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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 Police Dive Exercise hosted at the National Diving and Activity Centre

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise

Words by PC Finnegan

During September, Avon and Somerset Constabulary Underwater Search Unit hosted a National Police dive exercise at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC). This was a great opportunity to work in partnership with other dive teams from around the country.

The exercise was attended by Underwater Search Units from Metropolitan Police, South Wales Police, Devon and Cornwall Police, Yorkshire and Humberside Police along with representatives from Northumbria Police, instructors from Police Scotland dive school, Health and Safety Executive and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL).

The scenario was created to recover of bodies (mannequins), body parts and personal items placed around a variety of the many and diverse dive sites within the NDAC dive site. The exercise gave valuable learning for all involved and created new working partnerships, from the planning phase of the dive operation to the execution of the plans. There were also lectures at the site to Senior Investigating officers and Police Search Advisors around the roles of underwater search units along with demonstrations around new technology from DTSL.

It was an excellent sight to have 4 dive teams in the water at once, working together around multiple sites within the quarry. In the evening there was the obligatory social event, again hosted by the staff at NDAC incorporating dinner, a quiz, a well earnt beer and customary exchange of stories from the past year!

Our thanks go out to Darren and his team at NDAC for making this wonderful site available to us and assisting in the planning and implementation of an extremely successful exercise.

If you would like to host a training event or exercise at the National Diving & Activity Centre, please get in touch.

National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise
National Police Underwater Search Unit Exercise

ScubaNight Dives November & December 2019

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Night Dive

The popular NDAC Night Dive dates are back.

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Scuba Winter Opening Times & Changes to Opening Times During Winter Season

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

From 1st October we are operating our Winter Opening Times for Scuba Diving.

From the 1st November 2019 we will be making some changes to the opening times for Scuba Diving and the View Cafe Bar to reflect the quieter season.

Between November and the February Half-Term, we will close on Thursdays. During this time we will open Friday-Sunday.

Following the February half-term we will return to Thursday-Sunday opening until the end of October.

We will also continue to open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Christmas dates are assessed each year depending on how the holidays fall. We expect to release the 2020 Christmas dates in November.

NDAC Scuba Winter Opening Times 2019/2020

01 October – 31 March inclusive

Monday: CLOSED (open Bank Holidays)

Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday*: 0930 -1700 (*Closed 1st Nov until week after Feb Half-Term) 

Friday: 0930 -1700

Saturday: 0800 – 1700

Sunday & Bank Holidays: 0800 – 1700

Clear of water by 1600

Infrastructure Works & Slipway Improvements

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Infrastructure works at the National Diving & Activity Centre

We have been carrying out some infrastructure works at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Twenty tonnes of concrete has been laid to extend the lake’s slipway and improve access to and from the water.

We request that visitors keep out of the coned areas until the concrete has dried fully.

We hope this improvement will help our divers access and egress the water a little more easily. Watch this space for further improvements.

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Meet Bertie the Fish

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Bertie the Sturgeon Fish

Meet Bertie, our latest attraction at the National Diving & Activity Centre.

Bertie is a Sturgeon fish and he’s been rescued from a small pond to live his life and explore our much larger pond!

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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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Karl Kruger at the Rebreather Reunion April 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Karl Kruger

We are pleased to announce our third guest speaker at Rebreather Reunion 2019 will be Karl Kruger

Karl Kruger had a military diving and technical diving career spanning three decades. Karl now runs his own dive school providing recreational and technical dive training with multiple training agencies.

Karl’s talk will be on the technical diving expeditions of South Africa – Submarines, Coelacanths & the Ghost Fleet Expeditions.

The Rebreather Reunion is a two day social gathering for like minded divers from all backgrounds and levels of diving experience.

Join us for a weekend of diving and socialising as well as live talks & presentations from our guest speakers.

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