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September 2005

It's your Village - tell us what you want!!

Tintern Community Council are organising a survey of all households in the village to find residents' opinions on the village today. They want to know what you think its faults and good points are and what improvements people would like to see in terms of highways, social amenities, resources, crime and facilities for young people. The questionnaires will be delivered to your home and collected by your councillors.

From the information they obtain plans can be drawn up for future developments both within the village and with Monmouthshire County Council and organisations willing to assist with grants e.g. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB).

It will also enable the council to understand what villagers want from their local councillors and county councillor. In fact all local government!

The survey will be carried out and results produced at no financial cost to the village. The questionnaire has been designed by your councillors and printed by Monmouthshire County Council (MCC). The County Council will statistically analyse the results and councillors will interpret these into policies and actions. The results will be published and a copy of the booklet produced made available for each household. The results and actions will also be discussed at a public meeting that will be organised as soon as the work has been completed. This will be widely publicised throughout the village.

Tintern Community Councillors

Parva Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant

Dereck and Vicki Stubbs have sold their hotel. The sale happened suddenly and Dereck and Vicki are sorry that they were not able to tell everyone what was happening. They have gone to live in Chepstow while they consider their future. Dereck has plenty of hobbies to keep him occupied and Vicki is thinking of holidays. Their local patrons wish them well and are sorry to see them go. They have given us many memorable meals over quite a few years.

The hotel was taken over on the 11th August by Peter and Angela Vrettos, who come from running the George and Dragon Inn in Knighton. This was a mid 17th century coaching inn and while there they improved the establishment by adding a restaurant and bed and breakfast facilities. They were there for over eight years. Peter originates from Barry and Angela from Nottingham and they have a son, Thomas 23, who will be starting at Swansea University in September. Angela will be in charge of the kitchen and garden and is looking forward to being creative with her menus. Peter will be 'front of house'. They do not intend any dramatic changes to the Parva Farmhouse but they aim to stamp their own identity on it in the coming months. It will still be possible to book in for evening meals when space allows. We welcome them to the village.

Chepstow Harriers Offas Orror Race

October 2nd sees the return of one of runnings most popular trail events when the Offas Orror race takes place.

Starting at 10.30 am from the Anchor Inn, the 20 kilometre course follows the old railway line before ascending the gorge to a point near the Devils' Pulpit. From there the runners follow the ancient Dyke before descending to Mackenzie Hall above Brockweir. Relief from the hills is short lived for the next climb takes the competitors up to Hudnalls Common, before one long, difficult descent down to Bigsweir Bridge. From then on it's a flat finish following the banks of the Wye back to Tintern.

Promoted by Chepstow Harriers, the event attracts a field of about 200 runners who come from as far afield as London and the North Country. Many stay at local establishments.

The club go to great trouble to minimise any parking problems and provide marshals in the village to prevent any disruption.

Sue Browne

Community Council Highlights

Extracts from the Community Council Meetings of 25th July and 8th August 2005

For full details please see the Tintern Village website and Village noticeboards.

The Community Council have decided to ask MCC to fund and erect a finger post on the promenade to direct visitors to the public toilets on the A466.

The community council are having new lids fitted to the litter bins in the Angiddy valley and at the Cot, and the Forestry Commission have agreed to replace the one in Glyn Wood, hoping that with care and consideration, these areas will now be kept tidy.

Competitive quotations and funding are still being sought for the new car park surfacing, cycle rack, security lights and improving disabled facilities at the Village Hall.

Because of the concern of villagers about road safety following recent accidents in the village, and following discussions between the Community Council and MCC Highways department, Gwent Police set up a test speed camera in the village and found that over 70% of vehicles passing through the village were breaking the speed limit. Almost half of these speeds were high enough to warrant the drivers being prosecuted.
Tintern will now become a 'Community of Concern' and we should see an increase in the frequency in the use of speed cameras and other road safety initiatives in the Village.

Much detailed work is being carried out to have the sawmills area converted into an overflow car park to ease visitor parking in the Village. The Lower Wye Area Committee have agreed to grant 1,000 to cover the costs of initial clearance work and a complete study in the safe access and layout of this area.

Congratulations to the 'Friends of Tintern' for their fund raising towards the cost of the Christmas lights.

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

Brockweir Toddlers and Playgroup

To prevent the children of Brockweir Toddlers and Playgroup from missing their playmates too much over the long summer holidays, the playgroup arranged for them to meet up with their parents and families for a Sunday barbecue at Whitestone, near Tintern. The children had a wonderful time on the adventure playground and the sun shone into the late afternoon for the barbecue.

Brockweir Playgroup is for children from 2 years and 6 months and meets 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.

Tintern VPA

We held our Annual Show in the Village Hall on the 20th of August. The weather was kind to us with a very pleasant day. This year's 257 show entries were a little down from our peak last year but the flowers in particular put on a colourful display. Our vegetables were generally all on the small size, very little seemed ready for harvesting.

Our Chairlady, Jean Davey, introduced Stan Smith who opened the Show and made the various presentations. Joan Sheldon won the cup for flowers, Bernard Bradshaw for vegetables with Wendy Boast as the runner up. Jean Bathgate won the cookery cup and Matthew Hewish won the special junior prize with his first for biscuits and second for rock cakes. Jackie Langdon had the best entry in our plant sections with her magnificent lily and Linda Simmons won best entry for her beautiful quilt in the cookery and handicraft sections.

We had an excellent number of VPA members present and quite a lot of visitors to the village called in to see us and have a cup of tea and cake, however we were sorry not to see any other villagers supporting the Show. Overall we made a reasonable profit on the Show due to the good efforts of Jean Mitchely and Joanna Cowell on the raffle, the ladies running the tea and cake kitchen and the final sale of items from the show. Jean Bathgate, our Show Organiser, wished to thank Christine and Bernard Bradshaw, Les and Linda Simmons, Ken Haynes and Jackie Langdon for their help in setting up the Show.

Now we are back to holding monthly meetings in the Village hall at 7:30pm, prompt, every third Friday. Our next meeting on the 16th September will include a talk by Mrs Bevan on "The Italian Dolomites". In October we will have a talk on "Wild Life of Lakes and Reservoirs of North West Gwent" and in November an evening of "The History and Mystery of Magic". The year will end with our Christmas Party in December.

Tintern WI

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall.

We held our Garden Party in August in Pam Ansell's garden. Good food, good weather and, most importantly, good company made for a very pleasant afternoon.

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.

In October we are having a craft afternoon, which will be a hands on session for everyone.

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.

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
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.

Ralph's Tree Treevia

Competition for 13 year olds and under:

"Can you tell me the location of four monkey puzzle trees (Aricuria or Chilean Pine) within one mile of the Llandogo, Tintern and Chepstow areas?"

Cash prize for the first correct entry drawn out of a hat. Bonus prize if you can find five.

Answers on a postcard to Ralph Duffield c/o the Cherry Tree Stores or the Police Station by 17th September 2005. Please print your name and age clearly and include a contact telephone number.

Locations of the trees and the winner's name will be published in the October edition of the Newsletter.

Expected High Tides in Tintern

18th September 2005 - 20.11pm 8.2m
19th September 2005 - 8.34am 8.0m
19th September 2005 - 21.53pm 8.4m
20th September 2005 - 10.14am 7.9m
20th September 2005 - 22.32pm 8.1m

Personal Notices

Best wishes to Kay Ball for a good and speedy recovery from your operations.

Belated Happy Birthday greeting to Donald Thomas who was 60 on Monday 29th August.

Recipe for September - Ginger-Baked Pears (serves 4)

4 ripe pears
55g or 2oz caster sugar
1-2 lumps of preserved ginger in syrup, chopped, and 2 tbsp of the syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F or gas mark 6)
2. Peel, core and slice the pears. Put them into a casserole dish and mix in the caster sugar, preserved ginger and syrup.
3. Bake for about 30 minutes, until they are tender, stirring them once or twice during cooking to make sure they are cooking evenly in the juices.
4. Serve hot or cold, with some thick yoghurt, cream or vanilla ice-cream.

(Rose Elliot: Forget the lentils 2003)

Harvest Supper

Tintern Village Hall Committee are holding a HARVEST SUPPER in the Village Hall on Friday 14th October at 7.00pm

Tickets 7.50 per person or 20.00 for a family available in advance from Committee Members and the Cherry Tree Shop

Profits to the Hall. Everyone welcome.

Tintern Events Diary

14th September, Bingo at the Anchor Hotel, 7.30pm.
16th September, VPA Meeting at the Village hall, 7:30pm, The Italian Dolomites
25th September, Old Station, 11am - 4pm, Miniature Train rides

Advance notice: date to be arranged for October - Race Night - details in next issue.

Llandogo Fun Run

Sunday 18th September 2005
Race Start 11.00am

Catbrook Village News

12th September, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. Reckless Design, Coleford. Come along and paint a pot!
17th September, Matinee Film. Details to follow.
24th September, Wine Tasting Evening. Tickets 7 per head to include finger buffet. 7.30 p.m. start.
30th September, Whist Drive at 7.30 p.m.
10th October, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. Cookery demonstration by Will Lloyd from Raglan Garden Centre.
14th October, 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.
14th November, W.I. Meeting at 7.45 p.m. - Hidden Chepstow.
19th November, Race Night. 7.30 p.m. start.
10th December, Caldicot Male Voice Choir. 7.30 pm start.
12th December, W.I. Christmas Meeting.
16th and 30th December 16th, 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 with John Bathgate, 6 Parva Springs, 689328, ( or Elspeth Reid, Wye Barn, 689456, (

Hospitality in Tintern

Please consider a local venue if you are planning a meal out or arranging hospitality for a party.
The Abbey Hotel, rooms, function rooms, food, 689777
The Abbey Mills, function room, food, 689228
The Anchor, B and B, function room, food 689207
The Cafe Mango, mostly take away sandwiches and coffee
The Cherry Tree Inn, rooms, food, 689292
The Fountain Inn, rooms, food, 689303
The Moon and Sixpence, food, 689284
The Parva Farmhouse Hotel, rooms, food 689411
The Rose and Crown, B and B, food 689254
The Royal George Hotel, rooms, function rooms, food, 689205
The Wye Valley Hotel, rooms, food, 689441

Tintern News is produced with support from Rural Community Action