20th April, 2020

Three of Blaenavon’s main employers have made generous donations of almost £2,500 to ensure local residents in need had emergency food parcels over Easter weekend.

Forged Solutions (formerly Doncasters), P&P Builders and GOS Tool & Engineering Services presented the Town Council with the funding to allow us to buy groceries and distribute them from the council offices. After discovering the council had recently supported the struggling local food bank, Forged Solutions' Senior Management Team contacted Cllr Alan Jones to offer the company’s assistance.

Cllr Jones then got in touch with the two other businesses, who also agreed to get on board with their kind contributions.

Alan said: “After a short notice delivery the previous Friday evening, I realised that with hard pressed food banks closed over the Easter period, there could be a gap in provision.

“Working with our local industry partners, councillors and council staff were able to provide an emergency provision to address the potential gap and support our most vulnerable residents at this difficult time.”

The remainder of the money will be used to support other local needs as and when required. For example, this week the Medical Practice told Cllr Jones it was running short of antibacterial hand gel for the use of visitors, and the council authorised the purchase of 25 litres at a cost of £168.

Mayor Cllr Jac Denley Jones said: “The Council has strong links with local businesses and was delighted by their support in helping us to deliver parcels to those in most need during a time of great anxiety to many.”

Forged Solutions Group is a leading manufacturer of high-precision forgings for the aerospace and defence sector.

The company has four manufacturing sites in and around Sheffield and one at Forge Side - a 57,000m² specialist forging facility producing a range of open and closed die products.

Formerly owned by Doncasters, the plant has been the town’s largest employer since the closure of Big Pit as a working mine in 1980.

GOS Tool & Engineering Services, a family-owned and managed business occupying a three-acre site on the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, has grown extensively over the last few years and now has nearly 130 staff.

The company is the UK market leader in converting excavators to work on railway infrastructure and also exports to Germany and Australia.

P&P Building Contractors was founded in 1986 as a small partnership. Today, the business works predominantly in the public sector on all aspects of construction, employing more than 60 people and with a turnover of more than £8million per year.

The company offers a complete design and build service and also works with private and public sector clients in the delivery of planned maintenance, renovation, refurbishment and adaptation schemes including extensions, bathroom and kitchen refurbishments and disabled facilities adaptations.

Among its best-known local projects is the refurbishment of the Lion Hotel, transforming the once derelict building into an award winning modern hotel and restaurant with spa facilities.