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The Tintern News - December 2005


The Tintern Village Christmas Lights will be switched on this year by successful local author Jean Goodhind. This will take place at the Moon and Sixpence on Sunday 11th December at 6.30pm. There will be mulled wine and mince pies. It is also rumoured that Father Christmas might make a surprise visit.


Do come to the Christmas Soup Lunch in the Tintern Village Hall on Wednesday 7th December, 12.30 - 2.00pm £3.00 each to include homemade soup and a pudding.


The Friends of Tintern are providing a free Christmas lunch for the 60s and over who live in the Village. This will be held at the Royal George Hotel on December 12th at 12.00 noon. There will be a sherry reception, soup with a roll, turkey dinner, pudding, tea or coffee.

The Llandogo School Choir will provide entertainment.

Transport will be provided if required.

If you wish to attend the Christmas Lunch please contact Tony Parsons 689446 TORCHLIGHT CAROL SERVICE

The Annual Torchlight Christmas Carol Service at Tintern Abbey, with the Martin Singers will be held on Monday 12th December at 7.00pm. Assemble at the Abbey Hotel, where mulled wine and warm snack food will be available from 6.00pm.

All proceeds in aid of Barnardos.


Through a series of training courses offered by Gwent Wildlife Trust, local community groups will be able to learn how to respond to planning applications that could have detrimental effects on their local environment and its wildlife. The courses are designed to develop the skills of these groups so that they can provide planning officers with important information that might not otherwise come to their attention.

Steven Rogers, Conservation Officer, says "Gwent Wildlife Trust has a long standing relationship with the planners and we have worked together to modify plans so that developments can go ahead without damaging the wildlife. But we cannot do it all ourselves, and think community groups can provide vital help."

The planning training courses are supported by Awards for All Wales and by Monmouthshire Rural Community Action, who want to see local people becoming more involved in the decisions that affect their quality of life.

Richards Lewis of Rural Community Action says," We are keen to support training initiatives like this. The training will be relevant where there are threats not only to the environment but also to the social fabric of our villages and towns."

Courses will be held at the following venues in January and February 2006:

Usk Agricultural College, Room C3, Usk Campus, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP16 1XJ Session 1 on the 30th January Session 2 on the 6th February Each session 6.30 - 9.00pm


Brockweir and Hewesfield Community Shop, Mill Hill, Brockweir, NP16 7NW Session 1 on the 13th February Session 2 on the 20th February Each session 6.30 - 9.00pm

Interested groups or individuals can contact Steven Rogers at Gwent Wildlife Trust, tel. 01600 740358.


Extracts from recent Community Council Meetings (September and October 2005)

For full details see Village Notice Boards and the web site at

" The Community Council are working with M.C.C. to develop the Sawmills area of the village into a car park and at the same time to restrict those vehicles which are speeding through this area. " M.C.C. will erect a new direction sign to the toilets in the village to help 'desperate' visitors. " 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 examined. " The Council will ask M.C.C. if they will take responsibility for replacing the broken seat on Trellech road near to park Glade. " The Council will be encouraging businesses in Tintern to accept a quality and standard for the many signs that are now appearing around the village in order to stop the village looking untidy. " Following a request from villagers, the Council will refer a 2 hour time limit for parking opposite the bookshop, to the Lower Wye Area Committee for action. " A draft budget has been prepared for the village which takes into account items arising from an initial examination of the responses to the Village Questionnaire (some 60% of those issued have been returned!). Every effort will be made to minimise costs to the ratepayers. The final analysis of the Questionnaire will be published early in 2006. " The Council have granted £500 to the village hall to help with refurbishments. " The winning number in the Questionnaire raffle is No 15 (ref No AS4FZZ4R), so will the lucky winner please step forward! " A villager's proposal to improve access to the river was received, and a letter to the AONB will be sent by the Council to support the funding request. " The Council have agreed to grant £300 to the 'Friends of Tintern' to support the funding of the village Christmas lights.

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

Climbing High for Macular Disease Research

A couple from Tintern, Monmouthshire are planning to climb Africa's highest mountain in December in order to raise money for the Macular Disease Society. Richard and Mari will be climbing Kilimanjaro, which at 5895m (19,341ft), is over four times the height of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Taking them from the dusty plains of Tanzania in East Africa, through jungle and moorland to the icy wastes of the summit, this is one of the most beautiful but challenging treks there is.

The trek will take a total of eight days and will take Richard and Mari well into the zone where altitude sickness can be fatal. The two are no strangers to high altitude however, having completed a trek in Nepal in November 2002, in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of registered vision impairment for people over 50 in the Western world. The macular is an area the size of a grain of rice, within the eye, that contains the cells that process the fine detail and colour of what you see. MD causes loss of central vision, leading to varying degrees of visual impairment and will impede daily activities such as reading, driving, recognition of faces and working with fine detail. Rapid diagnosis is critical as loss of vision can occur very quickly. Its exact cause is unknown but smoking and poor diet can be contributory factors. Mari's mother suffers from the disease and has received much help and assurance from the Macular Disease Society.

For further details or to make a donation please visit the Macular Disease Society website at or phone 01264 350551. All money donated will go directly to the Macular Disease Society as the cost of the trip is being funded by Richard and Mari.

Mari is a Chartered Building Surveyor, working for Parsons Brinckerhoff and Richard is a Transport Planner working for Gloucestershire County Council.


The VPA meeting on the 18th November was quite different from our usual fare of gardening, wildlife or produce talks. This time we had Mr Stan Cruse from Bristol come to talk to us about "The History and Mystery of Magic". His talk concerned the conjuror's magic rather than the sort practiced by witches. He started with the sort of trick that has been around for centuries, the three cup trick and "Which cup hides the ball?". He ranged over tricks through the centuries baffling us with his demonstrations.

The evening may have been different for a produce club but it was certainly immensely entertaining. Come to think about it, how did he manage to get all his tricks into that one box?

Our next meeting on the 16th of December is the Christmas Party. Members are asked to bring a dish and perhaps some drink to the Village Hall at 6:30pm.


At our November meeting Mr Rutter spoke to us about "A View from The Blorenge" With excellent slides to illustrate he took us through the history of the area around the Blorenge mountain. It was a very interesting talk enjoyed by all members. Afterwards we ate a delicious tea provided by the members.

On Monday 28th we did our monthly walk to keep us fit and as we walked from Park Glade up to Beacon Hill that should certainly keep us fit! It was a beautiful morning with the sun gleaming through the autumn trees and superb views over Llandogo and Trellech.

Stimulating talks, good food, healthy exercise and much more with the WI, so if you are interested do come along and join us.


Once again Sue Ball organised a very successful Race Night at the Royal George Hotel on 23rd October. Thank you again. to all those who attended and helped to make it a highly successful, highly exciting and highly competitive evening. The proceeds will go towards the Christmas Dinner for the 60s and over, and towards the Village Christmas Lights. Sue tells me that she hopes to arrange a couple more race nights in 2006 - so watch this space for more details in the New Year.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING CHART - FOR BUSY HUSBANDS If your wife is a blithe young girl - the kind that never should be chained down by dreary household drudgery If she is an excellent housekeeper - finding the utmost joy in a lovely home exquisitely kept If your wife is a busy young mother - with her time and energy taken up by the care of lively youngsters If your wife is none too strong - a woman who finds heavy work much too fatiguing for her fragile strength If your wife is just one of the best - who cares for her home and family wholeheartedly and uncomplainingly no matter how hard the tasks, but would like to do her housekeeping the quickest, easiest way


(The Christmas Book - The Best of Good Housekeeping at Christmas 1922 - 1962. This extract was from 1930.)


'Nearly eleven o'clock,' said Pooh happily. 'You're just in time for a little smackerel of something…' (The House at Pooh Corner)

Cinnamon Toast - (Makes 6 toast slices)

6 slices of white bread butter for spreading 1 level tablespoon ground cinnamon 3 level tablespoons castor sugar

Heat the grill. Toast the bread slices on both sides. While they are still hot, spread the slices with butter. Measure the cinnamon and sugar into a small bowl and mix together. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar generously over the buttered toast. Put the toast back under the hot grill, just for a few moments to melt the sugar.

Cut into fingers and serve.

Note: It's a good idea to make up the cinnamon sugar in advance. Keep it handy in a sugar sifter ready for use.

(The Pooh Cook Book, Inspired by Winnie-the-Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner by A.A.Milne, recipes by Katie Stewart, Methuen Children's Books, London, 1971)


Can you remember what happened this year ??

If so prove it at the End Of Year Christmas Quiz on Thursday 29th December Starting at 8.00pm

£5.00 entry per team (up to 4 persons per team) Money taken to be split - prize money - to Friends Of Tintern

Telephone 01291 689284

United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook Church Service Times

Every Sunday:

9am Holy Communion, St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo

9am Holy Communion, St Michael's Church, Tintern (except for the last Sunday in each month when the Tintern service will be at the later time of 1030)

10.30am Joint Family Worship & Junior Church (Kids for Christ) at the following venues:

!st Sunday of the Month - Tintern Village Hall Remaining Sundays - Llandogo Village Hall

Transport is available when this service is held in Llandogo. If required please contact one of the Churchwardens on 689673 or 689457

United Benefice of Tintern & Llandogo with Whitebrook Church Services for Christmas

Tuesday 13th December at 6.30pm - Christingle Service in St Michael's Church, Tintern Wednesday 14th December at 6.30pm - Christingle Service in St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo Sunday 18th December at 6pm - Family Carol Service in St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo (please note that there will be no 1030 service in the Village Hall on the 18th)

Wednesday 21st December at 7pm - Village Carol Service followed by coffee/mulled wine & mince pies in Tintern Village Hall

Saturday 24th December at 11pm - Midnight Mass in St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day Communion Service at 9am in St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo Family Service at 10.30am in St Michael's Church, Tintern Saturday 31st December at 11.15pm - Service into the New Year at the Pentecostal Church, Trellech Road, Tintern


The Tintern News is currently produced on alternate months by Elspeth Reid and John Bathgate and delivered to approximately 250 homes by a few volunteers. John is leaving the Village soon and we would like to find someone to replace his contribution. The work entails receiving information from contributors and putting it together on a computer using Word, copying the pages at the Police Office to make 300 copies, collating and stapling them together. In practice it is not a very onerous job,

If you could help, please get in touch with Elspeth Reid on 689456 or John Bathgate on 689328 for a chat about the job.

John also delivers around 60 copies in Parva Springs, the bottom of Trellech Road and the Tintern Parva end of the main street. If you could deliver to this area or could deliver to an area not at present covered please let us know.


If you have something you want to say, tell the Tintern News. It could be as simple as something to sell or perhaps you are holding a function or are just bursting to tell us about your holiday or something funny your dog did. Perhaps you have written a poem or a short story - it's your paper (although there will be editorial discretion). 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,


It was a pleasure to see Chris Deakin an ex-resident of Tintern when he popped into the Moon and Sixpence recently. Chris it was lovely to see you and hear about life in Plymouth.

Tintern Village Events

Wednesday 7th December - Christmas Soup Lunch, Tintern Village Hall 12.30 - 2.00pm Sunday11th December - Christmas Lights Switch on at the Moon and Sixpence 6.30pm Monday 12th December - Christmas Lunch for the 60s and over - The Royal George Hotel 12.00 noon. Monday 12th December - Torchlight Carol Service at Tintern Abbey. Abbey Hotel from 6.00pm. Service 7.00pm. Wednesday 14th December - Bingo at the Anchor Inn - 7.30pm. Friday16th December - VPA Christmas Party - Village Hall 6.30pm Wednesday 21st December - Village Carol Service, Tintern Village Hall - 7.00pm Thursday 29th December - End of year Christmas Quiz - Moon and Sixpence 8.00pm.

Catbrook Memorial Hall Events

Saturday 10th December - 7.30 p.m. Caldicot Male Voice Choir. Tickets £6 to include sandwiches. Bar provided. Sunday 18th December - 11.00 a.m. Carol Service with refreshments afterwards.

Regular Yoga Classes held every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. Call Ruth on 01600-860648 for details.

For details of other events call any of the following:- Liz 01600-860612, Pat 01600-860255 or Jill 01600-860132.

A superb evening was enjoyed by everyone on the 14th October with 100 songs from 100 years in 100 minutes. It was just a shame it did not go on all evening!

The Hall was packed for the children's film matinee, Madagascar, on the 22nd October. Hopefully we can have another equally successful afternoon in the future.

Sponsored by Rural Community Action

Tintern News Back Pages Directory

The Tintern News is delivered to approximately 250 homes each month.

Sponsorship from Rural Community Action will soon cease. The Friends of Tintern would like with your help to keep the Tintern News in production.

Would you like to advertise your business in the Tintern News Back Pages Directory? To save paper, all adverts will be in a format similar to this in this in size. Rent this space for £5.00 per month £60.00 per year. Contact Elspeth Reid 01291 689456 or email andrew.elspeth@virgin .net

For example:

TWINKLES MUSIC CLUB PARTIES: Music and movement for 3-5 year olds. Why not have a music party on your birthday?

You can Sing, Dance, Play Musical Instruments, Mime, Watch a Puppet Show, Play party games, Play parachute games.

You and your friends will have a great time and take home some 'cool' presents. Parents can choose from one of the 3 packages available and make your birthday extra-special. Contact: Kerry Ford, BMus IPD Telephone: 01594 530886

BOOKSTOP MOBILE LIBRARY: Calling on Monday 19th December, 2005, 9th January, 30th January, 20th February 2006.

Tintern Bakery 10.15 - 10.30, Furnace Cottages 10.35 - 10.50 Parkhouse 11.05 - 11.20, Broadstone 11.23 - 11.40 Catbrook 11.45 - 12.00, Botany Bay 12.05 - 12.20 Tintern Park Glade 12.25 -12.45, Shirenewton School Hill 2.05 - 2.25 Blethyn Close 2.30 - 2.45

Further information from Abergavenny Library 01873 735980 Website