The Tintern News


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – July 2008








Well done Dawn


On the 25th June Dawn Floyd of Tintern Antiques was awarded the ‘Community Champion’ award for Monmouthshire by the Monmouthshire Youth Services. This was for services to youth in the community and was presented at a ceremony in Usk Agricultural College. This is the top award in Monmouthshire for services to youth and is only presented to one person each year. Dawn was one of four finalists in the County but was chosen as the winner because of her work in the Tintern Community for young people. Dawn established the youth club in Tintern two years ago and it has gone from success to success and now attracts children from other villages. Dawn also organizes trips for youngsters as well as summer sporting activities. The award was presented by the leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Peter Fox.


Youth Club Report


I can report that the club has had fantastic year. The number of young people attending has risen considerably and we have been joined by youngsters from other villages. for The club is on Wednesday evenings in the Village Hall between 6:30pm and 8:00pm for young people aged between 8 and 15. We have just been on a great day trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park and everybody, including myself, really enjoyed it.


This summer Monmouthshire Youth Services are going to hold a series of sports sessions in the Leytons Field for young people aged between 9 and 15. These are for suitable for all levels of ability, are held between 2:00 and 4:00 and cost £2. They are on the following dates

                                Wenesday  28th July

                                Wednesday 4th August

                                Wednesday 11th August

                                Wednesday 18th August


Finally, I am  proud to have been awarded a Monmouthshire Volunteer Award and would like to thank Izzy and Mattie for their support for the club and  helping me win this prize.


Dawn Floyd


TINTERN MOBILE POST OFFICE – use it or loose it!


This service started on June 17th 2008 and is located in the Anchor Inn car park at the following times:


Tuesday                9.00am  11.00 am and 1.00pm  – 2.00pm

Wednesday           10.00am  11.00am

Thursday              9.00am – 11.30am

Friday                  12.00pm – 1.30pm


Services include, overseas currency, passport renewal, car tax, all postal services, banking, bill paying etc. Pick up a leaflet from the mobile office for full details.


Tintern Village Hall


Below are the revised charges for hiring the village hall, with effect from the 1st July. The hall committee regret the need to increase the charges, but increased costs of insurance, fuel, and council tax has made the increases necessary.


Bookings can be made by contacting the committee at:

OR Ring: 07512 856024




Small Room

3 hrs


Large Room

3 hrs


Whole Hall

3 hrs


Small Room

6 hrs


Large Room

6 hrs


Whole Hall

6 hrs



Flat Rate


Hire of China

Specific Event


Notes :

1) Parties will be subject to a deposit charge.
2) The above room charges include the use of urn and cooker.
3) The Centre is also available for longer higher periods, in 3 hours slots.
4) For non-local organisations/individuals please double the above charges
5) For profit making organisations the charges will be notified on application.
6) Centre users must clean the room(s) after use.


The hall has recently had worked carried out to bring up to date the gas pipe from the gas tank to the hall. Currently the hall committee is purchasing some new tables of approximately 3ft by 2ft for going into the small hall, the tables will be able to be folded out of the way and will be similar to those in the large hall.


As a result of this purchase the hall, now has for sale the old solid oak tables, these tables have detachable legs and are approximately 3ft by 2ft. Some tables have draws in, whilst other have inlaid tops, and others solid oak tops.  If anybody is interested in making an offer or need further details, please contact the committee, details as above.


Adam Parker - Chairman Village Hall Committee




Tintern Landslide – Royal George Hotel – Drop In Session


Public “Drop in” session. Halcrow and FCW staff will provide a visual presentation of the remediation design for the landslip. Thursday 31st July – 2.00pm – 7.00pm.


TAP Project Update – June 2008


June 17th was an important milestone for the project. The flow of water in the Angiddy dropped to 83 litres per second which is the minimum residual flow that is likely to be approved by the Environment Agency. This is the first time since starting flow measurements in October 2007 that it has been possible to appreciate visibly what 83 litres per second means. There was still a healthy flow in the brook.


At this level the project would stop producing electricity.

This fits closely with the prediction that the scheme could achieve full extraction/power for 45% of the year, a depleted extraction/power for 42% of the year and no extraction/power for 13% of the year, whilst leaving an adequate residual flow in the Angiddy.


Rain since the 17th June has increased the flow rate but it is expected to fall below 83 litres per second for several weeks in the July and August. Regular measurements will be maintained.


During the month of June the dormouse and bat surveys were completed. These surveys were carried out to assess the likely impact of the scheme. Reports will be issued in early July.


The next survey being planned is for the presence of crayfish. This will be done in July.


Archaeological consultations are still on-going, as are the consultations within the Environment Agency. Permissions and licences are unlikely to be granted until August or September.



                                                                                                                                                Norman Williams

Marketing & Publicity Director      

Tintern Angiddy Project Ltd

                                                 Telephone 01291 680016

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Tintern Community Council require a Clerk


The position is for somebody who will administer council business and be responsible for recording council decisions. The appropriate person will also act as the financial officer and keep a record of all financial transactions.


Applicants can obtain more details by contacting any councilor or directly from the current clerk Roger Hopson on 01291 625833


Or by writing to the clerk at

3 The Row, St. Arvans, CHEPSTOW, NP16 6EP





Our monthly meeting was a visit to Dewstow Gardens on Friday 20th June in the evening.  We were met by the owner who described to us the remarkable history of the (now) Grade 1 listed garden  and the restoration work which has been ongoing for the last six years.  It was hard to believe that  the fascinating underground grottoes and the beautifully planted surface gardens and water features were derelict and buried under pasture land only a few years ago.


The next meeting will be our summer Garden Party at the home of Jean Davey , Spring Lodge,  Tintern  at 6.30pm  on Friday 18th July.   Bring a plate of nibbles to share and something to drink.  New members are always welcome.  Come along to a meeting or contact Bernard or Christine Bradshaw  on 689877  for more information.   BDB




For many years Bob Davies has carved love spoons and has sold them to raise thousands of pounds for charity.  The love spoons are very varied with carvings of flowers, birds, faces and names and all superb. The only time they were not individually designed is when he made 50 love spoons to be given out to guests at a wedding – what a task! Bob also does many other free standing carvings in various sizes with one of the largest being the totem pole at Dewstow Golf Club, which was carved from the trunk of a tree due to be felled and took over 150 hours one cold winter to complete.  As well as showing us many of his carvings we were also able to look at two photo albums full of his work over the years including the lovely rocking horses that he makes.  Bob is a very talented man and his talk was fascinating and enjoyed by all of us.


Next month’s meeting is on Monday 21st July at 2.00pm in the Village Hall when

Frances Parker will talk on “Thought Field Therapy” – should be interesting. CMB

Tintern Abbey in running for National Award - Warburtons Best Picnic Site Awards 

You may be aware that Tintern Abbey has recently been voted the best picnic site in  Wales. This is obviously fantastic news for Tintern, as the site will receive a cash bursary for the enhancement as well as the publicity that will follow.

Tintern Abbey is now in the final of the competition, against the other regional winners, and therefore needs your vote again, in order to win the main prize and a larger cash  bursary.

Please take a moment to log on to <> and vote for Tintern Abbey. Make sure your friends and colleagues do the same, and of course, why not prove the point to them by enjoying a picnic at Wales‚ favourite picnic site?!

With many thanks,

Mark Jones, Tourism Marketing Office, Monmouthshire County Council - 01633 644842  


BT telephone kiosk review


BT  have advised me that they intend taking away the K6 kiosks at Sylvan View (01291 689203) and at Tanglewood (01291 689322). If you have any objection to this please do one of the following by 31st August 2008:


(a)    Advise your Community Councillor

(b)   Let me – Councillor Ann Webb know (01291 689559 or e-mail me at


All these comments will then be collated and a response sent on to BT.


BR say that these kiosks are not being used sufficiently to continue service at these locations.  It is not ironic that the Sylvan View kiosk has just been refurbished following communication with BT for well over three years!  - Ann Webb




Is holding its summer outdoor meeting at

The Nurtons, on July 24th at 7pm


Cheese, Wine and Spring Water

An exploration of some of the many springs, wells, and other water features

on the hillside from the vineyard to The Nurtons

Non-members are very welcome; please ring in good time

if you wish to join us; 01291 689253



Church Services – United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook


St. Michael’s Church, TinternCommunion Service 10.30am every Sunday

Rev. Nora Hill.

St. Oudoceus Church, Llandogo – Communion Service 9.00am every Sunday

Rev. John Dearnley


Everyone is warmly invited to all of these services.


Tintern Pentecostal Church - every Sunday at 11:00am and 6:00pm and every Wednesday at 7:30pm




St. Michael’s Church - Cleaning Rota - fortnight beginning:


14th July                       Janet, Sue and Barbara

28th July                       Tintern WI

11th August                Carole Evans

25th August                Jude Spooner

8nd September              Trudy and Nina Phelps

22th September            Ann and Barry Richardson    

6thth October               Elspeth and Karen


Personal Notices


3rd July - Happy Birthday to Sally Ball with love from Gran and Grampy.



Diary - Tintern Events.

Tintern Youth Club every Wednesday from 6.30 – 8.00pm – Village Hall.

Wednesday 9th July  Bingo at the Anchor from 7.30pm

Friday 18th July - VPA – 6.30pm - Summer Garden Party at Spring Lodge, Tintern.

Monday 21st July- WI - 2.00pm in the Village Hall when Frances Parker will talk on “Thought Field Therapy”.

Thursday 31st July – 2.00pm – 7.00pm – Tintern Landslide - public “Drop in” session. Halcrow and FCW staff will provide a visual presentation of the remediation design for the landslip.



Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events

Saturday 21st June - Midsummer Dance with Wye Jazz.  £15 per person to include food. Bring your own drink.
Friday 4th-Sunday 6th July - Art for Africa Exhibition, tea, cakes and stalls, plus exhibition of local artists.

Thursday 17th July 7.30pm. The Narth Singers. Entry and refreshments free. Donations to charity.

Saturday 26th July - 2.00-3.45 pm - Childrens Craft Workshop.  Suitable for ages 7 years upwards.  Two projects to take home at the end of the day, materials provided.  Numbers strictly limited to a maximum of 20 so book early to avoid disappointment.  Cost £5 per head.  Contact Ruth for details on 01600-860648.
Saturday 27th September - John Prior's Old Time Music Hall "All Together Now".

Tickets £10.00 per head. Bring your own drink.

6th December – provisional date for wine and food evening. More details to follow.

Coffee Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 a.m.  All welcome.
Yoga Classes with Ruth Routh, on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  For

details contact Ruth on 01600-860648.

For details of all other 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.


Advertising Rate change

From August the cost of advertising in the Tintern News will rise to £12.50 for a full page and £6.25 for a half page or small ad. To be reviewed in December.


Items for the Newsletter – dates for the August 2008 edition

Items for the Tintern Newsletter can be sent by email to or delivered to Wye Barn, Tintern. Items for the August Newsletter should be received by Saturday 26th July, 2008.


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


Tintern News is sponsored by Monmouthshire County Council Welsh Church Act Fund.





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