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DECEMBER 2011 News

Every year Tredegar Town Council writes letters to the Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Tredegar Ward Members for financial support towards the Town Council events.

Tredegar Town Council wishes to thank the following Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Tredegar Ward Members for the grant funding support they have shown for this year's Armed Forces Day event and Christmas Lighting. Thank you to Councillors:-

Steve Thomas, Anita Hobbs, Bernard Willis, Diane Rowberry, Haydn Trollope, Keith Hayden, Denis Owen and Jason Owen.

Christmas Lights 2011

NOVEMBER 2011 News

OFFICE CLOSURE - The Tredegar Town Council Office will be closed on Tuesday 29th November 2011 and Wednesday 30th November 2011. The Office will reopen for normal business on Thursday 1st December 2011. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

BREAKING NEWS - we are pleased to announce that at this year's Christmas Lights Switch On in The Circle, Tredegar on Friday 25th November 2011 - at 6pm - there will be two Gwent Dragons Players!  Ben Castle & Club Captain Tom Willis, with the Dragon's Mascot, will be joining in with the festive fun. So come along and join us for the count down followed by musical entertainment.

Christmas Lights 2011

EVACUEES FROM LONDON - Mr Ambrose recently wrote to Town Council to express sincere thanks to all those who were so gracious enough to take in and care for the numerous evacuees from London. His wife, with her brother and sister, was cared for by Mr & Mrs B Evans of 42 Park Hill (at that time) and they have never forgotten the kindness shown to them by Mr & Mrs Evans. In appreciation of all those families who were so good to look after the many evacuees Mr Ambrose has sent a Dedication.


The Environment Agency Wales is currently preparing to contact septic tank owners to request they register with them by 31st December 2011. The need to register is part of the environmental regulations introduced in 2010 for both Wales & England. Further details can be found on "Important message for septic tank owners" or at


It is with regret that Tredegar Town Council announces the cancellation of a number of events centred on Bedwellty House and Park.

The Return of the Casket - scheduled for 4th June 2011 - with a Service at St. James's Church followed by the return to Bedwellty House - has had to be cancelled.

So too have the Band Concerts in the Park scheduled for Sunday 5th and 12th June 2011.

May we extend our apologies to all those who will have been inconvenienced by this cancellation, which was at the request of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council this very morning, and beyond our control.

We hope that the Concert on Sunday 26th June 2011, will also feature the Return of the Casket. Further details to be advised.

Apologies to Tredegar Town Band and Abergavenny Borough Band and to Rev. Mike Sheppard of Saron Chapel who was to have taken the Service at St. James's Church.

The Concerts in the Park are set to resume when the restoration work is finally completed and the House and Park is fully re-opened to the people of Tredegar.

27th June 2011, Christmas Lights support

Tredegar Town Council wishes to express its thanks to Members of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for the support shown to the Annual Christmas Lighting in Tredegar. We are please to accept and thank the Members below for the grant funding they have made from the Blaenau Gwent Members Half Penny Rate Fund:-

Labour Party Members - Councillors Keith Hayden, Anita Hobbs, Denis Owens, Diane Rowberry, Steve Thomas, Haydn Trollope and Bernard Wills - Total grant of £2000.00p.

Independent Party Member - Councillor Jason owen - grant of £75.00p.

Each year we write to all Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Tredegar Ward Members asking for any financial support they can offer to help with Town Council events and any support they can give is gratefully received.


June Events from Tredegar Town Council

This is going to be a busy time for us all at Tredegar Town Council.

The month starts with the return of the Casket containing the Earth from the Battle of Tredegar Hill in Burma on Saturday 4th June 2011. There will be a short Service of thanks at St. James's Church, Poplar Road at 1.30pm before the Casket is carried, in procession, to Bedwellty House via the Memorial Gates in Morgan Street at 2.15pm. This event will form part of the re-opening of Bedwellty House and Park to the public and everyone is welcome to join us at St. James's and to join in the procession to the House.

The Concerts in the Bandstand return in fine style on Sunday 5th June 2011, with our very own Tredegar Town Band returning to play the first concert from 3pm until 5pm. This will be a bitter sweet time for us all with the concert being dedicated to the memory of Alan Fox, who died recently and a collection for the Alzheimer Society will take place during the concert. The Band are currently ranked 3rd in the World following their recent successes in Montreaux.

On Sunday 12th June 2012 from 3-5pm we are delighted to be featuring the Abergavenny Borough Band as our second concert in the Bandstand at the newly refurbished Bedwellty House and Park. Come along and have a listen!

Next is our tribute to our Armed Forces at Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday 18th June 2011 from noon until about 4.30 pm. Once again we will be raising money for the Help for Heroes Appeal and it's not too late to get a stall at the event to promote your group or organisation or raise funds on the day. The £5 we ask as a donation will go directly to the Appeal. Amongst the attractions will be a fair for little ones; stalls; a Rescue Display by the Newfoundland Dogs; Tredegar & District Canine Society Dog Show (entries can be made on the day); inflatable paintball range from the Royal Welsh; a live radio broadcast by Matt Lane, Mountain FM; and more to be confirmed. Also there will be a special visit by Iris Williams OBE to promote a new CD launched in aid of the Help For Heroes Appeal which will be available for purchase on site. Our local ATC divisions will have a range of displays and (fingers crossed) we are hoping to have a Griffin Helicopter on the ground for everyone to see, courtesy of RAF Shawbury (Times and activities are subject to change and weather). It's also a chance to meet Miss Blaenau Gwent. Please come along and support us on the day - remember this event is sponsored by Tredegar Town Council and all funds raised on the day will be donated to the Help for Heroes Appeal -we raised £1100 last year, let's see if we can beat it! or drop in at the Library in the Circle (opening hours below).

Sunday 26th June 2011, will be a very special day. This will be the day that the Memorial to the Battle of Tredegar Hill, Burma which is located in the lobby of Bedwellty House is rededicated by the Royal British Legion Chaplain, Fr. John Davis. This will take place at 3pm prior to the third concert of the Season in the Bandstand at Bedwellty Park. Details of the band yet to be confirmed, but full details will appear on our web-site and will be advertised throughout the Town. There will also be the chance to take the "Bevan Tour" from 1pm at the Orchid House Tea Room, Bedwellty House returning in time for tea before the re-dedication. Please contact the Town Council Office to book your place.

And finally, on Sunday 3rd July 2011 from 3pm to 5pm the Lewis Merthyr Band will bring this first season of concerts at the refurbished Park, to a close.

All these events are sponsored by Tredegar Town Council and are free to all. Please come and join us at all or any of them. We hope that the Concerts in the Park will be a great success this year after the break whilst the renovation works took place.

The Armed Forces event at Parc Bryn Bach is our chance to show our support to all our Armed Forces, if you would like to take part it's not too late - let us know what you want to do and we'll squeeze you in! But please, come along and join in the fun!

If you require any further details or would like to take part in the Armed Forces event or book a place on the Bevan Tour, please contact us at the Town Council Office by telephone on 01495 722352 or by e-mail at:

Come and join us at all our events, they are free and open to all and everyone is welcome!



Kidney Wales Foundation Walk for Life 2011

Once again we at Tredegar Town Council are proud to have organised the Annual "Walk for Life" in aid of Kidney Research Wales.

We were lucky to have a dry day on Sunday 27th March 2011, and everyone had remembered to put their clocks forward the night before!

This year the Walk attracted people from outside the Town and as far afield as Crickhowell and Treharris. Our thanks to all those who came to Parc Bryn Bach to support the Walk, from young Ryan Howells from Gelligaer who had raised over £140, to the Schofield family from Crickhowell who raised £435 online and came to Tredegar to join our Walk.

Money raised from the Walk for Life is used to make a difference to children and adults in Wales who suffer with kidney disease and renal failure. Life on dialysis is extremely difficult and some are so ill they will never get the chance to be put forward for a life saving kidney transplant.

Amongst the walkers were a number who had received treatment for Kidney problems, including Margaret Barrett from Cwm and her friends who have raised over £500. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Bernard Willis presented certificates to all those who took part and photos taken on the day can be found at this link Walk for Life 2011.

It certainly looks as if we've raised more than the £685 we made last year, as soon as the final figure is in it will be published on this website.

Many thanks to Communities First and Bethan Cartwright, Town Centre Manager, for the use of the gazebo, but most of all a great big thank you to all those people who took part and helped raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

Tredegar Remembers T2520

A very moving film tribute to the Crew of the Wellington Bomber Flight T2520 has been released on You Tube. The film relives the last flight of T2520 through the memories of the people of Tredegar and includes the Memorial Services held to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the crash.

Special thanks must be extended to Jane Wilcox, Spirit of Bevan; Kevin Phillips, Green Valley Film Productions; Alyson Tippings; and all those who offered their memories and time for this film.

Please view the film at



Heritage Forum, Wednesday 9th March 2011 at 7pm, Tredegar Rugby Club

Tredegar is a town with a proud history and unique heritage. It is the home of Nye Bevan and the birthplace of the National Health Service. It boasts the beauty and majesty of Bedwellty Park and its built heritage includes the iconic Tredegar Town Clock, but all is not well in the town. The town centre shop keepers are doing a good job of keeping the local economy ticking but the real concern are the key buildings that are the basis for the character and heritage of this former iron making town.

Over the last few years, Tredegar Town Council has been fighting for the future of the town's built heritage. The town centre was the first planned town in the UK but now several of it's key buildings are at risk. The town clock, owned by the Town Council at the centre of the town is in excellent condition but the same cannot be said of others around the circle and surrounding streets.

The façade of the former town hall, now the NCB Club, is crumbling and its current owners have gone into liquidation. The two other pubs in the circle have been closed for some time and need repair prior to reopening and now the building that housed Tredegar Medical Aid Society, the fore runner of the National Health Service, is no longer in use. The General Hospital has closed and is boarded up with no long term future. These are just a few of the buildings at risk in our town.

"Far from sitting back and waiting for our town to crumble we have set up this Heritage Summit, with the full support of stakeholders and the towns' people, to save our history and our heritage. We aim to bring together the experts, the people who hold our future, to the town to hear our story and our concerns, and to find a way forward where we can work together to protect our heritage for future generations," said Cllr Malcolm Cross, Leader of Tredegar Town Council.

"There are however good news stories, The former chapel at Park Place has been transformed into a performing arts centre by the community group Kids R Us and the local authority is undertaking the multi million pound refurbishment of Bedwellty House and Park," Cllr Cross added. "We now need to work together to find solutions for all our buildings at risk. We need experts to survey and record them in case they get lost. We need to protect those that are of value and we need to secure funding to conserve those in use. The only way to do this is to get the full support of everyone, to have a clear vision of the way forward and to share the aspiration of our town's folk, who are not prepared to watch our town crumble. We are a proud town with a proud heritage and a proud people. We've done it before and will continue to fight for our town."

The Summit will be held on Wednesday 9th March in Tredegar Rugby Club at 7pm please come along to show your support, air your views, come up with solutions and listen to what the experts have to say. For more information call Tredegar Town Council on 01495 722352 or email.



Hearing Aid Batteries

The Aneurin Bevan Health Board have confirmed that as of November 2010 patients are now able to collect hearing aid batteries from the Pharmacy located within the Health Centre, Park Row, Tredegar.

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

The Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation are offering an opportunity for ex-miners who have also served in the Army to have a subsidised holiday at the Court Royal Convalescent Home in Bournemouth between 6th June 2011 and 13th June 2011. It is being offered on a first come first served basis and it would be necessary to complete a questionnaire. All rooms have en-suite facilities as well as a television and teasmade. Further details and contact information can be found at this link - Subsidised Holidays.



New Look for Tredegar's Christmas Lighting!

This year the Annual Switch-On of the Christmas Lights will take place on Friday 26th November 2010.

A Parade, including Santa and his Sleigh will go from Gwent Shopping Centre at 5.30pm down to the Clock for the Switch-On at 6pm. Following the Switch-On there will be a programme of carols, songs and entertainment around the Clock (full details to follow).

The lights themselves will be a little different this year. The old "string lights" along the main street (Commercial Street and Castle Street) are going to be replaced with motifs on lamp posts throughout the town. The old "string lights" were always a bit hit and miss - one bulb could knock a succession of others out - we learned last year that the wind and wild weather played havoc with them!

The Town Clock will be a far more central feature this year, with LED lights from the clock to buildings around The Circle and a blanket of lights around the Clock column, everything will continue to comply with the regulations governing the Grade II Listed Building status that The Clock enjoys, safeguarding the Clock against damage.

Throughout the Town Christmas trees with sparkling lights will be put on buildings with brackets, as in the past, but this year the trees will be artificial. This ensures the long term visibility of the lights and will help to reduce not only cost but any impact on the wider environment.

The LED lighting throughout the Town will help to reduce the cost of electricity and environmental impact. We understand that this is going to look different, and not everyone will like the changes, but it gives us a chance to build on what we will have and we will take the comments and suggestions of the people of Tredegar onboard.

This year the changes have been made in order to provide a fresh look for the Town and Clock, one that will also help to reduce costs, so vital in the times we live in at the moment, and help to reduce the impact on our environment.

Please come and join us on Friday 26th November 2010 from 5.30pm and together we can all ring the changes to the Christmas Lights of Tredegar.



Tredegar Town Band

Congratulations to Tredegar Town Band who won the British Open Brass Band Championship held at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on the weekend 4th & 5th September 2010.

They beat the top bands in the Country - Black Dyke, Grimethorpe, Cory, Brighouse and Rastrick - to become the best band in the land!  Mark Winstone, Secretary, said that this was the biggest contest ever won in Band history, adding that this was "like the World Cup for Brass Bands".

Many congratulations to all those involved in the Competition and to all those behind the scenes.  The Band continues to "fly the flag" for Tredegar countrywide and we wish them continued success.


Tredegar Fire Station

Tredegar Town Council has been in touch with South Wales Fire & Rescue Service following rumours that the Station in Tredegar was threatened with closure.

Whilst Mr Marles, the Chief Fire Officer, refuted the rumours the review of fire cover he refers to is in the link below.  You may draw your own conclusion.....

Town Council enquiry Re: Fire Service