15 May, 2019
A former soldier, paediatric nurse and university lecturer who travelled the world with her career has become Mayor of Blaenavon.
Berkshire-born Jac Denley-Jones, who returned to the UK after living in Greece, has become an integral part of the community after settling in the town six years ago.
Together with husband Rod, she set up the Dawnswyr Blaenafon Welsh folk dance group and ‘Dance on the Mountain’ – a growing annual summer dance festival now in its fifth year.
A former member of Blaenavon Town Team, Cllr Denley-Jones has been responsible for organising other annual events such as the Christmas Cracker and Family Fun Day, and also volunteers in the Workmen's Hall.
“I feel honoured to be Mayor of my adopted town,” she said. “Since being elected in 2017, I’m proud of the way that the Council has launched a range of exciting initiatives and projects that are benefiting local residents.”
Cllr Denley-Jones said the Council was also making a name for itself in Welsh local government after winning two One Voice Wales awards in the past year, following its first one in 2018.
“It’s a great time to be Mayor of Blaenavon and I’m really looking forward to seeing us achieve even more in 2019/20,” she added.
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Gareth Davies said the past 12 months has been probably the best the Council had ever had, with it winning two national awards and being ‘talked about at regional and national level’.
He paid tribute to Town Clerk Kevin Warren for his support and for ensuring that the Council had great financial and other regulations. “I think we’re in a really good place and have a duty to the people of Blaenavon to continue this progress.”
Teacher and lecturer Cllr Lewis Evans was elected Vice-Chair. Cllr Lewis, who has served 13 years on the Town Council with two terms as Chair, is a Board member with Torfaen Museum Trust and a former Chair of the Workmen's Hall Committee.