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Well thatís the Jubilee year over then and what a great year for the community of Tintern.

You will remember my earlier web report when I mentioned that money raised from the Jubilee celebrations, after expenses, was to be used, in part , to buy Christmas Street Lighting for the village. This was done and a total of eight lights were purchased, and included Snowflakes, Santa in the Moon, and Doves of Peace. On top of this a local business also purchased two additional lights and eight people have agreed to sponsor lights in time for Christmas 2003.

Following the untiring help received from Roger Joy, Monmouthshire County Council Lighting Department, the lights were officially turned on by Dr Elizabeth Colter, who worked her magic and as the lights went on produced Father Christmas much to the delight of the many children present.
After he had distributed his presents he joined us all in enjoying the hot mince pies and mulled wine provided by Alan and Barbara Butt of the Anchor Hotel.

Thanks then to the hardworking folk on the Christmas Lights Committee who through their hard work have given so much pleasure to the community and visitors of and to Tintern. Also our thanks to those business establishments who joined in the Christmas spirit and made such an impact with the lighting displays on their respective premises.

Hereís looking forward to Christmas 2003 when with more lights and more involvement from the community we look forward to welcoming you to Tintern for the Christmas break.


The Sound, Light and Fire Spectacular "Echoes in the Stones" is being repeated this summer. For information see their website at

The Living Philosophy Circle now has its own web pages on this site.


I am organising craft fairs again this year at The Anchor in Tintern. The dates are:
March 30th,
April 13th, 20th & 27th
May 11th & 25th
June 18th & 22nd
July 13th & 27th
August 3rd & 24th
September 14th & 28th
October 5th, 12th & 19th
Bookings/enquiries contact
Pat Mason 01454 418821


The W.I. lunches at the Village Hall are scheduled for the following Wednesday dates at 12:30 :
12 February
5 March
2 April
7 May
4 June
3 September
1 October
5 November
3 December


I'm giving a talk at the Bristol Evening Post Literary Lunch on Friday, March 14th at Jury's Hotel, Bristol, 12 noon for 12.30 along with Pete McCarthy (McCarthy's Bar) and Sarah Harrison. Tickets are £23 for a three course lunch and also includes a £2 off voucher off my latest book which will be available on the day, although it is not scheduled for publication until April 1st.

Penny For Tomorrow cover
Penny For Tomorrow
Jeannie Johnson's sparkling prequel, The Rest of our Lives, introduced our three heroines. The post-war years bring these very different women just as many disappointments, dreams and triumphs. It's Coronation Year, 1953, a new beginning. Like many cities, Bristol is patching itself up after the war, refugees who fought for the allies are seeking sanctuary in Britain. Charlotte tries to forget her wartime love and accept the shortcomings of her marriage. Edna has three beautiful children and will do anything to protect her brood but hasn't allowed for the effect of a deadly, twentieth-century disease. Polly still hopes for an easier, more glamorous life, but with her irrespressible young daughter and her charming tricky husband, will things improve?

Published by Orion and available from

I'm also running a workshop and giving talks on writing the novel at Winchester Conference, King Alfreds College, Winchester, 27th-29th June. Details from Barbara Large, 01962 712307 or

Cheers, Jean Goodhind


echoes in the stones
ECHOES IN THE STONES The popular spectacular returns to Tintern Abbey again this year for a showing over three weeks, as last time.

The event will run from July 17th to 2nd August 2003 and will include a pre-show "Medieval Fair" with fun and food stalls provided by local people.

Auditions for cast members are to be held on the 1st of March 2003 at the Anchor Hotel, Tintern commencing at 4:00pm. If you are unable to attend but wish to participate, contact Mr Ned Hayward on 01291 624836.

It is hoped that the residents of Tintern and their friends will once again support this spectacular and enjoy what again promises to be an excellent and memorable experience.


My name is Neville Roberts and I have been involved in researching my family history. I find that my father and grandfather were born in Cinderford but that there ancestors were born in the parishes of Chapel Hill, Tintern and Trellech Grange. Babs Hempstead of the Llanishen Village News kindly looked up 1861 and 1871 census records for me and I have now added 'Bowen' and 'Drew' ancestors as well as 'Roberts'. The Roberts family certainly lived in one of the cottages at 'The Old Forge', Pontysaison Road between 1841 and 1871. The children were baptised in Chapel Hill (St Andrews ?) and Trellech Grange.

Does anyone in Tintern have any connections to any of these families ? If so please contact me and we can exchange data. Does the Old Forge group of cottages still exist ?

Can anyone help me to source new, second hand or even photocopies of the following books:
Tales of the Llanishen Parishes by Joyce Edmonds,
The Story of Trelleck Grange by David H Williams,
Tintern History by Judith Russell

I now live in Guernsey, Channel Isles, so any information would be truly appreciated as obviously my ability to visit the area is limited.
My e-mail address is '' and my postal address is 'Le Hamel, La Rue du Hamel, Saint Saviours, Guernsey, GY7 9XA. You can also contact me by phone on 01481 265704.

Many thanks for the website which provides me with an ongoing interest in Tintern and the surrounding area.

Kind regards,


The Anchor Inn has a new brochure added to the site


New Local artist goes public!

Martin Bush has lived in Tintern for over 4 years and in that time has been producing and selling his abstract paintings to clients all over the UK and the USA.

Martin has now found somewhere to exhibit locally, and wishes to invite you to his new Studio/Gallery at the Abbey Lodge (formally known as "Imagination") next to the Royal George Hotel.

The Gallery is now open most Weekends and on some Fridays from 12 noon until 5'ish during the summer months. The door will also be open as often as possible during the week.

There is also a selection of paintings of the Abbey in an abstract form.

Tel 07703 231150
E-mail :

A selection of Martin's work has been added to the Artists Gallery Pages.


On the 4th July, there will be an American themed meal held in the Village Hall - no details available yet.
On the 5th July, there will be a Village Fete held on the Sports Field to raise funds for the hall and Christmas lights.


The Spring issue of the Parish News is available


Congratulations to the Abbey Mill at Tintern. They have won the Rural Retailer Award for 2003 from ngb2b, The Newport and Gwent Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This award only comes after several unannounced visits to the site. The congratulations go to all staff on the site.


CAR BOOT SALES at the Anchor, Tintern

Car boot sales will be held on the following dates :

Sunday 20th April
Monday 21st April

Sunday 4th May
Monday 5th May
Sunday 11th May
Sunday 25th May

Sunday 1st June
Sunday 22nd June

Sunday 6th July
Sunday 27th July

Sunday 24th August
Monday 25th August
Sunday 31st August

Sunday 7th September
Sunday 14th September
Sunday 21st September

All these dates are weather permitting and may be cancelled if the field is too wet.

Cars : £5.00
Vans or double spaces taken : £10.00
tel : 01291 689207

The VPA AGM minutes are now available in the 2003 VPA Archive


On Saturday 29 March 2003, I had the privilege of Blessing the marriage of an American couple at Tintern Abbey. Afterwards we shared a meal at the Abbey Hotel. I should like to say that I am extremely grateful to the staff at the Abbey, as well as the those at the Abbey Hotel for their contribution to this special day.
This was my first Wedding Blessing, and if I am asked to recommend a site in future, Tintern will certainly be at the top of my list. The surroundings were idyllic, the weather perfect - and I know that my children want to visit again soon.

Thank you to both sets of people for all their help, and patience to make this a day to remember for all concerned. There are some excellent photographs making their way back to the United States, and I know that they will not be hidden away.

Many thanks to Tintern.



Tintern artist, Jane Rhodes, is currently exhibiting her work at "The Contemporary Craftsman, 19 Church Street, Monmouth, NP25 3BX, Tel : 01600 714527". Jane's exhibition continues until the 19th April 2003.
Jane also has a web site at


Local Professor of Philosophy, Ray Billington, invites you to six lectures on Understanding the Bible as viewed by Biblical Scholars. Who wrote it? Who chose it? Which translation is correct? Is it history or myth? What difference have the Dead Sea Scrolls made to our interpretation of the Bible?

The lectures start on May 1st, 2:00pm to 4:00pm at The Lyceum, Springfield, Tintern. The cost is £30, cheques payable to Living Philosophy. For more information ring (01291) 689928.


Now is the time to come and see the Wye Valley bluebells at their best


Roger Jones has sent in a super picture of the pupils at Tintern School in the early 1950s, around 1951/52. It has been entered onto the Memories of Tintern - the 1950s page


The following pictures were sent in by Carolyn Limbrick. They were taken in Chapel Lane on the 4th May

Garlic and Cobbles

Thanks Carolyn


Sheila Black has sent in a picture of the Tintern School Leavers of 1950. This is available on the Memories of Tintern - the 1950s page


We are still busy with roadworks on most of the roads in the village.

Water mains renewal at Park Glade

Water mains renewal at Parva Springs

The road surfacing through the village completed today with the white lines added (however we are still "missing" our double yellows

New fencing along Trellech Road


The Summer Edition of the Parish News is available. Pictures of the wooden sculptures at the Station are included.


Please could you place an advert on the Tintern notice board as I am looking for information as to tracing my ancestors.
My name Shane Morgan and I am researching my family history. I myself, my father (Bryan Eric Lloyd Morgan), grandparents (William Eric Rowlands Morgan & Ceridwen) and great grandparents (William Morgan & Edith Elizabeth Ann Rowlands) all used to live in Llandogo, but I am having trouble tracing my great great grandparents (Samuel & ?). I know that William was born June 15 1883 in Trelleck and the family moved to Tintern Parva where William worked as a wood turner at Abbey Mill, as my father remembers watching him at work.
On the 1901 Census there is a William Morgan (Wood Turner) age 18/19 with a brother also a wood turner and their father is stated as Samuel, but Dad cannot recollect if our William had brothers or sisters.
We are also related to the Rowland/Rowlands of Trelleck/Cleddon.
If anyone has any information that they could share with me, it would be most appreciated.

I can be contacted on 01386 550244 or my home address is:-
67 Farleigh Road
Worc's WR10 1JZ

Best Regards
Shane Morgan


26 June 2003

The Post Office in Abbey Mill was closed without notice on Wednesday 25th June 2003. Post Offices are available in Chepstow, Trellech, Redbrook and Monmouth.

1 July 2003

The STUDIO GALLERY Abbey Lodge Tintern 1 ( Next to the Royal George Hotel) is NOW OPEN
Here are some shots of what the New Gallery in Tintern has to offer
All ORIGINAL Abstracts paintings
Impressions of Tintern Abbey
Abstract and impressionist photography

Mon-Thurs-Fri 11am to 4.00pm
Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
All other times please call and we will open for you
Martin 07703 231150

7 July 2003

The Summer Fete was held on the 5th July, some pictures are now available on the Memories page

7 July 2003

I have been asked by Pastor Vladamir Feldman, currently a Baptist Minister in Belarus, if we could try and trace a friend of his called David John, who used to live in Llandogo. I believe they studied/trained together. David John might be around 50 or so.
It would be marvellous to hear from anyone who has any information relating to David John. My tel no 01291 690187.

Many thanks, Jane Lindsay,

19 July 2003

Have you checked your garden for glow worms lately? We have our first glow worm for over ten years in our garden in Parva Springs at the moment. She (and it's the ladies who glow) switches on about ten-thirty in the evening and is as bright as a little blue/green LED. We have seen her for the last four nights.

The official glow worm web site gives Barbadoes Hill as one of the glow worm sites in South Wales, although the last reported sighting was in 1968.

27 July 2003

As my maiden name was Madgett, I was very interested in reading the article by David Ford on Tintern Abbey. As a child I remember passing the Madgett Farm in the area and always wondered if we had a connection.

Could any of your readers give me any more information of the name of Madgett and perhaps how the farm was named.

Many thanks Patricia Ray

12 August 2003

Have uploaded a web site with a link to the Tintern Village Site.
Am working on another site ( Not on line yet) which will outline the Workshops that I am staging at the Anchor.
My workshops are aimed at getting people who have never painted before to complete a 20 x 16 canvas with a painting that they take home, ready to frame during the course of 1 day (10am - 4.00 PM) All equipment and materials are included in an all fee of £35.
It gives the opportunity of experiencing 'The Joy of Painting' without the initial outlay.
Future workshop dates
Anchor Hotel Sat 23rd Aug Full
Anchor Hotel Fri 26th Sept Vacancies
Anchor Hotel Sun 26th Oct Vacancies
Anchor Hotel Sun 16th Nov
Artists Corner Demo Sat 13th Sept
Artists Corner Sun 28th Sept Vacancies
Demos booked for the Leisure Centre Women's Group Chepstow, St Mary's Church Group Caldicot and in store at the Range Newport.
The Newport Branch of the Society of Amateur Artists have also booked a demo evening.
If any local organisations would like a demonstration please contact Peter 01291 689968
Only a nominal out of pocket expense is charged, waived if a workshop results.
Please contact me if further info is required, i.e. pictures or advertising material
Peter Lawrence

28 August 2003


Monow Maids

Friendly, reliable and efficient service for all your domestic needs.
Give Marie a call on 01600 775497 (answer machine on if I can't take your call and I'll get back to you asap).

18 September 2003



Hi John
Would you consider putting a link to us on your site. We provide a laundry and ironing service with free collection and delivery from/to customers homes or places of work. We operate out of Caldicot and serve all of the Wye Valley. Our details are as follows :

NAME : Ironing Sucks !

TEL : 01291 430046
FAX : 01291 430047
ADDRESS : Unit 7b, Old Pill Farm Industrial Estate, Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

DESCRIPTION : We provide a high quality laundry and ironing service with free collection and delivery from/to your home or place of work. Collection and delivery times to suit you. 48 hour turnaround is standard with a 24 hour priority service available on request.

Many thanks
Justin Cole

18 September 2003

I am organising a Bridal Fayre in Monmouth on 5th October at Drybridge House.

Amanda Lillie
Perfect Daze
16a Moor Street
Monmouthshire, NP16 5DB
01291 620088

8th November 2003 studio gallery Abbey Lodge Tintern

Come and see our latest work in our November Exhibition
Showing works by Martin Bush, Irene Rogan and Photography by Mansel Davies

The Gallery is open by your call.
Call Martin on Tel 07703 231150