The Tintern Village Website



Autumn 2000

FROM THE RECTORY

Dear Friends,

Would you please read Jesus' prayer for us in John 17, verses 6-24. This letter is a reflection on verse 21, that they may be one.

This is always Jesus' purpose for his people, and comes long before we invented denominations, which I feel could sometimes be called dominations! We have to accept that the Church of Jesus, his gathering of people who love Him - ecclesia in the New Testament, must always in reality be one. That's what Jesus says must be, and he prays to the Father for just that.

It is because of the small-mindedness of men, and the lack of the Holy Spirit in our lives, that we like to be in different groups and call ourselves by many names. How confusing for those who do not know the Father's love! All the time there is only, in Jesus' eyes, one church, which is marked by the truth of the Word and led by the Holy Spirit. I think I have always understood this from when I was a child, so it must have come from God. So I never think of any group or denomination as having much value, though no doubt they have all had, in history, a destructive contribution to make. Perhaps God calls us to be so Jesus-aware and full of His spirit, that we don't worry too much about anything else. I was reminded by someone last week of an old chorus which goes -

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His Glory and grace.

I am so pleased to be living in days when, because of the work of the Holy Spirit, all these divisions are breaking down. At one Anglican conference at Builth we will have together people from all backgrounds and denominations and we will be one, because no man will really lead it, only the Holy Spirit.

Bless You,

Phil and Kate

ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Children's church continues to go from strength to strength. Regularly seven of us squash into the church vestry during part of the Sunday morning service. We have had up to eleven! We are still looking for another venue close to the church so that we can encourage growth, and make more noise!

On Wednesday evenings at 7.30 a group of us meet at 1, The Orchard, Raglan Road, the home of Pam and Jeff Smith for bible study, prayer and fellowship, led by Phil Rees. There are regularly twelve of us, but sometimes more. It is open house to anyone who would like to come, regardless of where you attend church, or even if you do not attend church.

A group of ladies meet for lunch and fellowship at the home of Jeff and Pam Smith, while the men's group meets at the home of David and Hermoine Ford. As July and August are busy months for all, we have not met during this time, but hope to do so again in September.

A future activity starting in the autumn will be a series of meetings entitled 'Setting the Captives Free'. We are inviting speakers to come who are recognised for their gifting in this area. There will be prayer for those who know that there are areas in their lives where they need freedom, and also for those who want to learn how to pray for others to see them set free. Look out for our publicity to find out the dates and venues for these meetings if you are interested.

After fifteen years of organising the Harvest Supper in the Village Hall and distributing tickets, Madge and David Cowell have handed over the reins to Mrs. Eirwen Griffiths of Brockweir. We are all indebted to Madge and David for their hard work, which has always made the Harvest Supper so enjoyable. Eirwen has bravely agreed to take on this huge task. Tickets are usually in great demand and, priced at Five Pounds, great value and a time for all to get together. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday October 7th. To order your tickets, please telephone Eirwen on 689296.

Jan Mullen, Minister at the Moravian church at Brockweir, is soon to leave to take up new duties at Bath. We will be sorry to see her go and she will be greatly missed, but we wish her every joy and success in her new appointment.

On Tuesday 5th September we re-start our meetings at Llandogo church after the summer break. These friendly, informal meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. Worship is led by Mike and Jackie Evans, and take place on the first Tuesday of each month. All are welcome in what is always a Spirit-filled time of prayer and praise.

THE EDITOR

Liz Craig, who has edited this magazine for the last year has had to give up the post. Thank you Liz for your help during the year.

The new Editor is David Ford.

JMB

PARISH NEWS

Please note that the closing date for the Winter 2000 issue is

SUNDAY 19th November 2000

Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor

David Ford, Monkstone, Chapel Lane, Tintern, tel : 01291 689233

OUR SHARE - OUR FAIR SHARE?

What we are used to calling the Quota is only our SHARE towards the cost of making a full-time ordained ministry possible in this Diocese.

The SHARE, which each parish contributes, helps to maintain the costs of ministry. A parish temporarily without an incumbent receives support from the Diocese and from locum clergy.

We need to realise just how fortunate we are in comparison with other provinces. In the Church in Wales, we are still only paying PART of what it takes to keep clergy in parishes. In other provinces in the Anglican Communion the WHOLE cost has to be found by the parish!

The cost of providing training, accommodation, a pension and a stipend for a full-time cleric has been calculated at around thirty thousand pounds. That is the amount every parish would have to find if it did not receive a subsidy from Central Church Funds.

How has it been possible to give this subsidy? Quite simply, because of prudent management of Church in Wales finances since dis-establishment, parishes have not had to pay the full cost of their clergy, only a SHARE.

In the three churches in the benefice, we are calculated to have 45 regular worshippers. This means that in order to pay our share each worshipper should contribute two hundred and seventy three pounds a year or five pounds and twenty five pence approximately a week.

However things are not as simple as that. There are other expenses to be considered - insurance, repairs, maintenance and other costs. There is also other income - interest on savings, tax refunds, funeral and wedding fees to set against our expenses. From time to time generous people donate large sums of money, visitors put money in the offertory boxes in church when they pass by on the Wye Valley walk (this could add up to over four hundred pounds a year), and we hold fundraising events. All these help to balance the books.

The burden of providing sufficient money to keep the church active and open clearly falls on those who attend regularly, i.e. regular worshippers. A number of people in the parish, wishing to assist in keeping the church going, but who are not regular worshippers can contribute in a number of ways. Some pay a little extra for their magazine for example, while others give generously at fundraising events.

The Government has recently introduced a Gift Aid scheme, by which anyone who is a taxpayer may contribute any sum, however large or small, as often as they wish. The church may claim a refund of tax at the rate of twenty-eight pence in the pound if the donor is prepared to sign a simple declaration that he/she is a taxpayer. Thus a person who wishes to give a one-off donation to the church of, say five pounds, does in fact give six pounds and forty pence when the tax refund is claimed.

Ask the Treasurer for further details.

D. Cowell.

50/50 CLUB

Results of the most recent monthly draws are as follows:-

June July August

1st A. Troy (108) J. Josephi (113) J. Avery (107)
2nd B. Rosewell (144) G. Reynolds (109) J. Avery (106)
3rd P. Yallup (14) W. Willis (112) M. Phillips (40)
4th D & M Cowell (80) M. Shewell (85) T. Casemore (141)
5th J. Jackson (44) J. Smith (124) J. Holloway (140)

TINTERN VPA

What a mixed Summer we have had weatherwise and yet each of our outdoor meetings has been beautiful.

In June we visited the Nurtons where Mr and Mrs wood made us most welcome and we were able to wander around the gardens admiring the planting and enjoying the wonderful views until it was time for our business meeting to organise entries for the County Show.

The County Show is held at Usk Agricultural College on their Open Day and to our delight we achieved fourth place, with those of us who attended needing ice cream at regular intervals as we wandered around the campus inspecting the other exhibits.

July found us at the Bathgate's in Parva Springs for our annual garden party on an evening which was not only warm but midge free. So we were able to sit amongst Jean's myriad scented plants to arrange our own Show for August in the hopes of another fine day.

This we had, with plenty of entries on the tables, "of a very good quality" to quote one of the judges but not enough visitors to make all our efforts seem worthwhile. Numbers have been falling over the last few years and this is probably due to the clash with Chepstow Show so watch out for a possible change of date for 2001.

However this year was a clean sweep for the distaff side with Mrs Wendy Boast winning the cups in both flower and vegetable sections whilst Mrs Jean Bathgate won the cookery cup, the best in section cup for cookery and craft, together with the runner's up cup for vegetables. One of our "out-of-town" members, Mrs Linda Simmons, won the best in section cup for a floral exhibit. It's thanks to all our members who helped in so many ways that we made a small profit on the day.

From September onwards we are back in the Village Hall on the third Friday at 7:30pm.

See you?

JAB

TUESDAY CLUB

Members were saddened to hear about Margaret Shewell's fall and hope she will soon be back with us. Welcome back Bill. We are glad you have moved to Tintern.

Jean Davey

TINTERN & DISTRICT W.I.

Tintern WI still meets at the Royal George on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m.

Our programmes for the next meetings are as follows:-

18th September Women of the Rhondda.

16th October Forensic Lab - an Open Meeting. Husbands, friends, anybody. Steve is very interesting.

20th November Come and make a Christmas decoration.

18th December Christmas Dinner

Members enjoyed manning the stalls during the Son et Lumiere. In total more than six hundred pounds of raffle tickets were sold. Many thanks to everybody who bought one or more. I sold the winning ticket to Mr. Pring of Newport. He was so pleased as he does embroidery himself and appreciated how much work went into it. Bernard Bradshaw worked out that there were more than 500 hours of work in it. Profit from the raffle is going to charity. Members are to be asked to decide which one by voting.

Many thanks to all members of the Sewing Club who worked on the Millennium Quilt to such good effect.

Punters also seemed to have fun with 'Smash the Rat'! This was very carefully worked out by Bernard. Thank you very much. More than two hundred pounds was made on this stall.

A very successful evening with John Thomas, Harpist and Storyteller, was held with WI members from other branches.

Jean Davey 689212

LLANDOGO OVER 60'S

20th September Swansea and the Mumbles, Pick up Tintern 9.35 a.m. approx.

17th October Moreton-in-Marsh to visit a very good market. 9.00 a.m. Llandogo

22nd November Shopping trip to Worcester. Llandogo 9.0. a.m.

N.B. All Coaches are NON-SMOKING. Phone Mrs. Knight 01594 530906

VILLAGE EVENTS

If you are arranging an event to which visitors will be welcome, could you include the local hotels etc in your publicity. You may gain some additional support.

CHURCH LADS AND CHURCH GIRLS BRIGADE

Most of the boys and girls of the above group go to Llandogo School. As summer term ended, they were very involved in the production of The Mikado and the Annual Fete.

However, the Battalion church service and sports day held on Sunday 25th June was a great success. The family service at St. Michael's was a joyous occasion after which everyone transferred to the football field. A wonderful barbecue arranged by Jane, Sharon, Carol and Matthew ensured that all were well fed.

The Chepstow Company Officers carried out a varied programme of challenging races. In the end Llandogo and Tintern won overall and will receive the Battalion trophy. The best performances were given by Melissa Ball and Olivia Berger. All competitors will receive certificates and Olivia will receive the Victrix Ludorum.

On Saturday 8th June, the Brigade, nationally, made their way to visit the Millennium Dome. Unfortunately this coincided with the date of the Llandogo school fete, so only 24 members and their parents were able to attend. The Dome proved a disappointment, except for an excellent performance in the main arena and then outside by the national band of the C.L. & C.G.B

Meanwhile, back in Llandogo, our stall at the school Fete raised 172.93. The last week of term featured The Mikado which all who saw it, declared it to be the best yet. Not only were the children involved in this wonderful production, they also undertook a millennium project. Each child painted, embroidered or made a collage of scenes of local or general interest in Tintern and Llandogo, 80 in all. This was then mounted onto wall-hangings, each eight feet long and four feet wide. We understand that a few relations (mums, sisters etc) were called in to help with the finishing touches and assembly of the finished article.

The Llandogo hanging was presented and dedicated in St. Oudoceus church on 18th July. The Tintern one was hung in St. Michael's the next morning. The wall-hanging at St. Michael's will be displayed on the North wall of the Nave and is well worth a visit. Later on it is hoped to place near the hanging a key which will indicate what each panel represents and the names of those who worked on it. In years to come those involved will be able to return to St. Michael's and see what they did in the year 2000 and even show their children.

Meanwhile the Church says 'thank you' to Llandogo School, not only for their gift and all the hard work that went into it, but also for the kind thought behind the idea of making it.

The last parade night in the Moravian Hall on 21st July was a games and party night. Brigade will start again on Friday 8th September. Martins and Y.B.Y.G.C. at 6.30 p.m. J.T.C. at 7.20 p.m.

For the start of the Autumn term we need to recruit Martins - 5 to 7 years. And we do need more help - parents and friends with a love of children who will give their time and skills. Please help.

D. Carter

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE

An item in the Chepstow Free Press in June stated that the final parade of the Chepstow branch of the Boys' Brigade had taken place. This caused confusion as it was thought to mean the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade which is based at the Priory church of St. Mary.

The Boys Brigade was founded by William Smith in 1883, spreading throughout the world. In 1891 Col.Walter Gee founded the Church Lads' Brigade in the parish of St. Andrew, Fulham. This also spread throughout the U.K. and The British Empire and flourishes in many parts of the world. The object of each organisation has always been the same; to extend the Kingdom of Christ and to promote Christian manliness in boys and men. The C.L.B. is Anglican, the B.B. mainly of the Free Churches.

The sister organisation, the Girls' Brigade and the Church Girls' Brigade, grew alongside until, in 1978, the C.L.B. and the C.G.B. amalgamated, with great success, and continues along the lines of Christian co-education. Such an amalgamation is not envisaged by the B.B. and the G.B.

The Boys Brigade is a vast organisation and the legal and financial requirements involved in an amalgamation would be enormous. Because of this, the Chepstow Company closed because they did have some girl members.

The good news is that in September a new youth group, under the auspices of the Boy's Brigade will operate in the Methodist Church. It will be non-uniformed and devoid of drill and bands associated with the Boys' Brigade image. We wish them every success.

D. Carter

WITH THANKS

Having been out of action for six weeks after indulging myself in a triple heart by-pass, I now feel that I have made a good recovery. I can again enjoy shopping, school morning assemblies, church and the Brigade. I was also able to go on holiday/convalescence to Malta, which has accelerated the healing process.

I was thrown out of the University Hospital in June, when it was decided that I had no further need to attend. I pointed out that I had been thrown out of better places! On attending the cardiac clinic in Caldicot, I realise that I am so much more fortunate that many others who have been through the same operation. All I now have to do until I am finally (I hope) seen at Nevill Hall is, like Moses, to keep taking the tablets!

When my angiogram failed at Nevill Hall and I was rushed to Cardiff, I do believe that this was pre-ordained. Moreover the whole healing process was supported by your prayers and good wishes (I received 56 'get well' cards from all over the country) and many many blessings.

Thank you.

D. Carter

GRANTLEY'S SUMMER 2000 DIARY

1) THE ROSE AND CROWN

The Rose and Crown held a party to celebrate the first twelve months of trading under new landlord David Stafford. It was quite a party with music supplied by Kevin Van Sax.

2) ROUND TABLE GIFT

Tintern Village Hall has become one of the beneficiaries of the Chepstow Round Table Fixit campaign. The organisation contributed money for new crockery consisting of forty place settings. Terry Evans and Geraldine Hubbard expressed their delight at receiving the gift from Graham Bailey of the Round Table.

3) SURPRISE PARTY

Melvyn and Elaine from the Moon and Sixpence put on a surprise party for my birthday following some dastardly innuendoes on his notice board by Stan the Shop.

4) TRAD JAZZ DAY

Bank Holiday Monday saw what is becoming a tradition for that day with jazz at the Abbey Mill from local favourites Just Jazz.

The laid-back style of jazz is real Lazy Summer Afternoon stuff and was much appreciated by a large crowd. The ability of David Bevan and Tim Lowe to play several instruments each, as well as vocalise, gives the band an ample repertoire which includes some big band numbers - no mean feat for a quartet. Stuart Merret on bass and Mac Cambray on drums provided the rhythm section.

Thanks are due to Chris and Shelley Rastall for providing a wonderful day.

5) CAMBRIA

The bi-monthly Welsh magazine carries in its summer edition a photo-feature of Tintern by renowned photographer John Keates.

There are some terrific views of the village, one shot from Devil's Pulpit for which John must have risked life and limb.

Available locally, it's well worth a read and this particular piece brings home what a beautiful part of the world we live in.

6) JUDITH RUSSILL

Reading the last issue of the Parish News containing an advertisement for a great house in Ceredigion, West Wales, I was reminded of days gone by. It was lovely to read about her new venture as she was very much a part of Tintern for so long.

Llandysil, the village where she now lives, is a beautiful part of West Wales and I wish her well.

7) WELCOME BECKY

How nice to have the shop at my own premises back in use. Named 'Something Special' it is being used by Becky Newman to display a lovely variation of handcrafted items, including beautiful wooden bowls, baskets and scented candles. The delightful aroma of the candles drifts into the house and is a real bonus.

8) THE TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC

On a beautiful sunny afternoon a packed crowd of children had a great time at Abbey Mill's annual Teddy Bear's picnic.

Elsie and Eric Black took time out from a hectic schedule to present their magic show using one full time and four part time assistants. Their show held the young audience captivated, and with plenty of audience participation and humour, ensured a presentation of complete entertainment.

9) BONNY AND CLYDE

With a name like Alan Butt you really don't want to adopt a goat do you? Alan from the Anchor went to see a goat advertised as a pygmy and found a goat more the size of a horse. The goat came with a sheep and as they took two hours to catch they were promptly named 'Bonny and Clyde'.

However a television crew, complete with Sue Cooke and Hannah Gordon arrived at the Anchor to film a programme for their series on water colour paintings. Clyde came over the fence to amuse himself by trying to eat paint, brushes, canvas, camera leads and one or two of the contestants. Hauled away in disgrace he contented himself by contributing to the soundtrack. Life is as lively as ever at The Anchor.

Bonnie and Clyde have now left Tintern for a happy life together on a farm at Penallt.

10) HOME GIG

It was a special occasion when the Rose and Crown welcomed local vocalist Lesley Ryan to their Thursday Music Night.

Lesley has lived in Tintern for five years as it is convenient for regular appearances on the Wales and West country club circuit and a welcome change from working on cruise ships.

With her gently humorous presentation, her performance was sheer class and drew warm applause from an appreciative crowd.

11) WE'VE BEEN RELOCATED

When the organisers of Tintern's son et lumiere contacted HTV Wales with a request for coverage they were directed to HTV West and told 'Tintern is not in Wales'.

What a revelation! Here we are surrounded by places called Pontysaison and Llanvihangel-Tor-y-mynydd that we will no longer be able to pronounce. CADW have spent all that money on an English ruin, and poor old Offa. All that time and effort and then he went and built his Dyke in the wrong place.

Here I stand in shock. An anglicised Welshman as decreed by HTV. I don't think so!

12) MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS AT SYLVAN VIEW

Saturday 22 July 2000

The residents of Sylvan View in Tintern, recently held a tree planting ceremony as their own celebration of the Millennium. It was performed by their oldest and youngest residents, Mrs Merlyn Ball 84 and Jenny Williams 4.


The specially prepared area marked by a magnificent plaque was then declared open by the cutting of a ribbon by Doreen Dobbs and Marjorie Mathews both who have lived there for over fifty years.

The proceedings were followed by a hog roast and barbecue topped off by a grand firework display.

Sue Ball proposed a vote of thanks to everyone who had helped on the preparation and specifically Janet Hill for the hours of work she had put in, and Roger Williams for making the barbecue.


Also Stan and Sylvia Smith from Tintern Stores for donating the rolls and French sticks and in particular Rashme Kakad of Hunter Signs for his generous gift of the Millennium Garden plaque.

Edited somewhat from Grantley James Diary. Thank you Grantley


RETURN OF THE INDIAN CHIEF

Kaw Lija, the Indian Chief, has returned to his 'reservation' outside Tintern Antiques. He has been on his travels for some weeks and returned, feeling very refreshed and restored, to again become a village landmark.

D. Floyd

ECHOES IN THE STONES

Saturday 5 August 2000. Nearly 10.00 p.m.

Watching Tintern Abbey bathed in a soft red light, as a perfect half moon slid behind the nave was an eerie and acutely memorable experience for the audience at the 'Echoes in the Stones' production. Added to this, a warm summer's evening and an open plan roof sprinkled with stars completed the atmosphere.

There was a ripple of anticipation - fading whispers mingled with dozens of different perfumes as a theatrical voice began Tintern's story. Later Phillip Madoc's lilting tones would combine the narration as we leapt through the centuries from pagan beginnings to our modern Millennium. Pictures and shadows danced on a giant white triptych screen, the drama enhanced by patterns projected onto the outer nave wall. Celtic symbols, skulls and a re-creation of the church in former times, were truly hypnotic.

The hard grind of rehearsal and preparation produced some fine set pieces, which were truly remarkable in their authenticity. If goose bumps formed on the audiences' skin, it was due less to the cooling night than the sight of Cistercian monks walking once more in the Abbey grounds. The brothers prayed, cooked and sang as we became the ghosts of the future; everyone was enormously still at this point.

An excellent history lesson was given to the audience with wit, fun, superb special effects and great sincerity. The cannon-boom belches of fire and juddering flames that were used to depict the Industrial Revolution were jaw-droppingly impressive. I was honoured to have spent an evening in such illustrious company - St. Tewdric, St. Bernard, Henry VIII et al.

The fireworks, which concluded the tale, exploded into the night sky in a cascade of butterfly colours which could be seen and heard for miles and was a fitting conclusion. It was a tribute to millennium technology as were all the sights and sounds. The Abbey looked secretive and sleepy afterwards and I felt a protective pride towards her. She had done us proud. No one could have chosen a more enigmatic, evocative setting.

Julia Ford

IT HAPPENED IN TINTERN

Every Sunday morning the children of a previous generation wearing their best clothes, their hair well-brushed and shoes shining attended Sunday School and later Morning Service.

Their parents were in the habit of giving each child one penny to put on the collection plate.

Then something happened. The offertory diminished. There was a surprising number of half-pence. Enquiries were made - questions asked. It was discovered that, at Mrs. Baylis's shop at Quay House trade was brisk in a new line of liquorice sticks which could be purchased for one half-penny each!

Kay Heron

NEW HOME

Heather Mather, who left Tintern in April has now re-located. She has found the bungalow she wanted in Sheffield and will be near her family, particularly her son, wife and grandchild. We wish her every happiness and hope that she retains some pleasant memories of happy times in Tintern.

BRADFORD CHARITY

Students of Further Education starting their second year in Technical College or University who wish to be considered for a grant from the above must apply before the 10th September. Application forms can be obtained from :

Mrs E Hoskins, 2 Botany Bay, Trellech Road, tel : 689658

nb : This applies to Tintern residents only.

THE CHAIN GANG

One volunteer is better than ten pressed men!

The 'Chain Gang' has three volunteers who got together in 1991 to undertake grass cutting in St. Michael's and St. Mary's churchyards. As time went by, the gang tried out a number of machines and have now settled for two strimmers and two mowers. As well as attending to the two churchyards, they have taken on several patches of grass throughout the village.

Each year the gang strives to keep the grass under control without spoiling the displays of wild flowers. St. Mary's churchyard, in particular, has an abundance of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. Grass has to be cut after they have flowered and died away and by this time the grass is tall and not easy to cut.

A number of people visit both churchyards to tend the graves of relatives and their help in keeping the yards tidy is much appreciated.

The Chain gang could, however, do with a few more members. The gang meet on Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at St. Michael's Church and work for not more than two and a half hours. Tools and equipment are provided by the management.

D.Cowell

TREAD SOFTLY

There is still one quiet place in Tintern, except, of course, on fine Monday mornings when three good men and true cause their mechanical aids to rattle over the cobbles up to St. Mary's churchyard where paths are duly cleared, trees protected, fallen memorial stones re-erected.

Here, in their season, flowers rule supreme, snowdrops, anenomes, daffodils, bluebells. Throughout the year it is animal territory - rabbit, fox, badger, mole and an occasional deer. Swallows nest in the church porch, blackbirds and thrush in the hedgerows. On blue-sky days you may be fortunate enough to hear a buzzard mewing and see him planing so magnificently over the highest trees; while, nearer earth, there are tiny flocks of jewelled butterflies fluttering over the taller grasses.

Kay Heron

Mr VLADISLAV MOLE

One day a few weeks ago, a phone call from Mr Stan Hoskins told me of a dead mole he had found in his garden and asked if I knew of any local naturalist who might be interested.

Now I know many people, myself included, fight a constant battle to rid their gardens of the "little velvet gentlemen" so I felt this was taking love of our wildlife a little too far and suggested it just became a tasty supper dish for the first passing owl. "But", said Stan, "no passing owl would recognise it, as this mole is most unusual - it's so pale it's the colour of honey."

As this really was different, I trundled up the road and took a few photographs before trying to contact Mr Colin Titcombe in Llandogo guessing that he would find this little oddity extremely interesting.

Unfortunately it was nearly two days before he could call at Botany Bay and Stan, tiring of the aroma of decaying mole, had just buried it only to have to exhume it quickly in readiness for its second photo call. By this time it was not only high but rather grubby so wanting his protege to look its best, Stan set to and washed it! Not surprisingly this gave it a decidedly odd appearance but Mr Titcombe gave it his best shot and we await developments with impatience.

The final odd fact we were told by him is that the highest number of unusual coloured moles are to be found in Poland - so the next time strains of Chopin's "Prelude" drift across your garden, it may not be your neighbours radio at all.

Judy Bartholomew

THE SECRET OF A LONGER LIFE :

GO TO CHURCH

In a study of 126,000 people, published recently, it was discovered that those who regularly attended their church were nearly a third more likely to live longer. The study published in journal Health Psychology also suggested the phenomenon might simply be due to churchgoers' abstemious lifestyles.

TINTERN-HARVEST RECIPES

1) Blackberry and Elderberry Jam

Take equal quantities of blackberries and elderberries (stripped of the stalks), put into a preserving-pan, squeeze slightly, bring slowly to the boil and boil for 20 minutes. Allow 3/4lb of sugar to each 1 lb of fruit. Put sugar on a dish and place in the oven to get hot before adding it to the jam. Bring again to the boil and boil for 20 minutes. Cover while hot. This jam will keep for 12 months.

2) Afternoon Tea Cakes

4 ozs Margarine

8 ozs Flour

1 Teaspoonful baking powder

1 Tin sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs

a few drops of lemon or vanilla essence.

Melt the margarine and mix with condensed milk, then add the eggs and beat well. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together; add to the margarine mixture and then add the essence.

Grease patty-tins, half fill with mixture and bake in a hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

We look forward to receiving recipes.

NOTICE

Qualified primary school teacher can provide extra coaching in Maths\English in her own home. Pam Smith - telephone number 689457

FINALLY

The Sunday school had been studying the story of the prodigal son and to make sure that the story had been understood by the children, the teacher asked a few questions, one of which was:-

'Who was upset when the father gave a party to celebrate the son's return home?'

John, aged 5, knew the answer and held up his hand. Yes, John' said the teacher. 'The fatted calf' replied John.

There are no atheists in a lifeboat.

In ancient Rome a Christian was being pursued by a lion. He ran through the city streets and into the woods, dodging back and forth among the trees. Finally it became obvious that it was hopeless - the lion was going to catch him. So he turned suddenly, faced the beast and dropped to his knees. Lord,' he prayed desperately, 'make this lion a Christian'.

Instantly the lion dropped to its knees and prayed 'For what we are about to receive...'