11:09am Friday 23rd November 2007

By Sue Ball

The annual Brynmawr Scene Citizenship Awards Ceremony for 2007 took place on Saturday, November 10, in Brynmawr Rugby Club.

This event is organised by Sue and Robert Ball, who are also Brynmawr town councillors.

There were over 100 people there and it was a fantastic night, recognising our Unsung Heroes of our town.

The award winners were as follows: Youth Award - Tom Phipps Teacher's Award - Steve Cole of St Mary's Church in Wales School Fundraiser Award - Lilian Harris Special Achievement Award - Jeff Troake Business Award - The Post Office Retail Assistant Award - Arron Williams Community Group Award - Brynmawr Operatic Society Humanitarian Award - Maureen Savage Citizen of the Year Award - Pam and Rob Hancock Edwin Lewis Jones Lifetime Achievement Award - Eifion Lloyd davies Also there was a very special presentation on the night when a cheque for £1,180 pounds was presented to Bev Trinder, a Children's Play Specialist of Nevil Hall Hospital.

This money was raised during Cllr Robert Ball's year of office as the town mayor and was his chosen charity.

A donation of toys, games, books etc was also given to the ward to help raise much needed funds.

During the awards evening, a collection is always made to help a local cause or charity and this year it was in aid of the current town mayor's chosen appeal for 2007/2008 - which is the Wales Air Ambulance - and together with the funds raised with the raffle and the kind donations on the night raised a total of £206.

Town mayor Cllr Eifion Lloyd Davies was there and thanked everyone for their generosity.

Special thanks must also go to Claire Phillips for organising the raffle and for her assistance with the event.

Host and hostess for the evening was Sue Ball and Rob James, with Robert Ball assisting with introductions and providing the music.

This year's event had the support of Brynmawr Police and BRfm - Community Radio for Brynmawr and the surrounding areas.

The Youth Award winner, Tom Phipps, also won a £500 bursary to be used in partnership with BRfm and Brynmawr Police on a community project throughout the year and will be invited back to next year's Awards Ceremony to talk about the project.

To enable this event to take place, Sue Ball would also like to personally thank the following people for their support: Brynmawr Rugby Club, for letting us have the room free of charge; all presenters of the awards for giving up their time; the judges; sponsors of the awards; Insp Iain Thomas of Brynmawr Police; Dai Davies MP; Trish Law AM; Cllr John Hopkins; Cllr Kevin Brown; Wayne Hodgins; BRfm Radio Team and everyone who helped to make this event possible.

Congratulations to all award winners and see you all again next year ... same time ... same place!

BLAENAU GWENT MUSIC CENTRE: Due to the redesigning of Nantyglo Comprehensive to incorporate BG Education Offices, the Blaenau Gwent Music Centre is to relocate after what must be 40 years!

This relocation will be to Abertillery Comprehensive School from Saturday, November 17.

Bus Routes: The buses will continue to run weekly but the pick- ups have obviously changed.

Please see the timetables below. A CRB checked chaperone is provided by the bus company to ensure safety and appropriate behaviour in the interests of the well being of the children. All children are welcome to use this facility.

Theory Classes: Due to the increasing number of children attaining higher practical grades we are offering children the opportunity to attend theory classes in Croesyceiliog Comprehensive on a Friday afternoon from 4.30pm - 5.30pm .

This class is open to students from all four Greater Gwent authorities.

DATES: Celtic Band Dates - November 24, January 12 and 26, March 1 and 15 Brass Band - 9am - 10am November 24, January 12 and 26, March 1 and 15 Christmas Concert is the morning of December 1 Blaenau Gwent Music Centre Bus Timetables: Bus 1 - Tredegar Bus Station - Abertillery Comprehensive November 17, 24, December 1 9am - Tredegar Bus Station 9.03am - Tredegar Circle 9.05am - Park Place, (Kidz R Us) Georgetown 9.10am - Cefn Golau Shops 9.13am - Lidl 9.16am - Deighton School 9.20am - Dram Rd 9.23am - Sirhowy Inn 9.26am - Rassau Roundabout 9.30am - Beaufort Theatre 9.35am - Brynmawr Bus Station 9.40am - Nantyglo Comp 9.45am - Blaina Rugby Club 9.50am - Arrive Abertillery Comprehensive Bus 2 - Ebbw Vale - Abertillery Comprehensive 9.10am - Willowtown Primary School 9.12am - Town Centre - Dug Out 9.15am - Victoria 9.20am - Waunlwyd - Park Hotel 9.25am -- Cwm - Charlie Powell's 9.33am - Llanhilleth Rugby Club 9.40am - Aberbeeg Bus Stop 9.50am - Arrive Abertillery Comprehensive MAN UNiTED SHIRT FOR AUCTION: Manchester United have donated a football shirt signed by Nermanja Vidic to Bulliesout to help them raise funds.

The shirt has been framed and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The shirt will be auctioned via our website and If you would like to place a bid, please visit for further details.

You have to be 18+ to enter the auction and Genuine Bids Only please.

Friendship Club: The next meetings of the International Friendship Club will be as follows: These will be on: December 4 and 18; January 8 and 22, between 6.30 and 7.30 at Coedcae Community Centre, Attlee Road, Nantyglo.The organisers, Rafi and Christine Abbas say that everyone is welcomed who would like to meet new friends and they can be contacted on 01495 291784.

PANTO TIME: Tredegar Thespians are putting on a Christmas Panto at the Little Theatre in Tredegar from Monday, November 26 to Saturday, December 1.

It isan adaptation of the nursery rhyme Tom Tom the Piper's Son and is directed by Lorna Griffiths and Les Jones.

Doors open at 6.30pm and curtain up at 7pm.

Tickets cost £5 in the stalls and £6 in the balcony and are available from Sylvia in the box office on 01495 724979.


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