The "Friends of Tintern" are a group of ordinary residents from the village who have been raising funds over a number of years to enhance the lives of residents old and new.
We try to provide Christmas lights for the village, ensure the old folk of the village receive a Christmas party, work towards the provision of a youth cafe and to facilitate the management of other projects for the good of the residents of Tintern.
The Tintern P.R.Group who were formed following a recent village meeting with a view to improving the communications within the village have now joined forces with us.
We now intend to produce a News Sheet on a monthly basis and display notices as required on several boards around the village. Work is going on to get these arrangements in place.
We hope to make the Police Office in the centre of the village the hub of our efforts. We are looking to provide a computer and copier in the Office on which to produce the News Sheet and notices. We also hope to provide better tourist information.
Villagers wishing to display a notice or have an item added to the News Sheet will be able to leave their copy at the Police Office or at the Cherry Tree shop. In many cases it will not be necessary to leave written information, a chat with one of the volunteers or perhaps Tracy at the shop will be sufficient.
Any such request can also be added to the Tintern Village Web Site - www.tintern.org.uk - at the same time.
We will be looking for help with the delivery of the News Sheets. This should not be an onerous job as it is intended that the News Sheets will be free and the job is simply to place them in letterboxes.
The members of the Friends of Tintern are currently :
Tony Parsons - Chairman
Elspeth Reid - Tintern News
John Bathgate - Tintern News
If you wish to help in any way - no major work load - just what time you feel you can give - monthly or annually - contact Tony Parsons 689446 at 1 Park Glade or any committee Member.M
The Friends of Tintern Committee look forward to the New Year with confidence as we move forward, firstly with the production of this News Sheet, to be followed by the prospect of a meeting place for the Youth of this village and the reintroduction of a Tourist Centre.
In all of these projects we will need the support of the residents of Tintern in one way or another to ensure their success.
It is hoped that a village questionnaire will be distributed in 2005 allowing you all to have your say on projects you think might be of use to, or in, the village.
To assist us in the provision of these projects we have already applied for grant aid from the Rural Community Action Grant and have also received the sum of £200 from the Community Council to assist us with the costs involved in supporting the Christmas Lights.
These were officially switched-on by David Davies, Assembly Member, and Mel C, our new local resident, on the 12th December. The Royal George supplied mince pies and mulled wine to quite a good crowd. After the switch-on we were treated to a firework display.
However it is with great regret that we write to apologise for the standard of the Christmas Lights in Tintern this year. As many of you will be aware several of the lights were not working and following attempts by us to contact the manufacturers, it was not until the 20th of December that contact was made.
Following much discussion it was decided that due to the short time frame and additional costs, it was best to leave the lights for this year. A meeting has been arranged with the manufacturers during January 2005 to further discuss this matter.
The December meeting of the VPA was the Christmas Party, organised along the lines of an American supper. We ended up with an very good selection of food, wine and other drinks supplied by our members. Les and Linda Simmons provided the quiz for the evening, sixty questions on a wide range of subjects. The quiz prize was won by Jane Rhodes. Afterwards we had the draw for a number of cyclamen and hyacinths. All in all, a very pleasant evening for the twenty seven members attending.
The next meeting on January 21st at 7:30pm in the Village Hall will be our Annual General Meeting. We try to get this over within the hour. This year we need to find a Vice-Chairperson, any volunteers?
We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2:00pm in the Village Hall. The next meeting will be on Monday 17th January when we will have a quiz followed by tea, cakes and chatter. At the meeting on February 21st the Reverend Rutter will give a talk on "Colourful Characters".
New members will be made very welcome, so do come along and join us.
Holy Communion is at 9:00am each Sunday at St Michael's Church.
The family Service with "Kids for Christ" is at 10:30am each Sunday in the Village Hall at Llandogo. Transport is available to Llandogo, please contact a Churchwarden on 689673 or 689457.
The new Post Office is scheduled to open on the 24th January.
This News Sheet will also be available on the Tintern Village Website
If you have something to publicise please consider using the Tintern News. It could be as simple as something to sell or perhaps you are holding a function. Items for inclusion in the News Sheet will need to be made available by the last day of the month. The News Sheet should then be available for distribution by the 7th of the following month. Items can be left at the Cherry Tree shop or with John Bathgate 689328 6 Parva Springs or Elspeth Reid 689456 Wye Barn.