Severn Toll Scrapped 2018
Big news today – the Severn Toll is to be scrapped next year in 2018. It was never meant to last for more than 25 years after a deal was struck to build a second crossing in 1992. It has now been announced that promises are to be kept and charging will cease soon.
Read about it in today’s paper The Guardian
We think our visitors will approve! Old Oak Barn is always open all year round for business! I am not sure how scrapping the charge is meant to boost the Welsh economy by the quoted 100 million but we are not complaining. As from next year both the old and new Severn Bridges will be operated by Highways England when they return to public ownership.
The Old Severn Bridge was opened in September 1966 and I remember well the day my father took us for a day trip into Wales that month. It cost a total of £8 million then to build and took over three years to complete! The picture below shows people being allowed to walk over it that day. I am sure it was a talking point for many weeks.
Lane gets tarmacced
After nearly 30 years of repairing our bumpy lane at very regular intervals, in 2017 we took the big decision to get it tarmacced! The first week of July saw the arrival of my cousin from Berkshire Daniel Hazell to commence the work with his trusty crew! We were blessed with glorious weather that week and everything went smoothly. The pictures tell it all! We are chuffed our lane has finally got tarmacced! I think our many visitors will be surprised at how smooth the lane is. Now and no one will have to consider the welfare of their car anymore. I bet the postman is happy too!
The challenge has always been to keep the rainwater from damaging the lane. With the precision of the up to date machinery in applying the correct camber and slopes we are confident it will last for many years. Preparation was key and the initial digging out and getting smooth before the planings were laid down took over a day. Each section of the lane was rolled at least 4 times during the week with 2 different rollers each with different weight distribution.
Most of the machinery came down on lorries from Berkshire but an excavator was hired locally. The tarmac planings – 9 lorry loads of them were delivered in June from GD Harries – were infact from the A40 when it was resurfaced earlier this year. The granite chippings were delivered that week. It was a busy few days but we are well chuffed with the outcome and want to thank Dan for his great organisation and skillful workmanship. How lucky we were that on the Wednesday when the tarmac was being spread over the chippings temperatures reached 30 degrees here at Old Oak Barn. It was not only the flowers that were wilting in the heat!
Top things to do in Carmarthen
Besides the lovely beaches dotted around the coastline from Pembrey to Amroth including the famous sands of Pendine we can recommend some great places to visit while staying at Old Oak Barn
Check out this Trip Advisor link which lists the following as being worth a visit!
And we are only a few miles from Pembrokeshire which has so many beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery over the Preseli Hills and lots of popular visitor attractions for children of all ages many of which are open all year round. We know the area well and are on hand to help you plan the most of your holiday in Wales.
West Wales Museum of Childhood
If you want to take a stroll down Memory Lane or re-live your childhood then why not visit this lovely little museum near Newcastle Emlyn. There are many displays of dolls and teddies plus daleks, old cars and lorries and dolls houses of many ages. we think there is something for everyone, no matter what the weather . . . You can have food in the tea-room, or an ice cream, or just enjoy the fresh air and the views . . . , all set in 12 acres of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. Check out their website
The Museum is open all year round and celebrates 10 years in 2015 and in that time it has grown to become a popular tourist attraction and educational resource in West Wales.
ADMISSION CHARGES TO THE MUSEUM
Child £3.50 (no charge if under 5 years old)
Family ticket £14.00 (2 adults, up to 3 children)
There are more than 10,000 items on display in the five galleries of the museum, some of which may be viewed on the Museum’s official website. Exhibits include toys, dolls, model trains, model cars, teddy bears, toy soldiers, tin toys, costumes, pinball machines, games, a period schoolroom, and household items. There are many toys and collectible items related to movies and television shows, including Doctor Who, Batman, The Avengers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The museum is about 35 minutes away from Old Oak Barn.
The youtube video below will give you a good idea of what to expect!