The Tintern Village Website

Winter 2001


Dear Friends

Kate and I recently came across this quote from St Francis of Assisi - "Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words!" So I thought I would write about your understanding of "preaching".

I hope it is not the TV caricature. A preacher is often portrayed as someone in robes, standing in a pulpit in an ancient building, mouthing platitudes, and six feet above contradiction. At its best preaching is sometimes seen as an exercise by a theologian or the skill of someone seen to be a wordsmith! Hence the stupid contest called "Preacher of the Year"!

The listeners are often portrayed as passive endurers, taking no part themselves and probably half asleep. I would like to contradict everything in this picture!

Firstly, the congregation comes together to encourage one another as they pray and worship God. Corinthians 14 (26-28), look it up, shows how active we should be when we meet together. In various ways, everyone has something to bring. The Speaker (we call it preaching) should be an able teacher. He or she should have something to say, based in the Bible, and anointed by the Holy Spirit for that moment. There should be application of that word, and it might call for a response from every one. Such a response may be silent and in your heart, or it may be verbal and require movement.

So, secondly, the "Preacher" is a catalyst who wants God to be set free to bless the people. He is not in control - God is. As he speaks, God works on the lives of the listeners. They may even be so aware of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, that they don't really hear much of the Speaker. So the Preacher is not the educator; that belongs to the Word and the Spirit, and he is only a mouthpiece.

Thirdly, behind the scenes! As I prepare with the Scriptures I seek not only to expound the meaning of the words, but more to ask, "Lord, what would you say?" I don't know, but He knows what each one needs to hear today. Then I pray with Des and others, as we begin on a Sunday, "Come Holy Spirit". He's more important than any of us.

Then, in the congregation, I feel best if people are obviously involved. Some will be working at listening, some "away with the Lord", some smiling at me, some with head in the Bible, sharing what I'm saying. Then at the end, issues are often raised as we chat, and personal prayer may follow.

And to finish with St Francis, the words we use are only valid if they match our lives all the days of the week.

Blessings from the Lord to you.


Joan Emily Jones 1917 - 2001

Joan was born in Cricklewood, North London on May 6th 1917, second of three daughters of Joseph and Agnes Dunk. Joan's father was from a military family, having joined the Royal Artillery in India when still in his teens. Joan's mother was from South East England, the daughter of a Church of England clergy.

After surviving the regimen of schooling at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Willesden N. London, Joan and her sisters Ruth and Grace, would have been looking forward to the adventures of life in London in the 30's. This of course was to be heavily affected by the outbreak of the 2nd World War.

By this time however she had met Leonard Jones, who had left Tintern to work first for the North Metropolitan Electricity board and then in the Aerospace industry. Joan and Len were married on May 10th 1941 and their first home was a flat in Wembley, not too far from the stadium. One of Joan's wartime responsibilities was that of a Fire Warden during the Blitz - she kept the "tin helmet" with the letter "W" emblazoned on it as a souvenir.

In 1943 Joan and Len's son Roger was born. The family stayed in Wembley until the arrival of the first "flying bombs" at which time, in 1944, Joan, with her son came to Tintern to live with Len's parents - Albert and Amy Jones of the Sawmills. Far from being a city person lost in the country, Joan loved the countryside and Tintern in particular.

When Len was demobbed from the Air Force they used their savings to take over what had been "Wheelers", Newsagents in the centre of the village. Running the shop was from the beginning a joint effort, with Joan fully involved in serving behind the counter, delivering newspapers and in those days of little private transport, advertising the Christmas Bazaar with the "annual poem" delivered with the newspapers! Joan worked in the family business until her health began to fail in the 1980's. In all, Joan and Len ran the newsagents for 50 years before finally retiring.

All who met Joan in her lifetime in Tintern could not fail to be captivated by her ready smile, sense of humour and willingness to assist her neighbours in any way she could. She was for many years a regular member of St. Michael's, together with her mother in law, Amy.

Although these last years have been the subject of increasingly poor health, Joan never lost the spirit and humour that have enlightened all who loved her. This period in her life could not go without acknowledging the unceasing care of her husband Len with whom she was able to quietly celebrate a Diamond Wedding this year on May 10th.

Her immediate family survives Joan: husband Len, son Roger, daughter-in-law Barbara, granddaughters Karen and Alison and Great Grandson Ethan.

Joan was buried in the churchyard at St Michael's, not far from her parents, sisters Ruth Dunk, Grace Law, Len's parents and brother Bernard.

Roger Jones


Ernie Morris was born and brought up near Ledbury in Herefordshire, the eldest of ten children. The family moved to Lower Lydbrook where he became a cowman on a farm, they later moved to Woodcroft and subsequently Ernie came to Trellech Grange where he was farm manager at Old Park Farm until the farm was sold.

Next he moved to Chapel Hill and worked firstly for the Forestry Commission and later at several of the hotels in Tintern. He continued to work until he reached the age of 76, living finally in a bungalow in Sylvan View.

He married his wife, Sheila, in 1937 and they had two sons. She died in 1974. He was a keen gardener and a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. As a youngster he suffered from polio, which left him with a limp but this did not prevent him leading an active life and living to the age of 92.

He is survived by one brother, his two sons and was the proud grandfather of four and great grandfather of seven.


Please note that the closing date for the Spring 2002 issue is
SUNDAY 17th February 2002.
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.

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Please contact the Web Site Editor, John Bathgate on 689328.


In the last issue of the Parish News, an appeal was made for help with the work of caring for our churchyards. The only response was from the three stalwarts who have worked there throughout the Spring and Summer.

Were they complaining? No, only objecting to what they consider were exaggerated reports of their age and infirmities. The words used were intended to touch the hearts and minds of possible volunteers.

Perhaps some brave, robust new pensioners, bored by their freedom, will come forward in Spring 2002.

Let us encourage them - free four-wheeled transport to St. Mary's is available, a coffee break is arranged at half-time. The view from both locations is beautiful and the company congenial.



I once was a help, - well, so I think
But as fast as you'd say "Blink" or "Wink"
The trusty bold strimmer
Was exchanged for a zimmer!
Now the chain needs another new link.

If anyone out there is reading
This plea for a third link, try heeding
My cry from the heart
For a replacement part
And become that third link we're needing.

Judy with the broken leg!


A New Era

The completion of the Llandogo Millennium hall in August and the move from the Moravian Church Hall marked a new era for the Brigade Company. Parade nights changed from Fridays to Thursdays. We have a wonderful Main Hall in which to play games and a room upstairs in which to do arts and crafts and other Badge work.

Of course, luxury comes at a price - 4.50 per hour. At 9.00 or 12.00 a night we have made an agreement with the Hall Management Committee to pay the rent at the end of each term. So we need 100% attendance from all members who pay 50p per week.

The autumn term began on 13th September and immediately membership increased. Compared with an average attendance during spring and summer of 12, we now have as many as 25 on parade night.

On 15th/16th September, lads and girls from Griffithstown, Tintern and Llandogo journeyed to Blackpool to compete in the Brigade National Swimming and Athletics. They did well in the sports and certainly enjoyed themselves on the Big Dipper.

After the success of Tintern Parish Harvest Supper, and since Llandogo Parish had not considered having one, the Brigade arranged a Harvest Supper during half term on 25th October. Although attendance was rather poor - particularly from parents - the evening meal and the quizzes devised by Mrs. Jane Avery made the event a success - socially and financially.

So the future looks rosy. We made applications for grant aid to Monmouthshire County Council Welsh Churches Fund and to Sportlet Community Chest to equip the Company with indoor games and sports. The results are overwhelming. Welsh Churches Fund has awarded us 100; Sportlet have awarded us 370.95.

This means that we have the means to serve, train and entertain the children and young people of our parishes.

To assist in the work we need leaders and helpers willing to give an hour - or two - of their skills on a Thursday evening.

Why not try us!


50/50 CLUB

The results of the most recent draws are :

                        September               October                      November
1st John Jackson (56) Rosie Biss (109) A&M Pearce (27)
2nd Joan Dexter (29) D&J Carter (18) Pat Yallup (38)
3rd Teresa Casemore (44) K&W Taylor (100) A&M Pearce (25)
4th Jan Gibbard (14) Ruby Prewett (74) Sally Walsh (97)
5th C&D Heritage (79) J&M Mills (24) K&W Taylor (101)

After the final draw of the present series (Feb 02) the 50/50 Club will be discontinued. Instead a Gift Day will be held, details of which will be announced in due course.

D Cowell


Our meeting on September 21st gave us Colin Titcombe rambling through his life with the aid of a set of super slides and on the 19th of October Mr Clark gave us a lovely chat on badgers illustrated again with excellent slides. Now we know what causes those holes in the grass and the bits of turf turned back to expose the earth.

Our November meeting was different in that our Chairman and Secretary were both absent. Judy Bartholomew was away because she has broken her leg while working in the Chain Gang at St Mary's churchyard. The meeting was chaired by Martin Davey, assisted by Jean Bathgate. We voted to send Judy a bouquet of flowers. Our speaker was Mr Doug Iles who talked about bees and their products. He brought along a super selection of items for purchase and the members made the most of the opportunity. Mr Iles lives at Balligan Cottage, The Hudnalls, St Briavels and you can contact him on 01594-530807 if you want him to come along to your function.

Coming up on the 3rd December is the "Trellech Punch" party put on by the Trellech VPA and on the 21st December we hold our own Christmas Party in the village hall. Then we have to get ourselves ready for the Annual General Meeting to be held on January 18th 2002. At least the AGM is usually a brief meeting, not bogged down with too much detail and points of order etc.

Happy Christmas



Tintern Tuesday Clubbers are looking forward to their Christmas lunch at the Abbey Mill. We welcome new members.

Jean Davey 689212


A Christmassy afternoon was the theme for members of Tintern WI at November's meeting. Members spent the afternoon happily painting Christmas figures. Father Christmases, Angels, Snowmen and crackers soon filled the tables. The unpainted figures were provided by Tintern's own pottery. Many thanks to them.

Some Tintern WI members are going on a discount shopping trip to David Morgan's of Cardiff. They have invited WIs from all over Wales to the store during the Christmas period. Members will also be lunching at David Morgan's.

It will be posh frocks at the ready for December's meeting when members sit down to a three-course lunch cooked for them by the Committee. Hopefully a good time will be had by all.

Jean Davey 689212


A home-made soup and pud lunch
Tintern Village Hall
Wednesday 5th December
12.30 - 2.00pm
3 each
All profits to the Village Hall
Future lunches on Wednesdays
9th January, 6th February, 6th March, 10th April


Llandogo over 60s are planning outings for 2002. Hopefully they will include trips to Worcester, Salisbury, Weston, Swansea and Gower, and Moreton-in-Marsh to name but a few. Watch this space.


I am concerned about the future of our Bowls Club, which was started in 1988. We have an ageing membership and it is essential that we attract some new members (preferably under 70!) for the Club to continue successfully into the foreseeable future. It is a very rewarding way to spend some spare time both as a serious sport and socially and is a real asset to the district.

What is 'Short Mat' Bowls? It is not 'Carpet' Bowls, which is a 'drawing room' game played with quite small bowls. Short Mat is a game played on special mats not less than 45 ft. long with full size bowls under very similar rules to outdoor rink bowls. It is therefore ideally suited for village halls, school gymnasia and similar buildings and, being indoors, is principally played in the winter months. 'Long Mat' Bowls is played on full size rinks indoors in Leisure Centres and special Sports Halls and is the game that is extensively televised. The game of bowls has expanded during the last 10/15 years, particularly indoors and is played and followed by men, women and youngsters of all ages.

The organizing bodies for the sport in this area are the English or the Welsh National Associations who set the rules and organise the National Championships. Their authority devolves to the Counties who are responsible for organising and overseeing the County Championships and League matches.

If the above seems a bit formal and forbidding, many of our members are quite happy to come to our Club sessions for the fun of the game and the friendly social contact. Many of us had never played Bowls before joining Brockweir and some have gone on to enjoy the real game outdoors during the summer months. Our current membership is 25 down from a maximum of 38, of which half are over 70 and of these probably 4 octogenarians (we do not ask for birth certificates!). They come from Hewelsfield, St. Briavels, Coleford, Llandogo, Chepstow, Monmouth, Trellech, Tintern, Llanishen.

Currently we meet on Monday evening and Thursday afternoon. The annual subscription is 12 and the session playing fee is 1. As a gesture we have offered the Hall Committee 25 for every new member we recruit this year towards their Refurbishment Fund so your contribution will be doubly worthwhile if you decide to join us.


After 11 years Alan Butt, licensee of the Anchor, his wife Barbara and son Ian have escaped from Tintern to their new home in Osbaston, Monmouth. Alan's daughter Rachel, together with her husband Timothy Matthews will take over the running of the Anchor. Alan and Barbara will, however, return frequently to the Anchor to keep in touch with old and new customers and we wish them all, every happiness in this change of scene.


Paddy Burt of the Daily Telegraph stayed at the Parva Farmhouse Hotel and wrote a review in the Telegraph of October 20th. Everything impressed her from the welcome, the atmosphere and excellent food, to the service and the reasonable cost. She said that she would like to visit again.


The big cats are still around! We saw one on the 15th October. It ran across the road in front of our car. It was going from the churchard to Parva Barns. It passed within a couple of feet of the front of the car, running faster than any domestic cat or dog. It appeared to be about the size of a red setter but of course it was black. The local "cat man", Danny Nineham, said that the sighting helped to confirm his suspicions of a cat or cats living somewhere behind the Nurtons.

If you spot a big cat, please let Danny Nineham know as soon as possible on 01594-844182.



Over the years there has been a rapid rise in the consumption of deep-frozen and ready cooked foods, with almost a total disappearance of home cooking. Small 'country bake house' bread hardly exists and now bread is sliced and wrapped and, for the most part, almost tasteless. Home-made cake shops have virtually disappeared and now cakes are mass produced, sawdust tasting. Made in cities, they are brought to us in our remote village shops by van deliveries.

The saddest thing of all is that these mass produced foods are killing all the traditional cookery of our Country. To me, food is more than something to enjoy; it is part of family life. So, once again, we are giving you a traditional Christmas pudding recipe, using carrots and old ale.

7 ozs Flour
7 ozs Breadcrumbs
14 ozs Beef suet
8 ozs Mixed Peel
14 ozs Currants
1 oz Ground Almonds
4 ozs Demerara sugar
1/8th teaspoon Grated nutmeg
half Lemon
10 ozs Sultanas
3 Eggs
4 ozs Carrots
1 Gill of Old ale
quarter teaspoon Ground cinnamon
8 ozs Stoned raisins
1/8th teaspoon mixed spice
1/8th oz. Baking Powder

Mix suet, currants, peel, raisins and sultanas as for mincemeat. Sift flour with salt, spices and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make crumbs as small as possible (using a food processor is easiest).
Scrape, wash and dry carrots, then grate them. Turn into basin containing fruit and suet. Stir crumbs and sugar into flour mixture. Add suet and fruit and mix well. Stir in washed, dried and grated lemon rind. Cover basin with a clean cloth and stand overnight in a cool but dry place.

Next day stir in the ale and strained lemon juice and keep mixing until well incorporated. Beat eggs well together in a basin and stir in. If eggs are small, use two more or add a little more ale.
Beat well, then fill buttered basins, but only to within one inch of the top. Cover with buttered paper, tie securely, then tie up with pudding cloths. Steam for four hours or follow instructions to cook in a pressure cooker.

Store in a dry, airy cupboard until required, then steam for another two hours. The quantities given will make two large puddings.



The history of drugs stretches back to time ancient times, and these are lots of remedies by early writers, which have been used for thousands of years.

The oldest British book on the use of herbs is the 'Leech Book of Bold' written in the tenth century. It is a copy of the working recipes of an Anglo-Saxon doctor named 'Bold' and details herbal remedies.

Herbs can be used for teas and flavourings in most cases and can be stored for many months in screw-top jars. They are supposed to contain more aromatic oils if picked in the early morning before the sun has reached them. After gathering they should be spread out and dried quickly, but not above 40 degrees centigrade or the volatile oil will be lost.

Remember. It is an offence to pick certain rare flowers, or to uproot any plant without the permission of the Land Owner.

POPPY: A tea made from the petals was given to children to quieten them, while a syrup made from the seeds and flowers was put in painful hollow teeth.
BILBERRY: The fruit and leaves may reduce the level of the blood sugar and are sometimes eaten by Diabetics.
BRACKEN: It can be burnt to drive away mosquitoes.
HAWTHORN: The fruit can be used for insomnia, the flowers can be added to sugar and brandy and produce a delicious drink.
STINGING NETTLE: Young shoots make a good soup. They have a laxative effect.
BLACKBERRIES: Tea made from young leaves will stop diarrhoea. The fruit can be used for the treatment of gout, also as a gargle and face pack for skin complaints.
DOG ROSE: The rose has many uses, such as sweet-scented rosewater, also as pleasant junketing dishes and cakes, giving a fine and delicate taste.
DAISY: The leaves in small quantities may be added to salads, the roots boiled in milk can be used as a poultice to promote the healing of wounds and ulcers.
DANDELION: The young leaves are good to eat in a salad and to make a tea, which is a laxative and increases the flow of urine.
ELDER: The flowers make a good tea, which purifies the blood, or a face pack with yoghurt. The berries make wine, jam and fruit pies.
SHEPHERD'S PURSE: Rich in Vitamin C, it can be made into a poultice for rheumatic pains.

This is only a small and arbitrary selection of the plants that have been used over the years. Maybe they will add flavours to your diet at no cost except for the energy to collect them.



1852 Coming of the Railways led to the revival of the wireworks, iron and brass foundries at Tintern
1858 Bill Benjamin of Shirenewton fought against Tom Sayers, champion boxer of England and was beaten in the third round
1861 Green Dragon turnpike removed at St.Lawrence
1876 Wye Valley Railway officially opened 12th October
1900 Estuary Salmon fishing rights bought by a group of proprietors from the Duke of Beaufort
1911 Dr. Urville Owen of Detroit, U.S.A., excavated along the Wye at Chepstow in the hope of finding proof that the works of Shakespeare were written by Bacon
1926 Opening of Chepstow Racecourse


Top Ten Tips
1. Wipe not your greasy fingers upon the Tablecloth
2. Dip your food into the common salt dish before you bite, if not after
3. Bring not your cat to the table
4. Pick not your teeth with your finger or your knife
5. Make not a noise drinking soup
6. Shout not at the table "I eat none of this", "I eat none of that"
7. Blow not upon your soup to cool it
8. Belch not at the table
9. Spit not and cough not at the table
10. Scratch not your head whilst you sit at the table

Has anything changed?


An American set out to write a book about famous churches around the world. For his first chapter he decided to write about famous British churches. So he bought a plane ticket and made the trip to London.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "10,000 per call". The American, intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for. The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for 10,000 he could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went on his way.

Next stop was in Manchester. There at a very large church he saw the similar golden telephone with the same sign under it. He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in London and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was. She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and for 10,000 he could talk to God. "Oh, thank you", said the American.

He then travelled to Nottingham, Coventry and Bath and in every church he saw the similar golden telephone with the same "10,000 per call" sign under it.

With his first chapter going well he travelled to Tintern and again, there was the similar golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "10p per call". The American was surprised and so he asked a priest about the sign. "Father, I've travelled all over England and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told it is a direct line to heaven, but in all the cities in England the price was 10,000 per call. This is so cheap here?" The priest smiled and answered "You're in Wales now, son. It's a local call!"


When the President of Zambia, Frederick Chiluba, dined at Buckingham Palace, he treated the Queen to a rendition of grace in Bemba, his native language. Now it transpires that the president was not as much saying grace as saving his wife's blushes.

As the president sat down he noticed that his wife, Vera Chiluba, who had previously been his maid, was looking in horrified perplexity at the large array of cutlery. Quick as a flash, he turned to the Queen and asked if he might say grace. In a reverential voice he then apparently intoned: 'For what we are about to receive...Vera, listen. The round spoon is for the soup, the funny-shaped knife is for the fish and the spoon along the top is for the pudding...Amen'.