The Tintern News


August 2008



Censorship – versus Communication


On the 4th July I was informed that the front page [and therefore also page 2] had been removed from all the spare copies of the July 2008 Tintern News left at the Anchor Inn shop.  It seems a pretty petty action – but it is censorship and an infringement of freedom of speech.


Why would anyone do this? What does this person hope to achieve? Nothing. Apart from showing that they do not like others having, or receiving accolades. Or allowing the youth of the village to be praised – or informing people of the new mobile post office times.


If it was you who removed the front page of the July 2008 Newsletter, don’t be shy, contact me and let me know your reason for censoring the July 2008 Tintern News.




Following the public meeting of the 23rd June all interested parties are invited to help form a committee to consider the future of Fryers Wharf in Tintern.  The meeting will be held at the Wye Valley Hotel on 9th September 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

Thank you,
Mary Simpson




The July meeting was the Garden Party which was held at the home of Jean Davey.  The weather was kind to us and we were able to sit outside for most of the evening.  Unfortunately the closure of the main road in the evening meant that some members were not able to come so numbers were down.  However those members able to get there enjoyed the evening very much with good food and drink.  Jean’s hospitality was much appreciated and she was thanked by all for allowing us to meet in her home..











The Summer Show is Tintern VPA’s big event of the year so we need lots of entries from our members please.  Completed entry forms should be returned to Christine Bradshaw at 10 Parva Springs by Wednesday 13th August.  I have spare forms if you need them or if it is difficult for you to get forms to me you can telephone your entries on 689877.  The sunflowers will be measured on Thursday 14th.


On the Saturday the hall will be open from 9.00am to 11.45am to stage entries.  Bernard will be putting up the geranium stand so I hope that your plants are flourishing!


The Show will be opened at 2.30pm. by  Rev Nora Hill and it would be lovely to see lots of people there for the opening.


VPA members have always been very generous in donating goods for the raffle and this is much appreciated.  I hope that you will continue your generosity as the raffle is important in helping to pay for the expenses of the Show.  Any contributions should  be brought to 10 Parva Springs.  Thank you.


Christine Bradshaw



At the July Meeting Frances Parker spoke to us about Thought Field therapy.  This uses tapping at precise points on the body, sometimes combined with humming, in certain sequences in order to overcome fears, phobias and addictions.  Frances told us of her many successes with animals as well as people. With some people this can take only one session but sometimes several are needed.  One member of the WI is obviously a very difficult patient as Frances tried to cure her of being a “chocoholic” but did not quite succeed!


In August Tintern WI will be holding their Garden Party at the home of Di Parsons.  This will be on Monday 18th August at 2.30pm.  Members are asked to bring a plate of food and a raffle prize.  The cost will be £3.00 and the money raised will go to a charity chosen by Di.  Previous members of the WI are very welcome to come and join us.  CMB


Tintern Youth Club


Thank you to all those for their kind praises about my award.


 Also, this is to remind all parents that Sports and Well-being will be held on the field every Wednesday throughout August from 2.00 to 4.00pm.
 I have decided to keep the youth club running THROUGHOUT the next 2 months as the MYS is on holiday until 17th September and the young were so upset. So there will be meeting place as usual from 6.30 till 8.00pm every Wednesday.
Here we can still enjoy all the games and fun and most important the youngsters can keep in touch with each other, as a lot of them will be starting the senior school. As there are youngsters attending Youth Club from different schools it gives them all a chance to get to know each other before they take their next big step in life!!!
Looking forward to seeing you all throughout the Summer and please remember if you have any items for our forthcoming Carboot Sales, please either contact myself or bring it along!!!
Details about the summer Disco and Feast to follow. DF

Noah in the Year 2008
In the year 2008, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in Wales and said,
"Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans."

He gave Noah the C.A.D. drawings, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark before I start the un-ending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no Ark.

"Noah!" He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark ?"
"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed.
I needed Building Regulations Approval before commencement of work.
I've been negotiating with the Fire Brigade about the need for a sprinkler system.
My neighbours claim that I should have obtained planning permission for building the Ark in my garden, because it is over development of the site, even though in my view it is a temporary structure, so we had to go to appeal to the Secretary of State for a decision.
Then the Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines, and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest set up in order to protect the one legged spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!   When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA prosecuted me.   They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.
Then the County Council, the Environment Agency and the Rivers Authority ruled that I could not build the Ark until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood, and the Health and Safety Executive insisted on a risk assessment.
I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission, on how many non-resident workers I'm supposed to hire for my building team. The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only union accredited workers with Ark-building experience. To make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.
So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark. "  

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?" "No," said the Lord.  "The government beat me to it."


Anon.   Contributed by Geoff Dawe (up the Angiddy).


This is a new group that is looking to install small turbines for community benefit on some land in Whitelye which can be found at ordinance survey square SO 5002 between Broadstone and Whitelye.  The group is looking for community benefit groups that would be interested in owning a small wind turbine.  The land at Whitelye has a very good wind profile and could support several wind turbines  The scheme is still in outline stage, but currently we envisage wind turbines of 25kW or 50kW output that would be owned by local not for profit community groups.  Up to 50kW is classed as small wind and they might be eligible for extra ROC’s (Renewable Obligation Certificates) which will boost the returns.  The turbines would be 250m from any house.  We believe 50kW is small enough to generate a useful income for the groups but without a significant visual impairment.
Monmouth Community Renewables would build and maintain the infrastructure such as concrete bases and grid connection.  Each community group would buy and install their own turbine and receive the income from the electricity sales.  A potion of their income will need to be spent on carbon emissions reductions measures for the community.  As a guide the measures we envisage are charging points for electric cars and insulation for pensioners.  The costs, benefits, etc, will be outlined in more detail once a feasibility study is completed.  For groups that are unable to raise the funds we are looking at lease arrangements and a significant amount could be available to community groups as grants.
If any groups are interested could they please write to us Chris and Shelley Rastall at
The Wye Valley Centre
NP16 6SE
Please visit our stand in the Green Energy Area at Monmouth

Show on Thursday 28th August




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


'Worship and Junior Church, Kids for Christ, led by the music group at Llandogo Village Hall at 10.30a.m., under the direction of Rev'd John Dearnley and the Parish Ministry Team.'


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:


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

20th October                   Janet, Sue and Barbara

3rd November       Tintern WI


Diary - Tintern Events.

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

Wednesday 12th August  Bingo at the Anchor from 7.30pm

Saturday 16th August – VPA Summer Show – 2.00pm – Village Hall

Monday 18th August – WI Garden Party at Di Parson’s house at 2.30pm


Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events

Saturday 30th August at 2.00 pm - Matinee Film "Enchanted".  
Saturday 20th September (Please note revised date) at 7.30 pm - John Prior's Old Time Music Hall "All Together Now".  Tickets £10 per head.  Bring your own drink.
Friday 10th October at 7.30 pm - Film "The Duchess".
Sunday 9th November - Remembrance Day Service.
Saturday 6th December - Wine & Food Evening.  Further details to follow.  
New Year's Eve Disco/Dance with Sam's Motion Music.


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.



Items for the Newsletter – dates for the September 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 Wednesday  27th August 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.