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St Patrick’s Day Dance & Fundraiser

Friday, December 6th, 2019

St Patrick's Dance Chepstow

An Irish Dance performance at the National Diving & Activity Centre in celebration of Ireland and St Patrick to raise funds for the Wye Valley Shared Use Path.

The St Patrick’s Day Dance event takes place on Saturday 14th March 2020 from 7pm at Chepstow’s National Diving & Activity Centre.

Includes authentic food and drink, dance and singing performances, raffle and auction.

An evening not to be missed!

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Tickets are £15-£25 and available here »

Find out more about the Wye Valley Shared Use Path here »

Wye Valley Greenway Workcamp 13 to 21 September 2019

Friday, December 6th, 2019





Words by Jennifer Goslin BA BSc OCDEA
A-B Connecting Communities
Images from Chepstow to Tintern Shared Use Path Facebook post

Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited organised a volunteer work camp from 13 to 22 September 2019 based at the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham, near Chepstow.

Their aim was to repair a bridge and to install and replace boundary fencing on the former railway line between Chepstow and Tintern to sustain momentum while they await planning permission and full funding to complete a walking and cycling route between the National Diving & Activity Centre and Tintern. This will form part of the overall safe route; the Wander Wye from the Severn Bridge to Monmouth proposed by A-B Connecting Communities who provided a grant in June of £5000 to Greenways.

• 91 volunteers put in 235 working days. 61 were day visitors, and 30 stayed overnight in tents and vans and chalets. And what a difference was made.

• Refurbishing the Bishton Lane bridge over the railway line – relocating the piers on newly cast concrete foundations transforming the structure.

• The fallen rocks were collected and rebuilt the wingwalls, repointing them with lime putty and with much help from BT, wire brushed and repainted the piers.

• The field fence was repaired between the railway land and the Gloucestershire Way and replaced the railway fences above the sheer drop of the retaining walls in the Wye Valley gorge.

• The vegetation was cut through at the former Tidenham station to create a laurel arbour with windows, and safety parapets installed to the bridge over the A48, where others had hacked back the brambles.

• The First Shirenewton Scouts helped to clear roots and branches from the track bed.

• A route was cut through to Sedbury Lane so we can survey the route for future planning applications, and work out how best Dean Forest Railway can recover the track.

• The Ecologists were in attendance to check that we were complying with the regulations.

No work was completed in the tunnel at all – as their Bat licence did not come through in time, so unfortunately the repairs to the walls and the planned installation of new gates will have to wait. The temporary fences were simply covered with tarpaulins to reduce airflow through the tunnel.

What happens next?

Greenways are working with Forest of Dean Council to secure the planning permission we need. The process will not be quick, as Natural England need to be sure about environmental issues. When they have planning permission we will be able to apply for grants.

There is still some finishing off to do to the pointing of the wing walls, and they are planning to set up a local volunteering group to help us to complete this.

If all goes well Greenways hope to have a further work camp in the spring for the labour intensive activities of installing lighting and bat shelters in the tunnel, installing seats and sculpture, and tidying back vegetation. In a perfect world there would have at least a mountain bike quality route open to Tintern by the summer.

 

National Diving & Activity Centre awarded 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

NDAC awarded Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

The National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow has been awarded a 2019 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Because we’ve earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we’re also pleased to announce that The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) has qualified for the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

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Groundworks complete for new Wire Zip Lines

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Wire Zip SlideGroundworks

Wire Zip Slide GroundworksThe ground works are now complete for the installation of our new zip wires for the Wire Zip Slide.

50 tonnes of concrete have been used to create the footings for the new structure.

We expect the new zip wires to be up and running for Easter.

 

Wye Valley Greenway Public Meeting

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Chepstow to Tintern Shared use path. Image by Alan Hayward December 2014

We are hosting a public meeting for the Wye Valley Greenway Project at 7.00pm on Wednesday 27th March at the National Diving & Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar.

The project’s aim is to restore the disused railway line from Chepstow to Tintern as a shared use path.

The View Café Bar will be open from 6.30pm and project engineer, John Grimshaw, will run over the details of the scheme and answer any queries you may have.

All are welcome to attend.

Join the event on Facebook here»

Illustration derived from original artwork by Alan Hayward December 2014

Site Ground works during March and April 2019

Monday, March 18th, 2019

NDAC Groundworks

NDAC GroundworksWe are carrying out site ground works during March and April.

These are for the new Wire Zip Slide and staff accommodation block.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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