Produced by the Friends of Tintern – October 2007




Tintern Surgery


This year our sessions will be on:


Friday 9th November 11.00am – 6.00pm

Saturday 10th November 8.30am – 12.30pm





No appointment necessary

You can park in the Village Hall car park


Flu vaccination is available to any of our registered patients free of charge.

Vaccination is advised if you are over 65 or if you suffer from:



Heart Disease

Lung Disease (including asthma)

Kidney disease



Parva Farm Vineyard Celebrates a Decade of Welsh Wine


Colin and Judith Dudley bought Parva Farm at Tintern in the Wye Valley ten years ago. With the farm was a derelict vineyard, which they decided to try to renovate. 1997 was their first harvest, which yielded 65 kilos of grapes, making 56 bottles of wine. After four years of hard work clearing the vines of weeds and replacing fallen stakes, in 2001 they picked 5 tonnes of grapes – approximately 4500 bottles of wine!


They’ve had their ups and downs since then but several good summers have produced good crops and some very good wines too.


To celebrate their tenth anniversary at Parva Farm, the Dudley’s have released a sparkling rose wine, made with their Pinot Noir grapes. To add icing to the cake, this wine has just been awarded a bronze medal at the South West Vineyards Association Competition held at Pebblebed Vineyard in Devon.


Other awards gained this year include a bronze for their red “ Ty Coch “ wine and a highly commended for their “ Bacchus 2005 “ dry white in the same competition. Their rose “Bwythyn Rhosyn “ and “ Bacchus 2006 “ also gained bronze medals in the U.K. Wine of the Year Competition held in June, which makes these wines amongst the best in the country.


These wines and more are available from their shop at Parva Farm Vineyard which is open every day 10.30 – 6.30pm. A great way to Celebrate! (JD)


TAP and the Angiddy Valley


I have followed, with interest, the published views of Tintern residents about the proposed TAP scheme in the Angiddy valley. Most have been considered and sincere, but some appear to have the undisguised objective of igniting pointless controversy.


I find myself puzzled and dismayed by it all. After the flooding in 1993, the lower Angiddy valley was restructured and the riverbed cleaned and cleared. Instead of excavating and disturbing much of the Angiddy valley, why not re-instate the mill race near Abbey Mill, install a turbine in it, and thus combine modern engineering with the old technology which played such an important part in Tintern’s history?


Our village would gain from the electricity generated, there would be minimal environmental disturbance, and the turbine could become a minor tourist attraction. Best of all, perhaps we shall all be able to sleep peacefully in our beds again.


Ray Flashman.



The Friends of Tintern Committee.


Following a meeting of the Friends of Tintern Committee on the 3rd September 2007 it has reluctantly been decided that the Christmas Party for the over 65’s will not be held in 2007. This decision has been brought about by a lack of funds available to the committee following reduced support from residents within Tintern to our fund raising events.


It can be announced that both the Christmas Lights, costing in the region of £2000.00p per year following a change in both law and charging, will go ahead, as will the monthly Newsletter. You will see from the level of costs that any donations or support for our activities will be greatly appreciated and probably will be imperative if both the Lights and Newsletter are to continue.


If you would like to sponsor a Christmas light, from £5.00, to make a donation or to offer help in fund-raising for Friends of Tintern, please contact Sue Ball on 01291-689629 (TP)


 Friends of Tintern – Car Boot Sale


Our thanks go to Sue Ball for organising and manning our stand at the Car Boot Sale over the Bank Holiday Weekend – proceeds towards the Christmas Lights. Also thanks to Ruby and Daisy who with a combined age of 161 years managed to assist Sue over the two days – I do not suppose the younger ones could stand the pace or get up early enough to attend but perhaps I’m wrong? (TP)


Tintern Village Hall and Recreation Centre – Honorary Treasurer


A vacancy has arisen on the Village Hall Committee for the post of Hon.Treasurer following the resignation of Mr. M. Woodruff after many years service at the last meeting of the Committee.  If you would be interested in offering your services to the committee in this way, please contact either Mr. Ken. Haynes 01291 689588, or Mr. Adam Parker 01291 689552 for more information, or come to the next Committee Meeting on Tuesday 16th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.


Tintern WI


The talk by Henry Hodges on “Hidden Chepstow” was enjoyed by all.  Mr Hodges has a tremendous depth of knowledge of local history and we all learned something new about Chepstow.


The next meeting on Monday 15th October at 2.00pm in the Village Hall will be completely different.  We are going to have a talk on belly dancing followed by all members getting up to have a go!  Members are asked to bring a long flimsy scarf to help the dancing along. This should be an interesting afternoon. Come along to join us if belly dancing appeals to you. 


Tintern VPA


Seven members visited the Nurtons garden in Tintern for the September meeting.  It was a pity that so few could go (many were away on holiday) because it was a very enjoyable evening and the members were made very welcome.  We hope that more members will be able to come to the October meeting on Friday 19th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  Mr Chirnside will be giving a talk on “Bees and Candlemaking”.  There will be a competition for the best decorated pumpkin. Even if you are not a member of the VPA and are interested in this subject do come to the meeting you will be made very welcome.










Beloved wife of Brian Shaw,

Daughter of Arthur and Merlyn Ball,

Mother of Lynette, Adrian, Michelle, Graham, Craig, Ian, Paul and Terrina,

Sister to Randolph, David and Peter Ball,

Grandmother to 23 children

Great Grandmother to 3 children.


The service was held at the Bethel Pentecostal chapel, that she attended all her life.


“The sun shone that day”


Words cannot say how much we all miss and love her. She will always be in our hearts.


June fought her illness over the last seven months with dignity and bravery, how she dealt with this illness, was an inspiration to us all.


She was very content in life and her enjoyment was her family (knitting, Chapel) and she could give a different perspective on a way of looking at a situation.


She always provided us with everything we needed. Due to her generous nature we had great holidays, trips away and she gave us great memories to treasure.


She was always there to look after the grandchildren and generally help and support everyone.


I would like to thank everyone for their cards and well wishes that were sent to her in hospital, they were greatly appreciated by mum (June) and also for the cards, thoughts and prayers we have had off everybody.


Thank You

Craig Shaw










A new song at Tintern Abbey


‘Sing a new song to the Lord,” runs the familiar psalm.  So they did last Sunday at Tintern, but it was also a unique coming together of the new and the old.


The September ecumenical Vespers service, begun in the millennium year, has grown to become a fixture in the calendar, drawing a congregation of up to 500.  This year more than 700 people packed the Abbey full from end to end.


The reason was probably the extra dimension of the service – which was certainly something to sing about.  For this great crowd would witness the dedication of the statue, completed last week by the Sculptor Philip Chatfield, to re-work the 13th century original so much damaged during the 16th century Dissolution and its aftermath.


As usual the opening procession of clergy and religious into the Abbey church numbered both Catholics (led by Archbishop Peter Smith of Cardiff) and the Church in Wales (Bishop Dominic Walker of Monmouth) and included the parish priests of the area in which the Abbey lies, as well as the Methodist Prebendary Norman Wallwork (representing also the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary). 


The only Cistercian monk able to be present was Fr Peter Claver Craddy OCSO: it was moving to see him carry the processional cross through the Abbey founded here by his Order in 1131.


The singing was led by Anglican Sisters from the Monmouth Tymawr Convent (Society of the Sacred Cross), backed up by monks from the RC Belmont Abbey in Hereford and the ‘mixed’ community (both monks and nuns) of the Anglican Benedictines in Burford, whose Abbot, Br Stuart Burns OSB, preached the address.


The reader, and also the leader of prayers during the service were both local people, one a Methodist, the other a Moravian; and the congregation included Baptists and doubtless other denominations too.


An interpreter was there to sign for some of the hearing-impaired, and it was a joy to see that several wheelchairs had managed to negotiate the difficult lie of the land around the Abbey’s precincts; as well as to have a colourful group of medieval re-enactment enthusiasts in costume, who had walked up to the service on a mini-pilgrimage from the little church at Tintern Parva.


Meanwhile the sculptor himself, who has been such a visible presence at the Abbey over recent months, stood quietly among the huge congregation, to look with them at his outstandingly beautiful work, seen against the backdrop of the magnificent Gothic architecture.  This was truly his labour of love, now entrusted to the care of the Friends of Our Lady of Tintern and of Cadw, who have still to identify the safest and most suitable site for her permanent abode.


“Truly prayerful”, “truly uplifting’  and “this is the way forward for ecumenical worship” were some of the comments after the service.


As the chanting of the psalms rose serenely amid the great pillars and arches of the ruined Abbey, so many eyes fastened upon the delicate stone figure of a simple Jewish woman of supreme faith, lovingly holding her young Child on her arm for all to see.  Only a low rope barrier separated her from the congregation, and the most moving moment of the service came when that space was crossed for the prayer of dedication made jointly by Archbishop Peter Smith and Bishop Dominic Walker.


Fragrant incense – a gift from an Orthodox monastery for the service – tinged the air as a simple anthem was sung by two voices and the statue was sprinkled with blessed water, before a little line of children from local parishes came to lay posies of flowers at Our lady’s feet. 


Then came the singing by everyone of the ‘Salve Regina’, the concluding blessing, and the Abbey echoed again to a joyful closing hymn as the clergy procession moved out, followed by the colourful ‘Medieval pilgrims’. 


Some people then joined a long queue to see the statue at closer quarters, singing hymns as they filed passed.  Others went outside and were glimpsed sitting on the grass giving their hungry and thirsty children an impromptu picnic, while yet more went across to the village Hall for a cup of tea and the chance to purchase some attractive times on sale as momentos of the day and to swell the statue project funds.


The Abbot spoke in his address of the enormous need in our times for people to find quiet and peace.  Without some measure of these we cannot live lives of integrity and poise, without which we are often lost, in turmoil, buffeted by events seemingly outside our control.


There is a hunger for God, manifest outside the churches as much as in them. The message of St Benedict is the same as the message of Mary the Mother of Jesus: ‘Listen’.  Listen, patiently, perseveringly, trustingly, alone or with others. Learn to recognise the many ways in which God’s reassurance or prompting can come to us – and then do what He, in your inmost heart, leads you to do.


This is what the first Friends of Our lady of Tintern tried to do, when the idea of the statue project came to them.  It has borne amazing fruit and it is ongoing.  It seems clear that the carving of the new statue is only a beginning.


At the service a direct invitation was made for anyone interest to join them to make contact.  You can find out more by asking for an open letter they issued at the service (soon to be available together with the Abbot’s homily, on their website: and you might like to see an illustrated order form showing items for sale many of which depict the new statue.


The surviving pieces of the ancient statue are authoritatively said to be a great rarity, thought to be the only such survival in southern Britain.  They are something of which the local area can be very proud of indeed.



Friends of Our Lady of Tintern

9 Lilac Drive, Monmouth, NP25 5DY.




High Tides in Tintern


Friday 26th October – 20.50 – 7.9m

Saturday 27th October – 21.34 – 7.9m


St. Michael’s Church – Communion Service 10.30am every Sunday


Cleaning Rota - fortnight beginning:


8th October                  Tintern W I

22nd October                Hermione Ford

5th November              Jude Spooner

19th November                        Trudy and Nine Phelps

3rd December               Ann and Barry Richardson    

17th December             Elspeth and Karen

31st December             Janet, Sue and Barbara



Personal Notices


Happy Birthday – 2nd October – Tim Ball

also on 2nd October 2007 Happy 18th Birthday to Kimberley Morgan (daughter of Geoff and Liz.)


11th October 2007:      Happy 1st Birthday Evan  
All our love from Canada
Auntie Robyn, Uncle Darren and Owen



Diary - Tintern Events


Thursday 4th October Tintern Angiddy Project Meeting – 6pm ‘til 8pm – Village Hall

Wednesday 10th October - Bingo at the Anchor - 7.30pm

Monday 15th October – Tintern WI – 2.00pm – Village Hall

Monday 15th October – Friends of Tintern Meeting – 7.30pm Royal George Hotel

Tuesday 16th October – Village Hall Committee – 7.30pm

Friday 19th October – Tintern VPA – 7.30pm – Village Hall

Friday 9th November – 11.00 – 6.00pm – Flu Jabs – Village Hall

Saturday 10th November 8.30am – 12.30pm – Flu Jabs – Village Hall

Sunday 25th November – Race Night – for all the family at the Anchor from 7.30pm
Monday 10th December - Annual Candlelit Service at Tintern Abbey

Events at the Vineyard include:  Weekends during December – Nativity with live animals


If you wish to book the village hall please ring 07512 856024 or email: Please note the following: Bookings need to be made at least 7 days in advance. Payment will need to be made in advance except for regular users.






Tintern Youth Club


The Youth Club is open every Wednesday from 6:30 until 8:00 for everybody aged between 8 to 13 and costs only 50p per week and is held at the Village Hall. New equipment will be available soon.


Please come along or contact Dawn on 689705 or at Tintern Antiques


Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events


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

Coffee Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 a.m.  All welcome.
Whist Drives on Friday 30th November, Friday 14th and 28th December.

For details on all events or to hire the hall contact Rosemary Stephens on 01600-860451


Advertising in the Tintern News


The Tintern News is delivered to approximately 250 houses in Tintern.  If you would like to advertise something in the News the current rates is £5.00 for a small ad./half a page, and £10.00 for a full page (per month).  Please send items to the editor at the address below with full contact details.


Items for the Newsletter – dates for the November 2007 edition


Items for the Tintern Newsletter can be sent by email to delivered to Wye Barn, Tintern, or tel 01291 689456 or to Jackie Langdon of 5 Park Glade, Tintern, telephone 01291 689782 e-mail address:


Items for the November edition of the Newsletter should be received by Friday 26th October, 2007.


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