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Llanyrafon Manor’s country fayre in Cwmbran.


Today was the country fayre fayre at Llanyrafon Manor. Everyone I spoke to said it was a cracking event. I approached a few small businesses selling cider and another selling bread and both sold out within a few hours.

The manor was full of smiling faces and people having a laugh. What is there not to like?

Watch this three minute film of today's fayre.



Chinese restaurant in Cwmbran has closed down

The Hoinam in Cwmbran has closed

The Hoinam in Cwmbran has closed


The Hoinam restaurant and takeaway in Cwmbran town centre has closed. The Chinese which is upstairs in The Parade opened its doors in 2011.

There are a couple of legal letters stuck to the door and you can see these below.

The Hoinam overlooks Gwent Square in Cwmbran

The Hoinam overlooks Gwent Square in Cwmbran


Cwmbran’s Homebase store could be closed down

Cwmbran's Homebase store

Cwmbran's Homebase store


Cwmbran's Homebase store could be closed down. Staff have been told about the proposal.

A spokesman for Homebase said today: “Homebase can confirm that the business has entered a period of consultation concerning the proposed closure of our Cwmbran store. Colleagues at the store have been informed and we will be working with them over the next few weeks to support them as much as possible. Due to commercial sensitivities, we are unable to comment further at this time.”


Former Cwmbran resident was in the playground at Rhws Primary School when the car overturned injuring nine

A woman who grew up in Cwmbran was in the playground of Rhws Primary School school today when a car overturned and injured five children and four adults on the road outside.

Angela Mansi, aged 35, left the town 20 years ago and was a pupil at Fairwater Comprehensive School. She was dropping her youngest son off at the school in Rhoose.

Angela said: “I stepped in the playground. There was a huge bang, never heard anything like it, the car flipped in the air and hit the kids and adults.”

BBC TV interviewed Angela live on television.

“I was taking my son to school. Me and another mum tried to grab as many kids and guide them into the building as it was like a war zone. I have been in a zone all day, no motivation at all.

“Karin was my friend as well as the school’s long running lollipop lady. My son’s friends are in hospital.

“The school dealt with it so well. We live in a small community where everyone knows everyone.  A little village where things like this never happen.”

Young Cwmbran girl is a top football striker

The winning team

The winning team

Bianca Ford is pictured centre with PC Zaihd Rouf (right) and Anthony Price, Security Manager (left).  (Back row left to right) Jay Dibble, Dominic Samotaj, Bianca, Evan Skuse. (Front row left to right) Jack Colcombe, Sam Spiteri, Sam Aspland, Abbie Souch.

An eleven-year-old girl from Cwmbran has proven to be a top striker after scoring the winning goal in a football tournament.

Organised by Cwmbran Shopping and Gwent Police, The Cwmbran Shopping Shield tournament brought together six local schools to The Football Factory in Cwmbran.

Bianca Ford, who is in year six at St David’s RC Primary School in Pontnewydd, scored the winning goal, beating Llanyravon Primary School who had an all-male team.

The successful team, made up of six boys and two girls, were labelled champions after winning six out of seven games, with a final score of 2-0.

Bianca, who is a midfielder, has recently moved to Thornhill, Cwmbran from Surrey with her family.

The Manchester United fan is the second in her family to play for the school’s all girls team and was selected to compete in the mixed gender tournament by team captain, Sam Aspland, 11.

Sam, from St Dials, Cwmbran, led the team to victory after weeks of practice. The Cardiff City fan, who wants to be a footballer, said he chose Bianca to be part of the team due to her outstanding skills on the pitch.

He said: “It felt amazing to win the Cwmbran Shopping Shield as we trained regularly before the tournament. Bianca is a really good player and I knew she would help us win.”

St David’s RC Primary School were presented with the Cwmbran Shopping Shield by Martyn Haftowski, Operations Manager at Cwmbran Shopping. Inspector Richard Blakemore, from Gwent Police, presented the runners up with certificates.

Martyn said: “I was thrilled to see the teams do so well at the tournament, which successfully brought children together for a day of physical activity. Both Cwmbran Shopping and Gwent Police highly value community-led activities and we were pleased that teachers and staff at The Football Factory found the event to be a highly entertaining experience.

“Due to the success of the day, we are planning to hold the tournament annually and urge school children of all ages to get involved next year.”

Bianca, who was taught to play football by her brother, 25, said: “I really enjoy playing football and the Cwmbran Shopping Shield was brilliant. I have been playing from the age of five and it is my favourite hobby.

“I can’t wait to win more matches when I start at St Albans high school in September, and would like to be a captain one day.”

John Healy, Headteacher at St David’s RC Primary School, said: “As a school, sports are very important to us, and we wanted to enter a mixed gender team to reflect our ethos of encouraging girls to play football. We currently have a fantastic girls’ team who love playing and are very good.

“Bianca has only been at the school for a month and yet has made her mark as a star player. The team’s determination to succeed was shown in their success and Sam, the captain, is destined to be a professional footballer. He and Bianca, are stars for the future and we are looking forward to taking part in the tournament next year.”

Car accident on Cwmbran Drive

A few comments online are talking about a car accident on Cwmbran Drive near the stadium. One comment said the road has been blocked off by police.

Cwmbran community woodland hit by theft of crane and trailer

The crane and trailer that have been stolen

The crane and trailer that have been stolen

A crane and trailer used by Blaen Bran Community Woodland in Upper Cwmbran was stolen last night. 
A spokesperson for the group that look after the site said: “At some time between 9pm and 9.30pm on the evening of Sunday 7 April  someone sawed off the combination lock of the gate by Ebenezer Chapel (Upper Cwmbran) and took away our crane and trailer. 
“This equipment is worth thousands of pounds. We think this was a planned operation but a trailer and crane are pretty conspicuous on a Sunday evening. Maybe someone will have seen something or will know something that may help.”
 Please share this story and call Gwent Police on 101 if you have any information.
 You can also call Dave, the Blaen Bran woodland manager, on 07787 525 875 or email blaenbran@gmail.com if you can help.

Missing dog in Cwmbran

Spotted this poster in a bus stop on Fairhill.


Win a pair of tickets to the Simon and Garfunkel tribute show at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran

Win tickets to this show in Cwmbran. Pic by C Norman.

Win tickets to this show in Cwmbran. Pic by C Norman.

We featured a story last week on the top Simon and Garfunkel tribute coming to the Congress Theatre on Saturday 13 April.

Cwmbran Life has a pair of tickets up for grabs. Simply answer the question below and email your answer to cwmbranlife (AT) gmail.com or send a message through the Cwmbran Life Facebook page

What was the name of Simon and Garfunkel’s first album together?

Good luck. Get your entries in before Saturday 30 March when we will pick one out at random.

You can get tickets for the show now. Tickets are £14/ £12conc and are available from the box office on 01633 868239 or online from the Congress Theatre.

Lost mobile phone reunited with owner thanks to Cwmbran Life

Here is a nice story to warm up your insides in this cold weather. Cwmbran Life featured a quick story earlier about someone who had found a mobile phone today in the snow in Fairwater.

The link was shared on Cwmbran Life’s new Facebook page  and the good news is someone quickly commented on the story and got in touch with the person who found it. After a few questions it was reunited with the rightful owner.

The view over Cwmbran

The view over Cwmbran

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