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February 2005

New Post Office opened

We are please to inform you that the Tintern Post Office has now re-opened in the Cherry Tree Stores, Raglan Road, Tintern, 01291 689703. Opening hours for the Post Office are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm. A list of all the products and services offered is available at the counter - i.e. details of travel, motoring, telecom, mailing and miscellaneous products.

We urge you all to use this facility as much as possible.

Christmas in Tintern

Again the Over 60s enjoyed a Christmas Lunch at the Anchor Hotel. Bram from the Royal George Hotel provided the main course and Alan Butt from the Anchor Hotel provided the soup and pudding. Sue Ball supplied the sherry.

After lunch, they were entertained by Llandogo School Choir giving a lovely rendition of Christmas carols. A game of bingo and a raffle were also provided. Special thanks go to Alan for his provisions and the use of his function room and also to Bram.

We must also not forget the volunteers on the day. Yes! The usual ones: Janet Hill, Kath Mackie, Sue Ball, Liz Hayward and Di Parsons for their laying of tables, waitressing, clearing of tables and washing up. Everyone on the day enjoyed themselves and those who were not too able-bodied had transport provided for them - with thanks to Boverton House.

Anyone living in the Tintern catchment area aged over 60 is welcome to attend his event in 2005. It will be posted in the shop and by word of mouth nearer the time together with details on how guests' names can be submitted. (SB)

Christmas Lights

The Tintern Christmas lights were very disappointing this year but hopefully this will be rectified by the manufacturer - it is in hand!! Talking of lights we were very lucky to have Mel 'C' of the Spice Girls to turn on our Christmas lights. What a lovely person she is. (SB)

Tintern WI Programme

We meet the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall. The next meeting will be on Monday 21st February, when the Reverend Rutter will give a talk on "Colourful Characters". The Reverend Rutter is a very good speaker so it should be a really enjoyable afternoon.

At our meeting on 21st March, Allan Dale will be giving a hands on demonstration and talk about decorated eggs in the style of Faberge.

New members will be made very welcome so do come along and join us. (Contact is Christine Bradshaw)

Youth Café Progress

The idea of providing a 'Café' or meeting place for the youth of the village was first muted at a Friends of Tintern meeting in 2000. Since then work has been steadily progressing in the background and it is hoped that in the near future we will have positive news to bring you.

If there is anyone our there with IT skills who would be willing to give advice on a small project associated with the Youth Project could they contact me, Tony Parsons, on 01291 689446 please.

Planning starts for Tintern Village Fete 2005

The first meeting of the Fete Committee will take place on 7th February 2005, and following this a date for the Fete will be available. More information in next month's Newsletter. (TP)

Newsletter grant application

The grant application for the newsletter has been submitted and we await the results. If we are successful it should secure production of the newsletter for the rest of the year. Again "watch this space". (TP)

The improved Village Hall is now a much more comfortable venue

It has been noticed that along with the new kitchen the Village Hall now boasts new double glazed windows and heating system. This now makes it a most pleasant venue for all sorts of activities and the Village Hall Committee should be justly proud of both the Hall and themselves. (TP)

Tintern Police Office volunteers

The Police Office, as you are aware is manned by nine local Community Volunteers, who give their time to ensure a Police presence remains in the Village. It can now be revealed that following attendance at an Emergency Life Support course at Police Headquarters they are now suitably certified (I did sometimes wonder) to save your life.

To join this elite group, contact PC Andy Mason on 01291 623993 or drop into the Police Office and leave your4 name and address, it only takes a couple of hours a month of your time. (TP)

DEFRA announcement on inappropriate use of motor vehicles

On January 20th 2005, after some months of consultation, DEFRA announced that it intended to stop the inappropriate use of motor vehicles on country byways - i.e. stop trials and scrambler motor cyclists and four wheel drive enthusiasts from using public rights of way which were originally built and designed for use by pedestrians, horses and horse carts. There are several such rights of way in the Tintern area and many Tintern residents who live near or abut such rights of way have expressed their approval of DEFRA's initiative.

If you wish to do the same the following contacts may prove useful:

Councillor Alan Breeze (Leisure and Tourism), Councillor John Harry (Highways), Mr Paul Frampton (Head of Highways). These can all be contacted at Monmouthshire County Council or by e-mail via

Huw Edwards MP by e-mail via
David Davies AM by e-mail via

Ray Flashman

TINTERN VPA Winter activity

The dark days of January are used for our Annual General Meeting. Eighteen members attended this year for our usual brief get together. The meeting was completed in thirty-five minutes and we then had time for tea, coffee and biscuits. Christine Bradshaw stepped down as Chairman having served a year more than the usual three.

The AGM then elected the following members to be officers of the association for 2005:
Jean Davey - Chairman
Bryan Jones - Vice Chairman
Jackie Langdon - Secretary
Christine Bradshaw - Assistant Secretary
Jean Bathgate - Minutes Secretary
Jean Bathgate - Show Secretary
John Bathgate - Treasurer
Ken Haynes - Village Hall Representative

We agreed to keep the annual subscriptions at £4 per head for 2005.

This year we will be holding our Summer Party at Jackie Langdon's house and the Annual Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday the 20th of August.

John Bathgate

United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook
Church Services for February 2005

0900 each Sunday - Holy Communion in St Oudoceus, Llandogo
0900 each Sunday - Holy Communion in St Michael's, Tintern
1030 each Sunday - Family Worship with Children's Church (Kids for Christ) in Tintern Village Hall

The 1030 service alternates month by month between Llandogo and Tintern Village Halls. If the service is in Llandogo, transport can be arranged by ringing one of the Church Wardens. Geoff Smith - 689457 or Mary Mills - 689673.

Having said that there is to be a 0900 service in St Michael's each Sunday, it is unlikely that this service will take place for the next few weeks because of an act of wanton vandalism. Between Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th January the fire extinguishers were let off in the Church and other items strewn around the floor. The emptied extinguishers were then thrown in the river. The mess is heartbreaking. There is a thick layer of powder everywhere and it is sticking to every crevice on every piece of furniture, walls and floor. The powder is difficult to remove because it is not water-soluble and clings to surfaces. The Church must be cleaned and the extinguishers replaced before it can re-open. If anything like this happens again, we may be forced to keep the Church locked when not in use and this would be sad because it has always been left open for everyone to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

The incident has been reported to the Police.

Mary Mills

Pentecostal Church - Trellech Road

Sunday 11.00am Communion
Sunday 6.00pm Evening Service
Wednesday 7.30pm Bible Study

Brockweir Play Group

Brockweir Playgroup will be running pre-school sessions on Mondays between 12.30 and 3.00pm at Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir. New starters are always welcome.

There are also regular Playgroup Sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30 am to 12.00pm for children over 2 years and 6 months. (OFSTED No. 101704)

Brockweir Baby and Toddler Group has now relaunched and will be running every Thursday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Weekly activities will include baby gym, music and arts and crafts as well as a variety of 'special' monthly events.

For further information contact
Val Mackey 01594 530648 or
Rachel Creswick 01291 689833

Bingo at The Anchor

Don't forget Bingo at The Anchor, on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Christmas lights, the old folks Christmas party and a donation to Llandogo School for singing at the party. (SB)

Personal announcements

We are glad to see that Mary Matthews is out of hospital after her bout of pneumonia.

Tim Ball gave up smoking on 6th January 2005 - how is he doing? Is he still not smoking?

We are sorry to hear that Stan Hoskins has been in hospital again.

Events Diary

VPA Meetings:
Friday 18th February, Village Hall, 7.30pm prompt. A talk by C.J. Wren, on "Our Changing Countryside".
Tuesday 1st March, 2.00pm VPA Show Schedule Meeting, at Jean Bathgate's house, 6 Parva Springs. Any member of the VPA is welcome to attend.

Expected High Tides in Tintern:

10th February 2005 - 8.55am - 7.9m
11th February 2005 - 9.39am - 8.1m
12th February 2005 - 10.20am - 7.9m


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