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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas and New Year survival guide

Ambulance Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (South East Region) emergency, 999; ambulance. wales.nhs.uk Police Heddlu Gwent Police emergency, 999; non-emergency calls, 101. gwentpolice.org Fire South Wales Fire and Rescue emergency, 999. southwalesfire.gov.uk Coastguard Emergency, 999. dft.giv.uk/mca (Maritime and Coastguard Agency).

Detailed services information can be found on your councils website. Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, main switchboard and out-of-hours, 01495 311556, blaenaugwent. gov.uk Caerphilly County Borough Council, main switchboard, 01443 815588 or 01495 226622, emergency / out-of-hours, 01443 875500, Minicom 01443 863474, caerphilly.gov.uk Newport City Council, contact centre and emergency / out-ofhours, 01633 656656, newport. gov.uk Monmouthshire County Council, main switchboard, 01633 644644, emergency / out-of-hours, 029 2062 6371, monmouthshire.gov. uk Torfaen County Borough Council, main switchboard and out-of-hours emergencies, 01495 762200, torfaen.gov.uk

Welcome to your Argus Christmas and New Year Survival Guide. While by no means exhaustive, we have endeavored to include as many contact numbers, and as much information as possible, to ensure you can get in touch with the vital services you might need over the festive season
Christmas and New Year collection changes: Normal collection day (revised collection day) Caerphilly: December 24 (collection as normal; December 25 (revised collection day: December 27); December 26 (December 28); December 27 (December 29); December 28 (December 30); December 31 (collection as normal); January 1 (January 2); January 2 (January 3); January 3 (January 4); January 4 (January 5). Newport: December 24 (collection as normal); December 25 (December 27); December 26 (December 28); December 27 (December 29); December 28 (December 30); December 31 (collection as normal); January 1 (January 2); January 2 (January 3); January 3 (January 4); January 4 (January 5). Monmouthshire: December 24 (collection as normal); December 25 (December 27); December 26 (December 28); December 27 (December 29); December 28 (December 30); December 31 (collection as normal). January 1 (January 2); January 2 (January 3); January 3 (January 4); January 4 (January 5). Blaenau Gwent: December 24 (collection as normal); December 25 (December 27); December 26 (December 28); December 27 (December 29); December 28 (December 30); December 31 (collection as normal); January 1 (January 2); January 2 (January 3); January 3 (January 4); January 4 (January 5). Torfaen: December 24 (collection as normal); December 25 (December 27); December 26 (December 28); December 27 (December 29); December 28 (December 30); December 31 (collection as normal); January 1 (January 2); January 2 (January 3); January 3 (January 4); January 4 (January 5). For one week only, residents can put out up to two bags of side waste for their first black bin collection after Christmas. From Monday January 7, 2013, refuse and recycling collections in all areas will return to normal. St Margarets Church. Eucharist, 10am Evangelical Church, Christmas Day Service, 10.30am Bassaleg: St Basils Church. Eucharist, 10am. Cwmbran: United Reformed, Old Cwmbran. Christmas morning service, 9.30am. Fairhill Methodist, Fairhill, Christmas morning service, 10am. Salvation Army, Cwmbran village, Christmas praise, 10am. Victory, Henllys, Christmas Day service, 11am. St Peters, Llanyrafon, Christmas day service, 10am. Llanyrafon Methodist, Christmas morning service, 10am. St Michaels, Llantarnam, Christmas morning Sung Eucharist, 10am. Holy Trinity, Pontnewydd, Christmas morning service, 10am. Hope Methodist, Pontnewydd, Christmas morning service, 10am. Richmond Road Baptist, Pontnewydd, Christmas Day service, 8am. Chepstow: St Christophers Church. Family communion, 10am. St Marys Priory Church.Family Eucharist, 10am. High Cross: St Annes Church. Eucharist, 9.30am. Llanhilleth: St Marks Church. Christmas communion, 10am. Newport: St Stephens, Pill, Christmas mass, 10am. St Andrews, Lliswerry, Christmas Day mass, 9am. St Philips, Lliswerry, Christmas mass 10am. Beechwood Park Presbyterian, Church Christmas Communion Service. 9am. St Teilos, Alway, Christmas Eucharist, 9.30am with a short homily. St Thomas, Maesglas, Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, 10am. Ponthir Baptist, Christmas Day service, 10am. Newport Cathedral.Sung Eucharist, 10.30am Risca: Ty-Isaf Baptist, morning service, 9.45am10.30am. Rogerstone: St Johns Church. Eucharist, 10.45am. Usk: Priory Church of St Mary, Holy Eucharist, 8am, sung Eucharist and carols, 9.30am. St Madocs, Llanbadoc, Christmas Day Eucharist, 11.15am. The Baptist Church, family service, 10am. David Lewis Catholic, mass 10am. BOXING DAY Newport: St Stephens, Pill. Patronal Festival Feast of St Stephens sung mass, 10am. Six Bells: St Johns, sung mass for St Johns Day, 10.30am. Continued on page 25


CHRISTMAS EVE Abergavenny: St Marys Priory, Monk Street, Christingle Service, 4pm, midnight mass 11.30pm (with carols from 11pm). Holy Trinity, Baker Street, crib service, 4pm; midnight mass, 11.30pm. Abertillery: Ebenezer, communion to celebrate the birth of Jesus, 11.45pm. St Michaels, crib service, 6pm; midnight mass, 11.30pm. Bassaleg: St Basils Church, Church View, Christingle service, 4pm. Midnight mass 11.30pm. Blackwood: St Margarets Church, Midnight Mass 11.30pm. Blaenavon: St Peters, Church Road. family crib service, 6pm. St Pauls, Llanover Road. midnight mass, 10.45pm. Horeb Baptist, candlelight service, 6pm. Chepstow: St Christophers Church, Christmas Carol Service, 4pm with Tidenham Town Band. Midnight mass 11.30pm. Cwmtillery: St Pauls Church, Midnight mass 11.30pm. Cwmbran: United Reformed, Old Cwmbran, Christmas Eve service, 11.30pm. Fairhill Methodist, candlelight service, 6.30pm. St Peters, Henllys. midnight mass, 11.15pm. St Michaels Church, Llantarnam, midnight mass, 11.15pm. Llanyrafon Social Centre, Llanyrafon Methodist carol service, 5.30pm; communion service, 11.30pm. Holy Trinity, Pontnewydd, Christingle, 4pm; midnight communion, 11.30pm. Richmond Road Baptist, Pontnewydd, Christingle, 4pm. Newport: St Thomas, Maesglas, crib service, 3pm for children and adults; midnight mass, 11.30pm. Newport Cathedral, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 3pm, Midnight Mass, 11.30pm. St Andrews, Lliswerry, crib service, informal, children very welcome, 4pm. Midnight mass, 11.30pm.

NHS Direct, 0845 46 47 (for health information and advice) nhsdirect.nhs.uk Royal Gwent Hospital and St Woolos Hospital, Newport, 01633 234234. Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, 01873 732732. Chepstow Community Hospital, 01291 636636. County Hospital, Griffithstown, Pontypool, 01495 768768. Monnow Vale, Monmouth, 01600 773113. Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale, 01495 363636. Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach, 01443 802200. Accidents and emergencies: Royal Gwent Hospital or Nevill Hall Hospital 24 hours a day. Minor injuries: Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale minor injuries unit, 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday; 9am-1pm Saturdays; closed Sunday. Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach local emergency centre, 24 hours. Gwent GP out-of-hours service: 0845 600 1231. GPs: Make sure you know the number for your GP, but remember, surgeries will be closed from 6.30pm on Friday, December 23, to 8am on Wednesday, December 28, and from 6.30pm on Friday, December 30, to 8am on Tuesday, January 3. Dentists: dental practices will be open as usual, except for the Bank Holidays, plus December 27 and January 2. Some practices will operate different or reduced hours over the holiday period and will have details on their practice answer-phones. Gwent Out of Hours Dental Service: 0845 602 0252, for people with an urgent dental problem. Dental Helpline 01633 488 389.

Water: Dwr Cymru Welsh Water: Water supply (24 hours a day) 0800 052 0130. Sewerage services (24 hours a day) 0800 085 3968. Reporting a leak (24 hours a day) 0800 281 432. Surface Water Drainage (Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm, Sat 8.30am to 1.30pm) 0800 052 0149. welshwater.com Electricity: Western Power (emergency 24hrs) 0800 052 0400. General inquiries 0845 601 3341. westernpower.co.uk Gas: Emergency 24hrs) 0800 111999 nationalgrid.com/uk/ Gas/Safety/Emergency Environment and flooding: Environment Agency 0845 9881188 (24 hours) environmentagency.gov.uk

St Philips, Jenkins Street, first mass of Christmas, 7pm. St Stephens, Pill. sung midnight mass, 11.30pm. Beechwood Park Presbyterian, family evening of music and celebration, 6pm. St Teilos, Alway, blessing of the crib and midnight mass, 11.30pm. Ponthir: Ponthir Baptist, Christmas Eve service, 11.30pm. Rogerstone: St Johns Church Crib service, 4pm. Midnight Mass, 11:30pm. Risca: Ty-Isaf Baptist, carol service, 4pm (buffet afterwards). Six Bells: St Johns, Vigil mass, 8pm. Usk: The Priory Church of St Mary, carol service 6pm; midnight mass, 11.30pm. The Baptist Church, midnight mass, 11.30pm. SS Francis Xavier and David Lewis Catholic, carols, 8.30pm, followed by mass, 9pm. CHRISTMAS DAY Abergavenny: St Marys Priory, Monk Street, Holy Eucharists 8am and Parish Eucharist, 10.30am. Christchurch, North Street, Christmas Eucharist, 9am. St Peters, Llanwenarth Citra, Christmas Eucharist, 10am. Holy Trinity, Baker Street. Christmas Eucharist, 10.30am. Abertillery: Ebenezer, fun family service, 10.30am. Bethany, short family service, 10.30am. Salvation Army, carol service, 10am. Peniel, Tillery Street. Christmas Day service, 10am. St Michaels, family mass, 10am. (bring a present with you) Blaenavon: St Peters, Eucharist with carols, 10am. Horeb Baptist, family worship and communion, 10am. St Felix catholic Church. Mass, 9am

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