Produced by the Friends of Tintern – May 2006




Tintern Community Council - Dog Fouling in the Tintern Community


Please note that Monmouthshire County Council now employ a full-time officer to enforce the law on dog fouling. The officer Kate Arnold has already successfully prosecuted dog owners in both urban and rural parts of the county.


The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act provides the Council with enforcement powers to deal with dog owners who allow their dogs to foul on designated land without removing forthwith. The Council official needs to either witness the offence or have a witness come forward and provide a statement whereby MCC could then issue a fixed penalty notice on the offender. Recurring problems by the same dog owner would result in the matter being referred to the Magistrates’ Court, and if found guilty a maximum of £1,000 fine imposed.


Designated land includes public walkways, parks, open spaces and streets. In fact nearly everywhere.


Please Note: Poop-scoop bags are available free at the One Stop Shops and dog owners are expected to take their bagged dog litter home and place it in their rubbish.


Roger Hopson - Clerk to Tintern Community Council


Tintern Village Recreation Centre Management Committee


Annual General Meeting of the Committee will be held on Wednesday 17th May 2006 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  Members of the Public are welcome to attend the Meeting. (KH)





Tintern Youth Project


Following the visit to the ATTIK CAFÉ in Monmouth a committee meeting was held at the Police Office in Tintern resulting in two working groups being formed, one to provide grants and the other to consider suitable premises in Tintern for the Project.


We are confident that the Project will now proceed and look forward to the provision of both a “Drop in Café” and Youth Club for the Village.


Once again we would ask that any person wishing to support the Project, either by sponsorship or physical presence, should contact Tony Parsons 01291 689446 in the first instance. (TP)


Tintern WI


We usually meet on the third Monday of the month at 2.00pm, in Tintern Village Hall.


At our April meeting Jacquie Hutchison described her holiday in Sri Lanka. With the help of many photographs she painted a picture for us of the colourful wildlife and flowers to be found there.  Jacquie also gave a brief history of the island and described the present day culture. We really felt as though we had been transported to a brighter, sunnier world for one afternoon. 


At our May meeting on Monday 15th we hold our AGM and in order to make this more attractive we will meet at 12.30 for lunch before the business of the meeting begins.


Weather permitting the WI will do the “Bluebell” walk on Monday 8th May meeting at the bottom of Park Glade.


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


Tintern VPA


At the April meeting the Rev. W. Rutter gave an illustrated talk on the Brecon National Park.  He has lived in the area all his life and spoke with a depth of feeling matched only by the depth of his knowledge of the place and those who live in it. The relationships between the underlying sandstone, limestone and grit stone geological structures and the visible features of the landscape were described. Pictures and anecdotes brought the park to life and reminded us how fortunate we are to have such a diverse and beautiful landscape nearby.        


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


New members are always welcome, anyone interested should contact Bernard Bradshaw at 10 Parva Springs Tintern on 01291 689877 or come along to a meeting.  (BB)


Sports Massage Practitioner


You may remember from a previous issue of the Newsletter the noticed about Alan Woods, from Catbrook, who was studying to become a Sports massage Practitioner.  He has now graduated and would be very please to try and help you. Massage can help remove the build up of aches and pains that people so often accept. It can loosen tired and still muscles, help maintain flexibility, and promote blood flow to muscles and connective tissues to speed recovery time by accelerating the removal of the waste products of exercise.


Alan is a full Member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA), which is the professional Governing Body for Sports Massage in the UK. The SMA exists to ensure that you my find a qualified sports massage practitioner and to establish and maintain the ethical, professional and educational standards for sports massage practitioners. Prior to the SMA (2002), anyone could set himself or herself up as a Sports Masseur whether qualified or not.


Alan would be pleased to hear from you on 07802 228462 or pick up a brochure in the Cherry Tree shop.


Support your local Post Office


Sign the petition in the Cherry Tree shop to support and keep you local post office, which is threatened by the Government’s withdrawal of services from local post offices. The aim of the petition is to call on the Government to reverse its announcement that it will end support for the Post Office Card Account in 2010 thereby threatening the viability of thousands of post offices and urge it to immediately halt its activities designed to kill the account off in advance of that date.  Steve and his employees have worked hard to provide Tintern and the area with post office services - we do not want to lose it.


ID Theft/Fraud


WHO?  The National Neighbourhood Watch and Acco Rexel, the UK’s leading manufacturer of shredding machines, have joined forces to launch a nationwide crime prevention campaign, ID watch, aimed at protecting people from the growing threat of identity fraud.


WHAT?  Identity fraud is the UK’s fastest growing type of fraud. There is one case of identity theft committed every four minutes and it is costing UK consumers more than £1.3 billion each year. Fraudsters are able to steal an identity by simply getting hold of personal details – from documents such as bank statements, credit card receipts and bills.

A common way of gaining this information is through ‘bin raiding’ – the simple act of delving through household waste to find personal documents.


HOW?  The ID Watch campaign will produce a range of fact sheets, booklets, mailers and literature on identity fraud. There are also plans to develop workshops and presentations to Neighbourhood Watch groups and associations highlighting the dangers – the financial impact, the psychological trauma and the violation of privacy – suffered by victims.


For further information on the ID Watch campaign, please email: or phone our helpline on 01707 638814 or contact any member of your local neighbourhood watch, or visit the local police office in Tintern.


How can I avoid becoming a victim?


  1. Shred paper work that reveals personal information such as letter from your bank or shopping receipts.
  2. Always keep important personal documents, plastic cards and cheque books in a safe and secure place.
  3. Keep chequebooks and cards separately.
  4. Don’t share personal information unless you are entirely confident you know whom you are dealing with.
  5. Always check banks statements, and check receipts against you statements carefully.
  6. Contact your bank or building society immediately if you are concerned about an expenditure you do not recognise.
  7. Be aware that your post is valuable information in the wrong hands.
  8. Guard your cards.
  9. If you move house make sure you contact your bank and all other organisations to give them your change of address (the Post Office can redirect post on request).


Church Service Times


Sundays 6th, 13th & 20th May

9am      Holy Communion, St Michael's Church, Tintern

Sunday 27th May

1030  Holy Communion, St Michael's Church, Tintern

Sunday 6th May

1030    Joint Family Worship & Junior Church

            (Kids for Christ) in Tintern Village Hall

Sundays 13th, 20th & 27th May

1030  Joint Family Worship & Junior Church

            (Kids for Christ) in 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





‘One day, one day, I’ll climb that distant hill

And pick the bluebells there!’

So dreamed the child who lived beside the rill

And breathed the lowland air.

‘One day, one day when I am old I’ll go

And climb the mountain where the bluebells blow.’


‘One day, one day!’ The child was now a maid,

A girl with laughing look:

She and her lover sought the valley-glade

Where sang the silver brook.

‘One day’, she said, ‘love, you and I will go

And reach that far hill where the bluebells blow!’


Years passed. A woman now with wearier eyes

Gazed toward that sunlit hill.

Tall children clustered round her. How time flies!

The bluebells blossomed still.

She’ll never gather them! All dreams fade so.

We live and die, and still the bluebells blow.


(George Barlow 19th century)


Recipe for May -Tomato and Aubergine Crumble (serves 4)


500g (1lb) aubergines cubed

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 x 400g (14oz) can chopped tomatoes

2 teaspoons chopped oregano

1 tablespoon tomato puree

salt and pepper

parsley sprigs to garnish


Herb Crumble:

150g (5oz) wholemeal plain flour

1 teaspoons dried mustard powder

25g (1oz) margarine

50g (2oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

3 tablespoons chopped mixed herbs


Put the aubergines in a large colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry with kitchen paper. Heat the oil in a pan; add the onions and aubergines and fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, tomatoes, oregano, tomato puree and seasoning. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, then turn into a 1.5 litre (2 1/2 pint) ovenproof dish.


To make the crumble, put the flour into a mixing bowl, sieve in the mustard and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese and herbs.


Sprinkle over the aubergine mixture and bake in a preheated over 200C/400F, gas 6 for 30 minutes until golden brown. Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve.


(Vegetarian Cooking by Carol Handslip 1990)


Personal Notices


Happy Birthday to David Ball on the 8th May and also to Robin Ball on the 18th May.


Get well soon to Marge Matthews who after leaving the Chepstow Community Hospital is re-cooperating with her son David his partner Margaret and their son Adam.


Best wishes for a sustained recovery are sent to Alan Butt and his family following Alan’s operation at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.


Tintern Village Events

Until Sunday 7th May – Spring Lambs Exhibition – Parva Vineyard

Monday 1st May – Car Boot Sale – Anchor field

Monday 8th May – 11.00am Park Glade - WI Bluebell Walk,

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

Monday 15th May – 12.30pm WI AGM – Village Hall

Tuesday 16th May – 7.30pm Philosophy Circle, Rose and Crown

Wednesday 17th May – 7.30pm Village Hall Committee AGM

Friday 19th May – 6.00pm VPA visit to Wyndcliffe Court, St. Arvans

Wednesday 14th June – 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 24th June - Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

Sunday 2nd July - Car Treasure Hunt.

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

Opening hours: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 6.00pm

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

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

Saturday 21st October - High Jinx Theatre Evening, “Estella’s Fire”

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.


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.


If you have had an adventure or been on holiday and would like to write about it for the newsletter please send your contributions to the above address.


Please ensure that items for the June edition of the Newsletter are received by 31st May.


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