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2015 Archive News

December 2015 News

Christmas Window Competition Winners

Congratulations to everyone for their wonderful window displays in the shops of Tredegar Town and we are pleased to announce that the judges have selected the following winners:-
1st Prize - YMCA, Gwent Shopping Centre.
2nd Prize - Heads of the Valley Stationers
3rd Prize - The Flower House, Commercial Street.

Free NHS Breast Screening returns to Tredegar

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.

Message from Sergeant M. Briggs:-

Good Morning Councillors,

Following the heinous attacks in Paris on Friday 13th November 2015, I wanted to contact you to reassure you that locally, we have plans in place for any such event and that at present, there is no intelligence to suggest that our area will be subject to any similar sort of attack.

That said, we are not complacent in any way and have increased security in and around our assets and increased patrols in key, highly populated areas.

I would be extremely grateful if you could pass on this message to your constituents should anyone ask about the events and let me know directly of any tensions that arise so that we can quell any concerns at the earliest possible opportunity.

To reinforce the message, there is no information that anyone locally needs to be concerned in anyway and the overriding message from Gwent Police is 'business as usual' at present. We will of course continue to re-assess this on a daily basis and I will be in touch should this change.

November 2015 News

Christmas Lights Switch On
We are pleased to announce that Gwent Dragons player Andrew Coombs will be helping Santa switch on Tredegar's Christmas Lights this Friday 27th November 2015. The evening starts at 5pm with live music, stalls and small fairground rides. There will also be Santa's grotto in Tredegar Library, with face painting too. The big Switch On will take place at 6pm. So come along and join in with the festive cheer.

Tredegar Town Clock
It is great news that the Clock is fixed and already for this year's Christmas Lights Switch On event taking place on Friday 27th November 2015. Our apologies are extended to everyone for the delay in completing this repair and appreciate residents' patience whilst these works took place. The fault was due to the clock's driving motor for which a replacement was available therefore an alternative, an heavy duty synchronous movement type T1R, was sourced and fitted as quickly as possible.

Clock part T1R image.

Smart Money Credit Union
Four Tredegar businesses have agreed to support the new credit union scheme and community card which rewards people for shopping local.
In September, Smart Money Credit Union opened a new office in Aneurin Bevan House, Tredegar and launched their community card which they hope will bring more people to shop in Tredegar's town and also increase membership of the credit union. 
The Smart Spend Reward Scheme works by giving shoppers a prepayment card that can be used in signed up local businesses such as Pebbles, Body in Balance, Izzy Roos and the Europa Café.  The card scheme will give shoppers discounts and rewards for using their cards at local businesses.
For further information and advice pop along to Smart Money Credit Union at Aneurin Bevan House, Castle Street, Tredegar.

Exciting news about applying for a Sport Wales grant
From Monday 26th October 2015 all applications for Community Chest and Development Grants can be made online via the Sport Wales website, http://sport.wales/funding--support.aspx

October 2015 News

Tredegar Town Clock

There is currently a technical fault on the Clock. The Clock has been stopped while the necessary maintenance is being carried out.

A record breaking year for GCSE Results 2015

Congratulations to the pupils and staff at Tredegar Comprehensive who have once again excelled in this year's GCSE results. 92% of pupils gained 5A*-C GCSEs, nearly 10% higher than the Welsh average and nearly 20% higher than the Local Authority average; 52% of pupils gained 5A*-C GCSEs including English and Mathematics, 5% higher than the Local Authority average.

September 2015 News

Message from Malcolm Higgs, Quiz Master for Tredegar Quiz Wizards:

What was the name of Bill Sykes' dog in Oliver Twist.?
Whose angels first appeared on t.v. in 1976?
Which group reached number one in 1969 with Lily the pink?

If your team can answer these and similar questions you could earn the title of "Tredegar Quiz Wizards 2015" and a cash prize.

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.

The two winning teams each week will progress to the final where the winning team will receive a cash prize - sponsored by Tredegar Town Council - plus a trophy. The runners-up will also receive a cash prize.

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.

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.

All proceeds from the quiz will be donated to Tredegar Town Mayor's Appeal.

If Tredegar Town Council have supported you or your organisation this is an ideal way to support the Mayor's Appeal. Please come along with your team and join in the quiz night fun and at the same time support a worthy cause. All organisations or teams are welcome.

Thursday October 29th, The Moose Lodge
Wednesday November 4th, The Willows
Thursday November 12th, Bedwellty Park Bowls Club
Wednesday November 18th, The Conny Club
Wednesday November 25th, Final at The Rhyd Hall

 

Refugee Crisis - Donation Drop. Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies is organising a collection at his office, 23 Beaufort Street Brynmawr, of any clothing/food/shelter items (blankets, sleeping bags etc)/hygiene & toiletry items from anyone wishing to make a donation.  The office is open between 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday or contact Tel: 01495 311160 for further information.

August 2015 News

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 Meredith.

JULY 2015 News

Press release on Tredegar Town Centre Loan Scheme released by the Welsh Government on Wednesday 22nd July 2015:-

Key regeneration projects in Tredegar given the green light by Minister

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has today set out how Tredegar town centre will benefit from £714,286 of regeneration funding.  
The funding is part of the Welsh Government's £5 million Town Centre Loan scheme which is also being shared among town centres in Rhyl, Rhymney, Grangetown, Llanelli, Caernarfon and Barry.  
The capital funding will be loaned to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for up to 15 years to be spent on key regeneration projects in the heart of the town. During this time, the council can recycle and re-invest the funding in different projects which aim to improve the area and bring empty buildings back into use.
The funding is available to support the redevelopment and refurbishment of underutilised or vacant properties  on Market Street, Upper Salisbury Street, Morgan Street, Castle Street and Commercial Street. The project will create and safeguard new businesses and associated jobs and will create new homes and affordable housing.  
Such improvements will encourage economic growth in Tredegar and make it a more diverse, vibrant and attractive place to visit.
Announcing the funding, Lesley Griffiths said: "Town centres play a vital role in community life and this loan funding will help bring about improvements in the areas which need it the most.
"This £5 million will be used by the seven local authorities, including Blaenau Gwent, over the next fifteen years to improve town centres across Wales. By making improvements to Tredegar town, we hope to increase visitor numbers and give local businesses and communities a boost."
The seven local authorities to be supported by the Town Centre Loan scheme are part of the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Fund areas and have been identified as areas with a high level of deprivation and in need of support.

CHARITY WALK AND OPEN DAY ON A465

Work on the dualling of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Tredegar and Brynmawr is nearing completion and Carillion is working with local charities to mark the occasion with a sponsored walk and Open Day 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 project has had a huge impact on the area and the following facts and figures highlight this. The original Heads of the Valley road cost just £10m, however this 5 year project cost £110m to construct. It provides 7.8 km or just under 8 miles of dual carriageway through Blaenau Gwent.

To complete the project 161,000 metres3 of rock has been excavated and crushed for use in building the road. 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.

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.

The new road embankment at Carno Reservoir at an impressive 30m in height is one of the tallest reinforced earth embankments in the whole of Europe. 5 new bridges have been constructed along the new section of the A465 and 1 bridge 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 Newport.

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.

Mike Cummine, Project Director A465 (Section 3) Heads of the Valley for Carillion said, 'It has been a long and challenging project for us and we appreciate the patience of the local community in putting up with the disruption. We have had good relations with our neighbours along the length of the route and this event is a little something to say goodbye and thank you.'

The sponsored walk and open day 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 Carillion base on the Rassau Industrial Estate at 10am.

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 Valley SANDS.

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 Neville 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 loss.'

Following the walk there will be an open day with exhibitions of the project, refreshments and the opportunity for children to explore and sit in some of the machinery used during the construction. Along the new road there will also be a Kids Quiz where eagle eyed youngsters will have to spot safety mascot Ivor Goodsite.

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 chris.smith@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk . Christine Keane can be contacted at Bedwellty House, Tredegar on 01495 722352 or at tredegartc@btconnect.com

Let's Talk Public Engagement Programme

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. Dates and venues of these public events are:-
Friday 17th July 2015, 11am to 3pm Ebbw Vale Town Centre.
Wednesday 22nd July 2015, 3pm to 7pm Brynmawr ASDA car park.
Friday 24th July 2015, 11am to 3pm Tredegar Town Centre.
Thursday 30th July 2015, 10am to 2pm Abertillery Town Centre.

JUNE 2015 News

New business in Tredegar

Tredegar Town Council wishes to welcome Sarah-Jane and her new business 'Roberts Florist' to Tredegar.  Good luck Sarah-Jane, best wishes for a successful future in Tredegar!

BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR CHARITY - WALK TO THE HIGHEST POINT

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 Estate.
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 Valley SANDS.
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 Memory Cafe.
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 loss.'
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 chris.smith@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk . Christine Keane can be contacted at Bedwellty House, Tredegar on 01495 722532 or at tredegartc@btconnect.com

INFO
•    At an impressive 30m in height it is one of the tallest reinforced earth embankments in the whole of Europe.
•    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 Newport.
•    To complete the project 161,000 metres3 of rock has been excavated and crushed for use in building the road.
•    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.