Could you help Riley find love this Valentine’s?

STAFF at Dogs Trust Bridgend are hoping this Valentine’s Day will bring a lifelong female companion for 11-year-old Riley who is on the hunt for a family home which he can share with a gentle female dog.
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Try to drink responsibly during Six Nations

Tonight sees the start of the 2015 Six Nations Tournament which is widely followed throughout Wales and the UK, and is a time where people come together in pubs and clubs to watch the matches.

Gwent Police is reminding fans to think about their behaviour and the consequences of drinking too much on a Friday, Saturday or even Sunday night during the Six Nations tournament.

During the tournament weekends, Gwent Police will be working with partners to tackle and prevent alcohol-related crime and disorder in town centres. Officers have been contacting licensees to remind them of their role and responsibilities in serving alcohol responsibly. Licensees are also being encouraged to check that their CCTV systems are working correctly.

During the tournament, Police and Trading Standards will also be visiting licensed premises to check that all door staff are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved, the premises are safe and adhering to the licensing conditions.

Local officers will be working to provide an increased presence in the town centres to deter any crime and disorder on match days. They will also be joined by partner agencies and volunteers such as Street Pastors, a group of volunteers who offer care and support to people on nights out.

Gwent Police will be also be working closely with Council CCTV operators to monitor town centres and look out for any incidents of disorder.

Officers are also reminding those out in bars and clubs to take extra care when out and keep personal possessions safe and secure. This can include: not leaving bags over the back of a chair and keeping wallets and purses close to your body when in pubs, to be discreet when using mobile phones and put them away as soon as you have finished using them and don’t carry more money than you need. Those out enjoying the Six Nations are also reminded to ensure that they have plans in place to get home safely at the end of the evening.

Assistant Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley said: “We want those going out to enjoy the Six National Tournament to do so safely and without causing problems for themselves or others. We will be out across Gwent keeping people safe and making sure people are able to enjoy their evenings.

“As always our advice is clear, if you are drinking during the Six nations weekends period do so responsibly, look after your friends, and ensure you have a safe way planned for getting home.

“Additional officers will be deployed to help deal with the increased numbers of people who are out. Whilst we are clear that our role will be to help people have a safe and enjoyable evening, I would remind anyone who is out and intent on causing any problems for others we won’t tolerate any anti-social or threatening behaviour. Anyone who misbehaves or seeks to spoil things for others can expect to be dealt with by the Police.”

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Chepstow Christmas Eve treat

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Advice for GCSE students from Careers Wales

What next?’ is a question that will be facing many young people this week as students across Monmouthshire pick up their long awaited GCSE results.


For many it will be a day for celebration but for others it might be one of disappointment. Whatever your results, the message from Careers Wales is don’t panic.

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Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay to host quiz night for Raglan Church’s Raise the Roof campaign

THE roof of Raglan church is set to be raised even higher when Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay hosts a quiz and curry evening at Raglan Parc Golf Club on Saturday, September 6th.


Over £6,000 has so far been raised towards the £400,000 needed to repair the roof of St Cadoc’s Church, which is a Grade 11 listed building. The Raise the Roof appeal was launched last year by the Revd Joan Wakeling, who has since retired and the baton has now been passed to Raglan’s new Vicar, the Revd Canon Tim Clement.

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Relate Cymru offers top tips for coping with exam results day

Families across the country are experiencing the highs and lows of exam results days this August.


Relate Cymru, a relationship support organisation, offers tips for both parents and young people on how to cope with expectations, delight and disappointment.

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N war sculpture2A Monmouth sculptor has created a tribute to the survivors of the First World War after being inspired by a theatre trip.
Stephen Arnell has made a series of bronze statues remembering those who overcame the odds and prevailed despite the carnage all around them.

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Letters to an Unknown Soldier

The digital memorial, LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, closed at 11pm on 4 August and has been declared a resounding success.
An astonishing 21,056 people took part in the project, which was inspired by Charles Sargeant Jagger’s statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One at Paddington Station.
LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER was created by authors Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger for 14-18 NOW, the Programme of cultural commissions to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

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Pictures of the final night of Monmouth Festival 2014

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Another Monmouth Festival came to a close last weekend (Saturday 2nd
August) with the presentation scaling new heights.
A new look stage and sound system helped to make this possibly one of the
best festivals yet as the money taken in the buckets broke all
records, topping £18,000.

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Chairman of the Festival Committee, Les Modget hailed the nine days
of music as a great success: “We took it to another level this year
with a better stage, sound and viewing screens which did incur an
extra cost.
“We have a very good festival team that works really hard on a
voluntary basis; no-one gets paid for their time.

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“I have been chairman for four years now and felt a really fantastic
feelgood atmosphere on the last night, everyone was having a good
time  Even the security guards said how well-behaved everyone was.”

The nine-day festival raised over £18,200.


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Monmouth commemorates start of First World War

N war castle 8A SOLEMN hush was broken only by unaccompanied hymns at Monmouth Castle’s cenotaph on Monday evening (4th August), as those present paused to remember  lives lost during the First World War.
Military personnel, MPs, members of the town council and members of the public met at 10pm to mark the moment that Great Britain declared war on Germany.
Candles were lit at Monmouth Castle and St James’ Square cenotaphs and as part of the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Lights Out campaign in which households across the UK were encouraged to turn lights off in favour of  candles between the hours of 10pm and 11pm.

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