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Abertillery

Abertillery is the largest town and a community of the Ebbw Fach valley in the historic county of Monmouthshire, Wales. Following local government reorganisation it became part of the Blaenau Gwent County Borough administrative area; the surrounding landscape borders the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Blaenavon World heritage Site. A major coal mining centre the Abertillery area was transformed in the 1990s using EU and other funding to return to a greener environment. Situated on the A467 the town is 15 miles north of the M4 and 5 miles south of the A465 "Heads of the Valleys" trunk road, it is 47 miles from Bristol. According to the 2001 Census and information gathered by The Welsh Language Board, 1,146 of Abertillery speaks Welsh. In the 2011 Census, this figure dropped to a 2.7 percentage point drop. Abertillery's traditional-style town centre developed in the late 19th century and as such has some interesting Victorian architecture. Spread over 4 main streets the town in its heyday had two department stores and a covered Victorian arcade linking two of the main shopping areas.

These were all included in a Blaenau Gwent Borough Council remodelling and modernisation project using European Union funding in a £13 million programme spread over a 5-year period ending in 2015. The project included a new multi-storey car park, a revamp of public areas and the town's Metropole Theatre; this RICS award-winning building provides state of the art production, exhibition and meeting facilities as well as housing Abertillery museum. In March 2014 Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, officiated at the launch of Jubilee Square, a public facility in the town centre next to St Michael's Church. Major industry came to the area in 1843 when the locality's first deep coal mine was sunk at Tir Nicholas Farm, Cwmtillery; the town developed thereafter and played a major part in the South Wales coalfield. Its population rose steeply; the population peaked just short of 40,000 around the beginning of the 1930s. There were six deep coal mines, numerous small coal levels, a tin works, brick works, iron foundry and light engineering businesses in the area.

Just one of the coal mines, produced over 32 million tons of coal in its lifetime and at its height employed 2760 men and boys. In 1960 an underground explosion at Six Bells Colliery resulted in the loss of life of 45 local miners. Fifty years the archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams officiated at the launch of the Guardian mining memorial; this artistically acclaimed monument standing at 20m tall overlooks Parc Arael Griffin, the now reclaimed and landscaped former colliery site. The adjoining Ty Ebbw Fach visitor centre provides conference facilities, a restaurant and a "mining valley" experience room. Not long after the disaster the renowned artist L. S. Lowry recorded the scene; the resultant landscape painting now hangs in the Museum of Wales in Cardiff. The coal mines remained the predominant economic emphasis until the general run down of the industry in the 1980s. Away from the town centre, the steep sided nature of the landscape, imposes its own demands on development. Whilst this sounds limiting it has helped provide the amphitheatre nature of Abertillery Park described as one of the most attractive rugby grounds in world rugby.

The street plan and housing stock flow uninterrupted from Cwmtillery in the north to Six Bells in the south, forming the town, Abertillery. Prior to 1974 local government was provided by Abertillery Urban District Council, its area included the small neighbouring villages of Aberbeeg and Brynithel. Historical data relating to Abertillery refers to this AUDC area meaning that it can be difficult to compare like with like. For example, the 2014 population for the wider conurbation area is around 20,000 rather than the 11,000 quoted for Abertillery itself. Whilst in the main the area has an older housing stock there are several developments of modern large homes found on the outskirts of the town with views out over the surrounding area; these apart, terraced council tax band A and B properties predominate, meaning that average house prices are among the most affordable in the UK. There are few written historical records relating to the area before the town developed in the middle of the 19th century.

There are facts that you can use to outline important events. Abertillery museum has locally discovered artefacts dating as far back as the Bronze Age. St Illtyd's Church overlooking the town dates to the 13th century – with 6th century origins. St Illtyd's Motte lies just to the south west of the church. A Norman castle mound, it was destroyed in 1233; the ruins of two more recent 14th century, castles lie on private land to the northeast of St Illtyd's Church. There are several ruined mediaeval farmhouses in the Abertillery area; the Local Blaenau Gwent Baptist church can trace its roots back to Tŷ Nest Llewellyn, a ruined 17th-century dwelling place used by non-conformists to escape from the religious persecution of the times. Before the coming of major industry, Abertillery was little more than an area of scattered farms in the ancient parish of Aberystruth. In 1779 the parish minister Edmund Jones described the area thus: "The valley of Tyleri... is the most delightful. The trees... the beech trees, abounding about rivers great and small, the hedges and lanes make these places exceeding pleasant and the passing by them delightful and affecting... in these warm

Valley Wetlands

Valley Wetlands Valley Lakes, is a nature reserve in Anglesey, Wales belonging to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It is an area of lakes and reedbeds to the south-east of Valley in Llanfair-yn-Neubwll community, adjacent to RAF Valley airfield; the western section of the reserve includes Llyn Treflesg and part of Llyn Dinam. The eastern part includes wetlands along the Afon Crigyll. Much of the reserve is included within two Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Breeding birds include good numbers of sedge and reed warblers which have been joined in recent years by Cetti's warbler. Several species of duck breed including shoveler and pochard. Outside the breeding season, duck numbers increase and bittern and marsh harrier are seen. Several rare birds have been recorded such as whiskered tern, green-winged teal and ring-necked duck; the reserve is rich in wetland plants with large areas of reed and willow and uncommon species such as eight-stamened waterwort, flowering rush, marsh fern and hop sedge.

Among the insects are hairy dragonfly, variable damselfly and various water beetles. Mammals include water vole. Davies, Alan & Owen Roberts Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales, Buckingham Press, Peterborough. Hope Jones, Peter & Paul Whalley Birds of Anglesey, Menter Môn, Llangefni. Llynnau y Fali - Valley Lakes SSSI Llyn Traffwll SSSI RSPB: Valley Wetlands

Joffrey Lauvergne

Joffrey Lauvergne is a French professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. He was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA draft, who traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets. After two years in INSEP, Joffrey Lauvergne arrived in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2009. With Élan Chalon he won a French League in 2012, two French Cups in 2011 and 2012, Leaders Cup in 2012. Lauvergne averaged 3.4 rebounds per game in the French League. He was waived by the team on 25 November 2012. On November 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed a short-term deal with the ACB club Valencia, he averaged 3.8 rebounds per game in five matches. On December 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed half year contract with Partizan Belgrade. After breakthrough half-season he was having in Partizan, he was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, who traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets, it was announced that he will stay some time overseas before joining the NBA.

In the summer of 2013, Lauvergne confirmed that he will stay with the club for another season, despite the financial problems the club was facing. In his second EuroLeague season, with lot of trust from head coach Duško Vujošević, he has made big steps forward in his development, becoming one of the best rebounders in the league averaging 9.3 rebounds in 10 regular season games. His games haven't gone unseen, as Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly has said that they liked the progress he has made through the season; when team captain Dragan Milosavljević got injured, Lauvergne was appointed as new team captain. This made him first foreign captain in history of the Serbian team. Over 24 games in the EuroLeague, he averaged 11.1 points per game, while leading the league with 8.6 rebounds per game. Along with his teammate Bogdan Bogdanović, he was selected to the Ideal Team of the 2013–14 ABA League season. Partizan finished season by winning its 13th consecutive title, defeating arch rivals Crvena zvezda by 3-1 in the final series.

Day after leaving Partizan, he left the farewell letter praising his old teammates, coaching staff and Serbian people in general. He stated that he was feeling like part of family like at home, surrounded with love and care from the people in the club. On June 23, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian club Khimki. According to the Serbian daily press Večernje novosti, Partizan received US$600,000 in the name of buyout from Khimki, as Lauvergne was still under contract with Partizan. On February 4, 2015, Lauvergne parted ways with Khimki. Over 27 games, he averaged 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. On February 19, 2015, Lauvergne signed a reported two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets. Three days he made his NBA debut, recording 8 points and 3 rebounds in the Nuggets' 119–94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On February 19, 2016, Lauvergne scored a career-high 22 points in the Nuggets' 116–110 loss to the Sacramento Kings. On August 30, 2016, Lauvergne was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for two protected 2017 second round draft picks.

On February 3, 2017, he scored a season-high 16 points in a 114–102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On February 23, 2017, Lauvergne was traded, along with Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick. On July 18, 2017, Lauvergne signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On February 13, 2018, he scored a career-high 26 points to go with a season-high 11 rebounds in a 117–109 loss to the Denver Nuggets. On July 4, 2018, Lauvergne signed a two-year deal with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Lauvergne had 12 points on 4-from-7 shooting, along with 4 rebounds in his EuroLeague debut versus Gran Canaria. Over 22 EuroLeague games in 2018–19 season, he averaged 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and career-high 1.8 assists per game. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Lauvergne is a member of the senior men's French national basketball team.

He won the gold medal with France at the EuroBasket 2013. The following summer, he won the bronze medal with France at the 2014 World Cup, his role in the team increased, he averaged 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over nine tournament games. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Joffrey Lauvergne at aba-liga.com Joffrey Lauvergne at acb.com Joffrey Lauvergne at euroleague.net Joffrey Lauvergne at lnb.fr Joffrey Lauvergne at vtb-league.com Joffrey Lauvergne on Twitter