Windmill Primary School Holiday Club had a great 3 day residential at the Longmynd Adventure Camp this week. There were beds to make, tables to set, drying up crockery and cutlery and sweeping up to be done over the 3 days for everyone! Day 1 included team challenges, bouldering, archery and a short countryside walk. Day 2 was a lovely walk up the Longmynd and splashing down Minton Batch. Day 3 concluded with packing up and some indoor climbing. Really well done, everyone should sleep well ... especially the teachers!
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It's been a long day, even for Santa.
There has been a lot of scratching of the head, with logistics and those good old internet glitches!
If only he hadn't upgraded his phone to the latest software - Grrrrr!
Time for a good old cup of tea!
Santa is a little behind with his letters and lists this week, due to the impromptu driving test on Wednesday.
He has spent the day busily taking video calls, TEAM meetings with the elves and making sure the Reindeer are resting, in readiness for their favourite night of the year!
No wonder the instructor was looking pale when Santa arrived back from his driving test!
After the maintenance checks yesterday, we sent Santa for his PCV Category D1 test.
We forgot to tell Santa, he didn't need to use his magic dust on the mini buses! We had a very pale looking driving instructor after Santa's antics.
Footage will be posted tomorrow!
Santa called Al to assist him with a routine maintenance check on the sleigh !
Santa is planning on a test drive later tonight.
We think it’s a bit windy for him!
We pointed Santa in the right direction by helping him with his map and compass skills.
Santa revisited the low ropes today and we were amazed with the progress he has made since the beginning of the week.
Next on Santa's training list is a refresher on map reading and orienteering!
Santa spotted the canoes - and within a flash we were at Jackfield!
Pure paddle power magic! He has now named one Rudolf 2!
Arthog Outreach is Arthog's Outdoor Education Centre working in Shropshire. We provide; Staff Development Days , Weekend Clubs, Field Studies and Short Breaks.
Based at the Short Wood Centre, Wellington we are equipped to provide a range of 'on' and 'off' site outdoor activities including; Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Hill Walking, Navigation, Caving, Mountain Biking, Bushcraft, Orienteering, Low Ropes and Team Building. Our highly qualified and experienced staff, provide outdoor education opportunities, qualifications, and adventures. They meet the hig
PACC had a really busy and adventurous day at Outreach; team challenges, indoor climbing, a woodland walk/exploring a mine adit and crate stacking. Great teamwork and encouragement was demonstrated in each activity. Well done everyone, we look forward to the next adventure day ...
Another sunny paddle from Ironbridge to Buildwas for Queensway South. All the recent rain has raised the river level 😊.
Donnington Wood Primary have climbed and canoed in the rain but it didn't dampen their enthusiasm. They did manage to find some sun yesterday for one of the canoe trips!
Woodside Primary Oswestry have had all different weather conditions on their canoe and climbing tower days this week, but they finished in the sun. Well done to everyone.
Prees, Whixall and Clive Yr6's had a great time last week. Each group climbed on the Grinshill sandstone and canoed on the Shropshire Union Canal, visiting 'Mammoth Tower' at Whixall Moss and then paddling over the border into Wales!
Captain Webb Year 3s had a wonderful day in Snowdonia yesterday sketching the mountains and playing by Llyn Idwal.
Today begins one of our busiest terms for the Arthog Outreach instructors.
How can we not share some of the natural delights our activities allow you to escape to?
"Those - lazy - hazy - crazy - Days of Summer" Nat King Cole.
Do you require Outdoor Emergency First Aid training?
Our next 2 day emergency outdoor first aid course is on the 8th & 9th June and we have two places available.
For more information please email: [email protected]
Southall students had a great morning really challenging themselves at SkyReach. Well done to everyone.
A huge thank you to Caroline from Grange Park Primary School for this wonderful gift.
Caroline upcycled Al's worn out gilet and created this bear - they will be a mascot for our centre and will take pride of place in one of our electric minibuses. So keep a look out for them.
Worfield Primary Year 4's had a great day doing archery and climbing. Lots of arrows in the golds and lots of good climbing. Everyone pushed and challenged themselves so should be proud of their achievements. Hope to see you next year for some more climbing and some canoeing!
Worfield Yr5's did superbly well and showed good resilience in the rain, wind and mud whilst Canoeing at Blue Pool. They were amazing at building the 'super canoes' together and continued to demonstrate super teamwork to achieve the challenges set by Martin. Really well done.
Worfield Primary School Yr5's demonstrated super teamwork today, in preparation for their canoeing adventure tomorrow. Well done.
Grange Park Yr5 dodged the showers today at Grinshill. A super effort by everyone on the last day of activities.
One of the Grange Park Yr5 groups went exploring underground today. Really well done to everyone, including Mrs Cheshire.
The boss out doing what he loves.
At last, some nice weather for the last of the Grange Park Yr5 activity days ....
Some Grange Park Yr5's braved the wind and the rain to walk over the Longmynd earlier this week. Lots of fun was had, despite the weather ....
Due to the weather conditions, this evenings climbing club has been cancelled.
The next session will be on Thursday 23rd March 2023.
Wishing you all a safe day.
Look out for our brand new electric mini buses!
Children from Telford & Wrekin travelling to and from Arthog Outreach will now be having an even greener experience whilst enjoying outdoor activities and accessing the great outdoors.
On Saturday 4th March, the Street Champions will be holding a SPRING TRAIL CLEAN on the WREKIN, ERCALL & LIMEKILN WOODS in association with . Volunteers to participate - be it riders, runners or walkers - would greatly appreciated.
Free to help? Here are the details:
Start Time: between 09.30 – 10.30
Meeting at: Forest Glen car park
Contact information: Ruth Finney on 077066 11729 or [email protected]
What does the event involve and who can come?
We invite participants to collect litter, following pre-planned Rubbish Routes which will be available to follow on your phone. You can choose a Rubbish Route to suit you at sign-on. Anyone can join and no special equipment is required - we will provide you with what you need. We expect the trail clean to take around 2 hours.
Parking at the base of the Wrekin is limited and parking charges in the Forest Glen car park apply. If parking is busy we recommend parking either in the Ercall car park and walking up, or in Wellington and cycling up to the Forest Glen - there are bike racks to tether your bike to.
Together4Children have made the most of the great half term weather, going climbing at Grinshill amongst other activities .
After Y4-Y6 went to Arthog a fortnight ago to climb and adventure, Arthog have come to us for Y1-Y3 and we are having lots of fun - and showing courage and resilience! Our February Christian value is trust and we link it into all areas of curriculum - like trusting a friend to be an anchor when you are climbing.
HLC Primary Year 6s have had an amazing two days this week canoeing and climbing. They displayed super team work, resilience and perseverance and should be very proud of their achievements.
Our Adult instructor led climbing club begins on Thursday 19th January and is for five weeks at the price of £40.00.
Time 7.30pm - 9pm
Location: Arthog Outreach, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2JA
If you are interested in joining please send a message or email: [email protected]
Our children's climbing club begins on Thursday 19th January.
We are also starting an Adult climbing club at the later time of 7.30pm.
For enquiries please send a message.
The arrival of our new electric minibuses took place this morning!
Short Wood Year 6s have had a lovely 2 days walking over the Long Mynd through the frost and snow.
A New Venue - Newport Canal
Some of us went to a new venue on the Newport Canal last week. The Year 3,4,5 & 6s from Castle House School had lots of fun canoeing and cleaning up the stretch of water just outside their school.
Today is the day! Applications are NOW OPEN for the Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant
If you are 15-25 and need help in education, employment or training, or need a boost to overcome challenges in your life, we want to hear from you!
With up to £500 available, start your application today > www.telford.gov.uk/ypg
Looking for a First Aid Course which includes Emergency Outdoor First Aid?
We have two spaces available for this week's training (Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November).
Please contact us for more information.
Looking for a new challenge? Our children's climbing club is returning on 17th November. Please take a look and contact us for more information.
Thich Nhat Hanh. Love letter to the Earth 2012
We tend to think of human beings as falling into two groups: those who are similar to us and those who are different. We allow political boundaries to obscure our interconnectedness. What we often refer to as patriotism is actually a barrier that prevents us from seeing that we’re all children of the same mother. Every country calls its nation a motherland or a fatherland. Every country tries to show how it loves its mother. But in doing so, each country is contributing to the destruction of our larger mother, our collective mother, the earth. In focusing on our human made boundaries, we forget that we are co-responsible for the whole planet.
When we see that we are all children of the same mother, we will naturally want to cultivate and strengthen our sense of being part of one large family. When we speak of protecting our planet, we often speak of finding new technologies. But without real community, technology may be even more destructive than constructive. Real community, built with our practice of mindfulness, enables us to act together. When we can communicate with ourselves and with the earth, we can communicate with others more easily.
Every one of us, regardless of nationality or religious faith, can experience a feeling of admiration and love when we see the beauty of the Earth and the beauty of the cosmos. This feeling of love and admiration has the power to unite the citizens of the earth and remove all separation and discrimination. Caring about the environment is not an obligation, but a matter of personal and collective happiness and survival. We will survive and thrive together with our Mother Earth, or we will not survive at all.
Thich Nhat Hanh. Love letter to the Earth 2012 (Citizens of the Earth p 81-83)
Halloween Staff Training at Cae-Coch Sulphur Mine
A few of the team had a great day and an appropriately spooky time down the Sulphur mine adits. There were spiders, bats, an owl, lots of slime, snoticles and lots more .....
Hi Everyone a reminder about disposing of pumpkins after 🎃 Halloween Night . Please do NOT put these on the ground for 🦔🦔Hedgehogs to eat in Gardens, Parks and Greenspaces. Pumpkin acts as a laxative and will cause hedgehogs to have serious diarrhoea and dehydration. At this time of year it is vital that hedgehogs put on as much weight as possible to give them the best chance of surviving winter and hibernation. ❤️🦔 Help our prickly friends and local wildlife charities who help look after sick and injured hogs.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society suggest hanging your pumpkins in trees to allow birds and squirrels to eat the fruit.
The Mayor, the Leader and all staff at Telford & Wrekin Council have expressed their sadness at the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
As a mark of respect flags across the borough will be lowered to half-mast, some planned events may be cancelled and books of condolence will shortly be opened around the borough and online.
More information about arrangements at this sad time can be found at: https://apps.telford.gov.uk/condolence/queen/
Rachel and Chris having a "splashing time"!
It was a first for the Arthog Outreach team yesterday, when they spent the afternoon with the Ironbridge Coracle Trust.
Thank you to Marion and Julia for making the training possible.
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