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Walkers’ Passport – latest developments Sunday, 9/12/2018

The stamping station boxes are nearly ready for collection with the stamps, the Passports themselves, also the new achievers’ certificate and badges are work-in-progress being designed. For all the latest on the Passport go to the dedicated Passport page.

ACCOMMODATION WANTED !!!!!!! Monday, 5/11/2018

Accommodation Providers required for the 2019 season along Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwrs Way!

If you have room for Walkers needing B&B/Camping or have a Self-Catering property available – please give us a call or drop us a line! If you know of anyone that might want to offer accommodation, please let them know that we are in search of providers.

We always need Taxi companies and Walking Guides for those walking the trails and are now offering adverts for Community projects that might benefit our Walkers also, including coffee shops etc.

If would like to be included in our ‘Where to Stay’ section on the website, or in our booklet sold in the visitor centre and online, then please contact us on 01547 528 753 or e-mail us at oda@offasdyke.org.uk  for further details.

Offa’s Dyke Path walkers’ Passport – latest news Monday, 10/09/2018

The walkers’ passport launches on 1st May 2019, just before our 50th anniversary AGM on 4th May.  The stamping station boxes are almost ready for delivery, manufactured by local Knighton Men’s Shed and the individual stamps are work-in-progress being designed.  The Offa’s Dyke Association is very grateful to Natural Resources Wales for financially sponsoring the manufacture of both.

The stamping stations, with just two more waiting to be confirmed, are as follows, from north to south:

Nova Centre Prestatyn; Bodfari community notice board; Llandegla community shop; Carreg y Big farm; Beacon Ring hillfort; Offa’s Dyke Centre Knighton; Hergest Croft Gardens; LLangattock Lingoed Church; Redbrook village store; Chepstow TIC.

The Passport costs £5.00 + 99p p&p and is available for pre-order, with delivery by the end of January, from the Offa’s Dyke Centre (01547 528753). They will also soon be available via the on-line shop on this website. A new achievers’ certificate and blue enamel and gold badge are also in the process of being designed.

There are annual costs associated with running the Passport but once the expenses have been met then the aim is to use the surplus towards paying for conservation projects the length of the Dyke and National Trail. Walkers will effectively be making a donation towards the long term conservation and welfare of the monument.

In the past two years the Conservation Fund has made four grants, with one more in the pipeline, towards conservation works along the Path and Dyke. So far the money has come from our charitable reserves but our aim is to increase the amount available for conservation projects and for that to happen we need the Passport to be a success.

Walking companies interested in selling the passports to their customers should contact the ODA on 01547 528753.

 

 

 

Chairman’s Blog – 26 August 2018 Friday, 7/09/2018

We are nearing the end of this season but plans are already afoot for next year, our 50th anniversary year. In fact there is so much to do that we have set up a separate steering group to plan next year’s events. Keep an eye on the new ‘ODA at 50’ page and remember, if you live in a village or town along the Dyke or National Trail and would like to organise and affiliate an event to our 50th birthday celebrations then pleas get in touch. So far we can report that walks are planned for next year in Chepstow and Kington.

2018 is a year of transition for the Offa’s Dyke Association because having lost our TIC funding from Powys County Council we are financially very much on our own. Our goal this year is to break even and then to kick on in 2019, making the most of the publicity surrounding our 50th anniversary.

Donations are now more important to us then ever before. If you have enjoyed your visit to the Offa’s Dyke Centre then please consider making a donation. The Centre has a donation box but you can also make a donation via this website.

At our AGM in May we simplified our membership categories. We now offer ‘Individual’ membership at £20 per year and ‘Joint / Family’ membership at £25 per year. We very much value our loyal membership who enable us to carry out our educational work here at the Centre and to maintain our Conservation Fund. In the past two years we have grant aided four conservation projects with one more in the pipeline for later this year.

We also have a new membership category for charity / not-or-profit / community groups at £20 per year. Contact the Centre on 01547 528753 or email oda@offasdyke.org.uk to request a pdf application form. If a group runs an amenity useful to walkers, for example a community shop or café, then the membership fee entitles the group to a website advertisement. See the Llandegla community shop advert at https://offasdyke.org.uk/where-to-stay/accommodation-on-offas-dyke/

Small shops and tea room / cafés can join for £25 per year and have the same advertisement.

Summer art exhibition at the Offa’s Dyke Centre Wednesday, 18/07/2018

Mick Ward

The Offa’s Dyke Centre presents its first ever art exhibition with a collection of Offa’s Dyke inspired paintings by artist, textile designer, lecturer and accomplished sportsman Mick Ward.

Mick Ward was born in Essex in the 1930s. An artist, textile designer and art lecturer Mick spent much of his working life in Leicestershire.

In his younger days Mick was both a top sportsman as well as an accomplished artist. For thirteen years he worked as a textile designer for Courtaulds and taught at the Bath Academy of Art and then Leicester Polytechnic where he taught textile design and drawing. In 1973 Mick became a published author with Art and Design in Textiles published by Van Nostrand Reinhold.

In the 1950s, Mick was also considered to be one of the best cyclists in the country; unusually, he had the rare ability to be able to compete over any distance – and at the highest level. Mick won sprint events on the track at Herne Hill and a number of road races, but it was his achievements in Time Trials which brought him to the attention of the public. This early1950s self-portrait is of a determined young sportsman with clear goals in life.  

Sixty years ago, in June 1958, Mick won both the 25 mile & 50 mile National Road Time Trial Championships, becoming the first cyclist to win both events in the same year. In cycling terms, these are considered to be ‘short-distance’ events, but in the September of that year, he cycled almost 260 miles to come second in the National 12-hour championships. The following year, Mick won his fourth national title and retired from competitive cycling.

During a period that many consider to be a golden era of British Cycling Mick knew and competed against most of the top names including the charismatic Tommy Simpson.

In December 1958, Mick was featured in a five page article, in Sporting Cyclist magazine; he is quoted as saying that “he would much rather be a really good artist, than a really good cyclist”.

Mick also excelled at running and for over 25 years, the Offa’s Dyke Path was used for many of his training runs. The training along Offa’s Dyke Path certainly paid off; at the age of 70, Mick was able to run under three and a half hours at the London marathon – winning his age group. In the same year, he went on to win a medal at the World Masters Athletic championships.

Sixty years on, Mick’s artwork is featured in an exhibition here at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton. Now in his 80s, Mick has all but retired from competitive running and cycling, but his love for painting continues undiminished. When he has a spare moment, he can often be found in the vicinity of Offa’s Dyke, taking photos and planning his next piece of work. If Mick is present, he’ll be delighted to chat to you and to tell you what he believes is so special about the unique and wonderful Offa’s Dyke.

Mick’s art is on display until the end of August.