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Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« on: March 16, 2011, 11:29:33 am »
Was flicking channels late last night and came across this short film on BBC2.  This was filmed at the former Boys Village site at West Aberthaw, where Dragon Valley was based before moving to Caerwent in 2003.


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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011, 12:10:26 pm »
That was one of the most haunting things I've seen on the BBC.

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011, 12:12:26 pm »
wondered why there was white bb's all over the floor.....  :wink:
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2011, 12:27:31 pm »
That is really wierd to see it like that.

Makes it seem like it was in good condition when we used to play there.

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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2011, 01:33:58 pm »
There was a swimming pool? Why don't we have one at the current DV?  :P
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2011, 02:09:55 pm »
Because people used to fall into it. Well, only one person that I can remember, but that was enough.

The pool used to be indoors, looks like that structure has gone. I have just remembered how we came to be called Dragon Valley though, had forgotten the origin of that one.
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2011, 02:44:23 pm »
Yep, I was scratching my head for a while on that one as I remember it being indoors too.  Read up on it and apparently the roof collapsed a few years back and the walls were pulled down as they were unsafe.

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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 03:02:45 pm »
Are there any pics around of how it was when you used to play there?

I have always wondered the history of the place but it would seem that I am epic fail when it comes to googling about the place...
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 03:19:41 pm »
I don't have any, there are a few on Google image search.  The only other ones I know of are the ones that were taken at LoE.  I know Olly had a webpage for them, can't find it now though.

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 03:22:09 pm »
I have some pics, I think from our first couple of games there.

Might put them onto flickr tonight

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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2011, 03:29:17 pm »
Yeah,. I set up the site back in 2001 (jeez.. ten years ago). Jeff and Brian came along in mid 2002 and we decided on Dragon Valley as a name. I can't even remember why. I think we stopped playing around 2004 and moved to Caerwent the same year.

In terms of a site, it was very good to play in. Funny enough, the least fun part was the pool itself - a big space filled with nothing. Far better were the many different little rooms and the canteen.

That said, it was a health and safety nightmare. Pre-dating the need for insurance, it was a deathtrap of live wiring, fall hazards, and climbing up roofs to shoot down.. How no-one ended up seriously hurt I'll never know.
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2011, 03:31:31 pm »
Cheers guys, will look into it again this eve :) have never been able to find much history about the place :(
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2011, 04:11:51 pm »
Just been doing a bit of reading about the place (Yes I know I should be working...) was there a car (spitfire) in the gym?
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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2011, 04:36:21 pm »
The Dragon Valley name was inspired by that dragon motif on the entrance wall under the "Boys Village" sign.

The pool and gym always played best when filled with bright orange smoke, of the type that you probably aren't supposed to breath in. I don't remember a car being in there.

I'll see if I can dig out some photos, I should have them on CD somewhere.




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Re: Dragon Valley 1 Revisited
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2011, 04:42:15 pm »
I do have a vague memory of there being a car in the gym, wasn't it off to the side in that little room/storage cupboard at the far end beyond the seating area - but got to from the gym floor.

I used to love the swimming pool area. Super sneaky beaky being able to see people moving outside through the semi opaque glass, but having to wait for them to go near a hole before you could shoot at them.