News and Events
Veterans Coffee Morning, Friday 18th December 2015
Please be advised that the Veterans Coffee morning Friday 18th
of December 2015 is being held at St Georges Church, Church Street,
Tredegar from 10am-1pm in the Church Hall above the Church.
Please come and support your veterans and make new friends and
contacts. If you know of a veteran, no matter how long he or she
served or what year this does not matter, because once a veteran
always a veteran.
Tredegar Town Mayor's Christmas Evening, Friday 11th December
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.
Christmas Lights Switch On, Friday 27th November 2015
This year's event is being held at The Circle starting at 5pm
with the Switch On by Santa and guest Gwent Dragons player Andrew
Coombs at 6pm. There will be stalls, live music, a few small
fairground rides and Santa's grotto in the Library with face
painting and other activities too. Prior to the Switch On
there will be a lantern parade coming from Bedwellty House &
Park with Tredegar Comprehensive Choir leading them to The
Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 25th November
The finals are being held at the Rhyd Hall, Tredegar, starts
Sirhowy Woodlands Litter Pick, 10am-12noon Saturday 21st
Join Friends of Sirhowy Woodlands at the main entrance to
Sirhowy Woodlands, Thomas Ellis Way for a litter pick in the
woodlands. Tai Calon Time Credits are available for people taking
part. Further information available from Jayne Tel: 07773 293827 or
Leonids Meteor Shower, 7pm-10pm Wednesday 18th November
Dark Skies Wales are holding an observation evening for the
Leonids Meteor Shower. Come along to Trefil Rugby pitch car park at
any time between 7pm-10pm to take a look.
Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 18th November
Semi-finals are being held at the Conny Club, Church Street,
Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.
Christmas Market, Saturday 14th November 2015
St James' Church Tredegar is holding a Christmas Market,
including a visit from Santa, at Tredegar Orpheus Music Centre,
Poplar Road Tredegar starting at 2pm. Admission is FREE. Come along
and pick up a Christmas bargain from the various stalls.
Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Thursday 12th November 2015
Round three is being held at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club, starts
Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 4th November 2015
Round two is being held at The Willows, Tredegar, starts
Hymns and Arias, Friday 30th October 2015
Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir presents "Hymns and Arias" at
St Georges Church with guest artist Elizabeth Tiley. Doors open
6.30pm, show commences 7pm. Tickets are £5.00 and available from
Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Thursday 29th October 2015
The first round of this year's competition is being held in the
Moose Lodge, Coronation Street, Tredegar. The quiz is sponsored by
Tredegar Town Council and is open to teams from all areas; from
pubs, clubs, organisations or a group of friends. A team will
consist of a maximum of six members.There is no need to enter in
advance, simply turn up with your team in time for a 8-15pm start
on any or all of the dates.No individual questions are asked, all
questions are answered as a team. If you don't qualify for
the final on the first week, no problem come back on any of the
remaining dates and try again. Each team member will pay an entry
fee of one pound which is donated to the Tredegar Town Mayor's
RNIB Glow Neon 3km Fun Run, 24th October 2015
RNIB are holding a 3km Fun Run starting at 7pm Cardiff
International Sports Stadium, further information available from
Sirhowy Woodlands Litter Pick Sunday 18th October 2015, 10am to
Love Sirhowy Woodlands but fed up with the litter? Join in with
residents, BGCBC, Cynefin and other volunteers to help improve the
area. Meeting point is at the main entrance to Sirhowy Woodlands,
Thomas Ellis Way, Tredegar. For further information contact Jayne
on Tel: 07773 293827 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tredegar Thespian Players, 8th & 9th October 2015
Tredegar Thespian Players presents their next performance which
is "Shakers Re-Stirred" at the Little Theatre, Tredegar. Doors open
at 7pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 stalls and £8 balcony,
available from Tel: 07837 180762 or 01495 724979.
Tredegar Museum Open Day, Tuesday 6th October 2015
As part of the Welsh Museums Festival Tredegar Museum - based in
Tredegar Library - will be holding an Open Day. Entry is
Eric Unseen, Friday 2nd October 2015
A Tredegar Mayor's Appeal fund raiser is being held at Tredegar
Rugby Club, live perform by Eric Unseen. Tickets are £5 each and
available from Rhi Tel: 07535 229899 or from Tredegar Rugby
Noson Y Cilgant, Friday 11th September 2015 from 6pm
Immerse yourself in a visual feast of spoken word, storytelling
and acoustic music. Laugh, cry, be loud, be passionate, get angry,
get inspired in a creative engaging atmosphere at Venue 1 Tredegar.
Tickets £3 in advance or £5 on the door. Contact Tel: 07970 072736
or 07956 856776 for further information.
Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Thursday 3rd September
Special Full Council meeting of Aneurin Bevan Community Health
Council Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 5.30pm at The Parkway Hotel,
Cwmbran. All meetings are open to the public and copies of
the agenda/meeting papers are available Tel: 01633 838516 email:
Tredegar Classic Vehicle Day, Saturday 29th August 2015
The annual classic car event will take place throughout Tredegar
Town centre between 10am - 3pm on Saturday 29th August. There
will be vintage/classic cars, buses and lorries with FREE classic
bus trips being run throughout the day. Tredegar Town Council will
once again be opening the doors of the Town Clock, between noon -
2pm, to the public so come along and climb up the inside (suitable
footwear must be worn).
Fun Chinese Auction, Wednesday 26th August 2015 1pm-4pm
A Fun Chinese Auction is being held at Maes-y-Dderwen, Charles
Street, Tredegar between 1pm and 4pm. Besides the auction there
will be a scrumptious BBQ and refreshments.
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
Let's Talk Public Engagement Programme, Friday 24th July 11am
to 3pm Tredegar Town Centre
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council will be holding drop-in
public events throughout the borough covering an outline of the
financial challenges the Council faces; information on sources of
Council funding and how it is currently spent; feedback on previous
public engagement events. This is an opportunity for the public to
express their current views on what the community feel are the
priorities for the future. Other dates and venues of these public
Friday 17th July 2015, 11am to 3pm Ebbw Vale Town Centre.
Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 3pm to 7pm Brynmawr ASDA car park.
Thursday 30th July 2015, 10am to 2pm Abertillery Town Centre.
Best Foot Forward For Charity - Walk To The Highest Point,
Sunday 19th July 2015
Works to complete the dualling of the A465 Heads of the Valleys
road between Tredegar and Brynmawr are nearing completion and
Carillion is working with local charities to mark the occasion with
a sponsored walk on 19th July 2015. This is the one and only
opportunity to walk along the dual carriageway before it is
officially opened to traffic.
The 5 year project cost £110m to construct, it provides 7.8 km or
just under 8 miles of dual carriageway through Blaenau Gwent. When
the A465 was built in the 1960s, the highest point on the road was
409 metres above sea level. The new Ebbw Vale east bridge at
Garnlydan has taken the highest point on the route to 417 metres
above sea level. This event will give walkers and riders the unique
opportunity to walk the newest road in Wales.
To ensure as many people as possible enjoy this sponsored walk,
the event is open to walkers, scooters (non-motorised), cycles,
mobility scooters and wheelchairs. There will be an option of 3
different walk lengths of 2k, 4k or 6k. The start point for all of
the walks will be the Carilion base on the Rassau Industrial
All funds raised on the walk will be given to the charities
supported by this year's Blaenau Gwent and Tredegar Mayors Appeals.
The Blaenau Gwent Mayors Appeal is for Ty Hafan Children's Hospice
and Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm Whilst the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal is for
Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK's leading paediatric palliative care
charities and offers care to children and support for their
families, throughout Wales. They offer comfort, care and support to
life-limited children, young people and their families in the
hospice, in the community and in their home so they can make the
most of the time they have left together. This allows parents and
carers to relax and recharge their batteries and makes sure the
needs of brothers and sisters are never forgotten.
Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm is a community hospital in Ebbw Vale catering
for the mental health needs of people over 65. The funding will go
towards providing a wide variety of activities for the day and stay
patients, including painting, exercise, music and gardening. It
will also help the further developments to the sensory garden and
Valley Sands is the local branch of SANDS - the stillbirth and
neonatal death charity. Sands supports anyone who has been
affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after
birth. They offer emotional support and information for parents,
grandparents, siblings, children, families and friends, health
professionals and others. The help they offer includes a telephone
helpline for anyone affected by the death of a baby to talk about
their feelings to experienced helpline teams who listen and give
the information you need. They also supply Memory Boxes to local
hospitals that contain practical items to help parents at their
time of loss.
Cllr Derrick Bevan, Mayor of Blaenau Gwent is supporting Ty Hafan
Children's Hospice and Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm in his Mayor's Appeal.
Cllr Bevan said, 'These two charities are special to me because I
want to do something to help children and the elderly in Blaenau
Gwent. I recently visited Ty Hafan and I defy anyone to come from
there with a dry eye. Dementia is a silent killer in our community
and is on the increase. The work they do at Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm helps
people and families and carers to deal with these problems.'
Tredegar Town Mayor, Geraint Meredith also has special reason for
his choice of charity, Valley SANDS. Geraint and Rhianan are now
blessed with 3 beautiful boys Ethan, Elijah and Caleb but sadly
their oldest brother Joshua died at birth. Valleys SANDS helped
them at this difficult time and ever since Geraint and Rhianan have
been active supporters of the group. Geraint added, 'We know at
first had what enormous help this group gives. Through our
involvement with Valleys SANDS we realise how many families are
affected by the loss of a child and the importance of this charity
in our community. All funds raised will go to providing Memory
Boxes to Nevill Hall, Prince Charles and Royal Gwent hospitals.
These contain hand knitted clothes and blankets, teddies, hand and
foot print kits and information to help parents through their
If you want to take part in this unique event and help with these
charity appeals, sponsor forms can be obtained from Chris Smith,
The Mayors Officer at Blaenau Gwent or Christine Keane, Town Clerk
of Tredegar Town Council. Chris can be contacted in the Civic
Centre, Ebbw Vale on 01495 355296 or at
email@example.com . Christine Keane can be contacted
at Bedwellty House, Tredegar on 01495 722352 or at
• At an impressive 30m in height it is one of
the tallest reinforced earth embankments in the whole of
• 5 new bridges have been constructed along the
new section of the A465 and 1bridge has been demolished.
• 15,000m3 of concrete has been delivered to
site in around 3,000 vehicle movements. The total distance
travelled between site and the concrete plant from these movements
is equal to travelling from Rassau to Sydney and back.
• 30 Km of drainage runs have been laid on the
project. This is equivalent to laying a pipe from Rassau to
• To complete the project 161,000 metres3 of
rock has been excavated and crushed for use in building the
• 6,278 metres of concrete piles installed -
almost 8 times the height of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the
tallest building in the world.
• 20,370 metres of mine workings drilling has
been completed. This is nearly enough to drill to the other side of
the world and back.
• Nature conservation was an important part of
the ethos of the Dualling Project. Several new ponds were created
along with new woodlands, two hibernacula to act as homes for
reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates and five artificial bat
roosts for Lesser Horseshoe bats.
• The project has provided employment to 180
people in Blaenau Gwent and has given 4200 weeks of employment to
trainees including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities.
Access 4 All Forum, Thursday 16th July 2015
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council will be holding an Access 4
All Forum event between 10.30am & 1pm at the General Offices
Ebbw Vale. This is a FREE event which is open to the general
public. Confirmed guest speakers include Dementia Friends, Valleys
Life After Stroke Group and South Wales Fire & Rescue. Come
along to this local Equalities Forum and have your say.
Armed Forces Day, Sunday 28th June 2015
Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding the annual
Armed Forces Day at Bedwellty House & Park. Plans are
well underway for this year's event which will be held on Sunday
28th June 2015 and further details of what will be taking place on
the day will be added to this site shortly so please keep checking
Forces Day 2015 page for updates.
If anyone is interested in having a stall to advertise/sell your
wares (all we ask is for a £5 donation from stall holders towards
the charities we will be collecting for on the day), volunteering
as stewards or even holding an activity for visitors to do then
please contact Christine on Tel: 01495 722352 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to express
your interest in participating.
Band Concerts 2015, 3pm-5pm Bandstand
The annual concerts in the Bandstand, Bedwellty House and Park
are now in full swing. The weather has been really kind so far and
lets' hope it will continue. So come along with a picnic and settle
down in this beautiful Park and enjoy these free musical delights.
Lunches and refreshments are available to purchase on the day from
the Orchid House Tearoom, further details available on Tel: 01495
14th June 2015 - Tredegar Comprehensive
21st June 2015 - Markham and District Colliery Band
28th June 2015 - Band of the Royal Welsh, Tredegar's Armed Forces
5th July 2015 - To be confirmed
12th July 2015 - Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir
TREDEGAR WALKS FOR LIFE, Sunday 3rd May 2015
This year sees the 25th annual Walk for Life held in Tredegar.
Over that time it has covered most of the town and certainly both
of its parks and several of its woodlands. This year the Walk will
be held at Parc Bryn Bach on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00 pm.
The Walk for Life is a series of sponsored walks held at locations
throughout Wales. Many different organisations and families who
have been affected by kidney disease organise the Walks, gathering
together colleagues, friends and family to participate to raise
vital funds and awareness for kidney patient care and
One such patient joining the walk is Elaine Holbrook from Ebbw
Vale. Elaine found herself desperately ill in 2012 and started
dialysis after a 10 week stay in hospital.. Doctors put Elaine on
the live transplant list in February 2014 and miraculously a donor
was found within weeks and she received her transplant in March
A kidney transplant operation is still a major operation and runs
the risk of rejection but thankfully all went well thanks to the
excellent team at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. Elaine
added, 'I know how lucky I was and I owe so much to so many, my
family, the staff in Cardiff but most of all to the brave family
who thought about someone else in their darkest hour. Going on the
Walk for Life is just a small payback to the wonderful doctors and
donors who gave me my life back.'
Urging support for the walk, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Geraint Meredith
added, 'it is important to raise awareness of transplantation
issues as none of us know when our family or friends may need it.
Please come along and support this cause.'
Tredegar Town Council welcomes you to join us at Parc Bryn Bach.
For your sponsor form call Christine or Annette on 01495 722352 or
call into Bedwellty House for one. Free T-Shirts for all
Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Saturday 18th April
Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir presents their annual concert
at Ebbw Vale Leisure with guest Jonathan Antoine (tenore) and
special artist Beverley Humphreys. Doors open 6.15pm with the show
starting at 7pm. Tickets are £15 each, contact Trevor White Tel:
07989 220952 or email: email@example.com for
Bedwellty Park Tredegar 11am-2pm, Wednesday 18th February
Tredegar Communities First are holding a half term FREE fun
event 'Be Happy,
be Healthy, be you' in Bedwellty Park, Tredegar. There will be
activities such a circus skills for all ages and arts and crafts.
Further information is available from Anneleise Tel: 01495
Ebbw Vale Sports Centre 10am-3pm, Wednesday 18th February
FIND YOUR FUTURE Employment and Careers Event.
Pop along with a CV and chat to the employers and training
providers at the event or even get some advice about working for
yourself. For further information click on Find Your Future.
Christian Centre Ebbw Vale 12.30pm-3.30pm, Thursday 5th
SOMETHING FOR THE OVER 50s. Communities First
Ebbw Fawr Cluster are holding this event to offer advice,
information and support from a range of agencies. For further
information click on Something for the
Tredegar Thespian Players, Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th
Tredegar Thespian Players presents Aladdin starring Darren
Evans. The matinee performances have the doors open at 1.30pm with
curtain up at 2pm and the evening performances have doors open at
6.30pm with curtain up at 7pm. Tickets are £7 stalls and £8
balcony, contact Tel: 01495 724979 or 07837 180762 for further
information and tickets.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, commencing Monday 19th
Details for the Week of Prayer in Tredegar churches and Chapels
are as follows:-
Monday 19th January 2015 - 12 noon at Siloh Chapel
Tuesday 20th January 2015 - 7pm at Horeb Chapel, Trefil
Wednesday 21st January 2015 - 12 noon at St James Church
Thursday 22nd January 2015 - 7pm at Tredegar Methodist
Friday 23rd January 2015 - 12 noon at St Georges Church.
All are welcome.
Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Wednesday 7th January
Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Meeting of Full Council
will be held on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 5.30pm Greenmeadow
Golf Club, Cwmbran. The meeting is open to the public. Contact Tel:
01633 838516 or email: enquiries.AneurinBevanCHC@waleschc.org.uk
for further information or to obtain copies of the agenda.