- Town Council Mayor
- 11/14/2017 12:52:54 PM
THOUSANDS TURN OUT TO SEE THE BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN THE VALLEYS
A large crowd turned out on a cold and frosty evening to see the switch-on of Tredegar’s Christmas Lights. They started gathering in The Circle from late afternoon to browse the stalls that surrounded the famous Town Clock and the activities in Tredegar Library.
Dennis Aherne and Emma Cavender Morris reunited to entertain the crowd with a selection of musical items from the talented pupils of Tredegar Comprehensive School and violin virtuoso Pablo Torres Posada.
Tredegar Town Mayor, Cllr Jacqueline Thomas presented the winners of the Primary School Christmas Poster competition with their prizes. In the junior section the winner was Lowri Andrews of Bryn Bach Primary with Macey Thomas (Bryn Bach Primary) in second and Louie Dole (Bryn Bach Primary) and Zuzanna (St. Joseph's Primary) in third. The Infants section was won by Lacey Mae Lewis also of Bryn Bach Primary with Cade Brooker (Bryn Bach Primary) in second place and Evan Regan (Bryn Bach Primary) third.
Santa’s sleigh was led into The Circle by the Lantern Parade comprising of school children from Tredegar who had taken part in lantern making workshops run by Bedwellty House. Tredegar Round Table, safely drove Santa’s Sleigh with Tredegar firemen completing the parade.
The tricky job of turning the lights on was undertaken by Santa with the help of Ynysddu Women’s rugby team members and Christmas poster winners Lowri Andrews and Lacey Mae Lewis.
Councillor Tommy Smith, Leader of Tredegar Town Council said, ‘It was so good to see so many coming along to make the event such a huge success. The large gathering of all ages behaved impeccably and had a great time. They visited the shops and cafes that stayed open late to support the event. We would like to thank all the people who helped us to put the event on. The Cambrian who supplied us with power, Aneurin Leisure staff in the Library and Bedwellty House equipment, Able Touch for that magic switch, Tredegar WI for collecting on behalf of the Mayor’s Appeal, Jaime Cotton our sound engineer, Tredegar Round Table for chauffeuring Santa, Mr Thomas for the stage, Gwent Police who kept us safe and last but not least to the staff, councillors and their family who helped organise and steward the event as without all that hard work it simply wouldn’t happen.’
The Christmas Window Competition Winners for 2017 are:-
1st Prize - A Little Luxury
2nd Prize - Cheveux Hair and Beauty Spot
3rd Prize - Star Dance.
Highly Commended: Air, The Flower Box, Gemtime, Izzy Roos and Encompass.
Commended: Hair by Emma and Pebbles.
Thank you to everyone who participated not only in the Christmas Window Competition but also to the Primary schools for participating in the Christmas Poster Competition and everyone involved or attended our Christmas Lights Switch On event.
Photographs available on Flickr.
Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Patients Voice News Bulletin Issue 32, July - September 2017
ANZAC links forged
Wales may be hosting both Australia and New Zealand this autumn but a very special link was being forged in the village of Trefil on Saturday 11th November 2017. 77 years ago six brave young men lost their lives returning from a successful bombing raid over France. The plane was the T2520, part of 115 squadron returning from a bombing mission to Bordeaux on 9 December 1940. The weather was appalling and their navigational equipment primitive. Instead of descending over the flat land of Norfolk, they were heading towards the Brecon Beacons. Just a few meters higher and the story may have been different but sadly they caught the rocky outcrop of Cefn Yr Ystrad just north of Trefil village and no one survived. The crew comprised of three airmen from England, one from Ireland, one from Australia and one from New Zealand. The Air Gunner of the aircraft was Sergeant Reginald Brown serving with the Royal New Zealand Air Force. This year's visit to the memorial cairn was very special as 3 relatives of Sgt Reginald Brown joined us from New Zealand. They are Leonie Wilson from Timaru in New Zealand with her son Fraser and daughter in law Myra. Leonie, Fraser and Myra took part in the wreath laying ceremonies and also brought traditional Flax crosses to lay during the commemorations.