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2013 Archive News

2013 Archive Town News

DECEMBER 2013 News

FESTIVE LIGHTING ISSUES UPDATE - Due to the strong winds experienced during the night of Thursday 26th December 2013 there has been damage to the Festive Lighting on the Town Clock. The on-call contractor visited the site Friday 27th December 2013 and made the Festive Lighting surrounding the tower of the Clock safe but was not able to restore power to that part of the Festive Lighting. Further investigation to resolve the power issue to reinstate the Lighting as now been undertaken by the on-call contractor and the need for specialised equipment has been identified. Unfortunately, due to holiday closures, it is unlikely that access to this equipment will be possible prior to the end of 2013 therefore this part of Tredegar's Festive Lighting will remain off until January 2014. We apologise for this disruption and wish to assure you that all efforts have been made to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.


OCTOBER 2013 News

Tredegar Mayor's Appeal 2013/14 Raffle
Tickets are now available for the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Raffle which has some fantastic prizes. Each ticket costs £1 and are available to purchase from Cllr Tommy Smith. Local businesses have been so generous with the prizes, ranging from a bench donated by Carillion to various gift vouchers so please show your support and grab a ticket or two.

Tredegar Quiz Wizards
It's time once again to dust off those mental cobwebs and test the old brain box power. Tredegar Quiz Wizards is back and about to start to find the champions for this year. 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.
A team will consist of a maximum of six members. The two winning teams each week will progress to the final at which 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 just come along the next week and try again or 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 Mayor's Appeal. This year the Town Mayor Councillor Tom Smith  has chosen Valleys Life After Stroke as his nominated appeal charity. 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.
Thursday November 7th 2013 sees the start of the Tredegar Quiz Wizards Competition at the Moose Lodge Tredegar. If you enjoy light hearted quiz and trivia fun please come along to the Moose Lodge Tredegar with your team in time for an 8.30pm start. There is no need to enter in advance, just turn up on the quiz night with your team.
Please show your support for our Town Mayor and our Town Council in helping his appeal be a successful one. All organisations are welcome. The complete list of venues and dates for the quiz will be announced shortly, please check online at the Town Council web site or the Tredegar Forum. Further information from Malcolm Higgs 01495 724914

Confirmed venues and dates (all start at 8.30pm):-
Moose Lodge Tredegar, Thursday 7th November 2013
Willows Social Club, Wednesday 13th November 2013
Bedwellty Park Bowls Club, Thursday 21st November 2013
Conny Club, Wednesday 27th November 2013 (final qualifying night)
The final will be held at The Rhyd Hall, date to be confirmed shortly.


Help Save St John Ambulance Tredegar Branch
St John Ambulance Tredegar Branch is under threat of being closed by St John Cymru to enable them to build a super division which all units will attend. The Tredegar Branch has been a vital asset to our community over the years, they not only provide valuable first aid training but they have supported so many events/activities within the community - now they need the help of the community. Please click on St John Cymru to see how you can show your support and hopefully save our Tredegar Branch.

Tri-County Play Association
From 9th September 2013 the Tri-County Play Association will be holding FREE Play Sessions at Brangwyn Road Park, Cefn Golau, Tredegar. The sessions will be on Mondays and Thursdays, 3.45pm to 5.45pm throughout September to December. All under 8's must be with an adult. Further information available from Angela Kenting Tel: 07505 220928

The Town and Country (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (Wales) Order 2013 - Statutory Instrument Number 2013/1776 (W.177) was made on 15th July 2013 and will come into force on Monday 30th September 2013. The Order will soon be published on

The Order amends Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 and introduces a number of changes to householder permitted development rights. These include:
* Providing householders with greater flexibility to enable them to make a wider range of improvements and alterations to their homes without the need to apply for planning permission.
* A move away from volume thresholds towards assessment of impact as the means of setting limits for householder permitted development rights.
* Introducing the concept of the "principal elevation" of the dwelling house. The "principal elevation" is the elevation of the original dwelling house which, by virtue of its design or setting, or both, is considered to be the most important. This therefore affects which part of the house can be extended.
* Greater protection for World Heritage Sites.
* A requirement for householders to use porous or permeable materials, or direct run-off to porous or permeable areas, when they lay hard surfaces on front gardens that face a highway.

The Order is supported by a technical guide and householder guide. Copies of both documents can be obtained from:

These legislative changes will come into force on 30th September 2013 in order to provide time for local planning authorities and other stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the changes.
If you are unsure whether an improvement or extension would be acceptable under the new permitted development rights, you are advised to contact your local planning authority who will be able to provide assistance.

Older people still being trapped by criminals, warns Age Cymru.
A NEW campaign says communications companies whose networks are used by scammers should take more responsibility for protecting vulnerable older people.
The call is made by the charity Age Cymru, which claims these companies are inadvertently making money out of the activities of scammers.
The charity is also calling on the Welsh Assembly Government to widen the scale and scope of No Cold Call Zones, which aim to keep unwelcome visitors away from doorsteps and to introduce a new law giving the zones legal backing.
Age Cymru's campaign is supported by a booklet entitled Scams and Swindles in which the charity claims there is a moral responsibility on postal services such as Royal Mail and telephone and internet service providers to prevent scammers reaching vulnerable people.
It calls upon all such companies to introduce new protocols allowing intervention and better technology to protect older people and vulnerable customers.
A range of Welsh MPS and AMs across different parties have already declared their support for the campaign and Age Cymru is working with the Older People's Commissioner and trading standards to attack scams.
Age Cymru's campaigns Co-ordinator Gerry Keighley said:
"There are lots of valuable awareness raising campaigns warning older people about the dangers of scams but many are still being trapped by the criminals. We are especially concerned about isolated older people, perhaps suffering from dementia, who have money and who are targeted by scammers. It's time the companies which make money from the use of their networks took their share of the responsibility for the problem."
For more information about Age Cymru's campaign click on Scams and Swindles.

Office of the Older Person's Commissioner for Wales
The Older Person's Commissioner for Wales has released the following web links where people can access details of the services available from the Commissioner's Office as well as the role of the Commissioner.
Framework for Action - this is their four year programme of work and priorities

Standing Up, Speaking Out: Impact & Reach Report 2012-13 - this is their Annual Report highlighting the work achieved and undertaken during the Commissioner's first 9 months in Office.

Tredegar Town Band
Congratulations must once again be extended to Tredegar Town Band who has won the British Open Brass Band Championship at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 7th September 2013. This Championship event is by invitation with only the top seventeen bands invited to compete. But not only did the Band win as a whole but three of its member won individual prizes - Congratulations to Dan Thomas, Dewi Griffiths, Ian Roberts and all the members of Tredegar Town Band. The continued success of the Band just proves how excellent and committed they are to their passion of music; they are fantastic ambassadors for Tredegar.

AUGUST 2013 News

Beat Cymru will be holding new group meetings in Abergavenny to support people over 18 years of age who are dealing with an eating disorder in their lives. Whether you are personally affected, a carer or a concerned family member or friend. The group is pro-recovery and will provide an opportunity to offer support and share experiences. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month 6pm-7pm at Dance Blast, The Dance Centre, Pen Y Pound, Abergavenny. Contact Adriana Copland Tel: 07854 239655, email: .

JULY 2013 News

NHS Wales PRESS RELEASE 23rd July 2013 - Changes to cervical screening programme in Wales

Cervical Screening Wales is to introduce changes in the way it invites women for smear tests from 1 September 2013.

The Welsh Government announced earlier this year that in line with recommendations made at UK level, the age range covered by Cervical Screening Wales and the frequency of invitation would change.

At present, all women aged between 20 and 64 are invited for screening every three years.

From 1 September, women born after 1 September 1993 will no longer be invited for smear tests until they reach 25, and women aged between 50 and 64 will be invited every five years rather than every three years.

The changes will be introduced in both Wales, and in Scotland from 2015, and follow recommendations made by the National Screening Committee, the body that sets screening policy for the UK.

A consultation held in 2012 by the committee concluded that screening women under the age of 25 is not effective at preventing cervical cancer.

It also recommended that there is no evidence to suggest that women over the age of 50 need to be screened more frequently than every five years.

The changes to be introduced in Wales from 1 September mean that from that date, women born after 1 September 1993 should not expect to be invited for screening until they are at least 24 years and six months old.  Those aged under 25 who have already been screened will continue to receive three-yearly invitations.

Women aged 50 or over on or after 1 September will be invited for screening three years from the date of their last smear test as usual, but in future will only be invited every five years.

Dr Rosemary Fox, Director of the Screening Division of Public Health Wales, said: "Women should not be alarmed by these changes to the way that we offer cervical screening in Wales and can be reassured that they are based on the best available evidence about when screening should be undertaken.

"As usual, women will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment for a smear test when they are due for screening, and should act on that as soon as possible.  Women need to take no other action as a result of the changes.

"However, if women who are not due for screening develop symptoms that they are concerned about, they should make an appointment with their GP and not wait for their next smear test."

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but for pre-cancerous changes in the cervix (the neck of the womb) that can often be treated before cancer develops.

Women who are invited for cervical screening should make an appointment with their GP or sexual health clinic for a smear test, which involves taking a small sample of cells from the cervix for analysis in a laboratory.

Cervical cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages and so it is important to attend screening appointments on time.

The most common symptom of cervical cancer is unexplained bleeding from the vagina, and women who experience this should see their GP immediately even if they have received a normal smear test result in the last three years.

More information on Cervical Screening Wales is available at:

Answers to frequently asked questions on the National Screening Committee decision to raise the age for screening from 20 to 25 in Wales and Scotland are available at:

Tredegar Mayor's Appeal 2012-13
We are pleased to confirm that Cllr Cotton's Mayor's Appeal, held during his Year in Office (May 2012 to April 2013), has now been closed. All monies raised have been banked giving the Appeal a final total of £5435.57p. Arrangements are currently being made for a presentation of the Appeal funds to the John Hartson Foundation.
Cllr Cotton wishes to extend his thanks to the many, many people who so graciously donated monies, prizes or their time to support his Appeal. He said "I have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by people in these very difficult financial times. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support shown not just to my Appeal but to me too as I undertook the role of Town Mayor. It has been a wonderful experience which gave me a chance to meet some interesting people and to see how the local associations work within our community. Thank you all."

JUNE 2013 News

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council are delighted to launch the Environmental Awards and welcome your entries for 2013. The aim of the awards is to recognise and reward the effort put into enhancing our local environment. Closing date for entries is Friday 5th July 2013. Further information is available from Lindsay Sims Tel: 01495 355919, email:

ITV are looking for people from The Valleys and surrounding areas to take part in COME DINE WITH ME for Channel 4. They are looking for anyone over 18 years old who feels they have what it takes to throw a great dinner party! The best host at the end of the competition wins £1000 cash. Shoot dates are 5th August to 9th August 2013. For further information or to register your interest either email: or Tel: 08712 444142. Come Dine with Me poster.

On the 23rd May 2013 NHS Wales commenced 'The South Wales Programme' which is a public consultation about the future of consultant-led maternity and neonatal care, inpatient children's services and emergency medicine (A&E) for South Wales and South Powys. Public events are being held for people to give their views on the consultation which closes on 19th July 2013. The links below gives you information on where/when the public events will take place and a copy of the consultation document. Please have your say on the future of these services.
Public events poster
South Wales Programme Consultation document.

Sunday 2nd June 2013 sees Tredegar Town Band start Tredegar Town Council's annual Summer Concerts in the Bandstand, Bedwellty Park, Tredegar. All concerts will start at 3pm and are FREE. If rain is forecast, the Concerts will take place in the Carriage House, Bedwellty Park. For further information and the full line up of the Bands please click on Dates for your 2013 Diary.


APRIL 2013 News

With the recent outbreak of measles in the Swansea area, and its rapid spread, all parents are being advised by NHS Wales to have their children vaccinated. Vaccination centres have been set up and further information, or even having the vaccination, can be sort through your GP. Please click on the link below, literature issued by NHS Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government, MEASLES: THE FACTS.


MARCH 2013 News

Tredegar Mayor's Appeal Ball

Tredegar's Mayor Cllr Andrew Cotton as announced that he will be holding a Ball in aid of his Mayor's Appeal in The Carriage Room, Bedwellty House, Tredegar. The event will take place on Saturday 27th April 2013, the evening will commence at 7pm, includes a three course meal and rock'n'roll muscial entertainment from Chris Summerill and The Huricances. Dress code for the evening is Smart. Tickets are £25 each and will be available from Cllr Cotton. For further information contact Tredegar Town Council Tel: 01495 722352

Mayor's Ball poster 2013

Tredegar Town Council once again supports Kidney Wales Foundation's Walk for Life - Rescheduled to SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2013

It's nearly Spring so it must be time for the Walk for Life again! Each year Tredegar Town Council organises and supports the Kidney Wales Foundations Walk for Life. These Walks raise vital funds and awareness for those affected by Kidney Disease.

Once again this year the Walk will take place around Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar, beginning at the Visitor Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday 24th March 2013.

T-shirts will be available for all those taking part in the Walk and there will be a thank you certificate which will be presented by the incoming Mayor Councillor Tom Smith.

Sponsor forms are available from Tredegar Town Council at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park, Morgan Street, Tredegar NP22 3XN. Please call 01495 722352 or e-mail and we will send some to you. Your local Tredegar Town Councillor or Tredegar Member of the Borough Council will also be able to organise forms for you.

As well as supporting families affected by kidney disease, money raised from the walks will fund and train key staff at the Children's Kidney Centre. It will help the charity invest in life saving equipment and patient care as well as fund ground breaking research into kidney disease and support organ donation.

Tredegar Town Council is honoured to support the Kidney Wales Foundation again this year - you don't have to be from Tredegar to join in! If you don't have a Walk for Life in your area please come and join ours! Everyone is welcome to help raise funds for this truly worthwhile charity!

For further information or for your sponsor form, please contact Christine Keane, Town Clerk at Tredegar Town Council (details above).

However you get in touch - phone, mail, e-mail,web or in person - please get in touch and help us support the Walk for Life in Tredegar 2013!

Your benefits are CHANGING

If you are receiving benefits things could soon be changing for you. Introduced by the UK Government, the Welfare Reform Act will see the way people receive benefits, and the amount they receive, change over the next few years.

Bring your questions!

A information roadshow is being held in Ebbw Vale Market on March 15th where you can talk about everything from cutting energy bills to the bedroom tax.

Lots of different partners will be there such as Tai Calon Community Housing, United Welsh, Melin, Smartmoney, Moneyline, Community Housing Cymru, Communities First, Nick Smith MP, Department for Work and Pensions, Linc Cymru, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

FEBRUARY 2013 News

Blaenau Gwent Local Service Board - Make a Difference........tell us what you think!

The new Draft Single Integrated Plan 2013 to 2017 for Blaenau Gwent is currently out for formal consultation - Friday 14th December until Friday 8th March.
The Consultation gives interested people, organisations and groups the opportunity to have their say on the draft plan before it is finalised in April 2013.
To help this we have arranged four events in venues across Blaenau Gwent. Each event will start at 5.30pm and finish at 7.30pm.
You can attend any event you like, and take as much time as you like within these two hours to take part and leave when you wish. We want each event to be very friendly and informal, and we will provide refreshments. The events will be held at:

Tuesday 19th February 2013: The Metropole, Abertillery.
Thursday 21st February 2013: General Offices, The Works, Ebbw Vale.
Tuesday 26th February 2013: Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park, Tredegar.
Thursday 28th February 2013: OAP Hall, Winchestown, Nantyglo.

More information about the consultation and questionnaires are available at:-

You can also find out more about the consultation with all relevant documentation at any of the Libraries in Blaenau Gwent.

Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan Minor Injury Service, based in the Ebbw Vale hospital, are now open 9am to 6pm week days; 9am to 1pm on Saturdays; closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Why wait longer than you needb in a busy A & E ........if you or a member of your family suffers a minor injury, for instance:
* Minor Head injuries, where there has been no loss of consciousness
* Minor wounds that might need stitching
* Limb injuries or suspected broken bone
* Minor eye problems
* Animal bites and stings.

Benefits of the Minor Injury Service:-
* Quick access to x-ray and diagnostic equipment
* Waiting times considerably less than busy Accident and Emergency departments
* No appointments required.

If you are unsure whether you should attend a Minor Injuries Unit or need reassurance then please call the Minor Injuries Unit on 01495 363318.

JANUARY 2013 News

Mark Colbourne - Tredegar Town Council wishes to congratulate Mark on his recent award of an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List. He is a true ambassador for Tredegar and Wales, well done Mark.

The Breast Test Wales mobile screening unit will be in the Town Centre Car Park, Tredegar from 7th January 2013 to the end of February 2013. Letters inviting women, between the ages of 50-70, for acreening wll be sent out. Women over the age of 70 must contact Breast Test Wales, Tel: 02920 397222, to make an appointment.

Soccer Speaker and Tredegar Town Council Mayor wishes to invite you to spend the afternoon with John Hartson, former Wales, Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham striker. The event is in aid of the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal and will be held on Sunday 17th February 2013 at the Rhyd Hall, Tredegar from 3pm. Tickets cost £20 each and are available from The Rhyd Hall Tel; 01495 722615, Tredegar Town Council Offices Tel: 01495 722352 or Cllr Andrew Cotton Tel: 07884 071414.

A new Mother and Toddler Group called Cylch Ti a Fi Mother and Toddler Group as started at Tic Toc Tredegar, Deighton Primary, Stockton Way, Tredegar every Tuesday and Thursday 9.15am to 11am. This is a chance for parents, toddlers from birth to 5 years to socialise, play, sing, listen and learn Welsh with the family. Everyone is welcome (tea and coffee available). Cost is £1.50 per session and for further information contact Emma Tel: 07504 311316.