News and Events

Dates for your 2015 Diary

Veterans Coffee Morning, Friday 18th December 2015

Please be advised that the Veterans Coffee morning Friday 18th of December 2015 is being held at St Georges Church, Church Street, Tredegar from 10am-1pm in the Church Hall above the Church.

Please come and support your veterans and make new friends and contacts. If you know of a veteran, no matter how long he or she served or what year this does not matter, because once a veteran always a veteran.

Tredegar Town Mayor's Christmas Evening, Friday 11th December 2015

Tredegar Mayor Cllr Geraint Meredith will be holding a fundraising evening in aid of his Mayor's Appeal Valley Sands on Friday 11th December 2015 in The Carriage Room, Bedwellty House, Tredegar. The evening will start at 7pm and is a formal/smart casual occasion. There will be entertainment from a poet and magician with a buffet during the evening. Tickets are £15.00 and are available from Town Council Offices or Cllr Meredith.

Christmas Lights Switch On, Friday 27th November 2015

This year's event is being held at The Circle starting at 5pm with the Switch On by Santa and guest Gwent Dragons player Andrew Coombs at 6pm.  There will be stalls, live music, a few small fairground rides and Santa's grotto in the Library with face painting and other activities too.  Prior to the Switch On there will be a lantern parade coming from Bedwellty House & Park with Tredegar Comprehensive Choir leading them to The Circle.

Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 25th November 2015

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

Sirhowy Woodlands Litter Pick, 10am-12noon Saturday 21st November 2015

Join Friends of Sirhowy Woodlands at the main entrance to Sirhowy Woodlands, Thomas Ellis Way for a litter pick in the woodlands. Tai Calon Time Credits are available for people taking part. Further information available from Jayne Tel: 07773 293827 or email jayneh@severnwye.org.uk

Leonids Meteor Shower, 7pm-10pm Wednesday 18th November 2015

Dark Skies Wales are holding an observation evening for the Leonids Meteor Shower. Come along to Trefil Rugby pitch car park at any time between 7pm-10pm to take a look.

Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 18th November 2015

Semi-finals are being held at the Conny Club, Church Street, Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.

Christmas Market, Saturday 14th November 2015

St James' Church Tredegar is holding a Christmas Market, including a visit from Santa, at Tredegar Orpheus Music Centre, Poplar Road Tredegar starting at 2pm. Admission is FREE. Come along and pick up a Christmas bargain from the various stalls.

Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Thursday 12th November 2015

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

Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Wednesday 4th November 2015

Round two is being held at The Willows, Tredegar, starts 8.15pm.

Hymns and Arias, Friday 30th October 2015

Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir presents "Hymns and Arias" at St Georges Church with guest artist Elizabeth Tiley. Doors open 6.30pm, show commences 7pm. Tickets are £5.00 and available from Choir Members.

Quiz Wizards 2015 Competition, Thursday 29th October 2015

The first round of this year's competition is being held in the Moose Lodge, Coronation 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.

RNIB Glow Neon 3km Fun Run, 24th October 2015

RNIB are holding a 3km Fun Run starting at 7pm Cardiff International Sports Stadium, further information available from rnib.org.uk/glow .

Sirhowy Woodlands Litter Pick Sunday 18th October 2015, 10am to 12noon

Love Sirhowy Woodlands but fed up with the litter? Join in with residents, BGCBC, Cynefin and other volunteers to help improve the area. Meeting point is at the main entrance to Sirhowy Woodlands, Thomas Ellis Way, Tredegar. For further information contact Jayne on Tel: 07773 293827 or jayneh@severnwye.org.uk .

Tredegar Thespian Players, 8th & 9th October 2015

Tredegar Thespian Players presents their next performance which is "Shakers Re-Stirred" at the Little Theatre, Tredegar. Doors open at 7pm, performance 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 stalls and £8 balcony, available from Tel: 07837 180762 or 01495 724979.

Tredegar Museum Open Day, Tuesday 6th October 2015

As part of the Welsh Museums Festival Tredegar Museum - based in Tredegar Library - will be holding an Open Day.  Entry is free.

Eric Unseen, Friday 2nd October 2015

A Tredegar Mayor's Appeal fund raiser is being held at Tredegar Rugby Club, live perform by Eric Unseen. Tickets are £5 each and available from Rhi Tel: 07535 229899 or from Tredegar Rugby Club.

Noson Y Cilgant, Friday 11th September 2015 from 6pm

Immerse yourself in a visual feast of spoken word, storytelling and acoustic music. Laugh, cry, be loud, be passionate, get angry, get inspired in a creative engaging atmosphere at Venue 1 Tredegar. Tickets £3 in advance or £5 on the door. Contact Tel: 07970 072736 or 07956 856776 for further information.

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Thursday 3rd September 2015

Special Full Council meeting of Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 5.30pm 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

Tredegar Classic Vehicle Day, Saturday 29th August 2015

The annual classic car event will take place throughout Tredegar Town centre between 10am - 3pm on Saturday 29th August.  There will be vintage/classic cars, buses and lorries with FREE classic bus trips being run throughout the day. Tredegar Town Council will once again be opening the doors of the Town Clock, between noon - 2pm, to the public so come along and climb up the inside (suitable footwear must be worn).

Fun Chinese Auction, Wednesday 26th August 2015 1pm-4pm

A Fun Chinese Auction is being held at Maes-y-Dderwen, Charles Street, Tredegar between 1pm and 4pm. Besides the auction there will be a scrumptious BBQ and refreshments.

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.

Let's Talk Public Engagement Programme, Friday 24th July 11am to 3pm Tredegar Town Centre

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. Other 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.
Thursday 30th July 2015, 10am to 2pm Abertillery Town Centre.

Best Foot Forward For Charity - Walk To The Highest Point, Sunday 19th July 2015

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 722352 or at tredegartc@btconnect.com

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•    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.

Access 4 All Forum, Thursday 16th July 2015

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council will be holding an Access 4 All Forum event between 10.30am & 1pm at the General Offices Ebbw Vale. This is a FREE event which is open to the general public. Confirmed guest speakers include Dementia Friends, Valleys Life After Stroke Group and South Wales Fire & Rescue. Come along to this local Equalities Forum and have your say.

Armed Forces Day, Sunday 28th June 2015

Once again Tredegar Town Council will be holding the annual Armed Forces Day at Bedwellty House & Park.  Plans are well underway for this year's event which will be held on Sunday 28th June 2015 and further details of what will be taking place on the day will be added to this site shortly so please keep checking the Armed Forces Day 2015 page for updates.

If anyone is interested in having a stall to advertise/sell your wares (all we ask is for a £5 donation from stall holders towards the charities we will be collecting for on the day), volunteering as stewards or even holding an activity for visitors to do then please contact Christine on Tel: 01495 722352 or email: tredegartc@btconnect.com for further information and to express your interest in participating.

Band Concerts 2015, 3pm-5pm Bandstand

The annual concerts in the Bandstand, Bedwellty House and Park are now in full swing. The weather has been really kind so far and lets' hope it will continue. So come along with a picnic and settle down in this beautiful Park and enjoy these free musical delights.  
Lunches and refreshments are available to purchase on the day from the Orchid House Tearoom, further details available on Tel: 01495 353370/353397.

14th June 2015 - Tredegar Comprehensive
21st June 2015 - Markham and District Colliery Band
28th June 2015 - Band of the Royal Welsh, Tredegar's Armed Forces Day
5th July 2015 - To be confirmed
12th July 2015 - Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir

TREDEGAR WALKS FOR LIFE, Sunday 3rd May 2015

This year sees the 25th annual Walk for Life held in Tredegar. Over that time it has covered most of the town and certainly both of its parks and several of its woodlands. This year the Walk will be held at Parc Bryn Bach on Sunday 3rd May at 3.00 pm.
The Walk for Life is a series of sponsored walks held at locations throughout Wales. Many different organisations and families who have been affected by kidney disease organise the Walks, gathering together colleagues, friends and family to participate to raise vital funds and awareness for kidney patient care and well-being.
One such patient joining the walk is Elaine Holbrook from Ebbw Vale. Elaine found herself desperately ill in 2012 and started dialysis after a 10 week stay in hospital.. Doctors put Elaine on the live transplant list in February 2014 and miraculously a donor was found within weeks and she received her transplant in March 2014.
A kidney transplant operation is still a major operation and runs the risk of rejection but thankfully all went well thanks to the excellent team at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. Elaine added, 'I know how lucky I was and I owe so much to so many, my family, the staff in Cardiff but most of all to the brave family who thought about someone else in their darkest hour. Going on the Walk for Life is just a small payback to the wonderful doctors and donors who gave me my life back.'
Urging support for the walk, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Geraint Meredith added, 'it is important to raise awareness of transplantation issues as none of us know when our family or friends may need it. Please come along and support this cause.'
Tredegar Town Council welcomes you to join us at Parc Bryn Bach. For your sponsor form call Christine or Annette on 01495 722352 or call into Bedwellty House for one. Free T-Shirts for all walkers.

Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Saturday 18th April 2015

Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir presents their annual concert at Ebbw Vale Leisure with guest Jonathan Antoine (tenore) and special artist Beverley Humphreys. Doors open 6.15pm with the show starting at 7pm. Tickets are £15 each, contact Trevor White Tel: 07989 220952 or email: tredegarmalechoirtickets@gmail.com for further information.

Bedwellty Park Tredegar 11am-2pm, Wednesday 18th February 2015

Tredegar Communities First are holding a half term FREE fun event 'Be Happy, be Healthy, be you' in Bedwellty Park, Tredegar. There will be activities such a circus skills for all ages and arts and crafts. Further information is available from Anneleise Tel: 01495 712063.

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre 10am-3pm, Wednesday 18th February 2015

FIND YOUR FUTURE Employment and Careers Event. Pop along with a CV and chat to the employers and training providers at the event or even get some advice about working for yourself. For further information click on Find Your Future.

Christian Centre Ebbw Vale 12.30pm-3.30pm, Thursday 5th February 2015

SOMETHING FOR THE OVER 50s. Communities First Ebbw Fawr Cluster are holding this event to offer advice, information and support from a range of agencies. For further information click on Something for the Over 50s.

Tredegar Thespian Players, Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th January 2015

Tredegar Thespian Players presents Aladdin starring Darren Evans. The matinee performances have the doors open at 1.30pm with curtain up at 2pm and the evening performances have doors open at 6.30pm with curtain up at 7pm. Tickets are £7 stalls and £8 balcony, contact Tel: 01495 724979 or 07837 180762 for further information and tickets.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, commencing Monday 19th January 2015

Details for the Week of Prayer in Tredegar churches and Chapels are as follows:-
Monday 19th January 2015 - 12 noon at Siloh Chapel
Tuesday 20th January 2015 - 7pm at Horeb Chapel, Trefil
Wednesday 21st January 2015 - 12 noon at St James Church
Thursday 22nd January 2015 - 7pm at Tredegar Methodist Church
Friday 23rd January 2015 - 12 noon at St Georges Church.
All are welcome.

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council, Wednesday 7th January 2015

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council Meeting of Full Council will be held on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 5.30pm Greenmeadow Golf Club, Cwmbran. The meeting is open to the public. Contact Tel: 01633 838516 or email: enquiries.AneurinBevanCHC@waleschc.org.uk for further information or to obtain copies of the agenda.