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As the weather changes to chilly winds, and parents wonder what to do with the kids during half term – Head4Arts has the answer: dig out the wellies, wrap up warm and join Arty Parky.

As featured recently on BBC Wales’ Off the Beaten Track presented by Kate Humble, this free outdoor event takes place at four beautiful parks in Tredegar, Pontypool, Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.

Back by popular demand for its sixth year, families forage natural materials: fallen leaves, sticks, conkers and seeds.  Alongside environmental artist Kate Raggett, everyone makes them into spectacular land drawings.  The more people join in, the bigger the results.

Participants can take part in Welsh or English – and drop in or stay the day.  Most of the park cafés have a special offer on hot drinks or cake as a well-deserved treat.

The events will run from 10:30am to 3pm on the following dates:

·         Saturday 26th October – Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent

·         Sunday 27th October – Pontypool Park, Torfaen

·         Thursday 31st October – Cyfartha Park, Merthyr Tydfil

·         Friday 1st November – Morgan Jones Park, Caerphilly

Arty Parky events will still take place in light rain but may be postponed in the event of severe weather conditions.

More information - and weather updates - can be found on the Head4Arts website and social media pages


www.head4arts.org.uk / Facebook: Head4Arts / Twitter: @Head4Arts #ArtyParky

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New national objectives and an insight-led approach aims to get people across Wales swimming
 
A revised Free Swimming Initiative, funded by Welsh Government and delivered by Sport Wales in partnership with Local Authorities, will be introduced in public pools across Wales from October 2019 onwards.
 
Young people and people over the age of 60 from areas of deprivation will be the priority under the new national objectives. The aim is to attract people who face the most barriers in accessing a pool the chance to learn a life skill and to swim more frequently.
 
The revised initiative comes after an independent review of the current scheme found it to be no longer fit for purpose.
 
“The review made it very clear that change is needed”, says Graham Williams, Director of Community Engagement at Sport Wales. “There’s no denying the previous successes of free swimming, or the fact that it has helped to get thousands swimming since its inception in 2003. However, the review concluded that the current approach is not cost-effective, nor does it make the biggest contribution to increasing levels of activity. To highlight the extent of the current performance: The number of young people benefiting from the scheme is in significant decline and this has been the case since 2013-14. For the 60 plus age group, the review estimated that only 6% of the target population currently access the programme. It is against this very challenging backdrop that policy changes have been decided by The Welsh Government.”
 
From October, the changes will see a reduction in the overall budget available which will in turn impact on the number of sessions available. There will be a phased implementation depending on local circumstances, with all partners working towards all public pools offering free sessions at suitable times. For young people there will be free sessions every weekend throughout the year with additional sessions in the summer holidays. Pools will also be offering some free and possibly subsidised sessions for over 60s.
 
Graham Williams continued: “Using an insight-led and partnership approach to working with local organisations we can ensure free swimming continues to play a role in supporting people to swim. Not only is it a life skill but it can also be the start of a positive relationship with sport and being active for life which brings with it so many added physical and mental health benefits. We understand that change may not be positive for everyone and apologise to those who may find their normal sessions rescheduled or no longer free. We are working hard with our Local Authority colleagues to minimise impact and to ensure the funding that is available is used to maximum benefit.”
 
The new initiative will be delivered against a reduced budget of £1.5m per annum from April 2020. However, during 2019-20 Local Authorities will also have access to a share of £1m in capital investment allowing them to update swim facilities where needed.
 
People aged over 60 in Blaenau Gwent will be able to access free swimming during all Public and Adults Only sessions (in term time) on the following days at each of our Sports Centres:
 
  • Abertillery:     Every Monday
  • Ebbw Vale:     Every Tuesday
  • Tredegar:        Every Wednesday
Children aged under 16 years in Blaenau Gwent can access free swimming on the following days and times at our Sports Centres:
 
  • Abertillery:     Saturday’s from 11am – 12pm
  • Ebbw Vale:     Friday’s from 5.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Tredegar:        Saturday’s from 3pm – 4.15pm
Outside of these sessions, children under 16 years and people over 60 must pay for their swimming sessions. The cost for a swim session is £1.95 for over 60’s and £1.65 for under 16’s.
 
For those aged over 60 who would like to swim regularly outside of these free sessions, there is also the option to take out a Later Life membership at our Sports Centres which costs just £18.50 per month (direct debit), that’s as little as 61p per day. This membership not only gives people unlimited access to our swimming pools during public sessions at all 3 Sports Centres across Blaenau Gwent, but it also includes access to our gyms, health suite and group exercise classes - which include various gentle exercise options.
 
Students in full time education can also take out a Student Life membership for just £18.50 per month (direct debit) which provides unlimited access to our three Sports Centres, during public sessions, which includes use of the gym, free weights room, swimming pool and over 100 group exercise classes. Please note that students need to be aged 11+ to access the gym and group exercise classes (to access classes that use weights, participants must be aged 16+)
 
For more information on our Sports Centres and facilities visit www.bglife.co.uk
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Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar, is to receive £500,000 funding to improve its bunkhouse and visitor centre, provide a new wooden play area and improve active travel routes linking the park to local communities.

Parks and heritage sites across Wales will receive a share of more than £6.6 million Welsh Government funding as part of a project designed to boost the potential of natural and cultural assets.

They are among 11 such sites to be named as Discovery Gateways for the Valleys Regional Park, the aim of which is to generate social, economic and environmental benefits.

Investment in Discovery Gateways sites is considered crucial to ensuring they have the capacity to provide safe and welcoming spaces that can be enjoyed by local communities and visitors from further afield.

“As well as becoming destinations in their own right, Discovery Gateways have a great opportunity to tell the stories of the Valleys and encourage local people and visitors to explore the surrounding areas, including local towns and villages, and the wider landscape," said First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Deputy Minister for Economy with responsibility for the Valleys Taskforce, Lee Waters AM, said the aim is for the projects to put the idea of a Valleys Regional Park on the map nationally and internationally, "as a place which can inspire, excite and attract visitors from near and far".

"They will also provide opportunities for economic growth which is a key aim of the Valleys Taskforce," he said.

“These plans have been developed through extensive engagement with Valleys communities, and I look forward to continuing to work together to bring the Valleys Regional Park to life.”

Parc Bryn Bach is currently managed by the Aneurin Leisure Trust. Blaenau Gwent Council and the Trust worked in partnership to submit a bid and secure the funding.

Councillor Garth Collier, Blaenau Gwent Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, says the Council is delighted that this joint bid for funding had been successful. He said:

“We are delighted by the news that there is going to be a significant investment into Parc Bryn Bach to improve and enhance facilities at this wonderful location.

We have enjoyed a steady growth in tourism here in Blaenau Gwent over the past few years and we know this brings significant economic benefits to our communities, so we are delighted by the opportunity to boost this even further. This investment will ensure that as a leisure destination the park can provide high quality user and visitor experiences for people of all ages and attract people from across the country.


As a Council we are committed to promoting and enhancing the well-being of local residents and we work closely with a range of partners to encourage and support healthy lifestyles and promote and celebrate the outdoors, so it is great to have this news about a recreational facility which is right on our doorstep.”

Phill Sykes Commercial and Operational Director for Aneurin Leisure, said:

“Aneurin Leisure are thrilled that Parc Bryn Bach has been named as one of Wales’ new Discovery Gateway Sites and are excited to have the opportunity to implement new ideas to improve the park’s facilities through the Valleys Regional Park funding.

Through a series of public engagement sessions, the community have chosen to develop new bunkhouse accommodation within the Visitor Centre and make improvements to the children’s play area. Both projects will be implemented in partnership with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and funded by Valleys Regional Park. Work will begin shortly, but facilities at the park will remain available throughout the improvement works.

Parc Bryn Bach has seen fantastic growth over the last few years, receiving almost 700,000 visitors in the last 12 months alone, with visitors travelling from all over the region to enjoy our lakeside walks, exercise, see the wildlife, play a round of golf or foot golf and enjoy a bite to eat in our dog friendly Lake View Café.”

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GCSE-results

 

Adult Community Learning in Blaenau Gwent is celebrating another strong year of GCSE English and Maths results.  

The GCSE Higher Tier Maths learners achieved a tremendous 100% pass rate, grade A-C, closely followed by the Intermediate Maths Learners achieving a pass rate 89% grade A-D.  The GCSE English learners also achieved a 100% pass rate grade A - D, completing an excellent set of results.

Ceri Waters, Partnership Manager for Aneurin Leisure said "We are extremely proud of all our learners who have worked so hard to achieve these results.  The commitment of both the teaching  staff and learners has been fantastic.  We wish all our learners the very best with their future plans and aspirations."

If you wish to see the range of courses on offer through Adult Community Learning please call into one of the Learning Action Centres in Abertillery, Brynmawr Ebbw Vale or Tredegar

To view or download our new Courses for Adult brochure visit https://aneurinleisure.org.uk/explore/community-education

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Join Del Boy, Rodney and friends for a triffic night out with lots of wheeling, dealing and eating at Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar this November!

From the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience opened in the UK in September last year and it’s already winning fans across the country.

Guests will be transported to The Nags Head for the evening, for a fully immersive and highly interactive theatre show and delicious three course meal – which you’ be a plonker to miss!

The Trotters want to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side in this fun-filled knees up that has everyone stopping by – including fan-favourites like Cassandra, Trigger, Marlene, Uncle Albert and more.  Mayhem rules from start to finish as deals are brokered, schemes are hatched, and quizzes quizzed.

This fabulously new, and completely unique experience is a bang-for-your-buck event that includes shed-loads of laughs, one-off improvisation, side-splitting humour and an expertly-crafted, completely original script which all come together to make this loving tribute to the TV series a high-quality, seriously funny night to remember.

“Hugely entertaining”             ★★★★                    The Stage

“It’s a hoot!”                           ★★★★                    TimeOut London

“An excellent show”                ★★★★★                Love PopUps London

“A laugh a minute”                 ★★★★★                Daily Star Sunday

Get your tickets now for Only Fools The (Cushty) Dining Experience at Bedwellty House & Park on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November at 7pm.  Tickets are priced at £48 per person and include a 3 course meal and 2 hour interactive show and can be purchased from Bedwellty House on 01495 353397.

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Dig Out Your Wellies - It's Time for Arty Parky!
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