Tintern Seniors Christmas Lunch, Christmas Lights and Tintern News


At the time of publication of this month’s newsletter we have not yet found a venue for the Tintern Seniors’ Christmas Party.  We hope to bring you more news at the beginning of December.


The Christmas Lights, costing in excess of £1500.00/£2000.00 will go ahead and the lights will be fixed on the lampposts in Tintern at the beginning of December.


Recently a ‘new’ commercial digital photocopier costing over  £600.00 plus maintenance has been purchased to help continue the production of the Tintern News, a vital organ of communication in the Village.


The Friends of Tintern Committee wish to send their thanks to those businesses in the Village who have made contributions for the purchase of the copier:


Sue and Barry at the Wye Valley Hotel

Rob and Liz at the Tintern Garage

Bob and Fran at Abbey Gallery and Studios

Dr. Elizabeth Colter at the Wye Dean Practice Tintern.


You will see from the level of costs how desperate we are for donations and support for our activities to continue. Not for us – for you. To keep you informed and to keep you involved. To keep our Village together. WE CANNOT DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT YOU.


If you would like to sponsor a Christmas light or to make a donation in support of the lights or the Newsletter, or to offer help in fund-raising for Friends of Tintern, please contact Sue Ball on 01291-689629 or Colin Rea on 01291-689479.  ER




Homemade Soup & Pudding


Wednesday 12 November

Tintern Village Hall

12.30 - 2pm




Minutes of the meeting of Tintern Community Council held on Monday 29th September 2008 at 7.00 pm at Tintern Village Hall.


Present:  Chairman Cllr Mrs. Shewell.  Councillors:  Mrs. Saunders, Mrs. Webb, Hayward, Hoskins, Francis and Mrs. Greatorex-Davies (Clerk).

Members of the Public:  PC Cowburn,  Mr. C. Mackie, Mr. A. Parker, Mrs. H. Taylor, Mr. G. Jones, Mr. J. Simpson and Mr. R. Woods.


561 Police Report:  PC Cowburn gave his report which included a deer fatality on the A466 south of the village which was not removed for several days. 

562 Apologies:  Cllr Smith and Cllr Williams.

563 Declarations of Interest:  Cllr Hayward.

563a Public Forum:  Mr. Parker reported on the condition of the road from Penterry to Tintern.   Cllr Shewell replied that this had been reported a few months ago and we would contact the MCC again regarding it.

Mr. Parker also requested that he would like to see a copy of past and present minutes.  It was agreed that this would be allowed.  It is the intention to post a copy on the Tintern Website in future.

Mrs. Hazel Taylor and Mr. Gary Jones reported on Mr. Alan Carter’s letter received at the last meeting and which she had seen a copy of.  She read out to those present her reply and gave us a copy.  Apparently the main concern in the letter is the amount of water coming down Rocky Road.  Their reasons for changing the drive are because of its steepness and planning permission was obtained. 

Mr. Roger Woods gave a report from Fryers Wharf Committee:-

  They had met Pam Lloyd re grants, etc and agreed to keep in touch.

  Also saw Andrew Blake from the AONB.

  Also Sue Middleton, co-ordinator for Overlooking the Wye but they have no money


  Had contacted all boat owners.

  Contacted Matthew Fox, Welsh Water, but he did not want to see him – sent him

   a letter.

564 Minutes of the meeting of 1st September 2008 were approved and signed. 

565 Planning Applications:  Removal of Condition 9 Barbadoes Cottage. 

566 Approval of Accounts for Payment:

N. Hoskins                                                      £30.00

PlaySafety Ltd                                                            £81.80

Childline                                                         £50.00

AONB Trip (Cllrs Shewell & Saunders)        £18.00

            Ann Webb Clerk’s Expenses                          £40.91

567 Correspondence:

MCC re Recycling, etc – passed to Chairman to make contact. One Voice Wales – Cllr Shewell & Francis will try to go. MCC re  new website – Cllr Francis to test.

Janet Haines re training clerks/members – Clerk to contact her and ask where next course is.  Cllr Shewell proposed Clerk write and accept the bursary and go on a course and also ask on behalf of councillors.   Cllr Saunders seconded.

MCC re Charity Evening – Clerk to write and decline with thanks.

MCC re review of taxi ranks – note changes.

 MCC re Highways Feedback – passed to Cllr Hoskins

MCC re Cabinet Meeting – nothing of interest to us.

MCC re Planning Training – Cllr Francis would like to go on 21st November.  Clerk to ask Cllr Williams if he would like to attend too.

ARCS – filing only.

Local Health Board re AGM – filing, received too late.

CAB re AGM – filing, received too late.

568 Updates from previous meeting:

Cycle Track – Clerk had written to Sustrans but not yet had acknowledgement. Agreed to write again asking them to advise us of current situation.  Cllr Francis reported that he  had had a meeting for Tintern Business Community Development Association and met with Sustrans a couple of weeks ago.  Apparently the whole scheme hinges on being able to construct a bridge across the river opposite Tintern Station and they have £75,000 to spend on this.                       

569 Beaufort Cottage:  Cllr Saunders brought up the poor state of this property which is owned by Cadw.  It was felt that we should ask them to tidy it up.  Cllr Webb felt it would make a good Tourist Information Centre.  Cllr Saunders proposed we write to Cadw and say we are not happy with its condition.  Cllr Hayward seconded.

570 Abbotswood:  At an earlier meeting it had been queried what building works were going on there but we never had a response to our letter to MCC.  Cllr Hoskins proposed we write again and Cllr Saunders seconded.

571 Report from meeting re Fryers Wharf:

Cllrs Shewell, Francis & Hayward went to the meeting.  The Chairman and Vice-Chairman had been told to set up a proper body to look into it which they were doing.

572 South-East Wales Transport Plan:  Cllr Saunders has the paperwork for the last plan. 

573 Condition of over-hanging branches over roads:  Many are over-hanging throughout the village and Cllr Shewell reported that a member of the public had complained about the condition of the road.  The Council are supposed to ask owners to cut back if over-hanging and if they do not will do it themselves and charge the householder accordingly. The exit from Sylvan View is particularly bad.  Cllr Shewell proposed and Cllr Saunders seconded writing to MCC and Cllr Webb suggested addressing it to Mark Watkins as he is supposed to be looking into the matter.  She will remind him.  A meeting with two council members was also suggested by Cllr Shewell (Cllrs. Saunders and Hoskins offered).  Clerk to write letter.

574 Dustbin Lorries in Sylvan View:  Sue Ball had sent a report into the meeting to be read out in her absence, one of which was about insufficient parking in Sylvan View and also inability to turn in the road.  This is mainly because there are too many vehicles parked in Sylvan View.  The small piece of land at the end by the old allotments could be used but would probably be too expensive.  Cllr Hoskins reported that when the old-peoples bungalows were built MCC should have reinstated the road to Roger Woods but this was never done.  Agreed that Clerk write to Monmouthshire Housing Association and ask if they could address the parking problems in SylvanView.

575 Forestry Commission Tree slipping:  Cllr Shewell proposed and Cllr Hoskins seconded that clerk writes to the Forestry Commission (R. Gable) and ask them to remove the felled trees and repair the promenade fence.

576 Rose & Crown Gabion Baskets:  Cllr Saunders reported that these will be fine given time.

577  Pavement Near Brockweir Bridge Subsiding:  Clerk to write to MCC Highways and draw their attention to it.

578 Barbadoes Hill Pond:  There are various concerns regarding the proposals to dig a pond at this property.  Cllr Saunders said that if it is dug in the field this is an SSI and they should be informed.  Cllr Shewell advised that MCC Planning should be advised as if it is of a size large enough to warrant a planning application they should be informed given the sensitive structure of the hillside.  Clerk to write to them.

579 Green Shed at Fryers Wharf:  Cllr Hayward reported that the Vicar had not had a reply to enquiries she had made about who owned the equipment kept in the shed.  TCC own it but don’t know who holds a key.  Clerk to ring Rev. Hill and enquire who holds the key and who is using it.

580 Clerk’s Contract:  To be discussed at end of meeting.

581 Signage for Tintern Church:  Cllr Francis reported that the Wye Valley Hotel are happy for us to put a sign up on their property.  Clerk to write back to Rev.Hill and say that new signage is going to be put at several points throughout the village and the Church will be included in this.  Cllr Shewell said that the Footpaths Officer should maintain the Wye Valley Footpath Notice and clerk to write to Matthew Lewis, Countryside Officer.  Regarding the Brown Tourist Signs – inform Rev. Hill that she should write to Rick Longford regarding this and inform him we will support her.  Clerk also to inform her she should speak to Kate Arnold regarding dog owners responsibilities.  Finally inform her that unfortunately our constitution does not allow us to make specific contributions towards repairs and restoration of the Church but we will help in any other way.

582 Refuse Bins Botany Bay:  Clerk not had a reply to her letter to MCC.  She was asked to write to C. Jones and ask for a response.

583 Reports from outside bodies:

Village Hall – no representative present.

Llandogo School – no representative present.

Friends of Tintern – Cllr Hoskins advised us that there was a meeting that night and we are to expect a letter in response to our request following our last meeting.

Tintern Business Forum – Cllr Saunders attended a meeting and reported that all is very positive.  They are forming a proper association to apply for grants.  Cllr Francis said they had applied for £4000 to cover the cost of signs and maps.

Gloucester Harbour Trustees – Cllr Shewell had received a letter from them and the Clerk was asked to write back to them and notify them that Cllr Francis is the appointed representative and ask for details of the meeting in November.





Reports from Sub-Committees:


Finance – On this committee at present are Cllrs Shewell & Saunders.  Cllr Shewell proposed Cllr Hayward join them and Cllr Hoskins seconded.  They will be meeting again before the next meeting and report back.  Cllr Shewell passed around a provisional assessment of figures to be discussed at the October meeting.  Cllr Webb reported that she had spoken to the Auditor and this was in hand.

Business & Tourism – They have not had a formal meeting but Cllr Francis asked what TCC’s plan is for it.  Cllr Shewell felt that they ought to have another meeting before the TCC’s next meeting.

Survey 2006 – Cllr Hoskins advised that Cllr Floyd had said that the sub-committee had met and having received the information they had perused it.   They are having another meeting to discuss their plan.

Fryers Wharf – Dealt with earlier in agenda under public forum.

584 Any Other Business:  Filing Cabinet – Problems had been encountered having this delivered to the new Clerk.  Cllr Shewell reported that it had been delivered to her house. 

She thanked Mr. Gregory for delivering it.

Sue Ball sent a note with several concerns:-

Items 5 & 6 already discussed earlier in the agenda.

Items 1 & 2 – Cllr Hayward reported that someone is clearing the drains.   Simon Morgan has complained about the drain collapsing.

Clerk to write to Martin Evans, Drainage Officer re Items 1, 2 & 4.

Item 3 – Clerk to write to Forestry Commission and ask them to restore the hillside following logging activities.

585 Date of next Meeting:  Monday 27th October 2008 at 6.30 p.m.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.10 pm.  A private session followed when the new Clerk’s contract was discussed.




There was a very good turn out at the monthly meeting of the Tintern Village Produce Association to hear Ray Flashman’s talk on “Clocks and Time”.  Ray brought along with him several examples of time-keeping and, to ensure he kept within his speaking time, he lit a candle (a very old method of time-keeping), set a large Egg-timer going and also wound up a clockwork timer.  He also brought examples of various watches.  He went on to explain how important clocks were to navigation and showed photographs of various competition winners at the time they first came into use to calculate longitude.


Members of course had many questions following the talk.


The next Tintern VPA meeting will be in the Village Hall on Friday 21st November at 7.30pm. with a talk by Mrs K Jenkins on “Beatrix Potter’s Lake District”.   The competition will be a photograph of “A Garden Feature”.


Any new members will be made very welcome. CB




The speaker who had been booked to talk on “Scrapbooking” at the October meeting unfortunately had to cancel.  So at the last moment Jan Gibbard very kindly gave an illustrated talk on her recent trip to many different places in China.  The members thoroughly enjoyed being transported to another country and Jan was thanked for a very interesting afternoon.  


WI business followed a delicious tea and there was lively discussion on recycling. Several people offered to help with the soup lunch on Wednesday 12th November in Tintern Village Hall. The profits from the November soup lunch will be donated to Tintern Village Hall. Many members helped, serving tea, coffee and biscuits, at the recent Flu Clinic when £88 was raised for the St. David’s Foundation charity.   On Saturday 22nd November members will be baking cakes again for the Christmas Bazaar where we will run a cake stall and serve teas.  The profits from the cake stall and serving teas will be shared between St Michael’s Church in Tintern and Tintern WI. 


The next monthly meeting of Tintern WI will be on Monday 17th November at 2.00pm. in Tintern Village Hall.  We will have an afternoon of Christmas Crafts.  Anyone interested in joining us then will be made very welcome.




It’s been nicked!


Mostly we proceed with a way of life, taking much for granted and, being peaceful and trusting, pass over. Then one day it’s gone. I know it was there, I passed it going to Chepstow, on the right hand side of the road between Reddings Farm and the quarry. I mentioned the loss of this in the village here and there, having to explain in depth what has been nicked, and also reported it to two Tintern Community Councillors.  To date, I’ve had no feedback but I’m sure that one day I will have a reply on this issue. If this was about A-boards and such, County Hall would be snowed under with phone calls, emails or whatever by two Community Councillors.


It was not too long ago when we lost St Mary’s Church so it could happen again. The nicked item is a stone trough, listed at Monmouthshire County Council. If I’ve got my facts right, it was removed from its place during recent work by the Council to put a new storm drain under the A466 main road.


Please contact your Tintern Community Councillors to have this Linenwell trough re-sited – alongside the main road at Upper Linenwell Wood.I have taken action. Please support. Do your bit.


Douggie Hughes,

2 Quayside Bungalows,Tintern, NP16 6SZ

TAP News November 2008


Project Update


The archaeological discussions have finally been resolved with an agreement to dig 4 small trial pits in the leats that TAP propose to use. The first 2 will be commenced in early November. The results of these digs will enable GGAT to make a decision as to whether or not TAP will be allowed to install the pipe along the line of the leat.

The remaining surveys required by the Environment Agency have been completed during October. They are the aquatic invertebrates survey, the crayfish survey and the water vole survey. Reports of the findings will be issued in November.

It is now more than 12 months since TAP started measuring water flow rates. Apart from occasional days in June, July and August, the flow rate has been consistently above the minimum likely to be specified by the Environment Agency. Regular measurements will continue and will be posted on the web page.


The Friday Market Bus – is in danger of being lost through disuse.


The market bus leaves Tintern at 10.00am on Friday mornings.  The bus stop is by the Royal George Hotel on the road to Raglan.  It travels via Pontysysan and then comes down and stops stops on the Trelleck Road close to the Wye Valley Hotel at about 10.30am,  travelling on via Llandogo, Redbrook and Wyesham to arrive in Monmouth at about 11.00am.  The return journey is from Monmouth Bus Station at 1 –1.15pm.  The fare is £1.30 return, children 65p, seniors with a bus pass travel free.


The bus can be requested to stop for people to get on an off – but not on the regular bus route, from Chepstow to Monmouth – small detours can be made just off the main road.


Alice Hallett – 12 Parva Springs


My name is Geoffrey Greenham I am the son of Alice Hallet of Parva Springs. My Father Royston Hallet (Roy) passed away this year, after a long and painful illness. Many people may remember him for the dolls house he built, which I believe was on show in Tintern, My mother Alice Hallet has now unfortunately developed vascular dementia and has had to go in a Nursing Home near Bath to be closer to her family. She wishes to say goodbye and is very sorry and saddened on leaving Tintern and her many friends especially her neighbours Bernard, Christine, Ken and Rita.


There will be an open day on November the 18th to sell the contents of the house, 12 Parva Springs. It would make my Mother very happy if at least some of her memories and possessions remained in Tintern.
Geoff Greenham



Daisy Morgan


I would like to thank everyone who attended My Mum’s funeral - Our Mum’s funeral. And to thank you all for the flowers and donations received (amount not yet know). I was overwhelmed with the amount of cards I received, as were my two brothers Ken and Geoff with those they received.


It’s obvious we are going to miss my mum (our mum) very much.  She was loved very much by all her family and also by a lot of other people.


My mum was well known in the communities of Tintern, Chepstow and surrounding areas. Just today I was asked by one of the girls on the till at Tesco  where’s that lady who is always with you?”


Mum always made the effort to attend all fund raising events in the Village.


Mum loved her bingo. She and her friend Ruby would travel to Newport each Saturday on the bus to play bingo, have lunch and then meet her family afterwards at the Rose and Crown in Tintern.


Daisy enjoyed her life and was very proud of her family.


There are not now many locals/characters left in the Village. So it is my age group that are becoming the ‘characters’.


Can I just say thanks to all my friends that have helped with various things and rallied around.


My mum – our mum – had 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


We have had four deaths in the family within the last 8 months. It is going to be very hard seeing someone else live in my mum’s house, as she had been it for 50 years.


So missed – so loved.  Daisy Morgan.


Sue Ball.


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


3rd November  Tintern WI

17th November            Carole Evans

1st December   Trudy and Nina Phelps

15th December Ann and Barry Richardson

29th December Elspeth and Karen

12th January     Janet, Sue and Barbara



Church Services – United Benefice of Tintern and Llandogo with Whitebrook


St. Michael’s Church, Tintern – Communion 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


Diary - Tintern Events.

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

Wednesday 11th November   Bingo at the Anchor from 7.30pm

Monday 17th November – WI – 2.00pm – Village Hall

Friday 21st November – VPA 7.30pm – 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: Tintern.hall@yahoo.co.uk OR Ring: 07512 856024.


Catbrook Memorial Hall – Events

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). Refreshments provided.  £10 adults.  £7 concession.  Contact Sheila on 01291-689281 if you are interested.
Sunday 9th November at 3 pm - Remembrance Day Service.

Saturday 6th December at 7.30 pm - Festive Wine Evening by Peter and Carole Ayling.
Tuesday/Wednesday 16th or 17th December - The Narth Singers at 7.30 pm (confirmation of which night at Catbrook next month).

21st December - Carol Service.
New Year's Eve Disco/Dance with Sam's Motion Music.

17th January 2009 - Caldicot Male Voice Choir.
Art for Africa Exhibition 2009 will be held the first weekend of July.
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.


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Items for the Newsletter – submission date for December 2008 edition

Items for the Tintern Newsletter can be sent by email to andrew.elspeth@virgin.net or delivered to Wye Barn, 01291 689456 Tintern, and be received by Thursday  27th November 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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