The Tuesday Club Year - 1985
Miss Bernice Williams aged 76 years died in hospital after a short illness.
She was known to everyone as "Dolly". Born in Brockweir, her family moved to Tintern when she was quite young and she attended the Village school.
For some years she lived in London and then returned home and worked at Mount Pleasant Hospital, Chepstow until she retired. She was not married.
The funeral was on the sixth of June, 1985.
The death of Miss Dolly Williams cast a shadow over everyone. She was one of the founder members and rarely missed a meeting. Very outspoken at all times and yet without rancour she brought smiles and laughter to all her hearers.
The esteem in which she was held was evident by the large number of members present in the Chapel to say farewell. She will be sadly missed.
In June we went to the seaside,
To Weston Super mare.
But it wasn't hot and sunny,
It was cold and windy there.
So, we briskly tramped the Promenade
And inhaled the brisk sea air,
Till at teatime we were whisked away
To a nearby village, where
The W.I. had baked for us
Some Weston Super Fare!
A month later, on a brilliantly sunny day - which sparkled all the more beautifully compared with the rest of this gloomy summer - we drove through spectacularly georgeous country to the Brecon Mountain Centre, where we enjoyed cups of tea, ice cream and lovely views.
We had arranged to have a W.I. tea on the way home with an Institute whose first stab at catering this was to be (we had persuaded them).
A series of mishaps resulted in our arriving three quarters of an hour late. We apologised profusely and were amazed by their calm.
Not till we were leaving did the President explain. "We were so thankful you were late" she said "It gave us time to get rid of the adder we found in the hall".
With the coming of summer the Club hope to spend more time out of doors with garden meetings and outings.
A party was held recently to celebrate the 90th birthday of Mr Reg Lane, the oldest member. He was presented with a framed map of Old Gwent by Mrs Jo Arnatt on behalf of members. May he have many happy returns.
This autumn we have been saddened by the deaths of two of our members, Mrs Lyrian Arnold in September and Mr Ken James in October.
Mrs Arnold had joined in many of our outings and Ken was a lively and active member at Meetings.
Both will be much missed.
Mr Ken James died suddenly on the 26 October 1985 aged 74 years. He came to live in the Trellech Road with his wife Vera in 1965. After "doing-up" his cottage he set up in business in Monmouth - Tintern Cabinet Co. He carried on quite successfully until ill-health forced him to retire.
After the death of his wife in 1977 he carried on with her various activities, joining the Tuesday Club, Local Conservatives and the VPA where he was later appointed President.
He regularly attended services at St Michael's and was a Sidesman. Unilt recently he was a member of the PCC.
We had to wait for Autumn before finding a sunny enough day for our annual afternoon in Bert and Kath Williams garden.
Their beautiful garden (never mind green fingers, I'm green all over with envy) was as perfect as ever and their welcome as warm.
The Club and friends had an outing to Worcester in October and our local antique expert, Mr David Ford, gave us some interesting information about our own antiques. No, not ourselves!
In November, Mrs Lesley Humphrey talked to us about her important work with Dr Barnardo's and surprised us with its new image.
We celebrated Mrs Lucy Mackie's eightieth birthday this month.
An enjoyable Christmas Party was arranged and prepared by Mrs Jo Arnatt assisted by some members. During the evening a toast was drunk and a presentation made to Mr and Mrs George Glass to mark the occasion of their Golden Wedding on Boxing Day.
Mr Harold Woolfson presented a variety of slides provided by six members who commented briefly on them. Mr Adrian Smith played for carol singing.
Our thanks to the ladies who waited, etc. on us so efficiently - Gerry, Leslie, Katie and friend. We all missed Barbara and Rene - hope they'll be with us next year. Special thanks to Jo.