2012 Archive Town News
NOVEMBER 2012 News
Tredegar Museum - The museum is located in
Tredegar Library and run by volunteers. Lots of Tredegar's
historical memorabilia is on display for the public and
arrangementts can be made for schools to visit too. The Museum's
opening hours are Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Fridays 10am-1pm and
2pm-4pm; Saturdays 10am-12pm.
Christmas Lights Switch-On, Friday 30th November
2012 - This year Gwent Dragons and Wales rugby star Dan
Lydiate will be switching on the Christmas Lights in Tredegar. The
event starts at 5.30pm in The Circle with the switch-on at 6pm.
There will be stalls, musical entertainment, Santa's Grotto and a
chance to get Dan's autograph. So come along and join in the fun as
we sing some Christmas carols to start the festive season.
OCTOBER 2012 News
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM - Remembrance Sunday is
drawing near as is the Tredegar Town Council's annual Visit to the
Bomber Crash site at Cefn yr Ystrad, Trefil. On 9th December
1940, six brave young men lost their lives. They had set out from
RAF Marham at 17.20 on 8th Dec 1940 in their Wellington Bomber
heading towards Bordeaux, France. The raid was noted as a success
with several targets being hit. On their return, Bomber T2520
experienced bad weather and thick cloud and was 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 at 3.12 on the rocky outcrop of Cefn Yr Ystrad to the
north of Trefil village. There were no survivors.
Those who lost their lives were Sergeant David Ernest Wallace, a
Volunteer reservist with the Royal Air Force from Southend -on
-Sea; Sergeant Reginald Brown serving with the Royal New Zealand
Air Force age 22; Sergeant Stanley Gordon Howard, of the Royal Air
Force; Sergeant Hylton Daniel Ellis of the Royal Air Force age 26;
Sergeant Pilot David Mills of the Royal Air Force volunteer reserve
age 21;Pilot Officer Albert Tindall a native of Australia of
the Royal Air Force age 21.
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 10th November. We will depart at
10.00am for the quarry and a short, but strenuous walk to
the cairn for a short wreath laying ceremony and act of
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 or follow updates on the
facebook page T2520 Crew remembered.
Further information available from Tredegar Town Council (Mon,
Tues, Wed) Tel: 01495 727352 or Alyson Tippings 07968
Tredegar Town Council warns youngsters of the dangers of
Due to increasing numbers of youngsters using the drug
throughout Blaenau Gwent, Tredegar Town Council are deeply
concerned that users are not fully aware of the serious side
affects associated with it.
A far greater number of young people are experimenting
with the drug and a growing number of girls are getting involved.
With research suggesting that young people are unaware of the
potential physical dangers.
Mephedrone - a white powder substance, known on the street as
'Meow-Meow' - has been classified as an illegal Class B drug under
the Controlled Drugs Act. It was previously sold as a legal
alternative to cocaine and amphetamine, but it was made illegal to
posses or supply in April 2010.
We all have a part to play in making sure our children and young
adults are drug-wise and understand the dangers fully.
There are some alarming effects to using 'Meow-Meow' - these can
include heart attack, seizures, sweating and paranoia. Some of the
signs associated with the after use, known as the 'come down', are
that users can become very emotional and some can be quite
Apart from the health dangers, being caught in possession of
'meow-meow' could lead to a five-year jail sentence.
The long-term side-effects are still largely unknown, but the
drug is very addictive.
The drug also suppresses the appetite and need for sleep, with
users developing a unique odour, similar to stale cat urine.
If anyone has any intelligence in relation to the use or supply
of drugs then please contact their local Neighbourhood Policing
Team or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who would like more advice on the dangers of drug misuse
can visit www.talktofrank.com DAYS
drug and alcohol youth support Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent on 0808
168 7176 or www.kooth.com free
online advice and counselling for young people.
New Charter between Brecon Beacons National Park and Local
On behalf of Tredegar Town Council, Tredegar Mayor Cllr Andrew
Cotton has now officially signed the Charter between Brecon Beacons
National Park and other local Councils. The following is the
official Press Release made by Brecon Beacons National Park on
Thursday 11th October 2012:-
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has achieved a
first for Wales by becoming the first Welsh National Park to sign a
Town and Community Council Charter with local
The charter and accompanying action plan, launched last
week, look to strengthen and improve the Authority's working
relationships with town and community councils from across the
On Friday, October 5 representatives from One Voice
Wales, the umbrella body for town and community councils, and
councillors from across the National Park gathered at the
Authority's headquarters in Brecon to celebrate the launch of the
first ever Town and Community Council Charter.
The sign up event was attended by all the One Voice
Wales area committees in and around the National Park, and so far
12 councils have signed up to the history making
This Town and Community Council Charter is the result of
two years of consultation with local councils, and the goals of the
Charter's action plan run through to the end of April 2013. Early
feedback from local councils has been positive, with councillors
saying face-to-face contact with Authority officers has helped to
develop better working relationships.
Mair Stephens, Chair of One Voice Wales, said: "We're
delighted that this historic Town and Community Council Charter has
come together. I really think it's the way forward for all National
Parks, and it's great to see partnership working being delivered
with such enthusiasm."
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority's Sustainable
Communities Manager Clare Parsons, said: "The Charter and the
associated action plan detail how the National Park Authority and
town and community councils will work better together across a
range of areas to benefit local communities. We appreciate the time
and input given by community and town councillors and One Voice
Wales in developing a Town and Community Council Charter and action
plan. This is just the beginning and delivering the action plan and
regularly reviewing both will help us all to work together better
National Park Authority Chairman Julie James, added:
"The signing of the Town and Community Council Charter signals an
historic day and it's great for the Authority to be working so
closely with our local communities on a model that I'm sure will be
replicated throughout Wales. We currently have 12 town and
community councils signed up, but we hope all 52 councils across
the National Park will join us in time."
Cllr Malcolm Cross attended the launch of the Town and Community
Charter on 5th October 2012.
SEPTEMBER 2012 News
Saturday 29 September 2012
Sports hero granted Freedom of the Town!
Gold and double silver medallist, Paracyclist Mark Colbourne was
given a rapturous welcome home today during a special celebratory
event throughout his home town of Tredegar. The Homecoming
ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council, was quickly drawn
together as soon as Mark let us know when he would be coming home,
finally giving local residents and other well wishes the chance to
see the Paralympian as he was carried in an open top bus throughout
the town. Crowds of people lined the streets, many waving flags to
show their support for him.
To recognise this momentous occasion, Mark was awarded the
Freedom of the Town presented by Tredegar Town Council. This honour
is awarded on rare and special occasions and Mark will become only
the third person to have received this highly prestigious
The parade gathered in the grounds of the newly renovated
Bedwellty Park where they were welcomed by the sound of Tredegar
Orpheus Male Voice Choir, before Tredegar Town Mayor, Councillor
Andrew Cotton, presented a scroll to Mark Colbourne, who was
thrilled to accept the honour.
The ceremony was witnessed by special guests including his family
Tredegar Town Mayor, Andrew Cotton thanked everyone that 'came
out in their droves to show their support for Mark' and commended
the Paralympian on his 'tremendous achievement'. Adding: "This is
an historic occasion which was received with enthusiasm and pride
and it will live on in the memories of many people in Tredegar for
years to come."
Mark was badly injured in the Gower, Swansea, in a paragliding
accident in May 2009.
Tredegar Town Council would like to extend their thanks to The
Bath Bus Company for generously donating their Cardiff Open Top Bus
which is usually found touring the City; Claire Ackling, formerly
of British Cycling, we wish her success in the future; Christina
Kelkel of JAC Sport; Gwent Police for their help and support; St
John Ambulance (Tredegar) who always support our events - we
couldn't do it without them! Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir,
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council - for their help, support and
advice especially Tredegar Leisure Centre for the bunting and
Cardiff City Council for the rest of it! 2167 Squadron ATC
(Tredegar) who always support Town Council events and the Scouts,
Cubs and Beavers who formed the honour guard for Mark. Our thanks
too to all the staff at Bedwellty House and Park, shop keepers and
people across the Town for decorating their windows. Finally to
everyone who has volunteered to steward throughout the route -
members of local groups and organisations who have taken part and
to the Members and Borough Members of Tredegar Town council who
have so generously given up so much of their free time to organise
and steward what was a wonderful event!
Click here to read Mark's
thank you letter.
Tredegar plans 'true hero' welcome for golden boy Mark
Tredegar born, Mark Colbourne will be welcomed home on Saturday,
29 September with a special celebratory event throughout his home
town. The home-coming ceremony, organised by Tredegar Town Council
will start at 11am from the Bevan Memorial Stones and will give
local residents and other visitors the chance to see the
Paralympian as he is carried in an open top bus throughout the
A full itinerary follows, and will include iconic sights such as
Tredegar Town Clock and the newly painted Royal Mail 'Golden'
Postbox, awarded following the Paracyclists success; winning gold
and silver medals at the Paralympic games. The Royal Mail is
issuing stamps for all gold medal-winning Paralympians and Mark is
the third member of ParalympicsGB to appear on one. The stamps will
be on display at Bedwellty House at a later date.
The route is : Saturday, September 29 at 11am - Open top
bus departs from the Bevan Memorial Stones. Mark will be carried in
an open top bus down Beaufort Road to the bypass, along the bypass
to the Crown roundabout, down through Ashvale and Sycamore Avenue
and on through Stockton Way (the Dram Road). There will then be a
loop of the one way system through the underpass at Gwent Shopping
Centre, along Commercial Street with a photo stop at the Golden
Postbox. The bus will park in the bus stop in front of Lidl. Then
there will be another trip through the underpass to the Town Clock,
on to Park Place roundabout and then to the Bandstand for a warm
welcome, approximately 12pm (timings are variable depending on
The Leader for Tredegar Town Council Malcolm Cross said:
"It's great that we can now let the rest of Tredegar know the
home-coming plans that we've had in place for Mark. He is a
fantastic role model and deserves recognition for his breathtaking
performances at the Games."
Alun Davies AM praised the Paralympian, commenting: "What Mark has
achieved is an inspiration to all of us.I call on everyone who can,
to try and make it to the home-coming event, to show how proud we
are," said Mr Davies.
He added: "Mark's extraordinary achievements, have focused the
sporting World's attention on our community and will undoubtedly
inspire a future generation of able bodied and non-abled bodied
sporting champions. I sincerely hope that the incredible skill and
sportsmanship shown by our Paralympians and Olympians receives the
recognition they truly deserve by appearing on the forthcoming
Mark was badly injured at Rhossili on the Gower, in a paragliding
accident in May 2009. He was left with a broken back and lower leg
paralysis after his paraglider fell to the ground from around 40ft
"It is my previlige that I return home to Tredegar with my
winning medals from London 2012 Paralympics.
I knew before I went to the games that the whole of Wales were
behind me due to the epic journey that I've encountered to get to
London, plus, all of my special friends and loving family.
It really does make me so proud to have such a great amount of
support from the local community and I hope I did them proud with
my efforts and achievements.
Coming home to Wales is always a great feeling of joy and such a
happy occasion for me, however, to see everyone celebrate my
success next week will give me such a buzz that will certainly stay
with me for years to come."
For further details please contact Christine Keane, Tredegar
Town Clerk on 01495 722 352
Tredegar Quiz Wizards
1. Who left the Radio One breakfast show after eight years in
2. What are motorways called in Italy?
3. In which film did young actor Haley Joe Osment say " I see dead
If your team can answer these and similar trivia questions, you
could earn the title of Tredegar Quiz Wizards 2012-13 and a cash
prize. The quiz is sponsored by Tredegar Town Council and is open
to all teams from all areas - from pubs, clubs, factories,
organisations or just a group of friends - and a team will
consist of a maximum of six members. The two winning teams each
week will progress to the final, where the winning team and runners
up will receive a cash prize. The winning team will also receive a
trophy. No individual questions are asked; all answers will be
given as a team. Questions include all popular subjects plus a
picture round and a music round. If you don't qualify on the first
week, no problem come along the next week and try again on any of
the remaining nights. Each team will pay an entry fee of one pound
per person, which along with all monies collected, will on finals
night be donated to the Tredegar Town Mayors Appeal. This year
Tredegar Mayor's Appeal is for the John Hartson Foundation
which raises awareness to Cancer. There is no need to enter in
advance, just turn up on any of the quiz nights with your team for
an 8-15 start.
If Tredegar Town Council has supported you or your organisation
this is an ideal way to reciprocate, by joining in the quiz night
fun and at the same time supporting a worthy cause. All
organisations are welcome. The venues and dates for the quiz will
be announced shortly, or you can check online at the Town Council
web site or the Tredegar Forum. Further information from Malcolm
Higgs 01495 724914
Saturday 13th October 2012, Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Golf
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.
Tredegar War Memorial
On Monday 17th September 2012 the contractors, Mossfords of
Cardiff, will commence the Schedule of Works for the renovation of
Tredegar War Memorial.
The renovation work has been commissioned by Tredegar Town
Council and it is anticpiated that the timescale for the completion
of the works is a month - weather permitting!
Tredegar Town Council are pleased to announce that a provisional
grant of £2500 (subject to final confirmation that the necessary
criteria has been met) has been offered by The War Memorials Trust
towards the costs of the overall renovation project.
Climb the Clock
Saturday 8th September 2012 saw the annual opening
of Tredegar Town Clock to the public, as part of the Civic
Trust's Open Doors Event. As always, the event was a great
success with well over 80 people taking on the challenge to
climb to the top of the inside of the Clock, and for a few it was a
loud experience if they were up there on the hourly chime!
Thank you to everyone who took part and to all the stewards who
graciously donated their time to man each level in the Clock. And
also thanks to everyone who made 50p donations to purchase Town
Clock mugs, we raised £17.50 which will be donated to our Mayor's
After spending the morning in our Town Clock our Mayor, Cllr
Andrew Cotton, went dashing off to The Rhyd Hall ready for the
start of his Mayor's Appeal fundraising concert TredFest. The bands
started playing from 1.30pm till late and the atmosphere was
electric with the venue being packed with music revellers all
day/evening. It was fantastic to see so much support being shown
for Cllr Cotton's Appeal and a total raised will be added to the
Appeal page shortly.
AUGUST 2012 News
2012 London Paralympics Games
At this year's 2012 London Paralympic Games Mark Colbourne, a
born and bred Tredegar boy, will be participating in the
Para-Cycling Events. Mark is a determined and strong character
who has shown admirable courage by battling his way back from a
paralysing paragliding accident in May 2009 to become a strong,
determined and confident sportsman who over the last few years as
excelled at all he has done. He is truly an inspiration to
Tredegar Town Council has sent a good luck message to Mark and
would hope that you too will show your support to Mark by sending
him a message. Please follow this link www.markcolbourne.com and
click on his contact page.
Mark is a true ambassador not just for this sport, his voluntary
work with Cycle Challenge Wales but also for Tredegar and we should
be very proud of this wonderful man.
Circuit of Wales, Rassau
The Heads of the Valleys Development Company plan to develop the
Circuit Of Wales, which is a £250 million Low Carbon Automotive
Centre of Excellence, to be located near the Rassau Industrial
Estate. It is hoped it will result in thousands of new job
opportunities from construction through to its operation and that
it will also bring thousands of tourists in to Blaenau Gwent every
The project proposals are for a world class performance circuit
designed to host international motor sports events such as MotoGP,
World Superbikes, World Motocross and Touring Cars. In addition to
the main circuit there will be an international karting track and a
technology park adjacent to the circuit.
Good Relations are about to embark on a series of public
exhibitions throughout Blaenau Gwent for all residents to have
the chance to give their views on this proposed project. The
exhibition for Tredegar will be at Unit 8 (former Estate Agents)
Gwent Shopping Centre, Tredegar on Wednesday 29th August 2012
between 4pm and 7pm. Dates for the other exhibitions and further
information on the project proposals can be found via the links
JULY 2012 News
Can we have our Banners back please?
Two banners, identical to those shown in the link below, were
removed from the fence next the Memorial Gates, Bedwellty Park
during Tredegar's Armed Forces Day on Sunday 24th June 2012. If you
know where thery are or saw something please contact the Police on
Tel: 101 or Tredegar's Town Clerk Tel: 01495 722352. If you find
them please leave them at reception in Bedwellty House, we
just want the banners returned.
Forces Day banners.
JUNE 2012 News
Armed Forces Day Sunday 24th June 2012
We are pleased to announce that between 11am and 2.30pm the
Grand Slam Trophy and Triple Crown Shield will be on display during
our Armed Forces Day at Bedwellty House, Tredegar.
War Memorial 'former glory' in time for Remembrance
The much loved War Memorial at Bedwellty Park, Tredegar is on
course for renovation work to be completed in time for Armistice
Plans for the cleaning and resetting of the War Memorial's
stonework have been agreed by Tredegar Town Council following the
completion of the restoration work at Bedwellty House and Park.
Work was originally commissioned to take place at the Memorial
in time for last year's Remembrance Service; pending a full
condition appraisal and consent granted by specialists in the
conservation of war memorials for listed buildings.
Tredegar Town Council has applied for grant funding from CADW
and the War Memorials Trust to cover the costs of the renovation
work, estimated to be in the region of £25,000, with the support of
local AM, Alun Davies.
Working closely with the Heritage and War Memorials Officer, the
restoration will commence not subject to funding, in the first week
of September. Stonemason's Mossfords of Cardiff, will undertake
most of the restoration in-situ, with the renewal of gold lettering
to be done off site.
The Memorial is constructed from Forest of Dean Stone with a
black granite low-level plaque with gilded inscriptions.
Unveiled on the 14th December 1924 by the then Lord Tredegar,
the structure stands in memory of over 300 of the 400 men who set
out hoping to escape life in the mines that failed to return to the
town. After the Second World War the Memorial was re-dedicated.
Those who had died in the Burma Campaign at Tredegar Hill are
remembered in Bedwellty House.
It is one of two designed by Newbury Abbot Trent and is unusal
in that the rifle the soldier is holding points upwards (most
others are pointed down or leaned on). The Roll of Honour dedicated
at the time is also held in Bedwellty House.
It is the centre of an increasingly popular service on
Tredegar Town Councillor and Blaenau Gwent County Borough
Councillor, Malcolm Cross said:
"Tredegar Town Council has endeavoured to keep the Memorial in
good condition but as the structure is listed we have to comply
with regulations that many other war memorials do not.
The concern shown by many people for this important part of the
town's heritage is deeply appreciated and we hope that it will soon
be returned to its former glory."
Alun Davies AM said:
"It is important that those who gave their lives continue to be
remembered with a fitting tribute.
The Memorial stands here all year round for anyone to pay their
respects and honour the men and women who not only served their
country then and in subsequent wars but also those who continue to
risk their lives in time of conflict and in peacekeeping roles.
Today we need to ensure that armed forces personnel and their
families get all the help and assistance they need to make sure
they can lead normal lives. On our watch, Welsh Labour is committed
to helping serving personnel, reservists and cadets as well as
their families and ex-service personnel to ensure that they suffer
Later this month Tredegar Town Council will be supporting Armed
Forces Day to celebrate the contribution of the armed forces at an
event held at Bedwellty House and Park on 24th June 2012.
APRIL 2012 News
Olympic Torch, 25th May 2012
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (BGCBC) are inviting you to
come along and support the Olympic Torch Relay 2012. The Olympic
Torch will arrive in Blaenau Gwent on 25th May 2012 and will be
carried through Brynmawr and BGCBC would like as many
residents/groups/associations to come along and line the route to
welcome the Torchbearers. A number of activities and displays will
be in Brynmawr Town and also at the Blaenau Gwent Olympic Village
based at Blaenycwm School.
If you are part of a group/association that would like to
perform at the Olympic village stage on Friday 25th May 2012 please
contact the 2012 Torch Relay Team at Leisure Services, BGCBC, Anvil
Court, Church Street, Abertillery, NP13 1DB.
Bedwellty House & Park
Bedwellty House & Park are now in full swing planning future
events and not only do they have fun one-off events they also have
regular events such as:-
Valleys Heritage Talks - Talks on various
topics from the history and heritage of The Valleys & Wales.
These are FREE events on the fourth Thursday of every month (except
December) from 2pm to 3pm.
Senior Citizen Programme - Afternoon teas for
Senior Citizens, on the fourth Thursday of every month (except
December) from 2pm to 4pm in the Orchid House Tearoom, £3 per
person for a pot of tea/coffee and a slice of cake.
Forthcoming Bedwellty House & Park events are available on
our Dates for your 2012 Diary
and further information on their planned events, booking
weddings, functions or conference rooms can be found at www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk
or contact Bedwellty House Reception Desk Tel: 01495 353370.
MARCH 2012 News
Tredegar Quiz Wizards - After four weeks
battling through the qualifying rounds the surviving twelve teams
met for the final at The Rhyd Hall. It was a hard fight to the end,
and a very close competition all the way through, but eventually
"The Weakest Links" won by just one point, reclaiming the title
from last year's winners. The final results are:-
WINNER - The Weakest Links; 2ND - The Welsh
Wizards; 3RD - Bedwellty Park Bowls Club.
RUNNERS UP: - Team Italia; The Rhyd Hall; The
Clarets; The Future is Now; The Conny Club Tredegar; The Young
Ones; Tredegar Twinning Association "Oh La La"; Tredegar Town
Council; The Rassau Rovers.
The event is sponsored by Tredegar Town Council and the honour
was bestowed upon the Town Mayor, Cllr Bernard Willis, to present
the winning teams their prize cheques, trophies and certificates.
All the runner-up teams received certificates too. The winning
teams graciously donated their prize cheques to Cllr Willis's
Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of The Alzheimer's
Mr Malcolm Higgs followed with a presentation of £645 to the Mayor
Cllr Willis. This was the sum of the funds raised through the
Tredegar Quiz Wizards and it was announced that Michael Phillips,
Barclays Bank Branch Manager, will be arranging for that amount to
be match funded by Barclays Bank bringing the total to £1290. Cllr
Willis was overwhelmed by this fantastic donation to his Appeal and
thanked everyone for their support.
The final presentation of the evening was made to Malcolm Higgs.
Cllr Willis presented Mr Higgs with a tankard in recognition of the
work he had put into organising the event.
Over the years the Tredegar Quiz Wizards event has grown and is
now probably the biggest fun quiz on the Tredegar quiz
A big thank you to everyone who participated; the venues for
holding the various Rounds; Michael Phillips; and a very BIG thank
you to Malcolm Higgs who not only organises the whole event but is
the Quiz Master - without all your help and support this event
would not continue to grow and become the success it is!
28th March 2012
It is with regret that we announce the death of Mr. John Edward
Waters, former Councillor and Mayor of Tredegar 1986-1987 and
His funeral will take place at Penuel Funeral Home on Monday 2nd
April 2012 at 9.45am to be followed by cremation at Llwydcoed
Donations in lieu of flowers please.
FEBRUARY 2012 News
Tredegar Quiz Wizards
- The Annual Tredegar Quiz Wizards Competition has already started
with the first round held on 26th January 2012 at The Moose Lodge,
Tredegar. Forthcoming rounds are:-
Wednesday 1st February 2012 - The
Willows, Tredegar; Thursday 9th February 2012 - Tredegar Bowls
Club; Wednesday 15th February 2012 - upstairs in The Conny Club,
Tredegar; and the Final is Wednesday 22nd February 2012 - The Rhyd
The start time is 8.30pm, maximum
number of members per team is 6 and all proceeds go to Tredegar
Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of The Alzheimer's
Society. All are welcome so come along and enjoy a great evening of
Quiz Night fun!
JANUARY 2012 News
Appeal - Tickets are now on sale for this year's Mayor's
Appeal and there are some fantastic prizes on offer - 1st Prize:
London Theatre Weekend Break for Two (donated by Ron Skinner &
Sons), 2nd Prize: Helicopter Ride for Two (donated by Jim Davies
Civil Engineering) and this is just the start so please look at the
Mayor's Appeal page for a full list of the Prizes. Tickets are
£1.00 each and available from Cllr Bernard Willis, other Members of
Tredegar Town Council, at the Town Council Offices and Saron
War Memorial, Bedwellty
Park - Tredegar Town Council had plans to renovate
the War Memorial prior to the commencement of works at Bedwellty
but were asked to hold back as they could be incorporated into the
project.Initially they were included as part of the overall project
and not wanting to jeopardize this we agreed to hold off and for
the refurbishment to be part of the main project. However, at the
reopening of the House and Park we found out that the War Memorial
had been removed from the project and at this point Tredegar Town
Council re activated our plans for the cleaning the Memorial and
resetting the stonework.
It was our intent to have the work complete for the Remembrance
Service and we approached a local stone mason, who had previously
worked on the War Memorial, on August 16th 2011 and received a
quote on 2nd September 2011.
Following conversations with BGCBC a copy of the quotation was
sent to them and subsequently a meeting arranged on site with the
stonemason. It was following this meeting on 28th September, that
we received an e-mail stating they "would strongly urge the Council
to get a full condition appraisal done by a specialist in the
conservation of War Memorials" - as this officer is both the
Heritage and War Memorials Officer and with Listed Building Consent
being a likelihood - this is what Council did.
The Royal British Legion Tredegar Branch (Val and Mike Pescod)
were kept up to date with developments and were finally informed on
the 5th October that this work could not be completed prior to the
Remembrance Service because of the conditions that had to be
Quotations for the condition appraisal were requested from the
list of specialists supplied by the Heritage Officer. The cheapest
(because they were working in the area on the Abertillery monument)
company was engaged. The specialist visited the Memorial on 9th
November and the report was finally received on 15th
Having sent the Condition report to the Heritage Officer it now
appears that Listed Building consent may NOT be needed after
Town Council will now apply for grant funding to cover the costs
of the renovation work estimated to be in the region of £25,000 and
liaise closely with the Heritage and War Memorials Officer.
We hope that this clarifies the situation and shows that Tredegar
Town Council have endeavoured to keep the Memorial in good
condition but as the structure is Listed we have to comply with
regulations that many other War Memorials do not need to comply
with. The concern shown by many people for this important part of
the towns' heritage is deeply appreciated and we hope that it will
soon be returned to its former glory.
Society - The Alzheimer's Society are holding 4 free
workshops to offer free information to families/carers of people
with dementia. The Carers
Information & Support Programme is being held at Ysbytyr
Tri Chwm Hospital, Ebbw Vale starting Tuesday 21st February 2012
and places need to be booked by 31st January 2012. Please
contact Donna Coughlin Tel: 01495 356755 to book a place on the
course or view the Course
Programme for further details.