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Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Transition Chepstow - Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Transition ChepstowThis is a guest article written by Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow

Nik Peregrine and Jennifer Goslin from Transition Chepstow with other volunteers were assisting  Jayne Worrin with Pembroke Primary Bike Club where children from an early age learn cycling and bike maintenance when it became obvious that they had nowhere to practice these skills in a safe stimulating environment.

Despite attending many MCC initiated groups to mitigate climate change and encourage sustainability it seemed that integrative transport policy in Chepstow was lagging behind in the 19th century and needed to be brought up to date level with the rest of the UK and Europe. Chepstow faces physical and political challenges; lying between two estuaries and as the  border town of England and Wales.

Bristol is only across the Severn Bridge and is declared cycling capital of the UK. The Two Tunnels Shared Path  has recently opened through Bath, and others are being restored and created on the Gwent Levels, in Newport and the Valleys.

Over the last 7 years we have created a Transport Map illustrating traffic free paths in Chepstow, and have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of the Planning Application for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path that would re-open a stretch of railway line from Chepstow to Monmouth. There was lottery funding available to build it. Sustrans worked hard with submitting detailed schemes, but to no avail.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

This petition was created on 2nd May 2014 as a reaction to this stagnant state. We started tweeting and sending it out on Facebook, 200 signatures a day came in, and when the Press asked to do a photo shoot we thought of the National Diving and Activity Centre as a perfect venue as the path runs behind it from Sedbury Lane.

We contacted the NDAC Director Darren Bryce who had been involved with the previous application for 9 years, arranging a meeting where it evolved  that he considered buying the section of the line running from Sedbury to Netherhope Lane from Network Rail and is in the process of revoking the lease Sustrans has with this company.

Nik, Jennifer and Jayne plan to re-submit the application to Forest of Dean District Council with the assistance of local skilled people and the TIdenham and Sedbury Scout and Cubs have offered to clear the overgrowth as part of the project. 

Access to the NDAC will be greatly improved and safe access across the A48 created as a result of the re-opening of this path. That is only in the short term,the advantages long term of the completion of the whole route are a thousand fold for the whole of the UK population not least as this would make a fabulous Gateway to Wales.

The petition already has more than 1750 names and will run until we have enough signatures to persuade the Welsh Assembly and Monmouthshire County Council that this vital resource is long overdue with the eventual objective of forming a continuous route from Caldicot through to the Severn Bridge, along the Wales Coastal Path to connect with the disused Railway Line.

The Transport Group has created a WEB WHEEL PORTAL for anything and everything cycling in South East Wales,Wye and Severn Valleys. Wye Cycle will be launching on June 28 2014 ready for the Road Race Championships coming through Chepstow. 

It is sponsored by Bristol Cyclists Touring Club, the Community Fund for Wales and Transition Chepstow and will be an important information resource for the public, advertising on this site will generate funds to support local transport projects.

Wye Valley Shared Use Path Petition

Nik and Jennifer
Transition Chepstow 
Transport Coordinators

Further Links

Wye Cycle

Chepstow Transport Vision

Transition Chepstow


Chepstow Chairty Events Mid-Summer Barbeque

Friday, May 30th, 2014

charity bbqBBQ & Live Music

The Sian Burton Band
With Pete Tyler

Sue Skinner
and Steve Bussey

There will also be a licensed bar, a raffle,
a plant stall and cakes.

All Proceeds from this event are being donated to The Alzheimer’s Society


Adults – £15
Children – £5
(advance purchase only)

To order tickets:
Tel: / /


This event takes place on Sunday 15th June
from 12:30 onwards

This event is being held in a marquee at

  The Woodlands,
  Sedbury Park
  NP16 7EY

Please see below for a map and directions.

Please note this event is not at the NDAC




Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Farm4life Photography Exhibition 16th May 2014

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Farm4Life will be holding an exhibition of Hannah Elizabeth's photography work at the View Cafe Bar

Hannah Elizabeth Farm4LifeFarm4Life will be holding an exhibition of Hannah Elizabeth’s photography work at the View Cafe Bar.

The photos were taken by Hannah during a visit to Ghana and they capture the fantastic work carried out by Farm4Life.

The event will take place on Friday 16th May 6:30 – 10:00pm and will include an Auction.

Prizes in the auction will include a beauty evening, a ride on the Wire Zip slide and many more yet to be announced.

All money raised will go towards the completion of the Adoley Welfare Centre in Amasaman, Ghana.

Join the event on Facebook here>

We would love for to come and join us!

Farm4life are a group of individuals who respond to the needs and problems caused by poverty overseas. Farm4life provide the resources for self-sufficiency. Please visit the Farm4life website to find out more.

Hope Support Services Team Building Day

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hope Support ServicesTeam Building Day

Team Building DayOn a sunny day in February, the National Diving & Activity Centre became a hub of excitement as the youth management teams of local charity, Hope Support Services, got together for the very first time.

With a buzz in the air and a spring in their step, 9 young volunteers started their day with a spot of ‘speed dating’, the perfect way to get to know each other. Six were from the well-established Herefordshire Y-Team and the others were recent recruits to the new Gloucestershire Y-Team.

The Y-Team members are all aged 14-25 years and each has experienced their own family health crisis making them well-placed to be a part of Hope, a charity which supports young people when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Hope’s Y-Teams have their own management structure, run their own bank accounts and organise their own fundraising bids and events to pay for the support service and activities. They drive the service forward, keeping it young and fun.

Once they all knew a bit more about each other, the time had come to get them working as a team playing the ‘guttering game’ to get an egg from one end of the room to the other. Over lunch members of the Herefordshire Y-Team welcomed the new Gloucestershire members, discussed roles and responsibilities and they all signed-up to the Hope Y-Team mission statement as proof of their commitment. Then, it was time to get out on the water.

Ness Holbrook, Hope’s Youth Development Officer for Gloucestershire, said “The two teams had an amazing time on the water, building and racing their rafts. Amazingly both rafts survived the afternoon and stayed afloat! The young people did a great job working together which will stand them in good stead for their time with Hope.”

She continued “We’re really grateful to Darren and everyone at NDAC for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to use their fantastic facilities. It was the ideal place to for a team-building day like this. We’d love to come back soon!”

Scuba Santas 2013 – Registration is now open

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Scuba Santa 16 Dec 2012 at the National Diving and Activity Centre Chepstow

Sunday 15th December 2013, at the
National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow

Scuba Santas will be entering its 7th year in 2013 and continues going from strength to strength. Often quoted as the "best dive of the year", the event has raised thousands of pounds for crew training at the RNLI breaking its own world record several times over in the process.

Registration for the 2013 Scuba Santas event is now open >

Raising Money for the RNLI & DDRC HealthcareBorn out of the popular scuba diving forum Yorkshire Divers (or YD for short) the event started in 2007 with a group of 8 hardy divers heading out to do something a little different and raise some money for charity. The ethos behind Scuba Santas is to hold a fun christmas diving event that divers return to year after year. The charitable aspect is an important part of Scuba Santas and is great side-effect of people enjoying themselves.

We specifically donate funds to RNLI crew training as thanks for the great service that these people provide to the UK diving community.

New to 2013 we are donating 50% of the funds raised to DDRC Healthcare (the charity which used to be known to us as the Diving Diseases Research Centre). They run the National Diving Accident Helpline and are specialists in diving and hyperbaric medicine (treatment, training & research).

By slowly growing the event and tweaking the format we hope to achieve the most enjoyable event for the greatest number of divers. We’re always interested in feedback to help improve the event!

Register for Scuba Santa

Over the past few years the event has attracted corporate sponsorship leading to increased donations and goodie bags for attending divers.


Scuba Santas Sponsor Form

Scuba Santas Flyer/Poster

Further Information

Scuba Santas can be found all over the internet, so if you’d like to find out more information please check us out via one of the following methods:

The Scuba Santas website
Email –
Scuba Santas Facebook page
Twitter feed @ScubaSantas
Location of Scuba Santas
Frequently asked questions

This years event will be held on Sunday 15th December 2013, at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC), Chepstow. If you’re looking for a very fun winter dive grab yourself a santa costume, your dive gear and head on over, divers with any level of experience are welcome and you’re sure to meet lots of new diving friends!

Why not book a Wooden Wigwam, make a full weekend of it and go glamping in style. The wigwams are likely to get booked up quickly with this busy weekend, so book your wigwam early to avoid disappointment.

Register for Scuba Santa

Raffle in aid of DDRC

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

DDRC Healthcare Charity Raffle

The National Diving and Activity Centre is holding a raffle with some fantastic prizes to help raise funds for DDRC Healthcare.

Tickets are only £1.00 a strip and are available now from the View Cafe Bar and NDAC Dive Shop.

The Fantastic Selection of Prizes include

  •   1 day Training with Mark Powell of Dive Tech

  •   1 day Training with Gareth Burrows from Dive DIR

  •   £20 Scimitar Voucher

  •   Fourth Element Cyclone Jacket

  •   £30 dive signs voucher

  •   2x VR Kevin Gurr Books and T-Shirts

  •   3 x £50 Kent Tooling Vouchers

  •   160ft Bungee Jump Voucher

  •   3 x 500ml Derma Shield worth over £32 each

  •   3 x 50ml Derma Shield worth £9 each

  •   1 x 16×12 Print Framed (24×20 frame)

  •   3 x 6 Fathoms T-Shirts

  •   1 x £100 Holiday Voucher for blue o two

Thanks to everyone who donated a prize for this raffle.

The winners will be drawn on Saturday the 26th October in the View Cafe Bar following the free talk on Franklin’s Lost Expedition.

DDRC Healthcare is a UK registered charity (no.279652), established originally in 1980 as the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC). They are based in a purpose built Hyperbaric Medical Centre in the Tamar Science Park, adjacent to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, and they run a smaller Hyperbaric Unit in Cardiff.

They are probably best known to you as the place that treats divers with decompression illness (DCI) or ‘the bends’. However they also treat a range of other medical conditions and work closely with the NHS across the country to support both emergency and non-emergency patients.

Read more about DDRC Healthcare here>

To donate to DDRC Healthcare please click here >

Damian and Phil’s cycle challenge for Sparkle

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Lands End John O Groats

SparkleOver the Summer Damian and Phil cycled the length of Britain with an NDAC logo on their sleeves to help raise funds for Sparkle Appeal – South Gwent Children’s Foundation.

They have raised almost £4.500 so it would be great if you could help them get there.

To make a donation to this wonderful cause visit:

The Sparkle Appeal takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of 1,200 children and young people each year with severe & complex disabilities/developmental delay living in Newport, South Monmouthshire & South Torfaen, by providing educational, leisure & family facilities & activities.

The Wye not Tri – Triathlon 29 September 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

What's your next Challenge?

The Wye not Try Triathlon
at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

St Davids Hospice CareSunday 29 September 2013
Swim – Cycle – Run – Triathlon

Download Sponsorship Form >

Join us for the St David’s Hospice Care inaugural Triathlon event and raise funds to help local families.

If you have ever wanted to take up the challenge of a Triathlon event, this is the one for you, and if you are an experienced triathlete, we offer you the challenge of a sprint event.

The participants will have a safe, clean swim in the waters of the National Diving and Activity Centre (wet suits not compulsory) and then a lovely ride near the Welsh borders and Forest of Dean. The event is completed by an off road run along the footpaths around the Centre. With full safety support, electronic timing and a great atmosphere, this is an event not to be missed.

T-shirts to all finishers.

Click on the heading below to see more details of the event.

Full Event Details >
Cycle Route >
Run Route >

St. David’s is the UK’s largest provider of hospice at home care, caring for over 3,200 patients and families every year, at a cost over £5.8 million. Read more about the great work carried out by St. David’s >

Novice Triathlon

• 300 metre Swim – wet suit NOT compulsory.

• 10km Bike Ride

• 2.5km Trail Run (out and back route)

Entry: £35 – Pre- register and SAVE £10

Minimum Age: 15 years old

Set up a Just Giving Page to make it easier for your supporters to sponsor you for this event. Click on the link button below.

Just Giving Novice

Enter online via the St David’s Website >

Sprint Triathlon

• 750 metre Swim – wet suit NOT compulsory.

• 20km Bike Ride

• 5km Trail Run

Entry: £49 – Pre-register and SAVE £10

Minimum age 17 years old

Set up a Just Giving Page to make it easier for your supporters to sponsor you for this event. Click on the link button below.

Just Giving Sprint

Enter online via the St David’s Website >

Join the event on Facebook >

Black Sheep Sports

Marine Conservation Society (MCS) at NDAC Sunday 4th August 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

mcs marine conservation society at NDAC Chepstow

MCS Seasearch Diver

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) will be at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Sunday 4th August between 9:30am and 4pm


The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been the voice for our seas for almost 30 years and we want to see better protection for marine wildlife, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches. MCS talks to individuals, communities, industry and Government to work towards solutions that will achieve our vision of seas fit for life.


sea search


MCS offers divers the opportunity to report their wildlife sightings, and get trained in Seasearch – a project for volunteer sports divers to learn more about and help protect the marine environment around our British coasts, by mapping out the seabed and recording what lives in each area.


Great British Marine AnimalsMCS staff member Guy Allen will be at the National Diving and Activity Centre on Sunday 4th August between 9:30am and 4pm, with a stand packed with information on the charity’s campaigns and programmes, and will offer divers the chance to become a member. Those who become a member on the day will receive a copy of the fantastic ‘Great British Marine Animals’ book by Paul Naylor.


Help protect our amazing but fragile seas, shores and wildlife. With your support, the charity can do more vital work this year and beyond. Go to, call 0300 3300 704 or chat to Guy Allen at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Abseil and Zip Wire day for St David’s Hospice Care – 23 March 2013

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

200 ft Cliff top abseil. Over a 250ft deep lake. Are you up for the challenge, or do you know someone who is . . . .

St David's Hospice CareA 200ft Cliff top abseil over a 250ft deep lake or a 2,100ft long Zip Wire!
Are you up for the challenge . . . .

The National Diving & Activity Centre is promoting a Sponsored
Absei/Zip Wirel fundraising event for the charity St David’s Hospice Care on Saturday 23rd March 2013 at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow

Sign up to take part here>

The Wire Zip Slide

The Wire Zip Slide ChepstowThe wire is one of the UK’s longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 2,100ft length of the Quarry at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Launch yourself from the 200ft high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 250ft deep flooded quarry, reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

This exhilarating ride will take your breath away!

The wire zip slide is suitable for all ages.


• The zip slide is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent from a parent or guardian.

• The minimum age for this event is 14. Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone). Lower Limit is: 20kg (3.15 stone).

• The entry fee is just £15 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a suggested £80 in sponsorship.

You may chose which hour you would like to do your Zip Slide, from Midday until 5pm.


Cliff Top Abseil

The Abseil will run from the top of the quarry, some 200ft down the cliff face onto a floating pontoon which sits on top of a 250 ft deep lake at The National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.


• The abseil is open to anyone over 18, or those under 18 with consent from a parent or guardian.

• The minimum age for this event is 14. Maximum weight limit is 120kg (18.8 stone). Lower Limit is 20kg (3.15 stone).

• The entry fee is just £10 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a suggested £80 in sponsorship.

You may chose which hour you would like to do your Abseil, from 9am until 4pm.

To take part

Enter Online on the St David’s Hospice Care Website>

The entry fee is just £10 (abseil) or £15 (The Wire) and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a minimum of £80



For further information about St David’s Hospice Care and the great work they do please visit their website

If you are interested in hosting your own sponsored event at the National Diving & Activity Centre please contact us online or phone 01291 630 046.



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