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Jeffrey NERS

Jeffrey was signposted to the National Exercise Referral Programme from the X-Pert Diabetes programme in September 2016, hoping to improve his health and reduce the risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic.

After a 16 week programme of regular exercise as well as information and support from the NERS team, Jeffrey has made huge improvements to his health.

Jeffrey said of his experience; “Since completing both the X-Pert Diabetes programme and NERS, I have reduced my weight by 20kg and 7 inches from my waist.  I am no longer in danger of becoming a Type 2 diabetic and my BMI is now 25! 

This has improved all aspects of my health and wellbeing, which in turn has given me greater energy and stamina for my past times, golf and rambling.

I can’t thank the staff who helped me in these programmes enough as it changed my life.”

If you'd like to know more about the National Exercise Referral Scheme call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 368015.

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The last few months have seen curious Alice in Wonderland themed activities springing up all over Blaenau Gwent, as the Libraries Service have tumbled down the rabbit hole for a special ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ literary project.

'Adventures in Wonderland' is an exciting new library based project which for the first time combines reading, discussion and social media, all based around Lewis Caroll's famous story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The project uses a free app called 'TwLetteratura', which enables the participants to read chapters of the book across the same time period, and share their comments via a twitter based feature.  The comments can then be viewed, liked and replied to by other participants using the app.

The Libraries Service in Blaenau Gwent has worked with a range of partners, including Literature Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff University and Head4Arts to deliver this new, exciting project. 

A range of promotional activities have also been held across all our libraries, including Dementia Friendly events, coffee mornings, reading groups and children's art and craft sessions, all on the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

An end of project celebration event is being held at Abertillery Library on Monday 13th November from 3pm - 5pm which is suitable for all ages and open to everyone.  The free event will be a showcase of people's experiences and the work they produced, and also provide a variety of fun activities including face-painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and printing.  Free refreshments will also be available.

Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager said: “During the last couple of months 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.   The TwLetteratura app has also been a great feature of the project - enabling people from all over Blaenau Gwent to connect and share their thoughts and comments with each on the book they’ve all been reading, whether it’s from the comfort of their own home, or at one of our group sessions.”
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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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