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August 2005

Fund raising in aid of Christmas Lights and Old Folks Christmas Party

The Car Boot Sale on a warm and sunny Sunday 3rd July raised 191.78. Many thanks to those who donated items and who gave their time to look after the tables, especially Ruby Mason, Daisy Morgan, Steve and Liz from Llandogo, not to mention Andrew Reid (who is obviously in quite the wrong profession). Sue Ball and Janet Hill again worked hard and gave their time, not only at the car boot but also organised a fantastic Race Night that evening which raised a further 54.00 for the raffle and 875.00 on the races. This was a very enjoyable night, which it is hoped will be repeated later in the year. A big thank you to Bram and staff at the Royal George Hotel. The Bring-and-Buy at Jean Bathgate's house on the 14th July raised the sum of 90.77. It was a very sociable morning event.

Grand total: 1211.55

So the the Old Folks party will go ahead as planned - date to be finalised, and the Christmas lights will be fitted 14 days prior to Christmas.

Monmouth Rural Support Network (MRSN)

Distributed with each copy of the Newsletter this month is a free card giving contact numbers for confidential help and advice for you and your families, should you need it. Should you not receive a card with the newsletter - additional cards are available at the Tintern surgery.

Tintern VPA

We held our annual garden party on the 15th July at Jim and Jackie Langdon's house in Park Glade. Jim's garden is magnificent, much larger than you would think and beautifully stocked with superb flowers etc. We were most impressed with his garden.

We had twenty members at the party and we had a fine time in the pleasant weather. The food contributed by the members was excellent, a super show considering that we do not organise who brings which items.
Our thanks to Jim and Jackie for a good evening.

Our next event is our Annual Show in the Village Hall on Saturday the 20th August. We open to the public at 2:30pm. Members are urged to get their entries in by the previous Wednesday. Entries can be left with Joan Dexter, Kay Heron or Jean Bathgate.

Generally you need to be a member of the VPA in order to enter an exhibit but we make an exception for children up to and including 16 years old. Entries from children are free of charge and we would be pleased to see entries from our younger folk.
Show schedules are still available from Jean Bathgate on 689328.

Tintern WI

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2:00pm usually in Tintern Village Hall.

At our July meeting, Tim Ryan told us how the Severn Princess had been rescued. It was found in a small fishing harbour in Ireland and was a wreck but with much difficulty it was towed back home and restored. We also saw old film of the ferryboat in use with cars driving onto the ferry turntable so that the maximum number (19) of cars could be fitted on. There was the old mishap when a car would drive into the mud banks or even end up floating down the river.

In August we hold our Garden Party on Monday 15th at 2.30pm. We have been invited to 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.

The WI will be back in the Village Hall on Monday 19th September for our monthly meeting. The speaker is Mr. Matthews, who will give a talk on homeopathy.

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

A Tribute Night at the Royal George

To anyone taking an evening walk past the Royal George on the 8th July they could have easily been convinced that Robbie Williams was performing live in the marquee on the lawn.

Inside the marquee Andy McGowan a Tribute 'Robbie' not only sounded like Robbie Williams but also dressed and looked like him. Starting the evening with 'Let me entertain you' he certainly did that. With only a small audience of around 60 to entertain he had everyone dancing with him and singing along to 'Angels'. He also let the audience win his singing competition in which he sung the first line of a song and we had to respond with the second!

What a great night's entertainment in the village and certainly an added bonus for a hen night who were staying at the Royal George and retuned from the Chepstow races in time to be entertained by 'Robbie'.

I had never been to see a Tribute artist before and Andy McGowan's performance as Robbie Williams was a great introduction and certainly entertained me! Well done and thank you to Bram and the staff at the Royal George for putting on the show!

Noelyn Allen

Motor Vehicles using Footpaths

There has been correspondence between local residents and our MPs, AMs, the County Council and DEFRA over the last year or so about the numbers of motor cycles and four wheel drive vehicles using our local footpaths.

These residents feel that the situation is getting out of hand and have listed the following worries :
1) Potential danger, (one resident exercising his dogs with his grand children had a recent confrontation with motor cyclists riding fast on footpaths at the top of Barbadoes Hill, it is also impossible in some places for a motor cyclist to pass a pedestrian).
2) Damage to the surface of the paths and tracks, to the setts on the tracks and the water courses crossing the tracks.
3) Pollution by noise and fumes.

The frequent and perhaps illegal use of footpaths by motor vehicles generally provokes the standard two replies "I'm sorry, I didn't know" or "I'm only having fun".

If you are upset by this growing nuisance you can write to
Ruth Rourke
Principal Public Rights of Way Officer
Monmouthshire County Council
County Hall
Freepost SWC 1361
NP44 5ZZ

PRESS RELEASE - Broockweir Playgroup and Toddlers

The children and families of Brockweir Playgroup and Toddlers marked the end of term with a picnic and games this week. This was the last day of playschool for the children who are going on to school next year and a chance for them to say goodbye to their younger friends who will be returning to playschool next September, and a big thank you to the staff they have become so attached to during their time at Brockweir.

Brockweir Playgroup is for children from 2 years and 6 months and meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning in term time and on Monday afternoons for our pre-school group. For more information or to book a place for your child ring Val Mackey on 01594 530648 or Julie Moore 01291 689698.

Local News

Joan Dexter is now home from hospital following her broken leg. She is very comfortable and able to get around the house satisfactorily. Joan wishes to thank all her friends and neighbours who visited her in hospital and at home and those who sent her "Get Well" cards.
It may be some time before she is able to get out and about again as she has to use crutches or some other support at the moment.

A Very Happy Birthday to Ruby Mason who will be 80 on Sunday 7th August.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday is also sent to Jim Jones (ex-the Rock) who will be 100 on Tuesday 9th August.

Expected High Tides in Tintern

20th August - 9.31pm, 7.9m.
21st August - 10.16pm, 8.2m
22nd August - 10.58pm, 8.1m

Llandogo Fun Run

Sunday 18th September 2005
Race Start 11.00am

Fundraising for Llandogo Primary School,
Brockweir Playgroup

Last year 130 runners had a great time at the Llandogo Fun Run, with children as young as 4 competing in the 1 mile event and adults racing over 4 miles through Llandogo Woods. With over 100 spectators plus media coverage in the Beacon, Review & South Wales Argus. All proceeds were shared between three charitable causes, Llandogo School, Tintern & Llandogo Sports Association and Brockweir Playgroup. This year we want it to be the best ever, raising even more money than last year and we need your help..

Why not place an advertisement in the programme? This is handed out to all competitors and spectators at the event plus additional copies available at Browns Stores in Llandogo. This is a great way to advertise local businesses or the services you provide.

Back cover of programme 50.00
Full Page (A5) 45.00
Page 35.00
Page 15.00

Or if you would like to support this event but do not wish to advertise, why not sponsor one of the following:-
Race sponsorship 100.00 (or over)
Programme sponsorship 60.00
St John's Ambulance 30.00
Trophies & Medals 5.00 to 50.00

If you would like to sponsor us in any way please contact: -
Susie Baynes, "Ingleside", Hewelsfield Common, Lydney, Glos GL15 6UX.

Please e-mail or attach your advertisement / business card or wording you would like to see linked to your sponsorship. Copy needs to be with us by 12th August to be included in the programme.

If you can help in any other way, raffle prizes, or help on the day please do not hesitate to contact me - I'll be delighted to hear from you!

Many thanks for your support

Ralph's Tree Treevia

Ralph thanks everyone for their responses to last month's treevia question - that was the easy one!

Question for this month - what is the species of the second tree on the left by the village shop in St. Arvans?

Recipe for August

A long cocktail for a hot and steamy summer evening.


Gently crush a few mint leaves in the bottom of a tall tumbler with a couple of teaspoons of caster sugar. Add one-and-a-half teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice. Then, add a few ice-cubes and about three tablespoons of Havana white rum, top up with soda water and stir.

News from Parva Farm Vineyard

Following their success in the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition in 2004 when they won a silver medal for their rose wine and a highly commended for their Bacchus Dry White, Parva Farm Vineyard have scooped more awards this year.

'Tintern Parva Bacchus 2004' was awarded a silver medal with 'Tintern Parva Bwthyn Rhosyn 2003' (rose) winning a bronze and 'Tintern Parva Bwthyn Rhosyn 2004' being awarded a highly commended.

The awards ceremony was held at the House of Lords on 22nd July, but Colin and Judith were unable to attend. However two bottles of the 'Bacchus', silver award winning wines, were used for tastings during the ceremony.

All this follows a prestigious order from Brussels for 'Tintern Parva Seyual Blanc/Muller Thurgau 2003' (medium white) to be used during the British Presidency of the EU. This was one of only 14 wines chosen from the whole of Britain.

The wines from Parva Farm are unique, their flavour affected by not only the variety of grape but by the soil in which they are grown and the weather each year. They are a true 'taste of the Wye Valley'. You are welcome to come up to the vineyard and try them. We are open every day, all year, 10.30am until 6.30pm or dusk - whichever is earlier.

Church Notices

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
Church Services for August 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 Childrens' 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.

What's On in Tintern

2nd, 4th, 11th, 17th, 19th August, 11am - 4pm, Old Station, 'Dream catcher Making and Craft Days
10th August 7.30pm Bingo at the Anchor
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

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.

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, (

The Tintern News is produced with support from Rural Community Action.