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Chairman’s charities to receive boost from 19 mile sponsored hike

Monmouthshire County Council

Two charities are set to benefit from a challenging sponsored walk taking in part of Monmouthshire’s rugged countryside.

The council’s Chairman, Councillor John Prosser, has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support and Welsh Warrior – The Richard Hunt Foundation as his chosen charities during his year of office and hopes that a 19 mile trek to be undertaken by his consort, Ms Heather Dash will help boost funds.

Heather has opted to tackle Monmouthshire’s Three Castles Walk, a way-marked long distance path linking Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castle.  This popular trail is usually accomplished over two or three days but Heather is aiming to complete the distance on Monday, April 27th - and be home in time for supper!

NHS employee Heather is a keen walker and is looking forward to the challenge. Councillor Prosser will greet her at White Castle as she finishes the walk which takes in part of the scenic Monnow Valley and the rolling hills in the north east of the county. He said: “I’m very proud as Heather continues to support my chosen charities and we will be grateful if as many people as possible offer to sponsor her to raise funds for two very worthy causes.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather.”

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Monmouth Library to promote wellbeing with day of information and activities

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouth Library is to offer a lively day of information and activities to support wellbeing on Tuesday 21st April from 10.30am to 3pm. The aim is to highlight the health and wellbeing information and support available in libraries from the Macmillan in Monmouthshire Service and other local partners.

A shared reading session at 12noon will feature a story and poem in addition to talks, short films information, quizzes and taster sessions from other organisations taking part. These include the Health Promotion Library, the NHS screening team and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association) which offers lifelong support for the armed forces and their families.

Age Cymru working in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK will feature two taster sessions of Nordic walking at 11am and 2pm. The two organisations are delivering an exercise programme across Wales for men living with prostate cancer and their partners and families to increase physical activity and support treatment recovery. Nordic Walking uses specially designed lightweight poles which provide great support and maximise the effects of the exercise.

Also attending will be The Alzheimer’s Society, The Education Programme for Patients, Christians against Poverty and the befrienders team from Monmouth’s Bridges Community Centre offering practical help or volunteering opportunities. Information will be available about wellbeing activities at Monmouth Leisure Centre, learning to knit with the Caldicot Library Knit and Natter group and the fun groups based in libraries.

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Trading standards officers work with police to convict rogue traders

Monmouthshire County Council

Co-ordinated action between Monmouthshire’s trading standards service and Gwent Police has resulted in the successful prosecution of two rogue traders. Charlie Lee, 19, of Justin Caravan Park in Northampton pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, and his 17-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and one count of concealing criminal property.

At their sentencing at Newport Crown Court, prosecutor Matthew Cobbe said between September 14th and October 8th last year they took advantage of a vulnerable man from Monmouth, aged 61, stealing £47,000.

Giving false names, Lee and his accomplice carried out work to his roof, gutters, garden and path pressing him to withdraw large sums via bank transfer. It was only when his bank raised concerns that an investigation was prompted.

The Monmouth resident contacted the Citizen’s Advice Bureau which referred him to Monmouthshire County Council’s trading standards officers. They immediately suspected serious fraud and worked with the police to secure an arrest. A council surveyor estimated that the value of the work undertaken was no more than £2,200.

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Seven general election candidates to contest Monmouth constituency

Monmouthshire County Council

Seven candidates have indicated that they intend contesting the parliamentary constituency of Monmouth in the forthcoming UK general election.

Nominations closed yesterday (Thursday, 9th April) at 4pm.

The seven candidates are:

  • Jonathan Thomas Clark (Plaid Cymru)

  • David Thomas Charles Davies (Welsh Conservative Party)

  • Gareth Dunn (United Kingdom Independence Party)

  • Veronica Kathleen German (Liberal Democrat)

  • Ruth Lorraine Jones (Welsh Labour)

  • Stephen Morris (English Democrats)

  • Chris Were (Green Party)

The general election will be held on Thursday, 7th May and the counting of votes for the Monmouth constituency takes place that evening from 10pm at Chepstow Leisure Centre.

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Monmouthshire’s libraries launch informal groups for men

Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council is launching an informal group for men in each of its six local libraries. Three groups will meet for the first time this month at Abergavenny Library from 10am to 12noon on Wednesday 15th April, Caldicot Library on the same day from 2.30 to 4pm and Monmouth Library on Tuesday 21st April between 10.30am and 3pm. Other groups will be set up in September.

While library staff are considering a quiz challenge between groups, organizing talks on interesting topics, offering tai chi and other activity sessions they are keen for men to attend saying what should be offered and what would attract them to join a library-based group.

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Council provides opportunities to enjoy attractive springtime bank holiday activities

Monmouthshire County Council

Many of Monmouthshire County Council’s attractions and services will operate on Good Friday (3rd April), Easter Monday (6th April), Tuesday 7th April, May Day Holiday (May 4th) and Spring Bank Holiday (May 25th) even though its offices will be closed on these dates.

The council’s three museums at Abergavenny, Monmouth and Chepstow will maintain their usual opening hours of 11am to 5pm with free admission. Over the Easter break Chepstow will hold an egg hunt. Meanwhile, the county’s four leisure centres will be closed on bank holidays but open as usual on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April with limited hours from noon to 8pm on Tuesday 7th April. Monmouthshire’s libraries will open on Tuesday 7th April only - Abergavenny and Caldicot from 9am to 7pm, Chepstow and Monmouth from 10am to 7pm, Gilwern from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6.30pm and Usk from 9am until 5.30pm – and will be closed on Saturday, April 4th.

Caldicot Castle hosts a number of attractive bank holiday events during the spring. On Good Friday through to Easter Monday, the Freemen of Gwent will hark back 700 years to re-enact the period of medieval history during the One Hundred Years War.

Fortress Wales makes a welcome return to the castle and adjoining country park for a fourth year on May 3rd and 4th with a living military history re-enactment encompassing the American Civil War, the Second World War and the Vietnam conflict as well as medieval times.

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