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This year Ebbw Vale Library has been thrilled to be able to make a real difference to the Ebbw Vale town centre Christmas lights display, thanks to the efforts of The Little Red Tree group.

The group was established in 2016 with an aim to raise funds to supplement the Christmas lights in Ebbw Vale town centre, and within a year had succeeded.   At the end of 2018 funds were ear-marked for the Library, which was chosen for it's iconic appearance in the centre of the town.

Our Aneurin Leisure Library staff worked with the council to source and install the commercial lights for the official town centre switch-on, which took place on Saturday 24th November.

A spokesperson for The Little Red Tree group said; “The library windows are the final project for the Little Red Tree which has now ceased.  We would like to thank Aneurin Leisure Trust and Blaenau Gwent Council for their help in making the library lights so resplendent."

Tracy Jones, Libraries Service Manager for Aneurin Leisure added; "It has been a great opportunity to work in partnership with the Little Red Tree and Blaenau Gwent Council to support the local community.  The lights look amazing and we will be able to use them every year, thanks to the funding."

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Aneurin Leisure Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Download a copy of our full Christmas & New Year Opening Times flyer here


Christmas Eve Opening Times

  Monday 24th December

Abertillery Sports Centre

Tel: 01495 357779

 

8.30am – 11.30am

Tredegar Sports Centre

Tel: 01495 353395

 

8.30am – 11.30am

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Tel: 01495 357777

 

8.30am – 11.30am

The Metropole

Tel: 01495 355945

 

Closed

Abertillery Library

Tel: 01495 355646

 

Closed

Blaina Library

Tel: 01495 290312

 

10am – 12pm

Brynmawr Library

Tel: 01495 311035

Learning Action Centre

Tel: 01495 355595

 

9am – 12pm

Cwm Library

Tel: 01495 370454

 

Closed

Ebbw Vale Library

Tel: 01495 355055

 

9am – 12pm

Tredegar Library

Tel: 01495 357869

 

9am – 12pm

Learning Action Centres

Tel: 01495 355300

 

Closed

Bedwellty House & Park

Tel: 01495 353397

House Closed

Park Access 8.30am – 5.30pm

Parc Bryn Bach

Tel: 01495 355920

Visitor Centre Closed

Park Access 8.30am – 4pm

 

Christmas & New Year

  Abertillery Sports Centre

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Bedwellty House & Park

Parc Bryn Bach

The Met, Libraries, Learning Action Centres   & Tredegar Sports Centre

Christmas Day

 

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Closed

Boxing Day

Closed

Closed

House Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Thursday 27 December

Closed

Dry Side:
9am – 4pm

Swimming Pool:
10am – 3pm

Registrar Office:
10am – 2pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre:
11am – 3.30pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Friday 28 December

Dry Side:
9am – 4pm

Swimming Pool: Adults Only 
9am - 10am

Public Swim
10am-1pm

Dry Side:
9am – 4pm

Swimming Pool:
10am – 3pm

Registrar Office:
10am – 2pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre:
11am – 3.30pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Saturday 29 December

Dry Side:
10am – 4pm

Swimming Pool: Adults Only 
9am - 10am

Public Swim 
10am-1pm

Dry Side:
9am – 4pm

Swimming Pool:
10am – 3pm

House Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre:
9am – 3.30pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Sunday 30 December

Dry Side:
10am – 4pm

Swimming Pool: Adults Only
9am - 10am

Public Swim 
10am-1pm

Dry Side:
9am – 4pm

Swimming Pool:
10am – 3pm

House Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre:
9am – 3.30pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Monday 31 December

Dry Side:
10am – 4pm

Swimming Pool: Adults Only 
9am - 10am

Public Swim
10am-1pm

Dry Side:
10am – 4pm

Swimming Pool:
10am – 3pm

Registrar Office:
10am – 2pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre:
11am – 3.30pm

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Tuesday 1 January

Closed

Closed

House Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 5.30pm

Visitor Centre Closed

Park Access:
8.30am – 4pm

Closed

Wednesday 2 January

Normal Opening

Normal Opening

Normal Opening

Normal Opening

Normal Opening

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sd toyappeal newsletter

This year Aneurin Leisure is working alongside more than 20 wonderful charities to help support the annual St David’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which aims to bring some Christmas cheer to sick, disadvantaged and vulnerable children around South Wales.

The Toy Appeal has made a big difference to the lives of local children in previous years, and this year it’s set to be bigger and better as they aim to collect 10,000 toys from 1st – 23rd December!

If you would like to help make a difference to a child’s life this Christmas, it’s super easy to get involved in the St David’s Toy Appeal - here’s what you do:

  • Buy a gift for a child of any age (from 0 – 16 years).
  • Gifts must be new with their packaging and tags still on, and unwrapped (the charities will wrap your gift).
  • Take your gift to any Aneurin Leisure venue by Thursday 20th December. (Our venues include Bedwellty House, Parc Bryn Bach, The Met, Abertillery Sports Centrre, Ebbw Vale Sports Centre, Tredegar Sports Centre, Libraries and Learning Action Centres).
We will then collect all the donated gifts and deliver them to St David’s, who will distribute them to the charities ready for Christmas.

This year the charities taking part in the appeal include: Valleys Kids, Ty Hafan, Barnardos Cymru, Noah’s Ark, Follow Your Dreams, Home Start, The Salvation Army, Y Bont, Kidney Wales, Dreams & Wishes, Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and City Hospice.

To find out more about the St David’s Toy Appeal and get some gift ideas, visit www.stdavidscardiff.com/toyappeal
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Aneurin Leisure will soon be delivering a new project in Blaenau Gwent to help local people with their employment prospects. The Nurture, Equip, Thrive scheme will help under-employed people return to full employment and help people with work-limiting health conditions or disabilities to stay in work, return from sick leave or take on career development opportunities.

Aneurin Leisure will deliver the scheme in Blaenau Gwent and will offer mentoring, coaching, careers advice, skills development and childcare and transport to help people into sustainable employment. The scheme will attract £450,000 of EU funding and will benefit over 250 local people.

The South Wales Valleys will also benefit from an extra £8.8 million of EU funding to extend 2 existing projects – Working Skills for Adults II and Bridges into Work II, led by Torfaen Council in partnership with Aneurin Leisure in Blaenau Gwent, plus Bridgend, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil councils.

Working Skills for Adults II in Blaenau Gwent will receive an extra £340,000 to help employees gain new skills to improve their job security and career prospects. The scheme has already supported more than 300 people in the area to enhance their careers.

Michelle said of the Working Skills for Adults II Project “I can’t believe how far I have come since starting the project, I have had wonderful support from day one and without this project I may never have changed career or considered further learning.”

In Blaenau Gwent Bridges into Work II project will be supported by an additional £600,000 of EU funding to deliver training and mentoring to improve the skills and employability of long-term unemployed people. The funding will help around 400 people over the next 4 years.

Janet said of her experience; “Thanks to Bridges into Work I now have my dream job.”

Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government Finance Secretary said: “It is vital we continue to invest in the areas which need it most, removing barriers to work, reducing in-work poverty and helping people move towards a brighter and more prosperous future.  EU funds have already helped thousands of people throughout the South Wales Valleys improve their chances of getting a job. This extra investment will help build on this success.”

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure added: “Aneurin Leisure delighted to be delivering on these three projects helping local residents find and sustain work that meets their needs and aspirations.”

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On Wednesday 31st October, Head4Arts attended a House of Commons event hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), celebrating the contribution made by communities across the UK to mark the First World War Centenary.

Head4Arts was one of 12 organisations invited to attend the event out of over 2000 of those who received Heritage Lottery Funding over the First World War commemoration period.

At the event, Head4Arts showcased the Who Do I Think I Was project which was delivered across the South East Wales valleys region in 2016.  Working in partnership with Gwent and Glamorgan Archives, the project enabled community groups from all ages and backgrounds to encounter primary resource material that helped them to imagine what their lives might have been like during the First World War.

The event also provided an opportunity for Head4Arts to discuss plans for Exhibition in a Box, the final project in their series of activities linked to the First World War Centenary.  Exhibition in a Box, an arts and heritage project that will explore the theme of silence, has recently received funding through the Heritage Lottery First World War: then and now fund. The project will be delivered across the boroughs of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen in early 2019.

Attended by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright MP, Head4Arts joined other National Lottery funded projects showcasing their First War Centenary projects.

Ros Kerslake, HLF’s CEO, said: “The First World War was a truly global conflict, stretching out across oceans and continents. But its impact at home was huge.  Communities, families and society were forever changed by this war.  National Lottery funding has empowered people to discover and share the thousands of stories of the First World War that matter to them. And the response from communities has been an inspiration.”

In 2012, HLF launched a community grants programme called First World War: then and now, offering grants between £3,000 to £10,000.  Over the Centenary, HLF awarded more than £14million to community projects.

In addition, HLF awarded larger grants to First World War projects.  Projects include Imperial War Museum’s First World War Galleries; HMS Caroline and the home of First World War soldier and poet Hedd Wyn.  Total HLF funding in the First World War Centenary comes to almost £100million.

For more information on Who Do I Think I Was / Exhibition in a Box, visit www.head4arts.org.uk or follow @Head4Arts on Twitter and Facebook.

For further information on HLF’s funding for First World War Centenary projects visit: www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/news-features/OneCentenary  or follow #OneCentenary100Stories on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
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