The Tintern Village Website

Summer 2000


Dear Friends

Since our last letter we have been challenged by the Lord to seek Him for vision for the future. I believe He has put in my heart and mind, words which sound something like this - "If you mean to share Jesus with my people in the Benefice, why don't you ask me how best to do it", or in other words, if as a Church we really mean business in getting the life of Jesus across, we need guidance as to strategies, some long term, but some for now. So we had better start listening to the Lord about what He wants, and this is a corporate activity.

We will continue to hold evenings for prayer, which will be for the Benefice and open to all, and they'll be announced. On Saturday last I heard a man called Conrad from Argentina speak, and he taught that our vision for moving forward should never be selfish. That is, it should always include the "Members of other Churches" as well as "us", and also be not for one place but be regional or national. I so agree.

On the last day of June I have called a meeting at the Prayer Tower near Bridgend to which I have invited Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Church leaders. They are all open to hearing from God, and we shall simply share one-another, and pray together.

In the Parish of Tintern one practical need is becoming more obvious. We now have children and babies at every Sunday service. To meet these needs a "Sunday School" - we haven't thought of another name yet - has begun in the last three months, but we only have one tiny vestry. Soon we'll need more space, and we are praying. Will you please join us in praying and thinking. The Church building cannot be enlarged and we don't want somewhere which is a mile away. We need a location, for the immediate future, where we can just walk out of St Michael's and go a short distance. So we'd like to borrow or hire a room, medium sized, in a nearby home. Any ideas or offers to me, please.

We'll soon be at the Church's real birthday - Pentecost. Let's all pray that God will do a new thing. We'd love to see a great out-pouring of the Holy Spirit upon us all this Pentecost - or any time.




St.Michael's, every Sunday at 11:00am - First Sunday in the month is Family Service, other Sundays, Holy Communion.

Tintern Pentecostal Church, every Sunday at 11:00am and 6:00pm and every Wednesday at 7:30pm.


Please note that the closing date for the Autumn 2000 issue is SUNDAY 20th August 2000.
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor,
Mrs E Craig, Orchards, Trellech Road, Tintern 01291-689527

Advertisements in this magazine are charged at :
5 per quarter page per four issues
10 per half page per four issues
20 per full page per four issues
adverts in this magazine can reproduce (colour) photographs in black and white


For 2 (which goes to Church funds) you can have your advert or brochure placed on the Tintern Village Web Site. Adverts on the web can use colour and photographs.

You can also place items on the website noticeboard for no charge. These can include colour and black and white photographs. How about your wedding or party picture to let your relatives and friends view in other parts of the world?

Requests for advertisements, brochures and noticeboard entries on the web should be discussed with

John Bathgate, 6 Parva Springs, Tintern, 689328

KEN MATTHEWS (1930-2000)

of 11, Sylvan View, Tintern

Ken was born at Far Hill, Trellech, where he lived with his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
In his early life he worked on a farm. He met his wife Marj, who was born in Tintern, in 1948 and they married at Chepstow Registry Office. They were married for 46 years. After finishing farm work, he went into the construction industry. For a few years he worked at Livox Quarry, before returning again to the construction industry. He was a quiet person, who was deeply loved by his family and friends.

He loved to play Crib and played for the Anchor for a number of years. He also supported and watched the local football team, until ill health put a stop to this. Ken and Marj had five boys, Bobby, Lyndon, David, Timothy and Johnathan. He also leaves two grand-daughters and one great grand-daughter.

The service was conducted by the new vicar, Rev'd Phil Rees, at St Michael's Church. It showed how popular a man Ken was from the number who attended the funeral and the beautiful floral displays he received.

Marj would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and for the cards and flowers she received at this sad time and to thank the hospital staff at Chepstow Community Hospital and the local G.P. Dr. Jennings.

ROSE MARY JONES (1913-2000)

The following is taken from an address by Major David Cowell at the funeral service of Rose Mary Jones on Friday, 12th May 2000 at St Michael's Church, Tintern.
"I count it a great privilege to have been asked to talk to you about the life of Rose Jones, which we are gathered together here to celebrate and thank God for today. My only qualification to do this is that I have been a neighbour for 24 years.

Rose was born in 1913 at Crossway Green, Chepstow, daughter of a Scottish father and a Gloucestershire mother. The family subsequently moved to live in Sedbury Lane and Rose began her schooling at Tutshill C of E School from where she gained a scholarship to Lydney Grammar School where she did well in her exams.

During her last year the family moved to live at the Lodge on Chepstow Race Course. This necessitated Rose having to walk from St Arvans to Chepstow every morning to catch the bus at 7.30 to Lydney.

When she left school, she worked for Red & White Bus Co. analysing passenger usage.
It was at this stage that she became interested in Rugby Football and a follower of Newport Rugby Club, an interest which she retained throughout her life. She was a good hockey and tennis player.

In 1942 she married Sid at St Arvan's Church and they came to live in Tintern where Rose worked with her husband in the family building business particularly at the clerical work associated with it.
Not long after two children arrived. Bryan in 1944 and Michael in 1948.

Rose has known tragedy and sadness, particularly in 1967 when, as a result of a car accident, she lost her younger son Michael on the threshold of his adult life and again in 1990 when her husband Sid died.

This did not prevent her taking on positions of responsibility in village organisations such as Treasurer of the PCC, Treasurer of the Tuesday Club, Secretary of the Hall Committee and vice president of the Tintern branch of the Monmouth Conservative Association.
She was a good cook, particularly pastry and was prominent amongst the exhibitors at the Annual VPA Show. I recall once, at about the time preparations were in full swing for a show, I asked Bryan whether his mother could find time to prepare his meals as well as get her entries ready on time, to which Bryan commented "I eat the failures". Failures or no, there were plenty of successes. 1st's, 2nd's and 3rd's cards with R M Jones written on them.

In her life Rose travelled widely, particularly Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Norway. She had a soft spot for Scotland where her father's roots were and was proud of her Scottish links.

Rose never left you in any doubt about her opinion of any event, occurrence or person and she loved a good chat. If one was anxious to get on with something pressing it was sometimes difficult to extricate oneself from the conversation. I found the solution to this problem to be to walk away backwards (carefully) as in the presence of Royalty and when at a safe distance then turn and walk away with determination.

Rose was a steadfast church-goer and studied her bible regularly. She witnessed the churches in this village pass through many changes, some of which she approved and some she did not. She was happy that the earthenware flower vases have now come back into use and when she was elderly and not so active made a point of filling four brass vases herself with flowers at all festivals and placing them on the reredos, which is now on the North Wall of the nave.

The funeral service which was attended by nearly one hundred people was followed by a cremation at the forest of Dean Crematorium and her ashes were interred in the family vault at St.Arvans.


The Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade

Llandogo with Tintern Brigade

Two terms have passed since the formation of the Company last October. In that time numbers have been fairly consistent with 4 Martins (5-7 years), 8 Young Boys and Girls (7-10 years) and 10 Junior Training Corps (10-13 years).

Thanks to the generosity of the Moravian Church in Brockweir, we have always had a meeting place on Friday evenings. The hall is small, which does restrict activities, so we are happy to keep our present strength. We would, however, welcome more children to the Martins. Mrs Jane Avery who works with that age group is very well experienced and our National Headquarters are producing an excellent 200 page "Martins Busy Year" month by month resource manual in addition to the "Badge Activity Pack" and the "Leaders Guidelines" handbook.
So why not come and give the Martins a try.!!

At the start of the new term we are re-arranging times for Friday evenings. This is to enable the Staff to cope with numbers in a confined space and to give the J.T.C. group time to themselves to tackle new badge work.

New times will be :

Martins and YB and YGC - 6.30 to 7.20
J.T.C. 7.20 to 8.30

The whole strength will be together in the ten minutes from 7.20 to 7.30 when notices and letters will be given out and we have time together for prayers.

Our Officers, Matthew and Sharon Browning, have produced a Company Newsletter with information for parents and children alike.

We have looked at new badge work for the term. It will include Map and Compass, Needlecraft, Naturalist, Campers and Athletes badges.

We have obtained training charts and information from the Amateur Athletics Association, the British Amateur Gymnastics association and the Football Association. This should extend outdoor activities for the YB and YGC and JTC in the next two terms; certificates and badges are awarded at the end of term for the 5 Star Awards.

The main wonderful item of news is that the Brigade General Secretary, Col.A.Reed-Screen, RE. Ret. went to the Millennium Dome and made a deal with the directors who have allocated 1,000 tickets and 25 coach parking spaces to the Brigade for Saturday 8th July.
From 09.00 till 17.30 on that day Brigade members and parents are free to tour the Dome. From 12.15 to 13.00 we will watch the Millennium Show in the Main Arena. From 14.30 to 15.00, the C.L.and C.G.B. National Band (about 120 strong) will perform in the Main Arena. For the next two hours we can tour the Dome and visit the Black Adder performance, and finally we will assemble in the Schoolscape area for an informal act of worship, before returning home at 17.30.

There is only one unfortunate happening which may restrict our attendance at the Dome. The 8th July is also Llandogo Junior School Annual Summer Fete. It is extra special as it will be Mrs Ann Gibbons Jones, the Head Teacher's last fete ere she retires. The fete will involve both children and parents, Governors and the Rector.

Bookings for the visit to the Millennium Dome must be made before the 31st May, therefore before that date we must know how many will attend.

The journey to London will be by coach which we no doubt will share with our Chepstow Company. The cost for a family of five entrance to the Dome is 57. National Headquarters will cover the cost of 7 leaving it to Companies to make up "Family Groups" of either two adults and three children, or one adult and four children at cost of 10 per head. There will be an extra charge for the coach.

The next Family Service on Sunday, 4th June is special to us. The Sunday after the Ascension is annually a National Day of Prayer for the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade.

Sunday, 25th June will be our annual Monmouth Diocesan Battalion Sports day. Tintern football field has been booked for the event. First we will attend morning service at 9.30 at Llandogo, then move to Tintern for the sports and a barbeque.

We have mentioned the work set out for a bust term. The small staff we have will be hard pressed to cope. Again, we would appeal to both parishes for helpers. We constantly hear the phrase "out there" on radio and television, meaning the great majority. We would prefer to look to parents and friends with a whole range of skills to come forward and be "in here".



If you are walking through St. Michael's Churchyard stay a moment and look upwards to where, in the recess, over the South Porch you will see the effigy of St Michael, our patron soldier saint. He leans forward, sword in hand, prepared to confront adversity

Madge Cowell suggested that Diana Wiggin of Brockweir undertake the work and this beautifully crafted statue is the result. Many who worshipped at St Michael's had noticed the empty niche and its completion now does honour to the people who have a special affection for St Michael's.

It would seem that this memorial, so well wrought, so attractively placed overlooking the ever flowing river conveys a message of steadfastness and hope.

The Commemoration will be on St Michael's Day (Michaelmas) September, 27th. .



I would like to thank all those (and there are many) who helped me after my accident on February 20th. They got me to the hospital and while I was there looked after my home, sent cards and gifts and visited assiduously.

It is invidious to name names but the highest honour in the canine world should go to Harry and Jacqui Hutchison who took the energetic, self-willed but grateful Joey into their home.



Many thanks to those who have already passed on unwanted pairs of spectacles (with or without cases). The Rotary Club of Chepstow is delighted to receive them and hopes there are still some floating around in drawers or desks? If so please leave them with me at Glen Roy, Trellech Road, or I'll collect them if you'd phone 689421.

Thank you

Judy Bartholomew

50/50 CLUB

Results of the first three monthly draws of the 2000 series were as follows :

        March                           April                       May

1st; J and C McEwen (147) B West (99); J Bathgate (29)
2nd; C A Heron (92); J Hutchison (152); Sally Welsh (41)
3rd; R Prewett (86); T and M Evans (150); Mrs H Crum (58)
4th; T Roberts (38); C and D Hermitage (65); D and J Carter (4)
5th; J Dexter (12); D and M Cowell (81); D Stubbs (160)


Our last two meetings in the Hall were most enjoyable with Mr Jim Saunders reminiscing about life in the Penallt / Redbrook area of his youth and Mr John Hines passing on some of his vast amount of knowledge on the subject of "bats".

We also attended the County Quiz at Usk College where teams from all the VPAs meet to enjoy coffee and biscuits as well as attempt to answer a wide range of questions put together by our County Secretary. (Don't congratulate them, they're big-headed enough as it is - but our team WON!).

Another County event in the Spring is a garden competition to find the best garden or garden feature from the nine affiliated clubs. That result we shan't know until the AGM in October when we are shown slides of the winning entries.

For May's meeting, we wandered away from the Hall and up to Pen-y-van where we enjoyed the beautiful garden at Beech Cottage. The weather was kind to us (coolish but sunny) and we were able to wander around and marvel at the work load that garden must require. There must have been weeds but it took an eagle eye to spot them and the extensive range of plants gave us all much to enjoy.

It's at this time of year, when vegetative growth is so fast that you hesitate to walk too far down the garden path in case you can't find your way back again. However I'm sure you could find time to join us in the Village Hall on our Show Day, Saturday, 12th August - please put it in your diary and we'll look forward to seeing you then.
One class for the show is open to all, you do not have to be a member and we would particularly like any children in the village to enter. This class 85 is for a black on white Painting or Drawing to be used as the cover for the Christmas edition of the Tintern Parish News. The art work should be on A5 paper size (or it can be on A4 but it will be reduced to fit the cover). The overprinting of the Title etc on the cover will be added at the production stage. Last year's cover by Ellie Lancaster showed what can be done.



Members were all saddened by Rose Jone's death. We shall all miss her very much. Especially her words of wisdom and her views on life. Rose was the first person to speak to me when I moved to Tintern. She took me under her wing and introduced me around, including the Tuesday Club. We spent some afternoons together when we would decide how we would put the world to rights if we were in charge. I shall miss her very much. Jean Davey

The Easter Bingo was a great success, about 70 was made for funds. It was great to see so many young people there and that they won so many prizes.

Thanks to everybody who helped, especially Daisy Morgan (what would we do without her), Betty and her helpers in the kitchen and of course Terry Evans and the Bingo machine. A special thank you to Shane Luff, Sam Walker, Paul Browning, Kay Browning and Verity Smith from Llandogo who helped to put the tables and chairs away at the end. We couldn't have managed without them.

Thanks to all who came. It was a good evening in spite of the weather.



Meets at the Royal George on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30 pm. New Members and Visitors are always welcome.

May's Antique Roadshow was excellent. Members brought items to be valued and were surprised at the value of Susie Cooper jugs, medallions, small dishes and glassware. A return visit is promised.

Members are looking forward to their outing to Langstone Court in June followed by supper.

17th July - Posh picnics
August- Garden Party
18th Sept.- Women of the Rhonda
16th Oct - Open Meeting, all invited including MEN! to hear a talk on the work of the Forensic Laboratory, Chepstow. Steve has been before and is highly recommended. (How to commit a crime and not be discovered!)

The WI's Get Cooking is going from strength to strength. Courses are in progress all over Gwent mostly helping young people from care and young mum's. In fact the GFWI Get Cooking Tutors have been nominated for A Nationwide Award for Voluntary Endeavour. Five Members of Tintern WI are Tutors, together with others from all over Gwent.

The WI is organising a




Friday 7th, Saturday 8th July 10 am - 6.0 pm, Sunday 9th July, 11.30 - 5.0 pm

WITH WI TEAS (Do come it should be lovely)



The Police Station Volunteers are looking forward to the new recruits who hope to start soon.



In spite of the cold weather the Village Hall was full for the Millennium Supper organised on behalf of Village Hall Funds by the WI. Friends and Members sat down to soup. All made by the WI to the same recipe but all looking a different colour and all tasting superb, salads and quiches and sinful puddings. Over 300 was made for Funds.

Thanks to everybody who helped especially the husbands our unsung heroes.

Jean Davey



Jazz was most certainly alive and well when Round The Horn played recently at the Rose and Crown. "Good-time jazz and swing for every occasion" says their publicity - and it sure is!

The band's originator, trumpeter Roy Davies, is well known on the local jazz scene. Does the title of the group give away his vintage as both he and I were devotees of that wonderful radio series?

The front line consists of Roy, with Norman on tenor sax and clarinet and unusually, jazz violin in Felix's more than capable hands. Add a rhythm section of Vic on guitar, Jay "the hat" on bass and the evergreen Mac Cambray on drums, and you have a recipe for some wonderful jazz.

A large and appreciative audience wallowed in nostalgia with some real old swing standards and were entertained by not only Roy's vocals and musicianship but a dry, witty commentary between numbers.

What happened to nights like this? They are far too infrequent. No one wanted the evening to end but when it did, a thundering version of Water-Melon Man brought an unforgettable time to a close, and a broad smile to the face of landlord Dave Stafford who has worked hard to bring live music to the village.

Let's have some more, Dave.


The Moon and Sixpence put on a celebration St David's Day evening with the folk group Wild Welsh Women playing.

The group are all well-known names on the Welsh folk music scene. Rob and Rozi Morris are joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Tamzin and Matt Powell, bass player John Atrec and renowned Welsh fiddle player Sian Phillips.

The music is about the traditions and history of South Wales and will be filmed as part of a documentary on the group which will be shown on television later this year.

They will also represent Wales at this year's World Celtic Connections Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.


The quaintly named "Quiz On The Hill" league competition involves most of the pubs between Tintern and Trellech. The Cherry Tree is currently keeping the village's flag flying, sharing top place with the Carpenter's Arms at Llanishen, both having won 10 out of 12 games.

The Fountain lies in fifth place, having won half of theirs, with the Anchor currently seventh. The Rose and Crown are a gallant last but, it has to be said, they are in their first season in the league and say that so far they are thoroughly enjoying it.


After being in existence for one year, the rural area committee of the Neighbourhood Watches held its first annual meeting at Itton Village Hall with around fifteen people attending. Tony Parsons from Tintern is the Chairman of the Committee.

Help is needed with computer skills, press and publicity, administration and other areas. In Tintern we have the following groups ; Park Glade, Main Road, Abbey, and Angiddy.


On the day the Wales played England in the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, this border village was split in its support. Those English! Talk about magnanimous in victory. Ex-Gloucester Player, Alan Butt from the Anchor went to the expense of ringing all over the village from America just so that I could listen to an alcoholic version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" from Florida.

On top of that our friendly local shopkeeper, Stan had written "46-12 RIP Grantley" on his shop notice board for the whole world to see.


It was a pleasure to bump into Alec Lewis in a local hostelry recently. Alec, who played rugby for England in the 50s, and had the temerity to score a try against Wales, used to live in the village and enjoys meeting old friends.

Sadly he has recently lost his wife, but talked warmly of the friends they had shared through his rugby career and connections.

Despite the fact that he couldn't help mentioning the recent international results, it was great to see him in Tintern again.

edited somewhat from Grantley James Diary. Thank you Grantley


You may become aware of certain happenings around the Abbey buildings as Hunter Gatherers, Druids, Romans, Monks, St Tewdric himself, manifest themselves and begin to take form in preparation for the Monmouthshire Millennium Spectacular. Over 100 volunteers will be portraying important events, or bringing to life occasions which concern life in and around the Abbey site, from pre-Historical times up to the beginning of the 20th century.

As well as professional voice actors there are stage actors, a stage crew, Wardrobe, Make-up, Administrators, Artists, Photographers, Prop Makers, Costume Makers and Stage Set Constructors. The Abbey seems almost as occupied and full of life as it must have been during the days of its construction and occupation.

To quote from the recent Newsletter "With all funding in place, a poetic script complete and a very strong interest in the tickets (many hundreds of postal and e-mail requests for information), it remains for us to complete the most ambitious community production ever staged in Wales".

It is going to be enormously enjoyable too.



The Christian Church will be finished in England in forty years if its headlong decline is not halted, it was claimed by a church attendance specialist, Peter Brierley, a former Whitehall statistician who now heads a Christian research group.

Only one in two hundred people will bother to go to a Sunday service by the year 2040, according to projections. Mr Brierley - whose projections appear in the book, "Steps to the Future" published by the Scripture Union, points out that nearly one in five attended a Sunday service in 1975. That figure had fallen to just over one in ten by 1980 and this year the level is around one in fourteen.

This could lead to the collapse of the mainstream churches as the money church-goers donate to run them dries up. Christians could gravitate to a few successful churches, which will run services through the week or make use of the internet to worship through cyberchurches.

Taken from an article in "The Mail"



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