a dimly lit lane
The lane leads from Dorallt Way to the road outside the two pubs, the Dorallt and the Cwrt Henllys

The second free community cinema to be run by Henllys Community Council is close to being a sell-out.

Councillors met last week to discuss and agree a number of items. In September the council organised their first community cinema- a showing of Lightyear in the village hall– and it was such a success they decided to organise a second event.

They were told that there were 23 tickets left out of 75. But an update on the Henllys Life Facebook page on Saturday said there were now only 15 tickets left for film fans to snap up. Councillors were pleased to hear that the new online booking system was working well and the Penarth-based company behind the site don’t charge any fees for free events. Scroll down for info on how to book for the showing of Minions: The Rise of Gru being shown on Friday 25 November. 

Speed signs on Henllys Way

They are waiting for a date from Torfaen Council to fit three new speed indicator signs on Henllys Way and hope a date is “imminent”.

87p per home per year

They don’t need to make a decision on the amount of council tax precept they receive from Torfaen Council until January. One councillor said the council tax for Henllys was “lower than other parts of Cwmbran”.

There was a small deficit on their budget for 2022/23 and they were told that if there isn’t an increase in the precept it (the deficit) could get bigger in 2023/24. A 3% increase would mean each home in Henllys paying an extra 87p for the whole year.

During 2022/23 a band D council tax home in:

  • the wards covered by Henllys Community Council was £1781.94
  • the wards covered by Cwmbran Community Council was £1797.11
  • the wards covered by Croesyceiliog and Llanyrafon Community Council was £1793.96

Henllys Fete

Planning for the popular annual summer fete in the village park will start in January. They aim to get local residents involved to help organise it. 

Birch Grove football pitch

A new football team has taken over the lease on the pitch and “the fence has been repaired” and “the pitch is looking better”. Councillors will make inquiries over the CCTV cameras they funded a number of years ago on the changing rooms and site to check who will be responsible for any footage captured.

Solar-powered lamp post

The council is getting quotes for a solar-powered lamp post to be put in the lane that leads from Dorallt Way to the road outside the two pubs, the Dorallt and the Cwrt Henllys  It would need permission from Torfaen Council be installed but would not need to be wired into the ground.

Members’ allowances

All community councillors in Wales are currently entitled to receive £150 a year to cover the costs they incur when serving their community, for example, their telephone, broadband and stationery. This rate is set by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

For a number of years each Henllys Community Council councillor has chosen not to receive this payment. During the discussion, they agreed to come back to a future meeting and agree a charity (or charities) or group (or groups) who they could donate this unclaimed money to.    

Grant Applications 

Three grants applications were received and approved:

  • Urdd National Eisteddfod- £100
  • Llantarnam Grange- £300
  • Salvation Army- £25 for a Remembrance Service.

Armed Forces Covenant

Cllr Lawrence Smith-Higgins said he was due to sign the national Armed Forces Covenant later that week on behalf of the community council. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Get your free tickets for the showing of Gru

Click here to go to the community council’s event booking page and get your ticket.

  • Doors open at 6:30pm
  • Film starts at 7pm
poster for cinema night
On Saturday 12 November there were only 15 tickets left


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