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2017 TRAC Camp Booking Forms and Details now Online

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Despite a dismal, damp November morning, the small army of TRAC volunteers still manage to arrive as usual to help with maintenance and the addition of new facilities for which we are very grateful and thanks to the recent downpours, our lake is filling back up at last!

Latest photo update from TRAC - The lake in Autumn, still grass to cut, new lighting in the Chill Out Zone, flooring going down for Coffee Bar area and the colourful Peace Garden.

Our Go Kart track gets ICE'D!

When we posted recently on Facebook for banners to place around our track, we were contacted by Mark McGillion from Intercontinental Exchange in Gloucester who offered to supply a team of volunteers for a day. The team came to TRAC last Tuesday and we're very grateful for all their hard work.

Thank you again for letting the Intercontinental Exchange team come along and help improve the kart circuit with you - we really enjoyed the day and it was a pleasure to meet your team. On the day we split into several groups to ensure the work moved on at pace and that nobody was left struggling for tasks! Andy and Mark worked with the TRAC team to dig a trench at least 30 metres alongside the track to lay cabling for floodlights. Whilst this was very hard work digging through tough clay we were appreciative of the physical exercise as we are usually sat at desk most of our days. Daniel found a new hobby erecting fencing - who knew he would have a knack for it, although it was upside down! The rest of the team worked on track renewal, wheel barrowing and spreading stone to level out the track in bare areas. Clemens even had a go using the large roller which was certainly entertaining to watch from a safe distance as he handled corners at speed. Finally we achieved most of the objectives of the day and a well earned rest. Thanks to all the TRAC team for hosting us and letting us contribute to your fantastic centre.
Mark McGillion, Andy Cowling, Alan Hastings, Daniel Brown,

Paul Richards, Clemens Orth, Yan Watkins, Jamie Wheaton

Intercontinental Exchange, North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks Ground Floor, Gloucester GL1 2FB. http://www.theice.com

Teen Camp Mountain bike ride and Pedal Go Karts

We've just had some video footage from Rhys Taylor of the Mountain bike ride and our Pedal Karts.

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Fit for Celebration

Our Sports Barn has many uses from indoor games to archery sessions, more recently it hosted a Wedding Reception for Dave Clarke and Becci Highton. Approx 105 people were catered for with the tables and chairs supplied courtesy of Glebe Chapel and the bunting and lights supplied by family and friends. To enquire about availability of the TRAC Sports Barn please contact the Centre Manager John Ettle - johnettle@tracnewent.org.uk

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Junior Camp photos now uploaded

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BBC Radio Gloucester at TRAC

Our recent Facebook appeal for banners to display round our Kart track attracted more than just a huge interest from local business - BBC Radio Gloucester picked up the story of our track and banners and sent a reporter down to interview the TRAC Chairman Mike Hencher - listen out for it on BBC Radio Gloucester.

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Flight Night at TRAC Teens Camp

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EDF Energy Volunteers build our Pedal Kart track

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We took a team of 20 or so to TRAC to help build a go kart track for future groups to enjoy. The day was incredibly successful as we were able to complete the track ready to be finally rolled and used in the near future and even managed to squeeze in a bit of football and rounders using the great facilities available at TRAC. The site is beautiful and offers a great range of activities. The TRAC team have worked tremendously hard to create a warm and welcoming environment which can cater to the needs of many and all at low prices. We would strongly encourage other volunteers to give your time and efforts to this good cause and encourage groups looking to get away for fun and adventure to consider TRAC as a potential choice of venue. Thank you for all the hard work and oversight from Mike, Des and the rest of the team which made the day possible. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope EDF can continue to work with TRAC in the future.
Matthew Little, EDF Energy
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TRAC July work progress

Pedal kart track now prepared for volunteers from EDF to help complete next week and a great job by Michael who has finished plastering the 'Chill Out' zone and just putting the finishing touches to plastering the entrance hall.

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TRAC Trustee Andy Blagden

Many of our TRAC supporters and friends will be aware of the circumstances of one of our Trustees Andy Blagden. We're happy to report that after 3 years Andy is now back home with his wife Charlotte and their 3 children Lauren, Katie and Nathan - full details HERE

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Glebe Chapel Family Fun Day @ TRAC

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Tom Roberts Adventure Centre has again hosted the Glebe Chapel Fun Day event. The weather was mainly kind for the day and an estimated 1500 - 2000 people attended.

The African Children's Choir - Music for Life

The Tom Roberts Adventure Centre was pleased to host 18 children aged 8 - 10 from Uganda, who are in the UK for 2 months performing at 30 venues. After performing at Gorsley Baptist Chapel they then had a couple of free days and stayed at TRAC before their next event at Malmesbury Abbey. Heidi Moen, theTour Leader said "The hospitality at TRAC has been phenomenal, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here".

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The new roof goes on the Chapel Barn

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Day 1 time-lapse of the Chapel Barn build.

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Day 2 time-lapse of the Chapel Barn build.

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Chapel Barn building now under way

In a little known, hidden corner of TRAC…..

there’s an area seldom seem by staff and visitors, but to the maintenance guys it’s a little gold mine of donated and reclaimed materials. In their latest project, kerb stones donated some time ago are being moved out to use improving and enlarging the main car park. TRAC are always pleased to receive donated materials either reclaimed, or left over from new builds or construction projects. Please contact our building supervisor Des Jackson if you think you can help.

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Knitting Raffle

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The draw for the lovely blanket was drawn recently. Do's Knitters - Doreen Notley, Heather Stuart, Frances McClelland, Lindsey Kornik, Chris Smeaton and Gail Ebsworth are pleased to have raised £128 to be shared between charities Tom Roberts Adventure Centre and Cancer Research Uk.The new owners of their craft is Muriel Sinclair owner of the two knitted cushions and blanket and Daphne Prescott won the embroidered cushion. We hope they enjoy their winnings knowing that both charities will help people in very different ways.

Newent Community Archery Club

2 years ago, Mike Curtis approached the TRAC Trustees with a view to starting a Community Archery Club. Mike says “I approached John and the Trustees about having Archery at TRAC and we met and had discussions. My vision was to have a club that was more about Community building rather than being competitive, we had no idea how things would turn out, I have seen the vision come about much to my amazement, we are attracting families from grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between”.

The club has now become so popular with around 26 people on a weekly basis, it’s outgrown the Barn used in the winter and discussions are under way to see what can be done, however in just a few weeks, with the lighter evenings and warmer nights the archers will be able to use the outside facilities at TRAC. If you are interested why not come along on a Tuesday night at 7pm and have a go, it’s just £2.00 per night for adults and £1.00 per night for children with refreshments at ‘half time’.

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Newent Cycle Loop

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The Newent Cycle Loop map is now available from our Downloads page.

Can you help TRAC?

Sadly, our Peace Garden is looking a little neglected while the guys work on getting the Chill Out Zone in the barn ready for this year so, we're looking for a volunteer gardener who might be able to spare some time to get it back into shape. Originally designed by award winning gardener Julian Dowle it's a place to go to quietly reflect, if you can help we'd be very pleased to hear from you. Phone or email us now or just pop in on one of our Tuesday or Friday volunteer days.

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TRAC is now on Facebook

TRAC now has it’s own official Facebook page HERE

Winter finally arrives at TRAC

January 19th 2016 - an overnight temperature of minus 4 degrees freezes the lake.

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New Year Progress…

Work on the ‘Chill Out’ Zone and Sports Barn continues, new windows and doors have been added and the roof space is being insulated and plaster boarded.

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Better late than…..

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We’ve just obtained some photos from the Teens Camp held in August 2015 - Be sure to take a look HERE

Our Peace Garden

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The Peace Garden is maturing well and will soon be finished. Arthur Lowe has put up the gazebo he provided and on a recent workday some seating was installed inside for use in bad weather. Just the guard rails need to be fabricated and placed along the steps.

Already this has been used as a place for prayer and quiet meditation and we hope all our visitors will make use this place of sanctuary.