Elan Links: Archive Project Volunteer

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The Elan Links Archive Project aims to protect, record and celebrate Elan’s cultural heritage material which includes documents, memories, pictures and artefacts.  

A volunteer is required to assist the archivist in recording information onto the archive database. The majority of work will take place at CARAD in Rhayader and the Elan Valley Estate Office, however, some additional onsite work may be necessary.

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Elan Links Volunteer - Oral History Recording

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Oral histories are a vital part of the Elan Links project; they are full of local social and historic interest AND you get to meet some fascinating people.  We need to capture the stories and memories of people who love this unique place whether they live or work here, have a family connection or are just visiting.  In order to do this, we need help recording. 

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Elan Links Volunteer : Cultural Heritage Office Help

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My job is to collect, record and make the stories of the people of Elan Valley accessible – and there are soooo many of them.  I need help in the office to arrange appointments, do research, organise meetings, exhibitions and events, and generally assist me in celebrating this very special place.

I need someone who can use a laptop, can type (not necessarily fast but accurately) and is happy to talk to people both on the phone and face to face.

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Elan Links Volunteer - Oral History Transcriptions

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Oral histories are a vital part of this project as we need to capture the stories and memories of people who live, work and visit this unique place.  We want to make these stories as accessible as possible so would like to have a hard copy of what was said as well as the recording.

We need someone who can type (not fast but accurately) to type up Oral History recordings to create an accurate record of what was said during interviews.

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Exhibition: Rhayader Art Group

Rhayader Art Group's "Summer Exhibition" showcases their range of talents with all original artwork for sale. Prints and greetings cards also available.

Open daily from 10am until 4pm at the Visitor Centre.

 

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Grŵp Celf Rhaeadr

Arddangosfa o dalentau amrywiol a’r gwaith celf unigryw ar werth.  Printiau a chardiau cyfarchion hefyd ar gael.

 

 

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Elan Links : Peat Bog Surveys

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We are looking for volunteers to join us for 1 or 2 or 3 days in the unique Claerwen Valley.

We will be measuring the peat depth and undertaking botanical surveys. The information gathered will be used to put together a management plan to increase the biodiversity on the hill.

This activity will involve walking in difficult terrain, so you need a reasonable level of fitness.

For more information and to book on to this event contact

bonna.williams@elanvalley.org.uk or phone 01597 811527

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Watercolour Landscapes For Beginners

A workshop ideal for beginners. Local artist and qualified tutor David Ward will guide you every step of the way on your journey to learning new and essential techniques for the watercolourist.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

£30 per person, payable in advance.

Please contact the Elan Valley Visitor Centre on 01597 810880 to book.

 

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Elan Links: BSBI Atlas 2020 Survey in the Claerwen Valley

The Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland are conducting surveys across the UK and Ireland. The information gathered will be used to compile the latest edition of an atlas of the British and Irish flora.

We are looking for volunteers to join us for a survey in the Claerwen Valley.

The day will involve some walking in difficult terrain.

For more information and to book, please contact bonna.williams@elanvalley.org.uk

or phone 01597 811527

The day will be led by Barbara Brown, from the BSBI.

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Penglaneinon Farm Sheep Shearing Afternoon

AFTERNOON EVENT (1.30pm - 4pm)
Join the annual sheep shearing at Penglaneinon Farm.  Witness the modern and traditional sheep shearing methods whilst enjoying a nice cup of tea, with welsh cakes & bara brith and see a live demonstration of wool spinning. 
WEATHER DEPENDENT,  NO DOGS PLEASE
Directions will be signposted on the day,  SN 912627

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Wye and Elan Circular

A joint event with Brecon Beacons Park Society. Join Dilys Harlow and Andrew Leonard as they lead this energetic 11.5 mile walk from Gilfach car park, passing through the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Reserve before following ancient routes that cross the hills between the Wye and Elan and return along the Wye Valley Walk.

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All is Aflutter and Aglow

An evening event.  Celebrate the wonder of the Elan Valley International Dark Sky Park and join Sorcha Lewis who will be on hand to show you how wonderful and exciting the world of bats and moths really are and we can look to see the amazing illuminated world of the glow worm.

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Dambusters Walk

A 4 mile guided walk to learn about the area, including the remains of Nant y Gro Dam which was used for tests before the WW2 Dambusters Raid.

There is a steep climb of 40 metres up the steps to the top of the dam and then a very steep 140 metre climb.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.
 

13 Gorffennaf Dydd Sadwrn – Taith Gerdded y Dambusters

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Powys Ramblers Walk

Ian’s 7/8 mile walk starts with a steady climb, crosses open hillside up to Crugyn Ci,  giving extensive hill and mountain views before crossing undulating moor down to Craig Goch Dam. Good views of three reservoirs. Meet at Penbont car park.

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High Ropes Challenge

Platforms, bridges, unusual obstacles, a zip line and an adrenaline jump – all in a stunning setting alongside Caban Coch Reservoir.

You don’t need experience or to be super fit, however you must be over 1.4m tall, have a waist of less than 43” and be able to climb a rope ladder.

You will also need transport, stout shoes and appropriate clothing.

All young people must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Adult £20, 8-18s £17.50

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Batik Workshop - inspired by John Piper

The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration artist Jenny O'Leary will teach you how to use the technique of batik – hot wax resist working on tissue paper and found papers with bleach and inks to create atmospheric textures and effects.

An exciting workshop allowing for exploration and discovery. No experience is necessary as the technique will be taught from scratch. A number of samples will be created during the workshop.

Places are limited so please book in advance.

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Moon Day

The Elan Valley Dark Sky Park will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by having a Moon Day, held at the Visitor Centre. Celebrate this special day with us with fun, astronomy themed activities for all ages.

Elan Links History group will be asking you for your memories of the Lunar Landing on 20th July, 1969.

We will also be showing the Lunar Landing as it was broadcast on CBS and other videos related to the Moon.

Other activities include:

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Cwm Elan Lead Mine Walk

To celebrate the Festival of Archaeology (13 - 28 July), Jenny Hall and Paul Sambrook of TRYSOR Archaeology will be leading a pleasant, early evening walk from Nantgwyllt Church to the Cwm Elan Lead Mine.

A 5 mile round trip. Moderate walk on footpaths. Meet at Nantgwyllt Church car park.

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Natural Elan: Uses of Local Herbs Talks

Learn about some of the herbs found in the Elan Valley, from expert Sally Owen in an evening talk. Discover what is a herb, how they have been used throughout our history, their potential role in wellness today and the joys of getting outside to identify them.

Drop in. Minimum age 16, children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Elan Naturiol: Sgwrs am Ddefnydd Perlysiau Lleol

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Elan Links: Large Heath Butterfly Survey

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Come and join us looking for one of our rarer butterflies in the uplands of the Elan Valley.

The Large Heath butterfly can be found near cotton grass in damp places.

We are looking for volunteers to come and hopefully help count them.

The session will require walking in difficult terrain, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

For more information and to book please contact bonna.williams@elanvalley.org.uk.

or phone 01597 811527

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Natural Elan: Elan Calls Book Launch

Internationally exhibited artist Marcelo Sánchez-Camus will be launching his new book, Elan Calls. Marcelo was a previous artist in residence in the Elan Valley, and created this book as an alternative walking guide to the valley. Join us for an exciting day/afternoon to launch the book which includes live music, readings of the book and a self-driven tour of the valley.

Drop in. Minimum age 16, children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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Natural Elan: Healing with Earth's Treasures

Join Lauren D'Silva to explore the healing energy of crystals. This will be an interactive session where you'll be invited to handle some of the crystals and participate in a couple of short practical exercises and visualisations to experience the power of crystals for yourself.

Lauren is Principal of Touchstones School of Crystal Therapy and Chair of the Affiliation of Crystal Healing Organisations.

Drop in. Minimum age 12, children must be supervised. For more information email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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Natural Elan: Nature Day

Join us at the Old Hospital Site in the Elan Village for a day surrounded by nature. Join local experts on a bio-blitz and see what interesting and exciting species you can find in Cwnch Woods. Or try your hand at whittling, with expert Jenny Dingle to help you learn how to shape wood!

Drop in. Minimum age 10. For more information contact beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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Hen Safle’r Ysbyty, Pentref Elan

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Natural Elan: Mindful Walk

Come and enjoy the natural environment of the Elan Valley in a new, relaxing way. Join Tommy Carr for a sensory “Mindful Walk” through Penbont Woods and experience the Japanese concept of “Forest Bathing” which will rejuvenate you and give you a better appreciation of the wonderful outdoors. 

Booking required. Minimum age 10, children must be supervised. For more information and to book a place email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

Taith Gerdded Ymwybyddiaeth Ofalgar

Maes Parcio Penbont

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Natural Elan: Introduction to cycling

Explore the Elan Valley by bike on a Breeze ride with local champion, Pippa Boss. In the morning join a family ride along the Elan Valley Trail and in the afternoon an introductory women’s mountain bike adventure.

Minimum age 5 for the family trail (U5 on trailer or bike seat), 16 for women’s ride. Children must be supervised. Booking required. For more information and to book a place email: beth.rees@elanvalley.org.uk

 

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Dam Open Day

Join our Rangers at one of our big Dam Open Days - an exclusive chance to venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the dam wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Park at Penbont car park and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance. There is no need to book, simply turn up anytime between 1pm and 4pm.

There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

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High Ropes Challenge

Platforms, bridges, unusual obstacles, a zip line and an adrenaline jump – all in a stunning setting alongside Caban Coch Reservoir.

You don’t need experience or to be super fit, however you must be over 1.4m tall, have a waist of less than 43” and be able to climb a rope ladder.

You will also need transport, stout shoes and appropriate clothing.

All young people must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Adult £20, 8-18s £17.50

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Kayaking on the Reservoir

Hit the water and get a different view of the Valley from a two person kayak.

After a safety briefing, head off around the reservoir in the company of your instructor, and learn about the history of the dams on the way.

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Minimum age 8, you will need transport, shoes to get wet, appropriate clothing, a complete change of clothes and a towel just in case!

Adult £20, 8-18s £17.50

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