The Tintern Village Website

Summer 1999


Dear Friends
In my first magazine letter I thought I would give you a brief introduction to Kate and myself. In this second note to you I feel I should express my understanding of our task together.
I have to constantly look at my life and ministry and try to assess it against the words of Jesus. At its simplest, Jesus said to all who would be his people, "Follow me". So for all of us this must be the starting place - to see Jesus ahead of us, around us, with us, and for us. In "Ephesians" which we are looking at in our two current Bible Studies, you'll find Paul emphasising that we are, "in Jesus", "in Christ", and "in Him", many many times. As we seek to live and work "in Christ", what do you and I have and need to go forward?
We are in the midst of the most important days that we mark - as a means of teaching the world - and as a celebration; Easter, following on the Cross, Ascension and Pentecost. His work completed perfectly on earth our Jesus is crowned with Glory and Honours in the Father's presence, and keeps His Promise to us. He sends His Spirit, the Lord, the Holy Spirit, to the world to show Him to us all. So how do we go forward - answer always "in the Holy Spirit, which is the same as being "in Christ".
How do you and I receive this Spirit for each day?
Firstly, we invite Him in. He has to be "in" us by invitation because we Christians love Jesus, and want His influence - His Spirit. Have you been baptised by the Holy Spirit? [John, Chapter 3]
Secondly, Paul says "Go on being filled". I call this renewal or refreshing. Daily we invite His Lordship again and let Him guide and lead our lives. If we don't, things go wrong.
Thirdly, there is "Revival". This word describes what God wants His Spirit to accomplish in the Church and the World. It is times when God is so obviously at work, as in South West Wales and other places in 1904, that the whole of our society and life-style is changed. This has not happened in Wales, "the land of Revivals" for so long. We desperately long for, and eagerly expect Revival soon.
Do you share with me a desire to see so much more of Jesus, and His Loving Father, in our land in our day?
Love from


On February 4th 1999 I set out on my ninth trip to Uganda. I am the Co-ordinator of a small registered charity called "Ugandan Child Development Fund" based mainly in South Wales. Revd. Andy Pilcher of Jerusalem Church, Britten Ferry, and Dr. Jeff Britten also joined me for the first two weeks of my stay.
The main purpose of the visit was (for the men) fact-finding and inspecting the work UCDF has done over the past ten years. For me it was time to meet the sixteen new orphans who had been on the "waiting list" for some time and also to inspect their present circumstances and living conditions. We had asked our Ugandan Field Director, Pastor Fred Kasule, to only present to us new children who are amongst the most severely disadvantaged and who, otherwise, would be very unlikely to get help from anyone else or from any other source.
Fred had no problem at all in finding such children. Each of the new sixteen have lost both parents through AIDS. Some live with Gran or with an Auntie. All live in either the slums of Kampala or mud and galvanised makeshift dwellings. As yet the Ugandan Government can offer no help at all for these poor people. Children and elderly are being left to survive alone, the Gran helping the grandchildren with whatever strength she may have left, and the children trying to serve Gran with all their youthful strength - that is, if they are well enough. If both Gran and children are sick together, death can come quickly.
Since the war, AIDS has been and still is rampant in Uganda. The seventeen years of chaos and blood-letting left Uganda devastated. For the country as a whole, things are improving in parts. The people are working so very hard to make things better. Also, the Government, under President Yoweri Museveni, is trying very hard. New roads are appearing and street lights are going up in parts of Kampala, the capital city.
No-one has any choice about where they are born or in what condition. For example, Hussein Miburn, aged (approx) seven years, has had AIDS from birth. Both parents are dead and he lives with his Gran. He is one of our new sixteen. Most of the others have not even had blood tests as mostly there is no point testing all young children. In Hussein's case it became necessary because he has become so thin and weak and Gran needed to know if he had AIDS. When we visited him and his poor Grandmother in their little mud house, we brought some books and clothes for him, which made him very happy as he was dressed only in rags.
So what now, you may say? What can be done for Hussein from here? The simple answer is that a lot can still be done. Nothing is impossible with Jesus! We can pray that he gets healed. We can send enough money for the extra food and medicines. We can provide him with a bed. We can make sure that his Grandmother has got all the help and materials she needs to help him live as normal a life as possible.
We now have thirty eight orphans on our register. We are all volunteers; no-one in the U.K. is paid, which means that up to 95% of donated money reaches these hurting people. In Africa we have constructed four buildings, including a church, so nothing is wasted on rents in either country. All committee members pay their own fares when visiting Africa. Our Ugandan Field Director has been invited to visit the U.K. in Sept/Oct this year. If you wish to meet him or you would like to know more about UCDF, please contact me at the Rectory, Llandogo.
There are many more children waiting for your help.
Every blessing
Kate Rees, UCDF Co-ordinator
(updated from an article in the Llandogo Magazine)


St. Michael's, every Sunday at 11:00am - Choral Eucharist.
The Tintern Methodist Church has now closed.
Tintern Pentecostal Church, every Sunday at 11:00am and 6:00pm and every Wednesday at 7:30pm
Holy Trinity, Whitebrook, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9.45am - Eucharist (spoken).


The funeral took place of Mr John Deakin at St.Michael's church, officiated by the Revd.Rees.
John Deakin was born in Brockweir, the eldest of a family of eleven children.
When he was fifteen years old he joined the R.A.F. and saw service in Malaya. After his discharge he married Jean, daughter of Mr and Mrs Tom Matthews of Tintern where he settled and lived for thirty years and where their four sons grew up.
John worked as a long-distance lorry driver visiting countries behind the iron curtain and as far afield as Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Later John and Jean moved to Lydney where they lived for several years before moving again to Tutshill.
He leaves four sons and several grandchildren. His sense of humour will be missed. KH


The Revd. W.R.(Bill) Thomas of Llandogo, and also of Tintern (1973-1983), in his later years, brought together items of Parish News, and with little outside help and on an old-fashioned copier produced the prototype of our present magazine.
In Tintern he was aided by Mrs Kay Heron, so on his retirement he asked Kay to carry on with the "Little Bits".
After taking over, Kay soon decided that the scope of the news in the magazine could be enlarged by reports of all village activities, by various articles and poems, thereby increasing the number of contributors and readers.
Kay Heron has been involved in many aspects of the production - first collecting reports and articles, finding advertisers and collecting the charges, ordering and collecting the covers, sorting, arranging in book form and then with the help of her husband Dr Patrick Heron and friends, stapling all together, finally giving the distributors their quotas and having them collect the payments to give to the Church Treasurer. Not always so easy.
The Magazine was always enjoyed by the Parish, especially by all the "interesting old people" up the valley, where the houses were fewer and further between. Now the valley is full of smart new houses and many of the old people have gone to Bulwark. But the newer-comers still very much enjoy reading the local news - the varied happenings of village and community life. Around 225 copies are now produced quarterly.
Thank you Kay for keeping the continuity; for the twenty two years of service, good humour, wit (and the hours of stapling). We value your continued support, expertise and knowledge now that sadly for us you need more time of your own.
We will try to keep the Parish News forever just as readable.
Thank you, Kay
Mrs Rose Jones / Mrs Elizabeth Craig


Please note that the closing date for the Autumn 1999 issue is SUNDAY 15th August 1999
Articles and requests for advertisements should be sent to the Editor Mrs E Craig, Orchards, Trellech Road, Tintern, 01291-689527


At his first P.C.C. meeting, The Rector outlined his intention to set up children's activities.
Because Llandogo Primary School serves all three parishes, the pupils are almost a ready-made nucleus and since the Rector and Des Carter are invited to take Thursday morning assembly most weeks, there is a steadily growing happy fellowship with the boys and girls.
So, on Friday, 30th April, we met seventeen juniors - aged seven to ten and eleven - after school and took them along to the Rectory where Phil and Kate waited with drinks, biscuits and sweets. We entered seven names from Tintern and ten from Llandogo in the register.
Once they were fed and watered, there followed a game of rounders on the lawn, a "buzz" session in which they told us what they would like to do : games, quizzes, barbeques, treasure hunts etc etc. Then we set them the task of making up a name for our Friday Club. Transportation was provided to take everyone home for five o'clock.
The next Friday, 7th May, was rained off. The rain persisted all through the week (it's still raining) and on Friday 14th we all dodged the showers in a wild runabout game of Railway Journeys, then a silly sing-song. On that occasion there were twenty four young people.
We hope, during the summer holidays, to organise a holiday club for one week. For this we would ask for extra help from parents and friends. Then, when the new term begins in September, we hope it might be time to form a company of the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade. But that is all in the future. Much ground work will be necessary. We have to find the right leaders for which there are special requirements - particularly that they are communicant members of the church!!


Closure of the Tintern Methodist Church took place in April 1999. This event is no longer news; it has been waiting to happen for some time.
Social trends and influences outside the control of those living in the village area are having an inevitable effect, much of it hurtful. In common with many villages throughout the country, Tintern has unhappily suffered the loss of facilities which were enjoyed and appreciated not so very long ago - more changes may well follow. The incessant drive for cost-effectiveness has deprived rural areas of much that made life worth living there, simply because the advantages involved can not be priced. Moreover the ready access to overwhelming masses of information for our mental (if not spiritual) refreshment has almost obliterated the role of church and village clubs, particularly for young people who have digital television and the net.
Already this year, there has been the occasional sunny Sunday morning when the village and the valley have swarmed with visiting crowds. They pour in, not to delight in the Creator's beauty, as displayed by the trees, hills and river, but to seek out bargains at the three markets here abouts. It is very difficult to be critical when at the same time, the doors of a fine village chapel have to close because the membership has fallen to four - two below the minimum necessary to retain a Methodist Society in existence.
The church buildings are in a good state and bear witness to the skills and devotion of the original builders in 1861; the date is engraved in the porch lintel. At times like this, a search might be made to recall all the families who have worshipped here over the passing years, and all the ministers who have led their flock from this pulpit. No one will know the names of everyone who has served the Lord because of this place.
The Church door was not locked. It is known that shelter has been provided for many a wanderer through the valley, as well as the odd bird and wild animal. Meetings will no longer be held with friends and fellow-Christians in the chapel building, but those few of us remaining will, in our memories, continue to meet those with whom we have shared our prayers and worship.


While typing the various items for the "Parish News" into my computer, it occurred to me that with just another half hour effort I could upload the magazine to the Internet and have it available for anyone in the world to read. Friends abroad thought this was a good idea but why not do the complete job and cover Tintern as a whole, after all, it's only a village.
When I searched the Web I found that you could reach some information about the Abbey on a CADW site and you could get room rates etc for a couple of the local hotels, but that was about the lot. Most of the results when you search for "Tintern" refer to Tintern, Victoria, Australia. They must have a good web site.
Over the last few weeks I have been pestering local business's in particular, about what sort of entry they would like on a Tintern Web Site. I have also chased our local societies and clubs.
My neighbour, Steve Evans, has worked on the design of the Site and recently I uploaded the opening version to the Web. If you are connected to the Internet you can find the site at
The Site opens with an introduction by Judith Russill, then has menus covering many topics eg things to do within a half hour of Tintern, castles, local cinemas, golf clubs, museums, shopping, Symond's Yat, St.Michael's church, the Rector, St.Mary's church, church services, Abbey Mill and PO, Doctors, garage services, Parva Vineyard, the Old Station, a potted history of Tintern, hotels, pubs, B and B, self catering, eating out, the Abbey, local artists and authors, local societies and clubs. I have learnt a lot about the village putting the information together and there are still some pages "under construction".
Two items that will change at intervals will be the Parish News and a Diary of Tintern happenings provided by Grantley James. It is very easy to add, modify and delete information on a website and I expect the site will be constantly changing. If you have information that you feel would be informative on the web, please contact me. At present we are not thinking of adverts so all entries cost nothing!
John Bathgate (689328) (or e-mail


Congratulations to Elizabeth Craig, winner of our Questions Puzzle in the last issue of Parish News. Her score was 20 out of a possible 20; her prize was a bottle of wine.
Her next challenge will be to edit the Parish News in which venture I am sure she will gain full marks.


Saturday the 14th of August 1999 is the date for the Village Produce Show. The Children's Section of the Show is open to all children in the village, not just children of members of the VPA. There are no entry fees and there are some small cash prizes.
The classes are :
88 arrangement of wild flowers in a jam jar
89 black on white painting or drawing to be used as the cover for the
Christmas edition of the "Parish News". The art work should be on A5 paper size. The overprinting of the Title etc on the cover will be added at the production stage if not incorporated into the painting or drawing.
90 home made article
91 holiday photograph
92 animal made from vegetables or fruit
The VPA would be very pleased to get entries for the Show, any enquiries can be made to the assistant secretary, Jean Bathgate on 689328. Parish News would be delighted to have a festive cover for the Winter edition which will be published around the 1st of December.


The bad news in this issue is the closure of the village shop. David has always been courteous, helpful and kind.
He will be missed particularly by the elderly and the housebound. We wish him the success and satisfaction he deserves in his next venture.
Tintern's loss will be another's gain.


Just as the residents of Tintern are lamenting the loss of David Hunt, we can prepare to welcome (in the former Leighton's shop) Stan and Sylvia Smith's new venture.
Stan and Sylvia are stepping into the breach and re-instituting a paper shop, off-licence and other necessities - which they plan to develop in line with requirements.
Initially Stan will be manning the new venture single-handed (7:00am - 7:00pm) while Sylvia continues in Rogiet Post Office and Stores.
There are several new ventures in Tintern : Imagination, The Abbey Beauty Clinic, new additions to Abbey Mill (dried and silk flowers), The Nurtons and Medhope going from strength to strength, Abbey House Antiques, and the expanding Parva Farm Vineyard.
We wish them all well. We look forward to having Stan and Sylvia in situ and extend our best wishes to them


As you know the small church choir has the opportunity of assisting in the Sunday worship at Tintern, whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month. The choir always enjoys this event - so we hope the congregation will be lenient with us and perhaps put some of themselves forward as new members.
Sadly we believe Tom John and his wife, Jean, will be moving shortly to Chepstow and John Dearnley is increasingly involved with his preparation for ordination.
There are therefore vacancies in the Basses - or indeed in any other pitch. If you would care to become a choir-member please make contact, you would be very welcome. Practice is on Monday evenings (7:30-9:00). Meanwhile, thanks once again for the donations of newspapers for the choir fund. This effort from donors is much appreciated.
EC (Tel : 689527)


I would like to sincerely thank all the electors of Tintern who supported me in the recent County Council Election, especially all the volunteers who delivered my leaflet in the village following my ankle injury. I will represent the interests of all the Tintern Community to the best of my ability.
Donald Spencer.


Thank you for the items which have been preserved for future issues and which for lack of space could not be included this time.
It is excellent to have so much interest. Please keep writing.
EC (Editor)



In the Spring the Wye Valley Hotel began a series of theme nights, kicking off with an Indian one and following with Italian. National dishes from the countries involved were created by chefs Bill Hughes and Glen Williams.
Glen is a galloping gourmet, rushing between the kitchen and his place as lead singer of "Flashback", a class band from the Valleys.
The Royal George have celebrated their award as the best Consort hotel in Wales with Tony and Maureen Pearce winning a weekend in New York which they will use to visit the city's Jazz Festival - people after my own heart.
Having moved to Tintern, Magician Steve Russell is keen to promote his art within the village. He has been in discussion with the Royal George and is hoping to present a series of cabaret evenings featuring his own act and others from the club and TV circuit.
Abbey Mill's turn to provide entertainment in the form of a Ceiladh allowed the "Rarebits" to provide traditional entertainment on the Spring Bank Holiday Friday. Monday was lovely and allowed Jazz on a Summer's Day to be performed on the lawn. Local band "Just Jazz" played to a large enthusiastic audience with a repertoire ranging from Georgie Fame to New Orlean's blues.
The Anchor hosted a rock and roll weekend (Basil's Bash) organised by Bristol businessman, Brian (Basil) Cornell. Some 150 60s clad devotees descended on the inn to dance to the disco and live band "Bula Bula".


It was a sad day for the village when Polly, one of the resident peahens at the Anchor was killed by a car on the main road. Unbelievably the driver got out to check the damage to his car and ignored the bird dying in agony on the side of the road. However on a brighter note, Alan Butt's bird population is growing apace with fourteen teal duck eggs from Ralph Arnold being taken over by a broody hen. A plastic pond for the ducklings will no doubt confuse the hen and Perry the peacock who regards himself as a surrogate father. Dolly the dog is resigning herself to a line of ducklings walking over her.
There was also a new arrival among the Highland Cattle now being grazed in the fields opposite the Abbey at Abbey passage farm.


At the north end of the village the tourist season sees the opening of the Old Station. It's a lovely picnic site for walkers or for just browsing, with changing exhibitions and a miniature railway. Perhaps it under-used by villagers but it provides an interesting couple of hours for young and old.
At the south end of the village , preparations are underway for a summer "Son et Lumiere" at the Abbey. An audience of up to a thousand in the building is being projected for each of three weekends of three nights each.


It was with great regret that we closed the Newsagents. I had known in my heart for some time that it wasn't viable and when a combination of things including the weather made a disastrous Easter weekend the decision was made. We had tremendous support from local people and I am sorry for the inconvenience of having no morning paper. At the end there just wasn't enough trade and the time to move on had arrived. Grantley James


Ron Hoskins and Ralph Arnold won the Llanishen Crib League Knock Out Competition for the Anchor and saved the inn from an embarrassing lack of silverware in the trophy cabinet this year. The Anchor's quiz team managed the booby prize in the Chepstow league and won the trophy in the shape of a shield full of marbles (with one missing of course).


Stella Books has commissioned a highly sophisticated computer operation to supply books via the Internet. They have a stock of 30,000 books but they now have access to a stock of millions of books world-wide.
There are high speed data links to Cardiff and their sister shop in Hay on Wye, described by proprietor Cliff Tomaleski as "a sort of electronic pipe down which you can shove anything" - then I knew what he meant.
Putting their own stock on was in itself a mammoth task. I was given a demonstration of the "Booksearch system" where my enquiry for a 1960 Rupert Bear Annual, (purely as an exercise of course!) located one in minutes.
The day before a lady had come in not even knowing the author she was seeking and they found it in the United States. It's the international connotations that are really exciting.
Only 240 bookshops are on the Internet in this country and Stella are in the top 5%. They are building a huge reputation for service and expertise, particularly in the field of children's and illustrated books.


Martin Woodford organised a quiz to raise money for the new facility for Tintern and Llandogo. First prize went to a team from Chepstow Athletic Club playing as "Five go mad in Tintern". The Anchor, playing predictably as "One Marble Short" came somewhere in the middle and the rear was brought up by the well-named but gallant "Wayward Haywards".
Martin is planning a twenty-four hour cricket marathon in August as his next fund raiser and I may say I am one of the many avoiding his eye as he casts around for recruits.

Edited somewhat from the Grantley James Diary. Thank you Grantley

50/50 CLUB

Results of the most recent monthly draws are :
:- 1st 2nd 3rd
March Adrian Smith(71) Joan Dexter(61) Judy Bartholomew(47)
April Frank Keys(14) Betty Kerr(9) Judy Bartholomew(48)
May John Wait(65) Stan and Jean Mitchley(11) Elizabeth Wait(69)


Since the last edition of "Parish News", a lecturer from the Usk College of Agriculture explained how to encourage beneficial wild life into our gardens, whilst in the following month, Mrs Gail Reynolds from Llandogo enthused about butterflies. She divided her talk into those insects she would love to see but are very rare; those she would travel around the country to find and those we could all enjoy in our own backyard.
As she explained that the easiest way to encourage butterflies to visit is to leave a patch of nettles somewhere, we warmed to her straight away, so you would now be well advised to carry the odd dock leaf or two when wandering around a member's garden.
The month of April found us visiting the "Ostrich Farm" near the Gockett Inn. Just as our A.G.M. in January was held on the wettest evening of the month, this must have been the coldest, but we wandered manfully from pen to pen losing degrees of body heat by the second, but gaining some fantastic information.
The strength of the ostrich egg was such that Mr Betts, the owner, could stand on it! and that, unlike other birds who peck their way out of the shell, an ostrich just shoulders its way out.
The next few months also see us out and about, first at the flower meadows near Newgrove farm, Trelleck and then visiting a garden at Plas Cwm Coed, Tredunnock.
I know it's several months ahead, but please keep August 14th marked on your calendar as the day of our Annual Show, held as usual in the Village Hall and open to visitors throughout the afternoon.


Members who have been ill are gradually returning to the fold, looking better each time.
We had a very successful Easter Bingo, thanks to all who helped with the door, raffle, teas and of course Terry, who as usual ran the Bingo machine so well.
Tintern has been asked to join Llandogo Over 60s for their outings, some members are off to Torquay. Let's hope the weather improves.


The W.I. meets at the Royal George on the third Monday of the month at 7:30pm.
Our next meetings are as follows :
21st June - Surprise Night
29th July - Visit to Penhow Castle
August - Garden Party
September - Working in China
Visitors are always very welcome. You can have a couple of "Free evenings" before joining.
Our cross-stitch patchwork quilt is progressing slowly. We still go for our walks around and about. The Bridge Club is going from strength to strength.
Our Bistro Supper was very successful. Tickets sold like hot "Boef Bourguignonne" and there were pates, quiches and lovely French puddings, including some gorgeous French tarts.
Four members of Tintern W.I. are involved with a Get Cooking Scheme, where after suitable training, which includes Health, Hygiene and Cooking, they help young mums and others who have not yet learnt to cook. A course has already been run in Chepstow and the next one is for homeless young men in Newport.


16th June Elan Valley 9:00am Llandogo - not much walking, just coach to lunch at Rhayader and coach to Visitor Centre at the Valley.
1st July Tewkesbury - and a cream tea on a two hour boat trip on the river.
20th July Cotswold Tour - and a W.I. Tea at Horton near Westonbirt.
25th August Teignmouth - pick up in Tintern.
All outings are on no-smoking coaches.


The Badminton Club now meets on Saturday evenings in the Village Hall at 8:00pm. The Club caters for players who are "novice to good". Only friendly games are played and the Club has no league connections.
The cost is 1.50 and this includes a cup of tea. Some of us repair to the Cherry Tree afterwards but this is optional of course.
We are looking for new members and if you are interested please ring 689623.
Rosemary Beak


The call went out and people in Tintern volunteered, or were volunteered, to man the Police Station on Wednesdays and Saturdays. After several weeks of arduous training, walking the corridors of power at Police Headquarters in Cwmbran, seeing how it was all done, having a lovely lunch and masses of forms later, I was there in sole charge.
My first solo week was the day it snowed. A young man appeared who said he'd come to do the windows. I was well trained and asked for identification. He had none. As he was here and not in the office, it was no good phoning. In he came, we both thawed out with coffee and he set to work. I soon had his life story as he did the windows and I read my book.
Next time was not so busy. I filled in another form, watched the passing traffic and people, and did some writing. Then the man came from the Welsh Tourist Board and left me lots of leaflets to read.
So if anybody out there wants to have a go and a restful morning, do join us. If we had more help, the Station could be open for more days.
Contact Tony Parsons on 689446
There are some rather exciting moments but these are "sub-judice".


It was the late seventeenth century and the so called "Dissenters" had been allowed to worship in their own little chapels instead of being fined or imprisoned for not attending their Parish church. (Twelve pence under Elizabeth's 1559 Act of Uniformity).
At one such conventicle down in Southampton, a lad found his attention wandering during one of the interminable prayers. Looking along to one of the windows he was surprised to see the ventilator cord give a twitch and then to his delight a small brown mouse ran up the cord to get some fresh air.
Being that way inclined, a little rhyme came into the lad's mind; "A little mouse, for want of stairs, ran up a rope to say his prayers". Unfortunately, being so pleased with himself, he let out a giggle and was sternly rebuked by his father who happened to be an Elder of the establishment. Further retribution followed at home to be met with "O father, father pity take and I will no more poems make".
Whether that had the desired effect is not known but, fortunately for us, the promise was not kept for the lad, Isaac Watts by name, went on to write books of devotional poems, many of which have survived as among the best-loved hymns in the English language. To list but a few :-

Give to our God immortal praise

Jesus shall reign where'er the Sun

Lord of the worlds above

Give me the wings of faith to rise

and, of course, the incomparable

"When I survey the wondrous cross"

with its sublime climax :-
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life my all.

And what Service of Remembrance would be complete without Watts

"Our God, our help in ages past"

(altered later by John Wesley to "O God".)?
Before Isaac Watt's time, the only singing allowed was of paraphrases of scripture and metrical Psalms. While many of these survive and are real gems, many descended to sheer doggerel. The revolution which Watts started was taken up by others - Joseph Addison, George Wither, Phillip Dodderidge and, of course, Charles and John Wesley. "The Century of Divine Songs" the pundits call it.
Wonder what they will be calling our own Twentieth Century?



The Llandogo and Tintern Sports Association. Those of you who are interested in sports will not need to be reminded that there are few facilities available in the Lower Wye Valley. How often have you had to make the journey for yourselves or your children, to Monmouth or Chepstow, to participate in organised sport? Whether it was Hockey or Basketball, Tennis or Football, it was a case of jump in the car and travel ten miles or so to the nearest Leisure Centre.
Well help may be at hand. Last Autumn, Monmouth County Council approached the local community to inform them that funding was available from Sportlot and the County Council, for the building of all weather Multi-Sports Court. There were strings of course. The Multi-Sports Court was to cost 50,000 and the Local Community had to fund 10% of the cost. Further more the grant could only be considered for an application from a properly constituted Sports Association or Club.
Mindful of the lack of facilities in the Lower Wye Valley, a group of sports enthusiasts from Llandogo approached those interested in Sport from Tintern. Within two months of the initial meeting The Llandogo and Tintern Sports Association was born.
A great deal has been accomplished since Christmas. LATSA has a constitution; a General Committee drawn from Llandogo and Tintern and has sixty people in membership.
Our immediate plan and top priority is to raise 5,000 to qualify for the Grant Application. We have an agreement with the Governors of Llandogo Junior and Infants School for the Multi-Sports Court to be sited there and the M.C.C. Education Department has agreed to apply for the Grant from Sportlot to supplement the Council and LATSA's funding.
We hope to process the application by the end of the year and have the Multi-Sports Court in use by the summer of 2000.
The Multi-Sports Court will be administered out of School hours by LATSA. It will be lined and equipped for Tennis, 5 a side Football, Netball and Basketball. It will be chain-linked fenced and battened to 3 metres in height. The whole Court will have a floodlighting facility so the court can be used at night and in winter.
LATSA has arranged a number of fund raising activities over the next few months to reach our commitment of 5,000. Please support them if you can. You can help us right now by joining membership of LATSA. For 12 (just 1 a month) you can become a member until May 2000. You will automatically qualify for a monthly cash prize draw and you will be helping to bring this exciting project a step nearer.
We are affiliated to the National bodies which represent Tennis, Basketball and Netball. We have the support of Rachel Davies the Sports Development Officer for Monmouth C.C. and it is our intention to operate training and coaching courses in a number of sports when we are fully functional.
LATSA is working with the Monmouth Education Department, the Monmouth County Council Recreational Services Department, Sportlot, and the Llandogo Junior and Infant School Governors to bring this facility to the local neighbourhood.

John Milton Whatmore, Chairman, Tel : 01594-530817


There was a soup lunch held in the Village Hall on the 1st of March in aid of the St. David's Foundation. The event raised around 350.



On Thursday, 6th May, a coffee morning, bring and buy was arranged by Mrs Madge Cowell and held in the newly redesigned home of Jane Rhodes. In spite of it being Polling Day, many came, not only to support an important local charity, but to"sticky beak" Jane's home, which we have watched growing with interest.
Should Jane feel called upon to repeat this happy occasion we hope to find her walls hung with even more of her paintings and artwork, which gave a special dimension and colour to the event.
It was good to meet new faces and to greet old friends. Also the coffee was good and plentiful.
A total of 121.42 was raised to help the children.



The Angiddy Valley Neighbourhood Watch is organising their annual BBQ to be held at the Cherry Tree on Saturday 17th July 99 from 4:00pm to late. Everybody is welcome. It is a great get-together with good value food on offer. There are no tickets, just turn up on the day.

Rosemary Beak 689623


Philosophy is a subject which many people consider to be beyond them, yet it is as natural as life itself. In order to demonstrate this, a nation-wide "Philosophy in Pubs" movement has been founded, and Tintern has now become part of this.
The circle meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Cherry Tree Inn at 7:30, addressed so far by Ray Billington, former Head of Philosophy at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and author of "Living Philosophy", "Understanding Eastern Philosophy", etc. Topics have been "What is Philosophy?", "How do we know right from wrong?", "Is God dead?", and "Democracy: a Pipe Dream?".
The venue means that meetings proceed in a relaxed and informal way, with ample opportunity for discussion. It is expected that other speakers will be contributing in the future, where topics will range over moral, political, religious and artistic issues. Dates to note are June 15th, July 20th, (no meeting in August), and then from Sept 21st onward.
This is a real example of philosophy for all. Any queries should be addressed to the Chairperson, Hatti Pegram, on 01291-689928.



Since the 28th of March, Glyn Williams Travel have been operating Sunday 'buses on the Chepstow - Tintern - Monmouth, Monmouth - Raglan - Abergavenny, Monmouth - Raglan - Newport and the Newport - Caldicot - Chepstow routes.
'Buses operate at two hourly intervals, in each direction, on each of the routes. Thus, 'buses to Monmouth from Tintern, leave the Royal George at 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm and 4:45pm and 'buses to Chepstow from Tintern, leave the Royal George at 11:40am, 1:40pm, 3:40pm and 5:40pm.
On studying the timetables, it is possible to catch the 10:45am or the 12:45pm 'bus to Monmouth and to travel from Tintern - Monmouth - Raglan - Abergavenny - Raglan - Newport - Chepstow - Tintern returning to Tintern by 2:45pm or 4:45pm respectively
For further information, telephone Glyn Williams Travel at 01495-229237



"Sacred to the memory of Thomas Pritchard. Merch. Whose merit deserves a far greater tribute than can here be paid. He was benevolent, charitable; unsuspicious and forgiving. persevering and punctual in all his undertakings. In integrity and industry exceeded by few. Sincere in friendship, an affectionate husband and tender father. He lived beloved and died sincerely lamented in the 52nd year of his life, June 10th 1797.
This inscription is on the south facing side of the tomb at the right hand side of the gate as one enters St. Mary's Churchyard. The lettering is only clearly visible when the morning sun illuminates it.
Curious to know something more of Thomas Pritchard I read in "Tintern's Story" what Elaine Dollery wrote in her article "Tintern on the Wye". - "On 3rd December 1785 the abbey trow belonging to Pritchard of Tintern, ran aground at the river's mouth with a cargo of grain; and in January 1873 the "Richard" laden with stone for Bristol, settled down on the bank under Tintern Church and filled with water as the tide turned."
On the side of the tomb facing north it is just possible to read that Richard, son of Thomas, shares his father's grave; all other inscriptions have become illegible although they may have been inscribed at a later date.
One can but speculate as to what prompted some of the eulogy we read today e.g.; "unsuspicious and forgiving". That the Pritchard family were well to do and of a charitable disposition is borne out by the details of the Charity of Samuel Pritchard as quoted below :
"Charity of Samuel Pritchard" to "The Official Trustees of Charitable Funds"
1818. Government Stock i.e. Consols value 625-5-6 Gross Yearly Income 15-12-8. Foundation before 1833.
"The Poor's Field" at Penterry and known as Poor's Leic on Leaze 4 acres, yearly income 2.
The income to be used by the Trustees for the benefit of the poor of the Ancient Parish of Chapel Hill.
Note : The Poor's Field was sold to the farmer at Penterry (Mr Maddox) for 70 plus expenses in 1966 and reinvested in 5% National Development Bonds with the Charities Official Investment Fund (COIF).
In 1994 the Government decided to redeem the capital from these Government Stocks which had sadly depreciated over the years and the Charity received 184.95 which was reinvested with the Poor's Field investment.
(This information was supplied by Mrs R.M.Jones who has served the Chapel Hill and Bradford Charities as Secretary for 36 years)



For a long time it has been assumed that there were two houses or more, adjacent to each other, in the parish of Tintern Parva, namely Tintern Manor House and the Hospice. I have to confess that I supported that assumption in "Tintern's Story" which I wrote in 1990.
However, three or four years ago, I had reason to alter that opinion. Mr Davies of The Hospice was then in contact with descendants of the Fryer family who had lived at The Hospice during the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century. They had lent him a photograph of The Hospice taken before the front wing was demolished, and they kindly allowed me to see and copy this photo. It looked familiar. I searched through my collection of pictures of Tintern houses, and found a drawing of Tintern Manor House by Mrs M.E.Bagnall Oakley (and reproduced in Bradney's History of Monmouthshire) during the early part of the 1800s - low and behold - identical!
So there never were two houses, they were one and the same! To double check this, I went through the five census for Tintern Parva (1841-1881 inc.) and discovered that there is only one property listed between The Old Rectory and Trellech Road.
As it is my intention to leave Tintern in the near future, I have been checking through my "Tintern archives" and was reminded of the above. So, now it is in print, I can move with a clear conscience!

Judith Russill


Since producing "Tintern's Story" in 1990, I have collected a wealth of information about the two parishes of Chapel Hill and Tintern Parva - much of it given to me by kind residents. It has enabled me to give talks about the village and its families to various interested groups, and to help the many family history enquiries that seem to come my way. It has also helped provide ammo for various Community Council battles!
I have pondered long and hard on what to do with this collection when I leave Tintern. It is important that it stays in the area and not disappear to West Wales with me. Mindful of the enormous help that Ms Annie Rainsbury (curator of Chepstow Museum) gave me when I was researching "Tintern's Story", I decided to approach Annie to see if she would like my collection for the Museum, and this she has agreed to accept.
There is a great deal more to Chepstow Museum than what you see in the glass cabinets. Over her years in charge, Annie has amassed a splendid collection of books, pictures and documents etc covering her "catchment area", and hopefully my small collection will help plug a gap and be available to future researchers.
Incidentally, since the publication of "Tintern's Story", several thousand pounds has been raised for the St.Michael's Church Restoration Fund. Hopefully there is still some more mileage in the book to raise yet more money. The copyright is vested in the St.Michael's Parochial Church Council.

Judith Russill


Tintern Surgery moved to new premises on the 24th May in the old Police Station opposite the Royal George Hotel. The new surgery will provide more spacious and comfortable accommodation for both staff and patients.
Surgery hours are as follows :
Mon : 9:00am - 10:30am appointments 5:00pm - 6:30pm open (Dr Berger)
Tue : 9:00am - 10:30am appointments
Wed : 9:00am - 10:30am open 5:00pm - 6:30pm appointments
Thu : 9:00am - 10:30am open 5:00pm - 6:30pm appointments
Fri : 7:00am - 8:30am appointments (Dr Berger)
also 9:00am - 10:30am appointments (Dr Berger)
Sat : 9:00am - 10:00am open - emergency and if Saturday is only day patient can attend

Telephone and FAX numbers remain unchanged :
Tel : 01291-689355
FAX : 01291-689769

Calls for repeat presriptions and other non-urgent calls should not be made during surgery hours but confined to : 11:30am - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, in the evenings, at night, and at weekends, incoming calls to the surgery will be handled by "Health Call".

Car parking near the surgery is limited. Those unable to use the designated spaces at the rear and side of the building should park on the side of the main road, well clear of the corners so as not to create a traffic hazard.