The Tuesday Club Year - 1999
Members were all very sad at the death of Mrs Margaret Jones. She was such a sweet lady and we enjoyed her company. Our best wishes go to Mr Jones.
The dreaded flu has affected other members and we hope they will soon be back with us. Get well soon, Margaret and Rose.
Now that Spring is on the way, hopefully, we will soon be back to normal
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.
We still meet every other Tuesday at the Village Hall for a cuppa, a natter and Bingo. New members are always welcome.
Twenty-five years ago in November 1974 the Tuesday Club was born, the brainchild of Frank and Robby Kelley. Trevor Bayliss and I were recruited to help. Meetings were held every other Tuesday afternoon in our brand new village hall. The aim, to provide an opportunity for elderly (over 60) folk who were not so active, to meet and enjoy a friendly chat and cuppa. Only rules, no politics, no religion - everyone was welcome.
Frank was the Custodian at the Abbey and after a while was unable to spare enough time to the Club and Paddy Howes took on the task. There were just twelve of us - eleven women and Trevor but gradually more women joined and our numbers grew. Husbands became curious, came and stayed too. The Club was a success.
Meetings were made interesting with Speakers, demonstrations and slide shows. Outings too were a feature in the summer. I well remember the first - a trip up the Wye from Chepstow to Tintern. We came as far as the Moon and Sixpence, turned and had to go back to Chepstow - nowhere to get off the boat! Incidentally, the coach sent to collect us by the organisers of the trip was from Willetts of Yorkley, (later Geoff Willetts) and their coaches have taken Tuesday Club on trips ever since. Paddy remained with us until she and her husband left the village and moved to Gargrave, North Yorkshire in 1984. Sadly she died in 1990.
Jo Arnatt took Paddy's place and the Club continued to flourish; perhaps some of its most successful years followed. The Club continued as before with more outings when we were joined with friends from Llandogo (before their own over 60's club was formed).
In the Summer, weather permitting, meetings were replaced by tea in a member's garden and these were very popular. I recall a few - Abbey Farm (Reg and Alice Lane), The Hospice (Muriel Davies), The Cherry Tree (Doris Knight), Jo's garden at Pontysaison and later at Llandogo, Rockleigh, The Forge Trellech (Bert and Lyn Crum), Sunnybank Botany Bay (Kathleen Williams), Cleddon (Angela Howard), also Tintern Station. An iced cake (made by a member) would arrive for tea to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.
For some years our Christmas Party was held in the Village Hall. An evening meal was pepared by members and served by them, followed by an entertainment and carols. A party from the Caldicot Operatic Society were always popular. We regularly went to their shows and to Chepstow too. As the years passed the work became a bit too much and we decided to patronise the local hotels instead. Much easier!! Nowadays it is lunch!
In 1986 the first street carnival for many years was staged in Tintern and we just had to enter. Ian Harrison (Llandogo) lent us his lorry and we transformed it into an old fashioned garden party. Quite a task, everything was home-made. And we won first prize.
Carnivals were held in the following years and we continued to enter and win! Latterly with the help of the late Mr Geoff Shewell and his tractor and trailer. This was hard work for a few, particularly for Jo, who never failed to come up with bright ideas and always did more than her share of the work.
Sadly, as was inevitable with a Club of over 60's there were times of great sadness, when we had to say farewell to a friend and member and were conscious of the empty chair when we next met.
Jo remained with us until her untimely death in 1996. This was a terrible blow to us all. She was dearly loved and is fondly remembered.
Jean Davey replaced Jo - not an easy task - most members are now elderly and less active so it is not easy to arrange much activities other than meetings. One wonders if there will be a place for Tuesday Club in the 21st century, who knows!
Many thanks, Robby, for the brainwave (sadly Frank is no longer around to receive his thanks). I am sure I speak for many when I say the twenty-five years of Tuesday Club have been fun.
NB : Details of many of the activities during Jo's period are recorded in a large scrap book of photographs etc. compiled by Bill Spary.
The Tuesday Club in November 1975
The 1975 members shown are :
Rose Jones, Mrs Wintle, Minnie Phillips, Dolly Williams, Chillie Bayliss, Muriel Davies, Stella Williams, Ethel Bigham, Lucy Mackie, Marjorie Thomas, Vera James,
and sitting : Paddy Howes, Emily Hetherington.
Photograph by Trevor Bayliss
The Tuesday Club
The members shown are :
Standing : Stella Williams, Lucy Mackie, Dorothy Lawrence, Bert Williams, name not known, Jo Arnatt, Kathleen Williams, Rose Jones.
Seated : Ken James, Eileen Glass, George Glass, Revd. W R Thomas, Mrs Thomas.
Photograph by Sid Jones at Sunnybank, Botany Bay.
Tuesday Clubbers are looking forward to their Christmas Lunch at The Anchor. We meet every other Tuesday at the Village Hall at 2.30 pm for a natter, a cup of tea and Bingo. Big stakes at 2p a time! New members are very welcome.