News from the “Real Nantyglo”

This entry by Rob James

Webmaster's note: Rob James first introduced the Nanty Glo, Pa., Home Page to our “sister town,” Nantyglo, Wales, the United Kingdom, in a first-person contact through a series of earlier letters and articles, beginning more than two years ago. This is the first news roundup he's sent about his home town.

July 4 2000

Rob JamesNantyglo, Pa.: First of all, can I wish you all a happy Independence Day from everyone here in Nantyglo.

I guess I should start with an apology. I have been promising to write a weekly round up of news about Nantyglo [Wales] but as with all good intentions, they often fall by the wayside. But now I've got round to writing the first one hopefully I'll get into the habit of writing regularly. I've been very busy lately as I'm six months into a new job and things have been a little hectic since I started. I no longer work for the Ebbw Fach Development Trust; I am now employed by Charter Housing Association in Newport (some 26 miles away from Nantyglo). The association builds and manages 4000 houses for people who cannot afford to buy their own home, or rent from private sources. Anyway, enough about me let me bring you up to date with some news from our local newspaper, The Gwent Gazette

Festival of Sport and Dance—Nantyglo can lay claim to the title of cultural centre of Blaenau Gwent with the news that two festivals are being staged in the town over the coming weeks. The events, organised for young people in the area are:

  • The annual six-a-side football (soccer) tournament, and
  • A new 'Disco Dancing' competition.

Both events are being organised by the police and are being held on Wednesday 9 August. Watch this space for a report of the event.

Grave Makeover—Graves on the site of the Hermon Chapel burial ground have received a makeover thanks to the work of the Ebbw Fach Development Trust. The Trust has been working in conjunction with The Friends of Hermon Burial Ground to get local people and relatives to tend to graves on the site. Thanks to the work, the burial site has benefited from the planting of flowers, general cleaning and weed clearance.

Nantglo set for success—Finally, some sporting news. The players, committee, and fans of Nantyglo Rugby Club are celebrating this week following the news that one of the county's most successful coaches has decided to join the club in time for the start of the coming season. David Rees, who has masterminded the success of a number of local clubs, will be hoping to inspire Nantyglo to success next season. Nantyglo's chairman, Barrie Rees, said. “When a coach of David's caliber comes along, you cannot afford to turn him down.” Nantyglo know they have a tough schedule ahead next term with the sheer amount of physically demanding local derbies, but with the appointment of Rees, the supporters can look forward to success on the field. Chairman Barrie Rees went on to say, “There are an exceptional amount of local derbies, and there is bound to be a lot of rivalry about. We don't want to put pressure on ourselves because you never know how your players are going to perform until the season kicks off, but a top five finish would be nice, a top- three finish would be even better.” That's about all the news for the moment.

I'll write again soon with some more news from THE REAL NANTYGLO.

Rob James

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