Read the news from 2019...
Now it's beginning to look like a new shower & toilet block while Phil is doing some fancy pipework (or is it artwork?)
Colin Dewick is one of our longest serving and popular volunteers at TRAC. He tackles the most unpleasant and arduous tasks with his signature smiling face. Colin’s family thought that they would show their appreciation by buying a rowing boat for our lake. Next time you come to TRAC you can row around the island aboard HMS Colin Dewick.
TRAC - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre is pleased to welcome Nathan Smith from FirstServe as a volunteer. Nathan is currently based at Glebe Chapel, Newent Community Centre and will spend 1 day a week at TRAC helping our volunteers.
The guys have finished the mammoth task of grouting the new shower/toilet block so it's on to the flooring. A new ramp being installed outside will give access to the facilities. Oh, and a new gas tank was installed today - It's all go at Trac Newent!
Something a little different for TRAC - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre! Remote First Aid chose the Centre for their 5 day Wilderness First Responder Course. Organiser Peter Cook said, "The central location, friendly staff and varied facilities made TRAC an ideal location".
A busy day at TRAC - Tom Roberts Adventure Centre, 3 archery sessions with Longlevens school (lots of golds scored!), preparation for displaying the Counties Family Day banner and a new Trac Newent flag!
Tom Roberts Adventure Centre were pleased to welcome back astonInspire recently with 54 Year 6 pupils and teachers from Dunalley Primary School.
What a day, and blessed with some warm, fine weather too, rather than being in the classroom or investigating their local area, the children had the opportunity to explore a contrasting locality, e.g. a rural rather than an urban environment.
Pupils rotated around four different activities, Map and compass skills, Investigating biodiversity in woodland, Traditional tales – settings in woodlands and Den building. At the end of the day, the children shared their experiences/learning with teachers recording their thoughts and thanked Sarah the TRAC Manager "Thanks, it really was a great day and all the children had a wonderful time."
"Wow, wow wow wow ! What an incredible weekend, thank you so much for making it so special, there are so many things you did which meant Sara and I could enjoy the day, honestly the best bit (of many) was the fire pit idea, it was an incredible bonding moment for me and my eldest, his girlfriend. Thank you so much !"
2 very special visitors at 'coffee break' on Tuesday, our volunteers were joined by Clive and Sylvia Richards whose Charity has supported the building the new shower and toilet block. More photos to follow.
A typical Tuesday workday with our volunteers who give their time and for which we are extremely grateful, along with some of the variety of flowers growing around the Trac Newent site, the guests seemed to be enjoying the day on the lake as well. (sorry I missed you out Colin, you were hiding down in the copse!) New volunteers always welcome on a Tuesday or Friday, come along and say 'hello'.
Work on the new shower and toilet block is progressing well, the screed has been put down internally, electrics are being fitted, the doors and windows are in and our volunteers are now preparing to put 200 Sq Metres of tiles on the floors and walls. Considering this project was only started just over 12 months ago and despite some delays due to bad weather it's a huge effort by our volunteers and we thank them all.
Last weekend staff and volunteers undertook Archery Instructor training at TRAC. The course was run by an Archery GB trainer and Certificates of Competence were issued.
Some more great photos from the Aston Project who enjoyed a day at TRAC recently. Aston Project, Community Harm Reduction, Gloucestershire Constabulary.
PC Nicky Nolan from the Aston Project, welcoming young people in our new Conference Room at Tom Roberts Adventure Centre and Mini Marines teaching fire lighting with the Aston Project.
… so many jobs to do at TRAC. The new toilet block is being fitted with wiring and insulation boards, the pedal karts need servicing after a heavy season, one bedroom to be re-decorated before a new carpet is fitted and the highlight of the day was watching a Red Kite soaring in the field next to TRAC (sorry no photo this time, will keep trying!)
"WOW!!! What a fantastic day we had at TRAC yesterday, both staff and students loved it. Students have commented on how much they loved the variety of activities, with each student having different activities as their favourite. Students have said that if the same trip runs again next year they will definitely be coming! Staff commented on what a fantastic learning environment for students and schools and how they could learn in a fun, relaxed way; Also we would like to thank you for the warm, friendly and professional help provided by yourself and the team. We left with a highly positive view of TRAC." Gloucester Academy Teacher