The Tintern News


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – April 2006








Following the results of the Tintern Village Questionnaire when a large percentage of the village youth requested a meeting to discuss their requirements for some form of club in the village some 30 turned up at the Village Hall to discuss their requirements.


The meeting called by Tintern Community Council and supported by The Friends of Tintern, Anne Webb Monmouthshire County Councillor, Monmouthshire Youth Service and GAVO got off to a noisy and enthusiastic start.


After some discussion it was decided by the youth that they would like to have both a Youth Club and a Drop In Centre.


To assist in the management of these a committee from amongst those present was elected consisting of:-


Toby Burrett, Danny Williams, Yasmin Burrett, James Taylor, James Bennett, Laura Howe, Louise Taylor, Jemma Appleton, Tony Parsons, Dave Bennett, MCC Youth Worker.


Any person in the village who wishes to make comment on matters concerning the Youth Project should contact any of the committee.


To obtain ideas and information the committee will be visiting the ATTIK Drop In Café in Monmouth on 3rd April 2006.


A committee meeting will take place on 4th April.


Mariana-Art Gallery, Abbey Lodge, Tintern

The Mariana-Art Gallery is not the only item on Mariana's work agenda.  In January this year she gave a talk and demonstration of painting tropical flowers for the Offa's Dyke 41 Club, held at the Royal George Hotel.  It was a themed evening with Bram and Bina providing a superb Thai buffet supper and Mariana's talk and demo entitled "A brush with the tropics" formed the after-dinner "entertainment".  Other organisations in the Tintern area, especially gardening clubs, might like to consider a talk and demonstration by Mariana for one of their club evenings.
Two of Mariana's paintings, both abstract pieces, have been selected for the National Wye Tour Exhibition and competition.  This Exhibition will be launched at Wyastone Lees on 18th May 2006.  The competition element will be judged by Sir Roy Strong and the exhibition will tour Monmouth, Hereford and Chepstow between June and September.  Look out for local posters and dates or check out information on <> .  
Easter is just around the corner, so don't forget that as well as original paintings and prints, the gallery also offers a wide selection of greetings cards.  So if you missed Mother's Day..... better make sure you send an Easter Card instead.  The gallery will be open Friday/Saturday/Sunday and Bank Holidays.  For information about art courses, holidays and workshops or if you want to book Mariana for a talk and painting demonstration, please ring 01594 530484 or call at the gallery for a chat.


Friends of Tintern receive a cheque for £300.00


County Councillor Phil Hobson, Chairman of the Lower Wye Area Committee, has presented a cheque for £300 to Elspeth Reid and Tony Parsons of The Friends of Tintern.  The cheque represents a contribution from the Area Committee toward the costs of producing and enhancing the Tintern Newsletter.  We very much appreciate this contribution and have conveyed our thanks to Lower Wye Area Committee.


House Name and/or Number - a message from PC Andy Mason


Following the example of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, Chepstow Police

are asking that householders in the area adequately display house

names/numbers on their properties and/or gateways. Situations have arisen

when the emergency services have been unable to locate premises due to a

lack of signage.  Please ensure that your homes are adequately signed and

can be located easily.








At the March meeting Mrs Eileen Williams  (whose daughter runs Posie’s flower shop in Monmouth) gave a demonstration of the flower arranging art and shared with us tips on how to prepare and present show entries.   She created, with apparent effortless ease resulting from long experience, four arrangements in different styles, which were raffled at the end of the meeting.  


The next meeting will be on Friday 21 April at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall when the Rev. W Rutter will be giving a talk on the Brecon National Park – Conservation and Access. 


On Friday 19 May there will be a garden visit to Wyndcliffe Court St Arvans, meeting there at 6.00pm.


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




“How to make compost” does not sound the most exciting of titles as a topic, but Linda Lewis made a very “down to earth” subject interesting with her enthusiasm.  She also had many funny tales to tell, so that we all enjoyed her talk at the March monthly meeting of WI. Linda trained as a garden designer and we were able to see her drawings of the many lovely gardens she has designed.  


Although we usually meet on the 3rd Monday of the month, because of Easter the April meeting will be on Monday 24th April at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall.  At this meeting Jacquie Hutchison will be talking about her recent visit to Sri Lanka. 


We didn’t manage a walk this month because of the weather, but we hope that next month will be kinder to us.


New members are always welcome so do come along. (CB)


Dead Man’s Corner


Monmouthshire County Council have prepared plans for remedial work at Dead Man’s Corner. The plans are available for viewing in the Tintern Police Office (open daily 10.00 – 12.00 except Sundays).  Monmouthshire County Council aim to complete this work in April.


(P. Hobson – Clerk to the Community Council)



Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Tintern


The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Tintern took place on Monday 20th March at 7.30pm in the Anchor Hotel.


All officers stood down and the following were elected/re-elected:


Chair:  A.J. Parsons

Treasurer: N. Hopkins

Secretary: A.J. Parsons

Committee  Members: S. Ball, J. Hill, C. Rea, E. Reid, D. Yeoman

Sub-Committee Members:

Newsletter: E. Reid

Youth Project: A.J. Parsons




Residents of Tintern are reminded that there is a photocopier for their use located in the Police Office. Voluntary organisations and residents of Tintern may use the copier for a charge of  a charge of 5p per sheet, whilst visitors will be charged 10p.  The photocopier is available for use when the Police Office is open, i.e. between 10.00 and 12.00 daily – except Sunday - (subject to the availability of volunteers).


April Church Service Times
Sunday 2nd  April
0900 – Communion  St Michael’s Tintern
1030 – Family Service with Kids for Christ in Tintern Village Hall
Sunday 9th April
0900 – Communion St Michael’s Tintern
1030 – Family Service with Kids for Christ in Llandogo Village Hall
Good Friday – 14th April
1300 - St Oudoceus Llandogo
1400 - St Michael’s Tintern
Easter Day – Sunday 16th April
0700 – Communion Service on riverbank outside St Michael’s Tintern (weather permitting!)
0900 – Communion Service St Oudoceus Llandogo
1030 – Family Service St Michael’s Tintern
Sunday 23rd April
0900 – Communion St Michael’s Tintern
1030 – Family Service with Kids for Christ in Llandogo Village Hall
Sunday 30th April
1030 – Communion in St Michael’s Tintern
1030 – Family Communion with Kids for Christ in Llandogo Village Hall


Sudden Spring


Spring is sudden: it is her quality,

However carefully we watch for her,

However long delayed

The green in the winter’d hedge

The almond blossom

The piercing daffodil,

Like a lovely woman late for her appointment

She’s suddenly here, taking us unawares,

So beautifully annihilating expectation

That we applaud her punctual arrival.


Gerald Bullett (1893-1958)


Personal Notices


Congratulations to Bethan Saunders of Tanglewood for passing her driving test first time.


Happy Birthday to Sue Ball on 1st April.


Stan SmithVicci and Sarah send heartfelt thanks to everyone for all their help and support following the death of their father.  They want the everyone to know that they were totally overwhelmed by the magnificent turnout of people who attended the funeral and cremation at the Forest of Dean Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd April 2006.  Not only have Vicci and Sarah lost a much loved father but Poppy and Jack have lost a very much loved grandad who they will miss greatly.  Stan – Rest in Peace. 


Thank you to Ray Flashman from Barbadoes Green for nearly 15 years of hard work through the spring and summer months when he has cut the grass verges through the village on behalf of the Community Council and donated his payment money to the Church. In the early years he was part of the ‘Chain gang’ but in recent times has done the work alone.  We are extremely grateful to him for his time, effort and generosity and send him all our very best wishes. (Mary Shipton)


Thank you to all staff, customers and visitors to the Moon and Sixpence for raising £192.87 in the bar jar for the Friends of Tintern funds.



Village Hall


If you would like to book the Village Hall for a meeting, event or a party please contact Pat O’Connor on 689611


Tintern Village Events


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

Wednesday 5th April – Tuesday Club Easter Bingo – Anchor Hotel 7.30pm. Prizes, Easter Eggs and children will be made welcome

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

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

Tuesday 18th April – 7.30pm – Tintern Philosophy Circle – Rose and Crown

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

Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd April – Mediaeval Weekend – Anchor Field from 1.00pm each day

Saturday 22nd April – 7th May – Spring Lambs Exhibition – Parva Vineyard

Monday 24th April – WI – Village Hall at 2.00pm

Sunday 30th April – Car Boot Sale – Anchor field

Monday 1st May – Car Boot Sale – Anchor field

Wednesday 10th May – 7.30pm – Bingo at the Anchor

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



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

Saturday 24th June - Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

Sunday 2nd July - Car Treasure Hunt.

August 4th-6th - Art for Africa Exhibition.

Saturday 30th September - Italian Wine Tasting Evening and Supper.

Friday 6th October - Film Night - The Constant Gardener.

Saturday 21st October - High Jinx Theatre Evening.

Friday 3rd November - Film Night - Walk the Line.

Friday 24th November - Arts Variety Show featuring Frank Hennessy and Friends.


Whist Drives for 2006 as follows:-

Friday 30th June

Friday 29th September

Friday 15th and 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 contact Betty Maloney on 01600-860548


Items for the Newsletter


Items for the Tintern Newsletter from home or abroad can be sent by email to delivered to Wye Barn, Tintern, or tel 01291 689456.


Please ensure that items for the May edition of the Newsletter are received by 30th April.


The Tintern News Letter is sponsored by the Lower Wye Area Committee.


Large Print Edition


A large print edition of the Newsletter can be delivered to you if you are currently on a delivery round. Please ring Elspeth Reid on 689456. If you are not on a delivery round, there will large print copies available at the Cherry Tree Stores.




Ironing and Cleaning Service:


Ironing service available – will pick up and drop off.  Laundry bag supplied.


Cleaning service also available – hours subject to availability.


Telephone:   Emma on 07786 437494 for more information.




The Moon & Sixpence,Tintern


Starting In April

Senior Citizen Specials


From 12 till 2

Prices from just £3.75

Choice of two meals each week


Live Music For April

Sunday 2nd April

Moon’s resident band Banshee

Sunday 16th April - Easter Sunday

with Back To Back

Sunday 30th April - May Bank Holiday

with Duplicate


call us on 01291 689284 or visit




Mediaeval Weekend


Saturday 22rd and Sunday 23th April 2006

continuous revelry from 1.00pm each day



The Anchor Inn and Field


Mock Foot Battles

Archery Display



Local Arts and Crafts traders welcome to pitch a stall – further details from Dave Yeomans on 01291 689207


Admission free – donations welcome in aid of Tyhafyn (children’s charity).