The Tintern Village Website

Autumn 1998


Dear Friends
Having written something of a farewell address in the last edition of the Parish News there is in a sense, little to add.
Quite rightly you will be far more interested in who will come to this group of parishes to serve as the new Rector. In this respect I can give you a modest update.
Until recently it was thought that the appointment of my successor would take place sometime in November with the new Incumbent commencing duties, probably in the January of 1999. I have now heard that the meeting to consider candidates is scheduled for September. This being the case there could be a new Rector in the parish before the end of this year. Obviously this will be an advantage in that a long vacancy can be avoided.
I repeat that I have no crystal ball in this respect and, as it should be, no say whatsoever in the choice of who is to follow me. Your Churchwardens will be among the first to know and will pass on the information in the correct manner.
For what it is worth I share with you a comment made to me when I was a Curate by the late Dean Ellis Evans, "every parish gets the incumbent it deserves!" You may feel that you have more than endured your term of affliction when reflecting on the past twelve years.
CONFIRMATION: as many of you know, I have been keen to commence a Parish Confirmation Course for both adults and younger candidates. On the point of launching this venture, I received news of my move. As a result the Churchwardens and I are trying to initiate the course in order not to keep those who have expressed an interest waiting and without involving them in a period of inactivity upon my departure.
We are presently considering a number of options; among them inviting candidates to join a course in a neighbouring parish (if one exists) and commencing the course by using officers from this parish who have experience in this area. We hope shortly to bring you our suggestions.
Once again I thank you for your support and kindness over the years. Kate and I are sincerely grateful for your friendship and generosity. Your new Rector will be fortunate to live in such a welcome and diverse community.
Every good wish and blessing

Julian E Ll White (Rector)


Attendance and Collection
May 101 314.67
June 85 240.55
July 58 221.57
244 776.79
Total for the same period last year
296 889.75

Jack Matthew Collins

Tristan Renfree and Kathryn McInerney
James Date and Claire Buck

Tony and Jane Parrett
David and Melanie Card


St. Michael's
Every Sunday at 11:00am - Choral Eucharist
except for joint services on the 4th Sunday

Tintern Methodist Church
Every Sunday at 11:00am
except for joint service on the 4th Sunday

Tintern Pentecostal Church
Every Sunday at 11:00am and 6:00pm


Please note that the closing date for the Winter 1998 issue is SUNDAY 29th November 1998
This is later than the normal date for a winter issue, please would contributors note the closing date and ensure that articles are available by then.
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor Mrs K Heron, Hillcrest, St. Anne's Lane, Tintern, 01291-689408


A party to bid farewell to the Rector is to be held in the Riverside Methodist Hall on Tuesday 29th September. If you have not already been contacted by the person who distributes your Parish News, ask him or her for details.


50/50 CLUB

The results of the last few monthly draws are as follows :

1st 2nd 3rd
June F&M Keys (12) Jane Morgan (88) Judy Bartholomew (73)
July Mrs C Jones (23) Mrs C Heron (19) Mrs H Hayward (83)
August Y Russill (113) Mrs H Mather (27) N Russill



Since the last edition of "Parish News", we have enjoyed a visit to Kyrle House, Peterstow (where we were assured the garden was only a few years old but looked as though it had been there for decades) and then an evening at the "Woodlands" at the invitation of Stan and Jean Mitchely. Unfortunately Jean had only just left hospital but she insisted we wouldn't disturb her and, with Stan and his whole family making us most welcome, we all had a super evening. We are very grateful to them all and glad to hear that Jean is now well on the way to recovery.
However at that meeting we finalised the preparations for Show Day which eventually dawned bright and clear after weeks of rain and low temperatures. Everyone searched their gardens for flowers and vegetables which the elements had left undamaged and by mid-day on the Saturday when the judges arrived, the tables were full of produce, both made and grown.
Competition is keen and although we can make a good guess at where the cups are going, to win a class is just as rewarding as winning a section so everyone is eager to read the prize cards propped against the exhibits. Towards the end of the afternoon our guest, the Rev. Julian White, presented the trophies and we found that the cups for the flowers and vegetables, together with the award for the best exhibit in those sections went to Mr B Young with the cup for the runner-up going to Mr D Pickering.
The cup for cookery and craft went to Mrs J Bathgate who also won the cup for best exhibit in those sections. Finally the Junior Trophy was awarded to Miss Claire Evans who gained the highest number of points in section 6. Altogether an occasion enjoyed by the competitors, judges and visitors alike - even our treasurer was quite happy as, once again, we just about managed to break even.
note: found after the Show and not yet claimed :
a ladies short sleeved fawn cardigan
6" vase with narrow neck, fruit and leaf decoration
ring 689328 to recover your property.
Next month, September, we meet at 7.30pm in the Village Hall for an illustrated talk by Mr Colin Titcombe of Caerwent and would very much like to welcome some new members on that evening. The bad news is that we recently doubled our annual subscription to 2 but the good news is that only 1 would be payable for the remainder of this year!



Elan Valley 23rd September 9.00am at Brown's, Llandogo
Great Western Shopping Centre, Swindon 18th November 9.30am at Brown's, Llandogo
Contact Mrs Knight (01594-530906) or Jean Davey (689212)



The Badgerline Wednesday direct bus to Bristol is being withdrawn after the last bus on the 2nd September.



We were all very pleased to welcome back Mrs. Margaret Jones after a long illness. Our best wishes go to Dorothy Lawrence who hasn't been well for a few weeks. Pat Robinson is now out of hospital and hopefully her leg is now much improved. The rest of us are plodding along.



We all enjoyed our Summer Salmon Supper. The Hall looked welcoming and our new green-checked table-cloths graced the tables. As for the food it was superb. Salmon, salads and puddings. If you didn't come you missed a treat. Put your name down for next year.
We are hoping that our Garden Party at Catherine McEwen's will have glorious sunny weather, even if it doesn't we are sure we will have a lovely time.
Our regular meetings start again in September at the Royal George Hotel at 7.30pm
21st September First Aid with the Red Cross
19th October Interior Decorating
16th November A.G.M. Come and vote for your Committee or stand yourself
21st December Christmas Dinner at the Royal George
The W.I. is organising a lunch in the Village Hall on Wednesday 21st October in aid of the NSPCC. You will be able to order your Christmas cards and other goodies.



Patrick and Kay Heron would like to thank everyone who helped them in so many kind and practical ways following the mishap in June. The remark, made by a non-resident "Tintern is a very caring village" is indeed true.



Following a need for the car park at the Village Hall to be resurfaced, a request was made by a member of the Tintern Community Council to the new manager of ARC South Wales, Livox Quarry, St. Arvan's, Mr Julian Radcliff, for gravel to carry out the resurfacing work.
I am extremely happy to inform you that he agreed to the request and our thanks go to both Mr Radcliff and ARC Quarry for their kindness in donating the material, free of charge, to the Community of Tintern.
Thanks also go to Chris Spencer for bringing his tractor to level the gravel and Ken Doano and Des Carter for their expert use of the brush and rake also free of charge.

A.J.Parsons, Councillor, Tintern Community Council



Recently one of our officers was asked what training was necessary to be a brigade officer. To answer such a question is not as straightforward as one might expect although the basic requirements are straightforward and the necessary training only requires common sense.
All commissioned officers must be confirmed members of a church within the Anglican communion, they must be approved by the incumbent who is ex-officio head of the company in a parish, and they must complete a declaration to our headquarters to fulfil the requirements of current legislation for the protection of children. All appointments must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Brigade Council.
Once these steps are taken an individual may be appointed as a probationary officer or warrant-officer. During the probationary period candidates are expected to gain the brigade's Preliminary Leadership Certificate. Once this is gained the individual will be confirmed in their appointment. In due course, on gaining of the Standard Leadership Certificate, individuals become qualified to take command of a company.
The leadership certificates are "in house" qualifications and courses are run locally on an "as and when required basis" with the timetable tailored to meet individual need. Helpers are required to register in the same way as uniformed staff but, as they are usually recruited for their expertise in a particular field, it is not necessary for them to gain a leadership qualification. Here in Chepstow it is practice for helpers to gain the leadership qualification but, with the authority of H.Q, certain parts of the syllabus are omitted.
As well as the requirements of the brigade we have a "duty of care" towards the young people in our charge. In order to meet this obligation we need people trained and qualified to standards which are required by the law as well as by the brigade.
First Aid is one area readily seen as a necessity. As we have the care of some very young children it is necessary to hold the equivalent of the "St. John Ambulance Life Saver Plus Certificate" with the addition of the "Baby and Child Module".
Other areas are not so widely known. It comes as a surprise to some people to learn that in order to take youngsters away, the supervisors must hold the "Taking Groups Away" qualification. This is a two part certificate. Part one allows for short visits, such as a weekend away in a hall or similar accommodation. A tented camp requires the holding of both Part one and Part two.
To feed a group it is necessary for the kitchen to be supervised by someone who holds a "Food Hygiene Certificate".
We do not expect every officer to gain all of these qualifications at one sitting. It takes time to train properly and it is necessary to spread the learning process over a period which allows for all the other activities to which the volunteer is committed in their private life and that of the family.
As far as we possibly can, we try to ensure that costs are reduced to an absolute minimum by training as near to home as possible and, where it is feasible, using "in-house" expertise. We always do our best to ensure that individual needs are met.
Costs have to be met and course fees, (for one person taking First Aid, Taking Groups Away and Food Hygiene), at current prices are 80. This is without the inclusion of any expenses.
Fortunately it is possible to apply for grants to meet the costs of training and we in Chepstow have been extremely lucky in receiving grant aid for all our current needs and for the immediate future.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to Monmouthshire County Council, Hewlett Packard, Bristol (and to Jan Pain who gave us this contact), and Tesco Stores (Robin Blyth, General Manager, Worcester).
By your generosity you have helped to ensure that our contribution to the Voluntary Sector of the Youth Service will be enhanced by the provision of well trained competent volunteers.

K.D.Higgs Officer Commanding



This is to be held on Saturday 3rd October in the Village Hall. Tickets price 4 are available from Madge and David Cowell.



We live in a beautiful village frequented by tourists. They spend money but mostly on souvenirs. Having examined the Abbey they hasten to historic Monmouth or Chepstow's ancient castle.
We need our local shops all year round. Those who run them work long hours to supply our needs. Much of their produce is local. If what you want is not on the shelves, efforts will be made to obtain it. Not only this but Tintern also has a free weekend delivery service essential to the housebound and operated by someone so kind that messages are delivered, letters posted and medication collected.
Please support our local shops as often as you can.



Further Education
Any full-time, second year student who wishes to be considered for a grant for books etc from the above must apply before September 19th 1998. Application forms can be obtained from Mrs R. Jones, Rockleigh, Trellech Road, Telephone 689312.
Students must be resident in Tintern Parish.



What do you know about the Tintern Community Centre - your Village Hall? Do you know who owns it, how it is financed? Do you even know where it is?
Well it is your Village Hall because it is owned by the village. The deeds are held by the Trustees of the Hall ie Tintern Community Council. The day- to-day running of the hall is in the hands of the Management Committee, each member being a representative of the various village clubs and organisations who regularly use the hall. This committee manages the meagre financial resources, deciding on the scale of charges and how the income is spent.
Now this is one of the main problems the Committee has, because the hire charges are almost the only source of income. It is a constant nip and tuck exercise, and although the public are free with their suggestions and advice on how to run things, I promise you that the Committee are trying their best.
You all know about clouds and their silver linings, well, this hall had its silver lining in 1993, when, as a result of the Great Flood, insurance money enabled us to give most of the hall a cosmetic face lift. The task of raising funds to decorate the main hall and the exterior was made much easier by this, and with the help of a County Council grant to buy the curtains in the main hall, within twelve months the whole place looked fresh and new. The grounds were landscaped at the time of the enhancement scheme and are maintained by VPA members.
That was five years ago and parts need attention again. We have just spent 200 to renew lavatory cisterns, 200 in replacement lights, over 200 to purchase a new carpet for the green room. We also have to find over 700 to replace the gas water-heater in the sport's changing room, as the old one has been condemned. By the year 2000, we also have to raise 1000, our contribution to provide proper safety surfaces in the children's play area - oh yes - that comes under our care as well! We desperately want to modernise the kitchen and the lavatories, but possibly they will have to go on hold for a while.
Now I think it's unfair that the whole onus of responsibilty for fund raising lies in the hands of the committee (remember that they are already representing self-financing clubs and groups and not all members are in the prime of life). The committee are more than ready to support any ideas that you might have for fund-raising, but would appreciate it if you did the leg work!! Neither are the committee adverse to accepting donations if that's how you'd ease a conscience!
In having the Hall, we are benefiting from the hard work of previous generations. Wouldn't it be magnificent if this village rallied to the cause to get their Hall ready for the 21st Century, thus providing a focal point in this community for the next generation.
Won't you do something?

Judith Russill
Village Hall Management Committee
Representing Tintern Community Council


It certainly did, for the whole month of July. But does anyone remember whether it did on the fifteenth? (my diary says it was "gloomy", publisher). That was St. Swithin's Day and if it did, tradition has it that it will go on for another forty days and nights, which looked like being the case this year.
St. Swithin was a real person and Bishop of Winchester in 852. He passed away in the year 863 and for the next 108 years he lay in peace outside the walls of the Minster causing not so much as a cloud to pass over the face of the sun. However, in 971, someone had the daft idea of digging up the venerable body and reburying the sanctified relics elsewhere. Upon which the heavens promptly opened and did not close again until the proverbial forty days had passed. (or so tradition has it).
We may profess not to believe such nonsense, but it makes you think, doesn't it?



Or to put it another way, what do these have in common? St. Denio, St. Anne and St. Magnus; Rockingham and Thornbury: Richmond, Monk's Gate and Abbotts Leigh; Aberystwyth and Cwm Rhonnda?
This particular list goes on and on and the answer is to be found in Adrian's copy of "Ancient and Modern Revised" for they are all names of some familiar hymn tunes.
Besides commemorating saints, churches, towns and villages connected with the composers, others simply take the first lines of the poems they accompany. John Goss's splendid "Praise my Soul" is an obvious one, while, for the more classically educated, we have the likes of "Laudate Dominium" for "O Praise ye the Lord", and "Veni Creator Spiritus" for "Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire". It is an interesting study if you care for that sort of exercise but let's look at just one.
Down Ampney is a delightful village close to the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire border. One of the cluster of villages taking their names from a small brook - Ampney St. Peter...Ampney St. Mary...Ampney Crucis and then Down Ampney itself. To the Church there in 1868 a new Rector brought his bride and in 1872 their third son, Ralph, was born, Ralph Vaughan Williams as we know him today. Tragedy struck soon after with the death of his father, but Ralph always retained wistful memories of the place and immortalised it by naming one of his hymn tunes after it, the lovely melody for the words "Come down, O love divine". Ralph set the words to music while preparing the 1906 English Hymnal for publication, a collection of new and traditional hymns for use in any type of church from the lowest to the highest.
Nobody sits down to compose a hymn tune in the hope of fame or regular royalties. It is surely done for the glory of God and the enrichment of our worship. Which, come to think of it, is just the way we should sing them.



How nice it is to see that well-known, short wheel base, damask red, ex-oil dripping and blue exhaust-fumed Rector-Mobil on our roads once again.
PAX, the Land Rover, is classified by the DVLA as an "historic vehicle" but they'll never know just how close it came to being in the past historic.
No sooner did the Rev J E Ll White find himself behind the wheel of it in its new and very unaccustomed road-worthy condition than the need to gild the lily came upon him. Just happening to posses a few extra instruments and switches which he felt no well-dressed Land Rover should be without, an appointment was made at a garage (well outside the boundaries of his three parishes we hasten to add) and the machine duly called for a few days later.
The work however was not quite finished and, on returning the following day, although the gauges were attached to the dashboard and looked very workmanlike, odd wires of various colours and lengths dangled below them which rather spoilt the overall picture. "Bring it back for us to finish next week. In the meantime, mind you don't touch those wires". A bit miffed, but glad to have the vehicle again for parochial duties over the weekend, off drove the Rector only to discover some hours later that the garage should have added "and don't let the wires touch each other".
Luckily help was on hand to extinguish the fire, disconnect the wires and remove fuses, so that by the Monday morning, the now rather irate owner was able to drive PAX back to the garage and demand everything be made good.
Drawing a veil over that part of the story, the Land Rover was eventually driven home in fair order and parked among its various relatives and friends in front of Llandogo rectory. What happened next is not at all clear - whether Kate's VW said something amiss and then the Maestro felt it had to add its 2p worth we will never be quite sure, but certainly PAX took umbrage - and burst into flames again!
At this point someone was heard to say "to blazes with it" and a call was put through to the AA, who came the same day and put things right in ten minutes flat. What it is to have a fourth emergency service.
So now, when considering a leaving present, please delete fire extinguishers from your list as we believe storage space for these at the rectory is already at a premium.



Among recent visitors to Tintern were Mrs Annette Koch (nee Jorden) and her daughter from Port Ludlow, Washington State, U.S.A.
Mrs Koch was the grand-daughter of Thomas Lewis Pugh and Lydia Ann Pugh, formerly of Bellevue Stores and Abbey Stores. Mr Pugh died in 1922 in his 63rd year and Mrs Pugh died in 1940 aged 82 years. Both are buried in St. Michael's Churchyard.
Mrs Koch's parents married in the Methodist Church in October 1911 and then emigrated to the U.S.A. Their descendants now live in the U.S.A. in Washington State, Oregon and California.



For sale :
assorted radiators, window frames and patio doors (one slightly fogged). Please ring 689395 to discuss your requirements and price. All proceeds will go to the St. Briavel's Centre



All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
But what we never mention, though gardeners know it's true,
Is when He made the goodies, He made the baddies too.
All things spray and swattable, disasters great and small,
All things paraquatable, The Lord God made them all.
The greenfly on the roses. the maggots in the peas,
Manure that fills the noses, He also gave us these.
The fungus on the goose-gogs, the club root on the greens,
The slugs that eat the lettuce and chew the aubergines.
The drought that kills the fuschias, the frost that nips the buds,
The rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds.
The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds,
The pigeons in the green stuff, the sparrows on the seeds.
The fly that gets the carrots, the wasp that eats the plums,
How black the gardener's outlook, though green may be his thumb.
But still we gardeners labour, midst vegetables and flowers,
And pray what hits our neighbours, will somehow bypass ours.
All things bright and beautiful.......
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift,
Which is why it is called the PRESENT.



Over the top they leapt
Many a hundred.
Wave after wave rolled on
No-one faltered.
Many of the deeds as yet untold
Of noble men who onward roll.
These heroes from the hearths of Wales
The land of song and nightingales.
From mountain and pit had come
In answer to the call.

Fiercely the guns they roared
Many a hundred.
The bowels of the earth itself were torn,
Still they thundered.
The wood was raked by shot and shell,
Indeed 'twas worse than any hell.
Then up the slope these Celts now swarmed
In answer to the call.

The crest was raked by shells of lead
Was heaped with wounded, maimed and dead.
Still onward came wave after wave
Brave sons of Wales.
The Borderers were in the fore
For valorous deeds well known of yore.
Fusiliers too, know in fights past
To stick their ground right to the last.
Cardiff's men were also there
With hearts of steel face them who dare.
Gun and mortar with master skill
Searched every nook with shells to kill
The heinous foes.

Let not such deeds as Mametz fade
For these brave men by God were made
To fight for freedom's cause
And they answered the call.

The Battle of Mametz Wood was one of the amazing World War One battles where the British succeeded despite enormous odds. The poem was written by a Tintern man, Morris B Pugh.