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The Tintern News - March 2006

Produced by the Friends of Tintern - March 2006

A Call to the Youth of the Village

There will be a meeting for the youth of the Village in the Village Hall on Wednesday 22nd March at 6.30pm. The aim of the meeting is for the youth of Tintern to tell a team consisting of MCC youth workers, Dawn Floyd, David Bennett and Tony Parsons what they want to do now and in the future. The team will expect the youth of Tintern to run things themselves with team support as necessary.

This is a great opportunity for Tintern youth to start things going for the Spring and Summer.

Tintern Survey 2006

Residents of Tintern are reminded that copies of the Survey 2006 are available in Tintern Antiques for any member of the community that wants a copy.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race

The annual Tintern pancake race took place in chilly conditions but brilliant sunshine outside the Abbey and the Anchor on Tuesday 28th February. A loyal band of supporters were there to cheer their teams and friends as they raced for the finishing line tossing their pancakes all the way.

The winner of the Pancake Shield was the team from the Anchor who also won 20.00. Team members were Paul and David Yeoman, Jason Yoxall and Josh Richardson. The winner of the three-legged race was the Moon and Sixpence who won 10.00. Their team members were Kay Ball and Tom Zsigo (owner). Thank you to both teams for donating their winnings to the Friends of Tintern - it is much appreciated. Hopefully more teams will participate next year.

New British Red Cross P.A.L.S. (Practical Aids to Living) Outreach Service for Monmouthshire

Funded through the Older Peoples Strategy this initiative commenced in July 2005. The P.A.L.S. service (already available from Red Cross Medical Loan Depots and the Mobile Medical Loan Service) aims to provide the facility whereby older people can view, obtain advice on, try out and purchase a wide variety of aids to daily living and medical equipment.

Many of these aids are geared towards making everyday tasks both easier and safer for older people to undertake which in turn, helps them to maintain their independence and dignity.

Through the new P.A.L.S. Outreach Service two P.A.L.S. sessions per week will be held throughout the Monmouthshire Unitary Authority. These sessions will take place in GP Surgeries, hospitals, pension groups/clubs, sheltered housing complexes, day centres, carer support groups etc

If you have a club or group which is attended by older people and would like a P.A.L.S. session, please contact Nicola Kenny, Service, Manager on 01633 267131

Council seeks Volunteer Drivers for its Grass Routes Bus Service

Following on from the successful introduction of the Community Transport "Grass Routes" bus service in other areas. Monmouthshire County Council is now planning to expand the service into the Lower Wye Area (Chepstow and its surrounds).

The service provides uses with transport in areas where other services are infrequent or non-existent. By registering with the service (2.00 per annum) members can travel on the bus at a cost of just 1.50 per day (single or return).

The next stage of the process is to enlist volunteer drivers and to set up a "steering" committee. The Committee will then consider appropriate routes for the Lower Wye area with a view to commencing the service this summer.

Alan Browne Area Services Officer at the One Stop Shop says, "This is a great opportunity to become involved in delivering a valuable community service to those who might otherwise find it very difficult to get to important appointments or to simply enjoy a few hours out with friends". Those enlisted as drivers will be given the appropriate training and will be entitled to "out of pocket" expenses. If you would like to consider volunteering to drive the minibus, you are asked to contact Alan Browne, telephone number - 01291 636376.

Friends of Tintern AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Tintern will take place on Monday 20th March 2006, in the Anchor at 7.30pm. If you are interested in joining the group you will be made very welcome.

Tintern WI

At our February meeting John Harris talked to us about the Tall Ships Trust. He also showed a video so we could see how people from 18 to 75 years old come together to sail these lovely ships all over the world. Most of them have no knowledge of sailing so there is intensive training at the beginning of the trip but there is always a fully qualified person around to make sure the job is done properly. For many people these trips are life changing experiences. It all looked hard work but great fun so maybe one of us will put our name down for a place on a Tall Ship expedition!

If you saw a group of ladies with plastic bags around Tintern on Sunday 26th February it was Tintern WI picking up litter. We started to clear the verges along the road to Monmouth from the Wye Valley Hotel. Motorists obviously think that it is a convenient place to throw their rubbish. We have a very good rubbish collection service it is a pity that people don't take their litter home and put it in the bin.

We are continuing with our monthly walks to keep us fit.

At the next meeting on Monday 20th March Linda Lewis will be talking about composting with the title of her talk being "All muck and magic". The meeting is at 2.00pm. in Tintern Village Hall. New members will be made very welcome.

Tintern VPA

At the February meeting Mrs. Judy Chaloner gave a talk on "Water Gardening" which was illustrated by a collection of slides of water gardens both local and from around the UK and overseas. The examples showed not only designs that worked well but also features to be avoided. Members gardening questions received the benefit of Mrs Chaloner's encyclopaedic knowledge.

The next meeting will be on Friday 17th March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Mrs Eileen Williams will be sharing with us her long experience of Flower Arranging and Show Flowers with tips on how to prepare and present entries for the annual show.

Anyone interested in membership of the VPA should contact Bernard Bradshaw at 10 Parva Springs, Tintern on 01291 689877.

Report from the Quiz Night

A very successful quiz night was held at the Anchor on Sunday 19th February. There were six teams that participated in the event. Quiz winners were Kerry's friends from Pontysaison, Sue and Gage Samuels.

Race Night at the George Hotel

There will be a fund-raising Race Night at the George Hotel on Sunday 19th March commencing at 7.45pm. All proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights and the Old Folks Christmas Party.

High Tides in Tintern

1st March - 8.51 - 8.3m and 21.15 - 8.1m 2nd March - 9.33 - 8.4m and 21.45 - 8.1m 3rd March - 10.13 - 8.2m 29th March - 8.44 - 7.9m and 21.08 - 8.0m 30th March - 9.28 - 8.3m and 21.49 - 8.2m 31st March - 10.09 - 8.3m and 22.28 - 8.0m 1st April - 10.47 - 7.90m

The Friday Bus

The Friday Bus to Monmouth only had one passenger last Friday morning. Villagers are reminded that this bus leaves the Royal George around 9.45am, travelling via Pontysaison, Catbrook, Tintern (flag it down from the pavement if you wish it to stop for you), Llandogo, Whitebrook and on to Monmouth. The return service leaves Monmouth bus station at 1.10pm.

The Primrose

Though storms may break the primrose on its stalk, Though frosts may blight the freshness of its bloom, Yet Spring's awakening breath will woo the earth To feed with kindliest dews its favourite flower, That blooms in mossy banks and darksome glens, Lighting the greenwood with its sunny smile, Fear not then, Spirit, Death's disrobing hand.

(Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822)

Personal Notices

The funeral and burial of Peggy Weidner took place on Friday 24th February at St. Michael's Tintern. We send condolences to her family.

Congratulations to three new drivers in the Village, Ian Butt, Jemma Hayward and Kath MacKie. Kath's driving has already drawn attention from the local police and Villagers are asked to keep an eye out for her.

Happy Birthday to Sarah Ball on the 4th March and to Richard Ball on 25th March.

Tintern Village Events

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

Sunday 2nd April - Car Boot Sale - Anchor field

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

Wednesday 12th April - 7.30pm - Bingo at the Anchor

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

Sunday 16th/17th April - Car Boot Sale - Anchor field

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

Sunday 30th April - Car Boot Sale - Anchor field

Monday 1st May - Car Boot Sale - Anchor field

June - Plant Exhibition - 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


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.

Saturday 15th April - Singing Duo with Supper and Dance. Tickets 7.00 per head to include saugage and mash. Bring your own drink.

Sunday 2nd July - Car TreasureHunt

Friday 24th November - Arts variety Show featuring Frank Hennessy

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.

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.

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 the April edition of the Newsletter are received by 31st March.