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Tredegar Town Council hopes to be able to use this page to relay news about the Town and will endeavour to maintain it up to date and as factually correct as possible.

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May 2017 News

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Patients Voice News Bulletin Issue 30, February - March 2017

April 2017 News

Citizens Advice Bureau
New Citizens Advice Caerphilly Blaenau Gwent website can be found at www.citizensadvicecbg.org.uk. The website as all the office and outreach addresses, opening hours, plus descriptions of all the services that they offer. It also offers email advice to residents of Blaenau Gwent.

On 16th March 2016 Carl Sargeant AM undertook a Ministerial Visit to Tredegar to officially launch the Aneurin Bevan House project. - Letter of thanks from Carl Sargeant AM

Welsh Government positions: Administrative Support positions at Cardiff Bay, initial remunerated 8 month contract - job details.

RCNi Patients Choice Nurse of the Year Award: Please show your support by voting for Sian Bodman (Senior Nurse for Diabetes) - Voting information.

Victims and Survivor's Consultative Panel vacancy, closing date for applications is 5pm 28.4.17, honorarium payment given. Contact recruitment@iicsa.org.uk for further information or to apply.

March 2017 News

Local Elections 4th May 2017
Elections for both Town and Borough Councillors will take place on Thursday 4th May 2017. Please contact Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for further information regarding registering to vote in the elections or to find out the process of becoming a Councillor.
Click here to view the official Notice of Election 2017.

Celebrating the Commonwealth, Monday 13th March 2017 at Bedwellty House
Pupils from Tredegar schools joined with Mayors and dignitaries at Bedwellty Park to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The event organised by Tredegar Town Council saw the raising of the Commonwealth flag on Bedwellty House before a short service celebrating the Charter that unites fifty-three sovereign states around the world.
Tredegar Town Mayor, Cllr Jacqueline Thomas read the Commonwealth Affirmation that states,
'Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world. We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and co-operation locally, nationally and internationally.'
Cllr Tommy Smith, Leader of Tredegar Town Council added, 'The Commonwealth is made up of fifty-three sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development, and respect for diversity. It includes some of the world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, with two billion citizens drawn from all faiths and ethnicities, half of them under 25 years old. Beyond the ties of history, language and institutions, members are united by values set out in the Charter of the Commonwealth including tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment. Today we celebrate our diversity with pupils from Bryn Bach, Georgetown, Glanhowy and St. Jospeph's primary schools, to encourage future generations to love and respect everyone and everything, everywhere.'
Also present were Albert Skeates B.E.M. and Jayne Medlicott M.B.E.. Albert, who received his award for voluntary service to Mountain Rescue, The Scouts and The Moose said, 'The scouting organisation is a worldwide youth movement covering the whole of the Commonwealth and it was a privilege to be here today with the younger generation of our town.'
Jayne Medlicott received her award for services to nursing, particularly her time spent with Hospice of the Valleys. Jayne said, 'it was lovely to be here this morning to listen to the children who spoke so beautifully. Our communities are in need of hope and the values outlined here today of mutual respect and inclusiveness are as important here in Tredegar as around the world.'
Click here to view photographs from the Day or to view the Order of Service.

 

Tredegar Born Ian Stoutzker and Wife Loan National Museum Wales Stoutzker art collection
It was 1961, more than 50 years ago now, when Ian and Mercedes Stoutzker made their first gift to the arts. The recipient was the Royal College of Music, which established the Ian Stoutzker Prize for excellence in violin-playing. Just a few years before, Ian himself might have been a contender to win it. As a young man he trained at the College under Albert Sammons, before eventually choosing a new path at the London School of Economics. Perhaps no musician has ever done so much for music after choosing a new career.
Over the years Ian has supported many musical projects but he believes his greatest contribution was founding Live Music Now with Yehudi Menuhin in 1977. This pioneering idea brought music to children with special needs, and into hospices, care homes for the elderly and similar venues. At the same time, young musicians would have paid opportunities to develop their experience. Today it is the foremost musicians' development and outreach charity in Europe and has given over 50,000 workshops and interactive performances throughout the UK. Ian remains the active founder chairman.
He has also been chairman of the Philharmomia Orchestra and later, was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the London Symphony Orchestra. At the Royal College of Music he was made a vice president having served many years on the executive committee, and he maintains his interest in the Musicians Benevolent Fund as a member of the Advisory Council. Among his major gifts was a donation to the Royal Academy of Music to enable them to complete their acquisition of the Viotti ex Bruce Stradivarius for their collection. The gesture was important. Other donors often saw Ian's involvement as a sign that the fiddle must worth it.
More recently, in 2011, with the help of £500,000 from the Stoutzkers, the Royal Welsh College completed the Dora Stoutzker Hall, a world class venue named after Ian's mother, a music teacher from Tredegar, South Wales, who gave him her love of music. "The hall is humming with activity, all day every day," says the college principal, Hilary Boulding. "It is hugely loved and now affectionately known as 'the Dora'." In Wales the Stoutzkers also sponsor the Only Men Aloud and the Only Boys Aloud scheme that was founded by Live Music Now alumnus Tim Rhys Evans.
If it ended here, the list of their kind acts would already be long enough. Yet Ian and Mercedes have been equally generous to visual art. When Mercedes came to London from Morocco in 1958 she brought a deep love of art with her. With limited means at the time, she was able to acquire works by great British artists who were not yet fully appreciated, and over time the couple came to live surrounded by a superb collection. However, both Ian and Mercedes believe that art should be shared by as many people as possible, so in 2012 they donated nine important works to Tate, by artists such as David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Peter Doig, RB Kitaj and Rachel Whiteread, valued altogether at more than £12m. Besides their generosity,'it is their quiet grace and modesty', says Sir Nicholas Serota, 'which makes them such wonderful people to work with.'
Click here to view the BBC Wales article

DRY Project (Drought Risk and You)
The Dry Project are exploring how science and local knowledge can interact as new evidence in decision-making for drought risk management. DRY is a four project funded through the UK Research Councils; the project is currently just over half way through.
The Ebbw is one of seven case-study catchments across the UK and DRY are particularly interested in the impacts of drought and water scarcity, and water user and water efficiency in the Ebbw catchment. They are interested in capturing how people have dealt with droughts in the past and present and could deal with droughts in the future.
Click here on their information leaflet for further information on the project and how you can participate by telling them your experiences.

January 2017 News

Want to save money on your energy bills?
The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme is here to help you keep warm and save money on your energy bills.
You may be eligible for free home improvements such as a new central heating boiler or insulation if:
You own or privately rent your home
You or someone you live with receives a means tested benefit
You live in a home that is hard to heat.
Contact Nest on Freephone 0808 808 2244, www.nestwales.org.uk

Would you like a role in supporting your local community? Have you thought of becoming a community or town councillor? Community and town councillors are elected by the people in the local community and are responsible to them. As a councillor you will represent the views of local people and make decisions on a variety of issues concerning the community. You will also have the opportunity to contribute occupational or personal skills and expertise. This is grass roots democracy at its best!
Interested? Local Government elections take place on 4 May 2017. Want to know more? Speak directly to your community or town council and the  Electoral Commission for electoral regulations and procedures guidance www.electoralcommission.org.uk . Please refer to One Voice Wales' website for candidate guidance  www.onevoicewales.org.uk

Tender Opportunity for Building Contractors- Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme (THI). Property:- 4 & 5 The Circle, Tredegar. Tendering opportunity has become available for the external refurbishment of 4 & 5 The Circle through their appointed representatives C2J Architects. Information and the opportuniy to register an interest is available via the Sell2Wales website until 12 noon Friday 13th January 2017  https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/

Request for World War I stories, experiences and family history
The Gwent Heritage Network of Community Archives has established a Blaenau Gwent Heritage website called Blaenau Gwent in the First World War. The website has been created by volunteers who have been researching the experiences and stories of Blaenau Gwent and its' residents during the First World War. The site contains a collection of historical material, documents and photos however they are always interested in more information.  Therefore if you are a relative of a soldier or have family information which you would like to contribute to this site please contact them, information on how to contribute can be found at www.firstworldwar.gwentheritage.org.uk/contribute .

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