February 2007

COMMUNITY AWARDS
Caldicot town council presented crests and certificates to Brian Adams, David Flint, Mr and Mrs J Mills, Alfred Simmonds and John Squibbs in recognition of their contribution to the community. Mr and Mrs Jones of 32 Green Lane were presented with the award for the best decorated Christmas house.

SANDY LANE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Parents of children at Sandy Lane School are continuing to campaign against Monmouthshire County Council’s decision to close the school in 2008. If the school is closed the site will be taken over by Ysgol Y Ffin, which at present occupies the old school buildings at Sudbrook. The final decision will be made by the Welsh Assembly Government.

CAR TORCHED FOLLOWING CRASH
A man was arrested after an accident in Dewstow Road, Caldicot. The driver of one of the vehicles drove off at high speed in the direction of Longfellow Road and set light to the car.

SNOW CLOSES SCHOOLS
Most local schools were closed on 7 and 8 February as the result of snow storms.

AN END TO CCTV
Following Monmouth town council’s decision to withdraw from the county agreement on payments for CCTV with Monmouthshire county Council, the whole scheme is threatened with collapse. Unless new arrangements can be made, Caldicot, along with other towns, will lose its CCTV coverage.

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE FRANSCESCA’S CONTINUES
Residents form Caldicot Westend are continuing to campaign against proposals to demolish Francesca’s Restaurant, one of the town’s finest older buildings. Churchill Retirement Living plan to replace the building with new retirement homes.

STRANGE GOINGS ON IN COUNTRY PARK
Staff at Caldicot Castle have reported seeing flower petals being scattered at the base of a tree in the country park by “a lady in black”. The petals have been left on at least two occasions, leading to speculation that it may be part of an ancient or traditional ritual.

AWARD FOR CASTLE INN
The Castle Inn, in Church Road, Caldicot, was named as best family pub in Wales by the Morning Advertiser, a leading trade journal. The Castle was converted into a no-smoking establishment some time ago by Steve and Judy Gribble, who took over the pub two years ago.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2007 was a three-bedroom semi-detached property in Caemawr Road at £157,500. The most expensive was a three-bedroom bungalow on the edge of Caldicot at £299,950.

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