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ALBANIA – Bible translation

by Colin Dexter

After 20yrs of hard work and commitment form the translation team the Albanian Bible is finally completed.

(Bible Society)

A NEW COMMUNITY HALL FOR TY SIGN

by Colin Dexter

A significant grant has been offered in principle towards the construction of a new community hall
to serve the Ty Sign estate in Risca.

The Agape Community Church, a registered charity has been
leading efforts to get funding for a new hall. They have met in the existing Channel View
Community Hall for the last 18 years, but are now seeking to develop a new building to further
support the work undertaken and increase opportunities within the community.


If current negotiations can be completed, a new hall could be built on the ‘Spar Field’ in the centre
of the Ty Sign estate. It would have a community hall, storage, toilets and fully equipped kitchen,
and would be up to modern standards of insulation. Most importantly, it would be open to all of
the community and would be located in the centre of the estate.


Colin Dexter, one of the leaders of the church said “We visited several modern active community
facilities at the start of this project and saw no reason why Ty Sign should not also have a new,
light, economic, accessible community facility. Like Channel View Hall it would be available to all
and bring new opportunities and possibilities. It would also complement the existing spaces at the
TLC cafe and St David’s church providing a breadth of resources to the various groups that require
community space. We are delighted in the confidence shown by the various funding bodies”.


The largest elements of the potential funding have come from the Welsh Government’s
‘Community Facilities Fund’ and the Big Lottery’s ‘People and Places’ programme. Planning consent
for the scheme was granted earlier this year. Negotiations on the scheme need to be completed,
but it is hoped that construction of the new hall will start in the Autumn.


Islwyn’s representative in the Senedd, Rhianon Passmore – a former county borough councillor for
the Risca East ward – described the funding as “good news for the whole area”.

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TEAR FUND JOINS CALL FOR WORLDWIDE VACCINE EQUALITY

by Colin Dexter

To ensure we recover together from the pandemic, Tearfund is partnering with the People’s Vaccine Alliance to campaign for everyone in every country to have fair and free access to a tested Covid-19 vaccine.

THINK DIGITAL PROJECT AGE CYMRU

by Colin Dexter

AGE CYMRU www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/gwent/our-services/digital-inclusion/

Think Digital project is a FREE service which covers the whole of Gwent: Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent.

Our service is open to anybody aged 50+ who resides within these boroughs.

The Digital project works with people via the telephone to help them accomplish any digital outcome they would like to achieve. some of the areas they can help with are;

· Basic digital skills

· Getting online and using the internet

· Setting up email and social media accounts

· Learning how to connect digitally with family and friends by email or video call

· Set up online shopping accounts and help them understand how to use it

· Getting set up with online banking.

· How to pay their rent online and linking in with local services

· Being safe and secure online and preventing fraud

· Exploring hobbies and interests e.g., music, art, craft, nostalgic videos

They are willing to a that discussion regarding digital help that a person needs. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the service, please contact:

Chloe Robinson: 07783 710481 or Nia Thomas: 07747 027623 digital@agecymrugwent.org

PRAYER SHIELD UK

by Colin Dexter

Caerphilly Libraries Online Resources

by Colin Dexter

Caerphilly library Service is online only at the moment, but customers can borrow books and audiobooks via Borrowbox, and RB Digital services (e-books, e-audio, e-magazines, and e-graphic novels), and with the ongoing pandemic, the number of books available has been greatly increased. You can download the app through your device’s app store (for example. Google Play, or Apple Store. An overview of our digital content can be found at https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Libraries/Libraries-online

All of the services mentioned are available to customers through library authorities throughout Wales. All people have to do is join their local library service whichever one it might be.

Our principle online resources are

· Borrowbox (e-Audiobooks/eBooks) which is a service where you can download 10 e-Books and 10 e-Audiobooks for free on your personal devices for 21 days. Listen to e-Audiobooks and read eBooks on your portable device, tablet, or phone using the Borrowbox App. There is an App for Apple devices and Android devices e.g. Samsung, Huddle. This service can also be used on the browser at – https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i

· RBdigital (Magazines/Comics) – We use a provider called RBdigital for e-Magazines and e-Comics. An e-Magazine is an electronic version of a magazine. You can read them online or download and keep them for as long as you want. Free – http://www.rbdigital.com/wales?

We also offer the following services:

· Theory Test Pro – A highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests for all vehicle categories. It contains all the official test questions licensed from the DSA, the people who set the tests – http://caerphillylibs.theorytestpro.co.uk/library/efc96f

· Who Else Writes Like? is a readers’ guide to fiction authors – http://www.whoelsewriteslike.com/account/regex_login/

· The National Library of Wales offers a wide range of subscribed resources to Caerphilly Library Service customers – https://psr.llgc.org.uk/psr/psr/register/en/personal/CL

· Family History – Searches and support can be provided via e-mail at libbarg@caerphilly.gov.uk , and access to Ancestry can be found by logging into our library catalogue with your Smarcard number and PIN, and following the Ancestry link on the right hand side of the page:

https://wales.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/caer_en

The Welsh Libraries site is where you can find out what’s happening in libraries in Wales and lots more – https:

PRAYER COURSE Session 3

by Colin Dexter

THE MESSAGE TRUST

by Colin Dexter

Uk Blessing “truly uplifting”

by Colin Dexter

Last month, the vicar and worship leader Tim Hughes was astonished to discover he had been given an award by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The PM’s ‘Points of Light’ prize was given in recognition of The UK Blessing – a viral video sensation that featured Christians from various denominations. 

In the citation, Johnson wrote how he had found Hughes’ “sensational singing masterpiece” to be “truly uplifting”, before praising the Birmingham-based pastor for bringing Christians together through the power of music. 

COVID 19

by Colin Dexter

Given the latest Government advice , church on Sunday in Ty Sign Communty Hall is cancelled until further notice. 

  • everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid “non-essential” contact with others and “unnecessary” travel
  • people are also being asked to work from home “where they possibly can”, and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
  • Everyone should avoid gatherings

However church very much continues to exist and meet together online.