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Folklore

Blaenau Gwent has a great many tales of folklore and myth which is not suprising due to the great number of historical events and buildings the Borough holds.

There are many local stories of fairies, witches, hounds and the supernatural - which only you can decide whether you believe!

Events are held throughout the year at various locations throughout the Borough highlighting folklore, and an annual Calan Gaeaf event held every 31st October at St Illtyd's celebrating the Celtic New Year.

Rev. Edmund Jones

Edmund Jones is the source of much of our knowledge of the landscape, way of life, customs and folk-lore of Blaenau Gwent before the Industrial Revolution altered these valleys forever. This remarkable man was born in 1702 on the small farm of Penllwyn, in Nantyglo, in the parish of. . .

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A Ghostly Guide of Blaenau Gwent

Every summer, thousands of hikers enjoy the spectacular views from the Offa’s Dyke footpath running along Hatterall Hill. This is the highest and most easterly ridge of the Black Mountains and forms the border between Wales and Herefordshire. Most of them will be unaware that they may have unseen company. . .

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Folklore of Llanhilleth & Aberbeeg

The Fairies

In 1779, the Rev. Edmund Jones (1702-1793), a local Independent minister, published A Geographical, Historical, and Religious Account of the Parish of Aberystruth. Chapter XIV of this now very rare book is entitled. . .

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Corpse Ways and Fairy Weddings in Blaenau Gwent

An article by Paul Devereux in 3rd Stone Magazine on “corpse ways” brought to mind another anecdote from Edmund Jones’ A Geographical, Historical and Religious Account of the Perish of Aberystruth, which was printed at the Methodist commune at Trefeca, Breconshire, in 1779. . .

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Arthurian Gwent

The Arthur of medieval Welsh literature - be it in Welsh or in Latin - is the archetypal Celtic hero - a rough, vigorous, splendidly barbarian figure fighting boars and serpents, witches, dog-headed warriors and other dreaded enemies. . .

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Christmas & New Year Opening Times
Aneurin Leisure Christmas & New Year Opening Times Christmas Eve Opening Times   Monday 24th December Abertillery Sports Centr...
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Aneurin Leisure Joins St David's Christmas Toy Appeal
This year Aneurin Leisure is working alongside more than 20 wonderful charities to help support the annual St David’s Christmas Toy Appeal, which ai...
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New Employment Project Aims to Help People in Blaenau Gwent
Aneurin Leisure will soon be delivering a new project in Blaenau Gwent to help local people with their employment prospects. The Nurture, Equip, Thriv...
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Latest Events

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  • Date: Sun Dec 09
    Location:The Met
    Join Abertillery Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society in conjunction with Aberti...

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  • Date: Sun Dec 09 @ 9:00AM -
    Location:Ebbw Vale Sports Centre
    If your looking for an event to get all the family into the festive spirit, why ...

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  • Date: Tue Dec 11 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season on the 11th - 13th Decembe...

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  • Date: Wed Dec 12 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season on the 11th - 13th Decembe...

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  • Date: Thu Dec 13 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join us for a delicious Festive Lunch in our Orchid House Tea Room at Bedwellty ...

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  • Date: Thu Dec 13 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join us on Thursday 13th December for a festive three course lunch plus tea, cof...

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  • Date: Thu Dec 13 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    AYDMS celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season on the 11th - 13th Decembe...

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  • Date: Fri Dec 14 @11:00AM - 12:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Come and join us for a special themed Christmas messy play!All the mess and magi...

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  • Date: Fri Dec 14 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join us for a delicious Festive Lunch in our Orchid House Tea Room at Bedwellty ...

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  • Date: Fri Dec 14 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Add some glitz and glamour to your festive season with one of our Christmas Part...

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