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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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Halloween Half Term Fun with Aneurin Leisure
  We’ve got lots of great thrills and chills for families and children of all ages at our Aneurin Leisure venues this October Half Term. Wheth...
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World Mental Health Day 2018
  Did you know that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14? That’s why The World Federation for Mental Health is focusing today’s #W...
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4th Anniversary for Aneurin Leisure
This week marks our fourth anniversary as a charitable trust, providing a wide range of well-being services to promote healthy lifestyles to communiti...
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Latest Events

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  • Date: Wed Oct 17 @ 1:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee were comrades and flatmates who together fought and...

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  • Date: Wed Oct 17 @ 7:30PM -
    Location:The Met
    Aneurin Bevan and Jennie Lee were comrades and flatmates who together fought and...

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  • Date: Fri Oct 19 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Join us for a feel good evening of live music from across the eras with our Moto...

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  • Date: Sun Oct 21 @11:00AM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty House & Park
    Planning your big day?Join us at Bedwellty House & Park for our next Wedding Fay...

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  • Date: Thu Oct 25 @ 7:00PM -
    Location:The Met
    Hermon Cemetery Trust PresentsMusic To Listen ToWe invite you to an evening of m...

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  • Date: Fri Oct 26 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
    Location:Tredegar Sports Centre
    Get ready for Halloween with our Freaky Friday Family Night at Tredegar Sports C...

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  • Date: Sat Oct 27 @10:30AM - 03:00PM
    Location:Bedwellty Park
    Join us for a free family friendly arts event in Bedwellty Park this October!For...

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  • Date: Sat Oct 27 @10:30AM - 12:30PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    Bring your little ones along to Parc Bryn Bach and get ready for Halloween with ...

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  • Date: Sat Oct 27 @ 1:30PM - 04:00PM
    Location:Parc Bryn Bach
    Bring your little ones along to Parc Bryn Bach and get ready for Halloween with ...

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  • Date: Sat Oct 27 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
    Location:Ebbw Vale Sports Centre
    Join BG Youth Service for their next Open 4 Youth Night at Ebbw Vale Sports Cent...

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