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There’s lots of spooky goings on at our Aneurin Leisure venues this October Half Term as we launch into a week full of fun filled activities for children of all ages across Blaenau Gwent!
 
Whether you’d like to enjoy a spooky children’s show, get creative with some craft activities, find your next adventure or get active with a range of sporty themed sessions – we have something for everyone at Aneurin Leisure!
 
Join us at The Met on Monday 30th October at 2pm for the spookiest trick or treat show ever as we venture into Crafty’s Creepy Castle!  This family show is full of popular children’s songs and spooky goings on - come in your scariest costume and join the adventure to find the hidden treasure, then meet Crafty afterwards to receive a special Trick or Treat present!  Tickets are £8.50 Adult / £6.50 Child / £25 Family.  Call the Box Office on 01495 355945 or book online at https://aneurinleisure.ticketsolve.com/shows
 
Get ready for Halloween at one of our themed Craft Workshops at Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th from 10am – 4pm where we’ll be making spooky lanterns and masks!  For the young thrill seekers out there we’ll also have an exciting range of Adventure Activities 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
 
There’s lots of spooky fun on offer for your little one’s at Bedwellty House and Park this Half Term, ranging from our Spooky Trails and Tales with Louby Lou on Tuesday 31st October to our Halloween themed Mini Movers Messy Play for parents and toddlers on Wednesday 1st November.  For the older children (ages 7+) we also have two fun workshops on Thursday 2nd November where they can make their own Flights, Kites & Rockets or build their own Fairy or Pixie Garden.  Call us on 01495 353397 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk
 
If you’re looking for something a little sporty to keep your children entertained, our three Sports Centres have a fantastic range of activities on offer for children of all ages, ranging from Football and Netball Camps to our Playcscheme Days.  Each Sports Centre also has a variety of fun Halloween themed activities including; an Inflatable Fun Friday with A1 Jump and Bounce at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on Friday 27th October, an Under 10’s Halloween Party at Abertillery Sports Centre on Monday 30th October and an Aqua Halloween Party at Tredegar Sports Centre on Friday 3rd November.  For more information visit www.bglife.co.uk or call Abertillery on 01495 357779, Ebbw Vale on 01495 357777 and Tredegar on 01495 355958.
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We are thrilled to announce that Bedwellty House and Park in Tredegar has won First Place in the Community Group Category Award at this year’s annual Blaenau Gwent in Bloom competition.

The prestigious award was granted in recognition of two particular areas of the park; the Circular Garden at the front of the House and the Kitchen Garden, which provides a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruit to our onsite Orchid House Tea Room for use in their meals and snacks.

The beautiful parkland surrounding Bedwellty House is looked after by a team of Aneurin Leisure Grounds Maintenance staff and dedicated volunteers from the community, who work together each day to ensure the park and its various flower beds and borders are maintained to a high standard and flourish throughout the year.

The award has particular significance this year as the park and Kitchen Garden have sadly been the victim of regular attacks of vandalism throughout the summer, which has seen the greenhouses, shed and plants damaged.  Despite the heartbreaking losses, the team of gardeners have persevered and doubled their efforts to re-plant the garden and repair the damage left behind.

Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure, the charitable Trust that runs Bedwellty House & Park said of the award; “We at Aneurin Leisure are very proud of the team at Bedwellty House and Park for all their amazing efforts this year which has resulted in the park gaining recognition and winning this prestigious award from Blaenau Gwent in Bloom.

I would like to thank the organisers and judges from Blaenau Gwent in Bloom for considering our venue and for the high praise they’ve given us.

I would also like to take the opportunity to say a special thank you to all the staff and community volunteers at Bedwellty House for their tireless efforts to keep the park looking beautiful throughout the year for our visitors, and commend them for the commitment and determination they showed when much of their hard work was destroyed by vandalism during the summer.”

Pictured above is Clive Sainsbury from our Grounds Maintenance team and his brother Robert, who volunteers as a gardener at Bedwellty Park, holding the Blaenau Gwent in Bloom awards in the Kitchen Garden at Bedwellty Park.

Also pictured is Keith Thomas, from our grounds Maintenance team accepting the Blaenau Gwent in Bloom Award at the awards evening in the General Offices in Ebbw Vale.

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Libraries across Wales will be coming alive this October and putting on a show for everyone to see as they promote Libraries Week 2017 from 9th – 14th October.  

Libraries Week is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries have to offer and this year people are being encouraged to visit their local library and discover the various activities they have to offer including free computer usage, online resources and even a space to relax with a coffee.

Across our six libraries in Blaenau Gwent we will have a busy programme of events for people of all ages and interests throughout Libraries Week, ranging from free digital sessions and surgeries to local history workshops, crafts activities and a special Winnie the Pooh Dementia Friendly Day at Blaina Library.

We will also be promoting our range of free online resources such as e-books, magazines and comics, all of which can be accessed through your library membership.

One of the supporters of Libraries Week is award winning author Giancarlo Gemin who will be delivering school workshops in Blaenau Gwent and Cardiff libraries, discussing his Valleys based book, Sweet Pizza: “I think libraries are wonderful locations and often undervalued. There are so many activities organised by libraries throughout the year but Libraries Week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what they have to offer. This year’s theme is “Discover Something New” and I would encourage anyone to pop along to their local library and I guarantee you will find something you never knew was offered within its walls.” 

Abertillery Library

Tuesday 10th October
·         Work Club 9.30am - 12.00pm
·         Shelter Cymru drop in session 9.30am -12pm
·         Citizens Advice drop in 2pm - 4.30pm

Wednesday 11th October
·         Work Club 9.30am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
·         Stop Smoking Wales 9.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday 12th October
·         Work Club 9.30am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
·         Family History Research 9.30am - 11.30am

Friday 13th October
·         Alun Davies AM Surgery 11am – 12pm

Call us on 01495 355646 for more information

Blaina Library

Monday 9th October
·         Police Surgery 2pm - 3pm
·         Digital Drop In Session with Age Cymru 10am - 1pm
·         Local History Research Open Day 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5.30pm

Thursday 12th October
·         Language Lambs - Under 5's French Storytime and Activity 10am - 11.30
·         Knit and Natter 1pm - 3pm
·         Getting Started Job Club 10am - 1pm

Friday 13th October
·         Aberystruth Historical Society Archaeology Open Day 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5.30pm
·         Welsh For Beginners 3.30pm - 5pm
·         'Winnie the Pooh Dementia Friendly Day' - Come and celebrate with tea and honey, - activities and reminiscence on the theme of Winnie the Pooh
·         Health Checks 2pm - 3pm

Call us on 01495 290312 for more information

Brynmawr Library

Tuesday 10th October
·         Workclub with 'Getting Started Project' 10am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 11th October
·         Workclub with Bridges into Work 10am - 12.30pm

Thursday 12th October
·         Communties4work 2pm - 4pm

Friday 13th October
·         Digital Drop-in (learn how to access e-books and other on-line resources) 10am - 12.30pm

Call us on 01495 357743 for more information

Cwm Library

Wednesday 11th October
·         Computers Don't Bite 1pm - 3pm

Friday 13th October
·         Jobclub 10am - 12pm
·         Local History Research Session 2pm - 4pm

Call us on 01495 370454 for more information

Ebbw Vale Library

Monday 9th October
·         Get Blaenau Gwent On-line 9.30am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday 10th October
·         Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Drop-in Session 2pm - 4pm
·         Communities First Work Club 10am - 12pm
·         U3A Reading Group 10.30am - 11.30am
·         Ebbw Vale Library Reading Group 2.30pm - 3.30pm
·         Digital Drop-in (Saving money-online and financial literacy) 10.30am - 2.30pm

Thursday 12th October
·         Toddler Group 11am - 12pm

Friday 13th October
·         Knit and Natter 10am - 12pm
·         Bridges Into Work Job Club 10am - 12pm
·         Blaenau Gwent Effect Business Support Drop-in Session 10am - 12pm
·         Get Blaenau Gwent On-line 9.30am - 12pm

Call us on 01495 355055 for more information

Tredegar Library

Monday 9th October
·         Job Club with Getting Started Project 10am - 12pm
·         Computer Class 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
·         Improve your English Skills Class 9.30am - 11.30am
·         Improve your Maths 12pm - 2pm
·         Decoupage Art Class 2pm - 4pm
·         Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Drop-in 10am - 12pm

Tuesday 10th October
·         Job Club with Communities First 10am - 12pm
·         Singalong with Goldies Cymru 12pm - 1pm (£2.00 per session)
·         Gentle Exercise Class 12.45pm - 1.45pm (£3.00 per session)
·         Get Blaenau Gwent On-line 2pm - 4pm

Wednesday 11th October
·         Job Club with Communities First 10am -12pm
·         Knit and Natter 10.30am - 12.30pm
·         Baby Massage 10am - 11am
·         Computer Class 10-12pm
·         Local History Archive Group 2pm - 4pm
·         Parchment Craft 2pm - 4pm

Friday 13th October
·         World War 1 Research Group 10am - 1pm

Call us on 01495 357869 for more information

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During September we’re offering a range of free health checks at a number of our Aneurin Leisure venues across Blaenau Gwent, to help people get an idea of their current health status and offer some help and advice on how they can improve their general health and well-being.


On Monday 11th September each of our Sports Centres at Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar are hosting a Free MOT Day from 10am – 12pm and 5pm – 7pm.  During these free sessions visitors can receive an in-depth and truly personalized health and fitness consultation through our new Tanita systems, which accurately measures body composition, blood pressure, height, weight and BMI. 

Our trained fitness professionals can then use this information to provide helpful advice and support on how they can improve their health and well-being and even identify and set wellness goals.

Each of our six libraries across Blaenau Gwent will also be offering visitors Free Health Checks from 8th – 15th September:

  • Ebbw Vale Library: Friday 8th September from 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Brynmawr Library: Monday 11th September from 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Abertillery Library: Wednesday 13th September from 11am – 12pm
  • Cwm Library: Friday 15th September from 10am – 11am
  • Tredegar Library: Friday 15th September from 2pm – 3pm
  • Blaina Library: Friday 15th September from 2pm – 3pm
Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the initiatives; “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, which is why we’ve planned a series of free health checks at a variety of our venues around Blaenau Gwent. 

We’d like to encourage people of all ages to take advantage of these sessions, whether they’d just like to check how they’re doing or get some advice on how to make some health and fitness improvements, to pop along to their local library or sports centre and have a chat with our qualified staff.”

For more information on any of these sessions call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 355958.
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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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