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Town Mayor, Councillor Glyn Morvan has had an affinity with the areas of Nantyglo and Blaina for over 42 years.  He joined Gwent Police in 1974 and this was an area in which he worked for many years.  Councillor Morvan always emphasises that it is a pleasure to work and serve this community.  Councillor Morvan feels that he is in a fortunate position and promises to work hard to build the profile of Nantyglo and Blaina and do his best to serve the community. 


Councillor Morvan has chosen Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services for this year’s Mayoral Appeal. Councillor Morvan has had professional involvement with this service over the years and believes in supporting a local charitable organisation. Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services works with victims and offenders to break the cycle of abuse. They work with men and women in the Blaenau Gwent area.


 October 2018

Sadly this month, I have had to say goodbye to a dear colleague and friend, Flight Lieutenant Jerry English with whom I served at the ATC squadron in Blaina.  Flight Lieutenant Jerry English was undoubtedly a great support to Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council, and speaking at his funeral, I took the time to mention the high regard which Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council held for him and sent condolences to his family on behalf of the Town Council.

This month has also seen Civic Sunday, this was very successful and I thank everyone who attended this event including the High Sheriff of Gwent and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant who notified me that this was her first engagement in this role. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant informed me that she had thoroughly enjoyed her first appointment and has also mentioned that she’s intending to march with the Town Council on Armistice Day.

I took the opportunity to hold a raffle during Civic Sunday to raise money for my Mayoral Appeal, Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services. £100 was raised bringing the current total to £389.50. Thank you to all who bought a ticket and contributed to such a good cause.


August 2018/September 2018

August was of course the recess and as such my activities were relatively quiet, but September has seen a busy start.  I spent a day at Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services which is also my Mayoral Appeal for 2018/19.  I found this to be an extremely interesting day and was given permission to sit in classes and hear the perspective of both victims and their children and the perspective of the perpetrators who were questioned why they acted in the way that they have.  I found that particularly thought provoking and have to commend the work performed at Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services.

Recently, I attended the Freedom of the Borough Parade in Brynmawr which celebrates the Royal Welsh's right to march through the borough.  This was followed by an event in Nantyglo, the unveiling of the VC Commemorative Stone in honour of CSM John Henry Williams, VC DCM MM.  This event was close to many, I'm sure, especially with Armistice Day around the corner and the centenary celebrations of the end of the First World War.  I was proud to see so many members of the public attending both events, even though the weather was a little on the damp side!

 Congratulations to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council for organising such events in partnership with Brynmawr Town Council and Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council. 


July 2018

This month of course sees the 70th birthday of our beloved National Health Service. I attended the very well-organised 70th birthday celebrations at Tredegar Park. Congratulations to Tredegar Town Council and of course Town Mayor, Councillor Trollope for organising this event and the lead up towards such a significant milestone in celebration of the NHS.

This month, I have also attended a very successful concert held at Ystruth Primary School which took place in their newly refurbished gym. I was thoroughly entertained and have to say the standard of performance by pupils at the school was excellent. I felt proud to see children from all year groups execute the challenging theme of ‘Music through the Ages.’ A huge congratulations to all who took part and enjoy your very well-deserved summer holidays!

Abuse Services works with victims and offenders to break the cycle of abuse. They work with men and women in the Blaenau Gwent area.


June 2018

It has certainly been a busy first month in my role as Town Mayor. My personal highlight is the Primary Talent Showcase that took place earlier this month. I was extremely impressed with the depth of talent that our local primary schools had to display. I congratulate all those who participated and of course teachers, families and friends who helped our future generations to perform to such a high standard.

During this event, £125 was raised through a raffle and has been divided equally between my Mayoral Appeal for 2018/19, Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services and the PTA at Ysgol Bro Helyg. I would like to personally thank Ysgol Bro Helyg for being such excellent hosts and look forward to next year’s Primary Talent Showcase.

ation. Phoenix Domestic Abuse Services works with victims and offenders to break the cycle of abuse. They work with men and women in the Blaenau Gwent area.