A Happy New Year to all our readers.
The Friends of Tintern would like to thank all of those who assisted with the Old Folks Party this year. Especial thanks must go to Mr Bram Pearce and his staff at the George Hotel for the excellent food and use of their facilities. Also to Llandogo School Choir and Teachers for entertaining us with their carols and to Alan Butt for his expertly run Bingo session. It is not widely known but many of the business's in Tintern support the Friends of Tintern throughout the year, some examples being the George Hotel which allows us to store the Christmas Lights at their premises, The Anchor Hotel which allows us to run our monthly fund raising Bingo there and the Moon and Sixpence which holds fund raising events throughout the year, all at no cost to us. Please support these local businesses by using their facilities as much as possible. Once again a big thank you from the Friends of Tintern.
Best-Selling Local Author Switches on Christmas lights
Internationally renowned fiction writer Jeannie Johnson made the official switch-on of Tintern Christmas lights in a ceremony outside the Moon and Sixpence on December 11th. A crowd of Tintern residents watched as the tree opposite the pub sprang into festive life with its striking red lights, complemented by the other decorative lights along the main road through the village. The Friends of Tintern would like to thank Jeannie for kindly performing the ceremony and everyone who contributed to the Christmas Lights fund throughout the year at events, which included a car boot sale, and Race Evenings at the George. They are also aware of the splendid lights put up privately by Tintern residents and traders, which add greatly to the seasonal spirit of cheer in the village. The Friends would also like to express their appreciation of the generous hospitality provided by the Moon and Sixpence in the form of mulled wine and mince pies, which were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Finally, we give heartfelt thanks to a very special guest who arrived during the ceremony. Father Christmas, who is exceptionally busy at this time of year, arrived to give his support to the Tintern Christmas Lights. Interestingly, he had just returned from the North East of England so was able to express his thoughts in the Geordie dialect with a "Why aye, man, champion!"
Dear Anonymous, thank you!
A generous Christmas gift has strengthened the Tintern News finances. In December, an unexpected but very welcome gift of £100 was made to the Tintern News under conditions of strict anonymity. A Christmas card accompanying the gift expressed appreciation of the newsletter with the following message: The "Winners' Club" gave me a big surprise When I'd won a £100 cash prize I'd like to enclose it as a donation To the Tintern News whose information Is an asset to all local women and guys. So I hope this small contribution won't fail To help keep our news sheet on the rail(s). The Friends of Tintern who publish the Tintern News would like to express their deep gratitude for this money, which will be of invaluable assistance in keeping the publication going. They are also very pleased to learn from this positive feedback that Tintern residents are finding the News useful. So, Anonymous, whoever you are, may we say a very big thank you.
By the way, The Tintern News is one year old this month.
Help Needed at the Tintern News
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.
Our Christmas Party went very well. Only eighteen members turned up but the food was fine and enjoyable. Les and Linda Simmons provided the Christmas Quiz and prize. We all puzzled trying to find the names of confectionery that fitted the clues. "Twice as good in France" was one clue that had us thinking. The answer, "Bon Bon". Most people went away with a polyanthus from the draw. Our next meeting on the 20th January is the AGM. We need to find replacements for John and Jean Bathgate as Treasurer and Show Secretary. They expect to reduce their commitment during 2006 but will see the 2006 Show through
We meet on the third Monday of the month in Tintern Village Hall at 2.00pm. So we will next meet together on Monday 16th January. At this meeting we hope to have a "brainstorming" session when members put forward their ideas for the programme for the year. We will also discuss WI resolutions - these are issues of importance which every WI in England and Wales vote on and bring to the notice of the relevant organisations through discussions, lobbying etc. Resolutions are issues maybe concerning health, the environment, farming etc. Recently we have raised concerns over GM crops and the price that farmers get for their produce. We hope to start our monthly walk again - much needed after all the Christmas pudding and mince pies! New members are always welcome so do come along and join our discussion in January. It's a good way to make new friends and get involved in all sorts of events.
The Tintern Village Web Site
Rob Barker has taken over the website from John Bathgate and has given it a new look. If you have not looked at the site lately, have a look now to see its new appearance at www.tintern.org.uk
Stan Smith is currently in the Royal Gwent following an operation and Brian Young is in Chepstow Hospital for treatment. We wish them both well and hope that they recover satisfactorily.
Communion Services at St Michael's at 9:00am each Sunday except for the 29th Jan when the time will be 10:30am. Family Services at Llandogo Village Hall at 10:30am each Sunday.
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 Elspeth Reid, Wye Barn, 689456, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Something To Say
A Christmas Tree Plus... The tiny little Christmas tree in Agincourt Square, Monmouth looked quite forlorn, but I only wanted one that size. "It's the only one I haven't sold" said the man rubbing his cold hands with force. "They all went for a tenner, but you can have this one for £6." "No, no," I said. "let's share the difference then," handing him eight pounds. "I wish they all said that," he remarked, picking a spray of mistletoe from a bunch by his side while his wife counted my coins. He held the twig above my head for a second whilst a kiss landed on my cheek. "The missus isn't looking," he added. Mina
Alan Woods, who lives in Catbrook, is in the process of graduating as a Full Member of the Sports Massage Association. As part of his accreditation ,he needs to complete 100 hours of massage practice away from the Course and so is looking for volunteers of all ages in the local area. He has completed 60 hours so far. No fee is payable for his services, as he is not yet fully qualified, so this is a golden opportunity for you. You will need to answer some brief questions before he can treat you, to ensure your medical suitability for massage. There was a good response to this "appeal" in the November Edition of the Tintern News, and people who responded then are very welcome to return for more free treatment. A number of you were kind enough to say very nice things about how beneficial you found the treatment; thank you. If you are interested in free treatment ,please ring Alan on 07802-228462 to arrange a time.
Attachments to BT Poles
We have received a letter from BT pointing out that it is unlawful to attach items and notices to their poles without express permission. The letter provides a lot of detail but the important paragraph gives a telephone number, which can be rung when anyone has a request. This is 0800 085 8262 and takes you to the Central Pole Test Office in Sheffield.
Crime Reduction Vehicle
The County Car Park Watch Partnership has provided a Crime Reduction Vehicle for use within the County. This vehicle is now operational and will provide both a visual deterrent and information point in Car Parks throughout the County reducing crime and supporting users. The vehicle is manned by Trained Volunteers who give a minimum of six hours per year in support of the project. Should any readers wish to become volunteers then contact the Chairman of the Partnership - Tony Parsons on 01291 689446 for further information
Protect You Mobile Phone - The 4Rs
Registered - your phone with the network operator Record - your IMEI number and phone number and keep ii safe. Report - a stolen phone to your network operator. It can now be cancelled immediately. Remain Alert - be aware of your surroundings and do not use a phone in unsafe areas. For further information, drop into your local police station - this includes the Tintern Office.
Tintern Village Events
Friday, 20 Jan, 7:30pm, Village Hall, Tintern VPA AGM
Tintern News is produced with support from Rural Community Action