The swimming pool at the police training college in Cwmbran

Stunning photos inside the former police training college in Cwmbran

The former police training college in St Dials shut down in 2005 and Torfaen Council says up up 456 homes could be be built on the site in the future. Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the corridors, rooms and even the swimming pool? Here is a set of photos from inside this building that unless you are a police officer you are unlikely to have explored. Enjoy The police training college in Cwmbran   This video posted on YouTube by shows new officers on their passing-out parade in 1984.   Torfaen Council’s local development plan says this about the site: ‘To provide a high quality residential…

The newly painted front door at the Fairy Tree at Cwmbran Boating Lake

The fairies at Cwmbran Boating Lake are still here and have repainted their front door

Six days after Cwmbran Life featured a story Fears that the fairies who live at Cwmbran Boating Lake have abandoned their home this has happened. Their pink door that was peeling and looking a bit worse for wear has been given a new lick of bright red paint. This was their door last Sunday. It is great to find out they still live in our town.   Share Cwmbran Life stories on…

Llanyrafon Manor

2 minute clip of Cwmbran’s Llanyrafon Manor the day before its country fayre- Baking, real ale and wellie-wanging

Just for a bit of fun I did this quick video walking around Llanyrafon Manor today. Tomorrow, Sunday 13 April, is its first traditional country fayre from 10am to 4pm. Free entry. “Celebrating the best of rural produce in Torfaen and Caerphilly” A real ale tent will feature several local brewers. Cwmbran artisan baker Bill King is running a ‘hands on bread dough class’ and Torfaen’s first bake-off champion will be announced. You can watch traditional fun like wellie-wanging, maypole dancing and barrel rolling. A full day of free activities, music and entertainment kicks off at 10am, with food, drink and craft producers from across the region will showcase their…

These tins of rice pudding will soon be ate by people in Cwmbran who are struggling

Cwmbran foodbanks gave 16,000 meals to struggling residents in the last year. Audioboo with a volunteer

Foodbanks in Cwmbran have given 16,640 meals to struggling residents in the last year. There are two places in the town where people in a crisis can get a food parcel that lasts for three days. Cwmbran Life visited the Salvation Army Hall in Old Cwmbran. An upstairs room stores donations that are made up into parcels on Wednesday afternoons. A volunteer told me that they get so much out of helping people in need and do not judge anyone who comes in. It was nice to hear that a local nursery now has a box to collect items from parents and then drops it in when it’s full. Listen…

The urban beach in Cwmbran town centre

Cwmbran to get its own sandy beach for the summer. Artist’s impression and Audioboo

Yep. You read that right- Cwmbran is getting its own sandy beach that will be built in Gwent Square. Listen to this Audioboo of Michael Bell, events coordinator at Cwmbran Shopping, talking about plans to bring buckets, spades and deckchairs to the town. listen to ‘Michael Bell talks about the urban beach coming to Cwmbran Shopping this summer’ on Audioboo Over 150 tonnes of white sand will transform the square into a summer haven, giving sun-seekers a place to unwind and play from 12 July to 2 September. The 20m x 20m free attraction will allow visitors to relax on deckchairs, feast on ice cream and take part in beach yoga.…

The fairies house days after they moved in during September 2012

Fears that the fairies who live at Cwmbran Boating Lake have abandoned their home

Two years ago visitors to Cwmbran Boating Lake were thrilled to spot that fairies had moved in to one of the trees. But now locals are worried that the state of their front door means they must have moved out. A man who visits the lake most weekends said: “We are worried they have found somewhere better to live and left Cwmbran. The ‘fairy tree’ sign that they put up to announce their arrival in 2012 has faded so it’s now just a faint pink door. The thing is we can’t believe they are still living there in a house in that condition. Surely fairies would take better care of…

Cwmbran Boating Lake

“I like Cwmbran Boating Lake because…” – A bit of fun using Audioboo

Audioboo is a fun app that allows you to easily record voices and share them online. During a visit to Cwmbran Boating Lake this morning I stopped a few dog walkers, anglers and families and asked them to finish off this sentence… “I like Cwmbran Boating Lake because… I used Audioboo to record their answers. Click the play button to listen to what they had to say: Share Cwmbran Life stories on…

Busccraft for kids at Greenmeadow Farm in Cwmbran

Learn how to survive in the wild. Join this bushcraft day for 8-14 year-olds in Cwmbran

If you are aged 8-14 quickly show your parents this story. If your kids are aged 8-14 call 01633 647662 now and book them a place on this quirky course at Greenmeadow Community Farm. Bushcraft is all about learning to live in the wild with whatever you can find in nature. Ray Mears is probably the best know bushcraft expert on TV. Experts at the farm will show the youngsters how to light a fire and build a shelter. A Facebook event page has been set up- Bushcraft for Kids- Join it for the latest information. Share Cwmbran Life stories on…