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Wander Wye November 2019 update

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Wye Valley Greenway

Words by Jennifer Goslin BA BSc OCDEA
A-B Connecting Communities

Dear Path Supporters,

Due to an Autumnal Flurry the numbers of people supporting this petition rose to 6,207 signatures today.

There has been a lot of progress since the last update in the Spring 2019; Greenways were busy clearing and repairing the disused railway line from the National Diving and Activity Centre to the Tidenham Tunnel in September, please read all the detail here.

The planning application for the extension of the Wye Valley Greenway to Wyedean school has just been registered. It is P/1735/19/FUL. The full document is on the website.

Planning Application for Shared Use Path to Wye Dean School »

Please log your comments in supporting the application and also mention how important it will be to have the routes passing through the planned housing developments, to make the whole route traffic free, so that FoDDC are aware of that in pressing for 106 contributions.

We have had confirmation from Barrett Homes that the new Wye Link Bridge crossing from the Mabey development to Sedbury has been noted on their Index Plan in accordance with the Active Travel Map and Welsh Assembly Government Active Travel Policy.

There will be another fund raising Performance to follow on from the Flamenco Fiesta in 2017 called St Patrick’s Dance (NDAC) on 14th March 2020.

For more live information please follow our facebook page:

A to B Connecting Communities Facebook Page »

Thank you for your continued support and please continue to share this petition link as there are still plenty of people who haven’t signed it: friends and family.

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!

Join the Facebook event »

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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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

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.
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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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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…)



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