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March 2005

The Friends of Tintern

We are pleased to be able to confirm that a grant has been obtained which will ensure the future of the newsletter for the ensuing year.
The grant was obtained from Rural Community Action Monmouthshire (GAVO) to whom we extend our thanks. A special thanks must go to Pam Lloyd of GAVO for her unstinting support and advice without which this grant application would not have proceeded so smoothly.

Each Voluntary Group within the village will have received a letter from this committee offering them assistance with copying and inviting them to contact our Chairman (Tony Parsons, 1 Park Glade, 01291 689446) for inclusion onto a user list. If you have not received this letter and run a Voluntary Group within and for the good of the village then please contact Tony Parsons.

The gift of a computer kindly donated to the Committee by Vicki and Dereck Stubbs of the Parva Farm Hotel to assist in the production of this newsletter was very gratefully received.

Youth Project

Following last month’s appeal for IT experts to advise on computer systems for the project we can report that two residents offered their advice. This has resulted in a costing for a four station internet linked system for the cafe being produced, for which the Chairman is at present looking for funding. Thanks go to David Smith and Steve Evans for their advice and expertise.

Following the provision of initial reports on the proposed project to both the Community Council and the Village hall Committee, we are pleased to advise that they have both indicated their support for the project.

We are now in a position where we need the advice of an architect, surveyor, builder to further the project. If you have skills in these areas and would be willing to assist/advise could you please contact Tony Parsons on 01291 689446.

Village Fete

The date for this has been provisionally set as the 25th June 2005, any persons interested in giving their support, please contact Sue Ball on 01291 689629.
Sue has to go into hospital in the near future and I am sure we all wish her a speedy recovery and an early return to her duties. Best of luck, Sue.

Village Cinema

The provision of a monthly cinema in the village is being investigated and it is hoped that if support from you is forthcoming we may have it running in the Autumn of 2005.

Tintern Village Produce Association

At our February meeting Graham Wren showed excellent slides to convey how the countryside has changed over the years from using horses on the farms for all work to the giant machinery of today. Although agricultural land is being used up for houses and road building, it is not all bad news. Farmers are more aware of the needs of wild life. Hedges are being planted and wider headlands left unplanted round fields to create a better environment for wild life.

It costs only £4 to join the VPA (subs now due). We have good speakers on a wide variety of topics, outings to gardens, a Summer Show in August and much more. A lot for your money!

Tintern WI

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall. The next meeting will be on Monday 21st March when Allan Dale will be giving a hands on demonstration and talk about decorated eggs in the style of Faberge.
On the fourth Monday of the month, weather permitting, we do a local walk to keep us fit.

New members will be made very welcome so do come along and join us.

For Sale

We have a child’s toy pram in excellent condition available and looking for a good home. Free. Please contact Sue Evans on 01291 680097

If you have any items you wish to dispose of locally you can advertise here at no cost.

Personal Announcement.

* Tim Ball is still not smoking - since 6th January

Reading Group

Do you like books? If you are interested in joining a reading group, call Carole Ayling 01291 689329.


There is a class available at Chepstow Leisure Centre on Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm looking for extra members. If you are interested please ring 01291 635745.

The Italian Garden

An Expression of Living Philosophy

Hatti Pegram from the Angiddy Valley is selling and specialising in deliciously different foods imported by the family firm Vallebona, purveyors to Harrods and Fortum and Mason. These are foods not found in the supermarkets. The following items are from the range :
Extra virgin olive oil from Sardinia with a distinctive and unique flavour. Add a little balsamic vinegar, matured in precious wood with a sweet and sour fragrance, for a perfect salad dressing.
Black olives seasoned with herbs in oil.
Cardi Selvatici (wild thistles) in olive oil flavoured with herbs (quite delicious, they have to be tried to be believed)
Wild Thistle Pate, Chillis stuffed with tuna, (georgeous bright red globes almost too good looking to eat).
Crema di Pecorino (cheese spread made from sheep’s milk, perfect as a snack).
Spaghetti Neri (black and exciting made with squid ink)
Spaghetti Peperoncini (with chilli, mild and tasty)
Cooked meats ( eg porchetta flavoured with rosemary, coppa, pancetta, bresaola, salami flavoured with fennel and Sardinian parma-style ham)
Fish (smoked tuna, smoked swordfish)
Many cheeses and fabulous wine.

These can be purchased from Hatti Pegram at Springfield, Tintern, 01291 689928 or e-mail
Or at the Village Shop in Brockweir.

Favourite recipes

If you have a favourite recipe you would like to share, please send it in and we will publish one a month in the Tintern News. Contributions from both adults and children will welcomed and if we get enough, it might be possible to compile a book to sell to raise some money for the village.

Something to say

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, the Police Office, with John Bathgate 689328 6 Parva Springs or Elspeth Reid 689456 Wye Barn.


This News Sheet will also be available on the Tintern Village Website

United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook

With the exception of Easter Day (March 27th), Sunday services during March are as follows:

9 am - Holy Communion, St Oudoceus, Llandogo
9 am - Holy Communion, St Michael's, Tintern
1030 am - Family Worship with 'Kids for Christ', Llandogo Village Hall

The series of Lenten services continue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at the following venues:
2nd March - Hewelsfield Church
9th March - St Briavels Chapel
16th March - St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo
23rd March - Brockweir Moravian Church

Easter Services in Tintern and Llandogo are as follows:
Good Friday, 25th March
1 pm - St Oudoceus, Llandogo
2 pm - St Michael's Church, Tintern

Easter Day, 27th March
7 am - Holy Communion service on the riverbank outside St Michael's Church, Tintern
9 am - Holy Communion, St Oudoceus, Llandogo
1030 am - Family Celebration of Easter in Llandogo Village Hall

Events Diary

March 9th Bingo at the Anchor. Don’t forget Friends of Tintern - Bingo at The Anchor, on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.

March 15th The Tintern Philosophy Circle 7:30pm Rose and Crown. Speaker Prof John Clarke. Topic "Freud and Jung - In Search of a Soul"

March 16th MCC Lower Wye Valley Area Forum in Tintern Village Hall at 10 am. The public are invited to attend and discuss issues with MCC councillors.

March 18th VPA meeting 7:30pm Village Hall. Talk by Peter Scourse on "Birds of Prey"

March 21st Tintern WI 2:00pm Village Hall Hands on demo and talk on decorating eggs in the Faberge style.

March 21st Community Council Meeting, 7:30pm Village Hall. Brought forward from the 28th. The public are allowed to attend.

March 23rd Tuesday Club Easter Bingo Due to not being able to have the use of the bingo machine and hall on this date, the Tuesday Club Easter Bingo will now go ahead on the 23rd at The Anchor at 7.30pm. Please give your support and bring your children to win Easter eggs.

March 27th Easter Sunday 7:00am - Holy Communion service on the riverbank outside St Michael's Church

April 6th Tintern WI Soup and Pud. Tintern Village Hall 12:30pm. Join us in the now very warm village hall.

April 15th VPA meeting 7:30pm Village hall. Talk by Rev. W Rutter on "Kilvert’s Diary"

April 18th Tintern WI 2:00pm Village Hall Talk on "Globe Trotting"

April 19th The Tintern Philosophy Circle 7:30pm Rose and Crown. Speaker Ray Billington. Topic "Karl Marx - Prophet or Fantasist?"

Country and Western Evening There will be a Country and Western evening at The Anchor in May. The date is yet to be finalised.

Hospitality in Tintern

Please consider a local venue if you are planning a meal out or arranging hospitality for a party.

The Abbey Hotel, function rooms, food, 689777
The Abbey Mills, function room, food, 689228
The Anchor, B&B, function room, food 689207
The Cafe Mango, mostly take away sandwiches and coffee
The Cherry Tree Inn, food, 689292
The Fountain Inn, rooms, food, 689303
The Moon and Sixpence, food, 689284
The Parva Farmhouse Hotel, food 689411
The Rose and Crown, rooms, food 689254
The Royal George Hotel, function rooms, food, 689205
The Wye Valley Hotel, food, 689441