Big Pit National Coal Museum Annual Lecture - John Nixon and the Welsh Coal Trade to France14th April 2018, 1.30pm, free entry
To celebrate Big Pit’s 35th Anniversary and to deliver this year’s Annual Lecture, we are honoured to welcome back Brian Davies, Big Pit’s first Research Assistant and Education Officer.
South Wales exported a larger proportion of its coal than any other British coalfield, and for three quarters of a century its main market was France. This trade began the link between Cardiff and Nantes that eventually led to the twinning of the two cities. This is the story of how it started.
Brian first worked at Big Pit for four years from 1983 as a Research Assistant and returned to Big Pit in 1986 as Curator. Brian is now secretary of the Great Western Colliery Preservation Trust. More information
Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall The Royal Hawaiian
Saturday 21st April 2018 (6:30pm - 10:30pm)
Darting royalty in the form of the legendary Bobby George will appear alongside charismatic pro-turned commentator and pundit Wayne Mardle for an evening of unrivalled sporting entertainment at The Royal Hawaiian at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall on Saturday 21 April.
Tickets for The Royal Hawaiian at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall on Saturday 21 April are available now at www.dartshop.tv
Tel: 03450 180 180 or The Workmen’s Hall reception.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway The new season at the railway starts on Good Friday and continues through the Easter weekend with activities including egg painting for youngsters, who will also receive a chocolate treat. The railway will be running on Wednesdays 4th and 11th April as well as weekends. The first train each day leaves at 11.00.
On 6th and 7th May there’s a chance to see Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol when they visit the railway – advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment as numbers will be limited. Full details at pbrly.co.uk More information
New Management Plan for Blaenavon World Heritage Site A new draft Management Plan for the World Heritage Site has been prepared to inform the direction and management of the World Heritage Site for the next five years 2018 – 2023. The current Management Plan for the Site was approved in 2011. This Plan superseded the first Management Plan approved upon inscription of the Site in 2000. Your views on the new draft Plan are important. The draft Plan will be subject to public consultation between 12th April – 24th May. The draft Plan and details on how to comment will be made available on https://getinvolved.torfaen.gov.uk/. A public exhibition will take place at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Tuesday 24th April 3:30pm – 7:00pm and at Llanfoist Village Hall on 26th April 3:30pm – 7:00pm to allow everyone with an interest in the proposals the opportunity to give their views and discuss with Council Officers.
Blaenavon World Heritage Day 2018 – SAVE THE DATE Blaenavon World Heritage Day takes place on Saturday 30 June.
More information to follow in the coming months.