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April 2005

The new improved Village Hall

A complete facelift

Tintern Recreation Centre or as it is more commonly known, The Village Hall, has been having an extensive facelift, which may or may not be known to everybody. Over the last two years, a completely new kitchen has been fitted, new gas heating installed (which is proving very efficient), all windows replaced with double glazing, redesigned toilets with the new disabled toilet added, upgraded showers in the changing rooms, and new tables and chairs.

All these improvements have made the Hall much more attractive, and nine village clubs and societies use the Hall and its facilities on a regular basis, as well as outside organisations whose bookings bring in useful income. The grounds and play area are also maintained by the County Council and voluntary workers.

New Committee members needed

However, the Hall does not run itself! The Committee, which consists of representatives of the nine organisations referred to above, with additional co-opted and elected members, meets 6 times a year to deal with the running of the Hall, and to ensure that it is kept in a suitable condition. We would like the committee to be expanded to reflect more comprehensively the Village as a whole, and the Constitution allows for 5 elected members and 4 co-opted members.

Are you willing to help and take an active part in keeping this great asset to the Village in running order, and contribute to ongoing discussions on its future role in village life?
Please contact Terry Evans (Chair of Committee: 01291 689587) or Ken Haynes (Hon. Secretary of Committee: 01291 689588) if you are interested. The AGM is on May 18th 2005 at 7.30pm , when the Committee will be elected.

Tintern WI goes globe trotting

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall. The next meeting will be on Monday 18th April when we will be "Globe Trotting" with Jacquie Hutchinson.
On the fourth Monday of the month, weather permitting, we do a local walk to keep us fit. Monday 16th May will be our Annual General Meeting. New members will be made very welcome so do come along and join us.

Community Council highlights

Extracts from the Minutes of the Community Council Meeting, February 2005
(For full details readers should see the Minutes on or copies lodged at the village Police Station or the village shop.)

The Community Council is very concerned about the increasing number of signs appearing around the village which do not have planning approval and which have raised strong objections from villagers. Complaints have been made to the Community Council about the indiscriminate parking on the road outside the Cherry Tree Public House, and in the nominated 'passing places', causing significant traffic problems.

The Community Council has received a quantity of passes to the Abbey, from CADW. Application forms for these are available from councillors.

Following complaints received from villagers, the Community Council has asked for a meeting with the MCC Highways Department to discuss:
Trellech Road speed and weight limits
Parking in the village
Reinstating the double yellow lines by the Mango Café
Traffic hazards at Dead Mans Corner.

The Tintern Community Council normally meets on the last Monday evening of each month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There is an open forum for the first 15 minutes of each meeting at which villagers are able to raise and discuss items which concern them about the village prior to the councillors moving on to the formal agenda.

VPA learns about birds of prey

Our March Meeting at the now much improved Village Hall included a talk by Peter Scourse of Penallt on "Birds of Prey". He and his wife run a sanctuary for injured birds of prey, although they will treat the odd badger or deer if necessary. The talk was illustrated by slides of many of the birds and animals they have looked after and the accompanying informal chat was full of the most interesting titbits of bird life. We did learn that kestrels are pretty bright while buzzards are the dimwits of the birds of prey. Also, if you bring up baby birds in your bedroom, keep plenty of newspaper handy and do not sleep with your toes hanging out of the covers.
A most interesting evening with plenty of questions at the end of the talk.

At the end of the evening our members went home, each with a small potted geranium. They will bring them on into six-inch pots and bring them back to the Annual Show in August. Members who were not present will have their geraniums delivered shortly.

Pentecostal Church - Trellech Road

Church Services for April 2005
Sunday 11.00am Communion
Sunday 6.00pm Evening Service
Wednesday 7.30pm Bible Study

United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook

With the exception of 10th April, Sunday services during April are as follows:
9.00 am - Holy Communion, St Oudoceus, Llandogo
9.00 am - Holy Communion, St Michael's, Tintern
10.30 am - Family Worship with 'Kids for Christ' in Tintern Village Hall (not 10th April - see below)
Dominic, Bishop of Monmouth, is to visit the parish on Sunday 10th April and will preach at the 10.30am service. This is to take place in Llandogo Village Hall and will be followed by a 'bring and share' lunch when everyone will have the opportunity to meet our Bishop.
Anyone requiring transport to this service should contact one of the Churchwardens on 689673 or 689457.?We look forward to welcoming you.

Tintern News Recipe for April

Ginger Biscuits

3oz margarine
1 tablespoon syrup
6 oz self-raising flour
Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
1 level teaspoon ground ginger
3oz caster sugar

Melt margarine and syrup over a gentle heat, then add all the other ingredients gradually; mix well, shape into small balls in your hands and flatten slightly. Place on a greased baking tray being careful to allow room for them to spread. Bake in a medium over (about 300F/150C/Gas 2/Fan 135) for 10-15 minutes. Makes 24.

Please submit any special recipes of your own to the Tintern News.

Expected High Tides in Tintern 2005

April 9th: 9.12am, 7.9 metres

Tintern Crimewatch Spring Warning

The month of April is now with us. This is very often a double-edged sword. Along with the arrival of spring and the warmer weather comes the increase in crime in the rural area, in particular thefts of garden tools and equipment. So get prepared this year. Let's be one step ahead of the thieves, instead of counting the cost when they have gone. Remember, 'Be Garden Wise'. Pick up a leaflet from your local police station.

Outline of Structure of Neighbourhood Watch

National Neighbourhood Watch Association
Gwent NHW Association
Lower Wye Valley Rural Area Neighbourhood Watch (Holds FOUR meetings a year. Elects Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer with Press Liaison and Police Representative as the Steering Group.)

Your Individual Groups/Areas

Do your own thing, set up and maintain a communications network, bring ideas to meetings to seek assistance or finance, distribute newsletters and other literature to your members.

Useful Contacts
PC 363 Andrew Mason 01291 623993
PC 1291 Steve Thorpe 01291 712321
Leslie Moulden 01291 621469
Lynne Stephens 01291 689554
Jenny Jones 01291 689550
Gwent Police Website

Tintern and Redbrook Post Offices opening times

Cherry Tree PO opening times unchanged:
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm

Redbrook Stores PO
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only 10.00am to 12.00pm

Ladies pamper evening!

The Brockweir Village Shop will host an evening of pure indulgence on Friday 1st July 2005 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

The following treatments will be available:
Reflexology, Beautician Advice, Indian Head Massage, Manicures, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy & Back Massage, Facials, Reiki & Hair consultations to name a few.
The Village Shop will be open to ticket holders selling local produce and there will be a marquee with numerous stalls selling Handmade Jewellery and Cards, Plants (Herb & Cottage Favourites), Handmade Chocolates, Beauty Products, Children's Books and Clothing.
Wine and Light Snacks will be on sale in the café area.

Tickets will be on sale from April 10th 2005 and can only be purchased in advance from The Village Shop in Brockweir, The Shop at The Cherry Tree Pub in Tintern or from Brockweir Playgroup Committee Members. Tickets are £5.50 each (the price includes a 15 minute treatment).

All proceeds go to Brockweir Playgroup & Baby & Toddler Group. Registered Charity No.1055184.

Tintern Events Diary

April 3rd Anchor Boot Sale
April 4th and 7th Scavenger Hunt. The Old Station Tintern 12.00pm - 5.00pm. Hunt around the Old Station to see it you can collect all the items you need to win a prize. £1.00 per person prize for each completed entry.
April 5th Tinfest environmental awareness day. Old Station Tintern 11.00am - 4.00pm. Dreamcatcher making, make a map stick, treasure hunt, face painting, fair trade food tasting.
April 6th and 8th A-Z Nature Hunt. Old Station Tintern 12.00pm to 5.00pm How many letters of the alphabet can you find in the natural environment? £1.00 per person prize for each completed entry.
April 6th Tintern WI Soup and Pud. Tintern Village Hall 12.30pm. Join us in the now very warm hall.
April 13th Bingo at the Anchor. Don't forget Friends of Tintern - Bingo at The Anchor, on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.
April 15th VPA meeting at the Village Hall, 7:30pm Speaker Rev. Rutter talking about "Kilvert's Diar".
April 17th Marathon Treasure Hunt Old Station Tintern 12.00pm - 5.00pm. To celebrate the London Marathon, take part in our leisurely 'marathon' treasure hunt. £1.00 per person prize for each completed entry.
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?"
April 24th Anchor Boot Sale
April 24th Old Station Miniature Railway 11.00am - 4.00pm
April 29th - May 12th Signal Box Exhibition - Wye Valley Crafts
May 1st Anchor Boot Sale
May 14th Country and Western evening. Anchor Hotel.
May 16th Tintern WI Annual General Meeting
May 20th VPA garden visit to Penpergwym Lodge, Abergavenny. Meet on site at 6:00pm

Catbrook Village Events Diary

(for more information contact Liz on 689861)
April 1st Film at 7.30pm "Finding Neverland".
May 13th Film at 7.30pm "Ray".
June 12th Car Treasure Hunt.
October 14th The Night Out Evening, sponsored by the Arts Council - performed by the Bakelite Boys. "Pop goes the Century" - 100 songs from 100 years in 100 minutes.
November 19th Race Night.

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 Mill, function room, food, 689228
The Anchor Hotel, B&B, function room, food, 689207
The Café Mango, sandwiches and coffee
The Cherry Tree Inn, B&B, food, shop and PO, 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

Moon and Sixpence weekly special offers

Wednesdays - Midweek senior citizen roast. Traditional roast dinner available Wednesday lunchtimes for £4.95
Thursdays - Thursday Curry Club. Choice of curry and price and a pint of beer or lager or a glass of house wine - Thursday evening £6.75
Fridays - Fish on Friday. Choice of Cod, Hake or Plaice and Chips. Lunchtime or evening £4.95.

Personal Announcement

Best wishes to Sue Ball for a continued speedy recovery.

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 will need to be available by the last day of the month. The News 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 with Elspeth Reid 689456 Wye Barn.

The Tintern News is produced with support from Rural Community Action