The Tintern News
Produced by the Friends of Tintern – March 2008
St. Michael’s Church Tintern – Restoration Fund
A bank account has been set up to restore and repair St. Michael's Church Tintern in the hope that it will continue to serve the people of this village for a few more years yet.
This ancient building has already stood for many centuries and it would be a great shame if it was allowed to deteriorate during our allotted time of care and so we are asking for financial help from village families who feel able to support us.
Perhaps someone would like to remember a loved one or give thanks for a baptism or wedding, which took place here or just because having a church in the village gives it a heart. I would dearly like to thank those who have already donated because without your support we may have found the task too daunting already.
The bank account name is 'St. Michael’s Church Tintern Restoration Fund' and you may contact me on 01291 626784 or call at St. Michael's between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon any Sunday, or I would be happy to call on you.
So whether your interest in Tintern
Church is spiritual, archaeological, historical, genealogical
or social please help us to preserve it for the future.
Many thanks Rev. Nora Hill
Tel: 01291 625833
Report of Meetings - 7th and 28th January 2008
The Council were delighted to hear that the Friends of Tintern Christmas lunch for the over 60’s at the Abbey Hotel was a great success and councillors felt that the Christmas lights had been an improvement on last year.
Councillor Bennett announced that he was to resign from the Board of Governors of Llandogo School after 21 years service. The Council thanked him for his effort. The community, will in the future, be represented by Councillor Dagger of Trellech Community Council.
Constable Mason had asked at the November meeting that an error made in the September minutes concerning his report be corrected in the Tintern News. The matter concerned a discussion held at the meeting concerning drug abuse in the village. It was incorrectly reported that Constable Mason was very concerned about the problem. In fact it was the Council that made this comment. The clerk apologises to Constable Mason for the error.
Constable Cowburn, the new Community Officer, attended the 28th January meeting and was welcomed by the Chairman. He gave a summary of the crimes committed since 24 December 2007. 24 incidents were detailed. A complete list is available from the clerk.
The Council were very concerned by the recent landslip and welcomed the meeting to be held in early February with MCC and The Forestry Commission. There was also to be a public meeting in February with MCC to discuss the problems with ‘A’ boards and banners in the village.
There was also considerable concern expressed over the reduction in postal services available in the village with the planned closure of the Post Office at the Cherry Tree. The Council composed a response to the Post Office giving reasons why the closure was a backward step and also pointing out the disadvantages of the proposed mobile replacement.
The new planning applications considered by the Council were:
DC/2007/01638: Outline Planning Permission – Detached dwelling. Land at Chapel Cottage, Chapel Lane.
Community Council Recommendation: REFUSE
Comment: 1. Archaeological significance needs to be investigated. 2. Retaining walls part of wireworks.
DC/2007/01639: Planning Permission, Retention of patio handrail and infill glass panels (Removal of Condition 2 of planning permission DC/2007/00824), Barbadoes Meadows
Community Council Recommendation: APPROVE
Subject to following condition: The glass used should be non-reflective ass the glass can reflect the sun on to the A466 highway carriage way.
DC/2008/00006: Planning Permission (outline) –Erection of one dwelling, land opposite Old Cider Mill, Trellech Road
Community Council Recommendation: REFUSE
1. Outside of village boundary and therefore cannot be regarded as an infill.
2. Mains water is not available at this location.
3. Rainwater drainage is a serious problem in this area which would be exacerbated by another development.
Councillor Dawn Floyd
Chairman of the Community Council
The Community Council established its ownership of the wharf in 1995 and since then has the land registered under its name at the Land Registry. However, the Council are now questioning if this is an asset or a liability to them, as it has to be inspected regularly for riverside safety features such as a lifebuoy and emergency telephone numbers. The Council have also noted that some of the protective fence they were asked to put up by the safety organization ROSPA has been pulled down. It is also becoming a dumping ground for rubbish.
The Council would therefore like to hear from community members their opinion on the future of this piece of land. Should it be sold? Or what could the Council do with it? The Council would like to hear your comments.
The Council has asked Monmouthshire County Council if the riverside car park opposite Tintern Antiques and Stella’s Books could be time limited. In other words the parking there would be restricted to, say, 2 hours maximum. This is an attempt to stop day long and overnight parking which means the car park is often full all the time and stops people parking who want to walk along the promenade briefly or visit the shops. There is also a possibility that a portion of the car park be reserved for residential parking at any time for a fixed fee.
The Council would like community thoughts on this proposal before they ask Monmouthshire County Council to act. They are especially keen to hear from residents who would be directly affected by these changes.
Please let your local councillor know or contact the clerk. A list of names and telephone numbers is on all village notice boards. Thanks for your cooperation in these community issues. Roger Hopson, Clerk, 3 The Row, St. Arvans, CHEPSTOW, NP16 6EP
Report from County Councillor Ann Webb regarding recent happenings in the Village
Landslide: Public Meeting on 4th February 2008
Support at the Public Meeting from the Village just showed to the Officers from the Forestry Commission and Monmouthshire County Council how much the recent landslides have affected life in the Village particularly to businesses and those using the A466 on a regular basis. The Forestry Commission will now give regular updates of their improvement scheme. As well as keeping up to date on the progress with the work both Authorities are doing, I am pressing for a plan so that when the Highways Authority execute any improvement and restoration work, there will be a minimum amount of disruption, particularly in connection with signage. Also the parking places in the Village have been reduced and I am therefore working with the Officers at County Hall to look to using the Saw Mills Car Park ‘officially’. We all know it is already used by many people, and also as an emergency tipping area during the recent landslide.
The future of Tintern Post Office
Last week the Cabinet at County Hall adopted ‘that the future decision relating to all Post Offices be postponed until further negotiation with the Local County Council Member’. I hope that the Post Office will recognise the important social function the present service provides to the local community. Might I suggest a Public Meeting where everyone can air their views like the successful landslide meeting should be arranged.
I will be at the Village Hall on Monday 3rd March between 6pm and 7pm for anyone to come and meet me regarding the above, or any other issues relating to the services provided by the County Council.
Ann Webb, Home Farm. Tel. 01291 689559
As most villagers will have received another communication from the Wye valley Liberal Democrats I thought they may be interested to read the letter I sent in answer to the previous one on the closure of the village post office. Although I received no reply from Rev. Martin Blakebrough, and doubt very much that it will be one of the letters forwarded to the The Post Office Company, this latest issue of Focus, (which appears to focus on the Reverend himself (four photos) as much as it does on the issues under consideration) suggests, to me at least, that the letter may have been more than a little influential.
At the February monthly meeting we nearly tied ourselves up in knots learning or relearning crochet skills. We haven’t quite completed a double bed sized blanket yet, but we will get there one day! We also did a memory game, won by Di Parsons, so our brains were well and truly exercised. Tea and delicious home made cakes helped to take away the pain of concentration.
The next WI meeting will be on Monday March 17th at 2.00pm. in the Village Hall when Mr Simon Antony from Monmouthshire County Council will be speaking on “recycling”. This should be a very informative talk and of interest to many people. New members are very welcome so do come along to the next meeting.
In April instead of meeting in the Village hall we are travelling to Abergavenny to visit the Silk factory.
Due to the landslip and closure of the main road our first meeting of the year, the AGM on Fri 18th January was cancelled . The outstanding AGM business was dealt with as an extension of the meeting planned on Friday 15th February in the Village Hall. The meeting started with an inspiring illustrated talk by Mrs J Challoner on “Low Maintenance Gardens”. At the following AGM VPA officers for the coming year were agreed, the accounts for 2007 and the projection for 2008 were discussed and details of the programme for 2008 were finalised.
The next meeting will be on Friday 14th March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall when Mrs S Vaughan will give a talk on “Hedgerow Baskets”. Note that this meeting is earlier in the month than usual (2nd Friday rather than 3rd Friday) as the 21st is Easter holiday time.
The membership fee for the year is £5.00 per member, which includes a discount card for Millbrook Garden Centre (from April) which can quickly recover the cost of membership. If any new members are interested in joining contact Bernard or Christine Bradshaw at 10 Parva Springs on 01291 689877 or come along to a meeting.
Church Services – United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook
2nd March - Mothering Sunday Service 10.30a.m.
Friday 7th March - Women's World Day of Prayer 12.00noon
Sunday 9th March - Holy Communion 10.30.a.m.
Friday 14th March - Lent Holy Communion 12.00noon
Sunday 16th March - Palm Sunday Service 10.30.am.
Sunday 23rd March - Easter Sunday Service 7.00a.m. & 10.30a.m.
(Good Friday Meditations at Llandogo Church 12.00noon to 3.00p.m.)
St. Oudoceus Church, Llandogo – Communion Service 9.00am every Sunday
Rev. John Dearnley
Everyone is warmly invited to all of these services.
TAP Project March 2008 Update
There have been no developments since the February update. The Planning Application and Environment Agency licence applications are proceeding through their consultation phases. Decisions are not expected until April.
The desk top archaeological survey requested by the Glamorgan and Gwent Archaeological Trust has been completed. A detailed brief was issued by GGAT which involved a much wider investigation than initially envisaged, although there was not a requirement to dig any trial pits during the survey. The desk top study indicates that the Project is unlikely to have an impact on the archaeology in the valley.
The survey of bryophytes in the Angiddy will be carried out in early March. This will complement the Ecolgical Survey report already issued by Wye Valley Surveys.
Landowner permission from MCC is still outstanding.
TAP has withdrawn its application to the Welsh Assembly Government for Axes 3 funding. In order to qualify, it was necessary to have planning permission in place by 31st January. This does not preclude TAP from applying for the next round of funding.
Water flow rates in the Angiddy remain well above the levels required to support the project, despite the dry February.
Further details about the project can be seen on the web page www.tapenergy.org
If you would like to become a member of TAP, the web page includes an application form which can be printed and posted. Membership only costs £1. Alternatively please contact Morris Jones on 01291 689550.
Letters in support of the Project could be helpful to the success of the Planning Application. This can be done on line. Type “Monmouthshire Council Planning” into Google. Click on “Monmouthshire Council-Planning”. Click on “Planning Applications”. Click on “View Planning Applications” and enter the number 01452 into the application number box. Click “search”. Under the heading”Case File” click on the box marked ”Comment on application”.
Alternatively, you may write to Monmouthshire County Council, Planning Department at County Hall, Cwmbran NP44 2XH. Quoting the reference number 2007 / 01452
Marketing & Publicity Director
Tintern Angiddy Project Ltd
Telephone 01291 680016
E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the recent landslide on Tuesday 15th January, Forestry Commission Wales have carried out immediate emergency work to ensure that the landslip is a stable as possible and any risk of further movement minimised. We have also put in place diversion work across the forest to try and prevent excessive surface water running on to the slip in case we have a repeat of the level of rainfall that we experienced prior to the recent landslide occurring.
An independent firm of consulting engineers, Halcrows, is arranging an investigation of the landslide area.
From Monday 11th February a company called Info Map Surveys will carryout a detailed topographic survey across the hillside on Halcrow’s behalf. This will take about a week to complete.
On Wednesday 13th February a company called Soil Mechanics Ltd., will mobilise on site to drill three boreholes into the upper part of the slope to define the underlying geological conditions. They will investigate groundwater within the quarry waste/landslip material and recover samples for strength testing. It is anticipated that this work will take up to two weeks. There may be some intermittent noise associated with the drilling but the contractor will be limited to working from 0.800 to 17.30 on Mondays to Fridays only.
For Health and Safety reasons, members of the public are requested not to approach the works in progress and to keep off the landslip area, as there is still a risk of unstable ground.
If you would like any further information then please contact” Richard Gable, Local Area Manager, E-mail: email@example.com
Belated Happy 18th Birthday to Melissa Ball on 29th January.
Happy 16th Birthday to Sarah Ball on 4th March
Happy Birthday to Richard Ball on 25th March
Happy Birthday to Denny Speak – formerly of Tintern – on 25th March
THE LATE MARG MATTHEWS (15th January 2008)
On behalf of the Matthews family, I would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral. What a day to remember as there was a flood outside the Wye Valley Hotel that morning and as the funeral was taking place the landslide occurred. Marg would have been in awe with all this going on. After the lovely service given by our newish lady vicar, Nora, we all went back to the Moon & Sixpence for refreshments, which, I must say, went on until well into the evening.
Marg leaves five sons, Bobby, Lyndon, David, Timothy and Johnathan, and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A special thanks goes to Margaret (David’s partner) for all her love and care to Marg during her illness, as Marg lived with them for the last few months of her life. Also, thanks to Betty Hoskins, Marg’s friend, for always taking her to collect her pension and to doctor’s appointments.
She will be sadly missed by all, and it is strange seeing new people in the house she had lived in for 50 years.
St. Michael’s Church - Cleaning Rota - fortnight beginning:
10th March Ann and Barry Richardson
24th March Elspeth and Karen
7th April Janet, Sue and Barbara
21st April Tintern WI
19th May Jude Spooner
2nd June Trudy and Nine Phelps
Tintern Youth Club every Wednesday from 6.30 – 8.00pm – Village Hall
Friday 14th March - Tintern VPA at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall
Monday 17th March - Tintern WI at 2.00pm in Tintern Village Hall
Monday 17th March – Village Hall Committee 7.30pm Village Hall
12th – 27th April. Parva Vineyard - Come and See the Spring Lambs
If you wish to book the village hall please ring 07512 856024 or email: Tintern.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Saturday 15th March at 7.30 pm - Wine Tasting Evening organised by Peter & Carol Ayling. Spanish Wines to be tasted with Paella Supper.
Friday 18th April at 7.30 pm - Tony Jacobs - 100 Years of Popular Song.
Saturday 21st June - Midsummer Dance with Wye Jazz. More details to follow.
Friday 4th-Sunday 6th July - Art for Africa Exhibition.
September 27th - Provisional booking for John Prior's Old Time Musical Hall "All Together Now". More details and confirmation to follow.
Coffee Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 a.m. All welcome.
Yoga Classes now commenced on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Contact Ruth on 01600-860648 for details.
For details of all other events or to hire the hall contact Rosemary Stephens on 01600-860451.
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