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This 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.
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.
Nik and Jennifer
BBQ & Live Music
The Sian Burton Band
With Pete Tyler
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
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.
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.
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.
On 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!”