The Tintern Village Website

Autumn 1999


Our Dear Friends

When I first became a Christian in 1963, though God had been working on me from infancy, I set out on life with the expectation, which has never changed, that the things Jesus did in the New Testament age should also happen today. In fact he promised it would be so, and that what he did would be multiplied, as the disciples in any age obey the great commission and "go into the world". He also promised He would always be with us as we carry out His work. One out-working of that activity is that we expect to see healing, in its many aspects, everywhere we go.
Jesus healed because it was his nature to heal - to oppose all that Satan does to spoil and hurt and destroy. He often got angry with the suffering of people, for He knew ultimately where it came from. He is still the same today, and willing to work through us, his disciples. Wherever He went, Jesus left behind a trail of lives made whole and better for His passing. His name means, "God Saves" or "God Heals". He fulfils the work of God revealed in the Old Testament by one of the "names" by which God is known - Jehovah Rapha; "I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15 v26).
It is not faith that heals. What faith does is to appropriate what is already there in the love of the Lord. Never did He suggest, as we sometimes do, that sickness can be the will of God. Never did He say to those who wanted His healing touch that they must learn to accept their troubles nobly and patiently for His sake. He was always affronted by sickness. Jesus' healing work was as integral a part of his total ministry as his teaching and life-style. If we, the Church, are to be truly His body we must express His fullness, and not just a part of it.

Every Christian congregation, being a local manifestation of the universal body of Christ, is called to be Christ Himself to the people of that area. And where the presence of Christ is, there is healing. Whenever we bring the sick, the sad, the broken, and our own weakness into His presence, we are bringing them into a place where the power of healing always is and always has been. Such a place may be at the Holy Communion, in a small prayer group, as we worship using music, or alone in prayer with the Lord. We just need to change our attitude and see what He can do.
I look forward to seeing Him at work more and more amongst us as we take His promise seriously and expect to see Him at work. Come to all gatherings, especially Sunday services, expecting Him to be evident, to do the unexpected, to surprise us, and to meet the needs of those with us and our own.



St.Michael's, every Sunday at 11:00am - Choral Eucharist.
Tintern Pentecostal Church, every Sunday at 11:00am and 6:00pm and every Wednesday at 7:30pm.
There is a spoken Eucharist at Holy Trinity, Whitebrook on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9:45am.


Mr G H Arnold

Henry Arnold died at St.Anne's Nursing Home, Chepstow after a long illness. He lived with his wife and son at Steadholm in the Trellech Road.
He was born and educated in Chepstow and when he left school he was apprenticed to Bowen's Garage, Tutshill. During the war he worked for the Bristol Aircraft Company at Filton as an engine fitter, mainly on fighter-bombers eg the Wellington and also repairing our planes damaged in combat.
In January 1941 a lone German 'plane caught in a searchlight dropped its bombs across the valley and Steadholm received a direct hit. A great deal of the bungalow was destroyed but luckily no one was injured.
After the war Henry took up bee keeping and was always to be seen with his bees at the various shows in the area where he was well known.
Those who knew him for many years will remember Street Carnivals in Chepstow and Tintern in which he took part proudly walking in front in a suitable outfit!
On one occasion he took the prize for the "best dressed man" at a race meeting at Chepstow outdoing all the "young blood".
When talking to Henry's son Ralph he recalled the following which he has given permission to be printed.
Although Henry was a successful "Bee Man" the income generated was not sufficient for family needs and so he took up plumbing and was successful. He was the plumber at the Racecourse and on race days was responsible for the boiler - keeping up a supply of hot water for the caterers.
On fine days he would place his chair outside the boilerhouse door and sit e dressed in his boiler suit complete with gold watch and chain. On his head a bowler hat and binoculars in one hand and a bottle of "Gordons"(courtesy of the caterers) in the other. At the end of the meeting it was difficult to decide which was fired up the most! Dare I say "That was Henry".

A funeral service was held at St.Michael's followed by cremation at the Forest of Dean Crematorium. The Rev.Julian White, Vicar of Mathern, officiated - organist Mr Adrian Smith


Mr G A Hooper

The death of George Hooper 85 at Monmouth Hospital came after a long illness at his home in Wyesham, Monmouth.
He was born in Abergavenny. The family moved to Tintern when he was nine and he went to school in the village. When he left school he worked for Mr Percy Jones the village coal merchant.
In 1939 he married a local girl, Violet Crockett, and they lived on Barbadoes Hill. During part of the war years he worked in the pits until he went to work in the quarry where he spent the greater part of his working life. When he left the quarry he worked for Mr Jones (Saw Mills) until Mr Jones retired in 1975.
During these years the family moved from the Hill to Sylvan View to look after Violet's father and later to Manor Cottage in the village. George spent the rest of his working life at St.Anne's House where he tended the gardens etc. They moved to Wyesham to be nearer the family.
He was brought back to Tintern to be buried where both his own family and his in-laws are buried. The service in St.Michael's was conducted by the Rector and the organist was Mr A Smith.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


Mrs Grace Edwards (1922-1999)

We give Mrs Thelma Dodd sincere sympathy at the death of her sister, Grace, on the 30th July. A day or two previously Grace had been visibly enjoying life in the company of the faithful labrador, Misty, in the proximity of mud and Wye water - swapping anecdotes of family and health and things that really matter.
Grace was born in Cardiff. During the 1939-1945 war Grace worked at Chatham in the Signals division (A.T.S.) and sent dispatches to Churchill. She never did learn what the messages contained as her function was to recode from one coded message to Churchill's private code.
On VE Day it was Grace who lead the triumphal Conga round Chatham. In her youth she worked as a model and was the epitome of the "long Look" when the Garbo style came into fashion.
She first visited Tintern twenty seven years ago to see Thelma and her husband, Harry, every weekend, which lead to her moving to Grace's cottage eight years ago when diabetes took the sight of her right eye.
She loved Tintern and had a wonderful view from her home of the river and the spacious family garden where she loved to sit.
One day she was finally excused from gardening participation when she inadvertently killed off one hundred trees.
Grace counted the sequence of steps from the Old Station level to the field gate and was not to be interrupted while counting because perfect knowledge ensured her safe descent. The walk kept her going - kept her fit and slim. We still expect to see the well-remembered figure heading for the Church bench and a cigarette, and Misty, the unhurried dog, content to listen to the goings on of today - and many yesterdays.

The cremation, which took place on the 6th August in the Forest of Dean Crematorium, was attended by her sister, Thelma, two nieces, Maureen and Jacqueline and nephew Peter and their families, and by close friends, including all the staff from Tintern Station. Her favourite tune, sung by Judy Garland, "Over the Rainbow", had been sought and was played by her good friends.

Misty is only content when Thelma completes her walk in the correct fashion - simply to light a cigarette, while sitting on the Church bench - and remembering.



The wedding took place at St.Michael's on a warm sunny day, June 26, between Steven, second son of Sue and Dave Ball, and Sonya, daughter of Dolly and Rashmi Kakad of Chepstow.
The Best man was Tim Ball, Steven's younger brother. There were six Bridesmaids, the two older ones, Kate and Sharon, wore dresses of cerise satin and the four smaller ones , Pavitra, Melissa, Sarah and Sally, nieces from both sides, wore dresses of ivory satin and white net. They also wore fresh flowers in their hair to match their baskets and bouquets of cream and red roses and gypsophila.
Sonya's dress was fabulous. It was an ivory skirt with a beaded bodice, slightly off the shoulder with small cap sleeves. Her head dress was held in place by a tiara and she carried a bouquet of white lilies.
The parents didn't look too bad either, pretty good in fact, both mothers with smart hats. The bride's female relatives were gorgeous in their traditional saris.

The reception was held at the Celtic Manor Golf Club and the honeymoon was in Mexico where they swam with dolphins.

Melissa, Sarah and Sally.

They will make their new home at St.Kingsmark Avenue, The Danes, Chepstow.

The church on the day was decorated beautifully by Wendy Cleal from Catbrook. The smell from all the lilies in the church on the day will always be with me. The comments from people about the flowers in the church have been overwhelming. It was a wonderful display and I would recommend Wendy to do anyone's flowers for any occasion. Thanks Wendy.

Sonya, Steven, Kate, Sharon, Pavitra,Melissa, Sarah and Sally

A really lovely day.

From : One of the very proud parents

Andrew Phelps and Janice Jones

The 31st of July 1999 at 10:30am, a gloriously sunny day, at St.Michael's Church in Tintern was the Wedding Day of Janice Jones and Andrew Phelps. We were married by Phil Rees and would like to say just what a great Wedding he made it. The service and the whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by both us, Janice and Andrew, and all the guests at our Wedding.
We floated down the river after the ceremony on a boat named "Tora D", which belonged to friends of ours, Martin and Jill Peebles, who decorated the boat with lots of balloons and flowers, and even had champagne waiting for us. We arrived at our reception destination which was held in a marquee on the river bank in Chepstow.
Our honeymoon was also fantastic, being a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads - we have definitely found our sea legs!

A big thanks to everyone who was involved in our Wedding, especially to Phil Rees.


Please note that the closing date for the Winter 1999 issue is SUNDAY 21st November 1999
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor Mrs E Craig, Orchards, Trellech Road, Tintern 01291-689527


Our work with the children, which began in April, has been fairly successful.
On Fridays after school we have had between ten and twenty boys and girls and we have had two good Family Services involving the children acting, reading and playing instruments.
So far we have concentrated on the seven to eleven age group (years five and six). Now we are preparing to extend to other age groups ; five to seven, seven to ten and ten to thirteen, through the agency of the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade.
On the 3rd and 4th of August, Jean and I travelled to the National Headquarters of the C.L. and C.G.B. at Wath upon Dearne near Rotherham. We had meetings with the General Secretary, Wing Commander Stuart Cresswell, RAF (rtd.) and obtained permission to form a new unit of the Brigade in Llandogo with Tintern. Before the new term begins in September we will mount a display to promote the Brigade in both churches.
Of course there is no purpose in recruiting young people unless there is adequate leadership. The C.L. and C.G.B. requires that leaders must be communicant members of the Anglican Church. There is also a need for parental support and helpers.
The following article appeared in a fuller form in the Autumn 1998 edition of "Parish News" :

"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 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. 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".

The Lower Wye Valley Company of the Brigade was founded in Tintern with St.Arvans in 1972. It transferred to St.Mary's, Chepstow in 1983 because of a change of leadership, but it is still very active with a membership of between thirty and forty young people from the age of five to sixteen. Four members are participating in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award having completed Bronze last year.

These two short poems are by Candy Davies (age ten) of Cross Farm, Pont y Saison. Candy is a keen regular member of our Friday group and has performed in both Family Services.



The waterfall breaks the silence
As the ancient water tumbles
At a force that not even a horse could gallop
The speed of it just shooting
It is like it cries to me
It is crystal clear as it crashes
It is so cold
And so bold as it glides
On the side there are tangles of lichen and moss
The rocks on the bottom are smooth
Because of the water plunging


The trees break the silence
As they
It's a breathtaking sound
To just listen to them
The adults whisper the most
But nobody knows what they say, they just
As the horses walk by
Still the trees
Until the winter comes
And the leaves fall down and there is no more

Candy Davies


An alleged narcotics abuser, an agnostic, a hermit consumptive, a blind puritan, a minister of religion almost assassinated by a member of his congregation.... such edifying figures composed the classic hymns voted by the public as being their all-time favourites.
Llandogo/Tintern Church Choir's final gig was performing before a packed house in the Church of Saint Tewdric, Mathern, on the evening of August 15th, where the Vicar was attempting to emulate the storming success this service has always proved to be in this parish.
The informal tone of the evening was set when Julian appeared, resplendent in a white dinner jacket, to compere the occasion. A democratic ballot resulted in a good mix of favourites old and new, skilfully led by Caroline Sayer-Thomas and Adrian Smith. The Choir delighted the congregation with their virtuosity not least with individual items, including two pieces especially composed for them by the noted Australian musician, Durham Grigg.
The whole was interspersed with Julian's pithy commentary, noteworthy for his claim that John Milton wrote "Pilgrim's Progress" causing much surreptitious head-shaking among the literati present.
Special Guest for the evening was talented Thespian John Porter-Davison (of "Avengers" fame) who most movingly read selections of poetry chosen by the congregation.
The evening concluded with a repast of smallie eats and wine, convivial chit-chat and a presentation to Caroline to mark her departure. Having stashed her gifts away, Caroline then proceeded to announce - somewhat in the manner of Frank Sinatra - that a come-back of the Choir was already scheduled. It is hoped that their final (?) performance will be at the Induction Service of John Dearnley in the Church of Saint Odoceus in October.



The Church Choir would like to thank everyone who kept the supply of newspapers flowing, which in turn provided the necessary funds for our existence.
Unfortunately we must now cry "Halt" as we have given up the struggle to make even a quintet at most services and are also losing our free delivery to the paper shredder near Pontypool.
But we are extremely grateful for all your efforts as we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves over the years - which is probably more than can be said for the congregations!
Don't forget that there are bins for paper in the Sloop car park, Llandogo.



The caption of this article may remind you of Richmal Crompton's stories about the naughty boy who caused so much trouble in his village. Judith Russill's thirteen and a half years in our village will be remembered for different reasons.
The service that she gave us as a member of the Parochial Church Council and the Community Council was unstinting.
You will have read in the last Parish News that the copyright of "Tintern's Story" is invested in St.Michael's Church Council and will continue to be a source of interest and value to residents and visitors for years to come.
Whatever Judith decides to do will be well done. Many of her satisfied guests knew this and returned year after year.
I recall personal kindnesses. Judith was never too busy to deal with a neighbour's problem., however insignificant. Once, sneaking a look at her Visitor's Book, after a relative of mine, his wife, small daughter and infant son (all against Judith's Rule of Adults Only) had been her guests, the comment entered was one word only :- Perfect.
That word reminds me of Parish Luncheons in June in that lovely garden; of trays of delicacies at fund raising functions, not forgetting the final feast provided for Julian's farewell.
The trees planted by Judith on the river bank in front of her house will be of lasting benefit and a Reminder of her interest in the countryside and gardens. The beautiful door, dedicated to the memory of Mrs Russill, also a valued friend of many of us, embellishes St.Michael's porch.

Wales is Judith's country; she is moving to another part of it. Whenever she visits Tintern she can be sure of a warm welcome.



This card was sent to Jean Davey :

1st August 1999
Dear Jean
I feel so guilty having taken nearly a month to write to you, in order to thank you, and all those who contributed to my wonderful "goodbye cheque", (golden handshake?!). You can have no idea how much I appreciated the generosity and good wishes of all those involved - and if I find the same level of friendship in Rhydlewis, I will indeed be very lucky.
Well - three and a half weeks on - a progress report! Despite the concern of no contract before I left Tintern and wondering if I had a house to come to, the move went unbelievably smoothly, and on arrival, I and my brother and sister-in-law sat in the garden with a glass of Bollinger in hand, directing operations to the removal men (who were brilliant - well done Chepstow Removals!!).
I hit the ground running - and already have several rooms decorated and nearly have my en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe completed (inaugural bath on Tuesday). Tomorrow my newly found gem of a builder starts fitting a new kitchen, the cloak room should soon be finished and refitting of the main bathroom starts tomorrow. I have become the builders go-fer as well as Teas-maid.
The village plus residents are superb - I have been made most welcome. Of course the wonderful weather has been hugely helpful, but already I feel as if I have been seduced by the area - I begin to wonder when the bubble will burst!!
My first visitors (of the paying kind) arrive next weekend, thou' they know I am not really ready yet - they're just very curious, and I have already booked the cottages for Christmas and the New Year!!
Most importantly, Gordon and Ginny have settled down really well, despite aggression from a local stray! Ginny did fall in the pond one night and came home soaking.
Well, hopefully all this news will act as atonement for my tardiness in a slow reply - maybe, Jean, you could place some or all of this letter in the Parish News so that thanks can reach all concerned.

My best wishes to everyone


Mrs Chuter is Richard the Milk's mother and her Millennium Project is to provide new doors for the McKenzie Hall. To help fund this she is opening her garden to the public every day except Thursday. Please help her in her project by visiting the garden at 3 The Triangle, Brockweir. tel : 01291-689605. It really is lovely.


50/50 CLUB

Results of the most recent draws are :

1st 2nd 3rd
Jun Betty Hoskins (94) R and EA Klinkert (20) Judy Bartholomew (51)
Jul Betty Kerr (7) M and D Cowell (30) R and M Ash (40)
Aug Jan Gibbard (75) Judy Bartholomew (45) R and M Ash (41)



A beautiful evening in June found us wandering around a garden just outside Usk but not perhaps in quite the right mood for it as we'd just spent a few hectic hours getting the hall at The Agricultural College ready for the County V.P.A. Show on the following day.
Efforts were rewarded however when Tintern came third out of the nine affiliated V.P.A.s, the highest placing we have ever managed to achieve. July is our Garden Party month and this year we were the guests of Mr and Mrs Parsons in Park Glade. It was a coolish evening but we were warmly welcomed and are very grateful to Diane and Tony for their hospitality.
We are now in August and recovering from our own Annual Show which always seems to come in the middle of a drought or a monsoon. No prizes for guessing which we suffered this year but Show Day itself was dry and it was amazing what people managed to rescue from drenched and battered gardens.
No prizes either for guessing who won the majority of the cups! The one for flowers, the one for vegetables and the cup for best exhibit in those sections were all won by Mr Brian Young, with Mrs Joan Dexter as runner-up in the vegetable section.
The cup for cookery and craft was won jointly by Mrs Christine Bradshaw and Miss Judy Bartholomew with Mrs Jean Bathgate winning the cup for best in those sections for her beautifully decorated cake.
Ellie Lancaster won the Junior Trophy and hopefully her design for the cover of "Parish News" will be seen on the winter edition.
Well done to all who took part and we look forward to meeting again in the Village Hall on the 17th September at 7:30 for a talk by Jim Saunders from Penallt.



We still meet every other Tuesday at the Village Hall for a cuppa, a natter and Bingo. New members are always welcome.



Meets every third Monday at The Royal George Hotel at 7:30pm, except in August when we have our Garden Party.
We enjoyed our visit to Penhow Castle in July, although most of us would have preferred a guided tour to audio cassettes, as they seemed to be in front of or behind whichever room we were actually in. It was interesting though very wet.
The programme is :
September 20th Working in China
October 18th to be arranged
November 15th AGM
December 20th Christmas Dinner

Two additional items :
September 11th Millennium Walk from Chepstow to Bigsweir with a lunch stop at Tintern Village Hall
October 20th NSPCC Lunch at the Village Hall. Order your Christmas Cards and Presents.



Some Tinternites have joined the Llandogo Over 60s on their trips. Their travels have known no bounds, the intrepid members have explored the Elan Valley, the River Avon (by boat), the Cotswolds and are looking forward to visiting Teignmouth this month.
The next trip will be to Stratford-on-Avon on Tuesday 19th October, phone Mrs Knight on 01594-530906 to book.


The Football Club held their annual dinner at the Royal George Hotel on Saturday June 12.
This year the team celebrated the first and second teams both winning their divisional championships. It is thought that this is a first for the village.
Everything was expertly presided over by Dave Ball, assisted by Gary Mackie. They presented a stream of awards to :
Player of the Year : Dan Savage
Manager's Player : Ross Jones
Player's Player (1st Division) : Darren Luff
Player's Player (2nd Division) : Sam Marmont
Top Goal Scorer (1st Division) : Darren Luff and Gareth Moore (joint)
Top Goal Scorer (2nd Division) : Steve Prettyjohn
Most Improved Player : David Drewell
Most Sporting Player : Matthew Shorrock

The Club also held its annual duck race from Brockweir Bridge to Tintern Promenade. Always a popular event, with the proximity of the local wildlife it has become necessary to point out to visitors that the competitors are actually plastic ducks, since last year when two indignant, if well-meaning, old ladies telephoned the RSPCA.

The Longest Day Cricket Match took place at The Anchor on Saturday June 19. Play started at 4.52am and continued until dusk at 9.32pm.
Among those taking part were vicar Phil Rees and MP Huw Edwards, a strong supporter for some time. Ten-year-old Ian Butt distinguished himself by playing for most of the day and taking four wickets into the bargain.
The event is expected to raise more than 500 towards the all-weather sports pitch at Llandogo. The organisers would like to thank everyone involved, including people who were just passing, from milk-men to motor cyclists, who were cajoled into taking part.
During the day more than 800 runs were scored for just over 60 wickets. The batting award went to Dave Heritage who scored a magnificent 101 and the bowling to John Milton-Whatmore who took 10 wickets.
Special thanks are due to the Anchor, which provided players with refreshments. The weather was fine and at the end exhausted stalwarts returned to the bar.

The Abbey Mill hosted the teddy bears picnic recently. Entertainment included a magic show and balloon man with picnicing on the river. A lovely sunny day brought out crowds and Chris and Shelley Rastall's superb organisation ensured that it was a memorable day.

Remember the old golf club socials at the Beaufort Hotel? I bumped into Nick Niclaasen who ran the place for years during the 60s and 70s. Just about every dinner dance was held there, including the Hunt balls, the Mistletoe ball and many others. Nick was a master at mass catering and things were almost guaranteed to run smoothly with him in charge.
In those days I was playing for the resident Robin Reece dance band. It contained wonderful characters like pianist Maurice Price and bass-player Charlie Black who never allowed the fact that he was blind to limit his musical ability or sense of fun.
Nick also ran The Anchor for some time. He still visits the village and is referred to affectionately as "Mr Nick". Now an incredibly fit-looking eighty something, he has the same dry sense of humour as ever. He confided in me: "If I'd known I was going to live this long I'd have looked after myself better".

His daughter Jenny runs the Grape Escape wine bar in Chepstow.


A little piece of Tintern disappeared with the passing of Henry Arnold, well remembered in the village for, among other things, his occasionally slightly eccentric sense of dress, his monocle, a tremendously outgoing personality and the habit of referring to you as "dear boy", whatever age you were.
Part of his legacy is a plethora of memories that still bring a smile to people's faces - that can't be bad.

There has been a long-standing rivalry between myself and mine host at The Anchor over the subject of our ever-expanding waistlines.
This increased in intensity when I fell over and broke my ankle and he put about a scurrilous rumour that I had fallen into the road and had to be coned off as a mini-roundabout until the lifting gear arrived to get me up! So I am delighted to report that on his recent visit to Earls Court he experienced some difficulty at the entrance, having been mistaken on more than one occasion for Pavarotti.

He is now on a sponsored slim to raise money for the local surgery. Ha! a fine sop to the doctors to avoid their wrath! We shall see!

Eeyore, Twopence, Ronnie and Frodo are four donkeys belonging to HAPPA (Horse and Pony Protection Association) who have come to Abbey Passage for summer grazing. They are all in their twenties but appear to be enjoying retirement, no doubt helped by lots of cosseting by their newly acquired foster family of David, Jane and their daughter, Claire.
Meanwhile, Lord Damon of the Abbey, the Highland bull calf who arrived in January, is growing at amazing speed. He and Claire have become good friends and she has managed to get a head collar on him. The next step will be to persuade him that a leading rein can be good fun too.

The village surgery is now well settled in its new home at the old police station.
The new premises are a huge improvement - light, spacious and comfortable. It is a well deserved step for what has always been an exemplary small community practice, with doctors and staff offering a personal and sympathetic touch second to none and where seemingly nothing is too much trouble.

The scheme of part-time manning of the police station with community volunteers is gradually becoming more known and used.
Manned on a Wednesday and Saturday, it offers visitors and locals help and information. Inevitably much of it revolves around tourist information and directions but they also have an impressive display of crime prevention literature. It is hoped to eventually to expand the scheme's hours and scope.

Tintern faced chaos when a burst water main disrupted traffic for more than twenty four hours. There is no doubt that the village roads, built to take far less traffic than is using them, are just not up to it.
The Second Severn Crossing diverted a great deal of traffic away from the area, resulting in a drop in revenue and business closures locally, but the rise in tolls has meant heavy traffic using alternative routes. Huge lorries thunder through at all hours of the night, showing scant regard for the peace or safety of residents and destroying the road surface, as has been patently demonstrated by the regular need for repairs.

Edited somewhat from Grantley James Diary, Thank you Grantley


Jim Simpson was good enough to take a party from the village for a two and a half hour trip on the Wye recently. We were a group of ten and we met Jim and Mary at the riverside car park close to the Moon and Sixpence.
Jim's boat was in the middle of the river as usual, with the river many, many feet below us. However Jim took his dinghy across and brought his boat back to the river wall. It was climb the railings time and down the metal ladder to the boat, something some of our party were not too happy about.
The tide started to move up river past us as we got on the boat. We had about two and a half hours to complete our trip and get back before the tide became too low again.
We turned down river, the weather was warm but the morning mist was still in the valley. People waved us off. The village slipped by on the starboard side! We went under the ironworks bridge to more waves from visitors. The Abbey was only partially visible from the low water level. And then it was all new, not the view that one gets from climbing out of the valley on the A466 to Chepstow.
The Wye Valley should be seen from the river, the views are much superior to the glimpses one gets through the trees when on the road. There were many water fowl on the river, constantly flying ahead of us. We had to turn when we got to the Livox Quarry and come back with the tide.

By now the day was getting sunny and hot. We had a much better view of the Abbey from the higher water level and this kept the cameras busy. We passed Tintern and continued upstream. Brockweir looked very pretty in the sunshine with the tide now very high up the bank. The view from the river is quite different than from the road, even though we were only a short distance apart.
We reached Llandogo with the tide starting to slow and carried on able to see the flowing weed on the bottom of what was now a very clear stream. We finally turned again a couple of hundred yards short of Bigsweir Bridge. Then it was a drift back to Tintern on the ebbing tide.
At Tintern the river was rushing out, but it was good to see that the tide was still high enough to make the climb up the river wall much shorter than the earlier descent.
We had had a lovely morning, the weather had been perfect, the company good, the boat excellent and the river perfect. But we do need a better access to the river.

Thanks Jim and Mary for a memorable trip.
If you are interested in a trip, give Jim and Mary a ring on 689422.



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.


Abbey Mill will once again hold its annual weekend of fun starting on Friday, September 3rd. During the evening "FLASHBACK" will be performing hits from the 60's and 70's for everyone to dance and sing along to!
Tickets are 3.50 and food will be available if required. Starts at 7.30pm.
On Saturday 4th September, the Rotary Club of Chepstow is holding "JAZZ ON THE WYE" featuring local jazz band "Just Jazz". Entry is free, food is available and the fun starts at 7.30pm.
Then on Sunday 5th September there will be the annual "FUN DAY AND CRAFT MARKET". The entry is free and the fun will include a children's entertainer with magic, music, local "Forest Stompers" line dancing display, bouncy castle, charity side stalls and craft market all in and around the Grand Marquee. There will be other activities and plenty of fun for all.
Don't miss a good weekend of fun - it's on your doorstep. For enquiries and tickets contact Abbey Mill or by phone on (01291)689228.

from Abbey Mill's pamphlet


The Tintern Village Web Site has been operational since June 5th 1999 and now receives about fifty visitors a week looking at it. The number is stepping up gradually as the site starts to appear on the "Search Engines" used by Internet Users to find information. UKPLUS is one of these "engines" and has given us a generous description ie "Tintern Village - Splendid Guide to the small village in Monmouthshire, Wales, containing info about attractions, churches, village life, events, ruins etc. interesting to residents and tourists alike".
A noticeboard has been added for the display of short term information. At the time of writing this, the board has a description of Steve Ball's wedding with five colour photos from the day. This can of course be viewed by anyone in the world who has access to the Internet. Show your uncle in Oz! If you have any items you would like to show your family or friends around the world, it can probably go "on the Net". Of course, everyone else can see it as well.

This Parish News, along with those starting in Autumn 1996 are all available to read and print out on the Web Site.
You can see the Tintern Village Web Site at
If you have anything for the net (or the Parish Magazine or both) have a chat with me,
John Bathgate 6 Parva Springs tel : 01291-689328