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Join the The Counterfeit Stones as they celebrate over a quarter century of master forgery with their Street Fighting Sham tour at The Met on Saturday 2nd March at 8pm.

Described by Sir Mick Jagger as “the most famous Stones band in England”, the Counterfeit Stones latest tour offers the audience a new riff packed show that’s set to leave their fans gasping. This skillfully mixed cocktail of classic hits, retro costumes and humour continues to intoxicate young and old alike – 100% proof that a good shot of copy-rock always hits the target.

The show is essentially a mockumentary of the Rolling Stones’ colourful history and as well as perfect renditions of their greatest hit songs, it includes a series of spoof film clips depicting real and imagined events featuring Nick Dagger, Keef Rickard, Bill Hymen, Charlie Mott and the Unholy Trinity of Bryon Jones/Mick Tailor-Made/ Ronnie B. Goode.

“They’re hilarious.” – Jerry Hall

“The music and satire are spot on… I know which band is more fun!” – Daily Express

“Better than the originals.” – The Guardian

“Your contribution was much remarked upon.” - Buckingham Palace

“If I close my eyes, it’s like hearing a fresh and young version of the real thing.” - Tom Cox, Observer

So come on all you Honky Tonks, join us at The Met on Saturday 2nd March and enjoy an evening of phoney rock ‘n’ roll that’s a real bargain! Tickets are priced at £20 in advance and £22.50 on the door. Call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at

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AL Feb Half Term 2019

This February we have a fun filled week of activities planned throughout our Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent to keep children of all ages entertained during Half Term.

Join us at The Met for a ‘whale of a time’ with a brand-new production of The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio on Wednesday 27th February at 1.30pm and 4.30pm and on Thursday 28th February at 1.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6.50 per person, and we recommend booking early as this is sure to be a very popular event! Call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at

During Half Term each of our Sports Centres will be hosting their popular Playsheme days which provide a fun mix of activities including basketball, dodgeball, rugby, inflatable fun, swimming and much more! We also have Football Fun at Abertillery and Tredegar Sports Centre on Tuesday 26th February and Netball Fun at Abertillery Sports Centre on Thursday 28th February. For more information visit or call Abertillery on 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale on 01495 357777 and Tredegar on 01495 353395.

Discover adventure at Parc Bryn Bach this February with our exciting range of Adventure Activities for children aged 8 – 15 years. Choose from bush craft and archery, canoeing and kayaking or climbing for just £15 per child. For more information call 01495 355920 or visit

Bedwellty House & Park is brimming with fun things to do this February! Join us for an action packed couple of hours as Nerf Wars return on 26th and 28th February, with sessions for 5-7 years in the morning and 8 – 12 years in the afternoon. For the little ones we have Louby Lou’s Pirate Pandemonium for ages 3+ on 26th February, Mini Movers Parent & Toddler Session on 27th February and a Little Learners Messy Paly Session on 1st March. For more information call 01495 353397 or visit 

For more information on any of our activities at Aneurin Leisure visit our website at 

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 Outdoor Cinema The Greatest Showman Bedwellty

This year Aneurin Leisure are working with Adventure Cinema to bring a series of exciting outdoor cinema experiences to our popular venues at Bedwellty House & Park and Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar.

We will, we will, rock you! Enjoy the critically acclaimed musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) starring Rami Malek at Bedwellty Park on Friday 26th April.

The film is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, as it traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. Tickets are priced at £12.50 per person and can be purchased online here

This is the greatest show! Sit back and enjoy The Greatest Showman (PG) on a giant cinema screen under the stars at Bedwellty Park on Saturday 27th April.

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, this original musical starring Hugh Jackman celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary, who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Tickets are priced at £12.50 for standard tickets, £40 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16’s) and £18.50 for VIP tickets (which include a luxury deck chair in prime position) and can be purchased online here

Welcome to Jurassic Park! Come and enjoy Spielberg's original blockbuster dinosaur hit Jurassic Park (PG) at Parc Bryn Bach on Thursday 15th August.

One of the biggest films in motion picture history, Jurassic Park takes you on an adventure to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly. Tickets are priced at £12.50 standard tickets, £9.50 for under 16’s and £18.50 for VIP tickets (which include a luxury deck chair in prime position) and can be purchased online here

Please note that VIP tickets for each movie include a luxury deck chair in prime position, all other ticket holders will need to bring their own camping chair or blanket to sit on.

The gates for each event will open at 6.30pm and the film will start shortly after sunset. There will be music to keep cinema goers entertained before each film, and there will also be opportunities to buy food, snacks and refreshments. Each venue will also have a licensed bar.

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Meet the 68-year-old, Bass-Playing Microbiologist Inspiring Adults to Learn in Blaenau Gwent

Rocking teacher Ian Howells doesn’t own a mobile phone or use e-mail and has a magnifying glass to read - and his classes have a 100% success rate.

A 68-year-old bass guitar-playing former scientist has won a major award after helping hundreds of people in Ebbw Vale to gain qualifications.

Part-time adult education tutor Ian Howells has been changing lives in the town since 2001, and his commitment to the learning of others has just earned him national recognition.

The Inspire! Tutor Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace.

Run by Learning and Work Institute, with support from the Welsh Government, they reward outstanding individuals whose commitment, knowledge and communication skills have given adult learners the tools to transform their lives.

Ian, who has a serious visual impairment which means he often needs a magnifying glass to read, tutors at Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre, helping people aged 16 to 84 improve their skills in English and Maths.

Aneurin Leisure runs three centres across South Wales, offering education courses within the community.

Many of Ian’s learners on his 10 courses ranging from entry level in English and Maths to higher level GCSE Maths have had to overcome barriers to learning – such as drug and alcohol issues and poor mental and physical health.

Last year, 100% of his Essential Skills learners earned Agored Cymru qualifications, with all of his Higher Maths students progressing to PGCE courses after scoring As and Bs, and since Ian started, the centre has launched a foundation level class to help learners gain a Maths GCSE.

“I had an 80-year-old who didn’t know the alphabet,” said Ian, who lives in the South Wales town.

“By the end, he could write his name, which was a major thing for him as that’s all he’d wanted to do. Some people come here with no confidence, many have been out of work for years, and they go on to get a part-time job, then a full-time job, some have become nurses. I’ve had people who kept failing their Maths GCSE and they pass it here and go on to get the career they’ve always wanted.”

Ian discovered adult education after leaving his career as a microbiologist. He studied Microbiology at Aberystwyth University before spending years working for British Steel at Llanwern Steel Works.

After leaving science to work in fashion, aged 52, he completed his PGCE course in adult education at Coleg Gwent. He said: “I didn’t plan to become a teacher but it was the only course they had on!”

Ian finished the course over two years, attending twice a week while balancing running two clothing stores (including The Bomb on Commercial Street, Tredegar) and playing in his heavy metal band, Ruff Handfull [COR] several nights a week. He set up the band with friends when he was 23, and they had a Valleys following in the 70s and recently reformed just 18 months ago. Now his students go along to watch him play his Zoot Funkmeister in pubs and clubs across South Wales.
Inspire! Adult Tutor nominations were invited for ‘outstanding individuals’ who give ‘over and above’ what is expected of them, from areas including higher education, further education, the workplace, community education and schools.

“Life experience makes you a great teacher,” said Ian, who’s been married to Jan for 42 years.

He doesn’t own a mobile phone or use e-mail, he said: “I prefer to speak to people face-to-face. I’ve always believed in learning and I think it never ends. Learning can give you a job and a career, but more than that, it keeps your mind busy and alive.”

Ian, who’s worked with Victory Outreach UK to tutor people with alcohol and drug dependencies, added: “You’ve got to stay excited. Students can sense it and it’s infectious. If someone has a problem with their learning, I love finding a way to solve it.”

In his spare time, Ian, who cites the botany and zoology teacher at Ebbw Vale Grammar School, Idwal Davies, as his own inspirational tutor, spends hours devouring Maths books. His sessions are often full, and Ian can be teaching up to 30 students at a time, with many classes spilling into the cafe at the centre on James Street.

He continued: “I never turn a student away. The hardest part of adult learning is making that first step. I know what a big thing it is for them to walk through that door - if I asked them to come back next week, they probably wouldn’t. We make room. I love teaching in Ebbw Vale. People here are friendly, genuine and helpful. I wouldn’t be anywhere else.”

Karen Bennett, Ian’s manager at Aneurin Leisure, who nominated him, said: “Ian has changed the lives of hundreds of learners and his success rate is exceptional. He puts in so many hours, much of it unpaid, and I’ve never known him to be late or ill. The diversity in the class is amazing and all learners are treated according to their needs.

“Ian’s wide range of teaching methods allows learners who have a learning disability to access mainstream classes and ultimately gain the same level of qualifications as other learners. He’s amazing. I really don’t know what I’d do if he retired.”

Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education, said: “Good mentors are important at all stages of our lives.  The role of an adult tutor comes with additional challenges in helping someone returning to education achieve their goals.

“The Inspire! Tutor Awards are a great way to thank people like Ian whose skills, time and commitment continue to support so many journeys in learning, often with life-changing results.”

David Hagendyk, Director for Wales at Learning and Work Institute, said: “Behind every successful adult learner are the tutors, lecturers and support staff who work every day to help individuals unlock their potential and fulfil their ambitions.

“The Inspire! Tutor Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the excellent work of the individual winners, as well as to thank everyone working in our colleges, universities, schools, workplaces and communities for their hard-work and dedication.”

The Inspire! Tutor Awards are funded by The Welsh Government and the European Social Fund and organised by the Learning and Work Institute Wales.

For more information about adult learning or becoming a tutor, call 0800 028 4844.
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 Afternoon Tea LR Copy

This month has seen the return of our popular Monday Madness promotion at Bedwellty House and Park, which offers visitors the opportunity to buy one Afternoon Tea and get another half price every Monday!

Our signature Afternoon Tea is priced at £15 per person and includes a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury treats, which are served alongside an assortment of cakes, desserts and sweet treats and followed by a warm scone with clotted cream and preserves. Guests can choose from a selection of teas and coffee to enjoy with their afternoon tea, or they can upgrade their experience and add a small bottle of Prosecco for an additional £4.95 per person.

All of our Afternoon Teas can be tailored to suit a variety of dietary requirements, so if you’re taking part in Veganuary or living gluten free, there’s no need to miss out on this spectacular offer!

Monday Madness is available able every Monday from 12pm – 3pm at our Orchid House Tea Room, but pre-booking is essential.

For more information or to make a booking for Afternoon Tea please call us on 01495 353397.

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