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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!