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July 2005

A Message from Sally

The Department of Health recommends that all those aged 65 years and over should receive pneumococcal vaccination.

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by bacteria, which usually live harmlessly at the back of many people's throats. Occasionally they can invade other parts of the body and can cause potentially life threatening diseases i.e. pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) or meningitis. One of the main natural defences against pneumococcal is a powerful immune system, which fights off the infection. Certain medical conditions and advancing age can weaken the immune system and make you more likely to develop a serious infection. Pneumococcal vaccination can help prevent disease and it is better to prevent the infection rather than have to treat it with antibiotics. Pneumococcal can strike at any time of the year, not just winter; so the sooner you get vaccinated the better.

For most patients pneumococcal vaccination is only given once. Therefore please contact the surgery to make an appointment with Sally who will be pleased to either discuss or preferably give you the vaccination!

Wye Dean Practice 01291 689355

Community Council Highlights

Extracts from the Community Council Meeting May 2005

The Community Council are working with M.C.C. and others to convert the old sawmills area in the village into an official car park to try to offset the parking problems in the village at peak holiday periods.

The Community Council are aware that the view of the river from the Monmouth road could be greatly improved by eradicating the excessive growth of 'Japanese Knotweed' along the river bank. This problem will now be taken up with M.C.C. as the initial quotation for this work is for 38,000, which is beyond the budgetary capability of T.C.C.

Should the 'Friends of Tintern' group not be able to raise sufficient money to continue with the display of Christmas Lights in the village, then the Community Council will examine possible funding for a smaller scale, lower cost scheme.

Because of the concern of villagers about road safety following recent accidents in the village, the Chairman and Clerk attended a meeting of the lower Wye Valley Committee of M.C.C. The Community Council has subsequently written to the Police, proposing: -
An extension of the 30 mph speed limit on the A466 and other roads.
Flashing speed lights for 'Dead Mans Corner' from the Beaufort Pitch to the Reddings Farm and elsewhere as appropriate.
Double Yellow lines outside the doctor's surgery.
Greater use of speed cameras
Redesign of the layout at the road junctions outside the Royal George Hotel to include a roundabout.

The Community Council are also supporting one of our villagers and raising with M.C.C. our concerns about the environmental damage and also damage caused to the road and house foundations, by heavy vehicles using Trellech road.

Full copies of the minutes can be obtained at the Cherry Tree Village Stores, the Police Office, notice boards and on the web at

Please feel free to contact any Councillor with any issues that you feel the Council should become involved with.

Tintern Abbey Passes

Steve Pocock at the Cherry Tree Shop and Post Office has kindly agreed to issue these passes. This means that they can be obtained either from me or from the Post Office as we both have application forms & Pass Cards.

Janet Saunders

The Friends of Tintern

There will be a Bring and Buy in aid of the Christmas Lights Appeal on Thursday, July 14th. Jean Bathgate will host the event at her home at 6 Parva Springs. All are welcome. The idea is for people to bring an item to sell and to buy an item to take away. The entrance fee will be fifty pence, which will include a tea or coffee and a homemade biscuit.

The Village Hall

The Management Committee for the Tintern Recreation Centre decided at its meeting held on the 18th May 2005 that due to its increased running costs it was necessary to revise the hire charges for the Centre, which have not been changed since June 2003. The revised charges are set out below. Local organisations with less than ten members will still be charged at the old rate for the small room for three-hour sessions.

Small Room 3hours 5 see also note (1)
Large Room 3 hours 10
Whole hall 3 hours 15
Small Room 6 hours 10
Large Room 6 hours 20
Whole Hall 6 hours 30
Showers Flat rate 7
Hire of China Specific Event 5

(1)Local organisations with less than ten members will be charged 4 for 3 hours.
(2)The above charges include the use of urn and cooker.
(3)The Centre is also available at an additional hourly rate for periods in excess of those indicated at 5 per hour for the small/large room and 10 for the whole hall.
(4)For non-local and profit making organisations the charges will be notified on application.
(5)Centre users must clean room(s) after use.

K F Haynes Hon Secretary

Keeping Tintern Tidy

You have probably seen Ray Flashman cutting grass verges and keeping the roadside tidy. Ray is intending to give up the work at the end of the 2006 cutting season after fifteen years of effort. The village needs a replacement. The Community Council pays 150 per year for the following areas to be cut:
The wharf near Parva Farm House Hotel
The riverside green opposite The Falls
The green opposite the Royal George
The verge on the A466 opposite the sports field and Abbey.

Ray also cuts the new graveyard at St Michael's. In total, Ray puts in about four hours work weekly.

Is there anyone in the village who would be willing to join Ray and take over from him? You can contact Ray on 689724.

Tintern VPA

On Friday 17th June we visited the garden of Green Cottage, Redhill, Lydney. Our very welcoming hosts, Frank and Margaret, no surnames here, met us. Their garden was in two parts. We first saw a most interesting area of lawns, trees and beds, mostly of beautiful peonies. Peonies dating from before 1916 are held here as part of the national collection. Most of them were still in bloom so they made a lovely picture. Wandering the lawns were chickens, ducks and a pheasant that had lived there for fifteen years. The other half of the garden was left mostly wild, with good tree cover and a small stream running through it.

We had tea and biscuits with our hosts before leaving. Our thanks to Frank and Margaret for a very pleasant visit.

However the evening was not yet over as we all moved the short distance to Les and Linda Simmons house in Lydney. There we made the most of the lovely weather with wine and cheese in the garden. Our thanks to them for their hospitality.

Our next meeting will be the Summer Garden Party to be held this year at the home of Jim and Jackie Langdon in Park Glade. This will be at 6:30pm on Friday July 15th. Will members please bring a dish and/or drinks for the party?

Will all members also note that the Annual Show is on the 20th August? We would welcome support from other villagers when we open our doors to the public at 2:30pm. There will be tea and cakes etc available during the show.

Tintern WI

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2:00pm in Tintern Village Hall.
For our June meeting we went to visit Chepstow Garden Centre and enjoyed shopping there. A cup of tea was very welcome on such a hot day.

On the 18th July we are back in the village hall when the speaker will be Mr Ryan talking on the River Severn Ferries and the rescue of the 'Severn Princess'.

Our Garden Party on the 15th August will be held in Pam Ansell's garden. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

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.

News from Abbey Mill

The Staff at Abbey Mill has won prestigious Award. Abbey Mill is the regional South East winner of The Welcome Host Award 2005, which was presented to Abbey Mill at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. We were nominated for the award, were short-listed and were inspected by a mystery shopper.

We are very proud of this award as it recognises our on-going commitment to staff training and customer service.

Abbey Mill would like to thank all its members of staff and customers alike who have all contributed to this award, without them Abbey Mill would not have achieved this sought after award.

What's On at Abbey Mill?

*Mini Folk Festival*
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July, 1pm- 5pm
Performing Bands to include 'The Shelleys' and Pamela Wyn Shannon (she is touring the UK from the States)

*VE Celebrations*
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chepstow, Saturday 27th August
A Day Of Family Fun and Side Stalls
If the Village or Clubs would like a stall please contact Shelley on 01291 689228

Church Services

Pentecostal Church - Trellech Road
Every Sunday 11:00am Communion
6:00pm Evening Service
Wednesdays 7:30pm Bible Service

United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook
Every Sunday: 09:00am - Communion St Ouduceus, Llandogo
09:00am - Communion St Michael's, Tintern
10:30am - Family Worship with 'Kids for Christ' in Llandogo Village Hall (except for Sunday 3rd July when the service will be outside the Tintern Village Hall, weather permitting.
We look forward to greeting you.

Local News

Dave and Sue Ball became grand parents for the fourth time. Steven and Sonia had a little girl, Layla Eve, on the 4th June. She was two weeks early but weighed in at 7lbs 11oz.

Joan Dexter broke her thigh while away on holiday in Cornwall. The hospital in Truro pinned her leg and then transferred her to Caerwent ward at Chepstow Hospital. Joan is recovering well and can walk with the aid of a frame. She is definitely looking forward to getting home. One bit of good news she received was that her beloved elderly car managed to get through the MOT test for another year.

Ann Muscadini has also been in hospital with a chest infection but she has been able to get home.

We wish them both well.

Ralph's Tree Treevia!

Ralph Duffield would be interested to know
1. Anyone's memories of the Umbrella tree in Tintern, and
2. What species is the first tree on the left by Jean's shop in St. Arvans?
No prizes, but answers to Tintern News or directly to Ralph please.

Tintern Events Diary

31st June - 7th July, Old Station Signal Box, Oakwood Press exhibition
2nd - 31st July - 'Potty about Plants', Parva Vineyard
3rd July, Car Boot Sale at the Anchor (to include a car from the Friends of Tintern)
3rd July, 7.30pm, Race Evening and Quiz at the Royal George
8th July, Robby Williams tribute Night, 7:30pm, Royal George, 6 entry
8th July - 14th July, Old Station Signal Box, Simon Morgan
10th July, Wedding Fayre, 3:00pm, Royal George, free entry
11th July, 7.30pm Friends of Tintern Meeting at the Royal George Hotel, all welcome if you have an interest in improving life in Tintern
14th July, Friends of Tintern Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale, Jean Bathgate's house, 6 Parva Springs, from 10.30am
15th July, VPA Summer Garden Party, at the home of Jim and Jackie Langdon in Park Glade. 6:30pm
15th July - 21st July, Old Station Signal Box, Norman Williams
22nd July - 23rd July, 1pm - 5pm 'Mini Folk Festival', Abbey Mill, performing bands
22nd July - 28th July, Old Station Signal Box, Sheila Wright
24th July, Old Station, 2pm - 4pm, 'Trees from Top to Toe', 1, KITE members free
29th July, Old Station, 2pm - 4pm, 'Jewellery from Junk', 3.95, Adult plus 1 child 5.50, Adult plus 2 children 7.95, KITE members 2.50
31st July, Old Station, 11am - 4pm, Miniature Railway rides
2nd, 4th, 11th, 17th, 19th August, 11am - 4pm, Old Station, 'Dream catcher Making and Craft Days
11th August, Old station, 'RSPB Family Fun Day'
12th August - 25th August, Old Station Signal Box, Wye Valley Crafts
14th August, 11am - 4pm, Old Station, 'Have a Go at Archery'
20th August, VPA Annual Show in the Village Hall, 2:30pm
22nd August, Old Station, 'Moths and Bats, Detecting, Bat Box Building, Barbecue, Sculpting', Booking with Old Station, 01291 689566, essential
27th August 'VE Celebrations', Abbey Mill, A Day Of Family Fun and Side Stalls
27th - 29th August, Old Station, 11am - 4pm, Miniature Train rides
28th August, 11am - 4pm, Old Station, 'Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt, 1' and 'Best Dressed Teddy competition, free entry'
25th September, Old Station, 11am - 4pm, Miniature Train rides

Catbrook Village News

June 17th, Film Night, 'The Aviator'. 7.15 pm start.
June 21st, Coffee morning at the Hall.
July 11th, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. The Sky at Night.
July 15th, Country and Western Evening with dancing to Mervyn. Tickets 7 per head to include a ham salad and strawberry pavlova. Limited to 80 so please book soon.
July 19th, Coffee morning at the Hall.
July 29th, Whist Drive at 7.30 p.m.
September 12th, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. Reckless Design, Coleford. Come along and paint a pot!
September 17th, Matinee Film. Details to follow.
September 24th, Wine Tasting Evening. Tickets 7 per head to include finger buffet. 7.30 p.m. start.
September 30th, Whist Drive at 7.30 p.m.
October 10th, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. Cookery demonstration by Will Lloyd from Raglan Garden Centre.
October 14th, Night Out Evening sponsored by the Arts Council and performed by the Bakelite Boys. 'Pop goes the century' - 100 songs from 100 years in 100 minutes.
November 14th, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. - Hidden Chepstow.
November 19th, Race Night. 7.30 p.m. start.
December 10th, Caldicot Male Voice Choir. 7.30 pm start.
December 12th, W.I. Christmas Meeting.
December 16th, and 30th Whist Drives.


KITE is a new environmental club for young animal fans, environmentalists and nature detectives aged 7 - 14 years, based at the Old Station, Tintern (operated by the Countryside Section, Environment Directorate). The club meets once a month (more often in school holidays) normally on a Sunday afternoon and club members can take part in a variety of activities that include; bug hunts, bat detecting, bird box building, nature trails, guided walks and surveys.

Membership is only 5 per year (with monthly activity subs of 2 - 4 depending on activity). Membership also entitles members to reduced rates on all other activities at the Old Station.

Contact the Old Station, 01291 689566, for a membership form.

Recipe for July

Tea Loaf

1 lb mixed dried fruit soaked in half a pint of tea
12 oz self-raising flour
2-3 eggs (beaten)
Mix the above together and place in a greased two-pound loaf tin.
Cook at 160C for one to one and a quarter hours. Cover with greaseproof paper if browning too quickly.

This is a sugar free recipe.

Strike a Light

If you need to get rid of a stale odour, simply striking a match in the room will help clear the smell.

Something to say

If you have something to publicise, tell 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, 6 Parva Springs, 689328, ( or Elspeth Reid, Wye Barn, 689456, (

Tintern News is produced with support from Rural Community Action