In December 2019, the Blaenavon Civic Society launched its new magazine ‘Townscape | Treflun’. The new publication aims to increase awareness of the significance of the Blaenavon Conservation Area and provide practical advice on how to care for a heritage building. It also includes social history and creative content.
The first edition also includes a charming Christmas story by talented Torfaen-based author Lisa Powell, who has conveyed poignantly the hardships faced by families in Wales during Victorian times.
Hard copies have been made available to houses within the Blaenavon Conservation Area and additional copies are available from Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library.
The publication has been supported by the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme, a heritage-led regeneration scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other partners.
At our May meeting, the Blaenavon Civic Society discussed how we will get involved in the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP), which is being delivered until the end of 2021 thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We intend to host a variety of events and practical activities over the next few years that will help residents learn more about the significance of the town and why it is important to look after our historic buildings. The Civic Society will work closely with the Townscape Heritage Programme team on this in the hope that we can make a lasting difference to the town.
There was a discussion on buildings at risk within the World
Heritage Site and also an update on Park Street School, which is set to be
demolished this month. We have been busy putting together a record of the Park
Street School site and its history, meaning that even though the site will be
lost, its interesting architecture and community significance won’t be forgotten.
We were also pleased to launch our new Civic Society
website, which we can use to keep the community up to date with our work and
share knowledge and useful information with others. The website is in its infancy,
but it will grow. Any ideas for content would be appreciated! We will also be
getting active on social media.
We are on the look out for new members, so feel free to contact
us if you are interested!