812988
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New Dedicated Town Centre Events Spaces Blackwood, Caerphilly and Risca now benefit from new event spaces in the heart of the town centres. The event spaces are purpose built and include dedicated power supplies and vehicular access. Community groups as well as council departments can book the spaces.  Although trading is not allowed on the event space, they can also be used by private businesses to promote products and launch new products. A new event space is planned for Bargoed as part of the regeneration scheme. The event spaces are located as follows: Blackwood – Dragon Circle between Asda and Blackwood Retail Park Caerphilly – Top of the Twyn Car Park adjacent to the Twyn Community Centre Risca – Entrance to Tredegar Grounds, adjacent to the High Street.   Bookings for the event space can be made through the Town Centre Management – email –
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Caerphilly Food Banks More and more people are finding themselves in hardship due to increasing food prices, energy prices and freezes on pay meaning they struggle to provide adequate meals to support their family. Food banks have been set up throughout the UK to help those families in need and the number of people benefiting from emergency food has increased year on year with 280,000 being fed in 2012 compared to 128,000 in 2011. The leading supermarkets in the county borough are taking corporate social responsibility extremely seriously.  Asda, Morrisons and Tescos are joining forces to help with emergency food parcels for individuals and families who are on low incomes.  In Blackwood, Caerphilly, new Tredegar and Risca, the Town Centre Management team has helped to co-ordinate the collection and distribution to the Food Banks. Important Update Please note the information on this page may be out-of-date, we now have updated food bank information including contact details here.   Food bank locations St Dingat’s Church Church Terrace New Tredegar NP24 6HF Supported by Tesco Ystrad Mynach  Tab Life Centre Tram Road Pontllanfraith NP12 2JF Supported by Asda Blackwood  Risca Food Bank 66a Commercial Street Risca NP11 6BA Supported by Tesco Risca Bridging the Gap Elim Church Caerphilly Supported by Asda Caerphilly and Morrisons Caerphilly
Caerphilly 10k – Registration now open! Registration is now open for a new ten kilometre road run being organised for the first time this summer! Caerphilly County Borough Council has announced plans to hold the first ever Caerphilly 10k run on Sunday 23rd June. The 6.2mile course will lead participants in and around the town centre, with the start and finishing line located in the shadow of Caerphilly Castle. The proposal has been developed by Caerphilly County Borough Council and is supported by Welsh Athletics, Sport Wales. More details about the route will be announced by the council in the near future. Registration costs £10 for over 15s (plus an online processing fee of £1.50), £8 for affiliated runners (plus an online processing fee of £1.50) and £8 for over 60s (plus an online processing fee of £1.50). To sign up, it’s easy! Simply go to to book a place on the run.
Short term family accommodation unveiled in Caerphilly Town Centre A state of the art facility has been unveiled in Caerphilly Town Centre to provide temporary accommodation to 13 families who are having problems with housing. Acorn House – or Ty’r Fesen – aims to provide short term accommodation for families who find themselves homeless and supports them into more permanent housing. The facility boasts 13 family rooms, including two units which have been specifically designed to accommodate wheelchair users. The facility, located on the site of the former Encon engineering works in the heart of Caerphilly town centre, forms part of a wider flagship development consisting of an additional 16 much needed new homes. Acorn House not only delivers outstanding accommodation and communal facilities including a crèche area and gardens, but also offers essential life skills classes such as budgeting and cooking; helping prepare and support the families it houses for moving on in to more permanent accommodation. Acorn House has been developed in partnership between Caerphilly County Borough Council and United Welsh. The facility was officially opened this week by Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Cllr Harry Andrews and Chair of United Welsh, Ian Gilbert.   Read the whole story about the new short term accommodation at the Caerphilly Borough Council website.
£2,275 cash incentive for employers taking on unemployed 18-24 year olds Wage incentives could be yours when you take on an unemployed 18 to 24 year old and are available through Jobcentre Plus across England, Scotland and Wales. They are also available if you take on a young person from the Work Programme, delivered by the private, public and voluntary sector to help individuals at risk of becoming long-term unemployed find work. In addition, wage incentives are available for taking on a young disabled person from the Work Choice programme. How it works If you take on a young person for 16 hours or more each week in a job lasting more than 26 weeks then you could claim an incentive. There are two rates: for part-time work between 16 and 29 hours a week – £1,137.50 for full-time work of 30 hours or more a week – £2,275. This will be paid 26 weeks after the employee starts work. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees can claim a part payment eight weeks after the employee starts work. Who can claim? Wage incentives are available to private, voluntary and community sectors and social enterprise employers. Central government departments, their executive agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) will be excluded from claiming them, however the wider public sector such as NHS trusts, will not. For more information   Cash Incentive for employers scheme PDF
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Join St David on his Pilgrim Trail Children across Caerphilly county borough are invited to take a pilgrimage through the shops of Bargoed, Blackwood, Caerphilly and Risca between 18th February and 1st March to celebrate the patron saint of Wales. The St David’s Pilgrim Trail has been developed by the Council’s Town Centre Management Team to encourage school children and their parents to explore their local town centre and support the independent shops that trade there. Before setting out on the trail, children must collect an entry form from the designated point in their town centre. The entry forms will have a list of facts about St David and a list of shops where the clues are being displayed. To be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize, children must simply match the fact to the shop. When completed, the entry form must be signed by an adult and then deposited in the submissions box at the relevant town centre ‘Drop Off Point’. The entry boxes will be opened on 4th March and the winners selected at random and notified. Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said, “The trail is a fun and ingenious way of stimulating residents into exploring their town centres and the shops that they may not normally give their custom. Not only will this trail encourage children and parents to shop locally and discover more about their town centre, it will allow independent retailers to expand their customer base.” The designated collection and drop off points in each town centre are as follows: Caerphilly – The…
Tesco contract for local Blackwood business may lead to new jobs Blackwood based Just Love Food Company, which makes nut free cakes has just seen it’s order to supply 42 tesco stores increase to 140 across the UK. The company was created in 2010 by former Memory Lane Cakes manager Mike Woods after he became frustrated sourcing cakes for his children who suffer from nut allergies. He spotted a gap in the market and decided to open up the business in Blackwood employing local people from the Caerphilly area and it is hoped the new contract to supply 4 cake lines to 140 stores and a possible increase of an additional 2 cake lines to 350 stores will lead to many more jobs for the local community. Just Love Food Company has 10 different food lines showcased on their website but they will be supplying Tesco with their nut free Pirate, Princess, Happy Birthday and Celebration cakes. The contract comes after the company met with local Tesco buyer Mr Grant who introduced the cakes to the 42 local stores in Wales within 5 months of the business opening and Mr Grant saw the potential of the business with it’s owner Mike Woods having excellent understanding of the market area with his past experience and introduced the innovative food supplier to head buyers at Tesco. The contract is set to increase turnover at the Blackwood based company up to 80%. For more information on visit the Just Love Food Company website
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