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Met Autumn Shows 2018

Welcome to a brand new season of entertainment at The Metropole Cultural & Conference Centre in Abertillery!

Our new Autumn/Winter season is packed full of energetic and engaging performances, so whether you’re looking for comedy, drama, music, opera or something for the children, we have plenty of top quality entertainment for you to choose from.

This season also sees the launch of our brand new website at www.the-met.co.uk which provides a full calendar of all our upcoming shows, as well as information on hiring the venue and a little bit about the history of The Met.

We kick off our new season of live music on 29th September with one of the UK’s most recognized tributes to the fab four, The Beatles Go On, followed by the amazing voice of Maggie Nestor in The Carpenters Experience on 27th October and renowned musicians Allan Yn Y Fan, who will be taking to the stage on 17th November with their unique blend of traditional Welsh music infused with their own compositions.

From Monday 1st to Friday 5th October we will be hosting a special Dementia Friendly Awareness Week at The Met in partnership with Head 4 Arts, which will show through participation in arts activities, how we can contribute to the health and wellbeing of people with dementia.

Wednesday 17th October will see the welcome return of Nye & Jennie: A Working Class Tale of Life, Labour and Love as it returns to The Met following its triumphant debut at the venue last year. Co-produced by Aneurin Leisure and Theatre na nÓg, this beautifully written drama spans the story of the partnership of Aneurin Bevan Jennie Lee and their remarkable life together.

Mid Wales Opera’s SmallStages will be bringing live opera with a Spanish beat to The Met on Saturday 10th November with Ravel’s exhilarating one-act clock shop comedy, L’heure Espagnole (A Spanish Hour).

Everyone’s favorite hoteliers Basil and Sybil Fawlty will be providing an evening of hilarious comedy and fine dining, ably assisted by Manuel or course, on 16th November as The Faulty Towers Dining Experience comes to Bedwellty House & Park in Tredegar. The laughs don’t stop there though; we’ll also have superb comedy drama at the Met with John Godber’s April in Paris on 3rd November and a sidesplitting evening celebrating all things Dibley with The Vicar of Dibley on 16th January 2019.

As the festive season draws near, we have a variety of fun filled entertainment guaranteed to appeal to the whole family. Our spectacular Christmas pantomime, Peter Pan, starring Owen Money runs from 23rd November to 2nd December, followed by the hilarious new show Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps on Saturday 15th December. After Christmas the superstars of Welsh Wrestling return to the Met on 5th January with their top rope flying wrestling extravaganza and we’ll be following the Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio on 27th and 28th February.

For more information on any of these shows or to book your tickets online you can visit our exciting new look website at www.the-met.co.uk or call our Box Office on 01495 355945

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Ocean Walker 2018 group
 
This month saw world renowned British swimmer Adam Walker return to Parc Bryn Bach to hold a special open water training session, where he shared insights on his revolutionary new 'Ocean Walker' swimming stroke technique.

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.
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Susan Mitchell gcse 2018

Last week saw Aneurin Leisure’s Adult Community Learning celebrating successes in their GCSE English and Maths results.

Adult Community Learning achieved a 97% pass rate which shows the amazing commitment and dedication of the learners, many of whom attend evening classes whilst in full-time employment.

Ceri Waters, Partnerships, Funding and Contracts Manager at Aneurin Leisure said of the results; "We are extremely proud of the achievements of our learners and send them heartfelt congratulations and wish them every success in the future. We must also acknowledge the hard work of the teaching staff and the support of the learners' families which all contributes to enabling them to fulfil their aspirations and goals."

Pictured above is Susan Mitchell, who attained an A grade in Higher Tier Maths, and her tutor Ian Howells.

Susan enthused; “I am absolutely thrilled with my results, I never thought at the start I would be able to have achieved an A grade!”

If you would like more information on the new range of courses available this September in Adult Community Learning, you can view and download our 2018/19 brochure at https://aneurinleisure.org.uk/explore/community-education or call us on 01495 355300.

 

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bank holiday

Here are our opening times for all our Aneurin Leisure venues on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018:

Abertillery Sports Centre - Closed

Bedwellty House & Park – Open as normal, for any enquiries please call 01495 353397

Ebbw Vale Sports Centre – The Gym is open 8am - 4pm, and the Pool is open from 10am - 3pm, for any enquiries please call 01495 357777

Learning Action Centres – Closed

Libraries - Closed

Parc Bryn Bach - Open as normal, for any enquiries please call 01495 355920

The Met – Closed

Tredegar Sports Centre - Closed

All our venues will re-open as normal on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

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Did you know you can access FREE on-line magazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks from our Libraries Service in Blaenau Gwent?

We have two fantastic FREE services that offer our library members access to huge range of titles for all interests and ages!

Love magazines?  There are over 200 magazines to choose from that are free to download to your tablet, ipad, phone or PC.  Titles include all the bestselling magazines such as Hello, Cosmopolitan, Men's Fitness, Running Times and Rugby World plus many more.

Browse the range of titles here: http://www.rbdigital.com/wales/service/magazines/landing

Looking for your next great summer read?  Our new eBook and eAudiobook service offers a wide range of titles for adults and children, great for going on holidays and saving money and space in your suitcase!

Browse the range of titles at: https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/mainPage.html?b2bSite=6352

To access all these FREE eMagazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks you just need your library card number and PIN (if you don’t know your PIN number just ask your local library)

Not a member of the library? Not a problem!

It's really easy to join - you can either call in to your local library or register on-line at http://aneurinleisure.org.uk/heritage/libraries

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

Happy reading!

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