The Tuesday Club Year - 1989
The Tuesday Club has been out and about as much as possible this lovely summer. We have had two outings, one in May to Bourton on the Water and the beautiful gardens of Barnsley House in the Cotswolds. The other was in July when we went to the seaside to Sidmouth, where some of us swam and a lot of us paddled and all of us enjoyed ourselves.
In June we had an afternoon in the shade in Mrs Arnatt's garden in Llandogo and in July we went to Mr and Mrs Bert William's lovely garden. Here our Organiser stood in Bert's lovely clear spring till her feet turned blue and felt that this should be a regular tourist attraction (the spring, not the blue feet). On this afternoon also, we celebrated Mr Frank Lawrence's 89th birthday with sparkling wine provided by Mrs Williams and a cake made by Rose Jones.
Our triumph at the Carnival, on winning the shield for the most original float, would have been greater if we had had some competition. Come on Tintern, if we old fogeys can do it (for minimal cost) how about some more floats next year? We know you can do it, we've seen some magnificent ones in the last few years.
Finally, some thanks, firstly, to our friends in Tintern and Llandogo who join us on our outings, and, secondly, grateful thanks to the Carnival committee for their most generous donation which has helped us to enjoy our club so much.
Sadly, three members of the Tuesday Club have died this year. Mrs Muriel Davies, Mrs Edith Thomas and Mrs Eileen Pearce.
Mrs Davies, though not well enough this year to come to meetings, was one of the few remaining founder members of the Club.
Mrs Thomas, always cheerful (we missed her on the float at this year's carnival) had been with us for some years.
Mrs Pearce had joined us only recently but had quickly made friends.
We shall miss all three very much.
After the excitement of the Carnival, members settled down to normality. The Annual Meeting, due in August, was put off until September due to the marriage of Katie Arnatt to the Rector. We felt her mother was far too busy to cope with our affairs too. Several of our members were invited, and attended the wedding in Llandogo when a very enjoyable time was had by us all. The Bride looked a picture and she and her Groom will have a special place in our Scrapbook.
The accounts were presented at the Annual Meeting and showed a healthy balance due to donations and our Carnival prize. Membership numbers had remained about the same as the previous year but sadly there have been three deaths this year and Mr and Mrs Glass have left the village to live in Thornbury. However, we continue to have our meetings and look forward to our Christmas Dinner which will be held in the Royal George Hotel in December.
The fine autumn weather got everyone thinking of outings and at the beginning of October we had an afternoon trip to The Shambles at Newent, a delightful Victorian Museum set in an old world house. The cobbled courtyard was full of tiny shops, reminiscent of York. As a male member remarked "It was wonderful - all those shops and you couldn't buy a thing". tea was in Gorsely Village hall (W.I.).
The continuing good weather prompted yet another afternoon trip at the end of October to see the Autumn tints. This took the form of a mystery trip which took in Trellech, Monmouth, Ross, Ledbury, West Malvern and Upton upon Severn with tea at the small village of Forthampton (again W.I.). We were not disappointed. In each case the weather was lovely and everyone enjoyed both trips. We were joined on each occasion by several pensioner friends from Llandogo and our own Tintern regulars.
One of our old members, Mr Sid Jones has been in hospital but is out and about again and able to get to meetings.
In November we reach our fifteenth birthday. Regrettably only two of the founder members are still active in the Club -Miss Marjorie Thomas and Mrs Rose Jones. Let us hope the Club will continue to give pleasure to senior citizens in both our own village and outside for years to come.
A Wedding in the Valley
On Friday 1st September, a very fine day, at the Church of St Odoceus, Llandogo, friends and relatives gathered to celebrate the marriage of Julian White, our Rector, and Kate Arnatt, Custodian of Tintern Abbey. The Right Reverend Clifford Wright, Bishop of Monmouth, officiated, assisted by Rev W R Thomas and Canon D G Lewis.
Those who have known Kate since her childhood in Tintern know she can look charming in jeans and a sweater, however, when she walked up the aisle on the arm of her distinguished father she was wearing a full length Victorian style, full skirted, ivory gown trimmed with lace. She wore a three stranded pearl necklet and a wreath of rosebuds held her veil in place.
The Bride was attended by Jane Avery as Matron of Honour and Janice Williams was Bridesmaid, they wore ankle length pink dresses and beribboned boaters and carried Victorian posies in shades of apricot and ivory.
The Best Man was the Groom's brother, Mr Ross White, and the Ushers were Matthew Arnatt and Mike Sturt. Miss Davies played the voluntary and Adrian Smith the chosen hymns.
The combined skills of the flower arrangers - Mrs Sturt, Mrs Daniels and Miss Judith Russill, embellished the church.
A reception was held The Farmhouse Inn after which Mr and Mrs White left for a honeymoon in Corfu before returning to the workaday world at the Rectory, Llandogo.
We wish them every happiness in their life together.
Romance was in the air from "The Argus"
A union which began over a radio broadcast was sealed in Tintern when Head Custodian of the ancient Abbey, Kate Arnatt married the Reverend Julian White
The couple were brought together by their work when 35 year old Julian became Rector of Llandogo, Tintern and Whitebrook three years ago.
"It's rather a pleasant link," said Julian. "I was involved in religious broadcasting for radio, and went to see if Kate would broadcast concerning the Abbey."
Kate, aged 26, has worked at the Abbey for seven years, but her marriage took place in Julian's church in Llandogo.
Romance was in the air says the Argus. Oh, Indeed! We in the Tuesday Club know more. I'm sure you'll remember the Club Christmas Dinner in the Village Hall when our handsome new young Rector accepted our invitation?
How kind - we thought - how gallant, when he disappeared smartly into the kitchen to help young Katie Arnatt to wash up! Oho! and aha!