The Tintern News


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – March 2007


Love Thy Neighbour – something to interest you

Reading this month’s issue of The Tintern news, I came across the word ‘Tinternians’, the article reminded me of some verses listed in a book by Ivor Waters, the great local historian.  The book is called ‘Folklore and Dialect of the Lower Wye Valley’, the verses are about local villagers trading insults with their neighbours, and were written in the early years of the 20th century.  

The first one tells of Tintern people mocking people from Brockweir who had built their houses near the river where they were often flooded.

Brockweir Toads, big’n small,

One Abbey Cowatud beat em all.

Cowats was the local name for the Jackdaws which nested in the ivy which clung to the walls of the Abbey. An Abbey Cowat was the name for Tintern people.

The second was the Brockweir folk’s retaliation.

Abbey Cowats big ‘n small

Half a loaf ‘ud feed ‘em all.

Sheila Black









Because of illness there were few of us at the February Meeting.  However we enjoyed doing our crafts and exchanging ideas while drinking tea and eating cakes and scones.  Hopefully everyone will have recovered by the next meeting.  In March Alison Burnett will be talking to us about the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World).  This international organisation campaigns for improved living conditions throughout the world. The WI is affiliated to the ACWW and we do much to further their good work.  If anyone is interested in coming along to the meeting it takes place at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall on Monday 19th March.


The finances of the WI are not too healthy at the moment so at the next soup lunch we will have a Bring and Buy stall to raise funds. Also as usual we will be in the kitchen providing soup and pudding.






12.30 – 2.00









The soup lunches are not only a means of raising funds for the Village Hall but are also a pleasant social occasion when people can chat over a simple lunch of homemade soup and pudding.  Everyone is very welcome to come from babies and toddlers to Great Great Grandparents!  If you are new to the village it is a good opportunity to meet other people.  Come along and give us a try.




Our monthly meeting was held on Friday 16th February in the Village Hall when Mr. Roy Haviland of the Forest of Dean Chrysanthemum Society gave us an inspiring illustrated talk on growing, showing and judging chrysanthemums.   He has grown and shown chrysanthemums for more than 30 years from local to national level and is also a national level judge.  The cultivation tips combined with a magnificent collection of show and species photographs inspired several of us to grow some.   Mr. Haviland donated his fee to The James Hopkins Trust  for  Children  (Gloucester) which helps severely disabled young children.


The next meeting will be on Friday 16th  March  at  7.30 pm in the Village Hall  when Mrs A  Tribe  will be giving us a talk on  “Nelson and Emma”.    New members are always welcome ;  if  you are interested and would like to know more come along to a meeting or call  01291 689 877  (Bernard or Christine Bradshaw ).



Tintern Youth Club


The  club is open every Wednesday evening at 6:30 and  has an ambitious program of activities which have recently been added to by the Monmouthshire  Sports and Wellbeing team who visit the club regularly


It is open to all youngsters in the village











Thank you to Barry Cooke


I would like to say a very big thank you to Barry Cooke of the Wye Valley Hotel who came to my rescue last month when we were experiencing major problems with the photocopying machine in the Police Office.  Barry volunteered to take the major part of the Tintern News and print it off on his laser printer.  This required him to spend many  long hours at the printer – consequently we were able to get the News out last month, though slightly later than usual.  But if it hadn’t been for Barry it would have only gone to those for whom I have e-mail addresses and for those who have access to the Tintern Website.  So thank you Barry you are a star. (ER for the Friends of Tintern).


Gardner required for St. Michael’s Churchyard


St Michael’s Church is desperately in need of someone to cut the churchyard grass and trim the hedges during the 2007 season from April to October.  This takes approximately one afternoon a week and we can provide equipment if required.  We would much prefer to give the job to someone locally, so if anyone is interested in giving a quote, please call Mary Shipton on 689673 or Geoff Smith on 689457.
We continue to be very, very grateful to the ladies who give their time to cleaning the Church – thank you very much, it looks terrific.


Pancake Race


The Pancake Race was held again this year with the usual lack of  response from the business community in Tintern, namely the hotels (but anyone can enter).  The Anchor  did a good job by winning again this year.  The team was Dave Yeomans, Paul Yeomans and Lee Jones.  Lee had a very nasty fall but did not drop his pancake.  Ella’s shop came second, their team was Sam Hayward, Craig Hayward and Simon Phillips.  Wendy Cleal (bless her) represented and trotted for the Cherry Tree. An Austrailian visiting the Abbey was intrigued with the pancake race, so we let him race with the boys from the Anchor and Ella’s shop.  He loved it and lost!


Friends of Tintern started holding this event as a fund raiser, but  with with the lack of response, it is now held just for fun. SB




Scruff is a two year old black and white collie cross retriever. A very well natured animal, needs more attention then I am able to give him.  A big mistake was made by ourselves and the rehoming centre regarding his suitability for us.  He is a lively animal, full of energy and fun, and would be well suited to a family with older children, or on a farm as a working dog. I have unsuccessfully tried to rehome him for over a year now.  I have also tried all methods of keeping him safe, but he continues to escape, causing me concern for his safety, or of a passing driver.  He is currently registered on the web site for ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Cwmbran.  He is offered free to a good hom, but a small donation to ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ would be appreciated.


I would also like to take this opportunity to taken anyone who has returned Scruffy, and would like to reassure them we are doing our best.  Please be aware there is another collie running free, who Scruffy is often mistaken for.  I would not like this to reflect back on us or hinder Scruffy’s chances of being rehomed.


We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in gaining a new companion.  Many thanks.  Please contact: Graham 01291 689606 or email






High Tides at Tintern – March 2007


20th March –    8.42am            – 8.2m

9.04pm – 8.0m


21st March -     9.24am – 8.2m

                        9.43pm – 8.0m


22nd March -    10.03am – 7.9m         


St. Michael’s Church – cleaning rota


Fortnight beginning:

12th March       Elspeth and Karen

26th March       Janet, Sue and Barbara

9th April           Tintern WI

23rd April         Hermoine Ford

7th May            Jude Spooner

21st May          Trudy and Nine Phelps

4th June            Ann and Barry Richardson


Tidal Surges



If your property was in any way flooded or damaged by the high tidal surges on 20th -22nd February can you please let the Community Council know.


This will enable a list to be compiled for the Environment Agency Wales so that they can update their database.


It won’t get you compensation, it won’t prevent flooding but it may mean that next time it happens you can be warned beforehand that it’s going to take place again!



Roger Hopson



Tel: 625833



Tuesday Club ‘bingo at the Anchor” on Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm.  Bring the family along -  all the prizes are Easter Eggs.  This helps fund the Tuesday Club, which is for all those over 60, who meet in the Village Hall every other Tuesday at 2.30pm


Personal Notices


21st March – Happy Birthday to Dave Yeomans at the Anchor

25th March – Happy Birthday to Richard Ball

25th March – Happy Birthday to  former Tintern resident Denny Speak


27th January - Congratulations – to Paul and Laura Dicks (nee Mackie). A baby boy – Lewys – a brother for Jack


Diary - Tintern Events


Monday 5th March – Friends of Tintern Meeting – 7.30pm Anchor Inn

Wednesday 14th March – Bingo at the Anchor 7.30pm

Wednesday 21st March – Village Hall Committee – 7.30pm


Catbrook Memorial Hall - Events


Friday 9th March - Ceilidh with Rig-a-Jig.  Proceeds to the Home Farm Trust.  Tickets £8 adults, £5 children commencing 7.30 p.m.  Ploughmans provided. Bring your own drink.
Saturday 24th March - The Library Touring Company performing Wind in the Willows.  2.30 p.m.  Adults £6.  Children £4.
Friday 16th March - 7.30 p.m.   Film Night - hopefully The History Boys or Memoirs of a Geisha.   Tickets £4.
Saturday 14th April at 7.30 p.m. - Music with The Ronaldos.  
7th/8th July - Art for Africa.
Coffee Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 a.m.  All welcome.
Yoga Classes now running on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  Ring Ruth Routh for further details on 01600-860648.
Whist Drives on Friday 30th March, Friday 31st August, Friday 30th November, Friday 14th and 28th DEcember.
For details on all events or to hire the hall contact Rosemary Stephens on 01600-860451.






Items for the Newsletter – dates for the April 2007 edition


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


Items for the April edition of the Newsletter should be received by 25th March 2007


The Tintern Newsletter is sponsored by the Lower Wye Area Committee.



A note from the Editor


The Tintern News is a vehicle for the expression of opinion by all members of the Tintern community. While it does not necessarily endorse the views of any particular contributors, it does wholeheartedly support the promotion of lively debate on the development of the village and of freedom of speech in general. However, it will reserve the right to edit any contributions in order to preserve moderation and a spirit of good intent in the presentation of arguments. Thoughts from everyone in our community will continue to be very welcome. ER




Roasted Vegetable and Cous Cous Salad




For one salad bowl serving:


6.5 oz cous cous

8 oz boiling water

1 vegetable stock cube

1 large red onion, chopped

12 cherry tomatoes

6 garlic cloves – sliced

12 mushrooms – without stalks

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil



2 tsp whole grain mustard

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 tbsp limejuice

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Method: Oven 425F/220C/Gas 7


Put the 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into a roasting tin and put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and put all the chopped vegetables into the tin and mixed well with the olive oil.  Return the tin to the oven and leave it for approx. 45-60 minutes, until all the vegetables are brown and crisp around the edges.  Remove the roasting from the oven and leave to cool.


Dissolve the stock cube in boiling water. Pour this over the cous cous and leave it to soak up the moisture until cool. When cool place cous cous in a salad bowl and crumble with your fingers. Add the cooled salad vegetables and toss. Place the bowl and mixture in the fridge.


When ready to serve, make the dressing by blending all the ingredients.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss. Serve accompanied by crusty bread.