Sponsorship is a great way to promote your business to the people who watch our films.  It works like this;  You pay the production costs of the film and in return you get what we call sponsorship bumpers.  These appear within the film itself and show your logo, website address, location and images/video of your products or services.  I’m sure you’ve seen this sort of thing on TV, but unlike TV our videos are on demand, meaning that they will be available to watch for years to come; complete with your sponsorship bumpers.  This is a more effective way to get your message across than simply advertising on the website because bumpers work across both the website and our social media groups and pages.

In addition your logo and URL will be included in the information about the video and will also be included in our gallery of sponsors that will appear on every page of the WyeValley.TV website.

The finished video will be posted on the WyeValley.TV Website and shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Google + giving you and your business maximum exposure.

Below are a list of programmes that we have yet to make along with what it will cost to sponsor them.  Please choose one and click the ’Sponsor Me’ button.

We look forward to working with you to make great films about the Wye Valley and to help your business grow.

Please read the list of films in waiting and let us know which you would like to sponsor using the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Wye Valley Walks.

Estimated Duration – 10 to 15 minutes.
Sponsorship price £1500.00
Programme Description:

There are any number of great walks along the River Wye.  Our walks films are specially created routes designed to explore some stunning countryside as well as stop off at a number of locations with a fascinating history.  You can see an example of one of our walks films by clicking HERE.  These films are the longest we make for Wye Valley TV and have proven to be very popular with local people and visitors alike.

An Introduction to Tintern.

Estimated Duration – 10 minutes.
Sponsorship price £1000.00
Programme Description:

Tintern is a village on the west bank of the River Wye in Monmouthshire, Wales, close to the border with England, about five miles north of Chepstow.

It is a popular destination for tourists, with stunning scenery and the ruins of the Cistercian Tintern Abbey.

Tintern is an important historical location being the first place in the country to develop mass production manufacturing in the 16th century.

There is plenty to see with forges and waterwheels, the wireworks bridge – that once carried the branch of the railway over the River Wye, the ruins of a church, as well as the impressive Abbey, and much more. This is just the history lying on the surface, when you dig deeper you discover there’s a whole lot more than meets the eye.

An Introduction to Brockweir.

Estimated Duration – 5 minutes.
Sponsorship price £800.00
Programme Description:

Brockweir is a medieval village, nestling between The River Wye and Offa’s Dyke Path. The name Brockweir dates back to the 7th century, prior to which it was called Pwll Brochuail, the pool of Brochuail or Brockmael, a prince of Gwent.

Brockweir was the highest point reached by a normal tide on the Wye, and a key point where the cargoes of sea-going ships and trows from Bristol were transferred onto barges to be sent upstream. It was also home to a thriving shipbuilding, fitting-out, and repair industry.

Most of the village once worked on the river. In the early 19th century the village was thought to be one of the most lawless places in the country with around sixteen public houses and a number of brothels. 
In 1833 the Duke of Beaufort issued and edict that a Moravian church should be built on the site of the old cock fighting pit to temper the terribly badly behaved people of Brockweir.   The church was rebuilt later in the 19th century.

The 20th century saw the steady decline of trade from the river. 
A cast iron road bridge was opened in 1906 linking the village with the main road that ran along the opposite side of the river. In 1914 the Belle Marie became the last ship to sail to the village. The last Wye trows were built in the village in 1925 and in 1929. The Wye Valley Railway added Brockweir Halt as a stop on the Monmouthshire side of the bridge and the river became an unnecessary and slow transport route.

Today this now sleepy village offers a variety of attractions for tourist and locals alike. Walkers can enjoy a number of Wye Valley Walks and the famous long distance Offa’s Dyke path.

Brockweir Quay is an interesting sight and was restored in 2009.
 An award winning non-profit community shop, staffed by volunteers from the local community, is definitely worth a visit. It has a cafe and a wide selection of local produce.

An Introduction to Llandogo.

Estimated Duration – 5 minutes.
Sponsorship price £800.00
Programme Description:

Llandogo is a small village on the Welsh side of the River Wye.

The elaborate village Church was rebuilt in 1859–61 by the famous architect John Pollard Seddon on the foundations of its 7th or 8th century predecessor. The bell of The William and Sarah, one of the last Chepstow barges to trade on the river, can be found in the bell tower.

Run by the family who have lived in the village for generations, Brown’s Stores has been the village’s only general goods store since 1921.

The village was at one time the home of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, who lived here as a child. He and his brothers would take their canvas folding boat out on the Wye. On one occasion they traveled up the Thames then down the Avon to Bristol, across the Severn and up the Wye to their home at Llandogo.

In an area of acidic woodland called Cleddon Shoots, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, one can find the impressive Cleddon Falls; an impressive waterfall that rises above the southwest of the village and runs eastwards down into the River Wye.

An Introduction to Redbrook.

Estimated Duration – 5 minutes.
Sponsorship price £800.00
Programme Description:

Redbrook is a picturesque village named after the brook that runs from the village of Newland in the Forest of Dean down a narrow valley towards the Wye. Due to the iron ore which is so prevalent in the area this stream would often run dark red giving the village its name.

The village is dominated by the remains of a railway bridge that crosses the river diagonally. This bridge, and some of the less obvious remnants, is all that remains of a thriving industrial past. It was once home to an iron furnace, tinplate works, copper works, a flour mill and three breweries. Power was provided by waterwheels supplied by a number of leats and reservoirs. Records date back to 1434 which show that the village was producing a variety of wares for at least 528 years up until the closure of the tinplate factory in 1962.

All these goods were initially exported from the village by river until the building of the railway in 1876.   This remained in operation offering a service to passengers until 1959 and freight until 1964.

The village has a number of walks including the Offa’s Dyke path, access to the River Wye for canoeists and kayakers, and has two public houses, one on each side of the river.

An Introduction to Symonds Yat.

Estimated Duration – 10 minutes.
Sponsorship price £1000.00
Programme Description:

Symonds Yat is a village in the Forest of Dean.   It straddles the River Wye and the border of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The name is thought to come from a 17th-century sheriff of Herefordshire called Robert Symonds and “yat”, an old English word for a gate, gorge or pass.

Symonds Yat is a magnet for tourists looking for a tranquil location and thrill seekers alike. It offers a set of rapids ideal for kayakers and canoeists as well as some challenging cliff faces for climbing enthusiasts. But if it’s peace and quiet in a pretty location you are after then this has that covered too. There are several interesting walks ranging in difficulty from a nice gentle stroll along the riverbank, to some quite steep paths through the forest up to Symonds Yat Rock on one side and The Doward on the other. There is also an enjoyable and easy cycle route along the river to Monmouth should you so desire.

Yat Rock is a great place to take in the view, sitting on the top of the hill on the eastern or Gloucestershire side of the river. This lookout point was once an iron age hill fort and now provides an ideal place to watch the peregrine falcons which nest on the cliffs to the east.

Crossing the river is possible via a hand ferry which is tethered to a cable that runs across the river; this sort of ferry was introduced in Roman Times.

On the western or Herefordshire side of the river one can find The Doward; which is a heavily forested area with several cave formations. The landscape is mountainous common and is sprinkled with rock outcrops. Here you can find a hill fort and King Arthur’s Cave; which despite its suggestive name does not appear to be part of Arthurian legend. It does play a part in the early legend of King Vortigern; a native British king who fought against the invading Anglo Saxons. Flint tools and woolly mammoth bones have been found in and around the cave providing evidence that it was occupied by man during the Upper Palaeolithic era. In 1871 the caves were excavated by Reverend W. S. Symond who found hyaena, lion, brown bear, red deer, rhinoceros, Irish Elk, reindeer, and horse bones dating to the Late Pleistocene. Other nearby caves have produced elephant, beaver, wolf, and ox bones. The whole area was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1989.

An Introduction to Rhayader.

Estimated Duration – 10 minutes.
Sponsorship price £1000.00
Programme Description:

Rhyadar is the first market town that is situated along the River Wye and is a mere 20 miles from its source. Its name comes from the original Welsh, Rhaeadr Gwy, meaning waterfall on the Wye.

Alas the waterfall from which it’s named was destroyed in 1780 to make way for the bridge linking the town to Cwmdauddwr and the Elan Valley.

Rhyadar however, is a beautiful place with a long history. It has evidence of both Bronze age and Roman settlements and, in 1899, a hoard of gold jewellery was found in the vicinity.  This has been dated to the 1st to 2nd century AD.

The town lies at the crossroads of important routes through central Wales. At the centre of the town a 19th century clock tower marks the boarder between North and South Wales. This was once an important staging post in which sheep and cattle drovers would lodge whilst traveling from the Cambrian mountains towards England.

In the 19th century Rhyadar was one of the locations that saw the Rebecca Riots. These riots were peculiar in that they were carried out by farmers and agricultural workers dressed as women.
 It is thought that the origin of the name stems from this verse from Genesis in the bible ‘And they blessed Rebecca and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them’.

The riots began in Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire as a form of protestation against unfair taxes.   As the groups of rioters attacked they were led by a ‘Rebecca’ and followed by her daughters.
 In 1843 the will to riot had reached Rhyadar.
 There were six toll gates in Rhyadar, which meant that any farmer wishing to sell his cattle at market would be heavily charged, this combined with the decrease in their cattle’s worth, poor harvest, and an increase in the amount of tithe to pay to the church, led the farmers of Rhyadar to revolt. The toll booths were targeted, although these were not the only source of woe to the workers, they were the only visible and accessible targets that the rioters could show their displeasure to get their message across.

In 1834 the government introduced a system of ‘looking after’ the poor, which meant putting those who could not look after themselves into a workhouse,
 the Rhyadar union chose instead to pay relief out of union funds to allow them to stay in their homes.
 Although one family was made to sell their belongings before being allowed to receive the relief.
 Many wives were also left alone with children after their husbands had traveled elsewhere to find work, failed and ended up stuck, meaning the wife then had to appeal for help from the Union.
 The Rhyadar Union managed to hold out for 40 years, however the pressure was on to build a workhouse, as it was required by law. They had been given a grant to build accommodation for 60, but the union managed to convince the commissioners that they would only need a place to house 40 people.
 Once the place was opened the relief was stopped and people were expected to present themselves to the workhouse, cut off from the outside world, until they could support themselves.
 The workhouse has since been used as a school, a factory and has now been converted into a hotel.

Rhyadar truly has a lot to offer, with wonderful countryside to roam in, cycle routes to explore, close access to the Willow Globe Theatre, Gigrin Farm Red Kite centre, and much, much more.

An Introduction to Llangurig.

Estimated Duration – 10 minutes.
Sponsorship price £1000.00
Programme Description:

Llangurig, thought to be the highest village in Wales at about 1000 feet, is situated in the county of Powys.

It holds an annual agricultural show and also hosts sheepdog trials.

It had a railway line, which briefly ran the sum total of one train, on a track that fell short of its station.
 The story of its construction is as convoluted as it is fascinating.
 Due to a comedy of errors two companies were given permission to build sections of their routes through the same land.  The Manchester and Milford Railway (M&MR) and the Mid-Wales Railway (MWR). This resulted in clashes between the companies’ various workforces.   Eventually the two companies formed another company, with the help of a third party, called the Llanidloes and Newtown Railway (L&NR). 
Although the first part of the Llangurig branch was completed it fell short of Llangurig station and, even though it wasn’t finished, a single train was hired by MWR to run it, but when the M&MR was invoiced for its share the route was halted as it was considered unprofitable without a through route.
 Through changes of plans in routes and an economic downturn, the line was never completed. Eventually the Llangurig line was removed and used for repairs elsewhere on the railway. The station that was never used was left to rot and was eventually dismantled. 
Today OS maps mark this non-existent railway as the ‘abandoned railway’.

In 1967 Britain’s first Post Bus Service was introduced between Llanidloes and Llangurig. These combined passenger transport with postal services. At their peak the buses worked around 300 routes in the UK.

Llangurig also has a 15th century church, containing a Royal Pew and Armorial Glass. The village also holds examples of architecture by William Arthur Smith Benson, a designer in the arts and crafts movement.

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