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Our Blaenau Gwent Libraries will be celebrating National Libraries Week with a range of activities on the theme of well-being as Libraries across the country showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness and provide spaces for reading and creativity.

Dementia Friendly 'Remembrance and Reminiscence' Sessions are being held at Brynmawr Library on Monday 8th October 2pm - 5pm and Cwm Library on Friday 12th October 2pm - 5pm.  The sessions will be themed on local history and using reminiscence to help stimulate conversation and bring back happy memories.  A range of information for anyone affected will also be available.

Stress Busting sessions are being held at Tredegar Library from 10am - 12.30pm and at Abertillery Library from 2pm - 5pm on Wednesday 10th October which will provide free taster sessions in hand, foot and face reflexology (places will need to be booked in advance at the library).

Tredegar Library is holding an open day on Thursday 11th October from 10.30am - 2.30pm to raise awareness of library services for visually impaired people. Various activities will be delivered including storytelling, mindfulness, singalongs, stress awareness and local history sessions. Demonstrations on accessing our new e-audio service will also be available and information on our home delivery service and talking books.

For more information contact your local library:

Abertillery 01495 355646 • Blaina 01495 290312 • Brynmawr 01495 357743 • Cwm 01495 370454 • Ebbw Vale 01495 355055 • Tredegar 01495 357869

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Next week all of our Libraries across Blaenau Gwent will be hosting Coffee Mornings to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, so why not pop along and join us for some coffee (or tea) and cake!

All donations will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support to help fund the vital work they do in our communities to help people affected by cancer.


Abertillery Library: Wednesday 26th September 10am – 2pm

Tredegar Library: Wednesday 26th September 10am – 2pm

Cwm Library: Thursday 27th September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Blaina Library: Thursday 27th September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Ebbw Vale Library: Friday 28th September 10am – 12pm

Brynmawr Library: Friday 28th September 10am – 12pm


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Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has created an independent customer survey questionnaire to evaluate the five core community services that have been outsourced to Aneurin Leisure.

We value the feedback from users (past and present) of these services on how well you feel these services are being delivered and would like to capture your views on improvements that could be made, so that we can plan for future needs and aspirations for our public services across the County Borough.

The 5 service areas include 1) Sport and Leisure 2) Education and Learning Services including Libraries, 3) Destination Venues, 4) Outdoor Activity Centres and 5) Live Entertainment, Theatres and Arts Development; the specific venues associated with service delivery are included at the bottom of this page.

The survey should take no more than 5 minutes per service area, if you do not use one or more of the services you may move onto the next. For every service area you feedback on we will enter your details into a prize draw to win £250 of Argos vouchers. We hope that you will be able to participate in this important exercise. 

To take the survey please click here


Thank you for taking the time to contribute towards the future development of our shared community services, we continually aim to meet the expectations of our customers and plan for the future.


Venues within the core service areas:

1)      Tredegar Sports Centre
         Ebbw Vale Sports Centre

         Abertillery Sports Centre   

2)      Ebbw Vale Learning Action Centre
         Brynmawr Learning Action Centre
         Tredegar Library
         Ebbw Vale Library
         Cwm Library
         Brynmawr Library
         Blaina Library
         Abertillery Library


3)      Bedwellty House 

4)      Parc Bryn Bach

5)      The Metropole

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EVSC Open Day

Are you looking to improve your health and fitness? Maybe you’re interested in getting in shape before the office Christmas party? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a way to switch up your current training regime?

Whatever your motivation, you won’t want to miss our FREE Open Day at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Friday 21st September from 6am – 10pm.

For one day only we’re offering FREE entry in to the gym for non-members any time from 6am – 10pm.   So whether you’d like to have a look around, check out the equipment or come for a workout – everyone is invited!

In addition to FREE entry to the gym, we’ll also be offering a variety of FREE taster sessions throughout the day, showcasing some of our popular Group Exercise Classes:


  • SPIN                                      6.30am                 Experience the new generation of cycling
  • HITFIT                                   9.30am                 Maximum effort, maximum results
  • JUMP                                    12.30pm               Plyometric workout with a huge calorie burn
  • NUTRITION TALK              3pm                       Find out how to improve your diet
  • ENCORE                               5pm                       All your abdominal needs
  • SPIN                                      6pm                       Experience the new generation of cycling
  • HITFIT                                   7pm                       Maximum effort, maximum results

For more information on our Open Day or any of our classes please all us on 01495 357777.

If you’d like to know more about our facilities or download a Swimming or Group Exercise Class timetable for any of our Sports Centres please visit our website at www.bglife.co.uk
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The Met, Abertillery will be opening its doors to people living with dementia and their families and carers next month for a day of activities and workshops, including a Dementia Friendly performance of This Incredible Life by Alan Harris, presented by Canoe Theatre in partnership with Theatrau Sir Gar.

The Dementia Friendly Theatre Day, developed in partnership the Alzheimer’s Society, will begin on Wednesday 3rd October at 10.30am with information stations open where members of the public can find out about activities and groups that support living well with dementia. The day also includes an opportunity to take part in Dementia Friends training, a nationwide initiative where participants can learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help. People living with dementia and their families and carers can also take part in a free creative workshop for family, friends and carers wishing to better manage Dementia.

The focus of the day will be a Dementia Friendly performance of This Incredible Life by Alan Harris which has been created to enable a relaxed audience experience. During the performance, the theatre will be well lit with comfortable sound levels, there will be plenty of space between seats and audience members can leave the theatre and re-enter as and when they need to. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to meet the cast. The play will also include local references from Abertillery in the 60s and 70s to spark memories and connections.
Canoe Theatre are working with local volunteers who will support visitors throughout the day by offering directions and assistance. Volunteers will join venue staff in a Dementia Friends sessions in the run up to the day to ensure that they understand what is needed to support people living with dementia.

This Incredible Life tells the story of retired journalist Mab and her nephew Robert. As they spend time together their family history unfolds with funny and moving consequences. Alan Harris’ latest comedy will sweep audiences off their feet with live music, film and a story that will lift the spirits and warm the heart, MGM style.

Mab and Robert will be played by Sharon Morgan (Hinterland, Torchwood, Under Milk Wood) and Christopher Elson (Da Vinci’s Demons, High Hopes, Torchwood), and will be joined on stage by a supporting cast of seven character parts who are being filmed on location in Wales. Local businesses from a chip shop to a dental surgery have opened their doors for filming to help bring the play to life. Actor Sharon Morgan is developing a bilingual text and the company have also been calling on local experts to suggest places that they remember from the 60s and 70s as locations will change as the play tours Wales. The film work will be created by Jorge Lizalde and the play will also feature a new score, written for the piece by composer Richard Barnard.

Director Julia Thomas explains where the idea for the play came from; “When I was younger I was forever asking my granny to tell me stories about her life and we would often get lost in afternoons of watching beautiful films full of love and hope with amazing dance routines. I wanted to see if we could create this feeling on stage. It is both epic and intimate, funny and touching. It is a story that is suitable for all. I feel that we have a responsibility to make sure that our theatres offer something for everyone and I am excited to be sharing this play with eight inspiring Welsh venues committed to the same cause.”

Canoe Theatre collaborated with Ffwrnes to present the first full production of This Incredible Life in 2016, including a highly successful day of activities that helped to establish Ffwrnes as a Dementia Friendly venue. They have come together to create the touring version of the play employing a dedicated co-ordinator in each area to plan a day of activity, refreshments and socialising. There will be over 150 young volunteers recruited across Wales to support the Dementia Friendly Theatre Days.

Marcia Vale from the Alzheimer’s Society stated that “The Dementia Friendly Performance was the first activity in the region that stepped out of the stereotypical dementia support activity. It was a wonderful event that has allowed people living with dementia to engage in an activity that is currently unavailable to them in this form.

The play was very thought provoking and enabled the audience to `live in the moment’. The play had a really good connection with the local area which added to the experience.

This connection drew on the long-term memories of the audience and brought the story to life.

The reactions that followed the performance confirmed that it was a huge success. It made the members of the audience feel part of a normal activity and was a warm and welcoming experience.”

Sharon Casey, Theatres Development Manager at Theatrau Sir Gâr, said; “We are proud to be working with Canoe Theatre again following the success of the first production of This Incredible Life. We are pleased to be supporting the play to visit more venues and reach more audiences across Wales.”

Canoe Theatre’s tour of This Incredible Life is made possible by the support of the Arts Council of Wales.
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