The Tintern News    


Produced by the Friends of Tintern – October 2008










Tintern Surgery


This year our session will be on:




10 October


11.00am - 6.00pm




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

§  Diabetes,

§  Heart Disease,

§  Lung Disease (including asthma),

§  Kidney Disease


Tintern Charities


The Charity provides a Christmas Voucher to single ladies over 60, and to men (with their partners) over the age of 65. Recipients must have been resident in the village for at least five years. Many of our older residents already receive these vouchers, but if you do not, and you are in the right age group please ring Tracy Davies (689883) or Betty Hoskins (689658) and ask to be included.


To be included in this year’s Voucher Scheme the Trustees would like to hear from you by mid-November.


Bradford Charity


Students of Further Education, starting their second year in Technical College or University who wish to be considered for a grant from the above, must apply before the end of October.


Application forms can be obtained from Tracy Davies, 4 Sylvan View, Trellech Road, Tintern, Chepstow, Mon. Np16 6SP. Telephone 689883


N.B. This applies to Tintern residents only







Tintern Community Council has received a

number of enquiries about the provision of

Allotments within the community area.


Could anybody who wishes to be considered for

an allotment please contact the Clerk,

Mrs. E. Greatorex-Davies,

The Poplars, Whitelye,

Catbrook, NP16 6NP

by Friday 24th October 2008.






Abbey Mill October - HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Sunday 26th October & Sunday 2nd November
Creepy Crawlie Hunt 11.30 am -2.30 pm

Family event, Free admission, come and meet ‘Abbey the Witch’ and join in the fun finding the Creepy Crawlies hidden around Abbey Mill, Prize for all Children.
Free Apple Bobbing.
For more info please telephone 01291 689228


Spooky Halloween Weekend
Friday 31st October
4 Course Halloween Dinner with Entertainment in the Cider Barn Restaurant, Abbey Mill, Tintern.
7 pm  – 7.30 pm - Price TBC

Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November

Halloween Ghost Walks starting from Abbey Mill, Tintern
12 pm  – 4 pm Toddlers Spooky Trek for up to 6 years old - £1 per child company adults free
5.30 pm Main Ghost Walk - Adults £3  Child £1
Halloween games, face painting, Children’s Ghostly Story Telling, Fancy Dress Prize
Saturday 1st November Corpse & Brides Pub Crawl – 7.30 pm –  11.30 pm visiting the local pubs and hearing each ones’ ghostly stories
 Start at Abbey Mill, Tintern and returning to Abbey Mill for a Halloween Ball £10.00 per person (includes entrance to Ball and spooky Canapés)
From Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November Special Halloween Menu served in the ‘The Coffee House & Restaurant, Free Child’s Ticket to Ghost Walks when purchasing a Halloween Meal for child.
Wye Valley Craft Association members making crafty items and ‘have a go’ sessions with a Spooky Halloween theme
For more information on the Spooky Halloween Weekend visit <>  or telephone 01291 689228

Notice on car  (received from Jim Cross who received it from a friend)

Just last weekend on Friday night we parked in a public parking area. As we
drove away I noticed a sticker on the rear window of the car. When I took
it off after I got home, it was a receipt for petrol.

Luckily my friend told me not to stop, as it could be someone waiting for me to get out of the car. Then we received this email yesterday:


. You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse. When you look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into neutral, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car.  So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!


If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. And be thankful that you read this e-mail. I hope you will forward this to friends and family, especially to women. A purse contains all kinds of personal information and identification documents, and you certainly do NOT want this to fall into the wrong hands.


Each New Day


At this moment of time global or whatever, something enters your aura. Read on and give it a thought – Thank you Kathleen Gillum. – contributed by Douggie.


Each day is a beginning, for yesterday has gone.

Another chance to start anew, to change things and move on –

Another opportunity, to love and smile and give.

To act with generosity, to look up, laugh and live.

Each morning is a fresh clean page, as yet unwritten on.

The threshold of an unlived day, but not yet walked upon.

So choose how you will live this day, as on your way you go.

For through out acts, we all leave tracks.

Like footprints in the snow…….                                                   .Kathleenn Gillium





New to the area and not knowing where to start…the “Tintern News” directed me to my first Women’s Institute meeting.


Not knowing what to expect, and after a busy morning, I approached Tintern Village Hall.  The main hall was dark, so I thought perhaps I was early, but I heard laughter and chattering coming from the side room.  I gingerly pushed open the door only to receive a very warm and genuine welcome.  I was soon a part of the group, cup of tea in hand, and commenting on the generous helpings of delicious homemade cake on offer.


Then, on to a quiz, a great ice-breaker, as if one were needed, and it quickly made me forget I was new, all I could do was to frantically wrack my sleepy brain into gear.  Prizes were bestowed on the winners of the quiz and then the raffle.  Then, quite spontaneously, various conversations erupted around the tables like a “Mexican wave”, as we laughed and listened together.


Finally the minutes were read, there was a brief rustling to my left, I turned to see all the ladies produce their diaries and pens in unison, their organisation skills finely honed…..and slightly intimidating, but it meant the dates and times were quickly dealt out, and arrangements made.  I learned valuable information about the area, in addition to introductions to other local groups and events.  I left with a feeling that I had been a member of the group for years, and armed with contact names and numbers offered to me, along with an invitation to the next meeting which will involve a talk about “Scrapbooking” by Donna Hassell, 2pm Monday 20th October. KK


The WI will be providing hot drinks and biscuits as usual at the Flu Clinic on Friday 10th October. We also plan to hold Soup Lunches in the Village Hall, 12.30 to 2pm, on Wednesday 12th November and our Christmas Special on Wednesday 10th December.                                                                                                                    JG




Eleven members of the Tintern Village Produce Association enjoyed a second visit to High Glanau Manor and garden on 19th September to see how it looked in the early Autumn as opposed to the earlier Spring visit last year. The owners made them very welcome and, as the nights are now drawing in, they had a walk through the gardens first with a talk on the latest restoration projects.  The evening sun and views over the Welsh mountains were spectacular. Members were then invited indoors, and whilst enjoying home-made cakes and coffee, were given a computerised slide show of the history of High Glanau house and gardens from its Arts and Crafts beginnings to the present day.  It was a very enjoyable outing.


The next Tintern VPA meeting will be in the Village Hall on Friday 17th October at 7.30pm with a talk by Ray Flashman on “Clockwork and Time”. CB

New Recycling Service for Tintern


In the next few weeks Monmouthshire Community Recycling working on behalf of Monmouthshire County Council will be launching a new improved service in pilot areas in the south of the county, including the village of Tintern and some of the surrounding lanes.

This service will include collection of nearly all types of plastic and card/cardboard as well as the usual paper, glass, cans and textiles, provision of two boxes with lids and personalised address labels, explanatory leaflet and fridge magnet.  It will inform the Public of the County Council's policy on recycling across the whole county.

The area covered includes the Danes in Chepstow, Church Rd and streets off in Caldicot, Caerwent and much of the Wye Valley.
For more information visit or call MCR on 01291 430550

David Roman
Monmouthshire Community Recycling <>
(01291) 430550

Monmouthshire Community Recycling Ltd is a company limited by shares.  Registered in Wales No. 5870011.         
Reg. Office: Unit 18 Severnbridge Industrial Estate, Symondscliffe Way, CALDICOT, Monmouthshire NP26 5PW
Church Organist or Musician Required


'Organist or other musician needed to accompany Sunday morning congregation in St. Michael's Church Tintern.

Parishioners would always welcome those who might only wish to attend now and again to contribute to the challenge of providing music in this ancient setting.'

Harvest Supper – change of date


Harvest Supper this year for the parish will be held at Llandogo Village Hall on Sunday 26th of October.  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. Nora Hill, Rev. John Dearnely, Liz Craig and Brown's shop LLandogo.



At the Grocery Store


I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'
'Hilo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank yaw. Jus' admiring' them peas. They sure look good.'
'They are good, Barry. ; How's your Ma?'
'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'
Any thing I can help you with?'
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'
'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'
'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'
'All I got's my prize marble here.'
'Is that right? Let me see it' said Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'
'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.
'Not zackley but almost.'
'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble' . Mr. Miller told the boy.
'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man
stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket. ‘Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'  'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho .'  With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral : We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind
deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~
A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work.
The fastest line at the grocery store.
A good sing-along song on the radio.
Your keys found right where you left them.

Send this to the people you'll never forget. I just Did...



I like this story.......


[  contributed by Harry Hutchinson ]







TAP News October 2008


Project Update


Archaeological discussions are continuing, and have caused a delay in the digging of trial pits in the leats. It is hoped to resolve these issues soon so that the work can commence during October.

A survey of the aquatic invertabrates in the Angiddy will be undertaken during October. Crayfish will also be surveyed.

The final survey requested by the various authorities is to check for the possible presence of water voles. It is hoped to complete this during October.

Water flow rates have remained high throughout September at more than 350 litres per second. Well in excess of the minimum that will be needed to run the project.


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

E Mail



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 10.45a.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:

6thth October   Elspeth and Karen

20th October    Janet, Sue and Barbara

3rd November  Tintern WI

17th November            Carole Evans

1st December   Trudy and Nina Phelps

15th December Ann and Barry Richardson


Diary - Tintern Events.

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

Wednesday 8th October   Bingo at the Anchor from 7.30pm

Friday 17th October – VPA 7.30pm – Village Hall

Monday 20th October – WI – 2.00pm – Village Hall

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


Tintern Village Hall - Bookings can be made by contacting the committee at: OR Ring: 07512 856024.


Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events

Monday 6th October at 7.30 pm - Hall AGM.
Friday 17th October at 7.30 pm - Film Night  - "Mama Mia".
Saturday 8th November, 2-5 pm - Singing Workshop led by Harmony Bee.  Do you fancy an afternoon of singing in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.  No musical experience or knowledge  required as the songs are taught by ear (no need to read music).  Every voice welcome, male and female.  All that is required is an enthusiasm for singing. Refreshments provided.  £10 adults.  £7 concession.  Contact Sheila on 01291-689281 if you are interested.
Sunday 9th November at 3 pm - Remembrance Day Service.
6th December - Wine and Food Evening by Peter & Carole Ayling.  Glass of champagne on arrival followed by meal with two glasses of wine included in the price.   Vegetarian option available.  Price to be confirmed by next month.
21st December - Carol Service.
New Year's Eve Disco/Dance with Sam's Motion Music.

Coffee Mornings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 10.30 am.  All welcome.

Yoga Classes with Ruth Routh on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  Contact her for details if interested 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 £6.25 for a small ad./half a page, and £12.50 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 November 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 Monday  27th October 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.