PLANS to transform a derelict church and a block of public toilets in Pontypool into a cultural hub and café have taken a step forward after the project received £7.6 million in levelling up funding. The Pontypool Cultural Hub project is one of 11 across Wales to receive funding from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund, which aims to create jobs and grow the economy. The project aims to convert the Grade II listed St James’ Church into a cultural hub – including a pop-up cinema, pop-up food and exhibition spaces, and a bar-servery with indoor and outdoor seating and space for community events. The project will see St James' Church transformed into a cultural hub. “I am very much looking forward to following the progress of these projects as they help us achieve our ambitions of levelling up the UK and growing the Welsh economy.”The Cultural Hub project is expected to be completed by March 2025.
DELAYS in discharging “clinically fit” patients from hospital has led to “considerable delays” in the Welsh NHS, one Welsh NHS Confederation boss has said. Waiting lists have topped 750,000 for the first time in the latest NHS Wales performance figures, with 589,000 individual patients waiting for treatment. Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said the figures show the Welsh health service is “under considerable, sustained strain” heading into “one of the most challenging winters for decades”. “We acknowledge ambulance performance is not where we, NHS Wales nor the public expect it to be and we are driving a whole system response to support improvement. “We expect health boards to take ownership and immediately reduce ambulance patient handover delays while working with social care services to improve timeliness of patient transfers home from hospital.”3 months ago Barry and District News
Plan your journey and beat the queues this HalloweenDerry's City Centre will be buzzing next week as the portal to the other world is thrown open, and ghosts and ghouls of all shapes and sizes take to the streets for Europe's biggest Halloween Festival. It all kicks off with the Awakening the Walled City Trail, which runs for three nights, Friday – Sunday, taking in a range of sites throughout both the city centre and the Waterside on this magical 4km trail. Halloween night itself will see the welcome return of the annual Carnival Parade back at 7pm after a three-year break, followed by the Halloween Fireworks Finale at 8pm. To ensure that everyone has the very best Halloween experience this year, Derry City and Strabane District Council has issued information to help avoid the queues, and access all the events over the weekend safely and easily. Motorists are advised to expect some delays and diversions in the City Centre during the four nights of the event.3 months ago Derry City and Strabane District Council
A Magical Night Out with Strabane Brass Band and Special GuestsNothing beats a brass band at Christmas and Strabane Brass Band are delighted to be hosting their first ever Christmas concert in the Alley Theatre on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pmWith a month to go until the big day, Strabane Brass Band have the perfect night out for you to get in the festive spirit with a beautiful Christmas Concert. Enjoy a feast of traditional Christmas pieces, medleys and carols from the band and special guests including Class Act Singers under the direction of band member Ryan Quinn. The evening will also feature Strabane Brass Band’s Youth Group ‘Brass Works’. Amanda McGinley Youth Coordinator commented ‘ Strabane Brass Band is proud to provide free tuition and instruments for young people from local schools. We can promise you a wonderful evening that all generations will enjoy in the lead up to Christmas’Terry Doherty Chairman added ‘Strabane Brass Band is the collaboration of St Joseph’s Brass Band and Strabane Concert Brass originally coming together as ‘The Three Rivers Brass Band’ Since the formation in 2017 the band have appeared in numerous concerts across Northern Ireland including the famous Walled City Tattoo and have won many awards.2 months ago Derry City and Strabane District Council
RADIO: 100.9 FM, 102.3 FMLAST WEEK: Heritage came up short against Liberty Christian 14-6. He also leads the team in rushing yards with 515, while senior back Rajan Booker enters with 456 rushing yards and six TDs. The Cavs enter Friday's contest with four players each sporting more than 300 rushing yards, including junior quarterback Zander Cornell (316 rushing yards). The Wildcats are led on the ground by Darvin Gregory, who has 869 yards rushing (124 yards per game). The Governors will counter offensively with Colton Baker (502 yards rushing) and DaVeon Rose (505 yards rushing).3 months ago News and Advance
There weren’t many things Hugh Freeze was disappointed in from Liberty’s 41-14 win over BYU in front of a record-setting crowd at Williams Stadium Saturday. The Flames turned the ball over twice, and they rank tied for third in the nation with 18 turnovers lost through eight games. “We’ve thrown the ball into bad spots or overthrows, and we’ve just got to continue to coach that. He completed 24 of 29 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, and was 19 for 23 after the interception. Brewer played three snaps against BYU but told Freeze he didn’t think he could grip the ball after his final snap at the goal line.3 months ago News and Advance
PARKERSBURG — It was quite the senior night here Tuesday inside Memorial Fieldhouse for Parkersburg High School as the Big Reds swept Capital (25-9, 25-9) and Point Pleasant (25-16, 25-11). With Green serving the Big Reds tallied six straight points before Smith and Jada Fruit blocked Hilling to make it 21-7. A Hilling ace pushed the advantage to six at 13-7 and then Caelyn Wise and Green took over in the middle. It was 20-13 after libero Olivia Perkins got an assist from a Caelyn Wise kill. That’s why it’s so hard to let this group go.”Before the Big Reds try to defend their MSAC title on Saturday, PHS will be in action on Thursday with University for a triangular match at Bridgeport.3 months ago News and Sentinel
Lewis thanked the commission for its financial and other support in securing the building. In the meantime, the CVB will return to its original office at Seventh and Avery streets to take care of its regular business. Lewis said the highest number of visitors to the office at Seventh and Avery was 1,150 in one year. ”The secret is location, location, location. ”It is a tremendous opportunity to drive tourism spending,” Lewis said.3 months ago News and Sentinel