The Tintern Village Website

Spring 2003


Dear Friends,

I'd like to invite all who read this magazine to join us this year for one or more of our special Lent services.
They take place each Wednesday at 7 pm, from March 5th to April 16th, and the venues are listed in this issue.

It's always a joy to really be the Church of Jesus. When we have Baptists, Moravians, Pentecostals and ourselves together, that is much more what the Church should be. All our denominations grew out of a move for the Holy Spirit, which often others rejected. But thank the Lord that today denominational labels don't mean much. I celebrate in myself a Pentecostal experience, a Baptist theology of baptism, and enthusiasm for 'New Church', and about 40 years as an Anglican clergyman!

It is always so good to do a bit of 'Churching it' together in Lent, and I hope this year that one emphasis will be that we pray more for one-another, and get to know more about each other. Of course, throughout the year I get the privilege of visiting the local Church meetings, and others farther afield.

You may like to know that we will also be praying in May during the Prayer Week for the whole of Wales, and once more twinning in prayer with the town of Tredegar, and St. George's Church there.

Please do come and join with us at one or more of these gatherings.


On Sunday February 16th we held our usual monthly Joint Worship, but with a difference! We decided to hold the 11:00 am Service in the Millennium Hall at Llandogo. It was a great success, even though some of our families were away for half term. Warm and comfortable, with good loos, and a room for the children's work, it pleased us all.

The Lord blessed us and many stayed till after 1 pm sharing a bring and share lunch.


Phil (and Kate)


With Christians meeting in different places at 7 pm each Wednesday

March 5th (Ash Wednesday): St. Oudoceus, Llandogo.
March 12th: St. Michael's, Tintern
March 19th: Tintern Pentecostal Church
March 26th: Holy Trinity, Whitebrook
April 2nd: Llandogo Baptist Church
April 9th: To be announced
April 16th: The Moravian Church, Brockweir


Good Friday, 18th April.
Three hours Devotional:
12 noon - St. Michael's, Tintern
1 pm - Holy Trinity, Whitebrook
2 pm - St. Oudoceus', Llandogo.

Easter Day, 20th April.

Holy Communions
7.00 am - River Bank, St. Michael's, Tintern
8.30 am - Holy Trinity, Whitebrook
9.30 am - St. Oudoceus', Llandogo
11.00 am - St Michael's, Tintern


At 7.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, a prayer meeting is held at the Parish church at Llandogo. Mike and Jackie Evans, who also provide the excellent music, usually lead the worship. It is a time for people to get together for prayer, healing and blessing. All are welcome at these informal meetings

EDITH JONES: 1912 - 2002

Edith was born on 21st May 1912 to Alfred and Elizabeth Matthews and was the youngest of ten children. She lived with her family on Barbadoes Hill until they moved down into the village to live at Mount Pleasant (now Highbury House). She lived there until she married Wilf Jones in 1935, when they moved to Underwood Bungalow, formally a stable.

Edith and Wilf brought up their five children -John, Betty, David, Christine and Jenny, and Edith helped her husband with his bakery business. Her main interest, however, was her family. With just five years between her last child and her first grandchild, her family just kept growing. As her family grew, so did her love and pride in them and it was shared out equally. Eventually it extended to seventeen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and two great great grandsons. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than to have her family around her.

The death of her husband Wilf in 1978 was slightly eased by having her daughter Jenny and her husband John, together with their twin daughters, living with her. Nothing, however, could ease her pain when her son David died suddenly in 1992 at the age of 49.

Her health deteriorated. Her eyesight and hearing became poor and she was crippled with arthritis and the less she could do, the sadder she became. Old age did not suit her independent ways.

After falling several times and breaking her hip and her arm and spending much time in hospital, she decided she would go into Bethany Residential Home in Bulwark, Chepstow. She spent eighteen happy months being well looked after by the carers at the Home.

She died peacefully on October 25th 2002. "We all miss her and will always love her. We feel very lucky to have had her as our Mum and our Nan" say her family.


Please note that the closing date for the Summer 2003 issue is SUNDAY 18th May 2003.
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor
David Ford, Monkstone, Chapel Lane, Tintern, tel : 01291-689233
Advertisements in this magazine are charged at :
5 per quarter page per four issues
10 per half page per four issues
20 per whole page per four issues
The current print run is 250 copies

We are looking for cover illustrations for future issues. They need to be black and white on A4 or A5 portrait format (ie upright) paper. The title etc will be added at the production stage. Please discuss any suggestions with the Editor, David Ford, on 689233, or the Publisher, John Bathgate, on 689328.

Alistair Cook of the Abbey Hotel provided this issue's cover. Alistair Cook is a graphic designer and he has a web site at


David and Madge have lived in Tintern for about thirty years. They came here while David was a serving officer at Beachley, Chepstow, where he had the rank of Major. They are now in the process of selling their house and moving to Swansea, where their son-in-law will be building them their next home. I am sure that it will be a very exciting time for them.

David has been a churchwarden and church treasurer. Delivered meals on wheels. Made the church ready for all services, including christenings, weddings and funerals and opened the church each Sunday to heat it before the congregation arrived. Collected the payments for advertising for the Parish News and delivered the publications. Been a member of the 'chain gang' who have cut the grass weekly in the churchyards, the village green and the verges. He has always been available to visit the sick in and out of hospital. Ready and willing to help anyone who has had troubles. These are just a few of the numerous and unsung jobs that he has undertaken without hesitation or fanfare.

Madge has been responsible for arranging flower displays and the cleaning of the church as well as doing some of these tasks herself. She organised the Harvest Supper for over twenty years and also the annual Church Bazaar. She has always been ready to listen to people's problems and to give support. Together they have been a tower of strength.

Madge and David have performed endless tasks willingly and tirelessly for the church and for the village. They will be very much missed in Tintern and they leave behind a huge gap. However, we wish them happiness and joy in their new life and in their nearness to their daughter, son-in-law and their family. Our loss is certainly Swansea's gain!

David Ford


The Jubilee year is now over and has been a great year for the community of Tintern.

I mentioned earlier in my report on the Village Web Site that money raised from the Jubilee celebrations, after expenses, was to be used in part to buy Christmas street lighting for the village. This was done and a total of eight lights were purchased, which included Snowflakes, Santa in the Moon and Doves of Peace. Bram Pearce from the Royal George purchased two additional lights and eight people have agreed to sponsor lights in time for Christmas 2003.

Following the untiring help received from Roger Joy of Monmouthshire County Council lighting department, Dr Elizabeth Colter officially turned on the lights. She worked her magic, with Santa appearing as the lights went on, much to the delight of the many children present. After Santa had distributed his presents, he joined us all in enjoying the hot mince pies and mulled wine provided by Alan and Barbara Butt of the Anchor Hotel.

Thanks then to the hardworking folk on the Christmas Lights Committee, who through their hard work have given so much pleasure to the community and visitors to Tintern. Also our thanks to those business establishments who joined in the Christmas spirit and made such an impact with the lighting displays on their respective premises.

Here's looking forward to Christmas 2003 when there should be more lights and more involvement from the community. We look forward to welcoming you to Tintern for the Christmas break.



Our Christmas Party for 2002 was held at Jane Rhode's house as the Hall was not in use at the time. Twenty-four of our members attended for a very pleasant evening. We had our usual quiz. This year we were trying to match clues to flower pictures and Carol Ostler was the winner. Our thanks to Jane for the use of her house.

The January meeting was devoted to the AGM. This year we have lost our Secretary of some sixteen years. Judy Bartholomew resigned and we had to find someone to replace her. This proved impossible and the work has been shared among the other Officers of the Association. Our Committee now consists of :
Chairman and Talks Secretary - Christine Bradshaw
Vice Chairman and Outings Secretary - Martin Davey
General Secretary and Treasurer - John Bathgate
Minutes Secretary and Show Secretary - Jean Bathgate

The AGM also voted to increase subscriptions for the year to 4 per person, and to raise the cost of a cup of tea etc at a meeting to 25p.

The Garden Party this year will be held at Diane and Tony Parson's house, our thanks to them. We hope to see you at the Annual Show on the 16th of August 2003.

Finally we thank Judy for her long service to the VPA. She was presented with a garden voucher and elected a Life Member at the AGM.



The Tuesday Club is meeting again after their Christmas break. They all enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Abbey Mill.

We were all sad to hear of the death of Jo Rhead, Marjorie's husband, just before Christmas. He will be sorely missed.

Jean Davey 689212


We meet in the Village Hall on the third Monday of the month at 2:00pm.
January started well with two new members, a cream tea and lots of chatter!

Members are looking forward to February's meeting when our member, Christine Evans, will give us an illustrated talk on her latest walk in the mountains of Nepal.

In March there will be a living history afternoon when past and present residents of Tintern will be talking about "Life in Tintern when they were younger". I have heard some of it and it is enthralling. Do come if you can, tea and cakes provided.

Jean Davey 689212


The Philosophy group meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Rose and Crown, Tintern. The March meeting will take place on the 18th.

'The unexplored life is not worth living' wrote Socrates. So come along and enjoy intelligent discussion and good company.

Any enquiries, please contact Ray Billington or Hatti on 689928.

The Philosophy Circle has web pages at


The year 2002 was a much less worrying one than 2001, as Foot and Mouth had abated and the tourists started to return.

Unfortunately it was a disappointing 'grape' year, after the bumper crop in 2001. The cold, wet weather in June reduced the number of flowers, which set and then the severe frost halfway through October further diminished the crop.

The highlight of the vineyard year was the award of a Silver Medal for our 2000 vintage Bacchus wine (a dry white) by the South West Vineyards Association. This was the first time we had entered a competition, so we were very pleased to win an award. Of the 117 wines that were entered, only 26 received awards.

To celebrate U.K. wine week (which coincided with the Queen's Golden Jubilee), we held an Art Exhibition at the vineyard. All the works exhibited were by local artists - it is surprising how much talent there is in a small village. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who exhibited. Please note that we are holding another exhibition this year, if you would like to contribute again.

Our finale to 2002 was a Nativity scene in our stable with live animals, which was held every weekend in December. Many people visited and enjoyed seeing it (along with the wine tasting). We are pleased to be able to announce that a cheque for 55.00 was presented to H.A.P.P.A. at Brockweir, which was the total for the donations collected at the Nativity scene.

So now we are into 2003, looking forward hopefully to a good crop of grapes! An event to look out for at the Vineyard this year is a Sheep Exhibition to coincide with lambing. This will be held over Easter and the Spring Bank Holiday. The Art Exhibition will be held at the end of May for a fortnight and we also plan to repeat the Nativity scene in December.

We would like to wish all our friends and customers a Happy and Prosperous 2003.

Judith and Colin Dudley


The popular spectacular returns to Tintern Abbey again this year for a showing over three weeks, as last time.

The event will run from July 17th to 2nd August 2003 and will include a pre-show "Medieval Fair" with fun and food stalls provided by local people.

Auditions for cast members are to be held on the 1st of March 2003 at the Anchor Hotel, Tintern commencing at 4:00pm. If you are unable to attend but wish to participate, contact Mr Ned Hayward on 01291 624836.

It is hoped that the residents of Tintern and their friends will once again support this spectacular and enjoy what again promises to be an excellent and memorable experience.


Memories of the Coronation

On June 1st 1953, Margaret Lock (nee Chamberlain) and her dear Mother came to visit me in my London flat. Two days before this, Margaret and her Mother travelled in her Ford Anglia from Tintern to London. No motorways in those days, so it was a very long journey and London was entered by the Western Avenue. Margaret later drove the three of us over the Coronation route and we were all looking forward to the next day when our Queen Elizabeth II would be crowned.

We decided to go up to central London in the evening and secure our viewing place. We managed to get a superb spot in Parliament Square and settled down for a long night. About 3 a.m. police came along and 'persuaded' us to stand as people were arriving in large numbers.

About 6 am the road-sweepers arrived amid great cheers from the crowd. The crowd cheered everything that moved. We then heard the newspaper vendors shouting that Mount Everest had been conquered at last. We were now all feeling rather jaded and, to make matters worse, it started to rain. Mrs. Chamberlain was the liveliest of us all. Margaret and I were only too glad to take advantage of the St. John's Ambulance Brigade who were distributing barley sugar. We were extremely lucky to be standing next to public schoolboys who knew all the dignitaries in the procession and were quite willing to keep us informed.

Eventually the great moment arrived and the golden coach pulled by eight grey horses arrived. Few people minded the discomfort of standing for hours on the pavement in the cold and the wet. As usual, each Commonwealth Prime Minister had his own carriage. Queen Salote of Tonga, a beaming figure, waved vigorously (under her umbrella) to the crowds as her open carriage filled with water.

This was the first Coronation ever to be seen by millions of people all over the world because of television. We felt very privileged to have been there!

We managed to get a tube back to the flat and had a meal and a rest. However, at the suggestion of Mrs. Chamberlain, we were again on the trail. We took a tube to Marble Arch and walked down The Mall to see the Royal Family on the balcony of the Palace. They waved to a huge, cheering crowd, which was still going wild with excitement. It was well after midnight before we left.

Margaret had to drive home in the early hours of the morning, as she was due at work at 9 a.m. It was another long journey back. Unfortunately Margaret had problems with the car and arrived at the office late. The boss was none too pleased!

The long hours of standing, the rain and the cold, all melted into insignificance when we realised we could say "We were there".

Margaret Lock and Marjorie Spencer-Jones


1) Going through customs, a tourist told an office that his luggage contained only clothing. But when the official opened it, he found a bottle of whisky. "What kind of clothing is this?" he asked. The traveller replied "Surely you recognise a nightcap when you see one?"

2) A man walked into a hardware shop and asked the assistant for some nails. "Certainly", came the reply "How long do you want them?". "I'd like to keep them", replied the customer.

3) "Doctor, I can't sleep at night", complained the accountant to his GP. "Have you tried counting sheep?" asked the doctor. "That's the problem", the patient replied. "I make a mistake and then spend three hours trying to find it".

4) A colleague has recently moved house and is still redecorating, much to the chagrin of his teenage daughter.

When told that she would be getting new wallpaper, wardrobe and curtains, but would have to wait for a carpet to be fitted, she retorted: "Does that mean I'll have to walk about on bare floorboards?" "No, dear," her mother replied. "You can walk on your clothes as you usually do".


If you do not have access to the internet you may be missing lots of funny jokes that circulate through the e-mail packages :

1) Two vultures board an airplane. Each is carrying two dead racoons. The stewardess looks at them and says "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger".

2) Two boll weevils grew up in the deep South. One went to Hollywood and became famous. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.

3) Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, but when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4) A three legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West, sidles up to the bar and announces : "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw".

5) Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a dentist's session? He wanted to transcend dental medication.

6) Some chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why"? they asked as they moved off. "Because", he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer".

7) A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal". The other goes to a family in Spain and they name him "Juan". Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving it, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins!, If you've seen Juan you've seen Ahmal".

8) Gandhi walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. All this made him a super callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

9) And finally, there was the person who e-mailed ten puns to his friends with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.


Forgive and forget, let good be extracted,
From ills over which it is folly to fret.
The wisest of mortals have foolishly acted,
The kindest are those who forgive and forget.