Posts Tagged ‘Tidenham’

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.

 

FearFest-Evil Returns 2019 with ‘Condemned’

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

FearFest-Evil Condemned

At midnight on Hallow’s Eve, The Night Creatures returned to the underworld and the Eye Brotherhood sealed the Coombesbury Woods Gateway to Hell.

Congratulations if you survived FearFest-Evil: The Rising.

However it’s not over yet, FearFest-Evil returns October 2019 with ‘Condemned’.

We have Early Bird tickets available now for a limited time.

For a reduced price of £24.99*, tickets allow access to all Scare Zones.

Book your tickets for 2019’s FearFest-Evil : Condemned now »

(* Standard Tickets will be £29.99 at the end of the promotional period.)

FearFest-Evil the ultimate scare experience returns to Chepstow October

Monday, October 8th, 2018

FearFest-Evil Teaser Trailer

The Evil has risen and it wants you!

Here’s the latest teaser trailer from our halloween horror event, FearFest-Evil, returning to Chepstow on the 12th October.

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New Teaser Trailer for FearFest-Evil, The Rising

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Can you hear them?

Because the dolls hear you!

Here’s the latest teaser trailer from our halloween horror event, FearFest-Evil, returning this October.

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Tickets & Teaser Trailer for 2018 Halloween Horror Event. FearFest-Evil…The Rising!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Easter Weekend 2018 saw the launch of this terrifying teaser for this Halloween’s FearFest-Evil horror event… The Rising!

A cold, creeping shadow stalks its way across the Chepstow hills, enveloping all that remains of the FearFest-Evil site in its lifeless embrace. Deep within the choking shroud, the dead whisper their secrets of an unfathomable horror, ravenous for flesh and thirsty for the oceans of innocent blood needed to bring about… The Rising.

FearFest-Evil is an immersive Halloween event, taking you on a terrifying journey through anxiety-inducing, adrenaline-filled indoor and outdoor environments.

This horror experience is set at theNational Diving & Activity Centre around an abandoned railway line, disused quarry & forgotten woodland.

FearFest-Evil is the ultimate Halloween Scare Experience for only the bravest of horror fans.

FearFest-Evil runs across selected nights in October 2018, from Friday the 12th and including Halloween, tickets and full details are available from the FearFest-Evil website.

FearFest-Evil…The Rising – Terrifying new trailer for our Halloween Horror Event

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

This week saw the launch of a brand new trailer for our Halloween event, FearFest-Evil… The Rising!

During the nights of pure terror the FearFest-Evil team will take you on a terrifying journey through waves of anxiety-inducing, heart-pounding horror experiences!

The Scare Zones feature hordes of gruesome characters, stunning sets and spine-chilling performances, FearFest-Evil presents a no-holds-barred night of horror and pure entertainment.

Standard Scare Package Tickets are just £25 and available now.

FearFest-Evil is strictly for over 16 year olds. The Halloween Horror Event runs across selected nights in October 2018, from Friday the 12th and including Halloween, tickets and full details are available from the FearFest-Evil website.

Voting is open for the Scare Addicts Best of 2017 Awards – FearFest-Evil needs you!!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Scare Addicts Poll

The team at the horror review site, Scare Addicts, are gearing up to publish their Best of 2017 Awards and are looking for your opinion!

We’re really pleased to see that our Halloween Horror Event, FearFest-Evil, has made the shortlist on two categories:

  •  ‘Best Scream Park of 2017’

  •  ‘Best Individual Haunt of 2017’

Over 95% of our visitors gave us a five star rating on the event’s Facebook page, so if you came along to this year’s horror event and enjoyed your experience, we would really appreciated your vote and support.

PLEASE VOTE HERE »

Polls close at midnight on New Year’s Eve and the results will be released on the 1st January 2018.

Voting is really easy and can be done in a few moments,

Old Photos of Dayhouse Quarry Tidenham

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

We have been sent an interesting old document containing maps and photos of the National Diving & Activity site in it’s former life as ‘Dayhouse Quarry’ in Tidenham, Chepstow.

Here are some pictures that may be of interest! (Click on the photos for a larger version)

A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodrof
A view of the site from the Eastern Edge of Woodroft.

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (Before Restoration)
A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area.
(Before Restoration)

A view from South of the site looking North towards the original site access and plant area. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry

Old Map of the site, prior to the quarry.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Old Map compared to a more recent view.

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (Before Restoration)
Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards.
(Before Restoration)

Internal view of the quarry, looking Northwards. (After Restoration)
(After Restoration)

57,640 hot brews served in Chepstow’s View Cafe Bar

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

It has been a very busy year at our Activity Centre’s View Cafe Bar in Chepstow.

Here are some recent catering statistics. Between 01 April 2012 – 01 April 2013:

View Cafe Bar, Chepstow  •   we served 24,900 cups of coffee

  •   9,850 cups of hot chocolate

  •   22,890 cups of tea

That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!

We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!

If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you



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