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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.



Torfaen Mayor is holding a garden party at Llanyrafon Manor in Cwmbran

Mayor of Torfaen's garden party in Cwmbran

Mayor of Torfaen’s garden party in Cwmbran

The Mayor of Torfaen Neil Mason is holding a charity garden party this Friday at Llanyrafon Manor.

It starts at 4pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and this includes a selection of finger sandwiches, home-made buttermilk scones with fruit jam and clotted cream along with a selection of home-made cakes and  tea or coffee.

Stallholders are welcome and pitches cost £15.

Guests will enjoy entertainment, craft stalls and games on the lawn and the craft stalls are donating raffle prizes.

If it rains the organisers have a plan so it can still go ahead.

Call Chris Slade on 01495 74 2578 or  Chris.Slade@torfaen.gov.uk to book your tickets.

180 year-old tree in Cwmbran to be chopped down

Jonny and the dead tree outside the church

Jonny and the dead tree outside the church


A cedar tree in Cwmbran that is over 180 years-old has died and will be chopped down later this month. The 80 foot tree is in the grounds of Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church in Croesyceiliog.

Jonny Raine, the church minister, said it was one of three cedars that were brought over from Palestine in the 18th century and planted.

He said: “Despite its history and significance to our church and community it has been declared dead and needs to come down.

“Our gates have a plaque with a poem called 'The Cedars of Pontrhydyrun' dedicated to them. The other two were blown down during a storm in 1928.”

For the last few years the tree has not been in a good condition and council officers have kept an eye on it. It was declared dead and the church has booked in a contractor to start cutting on 30 September.

Keep an eye on the Cwmbran Life Facebook page closer to the date for more information as Chapel Lane may be closed during the work.


The poem about the church's cedar trees

The poem about the church's cedar trees


Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church

Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church


Incredible tree carving in Cwmbran


Check out this tree carving in Cwmbran.

The tree is near the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Croesyceiliog.

Do you know the name of the talented wood carver?

Wales’ first 3D body scanner is coming to Cwmbran. Book a free slot and find your perfect jean size.

A Date With Denim in Cwmbran

A Date With Denim in Cwmbran

A revolutionary body scanner is coming to Cwmbran Shopping to help shoppers find their perfect style and size of jeans.

A similar machine, which has been permanently installed in New York’s Bloomingdales, has proved to be a huge success. This is a two minute video on the one in the top store in America.

Taking just six seconds, the scanner produces a 3D image of a participant’s figure, providing a detailed picture of their body type to help them find the perfect cut for their shape.

Created by Tailored For You, the machine gives participants a detailed review of garments available in their size from a variety of different stores in the centre.

From apple, rectangle, hourglass, petit or pear shape, expert stylists (using detailed analysis from the machine) will suggest a range of denim that will play to the strengths of an individual’s best bits.

The body scanner with be on display for two days at the centre’s ‘A Date with Denim’ event, taking place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September in the Congress Theatre.

Also on hand will be free hair, style and make-up demonstrations provided by local retailers, in addition to an Autumn fashion showcase showing key styles for the next season. There will also be a chance to collect complimentary goody bags.

Book a free slot on the 3D body scanner

Normally worth £20, shoppers can book a complimentary session with the scanner by going to www.cwmbranshopping.co.uk or emailing suzanne@stills.co.uk

Alternatively you can still enjoy the free activities, including style workshops run by Wenda James-Rowe, founder of the Style Team.

An experienced stylist, Wenda said the event helps to celebrate people of all shapes and sizes:

“The most important thing I try to do when working with women is to emphasise true potential by embracing their shape. I come into contact with six or seven different body shapes, but pear shape is the most common.

“The body scanner will identify the best jeans style and cut for each individual, in order to flatter their body and give them confidence. During the day, I will be working with Cwmbran’s retailers to host workshops on how to dress for different personalities and colouring. I’d always recommend buying a great pair of bootlegs, to flatter curves and streamline legs.”

Paul Rich, Centre Manager, said:

“I am delighted that Cwmbran Shopping is hosting such an exciting event. We have such a mixture of independent and high street stores and I am pleased that both men and women will have the opportunity to choose a perfect pair of jeans from such a wide selection.

“All the free activities will be fantastic, however due to the popularity of the event, I urge people to book the scanner in advance to avoid disappointment.”

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.”


Swan needs stitches after being attacked by dog at Cwmbran Boating Lake

The female swan at Llantarnam Ponds with some of her cygnets (photo by Stephen Jones)

The female swan at Llantarnam Ponds with some of her cygnets (photo by Stephen Jones)

A swan at Cwmbran Boating Lake had to be driven 140 miles for treatment after being attacked by a dog.

The swan is part of the family of ten that were living at Llantarnam Ponds.  They had to be moved from there because there was so much concern after they were regularly seen walking in the busy roads.

A spokeswoman for Swan Rescue South Wales said they believed the swans were wandering so much as there wasn’t enough natural food in the ponds.

She said: “About three weeks ago the whole family were seen on their way up to the Three Blackbirds by a friend of ours who rounded them up, brought them back and put them in her back garden where they stayed for about eight days until we could find a more suitable place for them.”

The swans were moved to Cwmbran Boating Lake for their own safety.

She said: “About three hours later we received a very worried call to say the female swan had been attacked by an out-of-control dog. From the teeth marks it was almost certainly a terrier.

“We returned to the lake and caught the swan as she was going to need immediate veterinary treatment.

“Dogs teeth, like those of cats carry a bacteria which needs to be treated with antibiotics. These we were able to obtain from Alex Lewis, a trainee veterinary nurse at the Summerhill Veterinary Group practice in Newport.

“Alex has a special interest in wildlife casualties, and is always extremely helpful when we have emergencies like this. The following day we took the swan to the National Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton in Surrey to be seen by their on-call swan vet. The verdict was the swan was going to need several stitches especially as the sinus tubes had been damaged. That was Thursday.

“The gravity of the injury was such sufficient time needed to be given to be sure the repair had been effective. By Monday, when the vet did her ‘ward rounds’, it was clear the swan was more than ready to be back with her family. She was showing serious signs of restlessness. Thankfully the vet gave her the ‘all clear’. It was the first time we had driven the 140 miles up the M4 with an empty car and for the only reason to actually bring a swan back to South Wales.

“When we arrived at the boating lake we were really hopeful of a joyful reunion but they were all more interested in the bag of bread we were carrying than to even notice mum was back with them again.

“The story had a good ending but the thought of what could have been had the dog been a much larger breed was extremely worrying.

“Signage asking people to keep their dogs on leads at all times around any waters where there is vulnerable wildlife is extremely important and an issue which all local authorities should be aware of not least the veterinary costs involved of putting things right again.”

Real ale and cider festival at the Queen Inn in Cwmbran

The beer and cider menu for the festival

The beer and cider menu for the festival

The Queen Inn in Cwmbran

The Queen Inn in Cwmbran

Get along to the Queen Inn in Upper Cwmbran to enjoy a real ale and cider festival. The fun kicked off yesterday and continues until Bank Holiday Monday.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is the main day with several live bands entertaining drinkers from noon until closing time. Other entertainment includes a BBQ, DJ and disco.

Beers available at the festival:

Bullmastiff SOB-Cardiff Brewery-6%

Pitchfork-RCH Brewery Somerset-4.3%

Ruddles County-Ruddles Brewery-4.3%

Otley Boss-Pontypridd Brewery-4.4%

Doombar-Sharp’s Brewery-4%

London Pride-Fuller’s Brewery-4.1%

Rhymney Export-Rhymney Brewery-5%

Butty Bach-Wye Valley Brewery-4.5%

Tribute-St. Austell Brewery-4.2%

Ciders available at the festival:

Black Rat-Moles Brewery Wiltshire-6%

Weston’s Perry-Weston’s Herefordshire-4.5%

Old Rosie-Weston’s Herefordshire-7.3%

Cheddar Valley-Thatcher’s Sandford Somerset-6%

Weston’s Twist-Weston’s Herefordshire-4%

Gwynt-y-Ddraig Farmhouse Scrumpy-

Here is the live music line-up:

12 Noon- 3pm Kevin Sheene

3pm- 6pm Daz

6pm-9pm The Elastic Band

9pm-11pm Deano

Meet the Dulux dog in Cwmbran on Monday at the Threepenny Bit in Greenmeadow

Dulux Paint will be bringing their famous dog to Cwmbran on Monday for the open day being held at the Threepenny Bit in Greenmeadow.

Co Star, who are based in the centre, will be showing off the variety of services they offer including the Repaint Scheme that sells top quality paint for just £1.50 a litre. They also run lunch clubs, job hunting help and an art class. Visit the projects page of their website to find out more.

Gateway Credit Union who offer loans and savings accounts will have a stand. They are a great alternative to expensive payday loan companies and doorstep lenders.

The day runs from 11.30am to 3pm.

Visitors  can enjoy:

Raffles and prizes

Bran Tubs

Potter’s Wheel

Portrait Drawings

Children’s Arts and Crafts

Smoothie Bike

Bird Boxes and Insect Houses

Citizens Advice Bureau

Gateway Credit Union

Homemade Soup, Jams and Cakes

You can have a photo with the Dulux Dog from 12pm to 3pm.

The view over Cwmbran

The view over Cwmbran

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