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Bargoed’s Big Heart The heart of the community is beating strong in Bargoed town centre thanks to the multi agency work taking place at St Gwladys Church Hall. The facility is now being used each week by a host of different groups including: Young at Hearts over 55’s group Toddler group Pop in & Play Parent Network Craft Group Communities First Women’s Peer Support WEA classes to develop life skills One part of the work at St Gwladys Church Hall that aims to make a difference to people lives is the CAP Debt Centre, which offers a free debt counselling service. For more information about this or to find out more about the range of groups that are meeting at the hall contact the office 01443 836600 or email Community Project Coordinator Miriam Page miriam@stgwladys.org Miriam said: I believe that St Gwladys’ is a safe place where the whole community is welcome to meet together to socialise and develop life skills.  
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Successful Business Fits into Busy Town Infinite Kitchens & Bathrooms see Blackwood town centre as the perfect fit for their growing business. The business was started by Mike Sharpe who began his working life installing kitchens and bathrooms for his fathers business in Abertillery. When his father retired, Mike decided to put his experience to good use and set up his own business called Infinite Kitchens & Bathrooms. The company has just celebrated the first anniversary of opening a showroom on Blackwood High Street. Mike said: From my experience fitting kitchens and bathrooms I understand how important the quality of the product is. That’s why at Infinite Kitchens & Bathrooms we source our range carefully so that we provide our customers with a quality kitchens and bathrooms at reasonable prices
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Next Generation Takes Over Family Business Tidal’s Store is a family run business located on High Street in Blackwood town centre specialising in home furnishing.   The business has been run for five generations by the “The Edwards Family” and is currently managed by Huw Edwards who has taken over following the retirement of his parents Ian & Beverly. Over the years shops have opened and closed but since 1939 Tidal’s has remained a constant on Blackwood’s High Street. Huw said: As a respected family business it’s important that our prices are honest and a true reflection of the value of the goods. The philosophy that underpins what we choose to sell is that our customers should buy once and buy well.
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Glanmor’s – One Man’s Dream Glanmor’s Bakery and Tearoom in Caerphilly town centre are well known, but the story behind them is less well known.   Glanmor Evans was a senior lecturer at the Cardiff College of Food technology and always dreamed of opening a bakery baking traditional bread and confectionery with no additives or preservatives. In 1980, he opened a small bakery in Trethomas with his wife Lynne and following its success they opened a larger bakery in Caerphilly in 1983. After qualifying, their son Russell came into the business and in 1995 Glanmor’s Tearooms with its famous waitress service was opened in Castle Court Shopping Centre.   When Glanmor sadly passed away in 2002, Lynne and Russell continued with the business. Lynne Evans said: Russell and I have stayed true to my husbands values and high standards. We still bake the majority of cakes we sell in Glanmor’s Tearooms and our fresh bread doesn’t contain any additives.  
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Ex Player Starts Sports Shop When sports mad Matthew Pegler retired from playing rugby and football, he decided to do the next best thing and leave his job in Panasonic to set up a sportswear business. After its humble beginnings in a garage, TSS Sports located to Bartlett Street in Caerphilly town centre and has steadily grown. The retailer specialises in sports wear, especially Under Armour, but has recently diversified into supplying and embroidering school and team wear. Matthew said: I like to think that at TSS Sports we offer a personal touch working with our customers to make sure they get the right product. I know from experience that a big part of enjoying sport is having the right equipment which gives you confidence.
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New Ladies Fashion Retailer Opens A new independent ladies clothes boutique called Miss Label has opened on High Street in Blackwood town centre. The shop is the fourth to be launched in South Wales as part of a new independent chain developed by entrepreneurs Gary Bailey and Andrew Owen. Miss Label is managed by experienced retail manager Jayne Williams. Jayne said: We are really excited about showing the people of Blackwood our range of elegant ladies fashion at great prices and we aim to combine this with fantastic customer service.
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Home Furnishings Retailer Committed to Bargoed Home furnishing retailer Chisholm’s are still committed to Bargoed over 60 years after they first opened a shop in the town. In 1952, Ivy Chisholm started a small business selling babywear in Bargoed. Over the years the business developed into selling toys & bicycles before moving into furniture in the early 1970s. The location has changed too, the original shop was situated in Lower High Street (opposite the Cosy Corner Café) before relocating to Hanbury Road and then finally to its present shop in the former Lucania Snooker Hall in what is now known locally as ‘Chisholms Lane‘ next to Barclays Bank. Today, the store is owned by the next generation of the family. Anne Chisholm-Jones and Andrew Tugwell with Andrew’s dad Ray (Ivy’s brother) helping out too. Andrew said: We are still very much a family business delivering throughout the Rhymney Valley. I like to think we go the extra mile to look after our customers  
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Award Winning Florist Picks Caerphilly An award winning florist with over 18 years experience has decided its time to run her own business in Caerphilly town centre. Nicola Downie runs The Caerphilly Florist, which is an independent florist specialising in weddings and funerals. The shop is located on Cardiff Road and overlooks Caerphilly Castle. Nicola said: At The Caerphilly Florist our aim is always to provide beautiful flowers for special people. It really helps that I know many of my customers and so far things are going really well
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Local Charity Restores Hope Pre-Loved Furniture is a registered charity which works to improve the lives of those in need. Their shop, which is located on High Street in Blackwood town centre, sells a range of furniture that has been repaired & restored. As well as selling furniture, the charities shop also offers afternoon tea at a reasonable cost and encourages people to purchase tea for someone who may be unable to treat themselves. As a charity, Pre-Loved Furniture are working to provide help for local people who need to develop a CV, or simply gain some confidence. Founder Susan Glendinning said: Our aim at Pre-Loved Furniture is to bring hope to those who may have lost it. I would really encourage people to call in support for us whenever they are in Blackwood.   Pre-Loved Furniture are always looking for donations of furniture to find out more please contact the shop: Telephone 01495 230656.
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