1) JAZZ SCENE
Jazz was most certainly alive and well when Round The Horn played last week at the Rose and Crown. "Good-time jazz and swing for every occasion" says their publicity - and it sure is!
The band's originator, trumpeter Roy Davies, is well known on the local jazz scene. Does the title of the group give away his vintage as both he and I were devotees of that wonderful radio series?
The front line consists of Roy, with Norman on tenor sax and clarinet and unusually, jazz violin in Felix's more than capable hands. Add a rhythm section of Vic on guitar, Jay "the hat" on bass and the evergreen Mac Cambray on drums, and you have a recipe for some wonderful jazz.
A large and appreciative audience wallowed in nostalgia with some real old swing standards and were entertained by not only Roy's vocals and musicianship but a dry, witty commentary between numbers.
What happened to nights like this? They are far too infrequent. No one wanted the evening to end but when it did, a thundering version of Watermelon Man brought an unforgettable time to a close, and a broad smile to the face of landlord Dave Stafford who has worked hard to bring live music to the village.
Let's have some more, Dave.
2) WILD WELSH WOMEN
The Moon and Sixpence put on a celebration St David's day evening with the folk group Wild Welsh Women playing.
The group are all well-known names on the Welsh folk music scene. Rob and Rozi Morris are joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Tamzin and Matt Powell, bass player John Atrec and renowned Welsh fiddle player Sian Phillips.
The music is about the traditions and history of South Wales and will be filmed as part of a documentary on the group which will be shown on television later this year.
They will also represent Wales at this year's World Celtic Connections Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
3) QUIZ LEAGUE
The quaintly named quiz on the hill league competition involves most of the pubs between Tintern and Trellech. The Cherry Tree is currently keeping the village's flag flying, sharing top place with the Carpenter's Arms at Llanishen, both having won 10 out of 12 games.
The Fountain lies in fifth place, having won half of theirs, with the Anchor currently seventh. The Rose and Crown are a gallant last but, it has to be said, they are in their first season in the league and say that so far they are thoroughly enjoying it.
4) NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
After being in existence for one year, the rural area committee of the Neighbourhood Watches held its first annual meeting at Itton Village Hall with around fifteen people attending. Tony Parsons from Tintern is the Chairman of the Committee.
Help is needed with computer skills, press and publicity, administration and other areas. In Tintern we have the following groups ; Park Glade, Main Road, Abbey,and Angiddy.
5) RUGBY LAMENT
On the day the Wales played England in the Six Nations Rugby Tournament, this border village was split in its support. Those English! Talk about magnanimous in victory. Ex-Gloucester Player, Alan Butt from the Anchor went to the expense of ringing all over the village from America just so that I could listen to an alcoholic version of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" from Florida.
On top of that our friendly local shopkeeper, Stan had written 46-12 RIP Grantley on his shop notice board for the whole world to see.
6) RUGBY REUNION
It was a pleasure to bump into Alec Lewis in a local hostelry recently. Alec, who played rugby for England in the 50s, and had the temerity to score a try against Wales, used to live in the village and enjoys meeting old friends.
Sadly he has recently lost his wife, but talked warmly of the friends they had shared through his rugby career and connections.
Despite the fact that he couldn't help mentioning the recent international results, it was great to see him in Tintern again.
edited somewhat from Grantley James Diary. Thank you Grantley