Village news in brief

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Posted 10 July 2019

Tintern Bridge: a definitive response from Gloucestershire County Council

Following enquiries by Monmouthshire County Councillor Ann Webb, GCC's Local Highways Manager, Brian Watkins, has responded with the following statement to her:

"Dear Cllr Webb

Thank you for your email. I can confirm that the bridge is still open for use by pedestrians, it is only vehicles that have been prohibited. Tintern Bridge is I am informed only recorded as a Public Footpath on the Definitive Map. The vehicle rights are private rather than public therefore as the footpath is being kept open a formal notice of closure (legal order) was not required.

With regard to the reasons why we are prohibiting motor vehicles. Gloucestershire County Councils Structures have concluded following a number inspections that in the interests of public safety the bridge was considered to be unsuitable for all vehicles. As I am sure you will appreciate this decision was not taken lightly, however our primary concern is the safety of all users and it was felt that based on the information available that this restriction was now necessary.

I have copied this email to my Structures team who will be able to add any additional technical information.

I will of course send you any updates as soon as I receive them. For info I am hopeful that by the end of this week we will have some new signs attached to the posts to replace the A frame type signs that are currently in place and prone to be moved around.

Regards

Brian Watkins
Local Highways Manager
Area Highways - West"
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Posted 9 July 2019

Tintern Bridge is not closed to pedestrians

Although signs have suggested otherwise, the bridge is NOT closed to pedestrians; only vehicle traffic is prohibited. This has been confirmed to the Clerk to Tintern Community Council by Brian Watkins, Area Highways Manager at Gloucestershire County Council; signs which suggest otherwise will be removed. GCC confirmed separately that a risk assessment was performed following significant damage to the bridge and this resulted in an immediate decision to close it to vehicles.
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Posted 6 July 2019

Lou and Vin of The Filling Station

We are very sorry to hear that Lou and Vin of The Filling Station are having a tough time: Vin has had a complicated recovery from a small operation on his leg and Lou was rushed to hospital last Saturday with a brain haemhorrhage. She is currently at home resting and awaiting further tests. As a result, the café is closed until they know more about how things are working out in the coming weeks.
Here at the Tintern village website, we send our very best wishes to them for full and speedy recoveries. We are sure the village as a whole will feel the same.
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Posted 5 July 2019

Donald Henry Floyd

Martin Everett has prepared some very interesting background about local Tintern landscape artist Donald Floyd. While he is virtually forgotten these days, occasionally one of Floyd's works appears at art auctions, fetching between £400-£1,200. In times past one could see three or four of his oil paintings on display in the reception area of the now defunct Beaufort Hotel in the village.

The Wye Valley has inspired some of Britain’s most creative minds over the centuries. Artistic tributes to its unspoiled beauty have flowed from the likes of Wordsworth and Turner – but none was quite as prolific as Donald Floyd.

You can see more of Donald Floyd's work and read more about him
here.
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To see more about Tintern Fete including the results of the Space Rocket and Photo Competitions, please click here.
Posted 02 July 2019
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Posted 30 May 2019

Updates imminent for Freeview TV signals


Updating the local TV Freeview service is about to happen. See the notice on the left from the Forest Review this week. The Freeview website is suggesting that Tintern postcodes should re-tune after 5 June. This only affects those receiving a TV signal via an aerial.
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Posted 29 May 2019

Monmouthshire Highways concerned by people ignoring closure signs and site security at A466 closure.


The Highways department at Monmouthshire County Council is aware of pedestrians and cyclists in particular ignoring closure signs and site security fencing at the Livox works on the A466 between Tintern and St Arvans.

The department has issued the following statement:

"Work to stabilise the hillside near Tintern along the A466 is underway. Although the road is fully closed and our contractor has taken all practical measures to secure the site we have witnessed increased instances of cyclists and pedestrians ignoring the signage and security arrangements to enter the area. Large plant and machinery operates within the site and until stabilisation netting and anchors are in place there is a danger of falling rock and debris. For their own safety we respectfully ask cyclists and pedestrians to adhere to the road closure signing and site security arrangements."
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Above: Fiona Frank (second from the right) with Trio Arcadia di Roma in Verona
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Happy applause!
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Taking bows in Rome
Posted 19 May 2019

Tintern composer Fiona Frank is to have some of her works premiered in the UK this summer

The Trio Arcadia di Roma premiered Fiona Frank’s piano trio, 'Reflections on Motherhood', in Rome in February this year. Since then, they have performed it in Milan, Mantova, Pisa and Verona before coming to the UK for this 'Concerto Monografico' of her pieces. Her music is passionate and filled with great sweeping melody and appeals to all kinds of music lovers, classical or otherwise. Her influences are wide, including jazz, classical, world, folk idioms etc.  The music takes the listener on a journey and is very visual and poetic.

Trio Arcadia di Roma will perform her two Piano Trios,
'Reflections on Motherhood' and 'One Voice : One Family' as part of a programme exclusively featuring her works in a free lunchtime concert on Saturday 27th July in St Paul's church in Clifton, Bristol, and on Tuesday 30th July at 7pm at St Mary's Church, Monmouth as part of the Monmouth Festival. Donations gratefully accepted for the festival.

The Trio Arcadia di Roma is comprised of Laura Bianco (violin), Francesco Vignanelli (‘cello) and Margherita Sussarellu (piano). They bring great musical intensity and exciting Italian passion to this expressive style of writing. The programme also includes works for violin and piano and 'cello and piano. See also
www.Fiona-Frank.com.

'In Memoriam' for oboe quartet (which was given its world premiere at Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, on the International day marking the Elimination of violence against Women, by the amazing 'Ensemble Trame Sonore' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u4IWc3pcvI) will be part of a programme being toured around Wales by the St Woolos Ensemble in three successive concerts starting with a concert on Saturday July 6th in St Woolos Cathedral, Newport and Saturday 25th August 2019: Ebenezer Chapel, Newport, Pembrokeshire. The players are Huw Griffiths (oboe), Christoph Madler (violin), James Drummond (viola), Sonia Hammond (cello) and Christopher Williams (piano). The concert will also include a selection of Bach’s Goldberg Variations transcribed for String Trio, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet K370, and Mozart’s Piano Quartet No.1 K478.

Dates for your diary! 6th July / 27th July / 30th July / 25th August
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Posted 18 May 2019

These boots are made for planting

Tintern’s Old Station visitor centre will provide a warm welcome to volunteers willing to decorate and plant seeds and flowers in surplus boots and wellies donated to Monmouthshire’s recycling team. The planting session takes place on Tuesday 28th May between 11am and 2pm and the brightly coloured footwear will welcome visitors and hikers including those training for the Macmillan charity’s Mighty Hike fundraising walk scheduled for 7th September. The Old Station nestles beside the River Wye in the heart of the Wye Valley just north of Tintern.

For the full story, please
click here.
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Posted 8 May 2019

Council introduces permits and part-time closures at recycling centres.

Monmouthshire County Council is introducing changes to Household Waste and Recycling Centres. From Saturday June 1st residents will be required to provide proof of residency in the form of a permit to gain entry into all sites. The date also marks the start of part time closures at all HWRC’s.

Every household in Monmouthshire will receive one permit which will be sent along with an information leaflet. The permits will be issued free of charge and are expected to reach residents by June 1st. Residents who do not receive a permit by June 1st are urged to contact 01633 644644 or email Contact@monmouthshire.gov.uk to obtain a permit. A driving licence will be accepted in the interim period.

One permit will be issued per household, the permits are transferable between vehicles where a household has more than one car. If a permit is lost or forgotten a valid driving licence displaying a Monmouthshire address will be accepted by staff.

Meet and greet staff will be present at all sites. Residents are asked to display permits on their windscreen so they are visible to staff when entering the site enabling staff to easily see them and reduce the time a visit takes.

The permits have been introduced in a bid to prevent an influx of waste from neighbouring authorities being placed in the four HWRC across the county which has huge financial implications on the authority. Many neighbouring authorities have introduced similar schemes.

Permits are already in place for Commercial type vehicles and trailers, the new permit must be displayed along with these permits.

Part time closures of Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be implemented from Saturday 1st June.

The following sites will be closed:

· Llanfoist HWRC, closed every Wednesday

· Five Lanes HWRC, closed every Thursday

· Mitchel Troy, closed every Monday and Thursday

· Usk, closed every Tuesdays and Friday

Councillor Bryan Jones Cabinet Member for Operations said, "The changes to Household Waste and Recycling Centres have been implemented to make savings. Part time closures to HWRC’s have been shaped by resident’s feedback during a recent engagement exercise. I hope that residents understand that part time closures are positive and have led to savings being made without any permanent closures. There have been considerable changes to waste and recycling in recent months, I would like to thank residents for their continued cooperation during this process."

More information can be found on the Monmouthshire County Council
website recycling page.
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Posted 6 May 2019

Make sure you have a ticket for the annual Tintern Duck Race!

The annual Tintern Duck Race is not far away and ducks are getting into final training for the big event when they'll swim from Brockweir Bridge to St Michael's Church in Tintern. Make sure you don't miss out on the fun. You can buy tickets at all the outlets shown in the poster.
On the day, you can see the race start at Brockweir Bridge and then follow it along the river through the beautiful meadows, ending up at St Michael's where refreshments will be available on the riverbank.
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Posted 3 May 2019

Temporary timetable for number 69 bus service

To cover the period from 7th May 2019 for a planned seven weeks while the A466 is closed at the Livox Quarry site between Tintern and St Arvans.
Click here to view the Monday to Saturday temporary timetable.
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Posted 1 May 2019

Parva Vineyard news, May 2019

It has been mostly about lambing this month. We started lambing on 25th March and now all the ewes have lambed except one. Most of the lambs are out playing in the fields except for the chosen few which we are showing in our sheep exhibition “Come & See the Lambs”. This has proved extremely popular this year and will be running until 6th May to cover the Bank holiday and give everyone the chance to visit.
The vineyard has taken a bit of a back seat recently but as the vines are now starting to grow, there will be more work to do.
Looking ahead to the end of May, Welsh Wine week will be taking place from Saturday 25th May until Sunday 2nd June. During this week we will be open every day from 11.30am until 5.00pm, offering free vineyard tours and free wine tastings to our visitors with the chance to discuss vine growing with Colin and Judith. There will also be special offers on some of our wines so it will be well worth a visit!
Click here to see the full Vineyard page
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Posted 30 April 2019

Historic silverware at St Michael's Church

For a small and rather unprepossessing Church, St Michael’s is blessed with a nice collection of silver pieces. Four Chalices or goblets for the wine and one Paten or plate for the wafers together with a container for the wafers.
The most recent acquisition is a Chalice embossed with the badge of the Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade, courtesy of Alan Carter who runs the Tintern Brigade. We use this chalice, which is hallmarked 1913, on Family/Brigade Sundays.
The oldest Chalice is a beautiful piece of hammered silver with a hallmark that dates it to 1655, during the Commonwealth. In fact, this was the year that Oliver Cromwell banned Anglican services. Possibly this chalice was given in response to this action.
The three of the pieces are hallmarked to 1813 and were presented to St Michael’s by the Rev’d T Tireman who was the Rector at that time. Two of the pieces are a pair of matching Chalices, the third being a Paten. The Paten is inscribed on the reverse: ‘Presented by the Rev’d T Tireman to the Parish of Tintern Parva’. There are two inscriptions on the front: ‘The Bread which We Break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Christ’; ‘Do This in Remembrance of Me’. What is really intriguing is the provision of two Chalices. Currently, St Michael's can seat about one hundred people. When Rev’d Tireman was Rector, it is unlikely the St Michael’s could have seated fifty people and one wonders why two Chalices were needed.
Finally, we have a box that is used to hold the wafers before they are put on the Paten. The hallmark is 1979 and is inscribed ‘In Loving Memory of my Dear Mother MAUD EMILY DEXTER
When not in use, all these pieces are locked away in the parish chest or strong box. Interestingly this box has the date 1813 embossed on it. Presumably, Rev’d Tireman was concerned for their safety!

Please see the
St Michael's page for more information about this amazing church.
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Posted 15 April 2019

Wye Valley Wellness Centre Open Day

The Wye Valley Wellness Centre comprises Wye Valley Hypnotherapy, Stepwise Podiatry, and Lucy Fear Massage Therapy.
They are opening their doors on
Saturday the 11th of May to enable visitors to meet them and learn of the wide range of therapies on offer.
The Centre is located at Ashweir Lodge which is on the main road through the village, close to Abbey Mill.
Everyone is welcome.
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Posted 11 April 2019

Take a fresh look at Tintern

We'd love to have your take on Tintern by having your entry for a Tintern Photo Competition being organised by the Fete Committee.

A winner will be announced at Tintern Fete on Saturday 29th June.

The aim is to select photographs from the entries for inclusion in a Tintern Village Calendar for 2020.

See the poster for details but if you need any more information please get in touch with Andrew Reid andrew.reid@huntermillerreid.co.uk.
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Posted 24 March 2019

Parva Vineyard news, March 2019

It definitely feels like spring now and with the clocks changing, we will have lighter evenings to get our work done. We have already had some lambs- two sets of twins- and by the time you read this, there will be lots of the little woolly things bouncing about. The next few weeks mean hard work and disturbed nights but it is worth it when you can watch the lambs racing up and down the field and doing lamb leaps!

Click here to see the full Vineyard news for March.
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Posted 21 March 2019

Trading Standards officers issue warning over Council Tax scam

Monmouthshire’s trading standards service is urging residents to remain vigilant after receiving further reports of fraudulent telephone calls from individuals purporting to be from the council tax team. Householders are told they are entitled to a rebate on their council tax bill and the caller then attempts to obtain bank card details.

Please click here for the full story.
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Posted 12 March 2019

A466 road closure 2019

Date changes
Despite the earlier announcement made in February, Monmouthshire County Council now confirms that work at the Livox site (between Tintern and St Arvans) will start on May 7th rather than April 8th. It is assumed that this will last for approximately seven weeks as before. Council sources claim that extended working hours, including weekends, are being allowed and it aims to have the road open before the Tintern Fete being held on Saturday June 29th. A date for work at the Wyndcliffe site is still to be confirmed but it is likely to be delayed until next year.
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Posted 07 March 2019

New massage therapist in Tintern

Lucy Fear has set up her practice at Ashweir Court (near Abbey Mill)

I am an advanced massage therapist offering treatments for a wide variety of conditions and provide free assessment consultations. I welcome men, women and children as clients and home visits can be provided. Please feel free to enquire for further information by calling 07853 251887 or emailing lucyfearmassagetherapy@aol.co.uk

See Lucy Fear's page
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Posted 15 February 2019

Council considers budget changes

From Monmouthshire County Council

Monmouthshire County Council will take a significant step towards setting its budget for next year when Cabinet outlines a recommended budget at its meeting on 20th February, which will then be considered by full Council on 7th March. It has been a difficult process and we have been listening to feedback from residents about our initial proposals since 19th December 2018. As a result, there are some changes that will be put forward.

Read the full story here.
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Posted 15 February 2019

Free training for aspiring entrepreneurs

From Monmouthshire County Council

Free start-up workshops, hosted by Business Wales, are taking place to help people in Monmouthshire who are considering starting or are running their own business.

The workshops cover a variety of topics, including developing a business idea, sourcing finance, business planning, pricing and marketing, and will take place between 9.15am and 4pm on Wednesday, 27th February in Abergavenny’s Youth Centre (Old Hereford Road) and in the Bridges Centre in Monmouth on Thursday, 21st March.

The courses aim to aid budding entrepreneurs to take the plunge and decide whether self-employment is for them. All workshops are designed and delivered by experienced Business Wales advisers and provide an opportunity to ask questions and network with like-minded people.

Melanie Phipps, Business Adviser at Business Wales, said: “Our role as business advisers is to share experience, provide practical advice, support and knowledge to instil confidence among people at the start of their business journey.

“Our fully-funded workshops provide a great starting point for all attendees who want to gain an understanding of the key principles and practical skills required to start and run their own business, so I would encourage everyone in Monmouthshire who is considering self-employment, to come along.”

For more information on venues and to book places, visit
https://wales.business-events.org.uk/, email southwales@businesswales.org.uk or call 01656 868500.
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Posted 15 February 2019

Residents urged to register for garden waste collection

From Monmouthshire County Council

Registration has begun for residents to sign up for the Council’s seasonal garden waste collection and those wishing to use the service must purchase a permit.
One permit provides the weekly collection of the contents of one brown garden waste bag which costs £18 per season with no restriction on the number residents can purchase. Garden waste will only be collected if a permit is visible on the bag.

Weekly garden waste collections begin on Monday 4th March and end on Friday 29th November 2019 - no collections will take place from Monday 2nd December 2019 to 28th February 2020. Residents are urged to register now before March 4th to receive your permit in time for the first collection.

Purchasing a permit is simple and residents are able to register in a variety of ways:
Once registered, residents must allow up to 14 days to receive a permit. Last year’s customers will receive a letter reminding them to renew their registration soon.

Feedback on the service is important, residents are encouraged to have their say via an online survey on the garden waste service which aims to find out what residents would like from the service in the future. To complete the survey visit:
https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/garden-waste
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Posted 14 February 2019

A466 road closure dates for 2019: first phase confirmed

From Tintern Community Council

Monmouthshire County Council have recently completed works at Site 2 (Livox) which have enabled a full survey of the rock face to be carried out to ascertain the extent of the stabilisation works necessary.
With this information, the works on-site are expected to take approximately 7 weeks and the road will therefore be closed for this period week commencing the 8th April 2019.
The road will however be reopened over the Easter Weekend.

Work on Site 1 (Wyndcliffe) will not now take place until September 2019 and it is planned to close the road again week commencing 2nd September for approximately 7-8 weeks. The date and duration of this closure is to be confirmed.
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Posted 12 February 2019
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Posted 7 February 2019

News from Parva Farm Vineyard

It doesn't seem possible that we are already in the second month of 2019 - it only seems a few days ago that we were celebrating New Year!
The weather so far this year has been very kind with plenty of dry days and not too much cold. We have been able to make good progress with pruning and most of the vines seem to be in good condition. We have put eight sheep in the vineyard to tidy up the grass for us and do a bit of manuring to feed the vines.

Read the complete report from Parva Vineyard.
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Posted 5 February 2019

Chepstow Walking Festival 24th - 28th April 2019

This popular festival has now become firmly established on the UK’s walking calendar. Whether you are a seasoned walker or just enjoy a stroll there will be something in the programme that appeals.

See more here.
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Posted 31 January 2019

Tintern Village Quiz Night on 26th January a huge success!

The Tintern Annual Quiz Night was hugely popular and was sold out well before the event. It raised a brilliant £354 towards funding the Tintern Fete being held on Saturday the 29th of June 2019.

The Fete Committee would like to express its grateful thanks to everyone who took part and to The Royal George Hotel for hosting the event and feeding us so enjoyably with its wonderful curries. The event was also fortunate to have the services of Helen Carter and John Livermore who devised the quiz and ran it on the night and of a great team of helpers.

Congratulations to the winning team, the Catbrook Cats!

A further quiz is being held on Saturday the 23rd of March, this time in Llandogo Millennium Hall. More details will be coming soon.
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Posted 26 January 2019

Wye Valley Hotel display of proposed routes and signage for 2019 closure of the A466 road

Following representations from Tintern Community Council, Monmouthshire County Council has made important new proposals for traffic routes and improved road signs to be implemented during the closure of the A466 while remedial works take place between Tintern and St Arvans at the sites currently controlled by traffic lights.

A display has been put up showing the planned routes and signs at The Wye Valley Hotel and may be inspected there during its usual opening hours.

No firm dates have yet been announced for the works but Tintern Community Council hopes to provide further news on this very soon. It is further hoped that a representative from Monmouthshire County Council will attend a public meeting in the village to explain the works in detail.
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Consultation meetings

Llandogo and surrounding area
Monday, 18th February at 6pm - Llandogo Primary School

Trelech and surrounding area
Tuesday, 12th February at 6pm - Trelech Primary School

All areas daytime drop-in session
Thursday, 14th February from 9.30am to 11.30am - County Hall, Usk


Posted 24 January 2019

Monmouthshire County Council is proposing changes to its secondary school catchment areas

Monmouthshire County Council is proposing changes to its secondary school catchment areas and has launched a public consultation programme with a deadline for responses of Friday, 1st March. If agreed, the proposals will affect primary school pupils living in four areas of the county – Goetre, Trelech, Usk and Llandogo - and any changes will be effective from the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

Anyone wishing to respond to the council’s proposals may complete the council’s consultation questionnaire, which is available on its website -
www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/catchmentconsultation - or attend one of the consultation meetings the council has organised in February.

Councillor Richard John, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Children and Young People said “Making a secondary school preference is a really important and emotive decision for parents. Secondary school catchment areas have been largely unchanged since 1996 and there are a number of anomalies. The changes we’re proposing mean that as far as possible, primary and secondary school catchment areas will align meaning peer groups formed in primary school may be less likely to be split up on transition to secondary school. I hope that as many residents as possible will contribute to this consultation by writing or emailing in or attending our public meetings, so we can make an informed decision so catchment areas are fit for the future.”

The consultation report will be published by
Wednesday, 27th March and Monmouthshire’s cabinet will consider the results of consultation and agree how to proceed at its meeting on Wednesday, 3rd April.

Residents with questions on the proposals should email the council’s Access Unit -
accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk – or telephone 01633 644508.
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Posted 19 January 2019

A new edition of the Tintern Business Map is being produced. Make sure you are included and that your entry is up to date.

Tintern Community Council are once again in the process of arranging for an update and reprint of the Tintern Business Map as it has proved to be very popular with businesses and visitors.

If any businesses currently advertising in the map wish to make changes to their details, or if there are any new businesses that would like to be featured, please could they notify Phoenix Maps by
Monday 18th February 2019 with the relevant information.

Their email address is phoenixmap@btinternet.com.
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For more information about Brew Monday and the work of Samaritans please click here.
Posted 17 January 2019

Community hubs to raise vital funds for Samaritans with a welcome cuppa

Three of Monmouthshire’s community hubs will support The Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign with fundraising events on Monday 21st January.

Nearest to Tintern is the event being held at Chepstow Community Hub from 10am to 12noon with tea and cakes, shared reading and board games.

Monmouthshire Councillor Paul Jordan said: “We’re delighted to support The Samaritans in carrying out such valuable work. Over the last 64 years, the charity’s volunteers have helped save countless lives, but as demand for services grows, they need support now more than ever. Money raised will help keep Samaritans phone lines open and volunteers supporting people in need.”
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Contact Richard on 07447 642872 or James on 07449 217551.

Posted 15 January 2019

New local business: Abbey Maintenance Services

This new enterprise undertakes all aspects of maintenance work for homes or businesses.
They will do everything from fitting your bathroom to mending the outside tap, fitting your kitchen to putting up a shelf, rewiring your house or just fixing the outside light.
Also PAT testing is available.
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Revised planning application for development of The Abbey Hotel site


A planning application has been received by Monmouthshire County Council for the development of the Abbey Hotel site and the following planning notice was been posted at relevant positions in the village to notify interested parties. It should be noted this application replaces a previous application issued in 2012 which has now expired.



The brief for the proposed development is to provide a high quality residential development on land south of the hotel. The development will include the construction of four residential dwellings and the conversion of an existing barn.

The application reference is
DM/2018/01912 and full details can be obtained by visiting www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/planning and then "View Planning Applications". The closing date for the submission of comments is 23rd January 2019. For further information It should be noted the Tintern Community Council has already discussed the application and their comments can be found on the MCC website.

Posted 10 January 2019
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Council’s area committees to discuss budget and speed management


Monmouthshire County Council’s area committees are due to meet this month to consider budget consultation and speed management as well as other crucial items. Members of the public are encouraged to attend area committees and they are given the opportunity to discuss matters of interest.

The Lower Wye Area Committee will gather as advertised at 10am on Wednesday 23rd January in Chepstow Leisure Centre.

The four area committees are chaired by Councillor Mat Feakins (Central Monmouthshire), Councillor Maureen Powell (North Monmouthshire), Councillor David Evans (Severnside) and Councillor David Dovey (Lower Wye). In a joint statement they said: “We warmly invite the county’s communities to attend the council’s area committees every three months and raise awareness of local issues while receiving important information as well as providing councillors with valuable feedback.”

The agenda for each committee features on Monmouthshire County Council’s website a week before they are due to take place. Visit:
https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/home/democracy-councillors for further information.

Posted 10 January 2019
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Take care of your pets on New Year's Eve

Just a note of warning. There'll be celebrations going on in Tintern village on New Year's Eve and some fireworks will be in the mix. So, if you have pets please help them to cope with the bangs and flashes. You can go to this ITV page for some great tips.

In the meantime, Friends of Tintern wish you a very Happy New Year.



Friends of Tintern publishes this website and The Tintern News and also produces the monthly Tintern Film Nights.


Posted 30 December 2018
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Posted 18 December 2018
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News from Parva Vineyard

After such a lovely summer, which really suited the vines, we had a very large crop of grapes to pick. The grapes were ripe earlier than usual and we had beautiful weather for the harvest which made it a pleasant (though tiring) task.

We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who helped with picking the nearly nine tonnes of grapes. This is the third largest crop we have had in the twenty two years we have been at Parva Farm.

For more on this story, please
click here.


Posted 29 November 2018
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Vacancy announced for Community Councillor

A casual vacancy has arisen for a Councillor for Tintern Community Council to represent Trellech Grange Ward. The vacancy is to be filled by either election (through the request of at least ten electors) or by co-option.

You can view the official notice from the Returning Officer for Monmouth on the Tintern Community Council's
page on this site or at the Tintern Community Council website.

The deadline date for requesting an election is 21st November 2018.


Posted 31 October 2018
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The date for the 2019 Tintern Fete has been confirmed. Anyone interested in having a stall can contact Helen Carter at helencarter2006@yahoo.co.uk. Music and other entertainment providers can contact Terina Jones at terina.jones@gmail.com. Interested food outlets should contact Vivien Richards at vivien.richards@yahoo.co.uk.

Posted 25 October 2018
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Monmouthshire parents advised to meet 30th November deadline to apply for secondary school places

Monmouthshire County Council is alerting parents and guardians of children due to start secondary education next September that the closing date to apply for school places is looming.

Children attending Year 6 at primary school will transfer to a secondary school in September 2019, and parents are urged to complete their applications before the 30th November closing date. This will give them the best chance of ensuring that their child attends their preferred school.

Parents resident in Monmouthshire must apply to the council even if their preferred school lies outside the county’s borders (excluding schools in Newport where applications are to be made directly to the city council).

Parents may apply using the council’s online application system. For more information, visit:
www.monmouthshire.gov.uk Alternatively, parents may request an application pack by telephoning the council’s admissions team on 01633 644508 or emailing: accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk

The completion of an application form expressing written preference for a school is a legal necessity set out in the School Admissions Code of Practice. In addition, while each school within the county serves a specific catchment area, parents or guardians can not assume that their children will automatically gain entry. Parents who submit application forms by the deadline on 30th November 2018 will be informed which school their child will attend no later than 1st March 2019.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for schools and learning, Councillor Richard John said: “It’s vital that parents apply for school places on time. Applications not submitted by the deadline will be considered after those received on time, meaning parents who apply late may be less likely to secure a place at their preferred school - even if they have other children already in the school. I would urge parents to apply as soon as possible.”

Contact the School and Student Access Unit on 01633 644508 or email accesstolearning@monmouthshire.gov.uk for further information.


Posted 10 October 2018
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Recycle Week: This is the year Monmouthshire said ‘We Do!’


Pictured, Bryan Jones, MCC Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste

Monmouthshire can shout loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Recycle for Wales is celebrating Wales being the third best recycling nation in the world. Monmouthshire’s recycling rate is holding steady at 68%.

For the 15th annual Recycle Week (24-30 September), Recycle for Wales is celebrating how far we’ve come in increasing our recycling rates and ranking among the top three nations in the world. With a recycling rate of 64%, our next target is to reach 70% as soon as possible and we can achieve this by encouraging residents to make sure they’re recycling all they can from all around the home.

Why? Because Monmouthshire DOES recycle. Because it matters.

Getting recycling right

As a nation we are recycling more than ever before, but it’s important that we get it right. Almost half (49%) put at least one item in the general rubbish bin that could be recycled.

This Recycle Week we’re encouraging all residents to do that little bit more to help Wales become the number one recycling nation in the world.



Here are some top tips for recycling in Monmouthshire:

  • Recycle batteries, rather than putting them in with household waste. There are collection boxes for batteries at all HWRC sites, at MCC community hubs, at schools and at electrical shops. If batteries are placed with household waste, they will be incinerated, and this process can cause explosions and costly damage to the energy from waste facility.
  • Recycle emulsion and gloss paint. Household paints can be recycled at all of Monmouthshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres
  • Recycle small electrical items such as toasters, phones, mini speakers, and hair dryers. Take them to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
  • Food waste is collected every week in Monmouthshire and is recycled. From December the food recycling process will generate electricity at our new biodigester plant. We need more local people to join the food recycling revolution as it reduces the smell of the household bin as well as being greener.
  • Recycle paper and card into red bags and plastics, cans and glass into purple bags.

Residents sometimes wonder why all the bags are then loaded into the back of the same lorry and compressed together. Paper and card is of higher value when it is kept separate from other materials. Concerns are sometimes raised that the bags break open when they are compressed in the back of the lorry. The compression is done carefully to make sure there is enough space on the lorry to collect everyone’s recyclables, and the materials are not damaged by this treatment.
Next spring collections will utilise new lorries, materials will be kept separate. This is hoped to encourage even more people to recycle and gain increased confidence in the recycling process.

Unsure about how to recycle a specific item? Recycle for Wales’s Recycling Locator can show you exactly what needs to go in the recycling bin where you live.

Recycle. Monmouth does. Because it matters.

What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally-friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

Catrin Palfrey, campaign manager for Recycle for Wales, said: “Increasingly people in Wales are recycling all they can from all around the home and our world rankings reflect this. Here in Monmouthshire it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so thank you for doing all you can and keep up the good work! Together we can help get Wales to number one.”

Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste Bryan Jones said “Monmouthshire people are brilliant at recycling, and we are consistently in the top 3 counties of Wales for our recycling rates. There are always more materials that we could recycle more of – especially food. We have some big changes coming up for our recycling service. In the spring our new recycling lorries will be on the road, keeping the materials that local people carefully sort more separated, increasing their value and recyclability.”

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit
www.recycleforwales.org.uk


Posted 25 September 2018
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Superb Turnout for the Macmillan Wye Valley Mighty Hike on 4th August 2018

On a very hot August Saturday, intrepid walkers of all ages and abilities took up the challenge of walking 26 miles along the Wye Valley between Monmouth and Chepstow to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust. Out of over 850 starters, 708 walkers reached the finishing line with smiles on their faces despite aching limbs. Well done to all the walkers (including those who didn't quite make it to the end) and the to all the people making donations to this very worthy cause. It is forecast that several hundred thousand of pounds will have been raised.

You can find out more about the work of Macmillan Cancer Support here.

Posted 6 August 2018
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New homes coming to Tintern

Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) are proud to be building three much needed affordable homes for social rent in Tintern. The houses, which will consist of two 2bed and one 3bed family homes, will be located in the Angiddy Valley.
Every effort was made to ensure the design of the new homes matched the surrounding properties and blended in with the local area. After winning the tender to build the new homes, contractors Kingfisher Developments (Wales) Ltd started on site in May. The properties have started to take shape, with groundworks will be completed in the next few weeks. It is hoped the 3 homes will be completed by February 2019.
As part of the development contractors Kingfisher have installed a permanent noticeboard, so the local community can keep to date with the latest updates about the development.
MHA is committed to keeping those in the communities we work in up to date with what we are doing. If you have any questions please contact Development Surveyor, Katie Knill on 0345 677 2277.

Interested?
Interested in renting one of these three new homes? Don’t miss out on your chance to apply when bidding opens. Register your interest with Monmouthshire Homesearch.
As a rural exception site, anyone interested in renting one of the new homes will need to have a local connection to the area.
For more information visit
http://www.monmouthshire homesearch.co.uk/choice/home.aspx.
Alternatively call 0345 900 2956 to speak to the friendly Homesearch team.

Posted 30 July 2018
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White Monk expands provisions range

The White Monk Gift and Tea Shop has expanded to include further provisions for Tintern Village. They have installed a larger fridge and is now stocking staples such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs, orange juice, bacon and sausages.
This is a welcome service to the village, since otherwise you have to travel further afield when you run out of the basics.
The White Monk is welcoming suggestions for other items that we would like to see stocked.
For more about the White Monk caf
é and gift shop please click here.

Posted 30 July 2018
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Duck Race Winners

The annual Tintern Duck Race took place on Sunday 3rd June and despite a delay caused by one of the supporting canoes capsizing (the canoeist was somewhat wet but otherwise OK), the ducks were successfully launched from Brockweir bridge. Onlookers were able to follow the plucky ducks all the way along the river bank in superb weather conditions to the finishing line at St Michael's church where refreshments were served by the fete committee. Proceeds go towards the cost of running the Tintern Fete being held on Saturday, 30th June 2018.

Congratulations to Richard Jackson on winning the top prize of £100 and to our other prizewinners, William Noble and Deborah Stock. And, of course, massive thanks to everyone who took part.


Posted 04 June 2018
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Follow-up to the Wye Valley River Festival's Museum of the Moon in Tintern

Tintern was host to the dramatic Museum of the Moon during the recent River Festival and the Tintern Festivals Association has made a compilation of the poetry read during the 'Meditations on the Moon' event at the Abbey.

Click here to see the poetry compilation.

Posted 01 June 2018
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Tintern War Memorial proposal. Is anyone interested?

Tintern resident and Community Councillor Alan Hillard is putting forward the idea of Tintern having its own war memorial and is seeking opinion and ideas from other villagers. Alan has proposed the following:

I know there is no Tintern War Memorial, but in this hundredth year since the end of hostilities of the Great War, then perhaps Tintern should do its bit in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I would like to see a large piece of Forest sandstone erected in St Michael’s Churchyard, featuring the names of those we wish to remember engraved on a Brass plate.

We should also have a ‘Virtual Memorial’ on the village website where we can tell the stories of those we remember.

I am not a Tintern ‘Local’ and so do not have that fund of knowledge that comes with being born here. However I do think that Tintern should remember those who laid down their lives and I would be grateful to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping me further the idea of a War Memorial or who can add to the stories that they know about those who made the supreme sacrifice.

If any one has other ideas on this subject please let me know.


Alan Hillard can be contact by email at
alan.hillard@gmail.com

Posted 16 May 2018
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The Wye Valley River Festival comes to Tintern, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May

From 5th to 20th May 2018, the Wye Valley River Festival is returning and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Two weeks of arts, entertainment, wonder and spectacle will be flowing through the riverside towns and villages of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as artists and communities celebrate the river and its wonderful woodlands.

Tintern is playing a major part in the programme, including displaying the Museum of the Moon which is a unique and amazing lunar art installation by international artist Luke Jerram. As night falls, a 7-metre wide fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, suspended high in the ruins of Tintern Abbey, will be illuminated, accompanied by a surround sound composition from BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Using imagery from NASA, each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

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The Museum of the Moon will be presented at the iconic Tintern Abbey, in partnership with Cadw, between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th May 2018.

Other Festival events in Tintern include:

Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm, A Moon Talk presented by the Tintern Philosophy Circle in Tintern Village Hall prior to visiting the Museum of the Moon at Tintern Abbey.

Wednesday 16th May, Pilgrimage Walks to the 'Moon'. Choice of 3 walks from the Kymin (11 miles), Chepstow (6 miles) and Brockweir (2 miles) all starting from the Forge Road car park with transport to the starting points. ( for timings refer to Events section)

Thursday 17th May 7.30pm, Passing the Baton. Live music and theatre in the Abbey.

Friday 18th May, 6.30 to 10pm, Picnic night in the Abbey. Join the community of Tintern to celebrate the Museum of the Moon. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Sunday 20th May 7pm onwards, Moon Bathing in the Abbey. A guided meditation with poetry readings.

Please click here to see details of all that is happening in Tintern. You can visit the River Festival website to get news on what is happening across the whole Festival.

Posted 13 April 2018
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ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING, ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH

NOTICE OF MEETING
THE ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING of the Parish will be held on Tuesday, 8th May, 2018 at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start in St. Michael’s Church. This meeting will be Chaired by the Reverend David McGladdery, Area Dean of Monmouth.

NOTE:
All lay people whose names are on the Electoral Roll of the Parish are entitled to speak and vote and are strongly urged to attend the Meeting.


Posted 21 April 2018
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Lower Wye Area Committee Meeting

As part of its widening of democratic participation, Monmouthshire County Council is holding a meeting at Chepstow Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 10.00am.

Of special interest to Tintern residents, Included in the Agenda is: A466 St Arvans to Tintern - the present and the future. The impact of the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls will also be discussed.


A full agenda is available here from the Monmouthshire County Council website.

Posted 21 April 2018
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The Christening of Alice Kay Carter

A family gathering together with a great number of friends at Tintern Village Hall following the Christening of Alice Kay at St Michael's Church, Tintern. A fantastic food spread was put on and there was a very beautiful baby to admire. Congratulations to the proud parents, Rhiannon Haf and Joe Carter.
Posted 8 April 2018
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The Tintern News

Pop over here to read the latest issue of The Tintern News so that you don't miss anything affecting the village.
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Friends of Tintern is selling its Ricoh MP4000 Photocopier with Booklet Maker. £250.00 or near offer.

Friends of Tintern are disposing of their photocopier. It was used regularly up to one month ago to produce the Tintern News. Now that production has passed to a commercial printer, there is available this Ricoh MP4000 Mono Copier plus integrated Booklet Maker. It copies 40 pages a minute and is in perfect working order, having been maintained from new by the supplier. Buyer to collect. Contact Allan Reid allanreid8@btinternet.com.

Posted 7 April 2018
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The Royal George has changed hands

The Royal George Hotel, Tintern is now owned and managed by Harriet Babbage and Richard Secular who until recently had the stylish BroadRock B&B in Woodcroft, near Chepstow.

The Royal George has a temporary web page
here and much more detail on its new food offering and plans for the future will appear there and on its page on this site in due course.

Posted 31 March 2018
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A466 to reopen on Thursday 29th March 2018

County Councillor Ann Webb has emailed to say the road between Tintern and St Arvans should be open on Thursday 29th March with traffic-light control.

Tintern Community Council has commented further:

"Following the recent temporary closure of the A466 by MCC, we have been notified that the road will be open again by Easter, but will probably be operated with temporary traffic lights. We understand that there will be a further road closure later in the year to finish essential work at the sites.

We realise that residents have been unhappy about the recent closure and inadequate signage of diversions. If you have any suggestions how future closures can be more effectively implemented or any specific issues you wish to raise please contact us in time for our meeting on the 30th April."

Posted 28th March 2018
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Special Easter services at St Michael's Church, Tintern. For details, please click here.
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Seen outside the village hall

The incredible creature Maisy, found wandering outside the village hall on Wednesday 21st March with her friends Kim (left) and Illy. They're getting ready for their Easter weekend at Raglan Castle. You can find out more about Maisy and her friends on the Los Kaos website.

Posted 21st March 2018
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2018 Tintern Fete news

They’re Back!
Yes, the fabulous Rock Choir, who were such a hit last year with their sparkling musical programme and wonderful voices have been signed up to open the fete again this year. The only difference - we will get to hear more of them. They will be singing for three sessions throughout the afternoon instead of two. You can never have too much of a good thing!

Take a look at what's coming up at Tintern Fete
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CADW is changing local resident passes.
Local resident Pass holders will need to exchange them for Cadw Monument Passes.
See details on the Cadw website.