Produced by the Friends of Tintern – July 2006
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Many of you have also asked why we take them for walks so often. It’s mainly because they pester us to be taken out! They love meeting people and their favourite walk is ‘round the village’.
course, we also needed to know how
We have now all been on some much longer walks – a round trip along the railway line towards Chepstow, back past the climbing routes and the radio aerial and down along the middle track All four donkeys loved it and wandered along after us without leaders – only occasionally misbehaving by taking an overlong grazing break! Recently we took them on the circular route to Brockweir and back past HAPPA. Cosie managed the road with very little problem- so we are progressing well.
We also have two more visitors to the farm. Many of you have seen the two horses on the river bank near Abbey Field and have asked their names They are Horace and Grey and they have asked me to say how happy they are to be here after being a bit short of grass in their own paddock.
The hay will soon be cut. It has caught up with the late start and should be a fine crop once again.
Please don’t forget everyone that there is always an open invite for groups to visit Abbey Passage Farm by appointment. For the past nine years we have been restoring the farm in partnership with Country Stewardship. As part of this commitment we have been welcoming groups of schoolchildren, artists, walkers, photographers, tourists, Meditation groups, etc. They come to see our work coppicing and replanting of the hedges, our encouraging of wild flowers by double fencing the hedges and getting rid of bracken and bramble etc, our cleared woodlands with the wood anemones, bluebells and garlic in season, the barn restored to its 1893 condition …etc. They come to paint, to walk, to see the animals, to study the fauna and flora.
It has occurred to us that many villagers don’t know we do this. So here is the invite!!!!
If you would like to visit the fields just phone us on 01291 689734. Leave a message if we are not in and we will ring you back.
Come and see the restoration work, walk in the woodlands, smell the meadow hay, enjoy the magnificent views, talk to the donkeys…
There are just three restrictions.
Its free and fun! And your group could even feature in the next Tintern News!
(Jane Marshall – 01291 689734)
It is another hot day in this year’s “blazing June” so I have decided to come in to
the study where it is cool and write a bit about the vineyard.
The vines are flowering now which is surprising when you think of the cold March and very wet May we had this year. I suppose the heat and lack of rain this month has helped the vines to catch up. They are certainly growing well now-we are spending all our spare moments tying them in.
In April we held our annual “Come and see the lambs” for the younger visitors but I think we had more adults than children visiting! We charged an admission this year and raised £132.00 for charity.
Welsh Wine Week at the end of May went well. As well as free wine tastings, we gave Welsh cheese tastings. This was very popular- there are some lovely Welsh cheeses around. We are going to start selling some of them in our shop.
Our Plant Exhibition has been on during June. This has been well attended with people interested in buying plants and asking advice on gardening and vine growing. We have vines for sale too.
The first two weeks of July are when we are holding our Art Exhibition this year. We will be showing works by about eight local artists in our barn. Entry is free and there are free wine tastings for all visitors!
Several groups have visited the vineyard for tours and wine tastings recently. If your group would like a tour, please contact Judith Dudley on 01291 689636.
Visitor numbers have been up this month-probably due to the good weather. Long may it continue!
On Friday 16th
June we had an evening visit to the
Our next meeting on Friday 21st July is the annual
Garden Party which this year will be at
the home of Mina Vanderveere at Quinton’s
The Annual Show is on Saturday 19th August in the Village Hall. The hall will be open from 9.00 am and entries need to be staged by 11.45 am (all entries to be grown or made by the competitor). Entries should be notified (using the forms already provided with the schedule) to Mrs C Bradshaw , 10 Parva Springs (Tel. 689877) by midday on Wednesday 16th August. Entries for the tallest sunflower will be measured on Thursday 17th August. (For additional copies of the schedule and entry form telephone the number above).
Sadly the weather was not kind to us for our June French Picnic. So we met at Jean Davey’s house instead of the Old Station. Despite the weather we enjoyed our “picnic” and there was much chatter instead of playing boule. Our monthly walk was also called off because of rain – we’ve had so much good weather lately so how come we manage to pick the bad ones?
Our next meeting is on Monday 17th July at 2.00pm in the Village Hall. We will be having a talk on the Air Ambulance Service, which is a charity funded service, flying people to hospital quickly after accidents.
Three members went to
If you have an interest in WI do come along to our meeting in July and you will be made very welcome. (CB)
The 2006 Annual General Meeting of the Tintern Recreation Management Committee was held on Wednesday 17th May at 7.30pm. The following persons were voted onto the Committee (as elected Members, or as Appointed Representatives of organisations using the Centre on a regular basis.
Mrs. J. Davey; Mrs. T. Davies; Mr. T. Evans; Mrs. J. Gibbard; Mr. K. Haynes; Mr. B. Jones; Mrs. A. Newsome*; Mrs. P. O’Connor; Mrs. P. Scrivens; Mr. G. Smith; Mr. M Woodford. (* election pending).
At a Committee Meeting immediately following the AGM the following officers were appointed for 2006/2007.
Chairman: Mr. T. Evans
Hon Secretary: Mr. K. Haynes
Hon Treasurer: Mr. M. Woodford
Hon. Lettings Secretary: Mrs. P. O’Connor
There is currently a Communion Service at St. Michael's Tintern at 9.00am on all Sundays except for the last Sunday of the month when it is at 10.30am.
If you would like the last Sunday in the month service to revert to 9.00am or to stay at 10.30am please convey your preference to Nora on 01291 626784 or HillNoraMay@aol.com
all things bright and beautiful at the Parva end of the Village. When driving
through one morning with my three year old grandson Ryan, he was in such
amazement and shouted “look
Well done Tom at the Moon & Sixpence for bringing excitement to the children.
Doesn’t the Moon & Sixpence look nice and bright? The Village needed a bit of a colour boost and brightening up.
Some people have said that they think the colour is awful, whilst others say it’s lovely and bright, so there are mixed feelings. I chose the colour, I like it and I work there. Instead of driving by and shaking your head in disgust, as one woman did, why not call in, the food is brilliant and the beer’s good.
Don’t let the colour put you off as it did one Mr.J.M. who actually bothered to send an e-mail saying that the paint must have been a job lot - (it wasn’t) – and the colour was so bad it would put him off his food, so he wouldn’t be eating here! How sad is that? I’m sure if I didn’t like the colour of a place it certainly wouldn’t stop me going there – but then we are all different aren’t we?
We send a special thanks to Liz Hayward for providing us with hot water and to Craig Hayward who supplied us with a tray of steaming coffee.
So come on you people from Tintern and all those who have moved to neighbouring communities, come and give us a hand. The church is more or less up to scratch at the moment, so about an hour and a half on a regular basis would keep it that way. We need to care for this church or we may lose it. (SBB)
TO VOLUNTEER your services to help keep the church clean and get a rota going ring Janet Hill 01291 689591 or Sue Ball 01291 689629. Or if you see Hermoine Ford or Barbara Butt let them know you want to help. Thank you.
Local builder David Ball was amazed to hear stories circulating that he had been banished from the site Steadholme (owned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hayward). The truth is that Mr and Mrs Hayward are in fact extremely happy with the work carried out so far. So to put the record straight, he has not been on site lately, because of being held up by other contractors.
David A. Ball
NB: there will be an open day to view Steadholme (Ralph Arnold’s old place) in the near future – watch this space.
Commiserations are sent to George Mayo from Whitelye upon hearing about your bicycling accident and that you have broken your leg in three places. Hopefully you will make a good and speedy recovery.
Matthews is back in
Congratulations to Layla (nee
Congratulations to Simon and Sarah Luff upon the birth of their baby boy who weighed in at 6lb 1oz.
Wednesday 12th July - Bingo in the Anchor – 7.30pm
July - Art Exhibition – Parva Vineyard
Monday 17th July – 2.00pm WI Village Hall
Friday 21st July – from 6.00pm VPA Annual Garden Party,
Saturday 19th August – Village Hall VPA Annual Show – from 9.00am
Sunday 10th December 6.30pm – Christmas Lights Switch
On at the
Monday 11th December, 12 noon – Old Folks Christmas Party at the Anchor Hotel.
CATBROOK MEMORIAL HALL EVENTS 2006
24th June at 7.30 p.m. - Caldicot Male Voice Choir. Tickets £6 per head
to include supper.
Sunday 2nd July - Car Treasure Hunt commencing at 2.30 p.m. from the hall. £5 per car. Tea and cakes afterwards at the hall for 50p. All welcome.
Thursday 13th July - 7.30 p.m. The Narth Singing for FunChoir with refreshments.
Friday August 4th - Sunday 6th - Art for Africa Exhibition in the hall. Open Friday 6-9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 p.m.
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 - ArtsVariety Show featuring Frank Hennessy & Friends.
Saturday 9th December - Dougie Watts Singing Duo - back by popular demand.
A Coffee Morning is held in the hall every third Tuesday of the month commencing at 10.30 am. Everyone welcome.
Yoga Classes held every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning. Call Ruth Routh on 01600- 860648 for details.
Friday 29th September
Friday 15th and 29th December
For details of all other events or to hire the hall contact Betty Maloney on 01600-860548.
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