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December 2016 Newsletter

A very Merry Christmas to you all. It's a long time since we have produced a newsletter but from now on, we'll be aiming to produce one bi-monthly. We'll include news items, a piece on a different staff member each month, special offers and links to other useful information. We hope you will enjoy reading about all that is going on here at the Centre.


Scroll down for special offers!

Centre Works Weekend 21st and 22nd January


Volunteers needed

In our quieter months there is a lot to catch up on around the site, rooms to be painted, computers to be sorted, windows to be cleaned, pictures to be hung, equipment to be repaired and so on!

If you have a spare hour or two and could offer some volunteer time, we'd love to hear from you. Contact

Our new Tunnel System is good to go!

This is our new tunnel system, built with the help of grants from Gloucestershire County Council and Forest of Dean District Council. 

Our tunnelling/caving session is an exciting and challenging activity and is purpose built. It is almost complete with only the finishing touches and landscaping still to do. If you want to book a session here we can put a date in the diary for you.

The use of the Tunnel System will supplement and enhance the 24 hour educational curriculum, develop self-knowledge, self-confidence, self-discipline, self-respect, physical capabilities and skills as appropriate attaining and experiencing success, sharpening sensory perception and meeting objectives in relation to others ie with other members of a group. The children will be able to: plan activities, evaluate progress, share leadership and learn to communicate more effectively.

It will be especially beneficial to those with difficulties and disabilities who would not otherwise be able to take part in a caving experience.

2017 Out of Season Offer £95 per head

Why not bring your group and come and stay! We still have a few spaces in January and February for our Winter Offer at £95 per person. 

This fully inclusive, three day, two night ultimate team-building experience is an exciting programme of 8 challenging fun-filled activities, it will develop the confidence, trust and learning of your students or group members.


Schools will be pleased to hear that all our activities have been specifically designed to enhance your delivery of the new National Curriculum. They are led by experienced instructors with a passion for working with children of all abilities, within a fun, positive and experiential learning environment.

Accommodation & Catering

You will have exclusive use of our welcoming and flexible accommodation in our historic Old Vicarage. All bedding is provided and you will be treated to delicious hot meals especially prepared for you by our amazing chefs.


Winter Events

Shalom Gathering

Who Floats Your Boat?

Saturday 28th January

The second Shalom Gathering will take place. Everyone is invited to meet together, enjoy activities and games, share food and generally have fun! There will be great teaching and worship too.

10:30am - 5pm

Cost £10 (includes lunch and all craft materials)

Go to the Shalom website for more information. 

Meet The Team

Haley Cartlidge is the Administrator here at Viney Hill, she spends most of her time putting together activity programmes and booking the relevant venues and instructors; hopefully making sure everything runs smoothly for our visiting groups.  As well as doing that she gives admin support to other members of staff, who have all come to know that chocolate can be a great motivator!
When she’s not sat at her desk, working out programmes and chatting to group leaders, Haley is actively involved in the children’s work of her own church, running kids sessions at the local village school as well as being involved in X:cite the Scripture Union children’s events run in the area.
If you have any queries about any aspects of a visit to Viney Hill, or simply need to discuss requirements, Haley is always at the end of the phone or email to chat and make sure everything runs smoothly through the booking process to arrival here at Viney Hill!
Funding and Training
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Wellspring Support
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Pray Forest
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