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Offa’s Dyke Centre refurbishment on target for re-opening Friday, 26/02/2021

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Centre but unfortunately cannot set a date wait until the government says that it is safe to do so. In the meantime we thought you might like to take a glimpse at what we have been getting up to.

We haven’t stopped for a moment with not only a major refurbishment of the fabric of the building but also with our new Offa’s Dyke exhibition. The wooden floor has been sanded (see work-in-progress photo) and re-lacquered, the walls repaired and painted and LED lighting installed throughout. Our focus is now on the exhibition and there is still much to do but we will be ready for when the green light is given to once again open our doors!

Meanwhile if you would like to consider helping us by volunteering in the Centre please email manager@offasdyke.org.uk There are lots of roles, it is a great place to spend a few hours and in return for your time there is a coffee and cake on us.

 

Calling Offa’s Dyke B&Bs, hotels, camp sites, small shops & cafés Sunday, 29/11/2020

Offa’s Dyke Association

Promoting Offa’s Dyke overseas

Advertising walkers’ accommodation for 2021 season

2020 is a year that none of us will forget quickly, especially if you run a hotel or B&B, or like us here in Knighton at the Offa’s Dyke Centre, a heritage visitor centre. The lockdowns and special measures that we have all had to put in place to become Covid compliant have tested everyone to the limit.

The Offa’s Dyke Association realises that funds are very tight this year but we remain positive and are looking towards the future. The Centre will re-open on 1st March next year with a new Offa’s Dyke exhibition and a season long exhibition of paintings of Offa’s Dyke by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall. With encouraging announcements about a Covid-19 vaccine we hope that by next summer life might once again see walkers enjoying the Dyke and National Trail.

Here is much to look forward to in 2021 including the annual two day Living History Festival in Knighton over weekend of 10th and 11th July .The event is free to the public, funded jointly by the ODA and our friends at Clwyd Powys Archaeological trust. On the 10th there will be a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Offa’s Dyke Path in 1971. Our new stained glass window by glass artist Stephen Bradley commemorates the anniversary.

We want to play our part in reviving the tourism economy of the Offa’s Dyke corridor. We are proactively promoting Offa’s Dyke, the National Trail and the Welsh Marches to walking and outdoor magazines, newspapers, journalists and travel writers, also walkers’ associations, universities and archaeology groups, both at home and especially overseas. We have written an article for translation into Dutch, German and French, specifically targeting the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Over the next few weeks our press release will be issued far and wide across Europe.

We expect to see an increase in enquiries from potential visitors and of course the aim is to see the enquiries translated into bookings for you. We naturally want people to be able to access as much information as possible about organising their walking holiday along Offa’s Dyke. With this in mind we would very much like to include you and your business in our accommodation listing for 2021.

We are looking for advertisers for our 2021 accommodation guide which is published on both our website and as a hard copy. We are keeping the costs as low as possible – our prices have not increased since 2008. A website listing costs £38 with an additional listing in the book costing another £30. If you are interested then simply email manager@offasdyke.org.uk leaving your phone number and we will contact you.

This link will take you to our accommodation page with a map of the National Trail and Welsh borders. Click on a section of map to reveal icons for individual properties. Simply follow the links from there to see the property information https://offasdyke.org.uk/where-to-stay/accommodation-on-offas-dyke/

By clicking on “click here” on the map page you will see the other very useful way of viewing the properties, a north to south listing https://offasdyke.org.uk/where-to-stay/accommodation-on-offas-dyke/

We from ODA want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2021.

Thank you,

Dave McGlade

Chairman Offa’s Dyke Association

About us – The Offa’s Dyke Association

  • We were founded in 1969
  • We are a membership-based charity (No 503821) the friends’ group for both Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and Offa’s Dyke the ancient monument
  • Our aims are the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the Dyke, the Trail and the Welsh border
  • We are actively involved with projects that promote the conservation of the Dyke
  • We operate our own Conservation Fund which supports conservation projects along the Dyke
  • By advertising with us you will be helping us to deliver our charitable aims

 

New Offa’s Dyke Centre exhibition public consultation Sunday, 8/11/2020

NEW OFFA’S DYKE CENTRE EXHIBITION

Please help us with the design of our new exhibition

Prompted by the need to provide visitors to the Offa’s Dyke Centre with a safe and Covid-compliant space the trustees of the Offa’s Dyke Association have decided to create a completely new exhibition for the Centre.

We are doing this because the existing exhibition, dominated by the structure in the middle of the room – a large cross section of Offa’s Dyke – takes up a lot of space. This does not help with social distancing, it inhibits ventilation and light distribution and it reduces the visitor capacity of varied uses / events we use the building for.

The interpretive content of the new exhibition will be presented on a series of smaller, lightweight and portable displays. People will have more space to move around the room and there will be more natural light resulting in less reliance on electrical lighting to illuminate them. This new arrangement will give more flexibility with the use of the room, for example when we need a larger space for an event or for a room hire we will simply move them to one side.

This exercise provides us with an opportunity to re-design the exhibition from scratch and we would like you to help us. We want to know the themes and stories that you would like to see told about Offa’s Dyke, Wat’s Dyke, their landscapes and people. We don’t want the exhibition to be ‘Knighton-centric’ so if you have ideas or stories from your part of the Dyke then please tell us. Your interest might be archaeology, history, geology, trees or wildlife, or maybe something completely different, we would like to know.

The link below will take you to a ‘Google Form’. It shows the existing interpretive material then invites you to explain what you would like to see in its place. If, on the other hand, you are happy with the existing content then that is fine – but please tell us what you think.

https://forms.gle/6MPn4QKTPWbwc2xG9

At the end of the consultation you simply click on a link to submit your responses. Everything that you tell us is gathered anonymously. If, however, you would like to contact us about the consultation or if you are interested in writing some content or supplying photographs or diagrams for the new exhibition then please email me at manager@offasdyke.org.uk

Please respond to the consultation by Monday 16th November. We look forward to seeing you at the Offa’s Dyke Centre which re-opens on 1st March 2021.

Thank you,

Dave McGlade

Chair ODA

‘Awen’ an historical fiction by Susan Mayse, Holdfast Books Saturday, 1/08/2020

Susan Mayse, award winning Canadian author, also ODA member, has issued a digital second edition of her historical fiction, Awen, published by Holdfast Books, available from Amazon. 

The first hardback edition, published in January 1997 by Eastern Washington University Press, was shortlisted for the Georgette Heyer Historical Fiction Prize.

Mayse sets the scene for us in this piece on her website https://susanmayse.ca/books/

Inspired by the ninth-century Welsh poetry cycle Canu Heledd (the Heledd poetry), Awen draws on three enigmas of early medieval Wales: the inscription on a ruined memorial stone, the monumental earthwork that marked the border between early Welsh and English kingdoms, and the unnamed poet of Canu Heledd.

One woman alone, a homeless wanderer shocked by grief, survived the destruction of her family and her kingdom of Powys. Her name was Heledd. One poet made her the voice and conscience of his own devastated Powys generations later. His purpose and identity remain unknown. Only fragments of the poetry cycle still exist to suggest what happened on the Welsh border in the seventh and eighth centuries.

This novel tells of a fragile peace between enemies. It is the story of Cynfarch’s journey from dispossessed hostage to king’s poet, his obsession with a lost kinswoman, his hard exile and the betrayals that ended peace forever. Awen reconstructs the shattered portrait of a complex, brilliant culture long since swept away on the flood of history’.

Publisher Holdfast Books also tempts the reader to this eighth century tale:

Long after Arthur lay in a rain-washed grave, long after the legends faded from memory, a new generation defended an old border. White town in the breast of the wood, his forever is its wealth: blood on the face of the grass.

In a dangerous era, an enigmatic poem portrayed a war fugitive wandering her ruined kingdom; an earthen wall transformed enemies into uneasy allies; and a man with a famous name wrote an inscription of lies on a memorial stone. All three survived twelve centuries as fragments of a nearly forgotten world. Awen imagines the origins of the poetry and restores the breath of life to a brilliant poet in a dark time’.

We are delighted to help ODA member Susan promote her book in the UK. 

Please support the ODA by using this link to buy the book from Amazon, or see below for a preview of the book.

Llandrindod Wells Art Group Exhibition Friday, 13/03/2020

The Llandrindod Wells Art Group exhibition originally planned for April at the Offa’s Dyke Centre here in Knighton was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We do though hope to see you exhibiting in the Centre in 2020. Our exhibition rooms are undergoing a complete refurbishment in time for re-opening on 1st March 2021 and we now have a wonderful space to show off artworks and where people will be able to move around in comfort.