Town News

2012 Archive News

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 remembrance.
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 472812.


Tredegar Town Council warns youngsters of the dangers of 'Meow-Meow'

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 aggressive.

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 DAYS drug and alcohol youth support Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent on 0808 168 7176 or free online advice and counselling for young people.


New Charter between Brecon Beacons National Park and Local Councils

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 councils.

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 National Park.

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 charter.

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 in future."

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.



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 award.

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 and friends.

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 town.

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 traffic/supporters).

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 honours list."

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 (12m).

Mark says:

"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 September?
2. What are motorways called in Italy?
3. In which film did young actor Haley Joe Osment say " I see dead people"?
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 Day

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 Appeal.


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 everyone.
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 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 year.

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 below:-

Community Consultation Brief

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.

Stolen Armed 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 Day.

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 Remembrance Sunday.

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 no disadvantage."

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 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 Society.
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 calendar.

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 1991-1992.

His funeral will take place at Penuel Funeral Home on Monday 2nd April 2012 at 9.45am to be followed by cremation at Llwydcoed Crematorium.

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 Hall, Tredegar.

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

Tredegar Mayor's 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 Congregational Church.

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 met.
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 December.
Having sent the Condition report to the Heritage Officer it now appears that Listed Building consent may NOT be needed after all.
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.

The Alzheimer's 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.