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An event to mark the signing of Newport’s Armed Forces Community Covenant took place at the Newport Gwent Dragons match against Glasgow Warriors at Rodney Parade last month.

The covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Newport City Council is committed to supporting the armed forces community by working with a range of partners from the public services, charities and other community organisations who have signed the covenant.

On the night there was music from the band of the Prince of Wales’s Division and visitors met soldiers from the 104 Regiment Royal Artillery.

A minute’s silence was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the First Gulf War (Operation Granby) before the game kicked off .

During half time, the covenant was publicly signed on the pitch by Councillor Bob Bright, Leader of Newport City Council; Councillor Ray Truman, Deputy Leader and Chair of the One Newport Local Service Board and Lt Col Erik Bengtsson MBE of 104 Royal Artillery.

Other partners, including the Royal British Legion and forces charity SSAFA, also signed the convenant on the night.

Councillor Bright said: “ We owe an obligation to service people who have put their own lives on the line to protect and defend us. The convenant is a way that the council and other organisations in the city can show their respect

and gratitude to those who have served and continue to serve our country.”

Councillor Truman said: “ I would like to thank all those organisations who have pledged their support for those who serve, and have served, in the armed forces and hope that others will join us.

“ I would also like to thank everyone at Rodney Parade for allowing us to share this important occasion on a match night and making it a very public event.”

Councillor Mark Spencer, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “ The covenant is a visible way of showing the support that we and other organisations off er to those people who have served and continue to serve our country. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.”

Lieutenant Colonel Erik Bengtsson, Councillor Ray Truman and Councillor Bob Bright



On Thursday 5 May 2016 voters in Wales will go to the polls for National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

At the National Assembly for Wales election, residents of Newport will be able to vote for regional and constituency assembly members.

These are the people responsible for presiding over a wide range of issues in Wales including health, education and housing.

The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of the local police force, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Will Godfrey, Electoral Registration Offi cer for Newport City Council, said: “ Only people who are registered can take part in May’s elections. People living in Newport will need to register to make sure that they don’t miss out on voting on polling day.

“ Registering is easy and you can apply online at in just a few minutes. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number.”

Rhydian Thomas, Head of Wales Offi ce at the Electoral Commission, said: “ Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they will be able to have their say on issues that directly aff ect their day-to-day lives in Wales. It’s important that anyone who is eligible to be on the register,

but has not yet registered, does so. The deadline to register to vote is Monday 18 April 2016.”

Those who would prefer can still apply using a paper form. The form can be downloaded from the registration site or alternatively be requested from your local electoral services team.

Contact your local team on 01633 656656 or email: and return it by 18 April 2016, the registration deadline.

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Parks in Newport City Centre are to be locked an hour earlier during the summer months.

The decision was made following an incident last year which led to the council re-examining its lone working policy. The change brings Newport City Council facilities in line with other local authorities and venues such as the park at Tredegar House.

Park gates will be locked from 8.30pm from 9 May to 22 August. All Newport cemeteries will open at park times but remain on winter closing hours and closed to vehicles from 5pm. Pedestrian gates will remain open as at present.

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