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News at DaerwynnoOutdoor Centre

Find out what's new. Feel free to contact us
by e-mail at daerwynno@btinternet.com
or by telephone on 01443 790768

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re part of the Co-op Local Community Fund. We’d love to have your support. Find out more on the Co-op website
We have some good news - they are extending the funding period for the Local Community Fund to 8 April 2017. This means if you are member of the Co-op you can choose Daerwynno and support us for an extra 3 weeks.So far Co-op members and carrier bag sales have raised £5,544,235 for local causes across the UK.

Our share of funding is currently £515.38.

Please swipe your Co-op membership card every time you shop, or join Co-op if you are not already a member. If you are already a Co-op member please sign in to your online account and choose to support our cause - as long as you live within 15 miles you should be able to find it.

Your help would be very much appreciated and this funding will help. vulnerable local people to develop the skills, confidence & independence they need to improve their lives with outdoor activity groups.

Aviva Community Fund

Daerwynno have put forward a project to work with young people and children but we need your help to win the bid from the Aviva Community Fund. Voting starts tomorrow. Please follow the link below to find out more and if you can please give us your vote so we can follow our vision of working with as many young people as is possible. Thank you so much

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1254

Miskin Primary School - Nursery Class.

We had a lovely day today with the Nursery children fro Miskin Primary School. The took part in a variety of art and craft activities, a walk through the forest with Frank the Forest Ranger, a story telling session and parachute games. a very action filled day and some sleepy children on the way home.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who joined us on a particularly wet day and contributed so generously to this worthy cause. We raised over £300 on the day and have also received extra monies since. With everyone gift aiding it should mean that the total amount raised will be nearer £400 - so a massive thank you one and all.

COOP CARD

Daerwynno Outdoor Activity Centre has been chosen as one of the Coop's local charities so when you register your card please would you put a tick by Daerwynno as the charity you would like to support. This extra funding would help us continue to support the many groups who benefit from using the forest. Thank you.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Come one and all and join us at our coffee morning on Saturday October 1st at 11 am and help us raise money for this wonderful charity. There will be some delicious cakes on sale.

Miskin Primary School

We have had a lovely day today with the reception/Nursery class from Miskin Primary School who have enjoyed the enchantment of the forest. They met lots of woodland animals as they travelled through the forest with Frank the forest ranger and made some enchanting mud sculptures with Mrs Price as collecting different bits and pieces from the forest floor to make a lovely collage. The children also made some special magic wands which when planted should grow to make some lovely willow sculptures. Thanks to Miskin for supporting us and to all their volunteers and ours who turned up to make the day special.

Penrhiwceibr Primary School

Yesterday we were pleased to welcome the enthusiastic youngsters of class 5 to the Centre. The children were brought by bus to the picnic site and then walked to the Centre led by Mrs Price. The children were soon engaged in a variety of activities in small groups. They enjoyed team challenges with Mr Price, orienteering with Mrs Price and pond dipping with Mrs Chinnock where they found a good variety of pond life. The children enjoyed their day at Daerwynno as did the volunteers who work at the Centre. All agreed that they were a lovely group of children to work with.

Hannah and Richard at the waterfall

Back to earth after Hannah and Rich's big day. We have been really pleased to welcome Beddau Scouts to the Centre for their week's summer camp. We have been working with them every morning over the last four days doing a variety of activities. It has been a pleasure working with them and their leaders.

We have set up our flower display in St Gwynno's Church for their annual bank holiday flower festival. The theme this year is memorable events of 2016 - so we chose Tim Peake's memorable stay on the space station which ties in with the fact that we are a Dark Skies Site and appeared earlier this year on Coast and Country.

 

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Brown - thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us all.

 

The big day is here..... Hannah and Rich are getting married at the picturesque St Gwynno's Church and Daerwynno has been transformed as the Wedding venue. Hannah and Rich met as volunteers at the Centre and are still faithful volunteers and instructors here. best wishes to both from the Trustees and fellow volunteers on their special day.

1 day 1 hour to go - the helpers are all helping out.......

2 days to go - the Centre is being transformed!

3 days to go - hope two very special volunteers are prepared !!!

4 days to go we are all getting excited !!

Count down to the happy event at Daerwynno. 5 days to go!

Having seen the photographs it looks like Christopher Winstone enjoyed his 30th birthday weekend at Daerwynno with friends and family. Thank you for supporting the Centre. Thank you Gwyneth for organising it. Penblwydd hapus Christopher.

Thanks to all who visited us at our stand in The Royal Welsh Show (part of Llais y Goedwig's stand) to make wood cookies, bug pebbles or to have a chat.

Huge thanks to all the children who joined in. Can you find your name?

Ffion, Ruby, Hannah, Ffion, Fflur, Harry, Emily, Tess, Amalie, Erin, Josh, Sean, Adam, Trystan, Cody, Abbie, Gwenno, Solomon, Molly, Elain, Florence, Maddy, Sasha, Eleri, Jessica, Olivia, Megan, Hollie, Ella, Harry, Amy, Moli, Katrina, Joseph, Sami, Dafydd, Alyssa..., Harriet, Alfie, Jack, Alyse, Harley, Rosie, Courtney, Liam, Jack, Will, Isabelle, Ella, Becky, Ifan, Emily, Melen Hopkins, Carson, Caio, Isabel, Harriet, Lottie, Lily, Lydia, Jake, Chloe Daniels, Sara, Summer, Effie, Magi, Tilly, Abbie, Humphrey, Imogen, Megan, Katie, Ruby A, Ed, Arthur, Fi, Macy A, Daniel Perry, Grace, Annes Wigley, Jacob, Macie, Ruby A, Ffion, Flo, Lowri, Olwyn, Isabella, Grace, Elizabeth, Harry, Cheyenne, Mearyn Wyn Rees, Haddie, Aidan, Cameron, Livvy, Steffan Hopkins, Maisie, Meg, Seren, Lily, Grace, Elliott, Maddy, Kayleigh, Menna, Llinos, Llion, Zoe, Erin, Stanley, Caru, Faith, Hannah, William, Olly, Griff, Lee, Xanda, Jessica, Hattie (aged 2), Tarek, Darci, Henry, Reegan, Dion, Samuel, Orlaith Hunter, Joshua, Felicity, Zara, Henry, Cordelia, Hannah Roberts, Cadi, Ffion, Lefi, Brandon, Osian, Sarah, Anni, Nel, Fred, Wayne, Scarlett, Holly, Callum, Gwennie, Kaiden, Maddie, Harri, Callum, Niamh, Theo, Morgan, Fflyn, Millie, Alice, Maisie, Bethan, Jack, Kiaden, Robert, Lexie, Chloe, Bronwen, Rosie, Sam, William, Sali Mai, Daisy, Lucas, Lily, Ruth, Llinos, Fflur, Caian, Nia, Kai, Archie, Eli, Ben, Harri, Emma, Sara Jane, Osian, Benjamin.

If you find your name - let us know on our facebook page.

Big Thank you to our vice chairman Gwyneth Winstone who has raised well over £600 for our charity through her sponsored walking, swimming and weight loss. Well done!

The Centre will be open every Wednesday throughout the holidays -so if you are passing pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

August will be an exciting month as we host a very special event for two of our very special volunteers ..... more to follow.

Also good luck to one of our early junior members who ties the knot on Saturday - so best wishes to Adam Winstone son of our vice chairman Gwyneth Winstone.

July 21st Royal Welsh Show

Please come and visit us at the Royal Welsh Show. We will be in the Llais y Goedwig tent. You can take a look at what we do and take part in some free craft activities.

Summer 2016

It has been really busy at the Centre over the last few months with numerous schools taking part in adventure activities and environmental activities. Quite a number of groups have booked the Centre over the weekens - some family groups who just want to chill out together and others for birthday parties with activities.

Last weekend we worked with the young firefighters from Caerphilly.

Junior Activity Day

April 4th

Meet at the Roberttown Square at 10 a.m.

Bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing.

Hot drinks provided.

Please contact Jill and Wynford on 01443790768 to book your place or email us at daerwynno@btinternet.com

March 2016

Many apologies to everyone who has accessed the site and were unable to find any updated news. Unfortunately my computer crashed and as a result was wiped clean. Other events have also conspired to me failing to reinstall the software until now, so hopefully we are now back on track.

The centre has been busy since the beginning of the New Year with various groups visiting and taking part in activities. Among the groups who have taken part as part of the Come Outside project are Ysbyty George Thomas and Gofal. We have also welcomed a group of young people from Ysgol Ty Coch and will be continuing to work with them in the future.

Coleg Morgannwg are continuing to use the Centre as part of their course and the young people are learning new skills which will help them in their future careers.

One of our trustees has been fundraising for the centre through a sponsored swim, fitness and diet regime - so many thanks to Gwyneth Winstone for her tremendous effort which has helped raise much appreciated funding for the Centre.

Look out for news of Junior Activity Days and charity events that are forthcoming.

September 2015

JUNIOR ACTIVITY DAY

Saturday September 19th

!0am - 4pm

Meet at 10 o'clock on the Roberttown Square, bring a packed lunch, spare and warm clothes and a sense of adventure.

£6 per person please book in with Mrs Price on 790768.

Hot and cold drinks will be provided.

Must be 8 years of age or older.

 

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26th

After the success of last year's MacMillan Coffee Morning, we will be holding another coffee morning at the Centre for this worthwhile cause. Last year we raised over £300 so it would be great if we could raise even more this year. Volunteers and Committee members will be busy baking once again, so come along and join us and enjoy a cuppa and some of the delicious cakes made by our talented bakers. You can also enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the St Gwynno Forest. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go to MacMillan Cancer Support. If you need transport our minibus will leave Roberttown Square at 10:00am and 11:30am.

Barn Dance.

Many, many thanks to Sally and Lou for organising her birthday barn dance as a way of raising funds for our charity. The dance was a big success with great music provided by the bands, The Semantics and Screaming Carnage. There was a raffle with loads of prizes and some lovely food on sale. Thank you to Natalie and Aaron who gave the venue for free and provided the catering as well as some lovely prizes. As a result £1000 was raised for which Daerwynno Outdoor Centre is extremely grateful. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible and to those who attended and for everyone's generosity.

Pontygwaith Scouts

The scouts with their leaders John nd Ivan enjoyed an overnight stay and a day of activities wich included bushcraft, orienteering and climbing.

Come Outside

A group who had won a half day activity session finally made it last week. The group was made up of a group from Ysbyty George thomas and Pinewood in Treorchy. They wanted to take part in a raft building session. The resulting rafts were excellent and stayed afloat although the same cannot be said of occupants some of whom had a ducking. Nevertheless they had a lot of fun and they hope to come again for even more activities.

Bank Holiday Monday

We took the opportunity at our open day to wash away all the mud from everything after the rain and mud at the Gwyl Ynysybwl. Everything is now mud free and aired and dried. Lowri, Rob and the boys joined us at lunch time and took the opportunity to practice their cycling skills and to enjoy the antics of a little wood mouse that joined us.

GWYL YNYSYBWL FESTIVAL

Well we had a spot of rain or two at the Gwyl Ynysybwl but that didn't dampen the spirits of the volunteers of Daerwynno Outdoor Centre who turned out in force to help out. We had mini pond dipping, mini beast tic tac to, mini beast games as well as giving anyone who wished the opportunity to make a delightful bee or ladybird on a piece of bark. Well done to Annabelle and Joshua who were the lucky winners of our prize draw - they will each receive a book about wildlife.

Flower Festival

The theme this year was Children's TV Programmes. Our window was Mr Bloom's Nursery. Once again Jill made it look fantastic.

The RCT Carers' Day

The day was a big success with a story trail, orienteering, craft activities, team building and whole group activities.

Songs of Praise

Several of the Daerwynno volunteers attended the Songs of Praise at Glyn Street where our chosen hymn was ' One more step along the world I go...'

Bush Craft

This was a new venture for Daerwynno and a very successful one and the Come Outside Group certainly enjoyed the variety of crafts on offer. Thanks to Wynford and Richard for organising the bush craft activities on the day.

Forth coming events

Barn dance at the Brynffynnon Pub

All proceeds to our Centre. for more details please visit our facebook page. www.facebook.com/Daerwynno

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26th

After the success of last year's MacMillan Coffee Morning, we have decided to hold another for this worthwhile cause. Last year we raised over £300, so let's see if we can raise more! Volunteers and Committee members will be baking once again, so come and taste yummy cakes and drink lots of tea whilst enjoying the St. Gwynno Forest. All proceeds to go to MacMaillan Cancer Support. Our minibus will leave Roberttown Square at 10:00 and 11:30 if you would like a lift, or you could bus up and run home to burn off the calories!

On Monday August 31st we are having an open house at Daerwynno so come along and see us and take time to see all the lovely flower displays at St Gwynno's church.

On Sunday 30th August the group will be at the Lady Windsor Festival on the pit site so come along and see what we have on offer and take part in some craft activities.

On Friday 28th August Friday we have Bushcraft with the Come Outside Group. We will all so be putting up our flower display for the annual Flower Festival at St Gwynno's Church

On Sunday 23rd August there is a Songs of Praise at Glyn Street Chapel and the centre has been asked to choose a hymn for the occasion so if you want to know which one we have chosen why not come along and join in.

Tomorrow we will be working with the RCT Carers' Group with a day of activities.

Today the charity held its AGM at the Day Centre. The three trustees/directors whose term of office was at an end were re-elected. The chairperson thanked everyone for their committment to the charity and for all the work that everyone puts in as volunteers. special mention was given to Dr Howell Edwards whose had raised much needed funds for the centre through his sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro.

Tuesday saw volunteers work with a housing association with a morning of environmental activities

Aberdare Ramblers enjoyed a day at the Centre on Saturday - walking and having a well deserved barbecue to end a lovely day.

Welcome back to all or volunteers who have enjoyed a well deserved summer break.

 

OPEN WEDNESDAYS

The Centre will be open every Wednesday over the holidays to anyone wishing to visit the Centre or have a picnic in the grounds. There are several picnic benches dotted around. There will be tea and coffee on sale and the toilet facilities will be open. Park cars at the picnic site and walk in.

The area is open for walkers every day of the year and a permissive path goes through the Centre, but please remember to put your dog on a lead as you go through in case there are children about.

While out walking, why not visit the wonderful Church of St. Gwynno and take time to visit the resting place of the legendary Guto Neath Bran.

If all that walking (or thinking about it) has made you thirsty, call into the Brynffynnon Hotel where afternoon teas are on the menu.

 

BIODIVERSITY BLITZ

We had a good turn out of people with a varirty of interests and lots of wildlife, flowers, grasses and pond life were noted for the SEWBREC site. We will continue to monitor and record what we see so agood picture is built up of the biodiversity of the area. Thanks very much to my young grandsons who helped me catch and record the pond wildlife.

FREE WILDLIFE EVENT
BIODIVERSITY BLITZ
Daerwynno Outdoor Centre, Llanwonno
(see for location information)

SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2015
10.00am–4.00pm
*A chance to learn species identification skills and to help record wildlife (pollinators, wild flowers and anything else of interest) at the Daerwynno Field Centre and in the surrounding NRW forestry estate
*Participants will be given the chance to learn how to turn wildlife sightings into biological records which will be used to protect, conserve and enhance the local environment
*Experience the amazing diversity of life in our nearby natural landscapes
* Anyone interested in attending either as an expert leader or general participant should contact Charlene Davies at SEWBReC via / 029 2064 1110 charlene.davies@sewbrec.org.uk
PART OF THE ‘POLLINATORS FOR PEOPLE’ PROJECT
Pollinators for People is a project that South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) is delivering on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, as part of NRW’s new area-based work in the Rhondda catchment. The project aims to inform people about the importance of plants and pollinators for people and the environment, to inspire people to engage with wildlife in publicly accessible spaces in the Rhondda and to report their wildlife sightings.

 

Daerwynno Open House Days

Daerwynno Outdoor Centre in the St. Gwynno Forestwill be open on most Wednesdays in the school holidays. Dates open are July 29th and all Wednesdays in August. It will be manned by volunteers and anyone who fancies a nice walk from the NRW car park will be able to enjoy their picnic lunch at the tables in the Centre's lovely surroundings.

This area is open for walkers every day of the year and a permissive path goes through the Centre, just please pop your dog on a lead as you go through in case there are children about.

While out walking, why not visit the wonderful Church of St. Gwynno, resting place of the legendary Guto Neath Bran.

If all that walking (or thinking about it) has made you thirsty, call into the Brynffynnon Hotel where afternoon teas are on the menu.

FAMILY CYCLING EVENT

Thanks to all who supported us today, whether biking or volunteering. Sorry about the weather, hopefully next time it will be better.

FAMILY CYCLING EVENT SUNDAY 12TH JULY Daerwynno Outdoor Centre

In association with Bike Doctor and Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme.

See below for more details.

Medals for the first 50 youngsters to complete the challenge.

You can enter on the day.

FAMILY CYCLING EVENT SUNDAY 12TH JULY Daerwynno Outdoor Centre

In association with Bike Doctor and Ynysybwl Enterprise Programme.


Long route 10.5km. You can choose to start any time between10 –11 am.

Short route 4.5km. You can choose to start any time between 11-12 noon.

Entry: Long route £6.00 per person.
Family of 4 (including a parent) £20.00.
Short route £3.00 per person.
Family of 4 (including parent) £10.00

Notes:

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Helmets essential.
Majority of routes are on forest roads.

Parking available at NRW car park, near the Brynffynnon Pub Llanwonno (CF373PH). 15 minute walk to Daerwynno Centre.

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For entry please copy and paste the entry form below and fill in and enclose with cheques.

 

Any further enquiries please contact us at the above email/phone no.

 

Name:............................... Age:....Tel:......................

Emergency contact:...................................................

I agree to abide by the rules and decisions of the organisers.

I understand that I participate in this event at my own risk.
Signed ………………………......(Parent/Guardian if under 16) Date………………

Cheques payable to ‘Daerwynno Outdoor Centre’.
Postal entries to ‘Cycling Event’. 64, High Street, Ynysybwl. Pontypridd. CF37 3EE.

We had a very busy week at Daerwynno last week with three schools visiting us for environmental activities and the scouts for a raft building evening.

Another busy week......

BIOBLITZ TRAINING

A good number of people from all over RCT turned up for the training on Monday. We are now looking forward to the Bioblitz at the Centre on July 25th.

Ysgol Evan James

We had another lovely day with the delightful pupils from Ysgol Evan James on Tuesday when we continued our work on food chains through various activities. My own knowledge of the welsh names for the many and varied pond creatures is greatly improving. Many thanks to the staff for their help and for washing the dishes.

Trehopcyn Primary School

A group of 10 children accompanied by Miss Bell and a parent arrived at the Centre on the minibus. We ensured that the children experienced the same activities that their classmates had enjoyed the previous week. We were delighted to see so many damselflies out and about and the children were able to see them close up and even hold one or two in their hands.

 

PERTHCELYN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Our first school on Tuesday was Perthcelyn and they enjoyed a day of craft work, pond dipping and food chain orienteering.

TREHOPCYN PRIMARY SCHOOL

On Thursday we worked with a small group of Children from Mrs Smith's class in Trehopcyn. The weather was a bit hit and miss so we used the rainy times for engaging in craft work which resulted in children making lovely dragonfly pencil toppers and wood cookie necklaces. When the sun came out the children enjoyed pond dipping and a mini beast orienteering trail. The children were introduced to pond food chains when a dragonfly nymph decided to lunch on tadpole!

YSGOL EVAN JAMES

We had a really busy day at Daerwynno with Year 3 from Evan James. We did pond dipping, food chain orienteering, a mini beast hunt and a little bit of craft work. Thank you to all the staff and helpers- it was lovely meeting you all. Yet again we saw the food chain in action in the pond and also the mystery of the newt who disappeared! No sightings as of yet! We saw the fabulous sight of a pied wagtail dipping and catching midges above the pond.

PONTYGWAITH SCOUTS

With the help of their leaders the scouts built two rafts to race across the pond - but as is usual with this activity no one escaped a dunking but this did not deter from the fun had by them all. Especially as there were hot dogs to warm everyone up at the end of the evening.

 

FREE TRAINING COURSE
AN INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL RECORDING
Daerwynno Outdoor Centre, Llanwonno
(see www.daerwynno.org for location information)

MONDAY 6TH JULY 2015
10.30am-3.00pm
 A free training session for leaders and members of local environmental and/or community groups
 The session will introduce the ‘Pollinators for People’ project, and the resources and survey forms that have been developed
 Participants will learn how to turn wildlife sightings into biological records which will be used to protect, conserve and enhance the local environment

 Support and assistance will be given to allow group leaders to deliver follow-up training sessions to their own groups
 Potential participants should contact Adam Rowe at SEWBReC via adam.rowe@sewbrec.org.uk or on 029 2064 1110

 Booking deadline: Wednesday 1st July (Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis)
PART OF THE ‘POLLINATORS FOR PEOPLE’ PROJECT
Pollinators for People is a project that South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) is delivering on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, as part of NRW’s new area-based work in the Rhondda catchment. The project aims to inform people about the importance of plants and pollinators for people and the environment, to inspire people to engage with wildlife in publicly accessible spaces in the Rhondda and to report their wildlife sightings via a recording card and a simple web portal

 

 

FREE WILDLIFE EVENT
BIODIVERSITY BLITZ
Daerwynno Outdoor Centre, Llanwonno
(see for location information) www.daerwynno.org

SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2015
10.00am–4.00pm
A chance to learn species identification skills and to help record wildlife (pollinators, wild flowers and anything else of interest) at the Daerwynno Field Centre and in the surrounding NRW forestry estate
Participants will be given the chance to learn how to turn wildlife sightings into biological records which will be used to protect, conserve and enhance the local environment
Experience the amazing diversity of life in our nearby natural landscapes
Anyone interested in attending either as an expert leader or general participant should contact Charlene Davies at SEWBReC via / 029 2064 1110 charlene.davies@sewbrec.org.uk

PART OF THE ‘POLLINATORS FOR PEOPLE’ PROJECT
Pollinators for People is a project that South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) is delivering on behalf of Natural Resources Wales, as part of NRW’s new area-based work in the Rhondda catchment. The project aims to inform people about the importance of plants and pollinators for people and the environment, to inspire people to engage with wildlife in publicly accessible spaces in the Rhondda and to report their wildlife sightings via a recording card and a simple web portal

Cwmparc Primary School

Great evening of team building in the forest with the staff of Cwmparc Primary School. We all enjoyed ourselves. We left the staff eating Chinese and the promise of a karioke! Jill and Wynford were returning at 10.30 to see them all out. Well done to all the staff for completing the challenges and to all the volunteers who turned up to help.

Perthcelyn School

We had a lovely day yesterday with Mrs Williams' class from Perthcelyn. The children enjoyed being by the pond and watching the tadpoles and catching them in their nets. They loved splashing in the shallow water as they tried to catch the tadpoles. The walk through the forest was a lovely sensory experience for the children. Looking for caterpillars around the log circle to hook onto twigs was another experience. I am not sure if the 80 caterpillars were found but a good many were. We began to decorate willow wands but these can be finished in school. It was lovely to meet all the children and the wonderful teacher, teaching assistants and volunteers that accompanied them. thank you so much for coming.

 

Pontygwaith Primary School - Year 3/4

The sun shone once more as the children from Mr Lewis' class arrived at the Centre. Once again the theme was den building and orienteering. The children were taught how to orienteer their maps to lead them to diffferent locations marked with a cross. each child took turns leading their classmates from one location to another. The dens, after much discussion and some alteration, were made into good shelters in which to eat lunch. The children were shown how to use a camping stove to boil a kettle to make hot chocolate for themselves and how to toast marshmallows. We all had a lovely day especially the midges who managed to get one team to abandon their shelter! Thank you to everyone who came.

Pontygwaith Primary School - Year 5/6

We had a lovely day with the children from Pontygwaith Primary School today. They took part in den building and orienteering. The dens had to be good enough to shelter up to the eight children in each group. The three dens were built in various parts of the woods using long branches, old tent material, tarpaulins and plastic and were secured with tent pegs, clothes pegs, string and rope. The three dens easily accomodated each group and were used as shelters to eat their lunch. They were also shown how to use a small camping stove to boil water and they made their own hot chocolate before cooking marshmallows on sticks over the flames. The children also took part in orienteering, following a map to find hidden letters in the woodland. The children were a credit to the staff who accompanied them and we all had a lovely time. The sausages cooked in our new stove went down well too!

People's First

We had a lovely day with Dawn and the crew with a morning of team building activities.

Abercynon Primary

It was great to welcome back Mrs David and her class back to the Centre once again. They enjoyed their adventures with Frank the forest ranger looking for different forest animals and postin invites to a picnic at their homes. They built dens, made animal homes -some so good we are still looking for the mouse! They also made wood cookies and made a woodland mouse plaque. A great day altogether!

Perthcelyn Nursery

The theme for the class was wriggle and crawl. The children went on a mini beast hunt looking for different creatures through the woods. They looked at tiger worms and hunted for real minibeasts -taking them back to the house to look at under a digital microscope. The craft activity was to make a patterned caterpillar which was stuck to a large wood cookie and then decorated with natural objects from the forest. The children returned to school happy but tired.

Abercynon Infants

The children today went on a gruffalo hunt, they built dens and had their lunches inside them. They built homes for the different animals and looked for minibeasts which they observed under the microscope. Their crafted a mouse from a spruce cone and decorated their plaques with natural objects. A good time was had by all.

Macy's Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to Macy who celebrated her 11th birthday with a party at Daerwynno Outdoor Centre. She and her friends enjoyed a day of den building where they made their own hot drinks, pond dipping (with lots of girlie squeals), craft activity and fox and hounds followed by a delicious birthday tea provided by her Mam. The day was enjoyed by us all. Now for the washing - gloves, extra socks, fleeces and trousers provided by us to ensure the girls were all kept warm on a somewhat cold and wet day which ensured they were able to enjoy all the fun activities.

 

Parc Lewis Primary School

It was lovely to welcome the children and staff of Parc Lewis Primary School for their first visit to the Centre this week. As usual we organised activities that fitted in with their class theme. The theme was Dens and Dandelions. We built dens using natural materials and bits of materials, string, rope pegs etc. The dens had to big enough to hold the group that made them as the children then ate their picnic lunches inside sheltered from the wind. The children also looked for animal homes with the help of 'Frank' the forest ranger and delivered a letter to each animal they found inviting them to their picnic lunch. In the afternoon, the children then made their own homes for the forest animals, using skills learned in den building and recalling the homes they had seen in the forest. They also decorated wooden plaques with natural materials to take home with them. The children then enjoyed the walk back through the forest to catch their bus back to school.

Junior Activity Day

What a fantastic day we had today when 24 local children turned up for this event. What a surprise we had when we saw Mrs Wells leading this large group of children from the cafe to our meeting point. At least 6 other children joined at the Centre. We had lots of fun and the young people were fantastic and kept all the volunteer staff on our toes. Apart from a dinner break, we were busy with activities all day. So many thanks to all the volunteers who help make days like this so successful.

Perthcelyn Infants

Fabulous day at the Centre yesterday with Perthcelyn infants whose theme was teeny weeny. So we had 4 activities - pond dipping, mini beast safari, mini beast forest trail, mini beast crafts. and I got to use our new digital microscope! The children were fascinated to see a caddis fly larva emerge. The new equipment was fabulous.

 

Junior Activity day

Saturday 18th.April 2015

Meet at Roberttown Square at 10.am
Please bring a packed lunch, and we’ll provide
hot or cold drinks.
The weather could still be cold so wear or bring
warm clothing.
Should be back about 3.30 pm.
Cost: £6
New members are welcome
Children over 8 years of age.
Enquiries to Mr. or Mrs. Price on 790768
Charity Number 1146018

RCT Asperger Group

Yesterday saw us working with old friends and new. We had a fun filled afternoon which include an egg rolling contest. Working in groups to make suitable protection using natural materials for a hard boiled egg before it was dropped from the top of the boulder. The winning team was Matthew's who somehow managed to find half a coconut shell that had been used as a bird feeder and piles of moss. Some children made dream catchers from scratch, firstly weaving wicker into a circle and then using natural twine and beads to decorate them. There was also easter egg navigation, cycling, climbing and an egg hunt through the forest.

Valleys Kids Parents and Children

After a bit of a walk into the Centre, the group of parents and children engaged in the Gruffalo hunt through the forest. The group then worked together to make dens which some used as a shelter for their picnic lunch. The afternoon started with a craft activity with the group using natural materials to make the mouse from the Gruffalo. This was followed by parachute games. The group were then ferried by the Daerwynno mini bus back to the picnic site where their own bus was parked. Many thanks to Llyris for organising the day.

Coffee Morning

The coffee morning went well although the weather was dismal - all donations will be added to Howell's fundraising for the Centre. We also had the pleasure of watching Howell's ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro with a video produced by his friend. So once again many congratulations to our intrepid chairman.

Coffee Morning

Hi everyone,

Don't forget our coffee morning tomorrow, March 28th to celebrate Howell's fantastic achievement of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. All proceeds will be added to his fundraising efforts. it would be great to see friends old and new.

Coffee Morning

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RCT Carers Sunday March 22nd

Another large group arrived today but to much warmer weather. The activities were similar to last week but the egg hunt included an egg rolling competition and the children made Easter crowns and bird feeders. the winner of the egg roll was crowned with an Easter crown. Thanks to Kerris for arranging the events and to everyone who turned up on both weekends as well as our volunteers.

Pond and Bug hunting equipment.

The centre was pleased to accept new pond dipping and bug hunting equipment from NRW funding on Friday. We a also received a digital microscope which we will be able to use to show our pond dippers and bug catchers more detailed close ups of their catches. Other equipment included bat finders and bat boxes which will soon be located around the Centre. We were so excited we missed the eclipse!

 

RCT Carers at Daerwynno March 15th

On a cold Mothers' Day a large group of people arrived at Daerwynno by 10am. The group enjoyed three main activities plus several group activities. There was climbing, an Easter egg orienteering hunt and wicker weaving where the participants made wicker hearts and wreaths to give to mothers for their special day. The group activities were an egg rolling challenge and a tug of war. The children were all awarded with Easter eggs at the end of the day. Thank you to all volunteers who turned up to help.

Howell and Kilimanjaro

Yes, he definitely made it. Well done Howell Edwards.

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New Stove

We are thrilled that our new red rayburn has now been installed. I have been told that the installers were excellent and the new stove is working perfectly. Can't wait to see it in full working order on Sunday. Many thanks to NRW for their generosity.

Cefn Primary School

Tuesday and Thursday am and pm

We have had alovely time this week with some of the youngest children from Cefn Primary School, Glyncoch. The theme was pitter patter puddles. The first group arrived on Tuesday morning to a winter wonderland of snow laden trees and a carpet of white covering the ground. The children and staff were delighted to see different tracks in the snow especially those of rabbits who had hopped everywhere.

The children experienced jumping in puddles, jumping over puddles, making muddy puddles. They observed ripples made by dropping stones into puddles, the looked at floating and sinking using natural objects, including a snowball. They made boats of twigs and bark. They observed shapes of puddles and decorated around puddles with natural materials to form puddle art,

The children went on a welly hunt to find the missing welly from a matching pair and finally produced some artwork using mud and water from muddy puddles. Then they worked together to make a muddy print collage to hang up in school.

Thank you to the lovely staff for their support, we hope to see you again soon.

 

March 1st

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus pawb/ Happy St David's day everyone and we have just heard that Howell has made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro. He is exhausted but happy having achieved his goal of getting to the top. Daerwynno Outdoor Centre is really proud of our intrepid Chairman. Many many congratulations.

January/February 2015

Congratulations

Hannah and Richard, two of our dedicated volunteers, got engaged on February 20th. We wish them every happiness.

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Howell's climb of Kilimanjaro.

As yet we have no news as Howell is busy on this expedition, however there is still time to sponsor him if you wish.

Aberdare Walkers

Every last Thursday in the month, Wynford and Jill lead a special group on a variety of walks throughout RCT and occasionally further afield. This week the group went to Cyfarthfa Castle and enjoyed the walks around this lovely park. This is one of the activities that Daerwynno lead out in the community.

A message from our chairman

Sponsor Howell in Climbing Kilimanjaro 5,898m

I'm looking for generous sponsors to help me raise funds for an excellent and very worthy charity DAERWYNNO OUTDOOR CENTRE .

Daerwynno's main focus is providing a range of outdoor physical and environmental activities for disadvantaged children and vulnerable adults.

I begin climbing Kilimanjaro on the 22nd February, which just happens to be my 68th Birthday! This is the highest peak in Africa and is known to offer a significant physical challenge.

Just to clarify I am paying the full cost of the trip so that 100% of all donations made will go to Daerwynno.

To make a donation online please go to
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/howelledwards1

 

Come Outside

On Monday February 16th, the Centre was host to a NRW Come Outside Activity Day. We provided a number of activities which were manned by our wonderful volunteers, these included team building, rock climbing, Gruffalo walk, willow weaving, wood cookies, mountain biking as well as ferrying visitors back and forth to the picnic site parking area. Our volunteers were also in charge of providing hot drinks to over 300 visitors ... no mean task. Outside providers included archery, African drumming, Green Gym, Bushcraft, birds of prey, walks and a wonderful hog roast. Visitors came from all parts of RCT as well as Merthyr and Cardiff. It was an excellent day and enjoyed by everyone.

 

The start to the year has been very busy as the Centre has been improved with a new solar lighting system installed. This means we now have lights throughout all buildings including the toilet block which I am sure will be a welcome asset to our visitors.

We have had several weekend bookings from groups during this time.

September 2014

Macmillan Coffee Morning Saturday September 27th

Daerwynno is holding its first Coffee morning at the Centre and welcomes anyone who cares to attend. The mini bus will leave from the Square at 10 am and 11,30 am if anyone wishes a lift. We would welcome your support for this good cause.

Unveiling of the blue plaque to commemorate the life of Guto Nyth Bran.

The Daerwynno volunteers attended the unveiling of the plaque outside the church and then the service and talk about the history of the Church, the connection of Llanwynno to the film, Zulu and the history of the Nos Galan road races and the legend of Griffith Morgan (Guto Nyth Bran). Abercynon Male Voice Choir conducted by Alun Caffery made a memorable contribution with their renderings of Un Bob Un Sy'n Ffyddlon, Hiraeth and Calon Lan.

 

Pilgrims at St Gwynno's Church.

Once again the annual pilgrimage stopped at the church for lunch and a short service to bless them as they made their way to Penrhys. Several of the Daerwynno volunteers were there to help out and to attend the service.

Ysgo Gymedunol Llanhari

It was good to welcome back Llanhari and the public services class back to the Centre where they had a busy day. Firstly they set out on the bikes to follow a challenging route through the forest which the whole group enjoyed and came back full of enthusiasm. Following that they faced the challenge of climbing the boulder which they successfully achieved. The afternoon was spent constructing two rafts which stayed together throughout the rafting challenge albeit that one group all had a ducking. Da iawn disgyblion Llanhari - roedd yn gret i weithio gyda chi.

Creunant Primary School Neath

Our first group of the the new term was Creunant Primary School who came for a team building day. After eventually finding the Centre, the staff began the activities with enthusiasm and worked well together to solve and complete all sorts of challenges. After a short break the stff were then split into two groups and challenged to build a raft to take them safely across the pond. The rafts stood up to the rigour but unfortunately all staff got wet - some a lot wetter than others before eventually managing to sail the rafts by various methods across the pond. The staff all took part and we all enjoyed working with them. Well done to all the staff of Creunant Primary.

New Term

Good luck to all our volunteers who are returning to work and to those who are beginning college and also to to our youngest members who are starting school for the first time.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Well done to Hannah Price and Geraint Chinnock who completed their challenge on a cold wet day at the Centre.

Summer in Daerwynno

It has been a busy summer in at Daerwynno Centre and many thanks must go to the volunteers who manned the Centre every Wednesday throughout the holidays to welcome any visitors who passed through and to offer a cuppa. The last visitors on Wednesday were a group of 29 ramblers from Taff Ely who were delighted with their welcome.

Many thanks to Jordan and Jay who brightened up the Centre by painting animals and bugs on the boundary stones which have been admired by many. We wish the both of them good luck as they pursue their different career paths at Coleg y Cymoedd.

The summer activities included two junior campovers- one at the beginning of the holidays and one at the bank holiday weekend. The both were a big success with the children enjoying all the activities on offer.

About 50 adults and youngsters turned up for the RCT parents and carers Asperger day. Again a big hit with everyone with the numerous activities on offer. The older group also enjoyed a day on Friday - so thanks to the organisers and volunteers who make these days special for the young people.

The annual bank holiday open weekend was held as usual with the Centre open from the Saturday to Monday to welcome anyone passing through. Thanks to JIll, Wynford, Hannah, Richard, Cyril and Debbie for their work over the long weekend.

On the Sunday, Mary and Gwyneth manned the Daerwynno tent at the Gwyl Ynysybwl which was once again successful with numerous youngsters making wood cookie necklaces.

We once again decorated a window at St Gwynno's Church for the annual flower festival. The theme this year was anniversaries and we chose to remember the First World War and the men from the village who had lost their lives. There were many positive comments about our display. See photos below.

During the last week of the holidays young RCT carers between 18 and 25 enjoyed a sleepover at the Centre with activities spanning two days. They were a great group to work with.

The holidays ended with the Clydach Rugby Club returning to the Centre and enjoying another day of activities.

I apologise if I have missed any group out but I did take time out for a holiday and missed several volunteer days.

Thanks one and all for your continued support and also to the dedicated band of volunteers who give of their time so generously.

St Gwynno's Flower Festival 2014

standing diplay

altar window display

front of altar display

second standing display

silver anniversary display

Mr Frederick Banwell display who fought against the Japanese during the 2nd World War

Dylan Thomas anniversary window

Edward Thomas Legacy display

Anniversary of the battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendale display

Ruby Anniversary display

candle display

Font display

door arch

porch displays

Daerwynno's window

Anniversary of 1st World War commemorating the men lost in the village.

 

 

Year 6 Trehopcyn Primary School

We were pleased to welcome Year 6 from Trehopcyn Primary School today. They were accompanied by Miss Price who besides being a teacher is a regular volunteer at the Centre. The children enjoyed their day of activities which included climbing and orienteering in the morning and team challenges in the afternoon. The sun shone throughout the day and the children rose to the challenge of an outdoor activity day.

Clydach Mini Rugby Team.

Saturday saw the arrival of the team from the Rhondda with a total of 17 boys. The took part in a day of activities and did brilliantly well, taking part in climbing, orienteering and team building. The group stayed overnight - so we hope they had a good night.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up the day to ensure the youngsters had a good time.

 

Pontygwaith Scouts

I am reliably informed that the Pontygwaith Scouts had a wonderful raft building session at the Centre on Friday night. Their knot tying skills were exceptional and the rafts did not come apart. Well done to you all dib, dib, dib.... !

Ynysybwl Ti a Fi Group

On Wednesday the Centre welcomed the little ones from the Wednesday Ynysybwl Ti a Fi group on their trip to the Centre. These little people whose ages ranged from under 1 to 3 had a wonderful time as they followed in the footsteps of the Gruffalo through the deep dark wood. Then a quick snack before engaging in craft work - making gruffalo masks and butterfies. This was followed by parachute games and a picnic lunch. The little ones enjoyed playing with the forest animals and balancing along the big log. A good time was had by all.

Junior Activity day Saturday July 5th 2014

What a great turn out - we had a bus full of young people all eager and willing to take part in the day's activities. Beginning with a game of giants and fairies and then team building and climbing before the big raft build. One of the best rafts ever (thanks Daniel for the expert rope tying!) The youngster managed to row the raft up and down the pond without one falling in! An achievement in its own right. However everyone did get wet as they all decided it would be fun to jump in. They are now looking forward to a campover later in the month.


Elm Class Abercynon Community School

After arriving at Daerwynno Centre, the children were greeted with their first glimpse of a forest animal. This was a wood mouse which had crawled into an empty bin but could not get out. The children watched as it was released and were delighted to see it scampering this way and that before finally disappearing.

The activities for the day included pond dipping, a minibeast hunt, modelling minibeasts with mud clay and an orienteering minibeast search through the forest. The children also enjoyed some parachute games.

The weather to begin, was fine and warm with the occasional sun shower but ended in spectacular style with thunder and lighting and a heavy downpour with hailstones bouncing everywhere.

Nevertheless, the children all enjoyed the trip to the forest.

The children found the following creatures while pond dipping;

stonefly nymphs, damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, caddis fly larvae, midge larvae, blackfly larvae, baby newts, tapoles, maturing tadpoles with legs, back swimmers (greater waterboatmen), waterboatmen, pondskaters and waterbeetles.

Some of the creatures found while on the minibeast hunt were:

worms, tiger worms, woodlice, centipedes, millipedes, beetles, slugs, spiders with egg sacs, ants. They also saw a butterfly and a bumble bee.

Out on the forest trail the children had to search for creatures that had been placed in various habitats. They came across a honey bee and a bumble bee, a fly and a flying ant, a grasshopper, a snail, a dragonfly and a spider.

We would like to thank Miss Roberts, Miss Jones, Miss Newland and Elm Class for coming to the Centre and to tell you that all our volunteers enjoyed themselves too, including Mr and Mrs Cobb who were volunteering for the first time.

Birthday Party Saturday 7th June

The party went well and the activities were enjoyed by the birthday girl and her friends. The activities included team building, climbing and raft building.

Abercynon Juniors

Yesterday we welcomed children from Abercynon Community School. The children arrived by coach at the picnic site and were ferried onto the site by the mini bus. Then began a very busy activity day. the children orienteered finding minibeasts on the way, they made dens, pond dipped and went on a minibeast safari. the children ate their lunch under canvas, inside the dens they had made in the forest. Thank you to the staff and children for supporting the Centre with their visit. The children said they had visited the site so if they are writing about their visit, here are a few reminders of the creatures they found in the pond..... tadpoles, dragonfly nymph, damselfly nymph, caddisfly larva, water boatman, water spider, newt larva, backswimmer, mayfly nymph and a pondskater.

Monthly Walking Group

Jill and Wynford continue to lead this walking group and this month the walk was in the hills above Ynysybwl. The Group who have some keen photographers were delighted to be invited onto the farm of Mr Dee and photograph the peacocks and some newly hatched chicks.

Thank -you

Thank you to all our volunteers, many of whom give up their days off to help at the Centre. Your help is always appreciated.

Perthcelyn Partnership

On Friday we welcomed the a group of mothers, grandmothers and their children from the Penrhys partnership. This enthusiatic group engaged brilliantly with their children, encouraging one another throughout the day and enjoyed orienteering, a scavenger hunt, climbing, team building and craft work. This was part of a 'Come Outside' initiative.

Bryncynon Strategy

On Wednesday we welcomed the Bryncynon Strategy Group to the Centre. The Group was made up of mothers, grandmothers and their children. the group enjoyed orienteering, climbing, team building and craft work.

Whitsun Saturday May 24th

Pontygwaith Scouts

It was great to welcome back the Pontygwaith Cubs and Scouts to the Centre this weekend.

After a sleepover on Friday night, they were already for the challenges of Saturday. first they had to do battle with the midges that descended and secondly the inclement weather but the rain was welcomed as the midges disappeared! The group did navigation followed by an orienteering course which enabled them to use the navigational skills they had learned. Following a lovely lunch prepared by their leaders the boys took part in a kayaking session in the afternoon. Several boys decided not to take part but busied themselves sorting out everyone's kit, stacking and cutting firewood. Following warming mugs of hot chocolate, they took their leave of the Centre. Many thanks to John and Ivan the leaders, who are doing a great job with the boys and who are always supportive of the Centre.

May Bank Holiday

Great day in Daerwynno today, lovely to see so many families enjoying themselves and to welcome people on their first visit to the centre. We had den building, parachute games, wood cookie making, pond dipping and a swing crafted from bits around the Centre. Thanks to everyone who turned up and to our dedicated volunteers.

AGM

At our annual AGM, the trustees were re-appointed. A report was given about the work undertaken at the Centre during the past year. the financial report was also given. A powerpoint presentation was given showing how the money from the Lloyd's bank funding had been used to benefit less fortunate groups in the outdoors enabling them to reap the benefits of being in the outdoors and gaining confidence. The meeting ended with light refreshments.

May Bank Holiday Monday

We are repeating the successful family open day of Easter Monday an running a family 'cup of tea and plant a tree' day as well as a few other activities . Daerwynno staff will be there all day, so pop in whenever you fancy to have a cuppa, a walk in the forest, a chat or a go at planting. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing friends old and new.

Easter Monday Family Day

It was lovely to see familiar faces returning to the Centre as well as welcoming new visitors. Goodness knows how many trees were planted. Our youngest children enjoyed a bit of pond dipping and as a result we know our pond has a healthy wildlife in its depths. Must say get well to Brychan who arrived at the Centre having had surgery earlier to stich a nasty gash to his face.

Our oldest visitors were in their 80s and our youngest were babies. Thanks once more to all volunteers who helped out on the day.

Forthcoming Events

Easter Monday April 21st - Family Day

From 10.30 am

Daerwynno are running a family 'cup of tea and plant a tree' day. We are looking to improve our grounds by planting trees and other native plants and are looking for some willing volunteers to help us. Daerwynno staff will be there all day, so pop in whenever you fancy to have a cuppa, a walk in the forest, a chat or a go at planting. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Good Friday Biking Day

Lovely day in Daerwynno. Our eager bikers enjoyed the skills course and the cycle ride. They did well with the navigation skills finding hidden eggs and were delighted with their finds when pond dipping.

Good Friday April 18th

Junior Biking and Activity Day

Meet at the Roberttown Square at 10am

If bringing your bike please ensure that it is in good condition and that you bring a CYCLING HELMET. You will also nee to tell us if you are bringing a bike as there are limited spaces on the trailer.

Please bring gloves, a spare set of clothes and a packed lunch.

Cost £6 drinks included.

Ring Jill/Wynford on 01443 790768

Easter Monday April 21st - Family Day

From 10.30 am

Daerwynno are running a family 'cup of tea and plant a tree' day. We are looking to improve our grounds by planting trees and other native plants and are looking for some willing volunteers to help us. Daerwynno staff will be there all day, so pop in whenever you fancy to have a cuppa, a walk in the forest, a chat or a go at planting. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

Sunday April 13th First Aid Course

Congratulations to the volunteers and staff of the Centre who successfully passed their First Aid Course on Sunday to update their certificates for another three years. Thank you to Richard Brown for delivering such an informative and interesting course in the lovely sunny Daerwynno Centre.

Sunday April 6th Autism Awareness Day at Daerwynno

The day was held at Daerwynno as part of the global Autism Awareness Month.

We were pleased to welcome numerous families from The RCT Parents and Carers Group. Although the weather was cold and wet everyone enjoyed their day - taking part in Easter crafts, an Easter egg hunt,team games including a welly throwing competition, a competitive egg rolling competition and parachute games. each child planted their own tree to commemmorate the day. thank you to this lovely group for their support and enthusiasm.

LLOYD'S BANK AWARD

We have now used most of this award to fund a variety of groups to use the Centre. We have a funding left for a few more sessions so we will be offering these to different groups. The groups targeted struggle for funding and benefit enormously from being in the Outdoors. Among the groups who have already benefitted from this award are People's First from Treforest, Aberdare and Llwynypia, Gofal who had several sessions, Gwalia and RCT Parents and Carers Autism Group. So many thanks to all who voted for us. These groups have been so grateful that we thought of them.

April 4th - Gwalia

Good day in Daerwynno today with Gwalia. The lads enjoyed a morning of mountain biking and an afternoon of team challenges. Thanks to the funding from Lloyd's Bank.

April 3rd - Gofal

Great day in Daerwynno with Gofal - the Lloyd's bank award has really benefitted this local group which otherwise due to lack of funding would have been unable to access such opportunities. Today there was biking and walking and we were delighted to welcome back one of the group's members who was well enough to attend today after recovering from serious illness and being hospitalised for many weeks. Although unable to take part in the activities he was delighted to be there and said that he felt so peaceful just being in The forest. So for him a chat, a song or two and laughter were just as rewarding as the physical activity undertaken by others. A very rewarding day - so thanks to all our volunteers and also to our clients who make volunteering such a rewarding pastime.

Saturday March 15th Pontygwaith Scouts Volunteer Day

Visitors can now feel a lot happier when coming to the Centre , our Scouts friends have fixed the potholes in our road! They worked like troopers to earn their volunteering badge with us today. Your cars will love their work. Thanks Scouts! Well done to Sam and Brychan who lent a helping hand too.

Saturday March 22nd Navigation Course

Well done to the future leaders who were developing their navigation skills. They endured the adventure in rain, hail and snow!

February 26th RCT Autism and Asperger Parents and Carers group

We had great day up in the forest with youngsters from our asperger support groups. The primary school age children came in the morning to find forest creatures, team build, make clay forest characters and bird boxes. In the afternoon, the secondary school-aged youngsters came. Morgan challenged himself as a biker, Josh adventured further afield on his bike, Matthew made a brilliant bird box and Connor did it all! What a team, well done to all.

February 20th Gofal

A good day of biking and craft in the forest.

February 19th People's First Aberdare

Good day in Daerwynno with People's First from Aberdare. They walked to the waterfall and visited the reservoir before returning to the Centre. This was funded by the money received from LLoyds Bank. Tomorrow we welcome Gofal to the Centre.

 

January 28th PerthCelyn Dosbarth 4A

The class enjoyed den building and making clay mud faces on trees amongst other activities. The den was so good we all ate our lunch in it.

 

 


 

Reviews

These are some of the reviews we have received. You can see more on our Facebook page.

Hayley Davies said,

"A fantastic day out for primary school children. The perfect 'outdoor classroom'. Staff were highly trained and activities appropriate for the needs of the children. Can't recommend enough to schools & families alike!! Thank you all so much for a wonderful day!!"

"We all had a fantastic time with you today. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed their day, they loved all three activities. Thank you for being so welcoming. Miss Bridges."

"Stayed here this weekend with 16 others. Had a brilliant time, excellent activities, excellent staff. Thank you once again."

"Excellent class trip to Daerwynno today ! . Fun and educational all in one! The children loved pond dipping , map reading , learning about the forest and searching for mini beasts . The centre is run by volunteers . Being previous teachers themselves there wasn't a question they couldn't answer or a situation they couldn't handle. I highly recommend this centre to all other schools that are learning about the outdoors /forest/mini beasts ect.
.To all the staff and volunteers at Daerwynno "Diolch yn Fawr!" Class 6 Evan James school."

 

 

 

     
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