Charity - To be confirmed
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.
The receipients of my Mayor's Appeal 2021-2022 will be confirmed shortly.
Charity - Cyfannol Women's Aid
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
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 to the guest at my Inauguration for their wonderful donations kickstarting my Appeal.
Friends of Bedwellty Park.
Tredegar Methodist Church.
Charity - ASD Base Glanhowy School & Heads of the Valleys Gateway Club
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.
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 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
Charity - Blaenau Gwent Otters Disabled Swimming Club
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
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
Charity - Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia
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.
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)
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.
Charity - Sands
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
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)
Charity - RNIB Cymru
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.
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 Total to date (30.6.15) = £6224.43p (includes £300 sent direct to RNIB for Appeal)
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.
Charity - Valleys Life After Stroke Group
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 .
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.
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
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.
Charity - John Hartson Foundation
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 .
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
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."
Charity - The Alzheimer's Society
2011-2012 Cllr Bernard Willis
The Alzheimer's Society
I would guess everyone here has been affected by Alzheimer's one way or another as it is not an illness suffered solely by the person it as great affect on the families too. Here are some very sad statistics:
There are currently 750,000 people with dementia in the UK.
There are over 16,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021.
Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
One third of people over 95 have dementia.
60,000 deaths a year are directly attributed to dementia.
So you can see how worthwhile this charity is and they need all the help they can get to fight this disabling disease.
A number of fundraising events are being planned for Cllr Willis's Year in Office, including a Golf Day hopefully once again at Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club, and information on these events will be available on this page as soon as they have been confirmed.
The Alzheimer's Society Blaenau Gwent Services
"There are an estimated 958 people with dementia living in Blaenau Gwent, many of whom live at home without may services. The Blaenau Gwent Services of the Society aims to help people people with dementia and their families through:
Outreach & information Project
Providing information & emotional support
Signposting to local services which can offer additional help
Home & office visits
Local carer support meetings
Younger person with dementia Project
Organised outings & social events
Carers' education & information sessions
Gwent Befriending Project.
All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. There are regular carer support meetings at Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm, College Road, Ebbw Vale on the last Monday of the month from 1.30pm to 3pm."
Further information is available from the Blaenau Gwent Services on:-
Telephone: 01495 356755; Email: Blaenau-Gwent@alzheimers.org.uk ; Unit 109 The Innovation Centre, Festival Drive, Victoria Park, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, NP23 6HZ.
Information on dementia and how it affects people is also available in the Alzheimer's Society Leaflet.
To kick start the Appeal a raffle was held after the Inauguration Meeting and I am pleased to say that a fabulous £250.00 was raised, thank you.
As at 16th May 2012 the Mayor's Appeal total is
Barclays Bank will be match funding the £645 raised by Tredegar Quiz Wizards and will be paying the matched amount of £645 direct to The Alzheimer's Society. This will make the total raised:-
A big thank you to Cllr Brian Scully; Able Touch Joinery; R. E. Rice Jones; The Crafty Knitters; Mrs E M Jones; Clairtex; Callum, staff & patrons of The Olympia, Wetherspoons; Janet Karn, Penn Pharma, Bedwellty Park Bowls, Saron Church and The Clarets (winning team from The Willows Sunday Quiz Night) for their fabulous donations to the Appeal - THANK YOU!
Sunday 16th September 2012, Alzheimer's Society Cardiff Memory Walk 2012
The Alzheimer's Society will be holding its Memory Walk at Cooper's Field, Bute Park, Cardiff. The aim of Memory Walk is to raise funds to provide services that improve the lives of people with dementia. The walk commences at 1pm but registration for the walk takes place prior to this so advisable to arrive by 12pm.
This event is planned to be a fun filled family day with entertainment throughout the day including music, children entertainment and fundraisers. The Memory walkers have the opportunity to do either a 3.5km or 12km walk talking in some of the beautiful natual features of Bute Park and Sophia Gardens.
Attending this year's event with be our own Cllr Bernard Willis who will be making the presentation of a cheque for the funds he raised during his Year in Office as Tredegar Mayor. He will also be presenting the Alzheimer's Society with a Welsh Rugby Grand Slam Team signed rugby ball as part of his Mayor's Appeal donation. The rugby ball will be raffled on the day to raise more funds for this very worthy appeal. So please if you have the chance pop along to Cooper's Field on Sunday to show your support.
Presentation photos available in the Gallery.
Saturday 10th March 2012 - The Mimics
The Mimics are performing at The Moose Hall, Tredegar in aid of our Mayor's Appeal. Entry is £3 per person and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from Cllr Bernard Willis and the Town Council Office.
Friday 24th February 2012 - The Patrick Sheen Singers
The Patrick Sheen Singers performed a concert for the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal at St George's Church, Tredegar. It was a fabulous night of musical entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. The whole evening raised £575 for the Appeal and would not have taken place if it was not for Cllr Anita Hobbs and Father John Davis who between them both organised and choreographed the whole event - THANK YOU!
During the evening a small raffle was held with the following prizes generously donated as follows:-
1st Prize - £25 Gift Voucher - SunKissed Tanning
2nd Prize - Bouquet - Lily's Floral Design
3rd Prize - Cut & Blow Dry - Hairplay
4th Prize - £15 Gift Voucher - Air & Air Beauty
5th Prize - Meal for Two - Europa Café
6th Prize - Notebook - Heads of the valley Stationers
7th Prize - Box of Chocolates - The Sweet Stop
8th Prize - Box of Biscuits - Doreen Hall
9th Prize - Tin of Chocolates - Doreen Hall
10th Prize - Perfume Gift Set - Doreen Hall
Mayor's Appeal Raffle
The Mayor's Appeal Raffle Draw took place at noon in the Council Chamber, Bedwellty House Tredegar on 1st March 2012. The invited guests to monitor and help randomly draw the tickets were Donna Coughlin (Alzheimer's Society), Jim Davies, Phillip Skinner, Father John Davis, Rev. Mike Shephard, Cllr Andrew Cotton and also present were Christine Keane (Town Clerk) and Annette Jones (RFO). Winners of the prizes are as follows:-
1st Prize: London Theatre Weekend Break for 2 (Donated by Ron Skinner & Sons) - Marilyn Rees
2nd Prize: Helicopter Ride for 2 (Donated by Jim Davies Civil Engineering) - Beryl Bennett
3rd Prize: Photography session up to the value of £50 (Donated by Unique Photography Services) - Val Taylor
4th Prize: Meal for 2 & bottle of wine (Donated by Wetherspoons) - Stuart Price
5th Prize: £20 Voucher (Donated by The Sunshack) - Mr Ingram
6th Prize: £20 Meal Voucher (Donated by The Fir Tree Inn) - Maureen Beynon
7th Prize: £20 Voucher (Donated by Little Gems) - Mrs Basnett
8th Prize: Gift from Gemtime Jewellers - Andrew Smart
9th Prize: £20 Voucher (Donated by Cheveux Hair & Beauty Spot) - Mrs D Rowberry
10th Prize: Bouquet of Flowers (Donated by Park Place Florists) - Mrs M Bufton
Thank you to everyone who sold/bought the raffle tickets and for the generous donation of prizes. The Raffle raised £1500 for the Appeal.
Saturday 15th October 2011 - Tredegar Mayor's Charity Golf Day.
Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club will be hosting the Annual Mayor's Charity Golf Day with all proceeds in aid of the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal. First Tee off is at 10am and multiple prizes to be won. Entry fee is £40 per Visitors Team and £20 per Members Team with Teams of four STABLEFORD Competition, best 3 Scores on each hole. Further details are available from Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club Tel: 01685 840743
Tredegar's Mayor's Charity Golf Day poster.
Golf Day 2011 report.
Closing the Appeal:-
As the new Mayor takes Office in May 2012 this Appeal is closed and the New Mayor opens his Appeal.
On Sunday 16th September 2012 Cllr Willis attended the Alzheimer's Society Cardiff Memory Walk which took place at Cooper's Field, Bute Park Cardiff. The event was a fun filled family day out which gave friends and family a chance to catch up and have some fun whilst fundraising. It was a fabulous day with live music and kid's entertainment. It was the ideal opportunity for Cllr Willis to present the cheque from his Mayor's Appeal, final total £8487.73 (including Barclays match funding), with the rugby ball signed by the Grand Slam winning Welsh Rugby Team. The Alzheimer's Society will be giving the rugby ball as a gift to the person who raised the most funds for this year's Memory Walk.
Thank you to everyone who so graciously donated, not just money but time to help Cllr Willis raised this wonderful amount for his Appeal.
Charity - Hospice of the Valleys
2010 -2011 Cllr Haydn Trollope
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal in aid of Hospice of the Valleys
Thursday 26th May 2011 saw the end of Cllr Haydn Trollope's Year in Office as Tredegar Town Mayor and what an active year he truly had. Besides many visits to local associations and supporting their events, Cllr Trollope constantly strived to promote his Mayor's Appeal with various fundraising activities such as a Golf Day at Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club; concerts by the Mimics at Ashvale Sports & Social Club and the Battle of the Bands at The Rhyd Hall; and Charity evening by Tredegar Ironsides RFC at The Bush.
The support shown by everyone for all these events was fantastic and both Cllr Trollope and Tredegar Town Council wishes to give their sincere thanks to everyone. In these difficult financial times and without the support shown by the public it would not have been possible to raise the £4413.08 (Final Total) for the Mayor's Appeal.
This cheque was presented to the Hospice of the Valleys who thanked Cllr Trollope for his support and went on to explain how without these types of donations and their own fundraising activities they may struggle to continue to offer their invaluable service to residents of Blaenau Gwent. The Hospice of the Valleys were please to say they are on track for their new centre at The Works site in Ebbw Vale and how this month they are launching a new awareness campaign visiting local supermarkets.
Thank you letter from The Hospice of the Valleys.Councillor Trollope's comment:- "I have some wonderful memories from my year in Office and it has been a brilliant experience, to meet so many different people and to see what the marvellous associations and clubs do in Tredegar as been a real eye opener - keep up the good work please.
I must also say THANK YOU to everyone who supported my Appeal not just in donations or coming to the events but also to those who gave their time and service or use of facilities free of charge, pure charitable people, thank you all."
On 5th May 2010 Councillor Haydn Trollope was Inaugurated as Tredegar Town Mayor and is truly embracing his Year in Office already.
He aims to raise as much as money as possible for his chosen and used his acceptance speech to launch his Appeal:-"My year in office will run until April 2011 and my chosen Charity for the Mayor's Appeal is Hospice of the Valleys. This wonderful charity is currently based in Tredegar however it offers a 24/7 cancer care and support service to anyone in Blaenau Gwent.
The service they offer enables cancer suffers to receive vital care, support and counselling at home but also offers support and counselling to their families. Unfortunately to be able to offer this type of service to everyone there are of course high running costs which currently stands at £2,300 per day.
Therefore I am sure you will agree with me that any financial support they receive from my Appeal is needed and will be gratefully appreciated by the Staff and users of the Hospice of the Valleys."This rousing speech did kick start the Appeal by raising £271.45 from the guests at his Inauguration.
Also during a Mayor's Term in Office they will visit local associations to either present a grant from Tredegar Town Council or present awards on behalf of the association. 100th birthdays and Diamond Wedding Anniversaries are special occasions in everyone's life and we like to mark these special occasions with a visit from our Mayor and a bouquet of flowers - if you know of anyone Tredegar resident with one of these special occasions coming soon please let us know.So far this year Cllr Trollope as been very busy and has already visited lots of places and people.
See the Mayor's Blog for a current update or click on the links below for the photographs from the visits:-Mayor's Presentations 2010-11;
Mayor's Visits 2010-11; Grant Presentations 2010-11; Mayor's Diary
APPEAL TOTAL TO DATE = £4413.08 Final Total
Up coming Appeal events:-Saturday 9th April 2011, Mayor's Charity ShowThe Mimics will present their show in aid of the Mayor's Appeal at the Woodlands Sports & Social Club, Ashvale, Tredegar. Doors will open at 7pm with the show commencing at 8pm. Tickets are £5 each and are available from Tredegar Town Council Offices and Tredegar Town Councillors.
Saturday 20th November 2010, Rhydfest 2 - The Generation GapThis event is in aid of Tredegar Mayor's Appeal, Hospice of the Valleys, and is being held at The Rhyd, Tredegar. Bands playing are Mimesis and Fusion. £5.00 per ticket, available from Tredegar Town Council Offices. Please contact Tel: 01495 722352 for further details or tickets.
Saturday 9th October 2010, Mayor's Charity Golf DayThis event is in aid of Tredegar Mayor's Appeal, Hospice of the Valleys, and is being held at Tredegar and Rhymney Golf Club. The competition is teams of four STABLEFORD competition, best 3 scores on each hole. Entry fee is £40 per Visitors Team and £20 per Members Team with multiple prizes to be won. The First Tee off will be at 10am. Please contact Tredegar & Rhymney Golf Club Tel: 01685 840743 for further details or registration.For details of how the Charity Golf Day went click on Mayor's Golf Day.
Charity - Tredegar Youth Cafe, Blaze Tredegar Young Fire Fighters, St. Johns Ambulance Cadets and Kidz'R'Us
2009 - 2010 Cllr Andrea Williams
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal in aid of Tredegar Youth Cafe, Blaze Tredegar Young Fire Fighters, St. Johns Ambulance Cadets and Kidz'R'Us
During her term of Office, May 2009 to April 2010, Councillr Andrea Williams used her Mayor's Appeal to raise funds to be split between several recipients -Tredegar Youth Cafe, Blaze Tredegar Young Fire Fighters, St. Johns Ambulance Cadets and Kidz'R'Us.
Her final Appeal total is £720.00 and was raised through Appeal events arranged by herself with the help of many Tredegar based voluntary organisations. These events included a Mayor's Community Concert held in December at Tredegar Leisure Centre and generous donations from associations such as The Quiz Wizards, Tredegar and District Floral Arts Society, Tredegar Moose International and Bedwellty Park Ladies Bowls Club.
A big thank you to all those who have so far graciously given not just money but their help and support in raising funds for this Appeal.
Charity - Valley Sands
2008 - 2009 Cllr John Morgan
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal in aid of Valley Sands and a Sensory Garden at Bedwellty Park
Tredegar-Mayor-Cllr-John-MorganDuring his term of Office, May 2008 to April 2009, Councillor John Morgan raised a total sum of £5817.97 for his appeal which this year was in aid of two different recipients - Valley Sands and to develop a Sensory Garden at Bedwellty Park.Valley Sands aims to offer support, advice and bereavement packs/memory boxes to any mother, partner or family member of those that have suffered the loss of a baby.
They hold support group meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at Aneurin Bevan House, Castle Street, Tredegar and anyone is welcome to attend whether they wish to discuss how they feel, just listen or shout and cry. A donation of £3000.00 from the Mayor's Appeal will be used to continue to offer their support to the families and the bereavement packs/memory boxes.
The remaining £2817.97 raised by the Mayor's Appeal will be used for a Sensory Garden at Bedwellty Park once the Park is fully restored and reopened to the public. The aim of the garden is to give anyone who has suffered illnesses such as strokes or heart attacks the opportunity to participate in gentle rehabilitation activities to help them on their road to recovery.
These funds were raised through fundraising events such as a Masquerade Ball, Rugby Match, Tea in the Park and raffle plus the generous donations from associations such as Tredegar and District Floral Arts Society, Tredegar R.F.C. Minis, Tredegar Round Table, and Tredegar Moose International.
A big thank you to all those who graciously gave not just money but their help and support in raising funds for this Appeal.
Charity - North Gwent and South Powys Branch of Breast Cancer Support
2007 - 2008 Cllr Malcom Cross
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal in aid of North Gwent and South Powys Branch of Breast Cancer Support
During his term of Office, May 2007 to April 2008, Councillor Malcolm Cross raised a total sum of £4000.00 for his appeal which was in aid of North Gwent and South Powys Branch of Breast Cancer Support.
North Gwent and South Powys Branch of Breast Cancer Support meet at 7pm on the 3rd Monday in January, March, May, July, September and November at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. The meetings are open to all those who have had breast cancer, their partners, family and friends. It aims to give support and information.
All the money raised by this Mayor's Appeal was used to the benefit of suffers and their families/friends.These funds were raised through fundraising events such as golf competitions and raffles plus the generous donations from associations such as the Quiz Wizards, Tredegar Ironsides (Ladies) R.F.C., Tredegar Round Table, Tredegar Moose International, Blaenau Gwent Otters, Trefil Mountain Pony Improvement Society and many more. That is also besides the wonderful businesses in Blaenau Gwent who graciously donated money too.
A big thank you to all those who graciously gave not just money but their help and support in raising funds for this Appeal.
Charity - Blaenau Gwent Arthritis Support
2006 - 2007 Cllr Anita Hobbs
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal in aid of Blaenau Gwent Arthritis Support.
During her term of Office, May 2006 to April 2007, Councillor Anita Hobbs raised a total sum of £5050.50 for her appeal which was in aid of Blaenau Gwent Arthritis Support.
Arthritis is one of the most widely spread conditions that affects many many people. It is extremely painful and debilitating. Blaenau Gwent Arthritis Support aims to improve things for those most affected by arthritis and all the money raised by this Mayor's Appeal was used to the benefit of suffers.
These funds were raised through fundraising events such as concerts and raffles and the generous donations from associations such as St. George's Lodge Freemasons (£2000.00), Bedwellty Park Ladies Bowls Club, Tredegar Ironsides R.F.C., Kidz'R'Us, Sirhowy Angling Club, Tredegar Camera Club, Tredegar and District Floral Art Society, Tredegar Round Table, Tredegar Moose International and many more.
A big thank you to all those who graciously gave not just money but their help and support in raising funds for this Appeal