The Tintern News


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – September 2008






Tintern Mobile Post Office – revised opening hours


From the 1st September 2008 the mobile post office parked in the Anchor car park will be open at the following times:


Monday     11.30 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 15.30

Tuesday     11.00 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 15.30


Thursday   11.30 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 15.30

      Friday        13.00 – 15.30




Because of the wet weather our August Garden Party was held indoors.  Despite the rain WI members enjoyed their get together. Each member brought a plate of food so there was much eating as well as talking. We also had a good raffle – everyone a winner!  Di Parsons was thanked for her hospitality.  Thirty three pounds was raised at this meeting for the Air Ambulance Service.


Our next monthly meeting will be back in Tintern village Hall on Monday 15th September at 2.00pm. We will be having a quiz to stir our brains. New members will be made very welcome. CB




Despite the terrible weather we had a successful produce Show with more entries than in the previous two years.  The Village Hall was colourful with flowers, fruit and vegetables, which was a welcome sight coming in from the rain.  We also had a very good raffle thanks to the generosity of the VPA members.  The Produce Show is the highlight of the VPA year and involves hard work from many people to organise and run.  There is work going on throughout the year not only to organise the Show but also to produce fruit, flowers and vegetables to enter in the Show.  With all the rain and lack of sun this summer the growing conditions have not been good but our members have triumphed over adversity!  I would like to say thank you to all the VPA members who have helped in any way and been so supportive throughout the year.


The next VPA meeting is a garden visit.  We are going to High Glanau Manor on Friday 19th September, meeting at the garden at 6.00pm.  The garden is down the lane opposite the Five Trees Carp Fishery (formerly the Ostrich Farm) which is the other side of Trellech towards Monmouth.  The cost will be £5.00 per person including a cup of tea and delicious home made cake.   CB






Friends of Tintern jointly with St. Michael’s Church

Christmas Bazaar Saturday 22nd November 2008

2.00pm to 4.30pm

Tintern Village Hall


further details to follow





Ecumenical Sung Vespers at Tintern Abbey


Sunday 7th September, 2008 at 3.00pm







TAP News September 2008  -  Project Update


Assessing the potential impact on the archaeology in the valley is now the main focus of the team activities. Advice and guidance has been given by GGAT for the survey work that needs to be carried out. Little is known about the structure of the leat below the Beaufort dam and the project provides an opportunity to investigate and record it. In order to facilitate this it is planned to engage a local archaeologist to dig a number of trial pits along the route. It is hoped that this work can start towards the end of September.

Following the heavy rainfall over the last few weeks the flow rate in the Angiddy is much higher than expected at this time of year. For several weeks in August the project would have been running at maximum output. In an average summer, August would be a month of little or no output.


Please help

Letters in support of the Project could be helpful to the success of the Planning Application. This can be done on line by visiting the TAP web page  Click on the Planning Application heading and follow the instructions. Alternatively, you may write to Monmouthshire County Council, Planning Department at County Hall, Cwmbran NP44 2XH. Quoting the reference number 2007 / 01452



Norman Williams

Marketing & Publicity Director      

Tintern Angiddy Project Ltd.

Telephone 01291 680016

















Wye Valley Dance School puts on a Wonder-full Show!
Students from the Wye Valley Dance School in Llandogo finished their one week Summer School in August with a spectacular show entitled Wye Valley Wonders. The Show was the culmination of a fun-filled and creative week of dance, costume making and stage craft.
The Llandogo Millennium Hall was transformed into a miniature version of the Wye Valley through colourful scenery and props created by the children. As the audience was lead across a bridge and down the banks of the Wye, they were treated to the vision of the Swan Dance performed by the ten to sixteen years-olds, dressed in white costumes with elegant laced wings.
The five to nine year olds performed in the Whitestone Woods area with scurrying squirrels and bouncing rabbits hiding amongst tree roots and toadstools to avoid the threatening buzzard (Gabe Unsworth) who swooped above them. Callum Walker and Megan McKeand created a touching duet of a lone deer that encounters a hunter but is protected by the spirit of St Oudoceus’, managing to avoid the hunters’ arrows and winning his respect and friendship instead.
‘I wanted to incorporate some of the mythology and history of the region including the Hafren story which was portrayed with great poise by some of our eldest students’ explains choreographer and Director of the school Tamara Barker. ‘Equally though, I wanted to portray the colour, energy and vibrancy of the area ranging from the beautiful wildlife to its current events such as the annual Jazz Festival in Brockweir.’
The show concluded with two celebratory pieces incorporating the whole cast of 22 students. The younger students’ Ugly Bug Ball featured dotty ladybirds, leg-scratching crickets, and the sparkling Caterpillar Queen. The Jazz Festival number was set amongst multi-coloured bunting and flags created by the older students and left the audience buzzing with energy and enthusiasm.
Rachel Davies, mother of dancer Livvie aged five and leader of the Llandogo Playgroup summed up the week: ‘The children have had a whole learning experience not just about dance but about the area they live in and the process of putting on a show. We also felt completely involved as audience members being lead around to each area and it was obvious how much the children enjoyed it- their faces were lit up!’
Classes for 3 to 16 year olds begin again at the Wye Valley Dance School from September 29th, Monday and Thursday afternoons at Llandogo, Brockweir and St Arvans.
Contact Tamara Barker for more information on 01291 689583



Confirmation Service and Harvest Festival


The Rt. Rev'd Dominic Walker OGS Bishop of Monmouth will preside at a Confirmation Service for this parish on Sunday 21st of September in Llandogo Church at 10.30.a.m. Holy Communion in Tintern Church for Sunday 21st only will be at 9.00.a.m. and any candidates seeking Confirmation should speak to Rev'd Nora Hill by 7/9/2008.  Tintern and Llandogo congregations welcome everyone in the village to this special occasion.

Harvest Supper this year for the parish will be held at Llandogo Village Hall on Sunday 28th of September.  Harvest Songs of Praise will be in Llandogo Church at 3.30.p.m. and the supper will commence at 6.30p.m.  Tickets are available from Rev,d Nora Hill, Rev'd John Dearnley, Liz Craig and Brown's shop Llandogo.

Tintern Church will celebrate the festival of its Patron Saint St. Michael and Harvest on Sunday 28th September at 10.30.a.m. NH


Church Services – United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook


St. Michael’s Church, TinternCommunion Service 10.30am every Sunday - Rev. Nora Hill. NB 21st September 9.30am for one Sunday only.

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 10.45a.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:


8th 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

17th November            Carole Evans



Diary - Tintern Events.

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

Sunday 7th September – Ecumenical Sung Vespers – Tintern Abbey – 3.00pm

Wednesday 13th September  – Bingo at the Anchor from 7.30pm

Monday 15th September  – WI Quiz – Village Hall 2.00pm

Friday 19th September – VPA – 6.00pm High Glanai Manor

Saturday 22nd November – Friends of Tintern and St.Michael’s Church Christmas Bazaar – 2.00pm – 4.30pm


Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events
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".

Saturday 8th November – Bee Harmony Workshop
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.


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Items for the Newsletter – dates for October 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  27th September 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


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