The Tintern News


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – April 2007






Many of you will be aware that I have now “retired” as Chair of the Friends of Tintern and although still remaining on the Committee I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who have supported both myself and the Committee of the Friends of Tintern over the years.


It was always our intention to encourage development of projects which support and improve the lives of those who reside in or visit our Village. This I feel we have achieved with such projects as the Christmas Lights, Tintern Seniors Christmas Dinner, the Newsletter, provision of a Notice Board and the ongoing Youth Project.


Money for these projects has been raised by our Monthly Bingo sessions at the Anchor, Race Meetings at the George, Car Boots and Grant Aid from GAVO and the Lower Wye Area Committee. May I thank on your behalf the Fund Raisers – Sue Ball, Janet Hill, and all of those who have attended these events or supported them in the background – Mel C, Jennie Johnson, Dave Edmunds, David Davis, Bramwell Pierce and his staff at the George Hotel, Alan and Barbara Butt, Dave and Dee and their staff at the Anchor Hotel, Pam Lloyd GAVO and all of those others I have missed or cannot fit in.


My thanks also, to County Councillor Ann Webb for her support and advice as well as Tintern Community Council for their assistance.


My final thanks to the Committee, Elspeth Reid, Colin Rea (the New Chairman), Nigel Hopkins, Dave and Dee, and a special thanks to Janet Hill and Sue Ball for just being there.


Tony Parsons







Saturday 21st April 2007 is a day to learn about the old and the new statues of the Virgin at Tintern.  There will be talks by Dr Nicola Coldstream, President of the British Archeological Association, Dr David Robinson, an historian with a special interest in the Welsh Cistercians and Tintern Abbey, and the sculptor, Philip Chatfield followed by a visit to the Abbey to see the statues close at hand.  The talks will take place at the Village Hall from 10.30am with a break for lunch.  The cost will be £8.00 per head which includes entry to the abbey, or £12.50 to include buffet lunch at the hall.  Request a booking form by ringing 01594 530612 or email  


There will be a short service on Wednesday May 9th at 12 noon to mark the anniversary of the foundation of the abbey on 9th May 1131, with an opportunity to see the progress of the sculpture as it nears completion.  The service is open to anyone to attend, so please come and join us.


The consecration of the finished work will take place after the annual service of ecumenical Sung Vespers which this year will take place on Sunday 9th September at 3pm.



Lost  -  Camera – Saturday 10th March


I am due to move to Tintern at the end of the month and went to view the house I shall be renting, Brook Villa in Trelleck Road. Whilst I was there I lost my digital camera containing some very sentimental photos.


The camera was lost either very close to the property in Trelleck Road or  near to the Abbey Mill where I went for a coffee. The make is a Samsung and it was in a black suede case.


If you find the camera or have it in safe keeping please email:

Thank you.



Doorstep Directories

This time of year many companies send out directories such as Yellow Pages leaving them on the doorstep. If you know your neighbour is away please remove the directory on your neighbours behalf as a crime prevention method.


Street Names

I have lived in Tintern since 1982 whence I was informed that my address was Glyn Wood Lane. There has never been a sign on this road or on most of the roads at the Chapel Hill end of Tintern.


In recent years, particularly with the application of post codes and "satnav" many problems have arisen. These are partly caused by the fact that NP16 6TH has 38 properties attached to it. Satnav. does not work on these locations. This results in delivery vehicles wasting time and fuel trying to find properties. These vehicles also have problems with mobile phone reception in the Angiddy valley area. I have many such vehicles pulling in on my drive to ask directions and often they are not even close.


I also now experience mis-delivered mail, particularly when we have a new "posty". They have no road names to direct them. But my main concern is with emergency vehicles.


About a year ago I reported an incident to the Police, giving them my address. They called me back and said the address did not exist ! I then had to give detailed directions, by which time the perpetrators were long gone.


A couple of months ago I had cause to call out the AA, It took them 2 hours. Apparently they only use satnav. and don't even carry a map. So we spent some time redirecting the driver from Caldicot to Tintern (he had already passed through Tintern and ended up in Caldicot).


More recently a very serious concern has been highlighted. A neighbour was taken ill and her husband called the ambulance. They took 30 minutes to arrive as they could not find his address. His wife then had a heart attack and is in intensive care.


The Ambulance Service recently put out a plea for households to clearly number their properties as minutes searching are vital if there is a cardiac problem. What is the point of this if they cannot find the street?


Would anyone else like to express their feelings for the need for clear road signs?


I have already contacted the Post Office and they state that it is entirely the responsibility of the Local Authorities to provide street and road names, they then have no option but to accept them.It is a low cost issue which could well save someone’s life.


Jim Onions – concerned local resident.







Tintern WI


Our March meeting was well attended.  The speaker, Alison Burnett, explained the organisation and work of the ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) to which WI along with many other organisations belongs.  The ACWW has regular international meetings to discuss world problems relating to women and young girls. They also fund projects that help women and young girls to live a more independent life.  The talk was very informative and interesting.  The speaker did not want a fee but instead we made a donation to ACWW.


Tintern WI finances are now in better shape thanks to raising £45 at the Bring & Buy stall at the Soup lunch in March.  That was a wonderful result considering how few people came to the lunch. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the stall and bought goods.


Next month we will not be meeting at the Village hall but at Sue Samuel’s workshop where we will have a talk on toy design.  


Tintern VPA


Our monthly meeting was held on  Friday 16th  March in the Village Hall  when  Mrs Anna Tribe from Monmouth gave us an illustrated talk on  the lives of  Lord Nelson  and  Emma Hamilton.   She is a direct descendant of Nelson and Emma  and shared with us  her wealth of knowledge on their lives.


The next meeting will be on Friday 20th April at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall when Mrs G  Reynolds  will be giving us a talk on Butterflies.   In May we shall be having an evening garden visit  on  Friday 18th May  to High Glanau Manor, Lydart  meeting there at  6.00 pm. 


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 ).


Easter Services

Good Friday 6th April

1pm – Meditations Pt.1 - St Oudoceus  Church, Llandogo
2pm – Meditations Pt.2 - St Michael’s Church, Tintern
Easter Day, Sunday 8th April

7am  - Holy Communion on the riverbank outside St Michael’s Church, Tintern 
9am  - Holy Communion - St Oudoceus Church, Llandogo
10.30am – Family Service – St.Michael’s, Tintern


Friends of Tintern


At the last meeting of the Friends of Tintern Mr. Tony Parsons resigned as Chairman/Secretary of the Friends of Tintern but will remain a committee member.  A new Chairman/Secretary was elected Mr. Colin Rae.


The next meeting of the Friends of Tintern will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 2nd April at 7.30pm at the Royal George Hotel.


If you would like to join the committee or help fund-raise in any way, you are very welcome to come to any of our meetings.


St. Michael’s Church – cleaning rota


Fortnight beginning:


9th April           Tintern WI

23rd April         Hermoine Ford

7th May            Jude Spooner

21st May          Trudy and Nine Phelps

4th June            Ann and Barry Richardson

18th June          Elspeth and Karen

2nd July            Janet, Sue and Barbara


Personal Notices


Thelma Pickering passed peacefully away in the Royal Gwent Hospital on Sunday 18th March, in her 81st year.


Thanks from her family for the many cards of condolence received.

Doug, Jane and Family.


The Tintern News Letter – would you like to help?


Would you like to join me in producing the Tintern News? If you are available for approximately 2 or 3 days a month, and would like to join me in the production the Newsletter on a regular basis including word-processing and photocopying,  providing holiday (or illness) cover and generating advertising revenue, please contact me, Elspeth Reid on 01291 689456 or e-mail for more information.






Diary - Tintern Events


Wednesday 4th April Tuesday Club – Bingo at the Anchor 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


Sunday 8th April – Easter Egg Hunt – Abbey Mill 11.30am – 2.30pm

Have fun finding the hidden eggs around Abbey Mill. Prize for all Children.

Will proceed what ever the Weather! Special Easter Menu offered in our

Coffee House and Restaurant.

Wednesday 11th April – Bingo at the Anchor 7.30pm

Saturday 14th April – Sunday 29th April – Come and see the Spring Lambs at Parva Fram Vineyard  11.30am – 6.00pm – admission 50p (to be donated to charity).

Other events at the Vineyard include:

Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June – Welsh Wine Week

Saturday 9th June – Sunday 30th June – Potty About Plants

Saturday 7th July – Sunday 22nd July – Art Exhibition

Weekends during December – Nativity with live animals


Catbrook Memorial Hall - Events


Saturday 14th April at 7.30 p.m. - Music with The Ronaldos.  Musical evening with supper. Come along and listen and join in for a dance. Bookings now being taken
7th/8th July - Art for Africa.

5th October – Fashion Show.

Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Day Service

Saturday 17th November – Race Night

Friday 23rd December – Christmas Carol Service with Monmouth Band

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 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.



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







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