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Wicked Weather Watch - An exciting event for Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) recently when we hosted Create 2 Inspire for a day with a multi-schools, cross-curricular event organised by the Wiltshire based charity Wicked Weather Watch - https://wickedweatherwatch.org.uk/
Wicked Weather Watch made full use of the facilities in our new Conference room and the children and staff from various local schools rotated around three, very different sessions and locations at TRAC as the day progressed.
Nando's Team building Day - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre was pleased to welcome staff from Nando's Cheltenham for a 'Team building Day' recently. They enjoyed a full day Pedal kart racing, our activity course. Shelter building, Archery, Raft building and racing against each other in teams in our paddle boats.
Allchurches Trust and Ecclesiastical Insurance volunteers - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre was pleased to welcome volunteers from The Allchurches Trust (who recently gave TRAC a grant to help fund our new toilet and shower facilities and a balcony for our chill out zone) along with colleagues from Ecclesiastical Insurance, to help rebuild our go-cart track after a heavy season of use by our guests.
Tasked with re-building the go-kart track, they spent the day filling hundreds of sandbags and used them to build up the walls, a job that would have taken TRAC volunteers at least four weeks to complete, other volunteers with the group weather-proofed fencing.
Grants Administrator Iain Hearn said “It is always hugely inspirational when we get the chance to visit one of our beneficiaries. TRAC is a wonderful charity and it was a privilege to be part of their volunteer workforce for the day, helping ensure that young people can continue to enjoy the go-kart track, as well as the other fun and educational activities on offer there, it is a fantastic facility."
After spending the day at TRAC, several members of the Allchurches and Ecclesiastical volunteering team decided to donate their personal grant to the centre. TRAC is very thankful for all their help and donations.
Our Autumn Newsletter is now available to read or download here: https://www.tracnewent.org.uk/nlarchive/
September 2018 - The Conference Room is finally finished. There were times we couldn't see an end to the project, times when we were let down by contractors on timings, times when the mud was almost too much to bear! But with perseverance from our team of volunteers working on just a Tuesday and Friday and the oversight of our Building Supervisor Des Jackson, the project is finished. The short video below shows how we achieved this.
September 2018 - If you've not been following us on Facebook here are a couple of photos of progress around the Centre recently.
Insulation for the new toilet block before the concrete goes down and the finishing touches to the Conference Room as the floor covering goes down. The Conference Room has been a huge project for TRAC and we're grateful to all the volunteers and contractors for what at times probably seemed to be a never ending project!
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August 2018 - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre is pleased to have recently been
'Approved by Girl Guiding Group Gloucestershire'
New flowers for the Peace Garden & Toilet / Shower block progress
In addition to running TRAC, our Manager has found time to plant some new flowers and tidy up our Peace Garden - Thank you Sarah!
The work by our volunteers on the new shower & toilet block is really coming along well - Well done guys!
'Al fresco' addition for the dining room for the summer
Photo Update - June 2018
The Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity
We were delighted to have a visit from Mr Clive Richards KSG OBE DL FCA FCMA FCMI CGMA, on the 8th of June.His trust, The Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity, gave us a donation of £10,000 last year so that we could begin building the new toilet block. He was impressed to see how far our volunteer team had developed the centre since his last visit. After the visit, his trustees have agreed to advance a further £10,000 to continue the construction. Mr Richards has been very generous to many projects involving young people and we are very grateful for his financial support and his wise counsel on how we develop the centre.
Nearly Complete & Just Starting
A busy day for our volunteers on our Tuesday Work Day. The screed finally went down in the Conference Room which is now virtually finished, the grass was cut (again!) and collected and they were 'Marking Out' ready for groundbreaking for the new Shower & Toilet block.
Surprise 'Thank You' event for John & Angela Ettle
A surprise event was held at TRAC recently to say 'Thank You' to John & Angela Ettle for their 10 years as unpaid Centre Manger's. John and Angela who sing with Gloucester & District Christian Choir, were told they were going with the choir to an event where the details had been kept secret, and not realising the event was for them! Mike Hencher, Chair of the TRAC Trustees welcomed John & Angela back on site, accompanied by new Centre Manager Sarah Burtwell. Dawn Parr made a wonderful camp themed cake and the choir sang songs and hymns. Bob Allen and Mike Hencher, along with the many friends and TRAC clients who attended, thanked both John & Angela for their 10 years of hard work putting TRAC on map as an Activity Centre.
TRAC from a Drone
In preparation for a new orienteering course to be used by groups and day visitors at TRAC, an aerial photo overview was required to help plan out the course. Qualified drone pilot James Hargreaves from roving.camera donated his time to provide the photos for which we are very grateful. Just to note, the overhead image is actually 50 individual photos stitched together in Photoshop!
Spring has arrived at TRAC
We know when our season is about to start - our wild daffodils appear in the copse. Maintenance has been ongoing throughout the Winter thanks to our volunteers and we're looking forward to a busy season with our new manager Sarah Burtwell.
Sarah Burtwell, our new Centre Manager who started in February 2018
Hi, my name's Sarah Burtwell, and I am the new Centre Manager at TRAC, I am settling in well here with my husband Paul and our three boys and we look forward to getting to know you all!
Conference Room (formerly know as the Chapel Barn) Latest Update February 2018
A huge 'Thank You' to our volunteers today, despite the cold, the wind, the rain and a delivery delay, 16 cubic meters of concrete was laid in the Conference room - compare the photos below from just a few short months ago!
Chapel Barn Update
Work on the Chapel Barn is progressing well (despite how it looks in the photos!), Michael has done a great job on the plastering and the rest of the team have recently installed insulation, electrics and storage spaces. If you compare the latest pictures to the photo of when the work was started, it's amazing to see what a team of volunteers can achieve working just 2 days per week - we're very grateful to them all.
Ten staff from Infinis visited TRAC for a ‘Volunteer Day’ recently, the team helped improve areas of the site by installing 100 metres of fencing around a new Eco pond, resurfaced the go-kart track with ten tonnes of gravel and distributed a colossal pile of wood shavings on the climbing area.
“It made you feel very humble to take part after hearing the story of how the Centre was started and of the volunteers who give up so much time to come here.” said field technician Mark Briggs. “I’m pleased we were able to do so much for them in one day as a team.”
Rob Matthews, West Operations Manager for Infinis enjoyed volunteering. “These days are brilliant for us to come together., it’s great for team building and good fun.”
“You’ve all been fantastic.” said Des Jackson who helps run the site as a volunteer and trustee. “It would have taken us weeks to do what you’ve all been able to do in a day. “Thank you Infinis for visiting.”
August News Update
Just a short update for August 2017. Work on the Chapel Barn is progressing well, the lake is looking great, our new Zip Line is now open and has been approved by our official Zip Line 'tester'. Cutting the grass is a weekly job and as you can see, requires skill!
Fall Arrest bags
We were delighted to receive four aviation grade fall arrest bags from Forest Safety Products Ltd, a local company based in Newent, who specialise in the manufacture of safe landing systems.
When their Managing Director Julie Boon visited our site recently to look at our karting track and the banners displayed around the track by local companies, she noticed we were undertaking a move and rebuild of our zip wire and that the new launch pad was considerably higher than before. She immediately said that Forest Products Ltd would be very happy to supply 4 fall arrest bags free of charge to ensure the safety of our visitors when using the new zip line.
We are very grateful and fortunate to have the support of companies within the local area and we thank them for their continued support.
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July 2017 Photo Update
Inside of the Chapel Barn is progressing well, we now have a ceiling and the wall insulation is going on, our Peace Garden is looking good now thanks to the work from the EDF volunteers and work on the new Zip Wire tower is nearly finished.
A Concert with Local Talent
A concert with local talent was held recently at the United Reformed Church in Newent, a donation of £600 was raised for TRAC for which we are extremely grateful, Thank You. (Photo ©Robin Lister CPAGB)
EDF Generation Volunteers @ TRAC
TRAC were pleased to welcome back volunteers from EDF Generation for a day, a big 'Thank You' to you all, your efforts were very much appreciated!
Glebe Chapel, Newent Community Centre Fun Day @ TRAC
TRAC were pleased to host Glebe Chapel, Newent Community Centre's Fun Day event. Great weather, great crowds and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Chill Out Zone completed!
Chill Out Zone finished! A huge 'Thank You' to all who've been involved in the Chill Out Zone project, it's now finished and has already been used by the last group in. Coffee bar area, games area, sound system, large screen monitor and stair lift - Use the slide to see before and after photos and see how much hard work from our volunteers has gone into this project.
With the ‘Chill Out Zone’ nearly complete except for a few minor additions and the Chapel Barn build well under way, we are now looking to our next major project, a new shower and toilet block to replace the existing one.
We are very grateful to The Summerfield Trust who have donated £6000 already towards the project, we’ve also had donations from Allchurches Trust Ltd (£1650) and the Ruardean Evangelical Trust (£500). The Rowlands Trust has promised £5000 when our target is met and work is underway. We are very grateful to all those supporting this next important phase of upgrading the facilities at TRAC.
THE RUARDEAN EVANGELICAL TRUST
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Latest ongoing work update
The new location for the zip wire is coming along, a slight modification to the Challenge course and the ducklings this year were a little shy!
Our Spring 2017 Newsletter
Latest Photos - March 2017
Chapel Barn Update
I'm always amazed at the weekly transformations taking place at TRAC by the volunteers who arrive each week on Tuesday and Friday whatever the weather, as you can see by the latest photo's of the Chapel Barn build. They have even taken down half the scaffolding, there was a standing joke that TRAC should have applied for 'listed status' on the scaffolding as it had been in place for so long!
Our winter 2017 Newsletter