I have the honour of being the
town mayor for Nantyglo & Blaina Town Council for 2021-2022.
I will carry out the duties of the mayor to the best of my abilities. i was born in pump street and brought up in Blaina, I have always been involved in different organisations and charities our area. I was elected to the Blaenau Gwent County borough council as your councillor in 1999, a post I worked very hard at for the people that I represented in Blaina. i was your councillor for 13 years.
I am married to Carole who most people in Blaina will know her as she had a shop on the High Street for over forty years, we have three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
I was in business for over 30 years in the retail trade. previously I worked in Semtex for a number of years.
I have volunteered in our area for over sixty years helping many organisations and local groups with fund raising and organisation. I was the Chair of the old Nantyglo & Blaina Chamber of Trade and Commerce for many years (still a life member), when we organised many events and streetlights in the town well before the council took it over,
I took my community spirit to heart always working hard for the people and groups in our area, these include the Coed Cae Community Centre, chaired for 12 years took over from Peter Law, RIP. The Ebbw Fach Development Trust, Nantyglo Library Trust Fund, founder member and chair of Cwm Celyn Angling Club for 12 years. school governor on two schools in the area, Vice Chair of the governors that amalgamated the three schools in Blaina to create the Ysruth Primary School which I opened. I along with Carole and a wonderful group of friends founded the Blaina and District Hospital League of Friends, which we transferred to Ebbw Vale Hospital, which is still going strong when our hospital closed, helped to set up Candy Stripes Nursery in Cwm Celyn, worked hard for the communities first board for many years, chaired the St. John Ambulance Council for 24 years. founder member and Vice Chair of the Brynmawr, Nantyglo & Blaina Crime Prevention Panel.
Appointed onto the committee that raised over £40,000.00 for the three families involved in the Blaina fire tragedy.
I wanted to use my expertise within local government as the reason I joined the Nantyglo & Blaina town council, to make a difference for the better.
This along with many years’ service to the people of our area is my commitment to Blaina.
I have not completed a list of events or occasions with this blog as they can be viewed in the events and minutes sections of the council website.
My charities for my year in office is the Down's Syndrome Association and Breast Cancer Wales (now).
It has been a difficult year for fund raising and events with the current pandemic and lock downs. but I am sure that with the generosity of the people in our area I will raise much needed funds for these two fantastic charities.
Cllr D Hillman - Town Mayor April 2022