News and Events

Dates for your 2016 Diary

Advice Surgery, Friday 16th December 2016

Nick Smith MP will be holidng an Advice surgery between 4pm and 5pm at Morrisons in Ebbw Vale. Contact Tel: 01495 313167 or email: nick.smith.mp@parliament.uk for further information.

Quiz Wizards 2016 Competition, Thursday 8th December 2016

The finals are being held at the Rhyd Hall, Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.

Quiz Wizards 2016 Competition, Thursday 1st December 2016

Semi-finals are being held at the Moose Hall, Coronation Steet, Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Friday 25th November 2016

This year's event is being held at The Circle with the Switch On by Santa and guest. There will be stalls, live music, and a few small fairground rides. Prior to the Switch On there will be a lantern parade coming from Bedwellty House & Park. Timings and further details will be available shortly. If you are interested in having a stall or participating this year please contact the office Tel: 01495 722352.

Let's Talk: Have your say on the Council's budgets, Friday 25th November 2016

BGCBC are holding four engagement events for the public to view the proposed services changes and give feedback via a questionnaire. Events are open to anyone or people can take part via the online survey available at www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk from Friday 18th November 2016. Postal questionnaires can be requested by calling 01495 355092, completion deadline Sunday 4th December 2016. The Tredegar event will be at Tredegar Shopping Centre (outside the old Tesco store) between 10am and 2pm.

Quiz Wizards 2016 Competition, Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Round three is being held at the Willows Social Club, starts 8.15pm.

Quiz Wizards 2016 Competition, Thursday 17th November 2016

Round two is being held at Bedwellty Park Bowls Club, Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.

Tredegar's Remembrance Service, Sunday 13th November 2016

This year the Service will be held at St James' Church, Tredegar at 10.15am. After the Service a parade will form outside the Church and march to the War Memorial for a wreath laying Service at 11am.
All members of the public are welcome to join members of the Royal British Legion, former armed forces members and families to commemorate those that have lost their lives for their country. Photos from the Remembrance Service are available on the Flickr gallery.

Wreath laying service at the Cairn Memorial Trefil, Saturday 12th November 2016

As Remembrance Sunday draws near, Tredegar Town Council make their annual visit to the Bomber Crash site at Cefn Yr Ystrad, Trefil where six brave young men lost their lives. They had set out from RAF Marham at 17.20 on 8th December 1940 in their Wellington Bomber heading towards Bordeaux, France. The raid was noted as a success with several targets being hit. On their return, the Bomber T2520 experienced bad weather and thick cloud which resulted in them being separated from the rest of the squadron. The basic and primitive instrumentation lead them off course and running low on fuel they began their descent; but instead of being over the lowlands of East Anglia they were heading towards the Brecon Beacons. The flight ended on 9th December 1940 at 3.12am on the rocky outcrop of Cefn Yr Ystrad to the north of Trefil village. There were no survivors.
If you would like to visit this site and share in remembering the brave crew of young men please meet at Top House Trefil on Saturday 12th November 2016. We will depart, by mini bus, at 10.00am for the quarry followed by a short but strenuous walk to the Cairn where a short wreath laying ceremony and act of remembrance will take place.
A warm welcome is extended to everyone but you should have a reasonable level of mobility and fitness and dress appropriately for the terrain and weather conditions. For further information call Tredegar Town Council on 01495 722352. Photos from the visit are available on the Flickr gallery.

Armistice Service, Friday 11th November 2016

Once again this year a short Service will be held in the Gwent Shopping Centre at 10.45am with a minute silence at 11am. The Service will be taken by Father Davies and the Royal British Legion. All are welcome to attend. Photos from the Service and Memorial bench wreat laying are available on the Flickr gallery.

Blaenau Gwent Drop in Session, Friday 11th November 2016

As part of the National Trustees Week 7th - 13th November 2016 GAVO will be holding the Blaenau Gwent Drop In Session at Ebbw Vale Institute, Church Street, Ebbw Vale from 12 noon. This session will give you a chance to meet the GAVO Team and know more about the services they provide.

Quiz Wizards 2016 Competition, Wednesday 9th November 2016

The first round of this year's competition is being held in the Conny Club, Church 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 Appeal.

Friday 21st October 2016, Funding Workshop

Alun Davies AM is hosting a funding workshop in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund at The Met, Abertillery from 10am - 12noon.  The event will see a variety of funders from various sectors on hand to explain what money is available to your organisation.  All are welcome to attend. Contact Laura Doel at Alan Davies AM's office on 01495 311160, email: laura.doel@assembly.wales for more details.

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.

Friday 14th October 2016, Advice Surgery

Nick Smith MP will be holidng an Advice surgery between 4pm and 5pm at Tesco in Abertillery.  Contact Tel: 01495 313167 or email: nick.smith.mp@parliament.uk for further information.

Wednesday 5th October 2016 Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council

Full Council meeting of Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council will take place at 5.30pm at the Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran on Wednesday 5th October 2016. Meeting is open to the public and copies of the agenda are available at the meeting of prior by contacting Tel: 01633 838516, email: Enquiries.AneurinBevanCHC@waleschc.org.uk

25th September to 2nd October 2016, Horeb & Sardis the Church at Trefil: Harvest Thanksgiving and Flower Festival

This year the Festival will be held between 25th September 2016 and 2nd October with the flower festival depicting Creation. All proceeds with be aid of Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Blaenau Gwent Dementia Community and with other being be for the foodbank. Anyone wishing to sponsor a floral display this year at £30 or would like to give other donations please contact either Alyson Tippings Tel: 01495 717783 or Eryl Evans Tel: 01495 723880.

All are welcome to the Harvest Festival Services which are being held Sunday 25th September 2016 at 6pm, Monday 26th September 2016 at 7pm, Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 7pm and Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 6pm.

Saturday 17th September 2016 - Climb the Clock

Once again, as part of the Cadw Open Doors scheme, Tredegar Town Council will be opening the Clock for a one day only event. The Clock will be open between 10am and 12.30pm.  Anyone of any age, providing you are fit and healthy, can climb up the inside to the top of the Clock. Suitable footwear must be worn and we reserve the right to refuse admission. Please be aware that there are no stairs to climb but fixed steel ladders between the three levels. For further information please contact Tredegar Town Council Offices Tel: 01495 722352.

Tuesday 16th August 2016 - Community Asset Transfers workshop

Gavo will be holding a community asset transfer for community groups at 9.45am-12.15pm Llanhilleth Institute, Llanhilleth NP13 2JH.  Workshop is free of charge but booking essential, contact Richard Davies on email: richard.davies@gavowales.org.uk

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Play Day Celebrations

National day for play event is being held between 12noon and 4pm at Bedwellty House and Park with various activities.

Sunday 31st July 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Crosskeys Silver Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Public Exhibition THI VVP Project

A public exhibition is being held at The Moose Hall, Lower Salisbury Street, Tredegar between 9am to 6pm.

Sunday 24th July 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Newport Borough Brass Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Sunday 17th July 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Abergavenny Borough Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Sunday 10th July 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Markham Brass Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Wednesday 6th July 2016 - Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council

Full Council meeting at 5.30pm on at Greenmeadow Golf Club, Cwmbran. This meeting is open to the public. Further information and copies of the agenda are available from Tel: 01633 838516, email: Enquiries.AneurinBevanCHC@waleschc.org.uk

Sunday 3rd July 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Ebbw Valley Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Sunday 26th June 2016 - Tredegar Armed Forces Day with The Royal Welsh Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding Tredegar's Armed Forces Day in Bedwellty Park.There will be a variety of stalls and activites with musical entertainment. The event is FREE and will be between 12 noon and 5pm. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment. All monies raised during the day will be donated to Services Charity (to be selected).

Sunday 19th June 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Monmouth Big Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Sunday 12th June 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Tredegar Town Band

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Sunday 5th June 2016 - Concerts in the Park - Tredegar Orpheus Choir

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding a variety of Concerts in the Park. The performances are FREE and will be between 3pm and 5pm in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park - if the weather forecast is poor then the event will take place inside Bedwellty House. So come along, bring a picnic or have a coffee and cake in the Orchid House Café whilst enjoying the beautiful musical entertainment.

Saturday 4th June 2016 Go Wild 2016 Event, Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar from 10am to 3pm

Go Wild is a free family event, a chance to learn more about nature and get involved in lots of free activities.

Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Tredegar Horse Show, commencing 10am prompt

Tredegar Horse Show will once again be holding its' annual show at Tredegar Recreation Ground. Closing date for all medal classes is 16th May 2016 with all entries sent to Karl Walters, 29 Mafeking Terrace, Tredegar, NP22 3LG, telephone 01495 726055.
Admission on the day: Adults £3 and children FREE. This is a great day out for all the family - stalls, bouncy castle, face painting.

Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Fun Dog Show, 11am at Parc Bryn Bach Tredegar

Hope Rescue will be holding a Fun Dog show as part of the Parc Bryn Bach Country Fair. Dog show entries are from 11am with the judging starting at 12 noon. Entry is £1 per dog per class and there are a range of classes - best puppy, junior handler, friendliest dog, and that is just to name a few. For further information contact Hope Rescue email: enquiries@hoperescue.org.uk or Tel: 07545 822919.

Sunday 8th May 2016 - Walk for Life 2016

Tredegar Town Council will once again be taking part in this Charity walk and this year it will be at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar. Registration will start at 2pm in the gazebo by the Visitor Centre with the walk scheduled to start at 2.30pm.If you wish to register your interest in participating in this year's event or request a sponsor form please contact our office, Tel: 01495 722352/email: tredegartc@btconnect.com.

Sunday 8th May 2016 - The last Train to Tredegar, Assembly Room, Bedwellty House Tredegar doors open 5.15pm

Tredegar History and Archive Society presents a unique combination of nostalgia, poetry, cartoons, brass band music and fun; a family event full of world class talent telling a metaphorical tale you will never forget.  The evening features Ian McMillan, Tony Husband, Luke Carver-Goss and Tredegar Town Band.

Thursday 5th May 2016 - Mr Selfridge, 2.30pm Bedwellty House

Tredegar Heritage Forum present 'Mr Selfridge'. Come join us as Gred Austin speaks about his role as Gordon Selfridge in the popular TV series. Admission is FREE and the Orchid House tea room will be open to purchase refreshments.

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.

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Thursday 7th April 2016

Full Council/AGM of Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Thursday 7th April 2016 at 9.30am 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: Enquiries.AneurinBevanCHC@waleschc.org.uk

Big Pit, People's Panel Thursday 24th March 2016

Have you ever wanted to be more involved with museums? Maybe you have ideas about exhibitions or events or would like to share your knowledge or gain experience as a volunteer.  Bit Pit is looking for people of all ages to join their People's Panel to help support their work and bring in fresh ideas.  They will be holding an open day Thursday 24th March 2016 from 1pm to 4pm so pop along to find out more. Further information is available from Sharon Ford Tel: 02920 573650, email: Sharon.ford@museumwales.ac.uk
Struggling for a lift over? Please contact our office Tel: 01495 722352 to discuss the possibility of gaining a lift.

BREATHE IN THE NEW YEAR, Saturday 23rd January 2016

Celebrate the New Year with a healthy start and Breathe! The Breathe event on the 23rdJanuary 2016 from 10am until 2pm, will blow the post-Christmas blues away at the Brynmawr Market Hall cinema, UK's oldest cinema.
Breathe will offer something for everyone with completely free activities, including a Hollywood Movie in the beautiful refurbished cinema.  A variety of exciting activities will take place in the square outside the cinema and in the old library building at the rear, including:

·Plenty of fun for the kids, with games, a climbing wall, arts and crafts and face painting.
·Nobody should miss the unique opportunity to experience the fantastic Magician James Went, appearing in Derren Brown's current tour and his own show on CBBC, who will be performing close magic to keep us captivated.
·For those who are feeling the chill, warm up with The VGA Gymnastic Cheerleaders or choose a plush red cinema seat, sit back and enjoy the movie - Thank you for Smoking (Cert 15), a dark comedy  from the acclaimed director of Juno and Up in the Air, starring Rob Lowe, William H. Macy and Robert Duvall.
· Fabulous prizes are to be won, with a free Golden Ticket Raffle!

If the mood takes you, have a chat to Stop Smoking Wales' friendly advisors who will be available during the morning to offer support in giving up smoking.

So come along to Breathe in the New Year and join us for this fun event on 23rd January 2016   10.00am to 2.00 pm, Brynmawr Market Hall Cinema

Further Information from: Rebecca Brown, Public Health Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan Gwent Public Health Team, Public Health Wales   Tel: 01495 241264

Free NHS Breast Screening returns to Tredegar, January to March 2016

The Breast Test Wales mobile screening unit is returning to Tredegar.
The mobile unit will be situated at the town centre car park from beginning of January, 2016  to beginning of March, 2016.
Women aged between 50 and 70 this year, who live in Wales will automatically receive postal invitations to attend for screening,  if they are registered with the following surgeries: Tredegar Health Centre and Glan-yr-Afon Surgery.
Women who are aged over 70 will not automatically be invited for breast screening,  but can request an appointment by telephoning Breast Test Wales on 029 2039 7222.
Anyone concerned about a breast change should visit their GP without delay.
For more information please contact your GP Practice or telephone Breast Test Wales on 029 2039 7222.