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18th December 2004

Just a quick note to which you all a happy Christmas, and we hope that 2004 has been a good year for you all. Next year we will hopefully be revealing our plans to take over Cardiff as capital of Wales, and also to push on with our fight to get a security fence erected on the boundary of  Rhymney ;-)




11th December 2004

Ellen Waite has sent in some brilliant photo's of the A465 (heads of the valleys Road) before the recent road widening scheme.


A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme. A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme. A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme.

A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme. A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme. A465 Road - Before road widerning scheme.

Please click images to enlarge...

A big thank you to Ellen for the pics :-)

2nd December 2004

The Tredegar Forums are now no longer moderated, so your posts will become available straight away. If this starts to be abused, we will change it back to a moderated forum again. Keep it clean please....

1st December 2004

We have received an e-mail from Nigel Miles, along with an old photo of Tredegar Cricket Club:-

Dear Sir / Madam ,my family all came from Tredegar ,my grandfather David John Miles was born in the town in 1869 ,he married Alice marry Morgan ,they had 2 sons Evan Stanley ,and my father Lionel Miles ,I had not been to Tredegar for 40 years but my wife and I came up last weekend ,we had a lovely weekend and it was lovely to be back in Wales after so many years ,we found the people so friendly and helpful .I also had relations by the name of Davies as my grandmothers sister married into the Davies family who were butchers in the town ,I remember my fathers cousin Ivor Davies who lived in Market street and the butchers shop was in Commercial road ,I have very found memories of the town and the people ,my grandfather came back to live in Tredegar when he was about 80 in 1950 ,I have a photo of the cricket team taken about that date my grandfather is in the middle front row ,we also were talking to a taxi driver in the town Saturday who told us that the lady who works in the library was a Miles before she married we were hoping to meet her but the Library was shut ,my aunty Polly Evans lived in shop row we went to see her house but it is now gone and is the doctors surgery there now ,I thought the photo might be of interest as there might be relations of the other members of the cricket team still living in the town ,my wife and I enjoyed our visit very much and hope to return soon ,

Regards Nigel miles

Please click image to enlarge....

1st December 2004

News in from Hospice of the Valleys  

Hi everyone,

Please find attached the poster for our Celebrity Concert and Exclusive Fashion Show at the Tredegar Leisure Centre on Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm till 12.00am.

 This wonderful night will incorporate 30 candle lit tables with 10 people per table, formal dress code only, 15.00 per ticket with a buffet included. (17 tables already sold)

 You do not need to purchase a full table you can purchase individual tickets if required, please call me on: 07966 598204 for tickets or more information on the night.

 Tickets are also available from the Chest in Tredegar and Smarty Pants in Abergavenny, plus the hospice office in Tredegar.

 Take care and see you all soon.




Mark Colbourne
Fundraising Officer

29th November 2004

The latest Llew Smith newsletter "Parliamentary News" can be download below:-

Page 1, Page 2 , Page 3 & Page 4

8th November 2004

A big thank you to Jivestreet  for providing us with a diagram of how the Tredegar Arms pub look prior to the 1986 refurbishment . Click here

8th November 2004

Would you like to take part in the



at the Tesco Store Ebbw Vale 
on Friday 26th November at 6.30pm
till 6.30pm on Saturday 27th November

Mark on Treadmill ;-)

To raise money for both

Hospice Of The Valleys  Women for Woman

For more information on the event call

Mark Colbourne on 07966 598204

 Event kindly sponsored by:
Geoff Rees Fitness Centre, Ebbw Vale

Tel: 01495 306781

Click here and here for more information.

 8th November 2004

Because of the nature of some of the post being placed on the Tredegar Forums over the last few weeks, we have changed the way in which new posts are displayed to the public.

Everytime you post a new topic, or reply to a topic the message will not be displayed until a moderator has approved it. The checking of new posts will happen several times a day, so you will not see a long delay in getting your message displayed.

Forum Administrator

6th November 2004

We are delighted to welcome Brian Turner to the Tredegar Web Site. Brian has done some excellent work on the history of the town, and his work is now available from the history section.

A big thank you to Brian in allowing us all to see his work on this website.

2nd November 2004

For  the first time since we put Tredegar on the Devils highway (the Internet to you ...), we have had over 9'000 individual visitors in one month for October 2004. Please see below...

Visitors for October 2004
 Total Visitors   9,936 
 Average Visitors per Day   310 
 Total Unique IPs   2,847 
Total Hits for Month = 141,758 

26th October 2004

What's all this then ?

Monuel Works 2004

Goto here to read all about it !

20th October 2004
The Georgetown Tenants & Residents Association  have released their first edition of the Georgetown Post. Please see here & here
Thanks for Cllr Jason Owen for the information.

15th October 2004
Tredegar Camera Club are holding their annual Photo exhibition at Bryn Bach park starting Saturday 16th October for two weeks. This years exhibition will be opened by Davis Soul from the classic 1970's American TV show "Starsky & Hutch".  Mr. Soul  (the gentleman on the right of the picture below...) said  that he wanted to visit the town anyway to see the new car ramps setup by the local council at the bottom of Queen Street

Mr Hutch, on the right, to "check out" new ramp...

15th October 2004

New photo in the Town Clock section

Town Clock.....

11th October 2004

A big thanks to Aaran who sent in the photo below of Park Place in 1911. Please click for larger image...

Park Place 1911

4th October 2004
Anybody remember the teacher in this photo taken in 1986 ?

Who is this then ?

Go here for the answer....

30th September 2004
On 27th September 2004, the Tredegar Arms re-opened but it wasn't embraced like an old friend. Only a handful of customers braved the dark, dreary night to frequent a public house which was once more synonymous with a "bang" than a whimper. It was a bland rather than grand opening but , within five minutes of opening its doors, familiar faces graced the place, which some may say was formerly known for youthful exuberance and others would say mindless violence - two policemen. I'm sure that they were merely welcoming back the owner.

Some of the familiar elements of the old Tredegar Arms remain in existence such as the jukebox, pool table and its landlord, Brian Chidgey, who kindly provided free food for the opening . However, the "new, improved" TA is looking to the future and attempting to appeal to a more civilized cross-section of society. The discos are to be replaced with 50s/60s music and the walls are now adorned with artwork although some of its customers are more familiar with "being framed" themselves. The weekend will enlighten us as to whether the TA has matured like its desired clientele.

(Thanks for Nigel for the report....)



8th September 2004


The Tredegar servers will be shutdown all day on Monday 13th September 2004 as a mark of respect.

29th August 2004

see :-

26 August 2004


 Mayors Appeal 2004/05
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

20 Mile sponsored walk 
In aid of 
Hospice of the Valleys


Hospices of the Valleys of Tredegar are calling for people of all ages and of all fitness levels to join in their 20 mile sponsored walk through out Blaenau Gwent on Saturday 9th October as part of the Blaenau Gwent County Borough Councils Mayors Appeal 2004/05.

 The walk will start at Tredegar town clock at 10.30am, along the town road past the bus depots and will continue up Sirhowy hill, past the Morrison store Ebbw Vale, past the Rhyd y Blew public house up Beaufort hill and onto Brynmawr Square where there will be a drinks break for 10 minutes. Then off along the old road towards Nantyglo and Blaina passing Rose Heyworth Millennium School and finishing at the Hospice shop in Abertillery town centre.

 There will be a 15 minutes food and drinks break in Abertillery then the return route back to Tredegar which will follow the same path as already covered.

 If you would like an entry form please phone: 01495 717277 or visit your nearest Hospice of the Valleys shop where they are available to collect.

 Everyone who takes part in the walk and manages to raise over 20.00 in sponsor money will receive a free event t-shirt.

For more information on the walk please call Mark Colbourne Fundraising Officer for Hospice of the Valleys on: 07966 598204

5th August 2004

We  had a question on the forums if Elmwood school is still standing. Well the school has long gone, but see below for how the site looks today.

Elmwood school today. (c)

And below how the main gate of the school now looks like...


Elmwood School.

18th June 2004

We've just had news in that Rhymney's town council have started placing "Alcohol Warning" labels on all alcohol containers sold in the town of Rhymney. Examples are :-

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may be a major factor in getting your ass kicked.
WARNING: the crumsumpten of alcohol may Mack you tink you kan tye reel gode.

12th June 2004

The forum user "Morgan" has posted the local Election Results for us on the forum here. Thanks for the info morgan.

11th June 2004

We received an e-mail from one of our regular contributors, A.Jones who said "On Tuesday 1at June 2004 at 5:30 PM I noticed a thick plume of black smoke near Cefn Golau cemetery, so grabbed the camera and took these photos"

For more photo's, please click here, here & here.

Have your own say about the car fires, and the estate here

Thanks for the photo's.....

10th June 2004

The results are in from our on-line poll for the three elections taking place in Blaenau Gwent on the 10th June 2004 , The results were as follows :-

Answers Votes Percent
Labour 9 25%
Liberal Democrat 3 8%
BNP 5 14%
Independent 13 36%
None - Not going to vote........ 6 17%

The real results will be posted on the web-site  tomorrow.

1st May 2004

Total Visitors to the web-site for the month of April comes in at 7,570 so the total number of visitor's year-to-date upto the end of April is 26,282
See Site Update Log for more info

29th May 2004

With the three elections taking place in Blaenau Gwent on the 10th June 2004 its time to stick your "X" in the box. How will you vote ?

Also have your say on the elections and candidates by going to this thread on the forums here.

28th May 2004

Whats all this about then ?

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Goto to here to find out more....

15th May 2004

We have received some photo's of "old Tredegar" from Val. If you have any photo's you would like us to show, please e-mail us at

Photo 1.

Mountain pit colliery no7 in background A tramline ran from there down queen street through where the castle now stands this approx 1906

Photo 2.

A photo from 1920 of what now is the WeatherSpoons pub.

Photo 3.

Commercial St.The Houses on right were built in 1905 approx 1909

A big thank you to Val for the photo's :-)

11th May 2004

"IT'S A KNOCKOUT" time again with Hospice Of The Valleys on Sunday 6th June 2004  at Byrn Bach Park. All the fun starts at 11:00. Admission at the gate (Adults 2.00, Children 1.00, Cars & Passengers 5.00). Admission Includes "Free" event Program.

The Attractions Include:-

  • Classic Cars

  • Fun Fair

  • Quad Bikes

  • Craft Fair

  • Bouncy Castle

  • Face Painters

  • Paintball Madness, plus lots more......

For further information please call 01495 717277

Please click here, and  here for more details of this great day out !.

5th May 2004

Trefil treble - but they stay a junior club

TREFIL made their first visit to the Millennium Stadium a happy one in outscoring Caerleon four tries to two to win the Welsh Districts Cup, writes Huw S Thomas.

In a competitive all-Gwent clash, the village side deservedly won the Worthington Cup through their superior all-round skills and, in particular, the invention of their backs.

Long-serving WDRU secretary John Owen, who has seen all 31 districts finals, rated the final "an excellent advert for junior union rugby in Wales".

Trefil's solitary defeat of the season came in the Konica Minolta Cup, 12-0 at Nantyffyllon, and Saturday's win brought them the treble of Cyrus Davies Cup, Gwent League and Welsh Districts Cup.

But amid all the jubilation there was disappointment that the WRU had again rejected Trefil's application for senior status.

Trefil: Tries - L Meddlicote, G Walters, D Meddlicote, C Rowlands.

Caerleon: Tries - S Benson, K Waters; cons - D Gregg (2).

Treorchy beat Tondu 25-21 in the final of the BT-sponsored DRT U-19 Premier Division final.

22 Bus loads of fans went from Tredegar to see the match - Nice result boys :-)

4th May 2004

Digital Planet have moved to 15 Castle Street, Tredegar.  The shop which specializes in home entertainment equipment has now been in business for over 5 years, and offer a really friendly and professional service. The proprietor John Morgan (from Tredegar) said the they needed larger premises to offer even more brands to customers.

Digital Planter now share the premises with CRR (Castle Retail & Repair) who specialize in white goods, servicing and repair. CRR can be contacted on 01495 725891.

Digital Planet are open Mon-Sat 09:00 to 05:30, and can be contact on 01495 718465

We all wish John continued  success with his business.


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28th April 2004

University In Your Community

The following courses are available in Tredegar :

Criminology - Mom, PM
Sociology: The Family - Tues, AM
Welsh Literature - Tues, PM
Creative Writting Group - Wed, PM
Web Site Design - Thur, AM
Psychology of Chrime - Thur, PM
Culture & Mass Communication - Fri, AM
Abnormal Psychology - Fri, PM

Each course will be free to people on benefit and most other waged erners (25 for some earners).

For further information please contact:-

Claire Syder

Community University of the Valleys - East
11 Gwent Shopping Centre,
Tredegar (Where else...)
NP22 3EJ

Tel:  01495 722973
Fax: 01495 725591

25th April 2004

Today we removed all details on the "red"  from the pubs section of the site. This action was taken after a Health & Safty issue was brought to our atention.

8th April 2004

We welcome the latest addition to the Icommunity project "Starlight Parade!" by Catherine Evans of Georgetown. This website tracks the shows of years gone by. The shows were held at Tredegar Workmen's  Hall until early 1980's, then latter at stable lane Comprehensive school.

Nice work :o)

Starlight Parade !

6th April 2004


The people of Rhymney, Wales, have had it with their image as the Wales's dumbest town. So they've embarked on an ambitious program of study to raise their average IQ by at least 20 points.

"We're tired of people making fun of us," says local bin man Al Empty, noting that some Welsh have started using the phrase "pulled a Rhymney" when someone does something stupid.

The tiny-brained town has earned that reputation many times over. In just the last year:

Police announced they must stop all patrols, because their squad cars have run out of petrol. "We can't buy new cars until the next budget year," says the police boss.

An abandoned warehouse burned to the ground because firefighters didn't hook their hoses to water mains. "I always thought the water was already in the truck," says a fireman. "Somebody should've said something about those hydrant things."

A riot broke out on a street corner, when a crowd of pedestrians began pushing and shoving after standing at the intersection for more than an hour. "We were waiting for the stop sign to change, and it never did," says one of the few to escape injury in the melee.

Several businesses in town, including the bank, have collapsed because employees can't make change. "They'd get a 5 note and give change for 50, or get 100 and give change for 10," says an outside auditor who investigated the bank failures. "And once word got out, the place was easy pickings for counterfeiters."

Dozens of dimwits have been hospitalized with bizarre self-inflicted injuries. Rhymney residents often drive cars with cardboard sunscreens still covering the windshield, try to iron their clothes while wearing them and jump off buildings dressed as Superman because they think the cape enables them to fly. The Town Council recently outlawed Superman capes, for residents' protection.

Desperate to cure the affliction of idiocy, town officials have hired the Ebbw-Vale tutoring firm Civic-Zone to run classes in math, reading and logic for the town's 523 residents.

"Frankly, I'm not sure we'll have much success at raising their IQ," says an Civic-Zone spokeswoman. "There are some intelligence researchers who believe it's possible, but others say IQ is something you are born with and is as unchangeable as eye color.

"But we are eager to try, for the sake of the town. These people are so desperately feeble-minded, it's a wonder they're functioning at all."

Rhymney leaders hope to see the town IQ go from a dull-witted 75 to an average-intelligence mark of 95; experts say an IQ of 90 to 110 is average.

"We'd be real happy going from 75 to 95," the mayor says. "That's two points, right?"

Tredegar humor ;-)

3rd April 2004

A new website hosted by Tredegar Icommunity comes on-line today. It's an excellent piece of work. Please click here, or visit Gallery number 4 to visit sppphotography.

20th March 2004

Catherine Evans of Georgetown has sent in some amazing photo's of the snow fall of 1982. Click on Gallery 3, or here for more!

16th March 2004

The Council Tax for Tredegar will increase by 6.20% for the year 2004/2005 for people living in Tredegar. Inflation for the same time period is projected to be 2.4%. Go to the Council Tax page to see more details !

Council Tx year-by-year for band "E" house in Tredegar


15th March 2004


Hospice Of The Valleys

Hospices of the Valleys of Tredegar are calling for people of all ages and of all fitness levels to join in their Family Fun Day and sponsored Fun Run on Sunday 02nd May 2004 at Bryn Bach Park Tredegar.

Serious runners, fun runners and families are all invited to get sponsored to run, jog or walk their way around the 3 mile course. The Fun Run will start at 10.30am and follows the pathways along the beautiful picturesque lakeside at Bryn Bach Park.

Registration fee for the Fun Run is 10.00 payable by 23rd April 2004 to:

Hospice of the Valleys, Park Gate Business Centre, Morgan Street, Tredegar Gwent. NP22 3ND

Fundraising officers Mark Colbourne and Phil Williams said, "The public interest in this Family Fun Day and Fun Run is fantastic, it is growing in size every year, attracting families from all over South Wales"

The registration fee includes lunch and a certificate to prove you did it. Family tickets are also available for a special price of 15.00.

Each runner who raises over 20.00 in sponsorship money will receive a free

Lap the Lake Hospice of the Valleys T-shirt. Registration forms are available from the Hospice of the Valleys office in Tredegar, local leisure centres and Bryn Bach Park Tredegar.

The Family Fun Run will involve lots of laughs with runners dressing up in fancy dress to make it a memorable day for all. On the day there will be a Fun Fair, Bouncy Castles, Inflatables, Stalls and fun for all the family.

Hospice of the Valleys is committed to providing FREE, high quality care for patients in their own home who suffer with life threatening illnesses.

Our clinical staff are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days of the year. We hope that Hospice of the Valleys brings a ray of light into lives turned upside down by being diagnosed with cancer.

For further information and registration forms please contact:

Mark Colbourne on: 01495 712936

Phil Williams on: 01495 712937

Or contact the Hospice of the Valleys office on: 01495 717277

For more information on theis great advent, please click here, here & here

9th March 2004

Then And Now

We are going to open a new section on the web-site soon showing pictures of Tredegar from the past, and how it looks now. If you have any pictures of old Tredegar (or Tredegar of today..), please contact us here.

To start the ball rolling, Castle street in 1953 ...

Castle Street Tredegar 1953

...and in 2004

Castle Street Tredegar 2004

7th March 2004

Bevan is ultimate Welsh hero - And he was born In Tredegar !

The Labour politician faced stiff competition
NHS founder Aneurin Bevan has beaten off icons from the ancient and modern world in an online poll to find the greatest-ever Welsh person.
In results on Monday - St David's Day - the post-war health minister was the most popular out of 100 people.

The competition was stiff - he beat the 15th Century rebel prince of Wales Owain Glyndwr by just 117 votes.

Singer Tom Jones was third, Plaid's first MP Gwynfor Evans fourth and actor Richard Burton fifth.

The announcement at a ceremony in Cardiff Bay brought to an end six-months' of online voting organised by Culturenet Cymru - funded by the Welsh assembly - thought to be the largest poll of its kind attracting more than 3.5 million hits and 85,000 registered votes.

Top 10
Aneurin Bevan - NHS founder
Owain Glyndwr - 15th Century rebel leader
Tom Jones - singer
Gwynfor Evans - Plaid's first leader
Richard Burton - actor
Gareth Edwards - rugby player
Dylan Thomas - poet and playwright
David Lloyd George - former prime minister
Robert Owen - philanthropist and social reformer
Saunders Lewis - writer and politician

A trustee of the Bevan Foundation and leader of the Transport and General Workers Union, Jim Hancock, championed Aueurin Bevan, who was MP for Ebbw Vale from 1929 to 1960, at the Cardiff event.

"An icon of the left, he was a true working class hero," said Mr Hancock.

"The scourge of the right, he took on Conservative British establishment and changed Britain for every.

"To Nye it was the ordinary people who mattered and he was their champion.

"Wales and the rest of Britain owe him a great deal, a great socialist and a great man - a true Welsh hero."

Click Here for more details on Bevan.

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1st March 2004
Help Request....

The time has come to update the history section on the website. The current history section was taken out of an old text book, and needs re-working quite desperately.  We are looking for people to submit some work on the history of the town so we can get it on the web site.

Can you help ?

If so please submit your idea's/work to us here.

24th February 2004

The Guestbook is up and working again, Click on the "Eyes" below to view

18th February 2004

The Land Registry (the people that keeps track of the price of land & houses) have said " Blaenau Gwent remains the cheapest place to buy a home in England  & Wales. Property costs an average of 50,585, although this is well up on the 41,529 it cost in the tail end of 2002."

12th February 2004

We have added a new page to the site, all on Council Tax. Please click here to view......

1st February 2004

Total visitors to the site for January 2004 is 6344. Please see Site Log For More Details.

31st January 2004

New Designer Shop Opens called "Influence", clink on the Business link for more.


24th January 2004

New Section on Cefn-Golau on-line. Click Here, or on the link to the left.

20th January 2004

Check out what's "going down" at Tredegar Camera Club. Click on the Clubs Section :-)

17th January 2004

New  Photo Gallery on the Shopping Centre in the town can be found Here !

Times must be  hard. See Donate link at bottom of page, or click Here.

Fixed ALL the Multimedia section (at last....)

15th January 2004

We are happy to lunch Icommunity today. This gives you the opportunity to have your own website hosted from It can be used for Business or personal use. For more details of this free service, please click here or click on the ICommunity link to the left.

14th January 2004

We have added a Site Update Log link at the bottom of this page so you can tell quickly what has been added/amended.

We are just about to upload some more pictures to the Gallery (example below...). If you have any photo's you would be willing to display, please contact us here.

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11th January 2004

The web-site "disappeared" for around 24 hours. This was down to a bit of work needed to complete the switch to the servers in Tredegar. We have also , unfortunately, lost all e-mail sent to us for the last 4 days. Please re-send the e-mail to

5th January 2004

Postcard from 1908 of ParkView (Thanks Steve....)

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and now.....

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..Always liked the cards in Park View........

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