Mayor's Blog 2023/24

I have the great privilege and enormous pleasure in representing the people of Nantyglo and Blaina as the Town Mayor for the period of 2023/24. During my term in office and indeed all my life, I will and have strived to be honest and wherever possible helpful to my fellow man and women.

I was born in the Rumney Valley in a little village called Aberbargoed, where I went to school and church. In later life I met my wife who was resident of Nantyglo, hence, why I live in Nantyglo. We got married and I came to live in Nantyglo, the house that I still reside at, and we later had one Daughter.

I gave a up my navy job when I married and began work at Dunlop Semtex as a production line worker. After a while I given the opportunity to transfer to the technical department, but very quickly I realised that I didn’t have the sufficient education for the tasks set before me. After consulting with my wife, it was decided that I go back to part-time education. That was hard, very hard juggling work, learning and raising a family. Every spare moment was spent with my head in books.

The struggles and long hours paid off and the many years of study provided me with several promotions. I was promoted to Technical Officer at Dunlop Semtex and thoroughly enjoyed the position for nearly ten years, but unfortunately the factor announced its closure. It was at this point that my wife and I decided to setup our own business of a tiling and floor laying contractor. We successfully run the business for 30 years, carrying out our work in factories, shops, and residential homes. Our aim was to supply a good product at competitive prices with an excellent service. We travelled far in the UK to provide our customers what they required.

Unfortunately, I was to take retirement after my wife had many years of ill health, however, sadly she passed into gods safe keeping not long after.

I have been a member of the church since a very small child, where my mother and I went St Peters at Aberbargoed, and I still attend church regularly. I am also a warden at Holy Trinity, St Anne’s Church, Nantyglo and St Peters Church, Blaina. I believe my Christian upbringing has taught me to respect and treat all with kindness.

During my membership as councillor of Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council I instigated and was supported by my fellow councillors to install several flower tubs through Nantyglo and Blaina.

My chosen charity during my term of office is the Welsh Air Ambulance. Should you wish to donate please get in touch.

God bless you.

Cllr Keith Jenkins, Town Mayor 2023



24th October 2021