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This summer has seen some very important changes to the ecosystem at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, as staff have worked with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s Biodiversity team on a variety of projects designed to improve the park’s biodiversity, the latest phase of which is designed to help the country’s declining bee populations.

Over the last couple of months, two top-bar bee hives have been installed on one of the islands at the centre of Parc Bryn Bach’s 36 acre freshwater lake, to help increase the number of pollinators.  Top bar hives are a more natural and sustainable way of bee keeping, allowing the bees to build their combs natural within the hive.  

Grounds staff from Parc Bryn Bach first began their preparation for the project in April 2017, receiving training and learning about sustainable top bar hive bee keeping and the importance of pollinators at an allotment in Abertillery.

A bee colony was then purchased from a bee keeper in Abergavenny and the bees were installed into their new home at the end of June 2017.  We’re happy to report that the bees are currently building comb, raising brood and storing honey to see them through the winter.

Contact has also been made with other local bee keepers within Blaenau Gwent which will help to locate and catch wild swarms to install into the second hive.  At the beginning of August, a swarm that had previously made its home in a compost bin on an allotment in Cwmtillery, was successfully removed and rehomed in the second hive at Parc Bryn Bach.

The ongoing biodiversity project at Parc Bryn Bach has been funded by the Postcode Lottery, and has also included the installation of a variety of bird and bat boxes throughout the park, the planting of native tree species and sowing of wildflower mixes which will create vital foraging opportunities for the new bee colonies.

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure, the charitable Trust that manages Parc Bryn Bach said; “We’re very grateful to the Biodiversity Team at Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and the local community of bee keepers for all the help and support they’ve given us to make these improvements, which we hope will enhance the biodiversity and sustainability at the park for years to come.  We’d also like to thank Groundwork Wales for their invaluable support and the Postcode Lottery for their funding which has made all this possible.”

Nadine Morgan, Biodiversity Officer for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council added: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work with all the staff at Parc Bryn Bach to be able to install bee hives on the island. Our main aim is to help increase the number of pollinators which is vital for biodiversity and to create a sustainable future.  We endeavour to protect and enhance the natural environment not only for biodiversity but also for future generations to enjoy.”

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Aneurin Leisure’s Adult Community Learning is celebrating record success this year in their GCSE English and Maths results. 

In a record year, 100% of learners achieved grades A - D in their English GCSE, 100% of learners achieved grades A - C in their Maths Higher Level GCSE, and 100% achieved grades A - D in their Maths Intermediate Level GCSE.

These amazing results illustrate how learners of all ages can have a second chance to improve their qualifications by accessing GCSE English and Maths courses at their local Learning Action Centres in Blaenau Gwent, enabling them to achieve their ambitions and improve their future career prospects.

Many of the learners collected their results from Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre early on Thursday 24th August including the two learners pictured above; Euan Knowles, aged 20 from Brynmawr who achieved an A in English and a B in Maths and Kimberley Badham, aged 22 from Tredegar, who achieved a B in Maths.

Euan Knowles, said of his results; “I couldn’t be happier with my results, massive thanks to my tutors Clare and Ian for all their support.”

Ceri Waters Partnerships, Funding and Contracts Manager at Aneurin Leisure said:  “Huge congratulations to all our learners and their tutors on these excellent results.  The commitment from the learners this year has been tremendous, with many attending evening classes whilst in full-time employment.  We are extremely proud of all our learners and wish them every success for the future.”

If you would like more information on the new range of courses available this September in Adult Community Learning, please visit http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/explore/community-education  or telephone 01495 355300.

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Here are our Summer Bank Holiday opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure Venues:


Venue

Sunday 27th August

Monday 28th August

Abertillery Sports Centre

Swimming

Adults Only 8.15am – 9am

Public 9am – 1pm

Swimming Lessons

8.30am – 9.30am

1pm – 4pm

Gym

8.30am – 6.15pm

Closed

Bedwellty House & Park

Open as normal

Open as normal

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

Open as normal

Gym

8am – 4pm

Swimming Pool

10am – 3pm

Health Suite

8am – 3.30pm

Outdoor Pitches

8am – 4pm

Fitness Classes

Only virtual classes will be running today

Learning Action Centres

Closed

Closed

Libraries

Closed

Closed

Parc Bryn Bach

Open as normal

Open as normal

The Met

Closed

Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre

Open as normal

Closed

All our venues will be open as normal from Tuesday 29th August 2017

For more information contact:

Abertillery Sports Centre: 01495 357779                 Bedwellty House & Park: 01495 353379

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre: 01495 357777                 Parc Bryn Bach: 01495 355920

Tredegar Sports Centre: 01495 353395                    

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Alice in Wonderland Art Workshop Tredegar

Last week saw children and parents alike letting their creativity fly with two free Alice in Wonderland themed art workshops at our Libraries in Abertillery and Tredegar.

Over 35 children of all ages and their parents attended the free workshops organised by Blaenau Gwent Libraries, which featured the creative talents of Newport based freelance artist, Andy O’Rourke.

The sessions focussed on the famous Lewis Carroll story, Alice in Wonderland, with Andy O’Rourke teaching the children how to draw a variety of the characters, while Donna Hardman, our Libraries Development Officer read stories to the budding artists.

The sessions proved to be hugely popular with all the participants, generating lots of positive feedback, including:

“I had a fantastic time, I'm really proud of my drawings!” - Abbie, aged 8

“It's great to have a free event, which encourages reading too!” - Parent

Andy O’Rourke said of the workshops; "We had two great sessions. In the morning 23 children produced beautiful dynamic illustrations full of colour and life. In the afternoon it seemed like it was mainly the adults who wanted to play and leaped at the chance to reawaken their artistic talents. They produced some beautiful and unique illustrations brimming with character."

Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager added: “During the summer holidays all our libraries have held a range of workshops and events promoting our new 'Adventures in Wonderland' reading scheme. The project has enabled the service to engage with families in new, innovative ways using Alice in Wonderland themed events.  It is proving to be a great way to encourage children to use libraries, with sessions being exciting, fun and fostering creativity!  Families have really appreciated having free events in their local libraries, which also help to keep children reading throughout the summer.”

For more information on our six libraries located across Blaenau Gwent and the varied services they offer please visit http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

Alice in Wonderland Workshop Abertillery

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Adam Walker Training Session

This month saw world renowned British swimmer Adam Walker, hold a very special open water training session at Parc Bryn Bach where he shared insights on his revolutionary new Ocean Walker swimming stroke technique with ten eager participants.
 
Adam is the first British person to swim the ‘Oceans 7’, an incredible feat that consists of swimming the world’s seven toughest sea channels, an accomplishment made all the more impressive by the fact that he is only the fifth person in the world to complete the challenge, and only the second in history to do it on his first attempt.
 
It was during this challenge that Adam became injured and was advised not to swim anymore, but determined to succeed he set about finding a better way of swimming, which would enable him to carry on, and the Ocean Walker Technique was born.
 
Adam now runs his own Ocean Walker business with his girlfriend Gemma, coaching swimmers to help improve their stroke technique and giving them solid advice based on his own experiences.
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