Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Severn Bridge tolls to end 17th December 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Severn Bridge

Wales Online has revealed that the historic date the Severn Bridge tolls will end is the 17th December 2018.

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, has confirmed that the tolls on the two Severn bridges will be abolished just in time for Christmas.

Addressing the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham, Mr Cairns described the scrapping of the tolls as an "early Christmas present."

This will end 50 years of tolls since the first Severn Bridge opened and will save commuters who use the two Severn bridges daily up to £1,400 a year in tolls.

This will be fantastic news to regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre from over the river.

Free Art & Craft Workshop with Craft Fair

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Free Art and Craft Workshops

We will have various arts and crafts for adults and children to take part in at the National Diving & Activity Centre on Saturday 8th September from 10am.
(more…)

Free African Drumming Workshop

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Drumming at NDAC Chepstow

African DrummingWe will have a free African Drumming workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) with the amazing Djabot Drumming Group.

(more…)

Career Voyage workshop at the NDAC this September

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Career Voyage Workshop

Discover Brand ‘You’ and KickStart Your Career

Career Voyage are hosting a really interesting looking workshop at the National Diving & Activity Centre on the 10th September 2018.

Perfect for career breakers or people who are not in the right job at the moment, you will come out of the session understanding your personal brand, your career passion and knowing where you are headed, together with an understanding of the local workscape.

Discover what makes you a valuable commodity in the workplace – and how to exploit your worth and land the role.

This event is for:

• Career Breakers who want to return to work after some time out

• Employees who feel they are not being valued

• Employees who know they want to do something different workwise in the future but are not quite sure what

• Individuals who may want to change the way they work, for example, they want to freelance, have a portfolio or interim career or start their own business.

Full details and tickets for the event are available here for just £20 »

Career Voyage brings strategic focus to people at critical points in their career. They help individuals discover and take control of their options and successfully steer a course to where their talents are best suited and rewarded. Find our more about Career Voyage at careervoyage.co.uk

Career Voyage

Noah’s Ark Children’s charity raises £10,000 on the Wire Zip Slide

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Noah’s Ark Zip Wire challenge, Chepstow

Children’s hospital charity, Noah’s Ark, recently held a Zip Wire challenge at the National Diving & Activity Centre to help reach its aim of raising £1 million for their Tiny Lives Appeal.

The event took place on 1st July at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre, home to The Wire Zip Slide, one of the UK’s longest zip wires, launching from 70m high and reaching speeds of 40mph. With glorious sunshine and 92 participants the day was a huge success and is expected to raise more than £10, 000 for the Tiny Lives Appeal. (more…)

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

NDAC awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

(more…)

Charity Zip Wire for Tiny Lives

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Noah's Ark Charity Zip Wire

The Wire Zip Slide ChepstowIn their bid to reach their £1million Tiny Lives Appeal target by November of this year, the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital charity are launching their first ever charity zip wire!

Why not swing into the season while raising funds for tiny people fighting big battles this summer?

(more…)

24 Hour Scuba Dive – Underwater Marathon in Aid of Headway Brain Injury Charity (16th & 17th September 2017)

Friday, September 1st, 2017

24 Hour Scuba

Two scuba divers who survived devastating brain injuries are to lead a 24-hour underwater scubathon to raise funds for a charity which helps people who have suffered a brain injury.

Members of Cheltenham Sub-Aqua Club, regular visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre, will work as a relay team to spend a full day underwater led by divers James Neal and Neal Breeden.

Over the weekend 16th & 17th September we will also be holding a demonstration day and raffle with prizes from Apeks, Suunto, Fourth Element, Maxshow, Sea & Sea and Fathom Outdoors. We also have 3 dive computers donated to the NDAC Shop by Suunto where all the money from the sale will go towards the fundraising. There are more prizes to follow and tickets are available from the NDAC shop.

On the demo days we have Liquid SportsMares, SSI , Sea & Sea, TDI, Fourth Element and Maxshow.

Headway Brain Injury CharityJames, 47, a technical diver and instructor from Symonds Yat, in the Wye Valley, suffered a devastating subarachnoid haemorrhage following the rupture of an undiagnosed aneurysm, which led to a grade four bleed on the brain.

Neal, 48, Cheltenham SAC’s secretary also survived a brain injury, after suffering a major stroke nearly ten years ago, in 2008, which left him needing to use a wheelchair.

Now the pair are organising the scubathon in aid of UK brain injury charity Headway, which supported James during his initial recovery. They hope to raise in excess of £5000.

The dive will begin on Saturday 16th September and finish at midday on Sunday 17th September, at the National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow.

James says, as well as supporting Headway, he wants to raise awareness of brain injuries and highlight some of the prejudices that go hand in hand with what is described as an ‘invisible disability’.

After he was treated, James, who ran his own business, says all he wanted to do was get back in the water and enjoy scuba diving again. That desire drove his initial rehabilitation.

24 hour scuba challengeHe said: “I was able to return to some level of fitness and get back in the water but I had a great deal of support from my scuba diving friends. Without Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club my life would have become very lonely. I owe them an enormous debt of gratitude.


“I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and whilst I might appear completely recovered on the outside, you can’t and don’t see what I have to deal with, or understand the problems I face, on a daily basis.


“I’m learning to manage my condition but it’s still difficult and I have suffered some horrendous discrimination as a result of people not understanding my disability. But Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club has remained a constant in my post injury life. I don’t know what I would have done without them.


“I suffer terribly from fatigue. Immediately after the injury I was able to stay conscious for perhaps 20 minutes at a time. Now as the day goes on I get more and more fatigued. And there is a huge difference between tiredness and fatigue.


“If you are tired you can keep going. With fatigue you can’t and your body starts to shut down. You become irritable and lose the ability to think straight. Eventually you will lose consciousness. That’s not falling asleep!”

He added: “Brain injuries not only change your life but also your personality. You wake up a different person.”


“If you suffer a head or brain injury it can take a long, long time to recover and in fact you might never recover, at least not fully.

Neal, who worked as an upholsterer before suffering his major stroke when he was just 39, says Headway is an amazing organisation that few people will have heard of.

He said: “When James had his haemorrhage he did experience some real issues from people who just didn’t understand because of their ignorance. People who he thought were his friends turned on him and blatantly discriminated against him. It was horrible to witness, I can’t begin to imagine how it made him feel. Look at a person with crutches or a wheelchair and the disability is obvious. But you can’t easily see a subarachnoid haemorrhage.”


“James and I dive together a great deal and understand each other and our respective limitations in a way perhaps other people don’t. We know what makes each other tick. It’s a very special bond that only  people that have been through what we have could ever really understand.”

He added: “Hopefully we will raise a good deal of money for Headway; the whole club is behind the event. And divers from across the country are supporting us.

Ali Hendley, Manager at Headway Gloucestershire, said the money raised by the underwater scubathon would be very valuable and said: “Giving brain injury survivors the chance to re-learn old skills and develop new ones is what Headway is all about.

To sponsor Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club visit:

https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/csac24

Further Details

Cheltenham Sub Aqua Club
Cheltenham SAC Website
Cheltenham SAC Facebook

Headway
Headway Twitter
Headway Website
Headway Facebook

 

NDAC Wigwams in the finals for 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Muddy Stilletos Nomination

We are really pleased to announce that we have made the finals of the Muddy Awards Best Glamping category!

The competition was stiff, but we’ve made it and it is all thanks to you!

The final round of voting has started. It’s live voting with each nominee appearing next to a cocktail glass on the page. As you vote, the glass will be filled, until midday on Fri 16 June when voting closes and there is a winner.

Muddy Stilletos VoteNow it’s all down to the public vote – and that’s where we’d love your help!

We would really appreciate your vote in the final. Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

 

Muddy Stilettos, ‘The Urban Guide to the Countryside’, is a series of fun and informative lifestyle blogazines written by journalists across 18 counties with reviews, what’s ons and more. Muddy Stilettos was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017.

The ethos of Muddy is all about quality and curation and unearthing the cool independent businesses and events in each county. The Muddy Stilettos awards are entirely publicly voted, so to win a Muddy Stilettos Award is a real achievement.   

Many thanks for your help

The National Diving & Activity Centre Team

NDAC Wigwams nominated for 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Muddy Stilletos Nomination

Update!

We are really pleased to announce that we have made the finals of the Muddy Awards Best Glamping category!

The competition was stiff, but we’ve made it, hurrah!

The final round of voting has started. It’s live voting with each nominee appearing next to a cocktail glass on the page. As you vote, the glass will be filled, until midday on Fri 16 June when voting closes and there is a winner.

We would really appreciate your vote in the final. Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

 

The Wooden Wigwam accommodation at the National Diving & Activity Centre has been nominated in the 2017 Muddy Stiletto Awards for ‘Best Glamping in Gloucestershire.

Muddy Stilletos VoteFollowing the nomination, it’s all down to the public vote – and that’s where we’d love your help!

If you’ve stayed with us and enjoyed your stay, your vote would be really appreciated.

Just sign in here via Facebook or your email address and vote for the National Diving & Activity Centre in the Glamping category.

Voting is free and takes seconds via this link: https://glos.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote

Muddy Stilettos, ‘The Urban Guide to the Countryside’, is a series of fun and informative lifestyle blogazines written by journalists across 18 counties with reviews, what’s ons and more. Muddy Stilettos was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2017.

The ethos of Muddy is all about quality and curation and unearthing the cool independent businesses and events in each county. The Muddy Stilettos awards are entirely publicly voted, so to win a Muddy Stilettos Award is a real achievement.   

Many thanks for your help

The National Diving & Activity Centre Team



Subscribe

Sign up for news, updates and sepcial offers from the National Diving & Activity Centre

How we use your information

..........................

Facebook

..........................


Twitter

..........................