Mayor's Blog

Mayor Ken Jones

Councillor Ken Jones states that it is an honour and a privilege to be the Mayor of Nantyglo and Blaina 2019-20 and will carry out that duty to the best of his ability. Originally from Ebbw Vale, Councillor Jones has lived in Nantyglo for the last 23 years and is married to Joyce. They have 13 grandchildren between them.

Councillor Jones worked in the Engineering Department of British Steel for many years before being made redundant. He then qualified as a Social Worker and worked for Gwent County Council in the Blaenau Gwent area for 27 years.

Previously, Councillor Jones has been a Councillor for Blaenau Gwent Borough Council and also as a Retained Fireman with Gwent Fire Brigade. He is a Justice of the Peace and has sat on Gwent Magistrates Bench for 16 years and is currently a School Governor at Coed y Garn Primary School.

Councillor Jones’ chosen charity for his Mayoral Appeal 2019-20 is the Citizen’s Advice Bureau or CAB. He says that we can all face problems that seem complicated and intimidating especially during these times of austerity, Universal Credit, payday loans and other financial problems that result in stress and worry too many households. The CAB however offer free, impartial, sound advice with any problems you may encounter not just financial.

20th October 2019

Civic Sunday held at Wesley Methodist Church, Nantyglo. The service was officiated by Reverend Cheryl Lewis and Reverend Roy Watson. Refreshments were later served at Nantyglo Rugby Club.
Dedication and unveiling of a memorial bench commemorating those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflicts and defence of our country. In attendance were the High Sheriff of Gwent, Dame Claire Clancy and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Mrs Susan Gwyer-Roberts.

3rd September 2019

Attended a ceremony held on the Square in Blaina (next to the Red Lion) to mark Red Ensign Day to commemorate the sea men of the Merchant Navy. The Red Ensign was raised outside the Council Chamber. The service was conducted by Reverend Cheryl Lewis.
The awards for Nantyglo and Blaina in Bloom 2019 were made in the Council Chamber. The winners were presented with a trophy and certificate by the High Sheriff of Gwent, Dame Claire Clancy and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Mrs Susan Gwyer-Roberts.

20th July 2019

Invited to attend the Bahai’i Group of Nantyglo and Blaina’s day of music at Blaina Community Centre in aid of the local food bank. The Deputy Mayor attended in my absence.

7th July 2019

Attended the NHS/Aneurin Bevan Day held at Bedwellty Park, the guest speaker was Keir Starmer MP.

5th July 2019

Attended a celebration dinner commemorating Aneurin Bevan’s part in the formation of our NHS. The guest speaker was Lord Kinnock.

3rd July 2019

Attended Reverend Roy Watson’s 50th anniversary celebration of his ordination. Due to Roy’s dedication to our community, he was recently given the freedom of Blaina and Nantyglo and can now drive his sheep through the town unchallenged! Reverend Roy Watson is also the Mayor’s Chaplain.

30th June 2019

Invited by Tredegar Council to celebrate Armed Forces Day at Bedwellty House and Park. The occasion was well attended, and everyone was entertained by the band of the Royal Welsh Regiment, the sun actually shone as well!

28th June 2019

National care home day. I visited Cwmcelyn Nursing home Blaina and was greeted by one of the directors. I was given a tour of the home and met several residents and their families. The home is part of the SHAW group and recently merged with BUPA and own 80 homes. Cwmcelyn Home employs 40 staff, the majority of which are local.