Mayors Appeal

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      Charity - Community youth/children groups
      £712.00 Raised

      2021-2022 Cllr Gaynor James

      The Inauguration of Councillor Gaynor James as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Sean Rees as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 26th May 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the short Service took place as part of a hybrid meeting: the majority of Councillors attended virtually via Teams with the Incoming Mayor, Cllr Gaynor James, in attendance at Bedwellty House to receive the Mayor's Chain.

      Cllr Gaynor James says "For my Term in Office, my chosen beneficiaries for the Mayor’s Appeal will be youth groups within  the Tredegar community; groups such as Tredegar Air Cadets, Army Cadets, Tredegar Young Fire Fighters and local children sporting groups. These groups work to offer a variety of fun, educational, physical and life experiences which are not only beneficial to the children’s mental health during these hard covid pandemic times but also helps them develop skills for their future; this is why I want to raise as much as I can during my Year in Office to support them and the work they do."

      If you would like to make a donation, offer a raffle prize or support funding raising for Tredegar's Mayor's Appeal please contact our office for further information.

       

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      Charity - Cyfannol Women's Aid
      £2732.45 Raised

      2019-20 & 2020-21 Cllr Ellen Jones

      The Inauguration of Councillor Ellen Jones as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor David Jones as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 1st May 2019. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Jones to congratulate her in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The receipients of my Mayor's Appeal 2019-20 & 2020-21 will be:-

      Cyfannol Women's Aid

      Cyfannol Women’s Aid is an independent local charity which provide services and support across the Gwent area to individuals that are experiencing any form of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence.

      Further information is available at Cyfannol website

      Cllr Ellen Jones presenting her Mayor's Appeal collection to Cyfannol Women's Aid:-

       

      Events:

      Golf Day Fundraiser - Saturday 5th October 2019

      This year's Mayor's Appeal Golf Day will be held at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club and the details are as follows:

       

      Teams of 4 - £E10 per person

      Format: Texas Scramble.  Each Player must take three Drives.  Player who's ball is chosen to play CANNOT take the next shot.

      Contact Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club or Cllr Mark Turner for Tee Off times.

       

      Race Night Fundraiser - Saturday 5th October 2019

      Commencing 8pm at Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club there will the Mayor's Race Night Fundraiser.

       

      Appeal Total to date (26.01.2021) = £2732.45

       

      Thanks:

      Thanks to the guest at my Inauguration for their wonderful donations kickstarting my Appeal.

      Friends of Bedwellty Park.

      Tredegar Methodist Church.

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      Charity - ASD Base Glanhowy School & Heads of the Valleys Gateway Club
      £4000.00 Raised

      2018-2019 Cllr Haydn Trollope

       

      The Inauguration of Councillor Haydn Trollope as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Ellen Jones as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Trollope to congratulate him in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The receipients of my Mayor's Appeal 2018-19 will be:-

      ASD Base at Glanhowy Primary School and Heads of the Valleys Gateway Club

       

      Cllr Haydn Trollope had the great pleasure and honour of presenting £2000 from the proceeds of his 2018/19 Mayor's Appeal to the ASD Base at Glanhowy School. Cllr Trollope felt strongly about supporting this Base as he said "the staff and children here are amazing, the setting is so welcoming and a safe, fun place for the children to learn in. Well done to everyone."

      Cllr Trollope presenting his Appeal £2000 proceeds to the Heads of the Valleys Gateway Club and he was overwhelmed by the amazing welcome he received again. Cllr Trollope commended this group on the fantastic work they do and wished the very best for the future.

       

      CHARITY ART SALE - Prints are available to purchase from Tredegar Library

      Many people will have noticed the amazing portrait of Aneurin Bevan MP that appeared in Tredegar to celebrate his birthday last week. Following on from that, that artist Stewy has produced a limited run of 70 prints of the design on a scarlet background, one for each year of the National Health Service. The A3 prints are printed on 350g/sqm card and are embossed, numbered and signed by the artist.

      The limited edition prints will be given with every donation of £20 or over and are on sale from Tredegar Library. All proceeds from the donations will go to the Tredegar Town Mayor’s Appeal and the Blaenau Gwent Chairperson’s Appeal. Both the appeals help local charities.

      The Blaenau Gwent Chairperson, Councillor Mandy Moore's appeal is for the National Autistic Society, Blaenau Gwent Branch and One Life Autism Group - both organisations provide support, advice and information for people with autism.

      National Autistic Society supports autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

      One Life Autism Group provides support groups for parents and carers of children and for adults who are on the autistic spectrum.

      Tredegar Town Mayor, Cllr Haydn Trollope’s appeal will raise funds for the Autistic Spectrum Disorder base at Glanhowy Primary School and Heads of the Valleys Gateway Club for adults with learning difficulties.

      The ASD base opened in September 2016 and provides pupils with access to a differentiated curriculum that suits the needs of each individual learner and supports the development of their social interaction and communication.  The ASD base also gives pupils the opportunity to develop their life skills through cooking, gardening and swimming activities. Pupils are fortunate to have access to a sensory room and a quiet room for reflection and relaxation. The base would very much like to develop the outdoor area by installing soft playground flooring and a sunken trampoline. 

      Gateway Club provides adults with learning difficulties with their own club to socialise, do activities and also allows respite for families. Their motto is “I will Try” so members are encouraged to have a go at everything.

      Cllr Moore said, ‘Stewy is such a talented and generous person. He will never know how much of a difference this will make to the young people on the Autistic Spectrum and their families here in Blaenau Gwent.’

      Cllr Trollope said, ‘Aneurin Bevan was always concerned about the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society. I am sure he would be delighted that all these years later he is still making a difference to those in need of support. I would personally like to thank the artist for making this generous donation to the people of Tredegar and Blaenau Gwent.’

      Prints are available to purchase from Tredegar Library.

       

      EVENTS:-

      Saturday 28th July 2018: Help give Autism a voice! A charity concert in aid of our Tredegar Mayor's Appeal is being held by Trinity-Leigh & Friends at Tredegar RFC. Doors open 7.30pm and tickets are £5. For further information on the event, contact Tel: 07712 594326

       

      Appeal Total to date (Closed) = £4000.00

       

      Thanks:

      Thanks to the staff and patrons of the Castle Hotel, Tredegar for their donations into my Appeal collections box £80.09.

      A big thank you to Advance Moulds Ltd for their donation of £100.00

      Thank you to Trinity-Leigh for organising a wonderful concert in aid of my Appeal and raising an amazing £572.00.

      Thank you to the Masonic Lodge, Ebbw Vale for their donation of £200.00.

      Thank you to the Trefil Chapels, Horeb and Sardis, for their donation of £250.00.

      Thank you to Stewy for the £240.00 raised from the sales of the Aneurin Bevan prints.

      Once again, thank you to Travis and Trinity-Leigh for another fabulous concert raising £600.00

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      Charity - Blaenau Gwent Otters Disabled Swimming Club
      £2850.95 Raised

      2017-2018 Cllr Jacqueline Thomas

      The Inauguration of Councillor Jacqueline Thomas as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Haydn Trollope as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 17th May 2017. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Thomas to congratulate her in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The receipients of my Mayor's Appeal 2017-18 will be:-

      Blaenau Gwent Otters Disabled Swimming Club

       

      EVENTS:-

      Saturday 30th September 2017

      Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Charity Golf Event will be held at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club. Tee off times will be from 10a.m. and the event will consist of Stableford Teams of 4 Best 3 scores to Count, £40 per team of 4, plus longest drive and nearest the pin. All welcome whatever your golfing ability. Contact Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club to book or for further information Tel: 01685 840743.

       

      Saturday 30th September 2017

      Tredegar Mayor's Appeal At the Races Race Night Fundraiser will be held at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club. Tickets, including Hog Roast, are £7.50 each with doors opening at 7pm and first race at 8pm. Contact Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club to book or for further information Tel: 01685 840743

       

      Appeal Total to date (28.03.18) = £2850.95

       

      Thanks:-

       

       

       

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      Charity - Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia
      £2686.00 Raised

      2016-2017 Cllr Jacqueline Thomas

      The Inauguration of Councillor Jacqueline Thomas as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Oriel Price as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 11th May 2016. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Thomas to congratulate her in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The receipients of my Mayor's Appeal 2016-17 will be:-

      Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia

      All monies collected will be split between both charities.

       

      EVENTS:-

      Saturday 15th October 2016, Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Golf Day

      Once again this year's fundraising golf day will be held at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club with tee off times from 10am. All are welcome whatever your golfing ability and monies raised will be in aid of Cllr Jacqueline Thomas' Mayor's Appeal for Dementia and Multiple Sclerosis Society. It will be a Stableford event with Teams of 4, best 3 scores to count. Entry is £40 per team of 4 and booking to participate can be done by contacting the Club Tel: 01685 840743.

      Appeal Total to date (closed) = £ 2686.00 (including £200 paid direct to Multiple Sclerosis)

      Thanks:-

      Thank you to Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club for their help and support for my charity golf day and also to all the participants that made it a truly great day.

       

       

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      Charity - Sands
      £2559.46 Raised

      2015-2016 Cllr Geraint Meredith

      The Inauguration of Councillor Geraint Meredith as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Jacqueline Thomas as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 6th May 2015. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Meredith to congratulate him in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The Charity I have chosen for my Mayor's Appeal 2015-16 is the:-

      Valleys Sands: Stillbirth and neonatal death charity

      Valley Sands are a local support group offering emotional support, comfort and information if your baby has died during pregnancy, at birth or soon afterwards.  Their friendly and relaxed support meetings give bereaved parents, family and friends the opportunity to meet with those who have been through a similar experience.  This support is extended, beyond the local group meetings, by working with local hospitals to provide the best possible bereavement care for families when a baby dies.  Also provided to the hospitals, by Valley Sands, are Memory Boxes which can help a family capture moments to keep forever whilst giving them information on where they can access help and support.

      Cllr Meredith said during his Inauguration speech "we want to build awareness of this group so it can be used by anyone needing them………..the loss felt is unimaginable and difficult to explain but if this year we can help just a few families it will be well worth the effort and to bring awareness is the key."

      All monies raised via this year's Mayor's Appeal will go directly to the Valley Sands group to be spent in local venues, helping and supporting families affected by stillbirth and neo-natal deaths.

      The support group meet on the first Monday of every month, 7pm to 9pm at Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre and further information is available from:

      Local helpline:  07401 810922/07546 938533

      Email: valleysands@hotmail.co.uk

      www.facebook.com/valley.sands

      EVENTS:-

      Saturday 9th April 2016

      Tredegar Mayor Councillor Geraint Meredith will be undertaking a charity bike ride, in aid of his Mayor's Appeal, starting at 10am from Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar. The ride will take him along the Taff Trail down to Cardiff Bay. If you wish to show your support via sponsorship or donation please contact the Town Council office Tel: 01495 722352 or Cllr Meredith Tel: 01495 726366 for further information.

      Tredegar Town Mayor's Christmas Evening, Friday 11th December 2015

      Tredegar Mayor Cllr Geraint Meredith will be holding a fundraising evening in aid of his Mayor's Appeal Valley Sands on Friday 11th December 2015 in The Carriage Room, Bedwellty House, Tredegar. The evening will start at 7pm and is a formal/smart casual occasion. There will be entertainment from a poet and magician with a buffet during the evening. Tickets are £15.00 and are available from Town Council Offices or Cllr Meredith.

      Three Welsh Peaks Challenge, Saturday 22nd August 2015

      Our Mayor, Cllr Geraint Meredith, will be undertaking the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for his Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of Valley Sands. The group will be starting the challenge on Snowdon, followed by Cadair Idris and finally Pen Y Fan, aiming to complete all three within fifteen hours! Anyone wishing to sponsor Cllr Meredith or make a donation can either call into the Tredegar Town Council offices or contact Cllr Meredith.

      Appeal Total to date (closed) = £2559.46 (including £10.00 paid direct to SANDS)

      Thanks:-

       

       

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      Charity - RNIB Cymru
      £6224.43 Raised

      2014-2015 Cllr Ryan Watkins

      The Inauguration of Councillor Ryan Watkins as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Geraint Meredith as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 14th May 2014. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Watkins to congratulate him in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

      The Charity I have chosen for my Mayor's Appeal 2014-15 is the:-

      RNIB Cymru, The Royal National Institute for the Blind in Wales.

      Imagine waking up and not being able to see your partner or your children, to not be able to safely walk out of your house or even make yourself a cup of tea. This will happen to three people in Wales today and every day with an estimated 2500 in Blaenau Gwent alone. Children, teenagers, graduates, mothers, fathers, businessmen and grandparents, blindness can affect anyone at any time. Blind and partially sighted people are just like everybody else but because of the nature of their disability they are some of the least visible members of society.

      The RNIB work together with schools and education to inform/educate about the challenges faced everyday by children and young people living with sight loss. They provide access and advice to accessible materials, training, curriculum materials and the everyday support that is needed to ensure young people, up to the age of 19, have the same experiences as sighted young people.

      The employment services work with recruitment agencies, work placement schemes and businesses to enable blind and partially sighted people to access the working world. There is continually support afterwards to assist with workplace accessibility!

      The RNIB also run a welfare service which is paramount for blind and partially sighted individuals all over Wales. It ensures they are supported in the right way financially and emotionally, especially in this time of welfare reform.

      EVENTS:-

      Tredegar Mayor's Christmas Ball, Saturday 29th November 2014

      Cllr Ryan Watkins, will be holding a Christmas Ball in The Carriage House at Bedwellty House, Tredegar in aid of his Mayor's Appeal.Tickets are £25 each which includes a three courses of fine dining. There will be entertainment from an 18 piece swing band and a small raffle/auction being held. Dresscode is evening wear. Tickets are available from Cllr Ryan Watkins Tel: 07572 066210 or at Jan's (40 Commercial Street, Tredegar) Tel: 01495 724888.

      The Mimics, 7pm Friday 14th November 2014 - CANCELLED

      Come along to Tredegar RFC for a night of music and laughter with The Mimics. These truly entertaining ladies are once again helping to raise funds for the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of RNIB. Tickets are only £3.50p and available from Jan's (40 Commercial Street, Tredegar), Tredegar RFC or Ryan Tel: 07572 066210.

      APPEAL CLOSED

      Appeal Total to date (30.6.15) = £6224.43p (includes £300 sent direct to RNIB for Appeal)

      Thanks:-

      Peacehaven Tenants and Residents Association; Tredegar Methodist Church; Saron Congregational; Malcolm Higgs and Tredegar Quiz Wizards; Tredegar Christians Together; Mr K Price; Mr K Hayden; Tredegar Moose No. 1 Lodge; Ladies Circle Tredegar Moose No. 1.

      Patrick Sheen Singers Concert:-
      Special thanks to Cllr Anita Hobbs who tirelessly organised this concert and collected raffle prizes all in aid of my Appeal, a wonderful £339.00 was raised in total. Thanks to the Patrick Sheen singers for the wonderful entertainment and to Gemtime Jewellers, Bedwellty House and Park, Air hairdressers, Cottons and J.D. Barbers for their donation of the raffle prizes.

      Thanks you to everyone who participated in my Dining in The Dark experience and a special thanks to all the staff at Ivy May's, The Railway, Tredega for making it a brilliant evening.

      Also thanks to everyone who purchased a number in the Chocolate Egg Challenge at Easter in Bedwellty House.

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      Charity - Valleys Life After Stroke Group
      £10088.21 Raised

      2013-2014 Cllr Tommy Smith

      The Inauguration of Councillor Tommy Smith as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Ryan Watkins as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 1st May 2013. A short Service was held in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House followed with friends and family joining to congratulate Cllr Smith in The Carriage Room.

      For his Year in Office, Cllr Smith chose the Valleys Life After Stroke Group as the recipient of his Mayor's Appeal.

      Valleys Life After Stroke (affililated with The Stroke Association)

      A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off which may be as a result of a blood clot or a blockage in an artery. The effect can be devastating and life changing not just for the sufferer but for their families too. Strokes are the fourth biggest killer and there is currently a campaign giving advice about F.A.S.T., the stroke recognition. Face, Arms, Speech, Time are all key indicators that someone is suffering a stroke and if these signs are recognised quickly it can increase their chance of survival. Click on F.A.S.T. to view the Stroke Association's information leaflet.

      The Valleys Life After Stroke group was setup and is run by volunteers who have suffered strokes themselves. The group is open to everyone, stroke sufferers and their families or carers. The aim is to give people the chance to share their experiences with people who will know what they are going through; to offer advice and support; to help boost confidence and reduce the feeling of isolation. The group meets at the Community Lounge, Roderick Hill Court, Dukestown Road, Tredegar. Besides their regular meetings, trips, guest speakers and other activities are arranged.

      The Valleys Life After Stroke group meet 2 Wednesdays per month, please contact Lesley Tel: 01495 726333 for further information.

      For further information about strokes and services available to sufferers and their families please visit the Stroke Association's website at www.stroke.org.uk .

      EVENTS:-

      Cllr Smith, with the help of family, friends and colleagues, held many fundraising events for his Appeal. Below is just a short list of some of these events:-

      Tredegar Mayor's Christmas Dinner & Dance.

      The Patrick Sheen Singers Conert.

      Tredegar Mayor's Appeal 2013/14 Raffle.

      Cabaret evening with Billy Caine.

      Rock'n'Roll with Kevin Davidge.

      Coffee Mornings.

      Charity Golf Day at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club.

      Lap the Lake Charity Walk, Parc Bryn Bach.

      Step Out for Stroke Walk 2013 event photographs.

      Final Appeal Total = £10,088.21 (includes £950 paid direct to the Stroke Associaton)

      APPEAL NOW CLOSED

      Thanks:-

      Supporters and Sponsors 2013.

      A big thank you to Christine and John at the Lord Nelson, Pontlottyn and Des at JD Entertainments who held a charity night as my first fundraising event. The support from you and the generosity of your patrons is truely appreciated.

      A big, big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Step Out for Stroke Walk at Parc Bryn Bach. An amazing £2254.85 (which includes £100 paid direct to the Stroke Association) as been raised so far. It was a fantastic day which everyone enjoyed.

      Thanks to Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club for graciously holding my Charity Golf Day at their Club and also thanks to the participants, supporters and sponsors; it was a fantastic day which raised over a £1000 for my Appeal.

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      Charity - John Hartson Foundation
      £5435.57 Raised

      2012-2013 Cllr Andrew Cotton

      The Inauguration of Councillor Andrew Cotton as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor Hywel Woolf as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 16th May 2012. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Cotton to congratulate him in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House. During Cllr Cotton's acceptance speech he announced the recipient of his Mayor's Appeal for his Year in Office. This year the Appeal is in aid of The John Hartson Foundation.

      The John Hartson Foundation

      "The John Hartson Foundation has been set up through the determination of John himself as he continues to battle through his horrendous ordeal, this is the character of the man, his main focus will be to openly offer his experience in going through a traumatic time since he was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer after ignoring a lump for 4 years. John admits himself that if he was aware of how easy it was to get checked and that Testicular Cancer is over 90% curable if caught early enough he probably would not have had to go through the brain operations, lung operations and over 60 sessions of chemotherapy.

      The aims and objectives of the Foundation will be to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer and how easy and most of all how important it is to check yourself on a regular basis, the Foundation will also raise funds to provide cancer organisations more support throughout the UK.

      The John Hartson Foundation is based in Swansea, Charity Number: 1135549."

      The information above was taken from the John Hartson website which can be found at www.johnhartsonfoundation.com .

      EVENTS:-

      Cllr Cotton is currently in the process of planning events to raise money for his Appeal, events ranging from a possible football tournament to a live concert and all the information for the events will be added to this page.

      Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Ball, Saturday 27th April 2013

      Tredegar's Mayor Cllr Andrew Cotton will be holding a Ball in aid of his Mayor's Appeal in The Carriage Room, Bedwellty House, Tredegar. The evening will commence at 7pm, includes a three course meal and rock'n'roll muscial entertainment from Chris Summerill and The Huricances. Dress code for the evening is Smart. Tickets are £25 each and will be available from Cllr Cotton. For further information contact Tredegar Town Council Tel: 01495 722352

      Mayor's Ball Poster 2013

      John Hartson - Sunday 17th February 2013

      Soccor Speaker and Tredegar Town Council Mayor wishes to invite you to spend the afternoon with John Hartson, former Wales, Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham striker. The event is in aid of the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal and will be held at the Rhyd Hall, Tredegar from 3pm. Tickets cost £20 each and are available from The Rhyd Hall Tel; 01495 722615, Tredegar Town Council Offices Tel: 01495 722352 or Cllr Andrew Cotton Tel: 07884 071414.

      Charity Golf Day - Saturday 13th October 2012

      Tredegar and Rymney Golf Club will be hosting this year's Mayor's Appeal Charity Golf Day with the first tee off at 10am. It will be a Team of four Stableford Competition with best 3 scores on each hole. Entry fee is £40 per Visitors Team and £20 per Members Team, with multiple prizes to be won on the day. All proceeds will be donated to Tredegar Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of The John Hartson Foundation. Everyone is welcome but if you cannot play and would still like to show your support then please sponsor an hole. For further information contact Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club Tel: 01685 840743 or Tredegar Town Council Tel: 01495 722352.

      TREDFEST - Saturday 8th September 2012

      TredFest is a live music festival taking place at The Rhyd Hall in Tredegar. Doors open at 1.30pm, tickets are £4 inadvance & £5 on the Doors. For further details or to book tickets www.facebook.com/TredFest or 01495 722615/01495 722352

      Appeal Total to date (3.7.13) = £5435.57 APPEAL NOW CLOSED

      Thanks:-

      Cllr Cotton kick-started his Appeal by holding a small raffle at his Inauguration with the prizes for the raffle being graciously donated by family, friends and colleagues. This raffle/collection raised £160.40 which was a fabulous start. Thanks then too must go to "Now & Then" who held a concert at The Rhyd Hall in aid of the Mayor's Appeal, they raised £365; and thanks to Family Finance for their gracious donation of £100.

      Tredfest was a fabulous musical event and has raised a fantastic £1133.00p for my Appeal (included in the total to date figure above).

      My Charity Golf Day was a hit, raising over £1700 from sponsorship, team entry and a raffle. Thanks must be extended to Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club for graciously letting me hold the event there free of charge and for their excellent help and support to organise it. Also thank you to Cllr Cross for his relentless effiorts raising sponsorship. I, unfortunately, cannot swing a club so for the day I was the host but I can report from those who participated that the course brilliant and everyone throughly enjoyed the day.

      Thank you to Malcolm Higgs, all the participants and venues for the Quiz Wizards donation of £478.27p. It was once again a fantastic, fun competition which as always is well organised by Malcom and well supported by the community. I was honoured to receive the funds raised by this annual event and can assure you all it is greatly appreciated.

      A big thank you to everyone at Tredegar Ironsides RFC and their supporters for the bucket collection they held at their home match on Saturday 12th January 2013. They raised a fabulous £140.08 for my Appeal, thank you.

      polaroidWe are pleased to confirm that Cllr Cotton's Mayor's Appeal, held during his Year in Office (May 2012 to April 2013), has now been closed. All monies raised have been banked giving the Appeal a final total of £5435.57p. Arrangements are currently being made for a presentation of the Appeal funds to the John Hartson Foundation.

      Cllr Cotton wishes to extend his thanks to the many, many people who so graciously donated monies, prizes or their time to support his Appeal. He said "I have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by people in these very difficult financial times. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support shown not just to my Appeal but to me too as I undertook the role of Town Mayor. It has been a wonderful experience which gave me a chance to meet some interesting people and to see how the local associations work within our community. Thank you all."