Upper Brynaman Post Office celebrated its successful reopening on the 13 July with British Lion and Welsh international second row forward Alun Wyn Jones on hand to cut the ribbon to officially launch the new Post Office branch.


The reopened Upper Brynaman Post Office opened its doors to customers at its new home, Black Mountain Community Centre, Cwmgarw Road, Brynaman in Ammanford, and the community is delighted to have its Post Office service restored following the temporary closure of the previous branch in 2015.


Upper Brynaman Post Office fielded a strong line up of guests as British Lion, Alun Wyn Jones, fresh from his epic tour of New Zealand, was joined by Jonathan Edwards MP who was on hand to welcome delighted customers back to their restored Post Office service.


Jonathan Edwards MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr commented:  "I am delighted to celebrate with the village the re-establishment of this vital service.  Ensuring equality in service for our more rural communities is vitally important and I am glad to have played a small part in ensuring Post Office services are secured in Brynaman.


"In particular, I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and enduring effort of workers at the Black Mountain Centre and local County Councillor Glynog Davies in securing a new site for the service.”


"The Post Office is an additional jewel in the crown that is the Black Mountain Centre.  The centre really is the heart of the community."


The reopened Upper Brynaman Post Office service is available, six days a week from 9am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturday.


British Lion Alun Wyn Jones was delighted to be part of the official opening of Upper Brynaman Post Office.


Alun Wyn Jones, commented: “I was delighted to play a part in the opening of the Post Office into the community centre. The Black Mountain Community Centre plays a vital part in serving the local area and the addition of the Post Office service into the centre will only strengthen their contribution further.


The local community can access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, and make online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, withdrawals using a Post Office Card Account, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones. 


Post Office Manager, Jeremy Kiff said: “I’d like to wish everyone at the branch every success in this new venture. We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Upper Brynaman and we are confident that this new modern Post Office service will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.”


St Davids Day Food & Craft Fayre

On Friday 27th February 2015 The Black Mountain Centre held a Welsh Produce Fayre in conjunction with St Davids Day. It was an enjoyable night and thanks must be paid to the Fire Service for coming along in their fire engine and PartnerIAITH Aman Tawe for providing fun activities for the children and helping us arrange the event.




Christmas 2014

On Friday 28th November 2014 the Black Mountain Centre celebrated the arrival of the festive season and the switching on of the Christmas Lights by holding a Christmas Craft Fair.  This year’s fayre was the biggest since the introduction of the event at the Centre and it was bursting at the seams with stalls and visitors alike.  Café staff prepared Cawl and hotdogs and there was mulled wine aplenty.  The highlight was the attendance of Father Christmas in his grotto with a long line of children waiting to see him.  He was certainly busy checking his “naughty and nice” list!

County Councillor Glynog Davies said of the event “It was a very enjoyable evening and it was a pleasure to see members of the community out in force to support this remarkable event.”

The Centre certainly looked like the scene from a Christmas Card with everyone spreading a bit of festive cheer and a special thanks must be given to John Rees – Managing Director of CWM Environmental Ltd and Chairman of The Black Mountain Centre – for donating a 12ft Christmas Tree to the Centre.

Scott Davies, Centre Co-ordinator for the Black Mountain Centre reiterated his thanks to all staff and volunteers involved in the preparation process of this very successful event saying “During my 6 years of service working at the Black Mountain Centre, I have never seen the Centre so busy.  The building was literally bursting with excitement and enthusiasm and it was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying.  Of course the success of this event is down to the general public and I hope you all continue to support our future events as I’m sure you will.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.




Hookers & Clickers

The Hookers and Clickers are a group of amateur knitters who meet every Monday 6pm at The Black Mountain Centre. Knitting and crochet has never been more popular than right now so why not get together to knit, chat and unwind over a ball of yarn!

For further information contact us on 01269 823400.


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The Lifestyle Adviser Service: Get a helping hand to improve your health

Visit the NHS Lifestyle Adviser at the Black Mountain Centre NOW! The team at the Centre have set up this outreach service in partnership with the NHS Health Information Team. The service provides motivational support and advise to clients who wish to make positive changes to their lifestyle, to provide primary prevention and health promotion for those who are at risk of developing chronic conditions and offer targeted interventions and lifestyle support.

A Lifestyle Adviser will work with individuals to set goals that could include the following:

  • Eating more healthily
  • Giving up smoking
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Exercising more
  • Making new friends
  • Attending local clubs or groups

If you want to find out more about this service, contact Susan O'Rourke on 01792 776252.

An adviser is on hand every Wednesday, from 1pm - 5pm at the Surgery.


Help us Launch a Time Banking Project at the Centre

Staff at the Black Mountain Centre hope to secure funding to develop and launch a Time Bank Project during 2012.

What is Time Banking?

Time Banking is a volunteering scheme with a difference.  Many organisations, groups and individuals in the Amman Valley rely heavily on volunteers. A great deal of work is achieved through volunteering. Time Banking encourages people to donate their skills and time in exchange for time credits. One hour of a person's shared skill equals one time credit. A time credit will entitle a Time Bank member to access a host of activities under the Time Bank Network. This could involve access to a training course, to a free cup of tea at your community cafe or support from fellow Time Bank Members in gardening, sewing, letter writing, DIY and much more.

Time Banking is a very exciting scheme that has the potential to benefit individuals of all ages and unite communities. The very successful scheme in Blaengarw demonstrates how such a scheme can revitalise communities in areas experiencing high unemployment and social deprivation.

Click on the following link to see Time Banking in action in Blaengarw;


How does Time Banking Work?

1. Members list their skills and needs with use of a questionnaire.

2. The information is entered into a database that highlights the greatest area of need and skills found within any given community.

3. A 'Time Broker' uses the information gathered to co-ordinate projects that will allow members to share their skills as well as meet the needs of others.

4. Members agree to give and receive help.

5. Every Time Bank Member keeps a log of the time that they share or receive.

6. Time credits and monthly statements are issued by the Time Broker.

What benefits will Time Banking bring?

1. Time Bank members share their skills in return for Time Credits.

2. Time Bank members spend their credits to learn new skills.

3. Time Bank members use their credits to access training, events, access discounts at local community events, etc.

4. Community groups and businesses work closely together and toward mutual aims.

5. The skill base in any given community increases.

6. Greater Employability

7. Greater use of community venues.

The list goes on....

How can you help?

1.Become a Time Bank member. Fill in a questionnaire at the Black Mountain Centre

2. Write a letter of support and give it to a member of staff at the Centre of email it to by February 12th.

The credit currency developed by the team at the Centre features a mosaic created by pupils of Ysgol y Glyn. (See above).

If you would like to learn more about the scheme, please contact Ffion Davies at the Black Mountain Centre on 01269 823400.


A New Year, a New Look for the Black Mountain Centre

The Black Mountain Centre is a one-stop-shop for the residents of Brynaman and the Amman Valley. Staff and Trustees aim to provide a range of services that truly reflect the needs of the community.

Some exciting changes have been taking place during January, resulting in new outreach offices, a new multi-purpose room for events and health and wellbeing activities and the relocation of the Centre cafe.

Visit the Centre, take the tour and see what the Centre has to offer you.

The redevelopment has been funded by the Sustainable Hubs Key Fund, CCC Small Grants Fund, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Quarter Bach Community Council.

For further information, contact us on 01269 823400 or email



Celebrating the Industrial Heritage of the Black Mountain

A free public meeting is being held in Brynaman to introduce CALCH, an exciting new project which aims to showcase Herbert's Quarry and lime kilns on the north side of the Black Mountain, as a landmark of our industrial heritage.

CALCH is a joint venture by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, The Dyfed Archaeological Trust, The National Museum of Wales and The Black Mountain Centre. With the participation of local communities, CALCH will rediscover, conserve and celebrate the role of the lime industry in the development of Wales as an Industrial Nation.

The meeting, which will introduce the project and the opportunities to become involved, is being held at the Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman on Monday, February 20th at 7pm.

For more information, please contact Menna Bell at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust at or 01558 825997.


Centre staff raise approximately £500 for Children in Need!

The Black Mountain Centre team took part in an indoor cycling challenge on Thursday 17th November to raise money for Children In Need.

Staff members Pauline Thomas, Scott Davies, Ffion Davies, Mathew Hewlett, Catrin Morris and Lisa Thomas cycled over 100 miles dressed as 118 men. The challenge took place between 10am and 3pm without any breaks! The team were joined by Llew Davies and Rhys Davies from the Welsh Language Board/Bwrdd yr Iaith during the cycling challenge.

We were overwhelmed by the support received and raised approximately £500.

For further information, please contact a member of the team on 01269 823400.





Centre wins Enhancing Leadership and Skills Award

The Black Mountain Centre team are proud winners of a nationally recognised award in developing management skills.

Sian Tucker, Strategic Development Officer was awarded the Enhancing Leadership and Management Skills Award at a ceremony held at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Thursday 29th September.

The Chairman of the Centre, Cllr Ian Moses said he was delighted with the award.


   "This is recognition for the hard work we have put into developing managemet and leadership skills here. Developing these important skills has helped us implement a management restructure and develop the Centre's staff both professionally and personally."

Sian and the team at the Centre are delighted with the achievement.

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said: "The winners of these awards provide role models for others looking to develop their management skills and also demonstrate how these skills help to grow their business."




Pumpkin Carving Success

The Black Mountain Centre development team held a pumpkin carving workshop during October half term. A total of 24 children took part in the workshop on Friday 28th October. A number of truly terrifying, spine tingling pumpkins were created by local children. The team at the Centre were delighted to see so many children in attendance. Please see a group photograph below.


Trustee News

Mrs Wyn Churchill has recently stepped down as Chairperson of the Black Mountain Centre. Our sincere thanks to Wyn for her hard work over the last three years and we wish her well for the future.

Cllr Ian Moses has taken over the role of Chairperson until the next Annual General Meeting in September, we all look forward to an exciting future under his chairmanship.

A long-serving trustee, Mr Alun Howells, has also retired as a trustee after ten years service. Alun is one of the founder members of the Centre and we thank him for his service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement.


A Right Royal Success

The Black Mountain Centre and partner organisations; Galaxy Theatre Company, Amman Valley School of Dance, Valley Teens, Yr Aelwyd and Brynaman Swimming Pool Association hosted a Royal Wedding Street Party on Friday 29th April. The event attracted over 160 people. Staff at the Centre were thrilled to engage with families from Brynaman and the Upper Amman Valley. There was a wonderful sense of community spirit and togetherness.

The team would like to thank the community, all volunteers, members of the planning committee and community organisations. The event would not have been possible without the hard work and support of these individuals.

The winner of the Royal Wedding Mug competition is Ayesha Fairclough, aged 12.


Keep on Running!

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Olympics had started early if on Friday 18th March you saw four runners making their way from Brynaman to Ammanford. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the national team, Scott Davies, Eleri Ware, Sian Tucker and Ffion Davies set out on a 6 mile sponsored run.


All four raised £500.00 for Comic Relief with thanks to your kind donations.



Become a friend of the Black Mountain Centre

The Black Mountain Centre has recently celebrated ten years at the heart of the community regeneration in Brynaman and the surrounding Amman Valley, helping to provide essential services for residents of all ages. The Centre is considered as a one-stop-shop, it houses a number of services, such as the library, doctor's surgery, Police and the Black Mountain Restaurant. We provide volunteering, training and learning opportunities as well as a base for voluntary groups. The Centre team is striving to develop the Centre further and our aim is to achieve self-sustainability by 2012. We are extremely grateful to the community and to those individuals that have shown interest and support in the past. We would like to invite our readers to contribute towards the future work at the Centre through one of the following ways:-

Volunteering, annual membership or sign up as a friend of the Black Mountain Centre.

For further information contact Susan Preston at the Centre on 01269 823400.


An Evening of Magic and Enchantment!

The Black Mountain Centre was positively bursting at the seams on Friday  8th April as the community gathered in support of the Magic and Enchantment Art Auction. Roy Noble kindly took on the role of auctioneer and boy did he work that gavel!

Members of the Black Mountain Art Club worked extremely hard to create 19 breath taking paintings, that will now hang with pride and place in the homes of many local villagers. A total 0f £2,000 was raised and donated to The Black Mountain Centre, Cancer Research, Air Ambulance and Ty Olwen.

The group will undertake a new project this summer.

For further information, please contact Ffion Davies on 01269 823400.





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Time Banking News

Members of the development team are forging partnerships with Neath Port Talbot Housing Renewal Area and voluntary groups across the Upper Amman Valley to set up a Time Banking scheme. On Tuesday 19th September, local residents were invited to attend an 'Introduction to Time Banking', where guest speaker, David Pugh of Garw Time Centre described the benefits of setting up a Time Banking scheme. He reported on a number of ongoing Time Banking projects in Blaengarw, one of which proved particularly inspiring.

LIFE / Learning is for Everyone is a project that Garw Time Centre has developed. The project provides opportunities for local people to get involved in learning what is relevant to their lives, supports their aspirations and recognises their own talents. The team at Garw recognised, as do we, that their community was full of unused talent, skills, knowledge and experience and that informal active learning exchanges provide one method of unleashing and utilising this learning potential. Garw Time Centre held 30 new courses over one year, with 500 attendances, 20% of which were attendances by disabled people. A staggering 102 people gained qualifications.

If you would like to become a member and help us take the Time Banking scheme forward please complete a skills questionnaire at the Centre.

This is an exciting project with the potential to change lives.

Please contact a member of the development team on 01269 825987 for further information.


Join us for breakfast every Saturday !

The Black Mountain Restaurant is open for breakfast every Saturday from 9:00am - 11:30am.

Come and join us and start your weekend with the best breakfast in the Amman Valley!!

Our small breakfast starts at £3.45 and our large breakfast at £4.95. Try our15 PIECE Builder's Breakfast at a bargain £5.95!



Centre staff raise £1,000 for Children in Need!

Richard Edwards, Scott Davies, Craig Jones and Pauline Thomas took part in fundraising activities for Children in Need on Friday 19th of November. Richard, Scott and Craig entertained a crowded room with their yelps and grimaces as they allowed beautician, Julia Lane to wax their legs.


Pauline parted with her long brown locks in favour of a very short crop! Pauline wowed the crowd with her bravery and enthusiasm as she said goodbye to her hair. Local hairdresser, Amy Rees showed no mercy as she chopped through Pauline's pony tail. We are all extremely proud of Pauline, Richard, Craig and Scott for raising £1,000 for Children in Need.

We would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored the team. Diolch yn fawr.




Pumpkin Making Workshop

The development team held a pumpkin carving workshop at the Centre on Saturday 30th October in preparation for Halloween. A number of families took part and created some seriously spooky pumpkins. Staff were delighted with the pumpkins and were amazed at the creativity and talent that emerged on the day.

Please see all photos from the day below.


A BIG THANK YOU to all that took part in the World's BIGGEST coffee morning!

Residents from the Upper Amman Valley turned out their pockets on Friday 24th September 2010 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. A total of £436.60 was raised through raffle donation and the purchase of tea, coffee and cake!

We would like to thank everyone that attended the coffee morning and/or paid toward the raffle held at the Centre.

The development team would particularly like to thank those that baked and donated cakes to the event and to Sarah Hopkin and Sue Crossman-Jones for their contribution toward the raffle.    




Let Paul Robeson Sing!

A day in the life of.....

It’s not big, it’s not famous and it’s only 10 years old, but the Black Mountain Centre

in Brynaman had the great honour of hosting and arranging a magnificent tribute by Susan Robeson to her grandfather Paul Robeson.

A truly magical day of music, dance and drama creating a showcase of the Welsh experiences, that much larger organisations would have been proud to have hosted.


The day's highlight was the long awaited‘  ‘Audience with Susan Robeson’ entitled ‘Tribute to an Artist ’. The large audience was mesmerised and many reduced to tears with a moving wealth of stories, anecdotes and recollections of her life with her grandfather that will live long in the memories of all involved. In the short life of the Black Mountain Centre this was most definitely the biggest and most spectacular event yet. A truly great day in the life of the Centre, Brynaman and of course Susan Robeson.




The Community Celebrates the Black Mountain Centre 10th Year Anniversary!

Staff and volunteers joined the local community in celebrating the Black Mountain Centre's 10th year anniversary this June.

The team coordinated a number of events, allowing the local community to look back upon 10 successful years at the Centre and to celebrate this wonderful milestone. The activities drew to a close with a Community Fun Day and Art Unveiling that attracted a number of residents to the Centre.

We received funding from Health Challenge Wales which allowed us to hold a Family Fun Day on Friday 4th June. A total of 26 children took part in dance, arts and crafts workshops over one day. Children were given the opportunity to take part in mask and puppet making sessions. We were delighted with the positive response from local families.

The day would not have been possible without partner organisations Amman Valley School of Dance and Trysordy.

We would like to thank everyone, including the Centre volunteers, that supported us with the planning and delivery of each event.

Here's a snapshot of some of the activities held at our Community Fun Day and Family Fun Day in June.



The Black Mountain Art Club 'WOW' Spectators at the 'Magic and Enchantment' Art Unveiling!

Friends, family and local residents joined the Black Mountain Art Club on Friday18th June in unveiling their latest art project. A total of 19 paintings were displayed within the recently extended Black Mountain Gallery. Members of the art club proudly showcased their pieces at an extremely busy launch. MP Jonathan Edwards joined the group in launching the event.

Tutor, Sue Crossman-Jones supported the group in depicting scenes from the surrounding Black Mountain. A number of the members were challenged to work in a new medium and on a larger scale than usual. A collaborative effort, all 19 members produced breath taking pieces. 

Greeting cards are currently on sale at the Centre for £2.00. Each painting has been captured on card, so that everyone can enjoy the work created by the Black Mountain Centre Art Group!


For further information, contact the team on 01269 823400.