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October 2005

A Message from Sally concerning flu vaccines 2005

This year we are intending to complete our flu vaccinations within a two-day period.
To allow this to happen we have booked Tintern village hall on Tuesday 11 October and Wednesday 12 October. To make it easy to access these days we have one early morning start and one late evening.

The days and times are as follows:
Tuesday 7.30 am - 3.30 pm
Wednesday 10.00 am - 6.00pm

No appointments will be necessary and there will be plenty of seating although we do not anticipate long waiting times. All we ask is that you come prepared to roll up your sleeve ready for your flu jab and catch up on news with your friends while you wait for 20 minutes afterwards.

The government recommends (so do we) that everyone aged 65 and over should receive a flu jab along with those who have lung disease, i.e. asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Congratulations to Steve, Jill and Tracy. The Cherry Tree shop is now one year old.

Living Philosophy in Tintern

Several local members of the Tintern Philosophy Circle joined others in Lagos in the Algarve for the first week in September for a philosophy holiday. Ray Billington led seminars on the Greek philosophers each morning, and the afternoons and evenings were dedicated to sunbathing, tennis, and eating out. The combination made for a rich and digestible mixture, and it is hoped to repeat the event with a different theme next year.

The Annual Philosophy Garden Party was held at Veddw House, Devauden - the home and garden of Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes. The theme for the day was Wordsworth, remembered still as one who loved the Wye Valley. Anne described the Wordsworthian links with the garden, and Simon Durrant, Head of English at Monmouth Boys' School, presented a critical analysis of some Wordsworth poems. Finally, Ray Billington spoke of the poet's philosophy of nature and reincarnation. Hatti of The Italian Garden, which is going from strength to strength, provided refreshments. The whole day was a glorious evocation of the theme.

The next meeting of the Philosophy Circle is on the 18th October in the Rose and Crown where David Angel will speak on "The Philosophy of Don Quixote".


Tintern VPA

On September 16th we got back to our ordinary meetings, where we have a speaker followed by tea and biscuits and then a short chat about club business.
Ruth Bevan gave us our September talk and an excellent talk it was. She had many pictures of her subject, The Italian Dolomites, to show us using a laptop computer, projector and screen. The images were of first class quality and Ruth showed herself to be an excellent photographer. Her talk was most interesting and covered ground suitable for light walkers to the more adventurous among us who might consider clambering around the peaks strapped to wire guides, ladders, footholds etc. Probably a little too heady for most of us.
She has talks available about other areas, the Andes for example, and we would welcome another visit from her.

Our next meeting is on the 21st of October at 7:30 prompt in the village hall where Mr S Williams will talk on the "Wild Life of Lakes and Reservoirs of North West Gwent".

Tintern W.I.

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2:00pm in Tintern Village Hall.
The speaker at our last meeting was Mr Matthews who gave a very informative talk on homeopathy, although he couldn't cure all our ills on the spot.

At the meeting on Monday 17th October we are having a craft afternoon, which will be a hands on session for everyone.

In November our speaker is Mr Rutter, well known to many for his excellent talks and this time his topic will be "A View from the Blorenge".

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 to join us.

Community Council Highlights

Extracts from the Community Council Meeting of 22nd August 2005

The Community Council have asked M.C.C. to investigate the cracks that have appeared in the road at 'Dead Mans Corner' and to also investigate the theft of the sign from the Village Green.
The 'Pride of India' tree, near to Tintern Garage, may have to be felled but if this should happen then a replacement tree will be planted.
Following the recent report from ROSPA, the Council will arrange for the seats on the children's swings at the back of the Village Hall to be replaced.
The Council is having problems obtaining a range of competitive quotations for the proposed work on the disabled access, car park and other work at the Village Hall. Does anyone know any companies that would quote for this?
Your Community Councillors have worked hard to prepare and distribute the Village Questionnaire. Please return your copy to any Councillor or to the Antiques Shop if it has not already been collected.
The Council are collating information about the names and routes of the village footpaths to see if there is sufficient information to commission a detailed map for the village.

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

p.s. A letter has been received from M.C.C, prior to the September meeting, concerning the alternative payment methods available following the closure of the cash office in the 'One Stop Shop' on the 30th September.

In summary the change will mean that Council Tax/ Business Rates/ Housing Rents will need to be paid by: -
Direct debit through your bank
Debit cards by phone/ internet to County Hall ( 01633 644316, )
Standing orders on your bank
Post a cheque to County Hall
Through a Post Office (but they may charge for this service)
Temporary rent payment cards, which can last for a period of 18 - 24 months, that can be used at Post Offices / Paypoint outlets. With this method you should allow a week for the payment to be cleared.
If all else fails you can take your payment directly to the cash office in County Hall.

The One Stop Shop will still arrange bulk waste collection but payment must be by cheque, however, the shop will no longer sell green waste bags.

Tintern Community Questionnaire

The members of Tintern Community Council would like to thank all those who took the time and effort to complete the Community Questionnaire, the response was over 50%. The completed questionnaires will now be sent for analysis and the results will be discussed at a Public Meeting to be arranged (hopefully) for the beginning of December. Notice of the meeting will be published on the usual notice boards, on the Tintern website and in the December issue of the Newsletter.

Thank you again for letting us know your views about your Village.
Roger Hopson, Clerk to the Council

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Fourteen years ago my wife Barbara and I took over the beautiful old Anchor Inn in Tintern on a wet and windy October day. Our first meeting was with little Will and several ladies on a shopping expedition being carted in the link box of his famous blue Fordson tractor. We have seen many happy times at The Anchor including things like the Mad Monks Golfing Society Pantomime, the lighting of the Abbey at night, and the installation of the Christmas lights and the visitation of several very famous people. We have also seen the sad passing of many local characters including, Grantley James, Little Will, Ralph and Henry Arnold and more recently dear old Mr Ford and Jones the rock. We have endured four major floods and many minor floods since taking over The Anchor, but the beautiful gardens and surrounding scenery has made those all bearable.

We have retained most of our loyal staff for the entire period and have made some dear friends in the village and for this reason we are only moving a few yards away as this is now recognised as our home. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of the people who have used The Anchor and have contributed generously to mine and Barbara's pension fund!! Our retirement will now enable us hopefully to do many things that we have been unable to do due to the nature of running a very busy business.

Once again we thank you for your kind patronage over the years and the friendship and acceptance we have received at The Anchor.
Alan and Barbara

Bingo at the Anchor

12th October 7.30pm


Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence has been transferred from Neville Hall Hospital to the Chepstow Community Hospital.
Condolences to Ralph Duffield on the death of his brother.
Thank you to Tom Zsigo at the Moon and Sixpence for the collection bottle that has been on the bar since the beer festival - which to this date has raised more than 50.00 for the Christmas lights. It is hoped to repeat this in other establishments in Tintern.
There may still be time to buy your ticket for the TINTERN HARVEST SUPPER in the Village Hall on Friday 14th October at 7pm. Tickets are available from the Cherry Tree Shop, 7.50 each or 20 for a family of three or four. All profits go to the Hall.

High Tides

12/10/05 20.45 8.1m
18/10/05 21.26 8.0m

Local Films

The Chepstow Film Society has launched regular showings of classic and art house films in the Florence Room of the Beaufort Hotel in Chepstow. They meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:30pm when admission is 4. There is also the chance to join the Society for their modest annual fee of 2.

Their next film will be a Korean beauty "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and...Spring" to be shown on October 10th. Their Christmas Offering in December will be "Spirited Away", a film that won the Best Animated Oscar in 2003 and is regarded as a masterpiece suitable for all ages.

Race Night at the Royal George Hotel

Sunday 23rd October 2005 from 7.30pm

Following the success of the last Race Night it has been decided to hold another one - so come and have some fun.

Bar meals and drinks available.

Bring your friends and have a good night out.

Proceeds will go towards the Old Folks Christmas Party, Christmas Lights, funding the Tintern Newsletter and other Village activities.

Ralph's Tree Treevia

No one responded to the competition.

Tintern Village Events

Wednesday 12th October, 7:30 pm Bingo at the Anchor
Friday 14th October, 7:00pm Harvest Supper in the Village Hall.
Monday 17th October, W.I. craft meeting at 2:00pm Village Hall.
Tuesday 18th October, 7:30 pm Philosophy Circle, David Angel speaks on "The Philosophy of Don Quixote"
Friday 21st October, VPA meeting 7:30 Village Hall. "Wild Life of Lakes and Reservoirs of North West Gwent"
Sunday 23rd October, Race Night at the Royal George 7:30pm

Catbrook Memorial Hall Events

Saturday 8th October Film, War of the Worlds, 7.30 pm. Bring your own drink. 3
Monday 10th October WI Meeting, Cookery Demonstration, 7.45 p.m
Friday 14th October pop Goes the Century, 7.30 pm - 100 Tunes from 100 years in 100 minutes. 7, light supper provided, bring your own drink
Saturday 22nd October Film Matinee, 2.30 pm - Madagascar.
Friday 4th November Film, A Good Woman, 7.30 pm.
Sunday 13th November Remembrance Day Service, 3 pm.
Monday 14th November WI Meeting - Hidden Chepstow, 7.45pm.
Saturday 19th November Race Night - 7.30 pm. Supper and bar
Saturday 10th December Caldicot Male Voice Choir, 7.30 pm. 6 includes sandwiches, bar provided
Sunday 18th December Carol Service, 11 am. followed by refreshments
New Year's Eve Watch this space!

Ruth Routh will also be holding her Yoga Classes on Thursday mornings and Tuesday evenings in the hall. Please contact her on 01600-860648 for further information.
For further information on any of the above dates please contact either Liz on 01600-860612, Pat on 01600 860255 or Jill on 01600 860132

Lost and Found

A ladies watch was found recently in Trellech Road. Enquiries to Jean Bathgate on 689328.

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

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