2014-2015 Cllr Ryan Watkins.

The Inauguration of Councillor Ryan Watkins as Tredegar Town Mayor and Councillor  Geraint Meredith as Tredegar Town Deputy Mayor took place on Wednesday 14th May 2014. The short Service took place in The Council Chamber at Bedwellty House, Bedwellty Park and was followed with friends and family joining Cllr Watkins to congratulate him in The Carriage Room at Bedwellty House.

The Charity I have chosen for my Mayor's Appeal 2014-15 is the:-

RNIB Cymru, The Royal National Institute for the Blind in Wales.

Imagine waking up and not being able to see your partner or your children, to not be able to safely walk out of your house or even make yourself a cup of tea. This will happen to three people in Wales today and every day with an estimated 2500 in Blaenau Gwent alone. Children, teenagers, graduates, mothers, fathers, businessmen and grandparents, blindness can affect anyone at any time. Blind and partially sighted people are just like everybody else but because of the nature of their disability they are some of the least visible members of society.

The RNIB work together with schools and education to inform/educate about the challenges faced everyday by children and young people living with sight loss. They provide access and advice to accessible materials, training, curriculum materials and the everyday support that is needed to ensure young people, up to the age of 19, have the same experiences as sighted young people.

The employment services work with recruitment agencies, work placement schemes and businesses to enable blind and partially sighted people to access the working world.  There is continually support afterwards to assist with workplace accessibility!

The RNIB also run a welfare service which is paramount for blind and partially sighted individuals all over Wales. It ensures they are supported in the right way financially and emotionally, especially in this time of welfare reform.

EVENTS:-

Tredegar Mayor's Christmas Ball, Saturday 29th November 2014

Cllr Ryan Watkins, will be holding a Christmas Ball in The Carriage House at Bedwellty House, Tredegar in aid of his Mayor's Appeal.Tickets are £25 each which includes a three courses of fine dining. There will be entertainment from an 18 piece swing band and a small raffle/auction being held. Dresscode is evening wear. Tickets are available from Cllr Ryan Watkins Tel: 07572 066210 or at Jan's (40 Commercial Street, Tredegar) Tel: 01495 724888.

The Mimics, 7pm Friday 14th November 2014 - CANCELLED

Come along to Tredegar RFC for a night of music and laughter with The Mimics. These truly entertaining ladies are once again helping to raise funds for the Tredegar Mayor's Appeal which this year is in aid of RNIB. Tickets are only £3.50p and available from Jan's (40 Commercial Street, Tredegar), Tredegar RFC or Ryan Tel: 07572 066210.

APPEAL CLOSED

Appeal Total to date (30.6.15) = £6224.43p (includes £300 sent direct to RNIB for Appeal)

Thanks:-

Peacehaven Tenants and Residents Association; Tredegar Methodist Church; Saron Congregational; Malcolm Higgs and Tredegar Quiz Wizards; Tredegar Christians Together; Mr K Price; Mr K Hayden; Tredegar Moose No. 1 Lodge; Ladies Circle Tredegar Moose No. 1.

Patrick Sheen Singers Concert:-
Special thanks to Cllr Anita Hobbs who tirelessly organised this concert and collected raffle prizes all in aid of my Appeal, a wonderful £339.00 was raised in total. Thanks to the Patrick Sheen singers for the wonderful entertainment and to Gemtime Jewellers, Bedwellty House and Park, Air hairdressers, Cottons and J.D. Barbers for their donation of the raffle prizes.

Thanks you to everyone who participated in my Dining in The Dark experience and a special thanks to all the staff at Ivy May's, The Railway, Tredega for making it a brilliant evening.

Also thanks to everyone who purchased a number in the Chocolate Egg Challenge at Easter in Bedwellty House.