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The real life stories of Newport’s Orb steel workers who signed up to fight in the First World War is the subject of a two year community project, launched in November.

Entitled ‘First World War – Steel Remembered’ the project was made possible following a £32,900 funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The collaborative project is being led by Linc Cymru (Linc), the organisation behind the restoration of Newport’s Lysaght Institute.

Through a combination of special events, workshops and outreach programmes the project team, which includes the local community, will uncover the real life stories of the Orb steel workers who marched off to war in 1914- 1918 and survived, and those commemorated on the Orb

Steel Works War Memorial.

Partners already signed up to the project include National Museum Wales, Gwent Archives and the University of South Wales, as well as several local schools, tenant groups from Linc and the Lysaght Community Focus Group.

An exhibition is planned for Spring 2018 at the Senedd with a second planned at the Lysaght Institute to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day later in the year.

Local Historian Stephen Berry, author of the Orb Steel Works Centenary Book, attended the launch event and said:

“During the First World War everybody was encouraged to sign up or join the war effort. The men of the Orb Steelworks answered that call in their droves and were encouraged by their employer to go.”

DIGITAL FRIDAYS Free sessions held at Newport City Council libraries across the city.

NEWPORT WETLANDS 14 January Family birdwatching workshop

11 February Wildlife photography workshop for beginners

Pupils from St Andrews Primary School and Ysgol Gymraeg Ifor Hael with Suzy Bowers of Linc Cymru, Nigel Clubb of the Heritage Lottery Fund and, dressed in uniform, L-R Robin Mellor and Christopher Coode of The Great War Society.

DOLMAN THEATRE 27 January – 28 January Mulan Junior – Mini Venture Players performing this Disney Junior version of Mulan


Newport City Council has improved its cycle and walking routes across the city as part of its commitment to increasing healthy lives through active travel, and now it wants your input on ways to make further improvements.

A series of drop-in sessions have been organised so that the public can have their say on the Integrated Network Map. You can raise queries and share ideas at the following sessions:

Tuesday 17 January Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Cwm Lane, Rogerstone Noon to 4pm.

Tuesday 31 January Newport International Sports Village, The Commonwealth Suite, Velodrome Way 2pm to 7pm.

Thursday 9 February Caerleon Town Hall, Library, Church Street, Caerleon 2pm to 7pm.

If you would like more information please contact streetscene@


South East Wales Shared Lives Scheme offers a unique community based service for adults who need care and support.

People using the service are matched with compatible Shared Lives carers who offer to share their home, family and community lives.

Shared Lives carers are carefully recruited, assessed, trained and supported.

They come from all walks of life and are united through their enthusiasm, commitment and positive motivation to make a real difference in people’s lives.

The scheme’s flexibility means that carers can provide support for lots of different people in a wide range of situations.

For more information visit sharedlives; call 01443 864784 or email adultp@


1 February – 2 February Mix Tape presented by Phoenix Productions for an evening of popular music and dance

14 February – 18 February Hi-de-Hi presented by Newport Playgoers Society

RIVERFRONT THEATRE 2 February Seven: Tiffany Stevenson

11 February So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs? By Ben Garrod

On Sunday 5 March, thousands of runners will gather for the fifth Admiral City of Newport half marathon.

The challenge is to run 13.1 miles around the city while also raising vital funding to support hospice services in south east Wales.

Starting in the heart of the city centre, the finish line will be on the Riverfront pathway where family members and friends can gather to support the runners.

“We’ve been blown away by the way in which the community has embraced this event” said Race Director Christine Vorrés. “Local residents come out to cheer the runners on; we even have a bagpiper

who comes out on the course to play for them. Last year local shops and cafés also introduced offers for the runners to enjoy discounted refreshments after the run.”

Joining main sponsors Admiral Group are local businesses Skechers, Kymin Financial Services, Basepoint and the University of South Wales. Their support allows the charity to continue providing care where it is needed, free of charge.

Non-runners can also get involved by signing up as a volunteer or even a sponsor.

For more information or to register visit www. cityofnewporthalfmarathon. com or call 01633 851051.

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24 January MU knit and craft group 2pm

26 January PCC meeting 6.30pm

TREDEGAR HOUSE 18 February (+ 8 other dates) 2017 season kicks off with family fun over February half term 11am-4pm


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