The Tintern Village Website

Spring 1999


Dear New Friends

Kate and I are very happy to be here in the Parish with you. She is in Uganda until the end of February, securing the future of some children who have been orphaned through AIDS. We have a new house almost completed for them and Kate will be choosing a house-mistress and helpers to care for them and also considering schools. She'll also be visiting various areas where we are already supporting children. Kate is the administrator of our Charity, U.C.D.F.-the Ugandan Child Development Fund, and I am Treasurer.

You'll be curious to know a bit about us, so in my first newsletter I thought I'd tell you of our history and family. I have been in the Ordained Ministry for thirty-five years. Twenty five were in Parishes, and we had five years with the Church Missionary Society and also five in London in a non-denominational role, which was created for us. We were "Church Planting" with a new Church called ICHTHUS. This was a very stimulating and challenging time in the inner city of South East London. We have always seen ourselves as missionaries in all our parishes. We seek with the Lord's guidance and help to lead people into a closer walk with Jesus and to be open to His Leadership by the Holy Spirit. It is His Church, not ours, and we want Him to lead. We always love to work with teams of people and to be one with folk in all the other churches around us. Obviously, our main reason for being anywhere is to see people become disciples of Jesus. I became a Christian at the age of twenty two, and Kate was about twenty four at her "new birth" - see John, Chapter 3 v 5.

We have four sons, all at one with us in discipleship, and all married to lovely christian wives. So far we enjoy five grandchildren! You will be meeting them all as they visit us, as they'll be coming to Worship with us in the Churches here. We really look forward to Christmas as the time when we can get them all together.

At the moment every minute seems precious as there's so much to do - we plan to decorate right through, and Kate has plans for the garden. We're gradually visiting local Church Leaders, and also keeping up our responsibilities with the wider Church. I am Chairman of Anglican Renewal Ministries, (Wales) which is very demanding, and also will be establishing some Ministry for the local area. My gifting in the past has largely been a teaching one - Ephesians 4 v 11.

But as the next few weeks pass we will get to know many of you, and hope you will introduce yourselves to us. We do so look forward to the completion of the Restoration programme at Llandogo and future care and developments at Tintern.

God Bless You All
The Rectory, Llandogo, 01594 530887


At a ceremony that took place at St. Odoceus Church, Llandogo, on the evening of 1st February 1999 the Reverend Philip Rees was instituted as Rector of the parishes of Llandogo with Whitebrook Chapel and Tintern Parva by the Bishop of Monmouth, The Right Rev Rowan Williams. At the same ceremony the Reverend Rees was inducted to the Church of St. Odoceus, Llandogo by the Archdeacon of Monmouth, the Venerable Peter Woodman.

Thus the law has been complied with and we now have a new Rector. A packed Church witnessed the ceremony; friends and well-wishers from the Reverend Rees's former parishes of Bream in the Diocese of Gloucester and Glyn Corrwg in the Diocese of Llandaff having travelled to Llandogo to join local church members in welcoming him into his new appointment. For some it was a case of "standing room only".

After the ceremony refreshments, prepared by ladies of both parishes, were taken in Llandogo Village Hall.



St. Michael's
Every Sunday at 11:00am - Choral Eucharist
except for joint service 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 Summer 1999 issue is SUNDAY 16th May 1999
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor Mrs K Heron, Hillcrest, St. Anne's Lane, Tintern, 01291-689408


Elizabeth Kendal
Liz and her husband Alan, with their two daughters Kay and Carol, moved from Welwyn Garden City to Tintern in 1971. Alan was an HGV driver based at Avonmouth.
Both quickly settled into the Tintern Community. Their daughters Kay and Carol went to the village school and were members of the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade.
As the girls grew up and married, Liz often accompanied Alan on long journeys across Europe, sometimes even to Casablanca, other times in danger of robbery and violence while having to lay up in border lorry parks.
But illness dogged them both and finally Liz accepted that for her, cancer would be terminal.
Always redoubtable, Liz prepared for everything together with her family and with the Revd. Julian White.
Last September her brother, Amon, came to visit from Australia. He was one of five brothers, Liz was their only sister.
The funeral took place at St. Michael's on Thursday, 14th January 1999 in true London style, Liz's popularity was evident by the number and feeling of the congregation.
Liz was only 59 but she had a wonderful and happy life. It will continue with Alan, her children and her five grandchildren.
We give them all our condolences and affection.


Margaret Davies Jones
Margaret grew up in a farming family in Hereford. She and her sister eventually ran the farm but as her sister married, Margaret looked for other employment.
Seeing an advertisement in the local press for a housekeeper to a sergeant of Police in Chepstow, she applied.
Sergeant Jim Jones was a widower and Margaret's application was accepted. In time, Margaret's skills and devotion meant that she and Jim married. They bought their house in Tintern, known as The Rock, overlooking Abbey Mill and the south end of the village.
On retirement from the Police Force, Jim became our Water Bailiff, responsible for this stretch of the River Wye.
During her 88 years Margaret joined in most village activities; Women's Institute, the Church, arts and crafts and was always most successful at the annual horticultural and produce shows, and was a member of the Tuesday Club. Only ill health and disability prevented her from enjoying those events in latter years.
Our deepest sympathy goes to Jim, with assurance of our support in the time to come.



My grateful thanks to everyone for their kindness to me during my recent five weeks in hospital and for the many gifts, letters, cards, messages and visits which did so much to brighten my days.
A special thanks to friends at St. Michael's and Riverside.

Sincerely, Rose Jones


Thank you for everyone's help at the last Christmas Bazaar. Especial thanks to Father Christmas and his chauffeur. The help from stall-holders, cake makers, tea room help etc makes all the difference.
This year the Christmas Bazaar is on December the 4th.



We have been collecting newspaper now for some time to help chuch funds locally. I would like to thank everyone who contributes and assists in the collection. We need newspaper that has no glossy content or any staples (such paper has to be weeded out and go to the dump). If you have any suitable paper available, please give me a ring on 689421.

Judy Bartholomew

50/50 CLUB

The last of a series of draws for 1998 produced the following winners :
1st 2nd 3rd
Nov T Cowell(56) Mrs V Stubbs(107) Mrs J Gibbard(59)
Dec J Bartholomew(75) J Bartholomew(78) J Wait(41)
Jan Mrs E Williams(82) Mrs B Kerr(10) Mrs M Cowell(51)
Annual Mrs C McEwan(29) Miss J Rhodes(92) Mrs R Gibbard(61)
For the 1999 series 102 shares have been sold. The bad news is that prizes will be slightly smaller than in the past two years but the good news is that the odds are slightly shorter also.
The first draw took place on the 7th February and the winners were :
1st 2nd 3rd
Feb Mrs P Schwarz(34) Mrs N Lambert(88) A W Boast(57)



At their February meeting, The Parochial Church Council looked ahead through the year, with the following result :

April 1, Maundy Thursday, "Vigil" service at 7.30pm.
April 2, Good Friday, we will join in whatever is arranged by the Methodist Church.
April 4, Easter Day, 7.00am at the Abbey, 11.00am at St. Mary's.
April 26 A.G.M. at the Royal George 7.00pm, followed by dinner.
May 31, (Bank Holiday) Cake stall at the Abbey.
June 20, Parish Lunch
September 29, Our "Patronal Festival" 6.00pm Evensong, followed by dinner - probably at the Royal George.
October 2, Harvest Supper at the Village Hall.
October 10, Harvest Service.
December 4, Christmas Bazaar.
December 24, Christmas Eve Communion 11.30pm.
December 25, Christmas Day "children friendly" short service at 11.00am.
There will also be the usual carol service on a date to be advised, subject to liaison with Llandogo.



Annual General Meetings are never the liveliest gatherings on the calendar and this year the third Friday in January proved to be the wettest evening in an extremely wet month. However ten members arrived and sat steaming gently as we went through the items on the agenda at a spanking pace, re- electing all the Officers en-masse and then arranging the 1999 programme.
It contains something for everyone, we hope, with the usual mix of speakers during the winter and garden visits in the summer together with some monthly competitions which we hope will promote more interest this year.
Our first topic in February is entitled "Wild Life Gardening" to be given by a lecturer from Usk Agricultural College. Other titles on the programme include "Birds of Gwent" and "Winning Ways with Weeds".
If you're interested, do join us (third Friday of the month, 7.30pm prompt, Village Hall). Although we have recently had to increase our annual subscription to 2, it must still represent the bargain of the year.



Members were all very sad at the death of Mrs Margaret Jones. She was such a sweet lady and we enjoyed her company. Our best wishes go to Mr Jones.
The dreaded flu has affected other members and we hope they will soon be back with us. Get well soon, Margaret and Rose.
Now that Spring is on the way, hopefully, we will soon be back to normal



Meetings take place on the third Monday of the month at the Royal George Hotel. Our craft evenings are on the first Monday, Walkies are on the fourth Monday and the Bridge Group meets on Tuesdays. Telephone 689212 for venues.
1st March lunch in aid of St. David's Foundation at the Village Hall
15th March our Speaker is Anne Widnes, Urologist
19th April painting a terra-cotta pot
17th May hedgerow baskets
21st June to be arranged
19th July visit to Penhow Castle
August Garden Party



Mrs Knight once again invites anybody in Tintern to come with them on their coach trips. You do not have to be over sixty. Pick up points can be arranged.
21st April St. Fagans, 10.30 at Tintern
25th May Torquay
16th June Elan Valley
20th July Cotswold Tour with a W.I. tea
25th August Teignmouth
Phone Mrs Knight on 01594 530906



Watching on the first day of February, the weather is cold, snowdrops adorn St. Mary's Churchyard, the birds are beginning to quarrel about their territory. Was it not ever so?
After the last Parish News had gone to press there was a flood, unexpected after the amount of money and time spent to save Tintern from flood water from the hills, but the current came and much damage was caused.
Staff at the Anchor were powerless to stop the force of the water, stone and rubble.
Steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence and vigilance will be required to keep not only the main stream running free but also its tributaries.



Reg Darby has been visiting the Wye Valley from Birmingham for around forty years. Reg worked for British Telecom in Birmingham and escaped here at weekends. He quickly fell in love with the valley.
Initially he secured lodgings at a local farm where he would often help out with the milk round.
With the passage of time he made many friends and could regularly be found chatting over a beer in the local hostelries. Reg became good friends with licensees Dot and Arthur at the Parkhouse and continues to stay in contact even though they have long retired from the pub. Indeed he endeavours to stay in touch with the many friends around Tintern that he has made over the years.
Reg now stays at the Fountain for such lengthy periods that it is highly debatable in which direction one would describe "the journey home".
He was sixty five on the 6th of February and chose to spend his birthday with a celebration buffet at the Fountain Inn for all his friends from Tintern and the Midlands. Local singer, Lesley Ryan, from the Angiddy Valley is Reg's favourite vocalist and she came along to surprise him with a selection of his best loved songs.
Reg did not have an easy task gathering all his friends together for the party. Ironically, as an ex-employee of British Telecom, his efforts were hampered by one fact. Reg is not on the phone!
Reg had a "newspaper" produced by Chris Rabbits as a birthday greeting and these notes have been culled from that missive.



I talked to the staff at Chepstow Community Hospital recently to ask what was happening with the new hospital currently being built at the top of Moulton Road. They were very enthusiastic about the new premises which involve a move of the present services across the road to the new two storey building, hopefully in January 2000.
The following facilities will be included in the new hospital :

Two long stay wards (with slightly more beds than exist at present)
Rehabilitation ward
G.P. ward
The Day Hospital
Minor Casualty
X Ray
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy

At the same time Mount Pleasant and Town Gate Surgeries from Chepstow will relocate to the new hospital building.
The staff seemed pleased with progress and the quality of the building, which may have been helped by the Design and Build Contract and the Private Finance Initiative arrangements.
The site retains many of the trees around the new hospital. The old site will be sold for redevelopment housing.
It was interesting to meet a familiar face driving a large digger; some of the men from the Tintern Flood Scheme are currently busy on the site works for the hospital and the adjoining housing estate.



Our local surgery will continue to use facilities at the new hospital, particularly the X-Ray, Physiotherapy, Minor casualty and G.P. Ward. The weekend on-call Doctors will also be based at the Hospital.
The surgery is looking forward to its move to the new premises, probably in May. They will gain more space allowing the Health Visitor and the Midwife to have their own dedicated room.



At Julian's farewell party, I served some cheese biscuits which proved most popular. Lots of you wanted the recipe - so here you are :
Cream together 6 oz strong grated cheese and 2 oz soft margarine.
Sieve half a breakfast cup of plain flour, a small teaspoon mustard powder and a pinch of salt together and work into the cheese mix.
Roll into a sausage 1.5" in diameter.
Leave in fridge to chill (at this point you could wrap and freeze).
Just before you need them, cut into quarter inch slices, place on a baking tray spaced well apart as they will spread in the cooking.
Bake at 200C (6) for 6 to 8 minutes.
Serve hot.

Judith Russill


Who said :
1) I came, I saw, I conquered.
2) The serpent beguiled me.
3) Alas, poor Yorick!
4) My Kingdom for a horse.
5) Don't let poor Nellie starve.
6) I will be good.
7) Off with their heads.
8) The lights are going out all over Europe.
9) A plague on both your houses.
10) Am I my brother's keeper?
11) Let your women keep silent in church.
12) I have the body of a weak and feeble woman.

answers to : K Heron, Hillcrest, St. Anne's Lane, Tintern before 6th April.
A prize will be awarded to the first correct entry opened.


On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me
"I'm glad we bought fresh turkey and a proper Christmas Tree".

On the second day of Christmas, such laughter could be heard
as we tucked into our turkey, a most delicious bird.

On the third day we entertained the people from next door.
The turkey tasted just as good as it had the day before.

Day four, relations came to stay; poor Gran is looking old.
We finished up the Christmas pud and ate the turkey cold.

On the fifth day of Christmas, outside the snow flakes flurried.
But we were nice and warm inside, for we had our turkey curried.

On the sixth day, I must admit, the Christmas spirit died.
The children fought and bickered, we ate turkey rissoles, fried.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love he did wince,
when he sat down to the table and was offered turkey mince.

Day eight and nerves were getting frayed, the dog had run for shelter.
I served up turkey pancakes with a glass of Alka-Seltzer.

On the ninth day our cat left home, by lunchtime Dad was blotto.
He said he had to have a drink to face turkey risotto.

By the tenth day the booze had gone (except our home made brew).
And if that wasn't bad enough we suffered turkey stew.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Christmas tree was moulting.
The mince pies were as hard as rock and the turkey was revolting.

On the twelfth day, my true love had a smile on his lips -
the guests had gone, the turkey too - and we dined on fish and chips.