News and Events

Dates for your 2011 Diary

Saturday 10th December 2011

Come join Tredegar Christians Together and Cwm Salvation Army Band for Christmas Carols & Mince Pies, 10.30am to 12 noon at Tredegar Shopping Centre.

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th November 2011

Kidz R Us are staging a performance called "Home for Christmas" at Venue 1, Park Place, Tredegar commencing at 7pm. Tickets are £4 and available from the Venue Tel:01495 724532. All guests will be served a welcome soup upon entry from their soup kitchen to celebrate the event. Also in support of the Charity Shelter Cymru members of Kidz R Us will be making a collection outside Home Bargains in Brynmawr on Saturday 26th November 2011.

Friday 25th November 2011

Newport Dragons Ben Castle & Club Captain Tom Willis, with the Dragons Mascot, joins in Tredegar's Christmas Lights Switch on fun

This year's Christmas Lights Switch On will take place at The Circle with musical entertainment starting at 5.30pm and Santa appearing for the Switch On at 6pm.  Please note that this year there will not be a parade from the Gwent Shopping Centre to The Circle. Stalls run by local businesses and associations will be around the Circle and a bucket collection in aid of Tredegar's Mayor's Appeal, Alzheimer's Society, will be made during the event.

Anyone interested in setting up at a stall at the event must contact Tredegar Town Council, Tel: 01495 722352, prior to the event and the sale of alcohol will not be permitted.

The event is FREE and everyone is welcome so please come along and join in with the Christmas fun.

Christmas Lights 2011

Sunday 13th November 2011

The Remembrance Sunday Service will be held at St. James' s Church at 10.15am with a parade to the War Memorial in Bedwellty Park. During the Service being held in Bedwellty Park wreaths will be laid on the War Memorial and the Burma Shrine (in side Bedwellty House).

Remembrance Sunday 2011

Friday 11th November 2011

The Armistice this year will be a very special occasion, falling as it does on the 11th hour of the 11th month of the year 2011. There will be a short Service of Remembrance held by the Royal British Legion Tredegar Branch in the Gwent Shopping Centre starting at 10.45am.

Following this Service, Members of Tredegar Town Council invites people to join them in the taking of the wreath which is to be laid at the Cairn marking the crash site of the Wellington Bomber Flight T2520 above Trefil. The meeting point will be at The Top House, Trefil at 11.45am and a mini bus will be available to take people up into the quarry for the start of the walk up to the Cairn site. Please note that appropriate clothing and foot wear is strongly recommended plus a fair level of fitness as the walk will be over rugged ground.

Wednesday 26th October 2011 - The National Clown Theatre

The National Clown Theatre are back, by popular demand, at The Little Theatre Tredegar on Wednesday 26th October 2011. The show features traditional slapstick, star circus acts, magic, audience participation and prizes. Discounts available for bookings of groups of 10 or more. To book tickets please telephone 01384 423496.

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 Mayor's Charity Golf Day poster.

Golf Day report 2011.

Saturday 10th October 2011

Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum Day School at Bedwellty House, Tredegar. Starts at 10am, tickets £7.50 including a buffet.

Sunday 2nd October 2011 to Tuesday 4th October 2011

Horeb Chapel in Trefil will be holding their Annual Harvest Services and Flower Festival from 2nd to 4th October. Items of dried foods, tins of food, toiletries and medical supplies such as painkillers (provided they are they are in unopened boxes or bottles) are being accepted by Horeb Chapel and all items collected will be sent to Romania or if you wish to sponsor a floral display at £25 please contact Alyson Tippings as soon as possible on Tel: 01495 717783. For further information please click on Horeb Chapel.

Friday 30th September 2011

"Gary Grace's Tribute to the Kings of Swing" is at Tredegar Little Theatre from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 or £12 Balcony. Contact Tel: 01495 711527/07534 975298 for further details. "Gary Grace" poster.

Monday 26th September 2011

This year's Annual Question Time Evening will be held at Siloh Uniting Church, Tredegar. The Chairman for the evening will be Father John Davis with guest panelist. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Questions to be submitted in writing prior to the evening to Father John Davis at St George's Church, Tredegar or email Stgeorgeandjames@tiscali.co.uk .

Sunday 18th September 2011

On Saturday 18th September 2011 the Alzheimer's Society will be holding a Memory Walk in Cardiff. Over 350 have registered so far and there is still plenty of time for you to take part too. Registration is in the main the foyer of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on North Road, Cardiff between 9.30am until 11.45am with the actual walk starting at 11.30am. Further information is available on this Memory Walk leaflet. Post walk entertainment will begin at 12.30pm until 2.45pm

Sunday 11th September 2011

Every Sunday from 4pm to 4.45pm St George's Church, Tredegar will be holding fee family fun event called "Funky Dragonz". Modern music, lively activities, great games and free refreshments. Phone Fr John Tel: 01495 722672 for more information.

Funky Dragonz poster.

Saturday 10th September 2011

Tredegar Town Clock will be open between 10am and 1pm as part of the Civic Trust for Wales Opens Door Event. Please come along and climb up the inside of the Clock to see what makes it tick! A certificate will be presented to everyone who climbs. Sensible foot wear must be worn and a good level of fitness as the climb is over three ladders. Council reserves the right to deny access.

Sunday 3rd July 2011

Lewis Merthyr Band will be performing in the Bandstand at Bedwellty Park between 3pm and 5pm. Please come along and enjoy this free concert in the glorious park surroundings.

Sunday 26th June 2011

On Sunday 26th June the Casket containing earth from the site of the Battle of Tredegar Hill in Burma will be returned to Bedwellty House from St. James's Church.

All members of the public are invited to join the Royal British Legion, Councillors, members of the Armed Forces and local organisations to bring home the Casket.

Please join us at St. James's Church at 2.15pm for a short service followed by a procession to Bedwellty House where the Casket will be returned at 3pm.

At 3.15pm Tredegar Town Band will be performing in the Bandstand at Bedwellty Park as part of the free Summer Band Concerts. This first concert is The Alan Fox Memorial Concert and a collection for the Alzheimer's Society will be made at this event.

Important Update

It is with regret that Tredegar Town Council announces the cancellation of a number of events centred on Bedwellty House and Park.

The Return of the Casket - scheduled for 4th June 2011 - with a Service at St. James's Church followed by the return to Bedwellty House - has had to be cancelled.

So too have the Band Concerts in the Park scheduled for Sunday 5th and 12th June 2011.

May we extend our apologies to all those who will have been inconvenienced by this cancellation, which was at the request of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council this very morning, and beyond our control.

We hope that the Concert on Sunday 26th June 2011, will also feature the Return of the Casket. Further details to be advised.

Apologies to Tredegar Town Band and Abergavenny Borough Band and to Rev. Mike Sheppard of Saron Chapel who was to have taken the Service at St. James's Church.

The Concerts in the Park are set to resume when the restoration work is finally completed and the House and Park is fully re-opened to the people of Tredegar.

Saturday 18th June 2011, Armed Forces Day

This year's event will once again take place at Parc Bryn Bach between 12pm - 4.30pm. There will be stalls and demonstrations; a Rescue Display by the Newfoundland Dogs; Tredegar & District Canine Society Companion Dog Show (entries can be made on the day); a live radio broadcast by Matt Lane, Mountain FM; Performances by Tredegar Thespians; inside the Visitor Centre will be showings of the Wellington Bomber Flight T2520 film; and WEATHER permitting there will be a Griffin Helicopter on display. A Flag Raising Ceremony will take place at 12pm by the Visitor Centre with a Parade (forming at the bottom of the Golf Range car park) at 1.30pm. This will be followed with a Service, led by Father John Davis, at 2pm outside the Visitor Centre. (Times and activities are subject to change and weather)

Sunday 5th June 2011 Band Concerts in Bedwellty Park

June 2011 sees the return of the Band Concerts, sponsored by Tredegar Town Council, in Bedwellty Park. The first concert is being palyed by Tredegar Town Band and starts at 3pm till approximately 5pm. On Sunday 12th June 2011 it will be the turn of Abergavenny Borough Band; Sunday 26th June - band to be confirmed; and the final in the series of the Band Concerts will be by Lewis Merthyr Band on Sunday 3rd July 2011. These concerts are open air and take place in the Bandstand (weather permitting) in Bedwellty Park. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in this FREE music event and afterwards why not go for a stroll around the newly renovated Park and House.

Saturday 4th June 2011, Return of the Battle of Tredegar Hill Casket.

The Casket containing earth from the site of the Battle of Tredegar Hill in Burma will be returned to Bedwellty House from St. James' Church. All members of the public are invited to join the Royal British Legion, Councillors, members of the Armed Forces and local organisations to bring home the Casket.  Please join us at the Church at 1.30pm and be part of the procession to Bedwellty House where the Casket will be returned at 2.15pm. The Casket will once again be on display in the glass cabinet located in the hallway of Bedwellty House. For further details please contact Christine Keane (Town Clerk) Tel: 01495 722352 or email.

Saturday 21st May 2011, British Gas Open Day

British Gas are holding a number of Open Day Events to promote apprenticeships, traineeships and qualified roles. Two dates have been set for Tredegar, 21st May (Female Event) & 6th August (Open Event). Places are limited therefore it is necesaary to complete the Notification of Interest form to book your place. Further details are avialble on these links:-

British Gas Open Day Events Flyer; Notification of Interest Form

 

Saturday 14th May 2011, Family History Open Day

An introduction on how to tarce your Family Tree is being held at Tredegar Library between 10am - 3pm. For further details Tel: 01495 357869 or click on "Keep it in the Family" to view the event poster.

 

Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th May 2011, "Spanish Lies"

The laugh-out-loud comedy written and directed by Frank Vickery is being performed at Tredegar Little Theatre from 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.00 stall & £8.00 circle, contact Patricia Meyrick 07534 975298 for tickets or further information.

 

Sunday 24th April 2011, Family Fun Day

Come and join in the Family Fun Day at The Bush on Easter Sunday. Stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ and disco. Starting at 2pm, free entry and all are welcome.

 

Saturday 23rd April 2011, Charity Night

Ironsides RFC are holding a Charity Night in aid of the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal, starting at 7pm. Tickets are £5 per person.

 

Wednesday 20th April 2011, Easter Family Fun day

Free Easter fun for all the family from 10am - 4pm at the Gwent Shopping Centre, Tredegar. Face painting, egg hunt, play with clay & much more. For further details contact Bethan Cartwright Tel: 01495 355539 or Click on "Easter Family Fun Day 2011" to view the event poster.

 

Wednesday 13th April to Saturday 16th April 2011

Tredegar Thespian Players present "Trivial Pursuits" by Frank Vickery at the Little Theatre, Tredegar. Doors open at 6.30pm with curtain up at 7pm. Tickets are Stalls £6 and Balcony £7. Ticketline No. 07534 975298 or 01495 711527.

 

Saturday 9th April 2011, Mayor's Charity Show

The 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 available from Tredegar Town Council Offices at the Library, Tel: 01495 722352 and Tredegar Town Councillors.

 

Sunday 3rd April 2011, Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir

Tredegar Oprheus Male Voice Choir presents a "Musical Extravaganza" with West End Star John Owen Jones and guest Accompanist Caradog Williams. Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Doors Open at 6.45pm and Commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets £10.00 each and will be available from 17th January 2011. Ticket agents: Alan james 01495 722342 or ajames9@sky.com

 

Sunday 27th March 2011, Kidney Wales Foundation's Walk For Life 2011

Tredegar Town Council are showing their support for this annual fundraising walk which takes place at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar at 2pm on Sunday 27th March 2011. Contact Christine on Tel: 01495 722352 for further details and a sponsor form. All proceeds raised for the Walk For Life goes directly to Kidney Wales Foundation which supports families affected by kidney disease, so please show your support and come and walk - no matter the weather!

 

Heritage Summit, Wednesday 9th March 2011 at 7pm, Tredegar Rugby Club.

Tredegar is a town with a proud history and unique heritage. It is the home of Nye Bevan and the birthplace of the National Health Service. It boasts the beauty and majesty of Bedwellty Park and its built heritage includes the iconic Tredegar Town Clock, but all is not well in the town. The town centre shop keepers are doing a good job of keeping the local economy ticking but the real concern are the key buildings that are the basis for the character and heritage of this former iron making town.

Over the last few years, Tredegar Town Council has been fighting for the future of the town's built heritage. The town centre was the first planned town in the UK but now several of it's key buildings are at risk. The town clock, owned by the Town Council at the centre of the town is in excellent condition but the same cannot be said of others around the circle and surrounding streets. 

The façade of the former town hall, now the NCB Club, is crumbling and its current owners have gone into liquidation. The two other pubs in the circle have been closed for some time and need repair prior to reopening and now the building that housed Tredegar Medical Aid Society, the fore runner of the National Health Service, is no longer in use. The General Hospital has closed and is boarded up with no long term future. These are just a few of the buildings at risk in our town.

"Far from sitting back and waiting for our town to crumble we have set up this Heritage Summit, with the full support of stakeholders and the towns' people, to save our history and our heritage. We aim to bring together the experts, the people who hold our future, to the town to hear our story and our concerns, and to find a way forward where we can work together to protect our heritage for future generations," said Cllr Malcolm Cross, Leader of Tredegar Town Council. 

"There are however good news stories, The former chapel at Park Place has been transformed into a performing arts centre by the community group Kids R Us and the local authority is undertaking the multi million pound refurbishment of Bedwellty House and Park," Cllr Cross added. "We now need to work together to find solutions for all our buildings at risk. We need experts to survey and record them in case they get lost. We need to protect those that are of value and we need to secure funding to conserve those in use. The only way to do this is to get the full support of everyone, to have a clear vision of the way forward and to share the aspiration of our town's folk, who are not prepared to watch our town crumble. We are a proud town with a proud heritage and a proud people. We've done it before and will continue to fight for our town."

The Summit will be held on Wednesday 9th March 2011 in Tredegar Rugby Club at 7pm please come along to show your support, air your views, come up with solutions and listen to what the experts have to say. For more information call Tredegar Town Council on 01495 722352 or email.