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The Tintern News - February 2006

Remember we asked ……

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

You certainly did………

The response to the Community Council questionnaire was tremendous - 174 questionnaires were completed and returned. The analysis has now been completed, and the results and your Community Council's actions have been put together in the - Tintern Survey 2006

The results and the Community Council's plans will be explained in a public meeting to be held in

TheVillage Hall, Wednesday 15th February 2006, 7.00pm

Please come along and listen to your Councillors and ask them questions about the questionnaire results and your own concerns and issues.

A free copy of the survey will be available to all households.

Sally's Safe and Sound - Thank you

Sally the chicken is now safe and sound at home at Beech Cottage, Chapel Hill. A fox scare on Boxing Day sent the latest bird to join the Reynolds family coup into a flap. An extensive search of the surrounding area revealed no clues to her whereabouts and Sally was feared lost as the proverbial 'fox lunch on legs'. However, good neighbours Paul and Jenny (some 300 yards away) found that Sally had taken up residence in a tree in their garden after 3 days living off the land and avoiding Raglan Road traffic.

Other residents of fine character kept an eye out for Sally, while the mission to retrieve her was planned. Being somewhat nervous, yet also doggedly stubborn, Sally ventured higher and higher at each attempt to rescue her over a 24 hour period. A night time (when chickens are a bit dopy) a tree climb was the only answer. Sally is now reunited with the other birds at home and is doing fine.

Matt Reynolds

Christmas Bingo 2005

A very big thank you to all those who made the effort to attend a very successful and lively Christmas Bingo session at the Anchor Hotel on 14th December. Particular thanks go to the hard working ladies who make these evenings possible, Betty, Marjorie, Daisy, Jo and Ruby. Thank you also to 'Dave the Caller'.

Bingo at the Anchor Hotel takes place on the second Wednesday of each month and starts at 7.30pm. People travel from far and wide to take part and have a good time. It's not too late to make a new resolution to make this year your 'Bingo Year'. (SB)

Quiz Night at the Anchor - test your general knowledge

There will be a quiz night at the Anchor on Sunday 19th February 2006. The charge will be £5.00 per team (maximum of 4 people).

Tintern WI

We meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm. in Tintern Village Hall. At the next meeting on Monday 20th February John Harris will be showing a video and talking about the Tall Ships Trust.

On the fourth Monday of the month we do a local walk. This month we met at Abbey Mill and walked over the bridge on to Brockweir and up to the shop where we enjoyed a good cup of coffee. Then we walked back via the Old Station.

New members are always welcome. (CB)

Tintern Village Produce Association

Tintern VPA has about 50 members and meets once per month. Its objective is to maintain and develop social contact and friendships in the village through a (loosely) shared interest in gardens and gardening, local natural history and wildlife, home arts and crafts etc. In August we hold a summer show of members produce and handywork.

The first meeting of the year, the AGM , was held on 20 Jan 2006 and was devoted to business matters including election of secretary , treasurer etc , finance and member subscriptions and the finalisation of the programme for the coming year.

In February (17th) , March (17th) and April (21st) meetings will be held in Tintern Village Hall at 7.30pm with speakers on subjects including Water Gardening , Flower Arrangement (relevant to the annual show) and the Brecon National Park.

In May (19th) and June (16th) there will be evening garden visits to Wyndcliffe Court St Arvans and Trostrey Lodge Bettwys Newydd.

In July (21st) there will be a Garden Party at a members garden.

On August (19th) the Annual Show will be held at Tintern Village Hall.

In September (15th) , October (20th) and November (17th) meetings will be held in the Village Hall with speakers on Growing and Showing Vegetables , The making of the Nurtons Garden and River Birds in Monmouthshire.

The year will finish with a Christmas Party in December (15th) .

All this comes for a modest Membership Fee of £4 - 00 per person which includes a Discount Card for Millbrook Garden Centre which will quickly recover the membership fee. If any new members are interested in joining contact Bernard Bradshaw at 10 Parva Springs on 01291 689877 .

Friends of Tintern

The current Committee of the Friends of Tintern are Tony Parsons (Chair), Nigel Hopkins (Treasurer), Sue Ball, Janet Hill, Colin Rae and Elspeth Reid. If you would like to help in any way with fund raising for the Village, on a regular basis or as a one-off, e.g. holding a dance or film night in the Village Hall , then we would like to hear from you. The Friends raise money for such things as the provision of the Christmas lights, the Old Folks Christmas Party and the Newsletter. Anyone who would like to help is welcome to attend our meetings. The next meeting of the Friends of Tintern will be on Monday 6th February at 7.30pm in the Moon and Sixpence. The AGM of the Friends of Tintern will be in March on a date to be arranged. (ER)

The Friends of Tintern also extend a big thank you to John Bathgate who has decided to withdraw from co-producing this publication. We thank you John for all your help and support over the past year, and for all the years helping with the Parish News and the Tintern website.

Parva Farm Vineyard

Christmas already seems a long time ago, but we would like to thank all the visitors to the Nativity scene with live animals which we held at the Vineyard during December. We charged a small entry fee this time and raised £123.00. £60.00 was sent to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and £63.00 to the Horses and Ponies Protection Association at Brockwier.

I wrote last year about one of our wines being selected to go to Brussels for use during the British Presidency of the EU. We were thrilled to learn that it was served at the Summit Meeting Dinner on 16th December - a great end to 2005 for the Vineyard.

Our next event here will be the Spring Lamb Exhibition with ewes and lambs on display and bottle-reared lambs for the children (and adults) to make friends with. This will be held from Saturday 22nd April until Sunday 7th May.

Later in the year we will have our Plant Exhibition in June and our Art Exhibition (with works by local artists) during July.

The Vineyard is open to visitors all year round for vineyard tours and free wine tasting, so why not pop up and visit us sometime?

Judith Dudley

Community Council Highlights

Extracts from recent Community Council Meetings - November 2005

Full Council Minutes are available on the village website, the Community Council notice boards, the Cherry Tree shop and the Police Office.

" The Community Council received a short presentation from Sgt. Jon Brown of the Partnership/Gwent police, concerning traffic speeding through the village, following which he agreed to carry out a full survey of the community needs regarding speed related road safety issues. Six accidents had occurred in the village over the Christmas holiday, with 'Dead Mans Corner' being the major problem area.

" A budget for the year 2006/2007 has been agreed which allows for cash to be accrued for allocation towards future village capitol schemes. " The C. Council are investigating the ownership of the wharf and the surrounding area, and what benefits for the village could be available for the village.

" The responses to the village questionnaire are being assembled into a brochure for presentation at a public meeting, possibly in February/early March.

" The C. Council are to check whether an A3 planning application has been granted for the 'Filling Station 'café.

" Discussion and initial planning work is being carried out to check if it would be possible for boats to again use the wharf.

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

Children's Playground at the Village Hall

The Hall Committee is aware that concern has been expressed on the dismantling of swings in the playground. It was necessary to do this following the annual inspection by officers of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), who noted that the bolt connections had weakened. Unfortunately replica replacement bolt connections are no longer manufactured, and the Committee are trying to find an alternative solution. Every effort is being made to get the swings back into working order as soon as possible, and your consideration on this matter would be appreciated. (KFH)

Soup Lunches Do come to the following Soup Lunches, which will be held in Tintern Village Hall on Wednesday 1st March and Wednesday 5th April at 12.30 - 2.00pm. £3.00 to include homemade soup and a pudding. (KFH)

K.F. Haynes Hon.Secretary Village Hall Committee

Church Services - Tintern

Holy Communion Services at St Michael's at 9:00am each Sunday except for the last Sunday in the month when the time will be 10:30am.

Family Services first Sunday in the month in Tintern Village Hall, on remaining Sundays it will be in Llandogo Village Hall at 10:30am. Transport can be provided if required.

Pentecostal Church - Trellech Road

Church Services for February

Sunday 11.00am Communion, Sunday 6.00pm Evening Service, Wednesday 7.30pm Bible Study,

To a Snowdrop

Lone flower, hemm'd in with snows, and white as they, But hardier far, once more I see thee bend Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend, Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day, Storms, sallying from the mountain tops, waylay The rising sun, and on the plains descend: Yet thou art welcome, welcome as a friend Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May Shall soon behold this border thickly set With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing On the soft west wind and his frolic peers: Nor will I then thy modest grace forget, Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of fleeting years!

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

A Recipe for February - Fast, Flaky Leek Pie (serves 4)

900 g or 2 lb leeks 200 g or 7 oz crème fraiche 2 tbsp chopped parsley salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp grated nutmeg packet of ready-rolled puff pastry milk or beaten egg to glaze

1. Pre-heat the over to 200 C (400F or gas 6)

2. Fill a saucepan with 2.5 cm (one inch) of water and bring to the boil. Clean the leeks, and cut into 2.5 cm (one-inch) lengths.

3. Put the leeks into the boiling water, cover and cook for seven minutes or so, until they are tender. Drain well in a colander, making sure you get rid of all the water, then mix the leeks with the crème fraiche, chopped parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

4. Cut the pastry into two equal halves. Lay one on a lightly floured baking sheet and spread the leek mixture on it, leaving 1 cm (half an inch) clear all round.

5. Brush this rim with cold water, then put the other piece of pastry on top. Press the edges together very well.

6. Brush the top with milk or beaten egg to glaze, then prick several times with a fork. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until puffed up and golden.

From: Forget the Lentils by Rose Elliot, 2003.

Personal Notices

A Tribute to the late Hilda Frances Shaw 9th August 1906 - 16th January 2006

As I remember her she always had a welcoming smile, always dressed ready to receive visitors, even if she was not expecting anyone. Everyone was made to feel welcome.

When we last saw her in hospital, she still managed to take interest in her appearance and had a friendly smile on her face.

She was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed by family and friends.


The family and friends of the late Mrs. Hilda Shaw would like to thank family and friends who attended the funeral and for cards and floral tributes received. Thanks also to Rev. Phil Rees and Philip Blatchly and Son for their help and kindness.

Merlyn Ball was born at Wye Villa, Tintern on 14th January 1916. She is still living in Tintern and has just celebrated her 90th birthday. About 95% of her family came to see her at her house that day. She has 4 children, 11 grand-children, 27 great-grand-children and 3 great-great-grand-children. Merlyn is thought to be the oldest resident of Tintern who was both born here and still lives in the Village.

Melissa Ball was 16 on 29th January 2006

Lena Bishop wife of John Bishop of Brockwier, sadly, died Friday 27th January 2006.

Stan Smith is now in the St.Pierre Ward of Chepstow Community Hospital, and is happy to see visitors.

Peggy Weidner (ex-resident of Sylvina Cottage) is not very well in the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, her daughter from Sweden has been over to visit her.

Tintern Philosophy Circle

The Tintern Philosophy Circle meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Rose and Crown.

Ginger Blue Café

Welcome to Tony and Bridget at the new Ginger Blue cafe on the corner by the Tintern Surgery. They offer a range of drinks and light refreshments, including sandwiches, cakes and panini. The cafe currently opens from 9.30am to 5pm, although longer opening hours are being considered for the summer.

High Tides at Tintern

1st March 2006 - 8.51am - 8.3m and 9.15pm - 8.1m

2nd March 2006 - 9.33am - 8.40m and 9.45pm - 8.10

Tintern Village Events

Monday 6th February, 7.30pm - Friends of Tintern meeting at the Moon and Sixpence

Wednesday 8th February, 7.30pm - Bingo at the Anchor Hotel

Wednesday 15th February, 7.00pm - The Tintern Survey 2006 - Public Meeting - Village Hall

Friday 17th February, 7.30pm - VPA at the Village Hall

Sunday 19th February, 7.30pm - Quiz Night at the Anchor Hotel (£5.00 per team of 4)

Tuesday 21st February, 7.30pm - Tintern Philosophy Circle at the Rose and Crown

Wednesday 1st March, 12.30 - 2.00pm - Soup Lunch at the Village Hall £3.00 p.p.

Tuesday 7th March, 2.00pm - VPA at Christine Bradshaw's house.

Wednesday 8th March, 7.30pm - Bingo at the Anchor Hotel

Friday 17th March, 7.30pm - VPA at the Village Hall

Sunday 19th March, 7.45pm - race Night at the Royal George Hotel

Wednesday 5th April - 12.30 - 2.00pm - Soup Lunch at the Village Hall £3.00 p.p.

Friday 21st April - 7.30pm - VPA at the Village Hall

22nd April - 7th May - Spring Lambs Exhibition - Parva Vinyard

June - Plant Exhibibition - Parva Vineyard

July - Art Exhibition - Parva Vineyard

July VPA Annual Garden Party

19th August - Village Hall VPA Annual Show

Sunday 10th December 6.30pm - Christmas Lights Switch On at the Royal George Hotel

Monday 11th December, 12 noon - Old Folks Christmas Party at the Anchor Hotel

Catbrook Village Events


Saturday 21st January - Matinee Film of Wallace & Gromit commencing at 2.30 p.m. Children £2. Adults £3.

Saturday 28th January - Quiz Night. 4-6 per team. £2 per person. Bring your own drink. Sandwiches provided. Raffle. Doors open 7.15 for 7.30 p.m. start.

Saturday 18th February - Casino Night in aid of St. David's Hospice Cancer Care. Ticket £12.50 per head to include a three-course meal. Organised by the W.I.

Friday 3rd March - Film Night - Pride & Prejudice commencing at 7.30 p.m. prompt.

Sunday 19th March - Waggish Radish Puppet Show. To suit children 4-11 years of age. Matinee performance.

A Coffee Morning is held in the hall on the third Tuesday of each month commencing at 10.30 a.m. All welcome.

Regular Yoga Classes are held every Tuesday evening and Thursday mornings in the hall. Call Ruth Routh on 01600-860648 for details.

Whist Drives for 2006 are as follows:

Friday 31st March, Friday 30th June, Friday 29th September, Friday 15th & 29th December,

Catbrook & District W.I. hold their meetings in the hall on the second Monday of each month commencing at 7.45 p.m. New members and/or visitors most welcome.

The Committee are in the process of producing a programme of events for the coming year. These will include a musical evening, social evening, male voice choir, treasure hunt, Italian wine tasting and the usual Remembrance Day and Carol Services. More details next month.

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

Items for the Newsletter

Items for the Tintern Newletter from home or abroad can be sent by email to andrew.elspeth@virgin,net delivered to Wye Barn, Tintern, or tel 01291 689456.

Please ensure that items for inclusion are received by the 26th February for inclusion in the March Newsletter.