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2021 Passport season open for business Friday, 30/04/2021

The Offa’s Dyke Path Passport stamping stations are now open for business. Every Passport sale supports our Conservation Fund for the Dyke.

You can buy your Passport in advance of your holiday from our online shop for £5 + 99p p&p.

They are also available from Chepstow TIC, Redbrook Village Store & Post Office, Hay-on-Wye TIC. They will also be available from the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton from 10th July, the date of our re-opening.

We have produced a downloadable pdf guide to locating the stamping stations. If you have any suggestions for improving it please contact the Offa’s Dyke Centre .

The stamping stations are as follows, from north to south:

Nova Sports Centre Prestatyn; Oriel Bodfari Gallery; Llandegla community shop; Carreg y Big Oswestry Equestrian Centre; Beacon Ring hillfort; Mellingon Lodge gates; Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton; Hergest Croft Gardens; Hay-on-Wye TIC; LLangattock Lingoed Church; Redbrook village store; Chepstow TIC.

The Hergest Croft Gardens stamping station box has a  notebook for walkers to note the date and direction that they are walking in.  If it is popular then we will put notebooks in more of the boxes – do let us know.

Proceeds from sale of the Passport support the ODA’s Conservation Fund. The more Passports that we sell the more conservation projects to promote the long term conservation and welfare of the monument that we will be able to support.

Walking companies interested in selling the passports to their customers should contact the ODA by emailing oda@offasdyke.org.uk

We hope that you enjoy your walk!

 

 

Major blow to Offa’s Dyke as Heritage and Archaeology staff faced with redundancy Friday, 23/04/2021

Please sign petition to fight redundancy notices

 The ODA is shocked and appalled at the news of redundancy faced by the university’s Heritage and Archaeology staff. The shock waves from this would deal a devastating blow to Offa’s Dyke, the ODA and other voluntary heritage groups associated with the monument We implore you to sign the campaign petition to persuade the university to reverse its decision.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7BCF0nXutFxKrfNDVacxUd-aZW8TZh6FhBBSlIW0UKLlrSg/viewform

The outreach work of the department is second to none without which the ODA would not be where it is today. The staffs’ friendly guidance, and they are always willing to listen, has encouraged us to become more proactive in our own outreach and conservation work, safe in the knowledge that when we need it there is advice close to hand.

Good reputations take time, relationships between organisations don’t happen overnight and the University of Chester’s Heritage and Archaeology staff have helped to nurture connections between experts and lay people the length of the Dyke. In the photo Professor Howard Williams is giving a public talk from his YouTube channel titled: ‘Special Offa – Communities and Offa’s Dyke’. Broadcast on 4th April 2020 to replace the public conference in Trefonen cancelled due to the pandemic. 

We have something quite unique at the moment with a momentum that we may lose at our peril. Please support their campaign by also following, liking and copying their social media links to your colleagues.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArchaeologyChe1
WordPress: https://archaeologychester.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArchaeologyChester-113512180835613

For a message from Professor Howard Williams visit his YouTube channel ‘Archaeology at Risk’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af-whabVsuQ

A very personal thank you.

Dave McGlade

Chairman ODA

Offa’s Dyke Centre refurbishment on target for re-opening Thursday, 22/04/2021

The new look Centre is edging closer to completion and, covid rules permitting, we will shortly set a date for our re-opening. 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 and re-lacquered (see work-in-progress photo left) the walls repaired and painted and LED lighting installed throughout.  We have expanded the space available for interpretive content with the construction of new display boards and lecturns in the small exhibition room and conference organisers will be interested in our new projector, monitor and sound system  (recent photos, below)  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.

Until the situation becomes clear we cannot set a date for our re-opening the Centre together with our new Offa’s Dyke exhibition and season long exhibition of paintings of Offa’s Dyke by artist Dan Llywelyn Hall. However, with encouraging news about the Covid-19 vaccine we hope to soon see walkers enjoying the Dyke and National Trail.

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.

Our 2021 hard copy accommodation guide has now been printed but businesses can arrange to advertise on the website at any time during the year.  We are keeping the costs as low as possible – our prices have not increased since 2008 and a single website listing costing £38.  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