WELCOME TO ABERTILLERY AND LLANHILLETH COMMUNITY COUNCIL

THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL:  

  • Office is open Monday to Friday 9am till 1pm
  • Has a website of useful local news and information - please see the pages to the left and the Council Information page for more details
  • Can be contacted on 01495 217323 during the above hours
  • Holds meetings which are open to the public, usually on the last Wednesday of every month at 7pm
  • Is made up of 19 elected or co-opted Community Councillors (also known as members), who are all local residents
  • Represents the views of local people and makes decisions on their behalf
  • Makes grants to a wide range of local organisations, supporting them for the benefit of the wider community
  • Arranges local events such as the Christmas Carol Concert and St David's Day Concert
  • Gets involved in other important local events, such as Remembrance Sunday
  • Pays for or towards local facilities such as the Abertillery Town Centre Toilets and Winterfest Activities
  • Provides support and funding towards local events such as Aberfest, Winterfest and the Christmas Pantomime
  • Provides Christmas Lights and hanging baskets throughout the local area
  • Looks after the Abertillery War Memorial and other War Memorials in the area
  • Makes its views on local issues known to other agencies such as Blaenau Gwent Council, the Police, NHS etc
  • Is represented on local school governing bodies and various other organisations
  • Celebrates local successes and community champions and promotes further local success.       
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WINTERFEST 

 

   

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JOHN SELWAY 

The artist John Selway has died at his home in south Wales, at the age of 79.

A contemporary of David Hockney and Peter Blake at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, he was a senior lecturer at the Newport School of Art for many years. He died in Abertillery, where his striking 15-piece Stations of the Cross is on permanent display at St Michael's church.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of South Wales in 2017.

Selway's art, which as well as print-making and painting, also included sculpture and engraving, led to collaborations with several writers.

Subjects included the Holocaust and post-war Europe, while he was also fascinated with his home country Wales and the writings of Dylan Thomas.

He had been been born in Askern, Yorkshire but the family moved back to their home town Abertillery when he was three.

Selway enrolled at arts school in Newport at 15 and continued studying around National Service before getting a place at London's Royal College of Art.

There he was known as an unusual figure as a "boy from Wales who already had his own dealer in tow".

He recalled he was making more money from his work at 22 than Hockney was.

"I probably kept reasonable pace with that group of people for about five years and then I realised that my work was not the sort of work that was going to make a lot of money anyhow".

Selway taught at Newport for more than 25 years before retiring in 1991.

In recent years he divided his time between his homes in Abertillery and Spain, as well as discovering the potential of digital art.

Surgery had affected his ability to speak but Selway was working until the week before his death from cancer on illustrations for a new edition of Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan.

A biography by writer Jon Gower is due out early next year.

Publisher Richard Frame, a former student, said: "As time went by I began to realise what an important Welsh artist he was and that his work was under-appreciated".

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The Panto is on Thursday 30th November at 7:00pm, Friday 1st December at 7:00pm and Saturday 2nd December at 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm.  Tickets are £8.00. Ring the Box Office at the Met on 01495 355945 to book your tickets 

 

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ABERTILLERY WAR MEMORIAL

The Community Council has now had a permanent disabled ramp installed at the War Memorial on Somerset Street, to replace the original steps. All the materials from the steps were reused so that the new ramp is in keeping with the rest of the War Memorial. This has been something that has been close to the heart of the the Community for some time and lots of people have been involved in making this happen

There was a Service of Dedication held at the War Memorial on Saturday 28th October which was well attended, photos of the event will follow. 

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   CELEBRATING LOCAL SUCCESS 

The Council would like to congratulate these local businesses/organisations/people that have recently achieved National awards and/or recognition. Our congratulations go out to all of them. 

 

NEIL MILKINS for his recent BBC documentary and Performance at the Met which helps to promote Abertillery 

CHRIS HILL for his recent success at the over 50's World Tennis Championship in Miami 

 IEUAN AND ROBERT TAYLOR of Devil’s Martial Arts, who had recently travelled to the World Martial Arts Championships in Switzerland along with 8 other members of their club, which was based at Pen-y-Fan Industrial Estate in Oakdale, entered 3 sections and won 5 World Titles and 1 Bronze medal between them 

 ABERTILLERY YOUTH DRAMA AND MUSICAL SOCIETY: for their outstanding recent production of Rock of Ages.  

ROSS EDWARDS for his work in maintaining the the Town Centre Toilets which have recently been recognised by another Town Council as being "First Class".

BETHANY PAUL for her achievement in the Special Olympics in August 2017.

JOSH WILSHER in winning the Monmouthshire Under 25s Bowls Championship  and being Runner Up in the Welsh Bowls Championship.

ABERTILLERY TOWN BAND in coming third in  the UK National Brass Band Championships, which was the best result for any Welsh Band

FRIENDS OF SIX BELLS PARK are doing outstanding work to redevelop the park, install new equipment and strive for further improvement of the park facilities, for the benefit of local people.

CHARLES SARGENT: Mr Sargent served with the Bomber Command during WWII. He received the Distinguished Flying Medal in 1945. In May 2017 he was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur for his "steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War"

 JACK MARSHMAN: Jack has recently been successful in his 3rd UFC (Mixed Martial Arts) fight on 16 July in Glasgow Scotland. Jack is a member of the Tillery Combat MMA Academy. His current record stands at 3 fights and 2 wins in the UFC, and he was previously the middleweight Cage Warriors Fighting Championship champion.

ABERTILLERY ORPHEUS MALE VOICE CHOIR: The choir represented both Wales and Abertillery at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France during the 3 -13 August; the only Welsh choir to appear at this prestigious international musical festival.  

ZION MINERS CHAPEL: They have won a National Award from Congregational Federation for their work within the community, specifically for their work with Dementia Friendly, Living Alone Group and their Intergenerational Craft Group.

CHURCH STREET FISH BAR: This is one of only 7 takeway shops within Wales to be included in the top 50 list of takeaways within the UK as awarded by Fryer the industry standard magazine. They have also achieved the Fish and Chips quality standard, and is the only Fish and Chip shop in Blaeanu Gwent to be given that accolade.

STUDIO K HAIR SALON: They have won the 2017 Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards, Hair Salon of the Year. 

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Town Centre Strategy

 

Nash Partnerships are working with Blaenau Gwent Borough Council in looking at plans for the town centes in the area. There message is below.

In developing a strategy for the five town centres in Blaenau Gwent, we are keen to get a sense of perceptions and thoughts about the area from local people - what people love about where they live, what they would like to see change and how they use social media. As well as the one to one discussions we are holding with a wide range of people and workshops in each town, our partner, Oggadoon, has set up a simple questionnaire to obtain broad views on the area and on social media use. It only takes a few minutes - we’d love to hear your views. The survey can be found via this link: https://carolinemacdonald.typeform.com/to/gJOvwf

Please also feel free to send us any comments or suggestions for the town centres at towncenres@nashpartnership.com

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 Citizens Advice 

The new Citizens Advice Caerphilly Blaenau Gwent website can be found at www.citizensadvicecbg.org.uk.

The website has all our office and outreach addresses and opening hours, descriptions of all the services that we offer and links to volunteering opportunities and a wide range of invaluable on-line information.

It also offers email advice to residents of Blaenau Gwent.

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Abertillery & District Museum Socity

Here is a link to the December 2017 newsletter for the museum. Newsletter

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Area Road Works - Please click on the link below to see planned road works for Blaenau Gwent Area

Roadworks Report - 1/12/17 to 8/12/17

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Agendas and Minutes of Meetings

These documents are now all located in the same place. 

Please click "Council Information" at the top of this page and follow the link for Meetings - Agendas & Minutes.

If you are unable to find an agenda or minutes, please contact us for assistance.  

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 The Clerk is contactable by email - council.aberlan.lesley024@googlemail.com - or telephone (01495 217323) Monday to Friday from 9am until 1pm

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ABERTILLERY AND LLANHILLETH COMMUNITY COUNCIL is the grass roots representation at Local Government level for the people of the area, from Swffryd in the south to Bournville in the north. We facilitate events reflecting achievements within our community, such as Community Champions Awards and celebrate local people's successes at Council meetings and via our website. We are involved in Aberfest, Winterfest and many other local activities. We have local representatives on School Governing Bodies and other organisations and we are a direct link between our residents and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council as well as the Welsh Assembly Government. Our address is :-

The Community Council of Abertillery and Llanhilleth,
Council Offices,
Mitre Street
Abertillery. NP13 1AE.

 

The council is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, Registration Ref: ZA228345 

 

Office Hours are from 9.00am until 1.00pm - Telephone : 01495 217323

Email : council.aberlan.lesley024@googlemail.com

           



Abertillery was officially twinned with Royat, a Town in the Auvergne region of France, on the 1st March, 2010.The Twinning Partnership Document was signed at a ceremony held in The Metropole Cultural and Conference Centre by Councillor Allan Thomas, Chairman of Abertillery & Llanhilleth Community Council 2009-10, and Marcel Aledol, Mayor of Royat.
(see
'Twinned').

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