The Tintern News
Produced by the Friends of Tintern – June 2007
Tintern Abbey Football Club
became League Champions for the second year running, after clinching the title
in May. They also won the Benevolent Cup
in a floodlit final at
The Club would like to thank Bram from the
If there is anyone out there in the tiling trade, who can ‘do us a deal’, please contact any Village Hall Committee member.
Last of all, thank you to all the people who buy the Football Tote tickets every week, every £1.00 helps the team. You can purchase tickets at the Rose and Crown or at the Anchor. (PS)
If you would like to contribute to a Festival in Tintern or to find out more about having a Festival in Tintern – come to a meeting at 6pm on Monday 4th June at the Abbey Hotel.
More information can be obtained from Louise McGuinness (Adventa – festival and events coordinator) 01873 736035 or email:
For over 30 years the Tintern
Angling Club have maintained the Beaufort Pond and the
Furnace Pond in the
Barry Saunders, Furnace Cottages, Tintern.
Suggestions for the Controversial Tintern Angiddy Pipeline Project
Several of us wrote a letter published in the May 2007 edition of The Tintern News that reflected our concerns associated with the proposed Tintern Angiddy Project (TAP), which was reported in the local media, including the April 2007 edition of The Tintern News. The new TAP scheme proposes the construction of a 1 km pipeline of 0.45 m diameter by means of the excavation of a 1.5 m deep trench. The pipeline would take water from the Beaufort Pond to a site in the woods below Furnace Pond where turbines would generate electricity.
On May 3 2007 several of the undersigned residents met with three members of TAP Ltd and Andrew Nixon, the AONB liaison officer, where we expressed our concerns about the proposed scheme. We learned that, in contrast to the impression from media reports, the scheme does not appear to be fully worked out and a professional environmental impact assessment has not been conducted to determine the consequences for the environment and ecology. While we appreciate that the members of TAP are volunteers and are well intentioned, this is clearly insufficient to expect unquestioning community support. In order for any such project to be successful it is necessary to have a well-defined plan where all pros and cons have been carefully identified and balanced against each other.
We would like to make clear that, in principle, we have no problem with the idea of using the Angiddy Brook as a hydroelectric power source. In light of climate change and the depletion of oil reserves, it is indeed logical that enthusiasm for renewable energy is growing and that new hydro schemes should be considered. We would also like to make clear that we are willing to support the scheme despite the disruption caused by pipeline installation, provided there are clear benefits and no significant long-term environmental impacts.
with the proposed TAP pipeline scheme are three-fold. Firstly, the publicity
for the new pipeline scheme has occurred before any effective public debate has
taken place. Second, from our own calculations, the positive benefits claimed
in terms of power generation are highly exaggerated. Finally, and most
significantly, despite the publicity giving the impression that the proposal is
“green”, there has been no serious consideration of the negative effects to the
environment and ecology of the
We believe that for the TAP plan to be seriously considered for implementation the following two requests are logical and reasonable. First, a clear and professional plan should be presented to the Tintern Community in the form of public meetings and made accessible in written form, including the worldwide web. Full details should be provided of the economics for the scheme and the assumptions on which the calculations are based. Second, a professional environmental impact study should be undertaken. In our view if the project is to be seriously sold as being “green” then TAP Ltd should take the initiative and obtain an independent evaluation of the effects of their proposal on the environment and ecology.
This plan would
allow members of the community to clearly evaluate whether positive benefits in
terms of power generation offset the potentially substantial temporary and
long-term negative effects on the environment and ecology of the
Ian Manners, Deborah Manners, Barry Saunders, David Gibbard, Jan Gibbard, Liz Ashley, Nik Cristinacce, Andy Pullan, Justine Pullan, Jan Smith, Paul Smith, Terry and Armaiti Bedford.
PARVA FARM VINEYARD
After an extremely busy April at the Vineyard, May has been a little quieter, giving us a bit of a chance to catch up on the work. The “Visit the Spring Lambs” exhibition proved popular. We collected £140.00 for “Guide dogs for the Blind” and H.A.P.P.A. The “Name the lamb” competition was won by Rebecca Ham from Chepstow who chose “Harry”.
In April, one of our sheep dog bitches –
Saturday 26th May until Sunday 3rd
June is Welsh Wine Week. This is a
Our next event at the Vineyard is “Potty about Plants “ which is a showcase and sale of garden plants – many of them interesting or unusual. This is running from Saturday June 9th until Sunday July 1st. It is free to visit, so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
From July 7th until 22nd we are holding our 6th Annual Art Exhibition. This is a display of works of art by several of our local artists and is free to visit.
The vines are growing apace now with the current warm weather and with another warm summer forecast, who knows, we may have another bumper harvest in this year of our 10th Anniversary at Parva Farm. (JD)
The May meeting was well attended and after a very good “Pot Luck” lunch we swiftly got through the AGM business.
We hope to organise an open evening meeting
to promote the WI. Many still think of the WI as “Jam and
Our June meeting will not be as adventurous
as that, but I am sure we will enjoy ourselves all the same. We will meet at 2.00pm. at
the Village Hall on Monday 18th and share cars to travel to
In the evening on Friday
VPA members visited the magnificently situated house and garden
at High Glanau Manor, Lydart. We were made very welcome by Mrs Gerrish who told us about its
history and the garden restoration work that she and her husband have
undertaken since moving there about five years ago. The house and garden were designed and created in the arts and crafts style in the 1920s
by Henry Avray Tipping who at that time was
editor of Country Life magazine. He had
previously lived at Mounton House in Mathern and had been involved in the design of the
house and garden at Wyndcliffe
Court St Arvans
(also arts and crafts style).
Other gardens which have benefitted from his
design skills include
Our next meeting will be in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 15th June when Mrs B Jones will be giving us a talk on Scent and Colour in the Garden. New members are always welcome; if you are interested and would like to know more come along to a meeting or call 01291 689877 (Bernard or Christine Bradshaw).
TINTERN POLICE OFFICE – NEWS
Crime in Tintern
are fortunate to live and work in a very beautiful part of the world. However,
we must not allow that beauty to mask the realities of life or the present
social climate. Unfortunately, that means some crime does occur in the village.
Although during the first three months of the year there were few crimes, in
April we had a rude awakening. A car was
stolen from the
Many of you will know, and appreciate, the excellent work carried out by the Community Volunteers in the police office. The office is open for two hours each morning, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 12 noon. The volunteers are a very useful resource for the community and the police. They offer a link between the two. In addition they are there to provide help and assistance, lost and found property, local knowledge for lost delivery drivers, and tourist information. The office is also a collection point for Neighbourhood Watch material and it is far better for any villains checking out the area to see a lighted, manned Police Office, than a closed shop.
Anyone who wishes to enquire about becoming a Community Volunteer should leave their details in the office or contact me direct. Tel: 01633 642068
Tintern has had an active Neighbourhood
Watch for over ten years and is a part of the Lower Wye
Rural Area NHW Association. This in turn is linked to the Gwent Neighbourhood Watch and through that to
Neighbourhood Police Teams & Community Safety Action Team
Gwent Police follows the National Neighbourhood Policing module and much work has been done in this field. Each Council Ward area has a dedicated police officer. Chepstow Police area is Town and St Kingsmark Wards = PC 331 Mark Madley; Bulwark and Mathern = PC 32 Mike Cowburn; and Tintern / St Arvans, Devauden and Shirenewton = PC Andrew Mason. They are supported by three Community Support Officers, Julian Phillips, Andy Jones and James Watson. Their remit is to work closely with the local community using a multi-agency approach to tackle issues and concerns in that particular area. Any appropriate concerns raised are taken to the CSAT (Community Safety Action Team) meeting and discussed. Resolutions are sought and if necessary a Problem Solving Group is organised. This usually takes place at the site of the problem, to see it first hand. Actions are decided upon and very often solutions are found along with supporting funds.
Immediate and routine calls are dealt with by a 24 hour Response team, which operates a five shift system.
Partnerships and Communities Together = PACT
This is a new development in this area within Neighbourhood Policing, although it has been tried in other areas and is proving to be very successful. The first meeting in Tintern is on Tuesday 19th June at 7pm in the Village Hall, and everybody is welcome. It is anticipated that meetings will be held at three monthly intervals. These meetings are an opportunity for residents to raise their concerns about issues in the area. A vote will take place and the top three concerns will be taken forward for action.
Let’s do all we can together to keep this a low crime area by keeping eyes and ears open to unusual occurrences and reporting them quickly. We have Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators around the village, Community volunteers staffing the police office, Tintern Village News, a website, a community council, Friends of Tintern committee, and many other groups I’m sure if we all pull together we will succeed.
PC 363 Andrew Mason – 01633 642068 DD
[To report incidents – Emergency ‘999’ or routine 01633 838111]
4th June Ann and Barry Richardson
18th June Elspeth and Karen
2nd July Janet, Sue and Barbara
30th July Hermoine Ford
13th August Jude Spooner
27th August Trudy and Nine Phelps
.Diary - Tintern Events
Wednesday 13th June – Bingo at the Anchor
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
Tintern Recreation Hall - Events
Friday 1st June 3.30pm – 6.30pm - Dog Training*
Sunday 3rd June 10.00am – 1.00pm - St. Michael’s Church
Tuesday 5th June – 2.00pm – 5.00pm – Tuesday Club*
Wednesday 6th June – 6.30pm – 8.00pm – Tintern Youth Club*
Thursday 7th June – 7.00pm – 10.00pm – Social Club*
Friday 15th June 7.30pm – 10.00pm – VPA
Saturday 16th June – 10.00am – 1.00pm – Friends of Our Lady of Tintern
Sunday 17th June – 9.00am – 5.00pm – Visitors to Tintern
Monday 18th June – 2.00pm – 5.00pm – WI
Tuesday 19th June – 6.30pm – 9.00pm – PACT Public Meeting
Wednesday 20th June – 9.00am – 3.00pm – School visit
Monday 25th June – 7.30pm – 10.00pm – Tintern Community Council
* The Tuesday Club meets every fortnight and the Social Club every Thursday evening, both in the small room. Tintern youth club has the whole of the hall every Wednesday evening, and the dog-training every Friday afternoon.
If you would like more information about these clubs and activities, or you wish to organise a private function, a social event or need a venue for meeting please contact Terry Evans (01291 689587) or Pat O’Connor (021291 689611)/
Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events
A new term of Yoga classes at Brockweir and Catbrook village halls
will be starting in June. Dates and times are as follows:
Friday, 10.15-11.45am Brockweir village Hall - classes start June 8th
Tuesday 7-9pm Catbrook Village Hall - classes start 12th June
For details contact Ruth Routh on 01600 860 648
July - Art for
Saturday 15th September – Wine Tasting evening
24th October – rescheduled date for the Fashion Show.
Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Day Service with Monmouth Band
Saturday 17th November – Race Night
Friday 23rd December – Christmas Carol Service with Monmouth Band
Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 a.m. All
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.
Items for the Newsletter – dates for the July 2007 edition
Items for the Tintern Newsletter can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org delivered to Wye Barn, Tintern, or tel 01291 689456.
Items for the July edition of the Newsletter should be received by 25th June 2007
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