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Head4Arts is hosting four family friendly Earth Hour events across the South East Wales Valleys region this year.  The events will include a mix of craft activities, storytelling and live music by starlight and lantern light – each with a local flavour.

Earth Hour is a WWF global campaign during which millions of people turn of their lights to raise awareness of climate change.  Earth Hour 2018 will take place between 8.30-9.30pm on Saturday 24th March 2018.

As Wales is celebrating the year of the sea in 2018, Head4Arts is focussing this year’s activities on the effects of climate change on our ocean environments. Each of the events will take place in the early evening and are designed to encourage families to take a lantern away to mark Earth Hour in their homes.

During the events, that are free to attend, families will have the opportunity to take part in craft activities such as lantern making and rock painting.  Entertainment will be provided by storytellers, including Louby Lou’s Interactive Storytelling in Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Mike Church in Dowlais Community Centre.  Local group Abertillery Youth Drama And Musical Society will be performing at The Met, Abertillery and a lantern parade featuring giant sea creatures will take place in Penallta Park.

A special motion graphic film using artwork created by school children from across the region will be launched at the events.  The film will be created during a series of outreach sessions where children will work alongside professional artist and environment specialists to learn about the effects of increased water temperatures on sea creatures.

These “Under the Sea” themed events will be taking place on Saturday 24th March at the following venues:

The Met, Abertillery
5pm – 7pm

Dowlais Community Centre
5pm – 7pm
(Please note the change of venue from the one advertised in our flyer, as Dowlais Library is temporarily closed owing to problems following the recent bout of severe weather)

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
5.30pm – 8pm

Park Penallta
7pm – 8.30pm

For more information on these events, please visit the Head4Arts website and Facebook page (www.head4arts.org.uk).  
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Aneurin Leisure Sports Awards

On Friday 16th February Bedwellty House in Tredegar played host to the Aneurin Leisure Sports Awards, a prestigious event organized by our team of Young Ambassadors to honour and celebrate the amazing work being done by individuals and sports clubs in Blaenau Gwent.

The Guest Speaker for the awards ceremony was the inspirational Darren Carew, Disability Coach for the WRU, who talked about his journey from being injured during his time in the army serving in Helmand Province, where he suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and damage to his foot and ankle that would ultimately lead to an amputation four years later, to his rehabilitation and eventual job coaching for the WRU.

Throughout the evening a variety of award presentations were made for outstanding contributions by volunteers and sports clubs, including Mark Howell who has been an active volunteer in sport in Blaenau Gwent for over twenty years, who was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. 
 
The evening was a resounding success, and the organising committee would like to thank all nominees, guests and VIPs for attending. Thanks also go to Bedwellty House staff for their excellent work on the night, and to Welsh Chair Cover company, DG Wedding & Events Services and sponsors of the Disability Award Arriva Trains Wales.


Full List of Award Winners:

Women and Girls Award                               Janine Price

Coach of the Year                                            Ben and Mathew Pearce

Sports Leader of the Year                             Rhys Morgan                    

Disability Coach of the Year                         Courtney Hughes            

Young Ambassador of the Year                  Jordan Harford

Sports Club of the Year                                  Abertillery Excelsiors

Outstanding Achievement Award            Mark Howell

Volunteer of the Year                                    Alex Craven


Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the evening; “It is fantastic to be able to recognize the incredible work being done by people in the community to not only deliver and promote sporting activities to the residents of Blaenau Gwent, but also to inspire people of all ages to get involved in physical activity and develop a lifelong passion for it.

This event has been a huge success and I would like to congratulate and thank our Young Ambassadors for all their dedication and hard work in putting this together for us all tonight.

Alex Craven, Volunteer of the Year tweeted after the event; “Thank you to everyone who helped me through my time at Aneurin Leisure, especially Chris Garrett. Without Chris, I wouldn’t be here today! Thank you also to all the young people who let me help them and support me in everything I do.”

Top Two Inches, a Mentoring and Coaching provider who works with many of our Young Ambassadors also tweeted: “I was certainly in the right room last night surrounded by inspirational people! Brilliant to see Aneurin Leisure and Inspire Sports Development truly empowering their young people at their flagship event.”
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We are looking for crafty people to come together to make a giant gift for Man Engine, the giant miner who will be visiting Tredegar this Spring.

The Tredegar leg of the Man Engine Cymru tour will celebrate the Tredegar Workingmen’s Medical Aid Society, the fore-runner and blueprint for the National Health Service. Local Miners, Iron workers and Quarrymen clubbed together to provide medical assistance for their families. When the local MP Aneurin Bevan became Minister of Health, he used the Tredegar Workingmen’s Medical Aid Society as the inspiration for National Health Service that celebrates its 70th birthday this year.

Bevan and the NHS gave the gift of health to the nation and we will be making a symbolic gift to present to Man Engine to celebrate this anniversary year and a legacy of our industrial heritage that often goes unnoticed.

Man Engine, the huge mechanical puppet, which resembles a giant miner, is set to visit seven of south Wales’s most important industrial heritage towns for a week of celebrations from April 8-12, 2018.

On April 9th, the Man Engine will visit Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar — Parc Bryn Bach has a long and proud mining history and has now been transformed into a beautiful country park. Here the Man Engine will come face to face with Aneurin Bevan MP and the miners, colliers, quarrymen and ironworkers who clubbed together to form Tredegar Workingmens Medical Aid Society in a pageant of music, drama and culture.

Visitors will be encouraged to raise their voices in song and watch as we wake the Man Engine and watch as he transforms to his towering 11.2 metres and receives a gift of health from Nye himself.

We are looking for crafty people to come and help us make a large scale willow structure Medicine Bottle and Love Spoon. You can spend all day with us or just drop in for an hour or so at Bedwellty House in Tredegar on the 3rd & 10th March between 10:00 and 16:00.  The sessions are tailored for adults and older children who have a creative interest.

If you would like to join us at these drop in sessions please contact Bedwellty on 01495 353370 or 01495 353397 or at sarah.jacob@aneurinleisure.org.uk . Refreshments will be available from the Orchid House Tea Rooms or you can bring a packed lunch.

Cllr David Davies Executive Member for Regeneration & Economic Development said, "We want as many people as possible to be part of the Man Engine event in Blaenau Gwent and this is a great way for people who enjoy arts and crafts to get involved."

Tickets for the Man Engine visit to Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar are available from www.themanengine.co.uk/cymru . Earlybird tickets are £3.00 for the Parc Bryn Bach event on 9th April 2018. Book today to avoid disappointment.
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Banish those back to school blues with our amazing range of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages this February Half Term at our Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent!

Throughout the Half Term week our six libraries across Blaenau Gwent will be offering a range of free art workshops and craft activities with a special Harry Potter theme for children of all ages.  Abertillery Library will also be hosting a new Lego Club on Wednesday 21st February from 2pm – 4pm, which is suitable for children aged 6+.  For more information on these activities ask at your local library or visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BlaenauGwentLibraries/

Come and join Mowgli and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther on a madcap adventure in a brand new musical adaptation of The Jungle Book at The Met on Tuesday 20th February at 1.30pm and 4.30pm.  Funny, exciting and wildly entertaining, this larger than life musical promises to be the perfect treat for families of all ages.  Tickets are £6.50 each – call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at https://aneurinleisure.ticketsolve.com/shows

Discover adventure at Parc Bryn Bach this half term with our exciting range of Adventure Activities from 19th – 23rd February.  Each day we have a thrilling choice of activities to choose from including canoeing, bush craft, climbing, archery, caving and gorge walking.  The activity days are suitable for ages 8 - 12 years and cost just £15 per person.  For more information call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk

If you’re looking for something to keep your little one’s entertained this February, Bedwellty House & Park have a wonderful range of activities for children aged 3+ that will capture their imagination; from our Pancake Day Story & Trail with Louby Lou on 13th February, a special Monster Mash themed fun day on 20th February, The Gingerbread Man Story & Trail with Louby Lou on 21st February (at Parc Bryn Bach) and our Mini Movers parent and toddler session 21st February.  For older children aged 8+ there’s also the hugely popular Nerf Wars on 22nd February and Tasty Treats Chocolate Workshops on 23rd February.  For more information call 01495 353397 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk

If your children are excited for this year’s Six Nations, be sure to get them booked onto our Rugby Fun Days at Tredegar and Abertillery Sports Centres on 22nd February.  We’ll also have Football Camps at Abertillery and Tredegar Sports Centres on 20th February, and a Cardiff City Football Camp Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on 21st & 22nd February.  For younger children, Abertillery Sports Centre will also be hosting a fun filled Parent & Toddler Fun Day on 19th February. 

Our popular Playschemes will also run throughout the week at all three Sports Centres providing a mix of activities including netball, basketball, racquet sports and much more!  For more information visit www.bglife.co.uk or call Abertillery on 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale on 01495 357777 and Tredegar on 01495 353395.

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With the holiday season just a distant memory and the New Year well underway, people everywhere are focused on improving their health and well-being, with ‘lose weight’ and ‘get in shape’ topping the list of this year’s most popular New Year’s resolutions.


But if you’re one of the 88% of people who struggle to maintain their good intentions and eventually abandon their resolutions – we can help you make 2018 the year you achieve your goals!

At Aneurin Leisure we have a fantastic range of facilities and services that can help you to achieve all of your health and well-being goals for 2018; whether that’s to lose weight, get more active, improve your general health or even step up your current fitness regime.

Our three Sports Centres each have a dedicated team of qualified and enthusiastic fitness professionals and with locations at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar, residents of Blaenau Gwent are never more than 5 miles away from getting the help and support they need to start a more healthy and active lifestyle.

With our life membership scheme starting from as little as 58p per day, customers can access over 100 Group Exercise Classes (including world class Les Mills), state of the art gyms, free weights, swimming pools, racquet sports and a health suite.

As a life member you can also access our brand new Activate Life programme which makes it even easier to track your progress and receive ongoing support from our team of fitness professionals.  Through our Taneta System we can provide an in-depth and truly personalized health and fitness consultation which records detailed statistics such as BMI, body fat, blood pressure, muscle mass, metabolic age, water weight, physique rating, bone mass plus much more.  We can then track your progress every four weeks and provide you with ongoing support on advice to help you achieve your goals.

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the initiative; “At Aneurin Leisure we feel passionately about helping people to lead healthy and active lifestyles, and we want to provide as much support as we can to anyone who’s interested in taking the first steps to improve their health and well-being.” 

To start your new life journey with us simply call our Customer Advisor team on 01495 368015 or email info@aneurinleisure.org.uk

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