Noticeboard 2004

The Tintern Village Website

The Tintern Village Website

Return to Noticeboard Menu

3 Jan 2004

Snow Scene, 3 Jan 2004

The first fall of light snow for Winter 2004

13 Jan 2004

  • Local artist Alan Boast has now opened his own website. You can view his painting and sculpure on

25 Jan 2004

  • Peter Lawrence now has a completely revised website at featuring workshops for complete beginners and the more advanced, in the Bob Ross wet on wet oil painting technique.

27 Jan 2004

30 Jan 2004

    He has also supplied a picture of Tintern Abbey for use on the site

3 Feb 2004

ART EXHIBITION Thursday 12th Feb 7pm - 9.30pm
Exhibition is on from Feb to 7 March 2004
The exhibition is at The Forest of Dean Heritage Museum in Soudley, Forest of Dean.
The Organiser is Sue Dobois of


My Tintern Studio Gallery is open by appointment and also at certain times that will be advertised shortly, so if you wish to visit call Martin on 07703 231150.


  • Tintern now has enough registrations for broadband with BT. The current date for Broadband at Tintern is now 2nd June 2004.
    Updates can be found at

  • Our local author Jean Goodhind (writing as Jeannie Johnson) has a new book being published on the 19th February 2004. Details are available on her website at

    20 Feb 2004

    • We now have a new facility available in the Tintern area. Tintern Bike Hire can rent you a selection of mountain bikes suitable for all the family. Have a look at their website at for all the details or ring them on 01291 680160.

    12 March 2004

    Pictures from Robert Lawrence

    Tintern Abbey in the snow
    The Old Wireworks Railway Bridge in the snow

    27 February 2004

    Angiddy Valley 27 Feb 2004

    Picture of the Angiddy Valley in light snow by Bob Medland.

    26 March 2004

    • Tintern Car Valeting Service, valets all makes of car. Operating from Tintern Garage.
      Tel : 01291-680189

    27 March 2004

    • Now that the Parish News is now longer being produced, there is no current publication listing the life of Tintern. Consequently the "News" menu on this site has been replaced with an "Archive" menu along with other minor changes to the site's layout.

    2 April 2004

    • If you have missed us over the past couple of days, it is because our server has been disconnected by a major fire in a BT cable tunnel in Manchester.

    19 April 2004

    • If any one wishes to contact Pete or Chris Blackford of "The Glen", Tintern. We will be more than happy to respond. Many fond memories come to mind.

    • e-mail Pete and Chris Blackford
      Both Pete and Chris are living in the Atlanta, Georgia area of the USA.

    19 April 2004

    Trellech Road

    This old picture of Trellech Road has been sent in by Barry Cooke of the Wye Valley Hotel.

    The shop was run by Aubrey Williams (standing in the doorway) during the 50s and 60s.

    19 April 2004

    • The new Village Shop at Brockweir is now open for a range of groceries, wines etc. There is also a very pleasant cafe area for coffee and cakes, soup and roll etc. Well worth a visit.

    26 May 2004

    River Wye, north of Brockweir Bridge

    This picture of the River Wye north of Brockweir Bridge was taken by Kate Thomas, thanks Kate.

    3 June 2004

    Moon and Sixpence Interior 1953
    I thought you may be interested in this drawing of the Moon & Sixpence drawn in 1953 by my father Alan Roulstone.
    Visit and click on the thumbnail to see a slightly larger version of the drawing. Feel free to include a link to this site if you wish.

    Kind regards

    S Hickinbotham

    A larger version of this picture is included on the Memories of 1950 page.

    Forest Open Studios Logo

    This is a local Wye Valley and Forest of Dean art trail covering the two weekends of the 11/12th and 17/18 July 2004. Forty nine local studios are taking part and a leaflet is available in most local pubs, shops, hotels etc describing the artists, the location and their work. Generally the studios will be open from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

    Two very local artists taking part are :

  • Martin Bush of the Studio, Main Road, Tintern, tel: 01291 689948 and 07703 231150 showing striking colourful abstract paintings. Martin's studio is on the A466 next to the Royal George Hotel in Tintern.

  • Alan Boast of Rose Cottage, Brockweir Common, tel 01291 689266 showing sculpture (stone and ceramic), paintings and prints. Alan's studio is out of Tintern going north, turn over the bridge to Brockweir, take the first turning left, signed Coldharbour, and keep going for about half a mile. Where the road bends to the left, keep straight on.

    29 June 2004

    Tintern Abbey by Moonlight

    Prints of this picture are available via by clicking on the "Wedderburn Gallery" button followed by the "Tintern Abbey by Moonlight" button. The picture is by Alicia Wedderburn and was started on a visit in 1854 but not completed until a later visit in 1872.

    30 June 2004

    Local Artist Presents Pastel Portrait to Rt Hon William Hague MP
    The Rt Hon William Hague
    The Richmond Yorkshire Conservative Association held a mid summer supper on Saturday 19th June in the home of one of the local staunch supporters, where the guest of honour The Rt Hon William Hague was presented with a pastel portrait by Tintern based artist Peter Lawrence.

    Peter said " When William was the Leader of the Opposition, I along with thousands of others throughly enjoyed the verbal exchanges at the Prime Ministers Question Time from the House of Commons, and to have the opportunity not only to paint his portrait, but to meet him face to face was one of my proudest moments"

    Peter is well known for his Wet on Wet Oil Painting Workshops and Demonstrations in the Monmouthshire area, enabling people who have never painted before to produce in just one day a painting to be proud of.

    Details from Peter
    01291 689968
    Email :

    4 July 2004

    Tintern from the Devil's Pulpit

    Picture supplied by Sheila Black, thanks.

    17 July 2004

    Some photos from the VPA year have been added to the VPA archives.

    20 July 2004

    Christina George, daughter of Abbey Hotel's joint proprietor David George and his wife Susan was married at St. Michaels, Tintern Saturday last (17th July) to Jason Powell of Monmouth and afterwards at the Abbey Hotel.

    As they are a prominent local family, I thought it would be nice to feature them on the village website. However as the picture is quite large please

    Photography by Abbey House Studios, Tintern.

    20 May 2004

    • Car Boot Sales will take place on the sports field by the Anchor Hotel on the following dates :
      30 May, 31 May
      12 June, 26 June
      4 July, 25 July
      8 August, 29 August, 30 August
      12 September, 19 September, 26 September
      10 October

    8 August 2004

    Career Opportunities Available Within Social Care Sector
    for committed, cheerful people to join our team

    Currently recruiting in Tintern & surrounding Areas

    Our Service Users require assistance in Sittings, Domestic Services, Meal Preparations in order for them to lead full and valued lives within the community (Work may include evenings and weekends)

    YOU: You will become part of what is probably the best domiciliary care service available. Transport not always a requirement. Telephone or Mobile essential.

    WE: Offer flexible hours, excellent rates of pay and conditions, saving club, pension scheme, uniform, mileage allowance and continuous FREE training throughout your career.


    CALL 0845 230 0089 (Lo Call)
    For An Application Form

    Q Care Ltd

    Head Office: Belgrave House, 81 Brecon Road, Abergavenny
    District Offices: Abergavenny, Hereford, Merthyr & Nottingham
    Covering 11 local authorities and expanding rapidly!

    Applications are welcome from all sectors of the community as we aim to recruit a diverse workforce that reflects the people we serve
    Join our Winning Team TODAY! or

    8 August 2004

    Our Memories pages have been rewritten and many photographs have been improved. Please report any errors to the Editor.

    20 August 2004

    Seven pen and ink drawings of the local pubs by Alan Roulstone have been sent in by his son Steve Hickinbotham and added to the Memories pages for the 1950s and 1960s.

    23 August 2004

    The Report and photographs from the VPA Annual Show are now available. There are now a number of photos on the page and the loading time may be rather long.

    11 September 2004

    There was a public meeting at the Village Hall on the 10th September to discuss the loss of the village shop. Mrs Lloyd from Rural Community Action attended the meeting to give advice on ways forward should the village wish to pursue any community projects.
    Several points arose :
    (1) The Cherry Tree Inn will be opening a general shop and newsagent around the 1st of October. In around six weeks time the shop will include a Post Office. This news was welcomed by the meeting.
    (2) The Owners of the Abbey Hotel said that they had commissioned a study into opening a branch of a national chain of grocers in the village. The results of the study would be available shortly.
    (3) The meeting discussed the need to have an effective means of communication within the village, particularly now that the Parish News had ceased and the noticeboard outside Tintern Stores was no longer available. Enquiries were to be made about making use of the Police Shop as a central point of information. Additional noticeboards were requested but no decision reached. There will be a meeting of interested villagers called to discuss the matter of village communication.

    12 September 2004

    The Fountain Inn has now been taken over by new owners and they are starting to settle in. The pub serves food every day except Wednesdays and the menu looks worth investigating. With a fire going in the hearth, 60s music on the CD player and a welcome from the bar, it seems like old times have returned.

    13 September 2004



    (If we have not got what you need tell us and we will get it for you)

    Shop Assistants required (Hours to suit)
    Contact Steve or Jill 01291-689292

    We will be covering all your post office needs including Car Tax etc.

    14 September 2004

    A picture of the Wye Valley Railway in 1963 sent in by John Thorn, has been added to the 1960s Memories page.

    18 October 2004

    The paperback for the first of the Sugar Trilogy, "Like an Evening Gone", will be available in bookstores, Asda and the Big W etc., at a price of 5.99 as from the 4th of November.
    The hardback version of "Just Before Dawn", the second of the trilogy, will be published on the 17th of February, available in all good bookshops such as Waterstones, W H Smith etc., plus your local library.

    Both these covers are now available on Amazon. Please note that the mass market paperback cover is different than the trade paperback and hardback cover and appears on the second page.

    from Jean Goodhind (our local novelist)

    20 October 2004

    The Tintern Community Council minutes are to be stored on the this website, starting with the Aug 2004 issue. This first issue is available via the Community Council page

    28 October 2004

    Martin's Gallery is closing this week due to a move to Plymouth and new pastures for his art.
    He wishes to thank all for their support and customers who bought and hopes you enjoyed the colourfull window displays

    You can still see his work and contact him through his website

    All the best to you all

    Martin Bush

    3rd November 2004

    Following the village meeting of the 10th September 2004, a "P.R.Group" has been formed with the aim of improving communication within the village.

    3 November 2004

    A further meeting of the Tintern PR Group was held at the Police Station on the 3rd November 2004 and the following people attended:
    Pam Lloyd (Rural Community Action)
    Colin Rae
    Nigel Hopkins
    Elspeth Reid
    John Bathgate

    Members agreed to look at the following points and report back:

    1) the provision of a photocopier for public use at the Police Station.
    2) the provision of a basic computer. This would provide e-mail facilities for the public and simple desktop publishing for the production of notices etc.
    3) liason with "The Village News" of Llanishen with a view to the production of a Tintern section.
    4) liason with the present "Police" volunteers to judge their reaction to the proposals.
    5) the provision of a collection point or points for notices etc to be exhibited on a Police Station noticeboard and/or on the Tintern Village Web Site.
    6) Liason with the "Friends of Tintern" to see how our activities may mesh.

    4 November 2004

    A hydro-electric scheme is proposed for the Angiddy Valley by the Wye Valley AONB. Four feasibility studies have been produced to investigate this possibility. Three of the proposed hydro-electric sites are on existing ex-industrial dams, where much of the infrastructure is already in place. The fourth is on a waterfall.
    A "Drop-in" consultation day has been arranged for Friday November 12th 2004 at the Village Hall, between 2.00pm and 5.00pm - 6.00pm - 8.00pm.
    All are welcome.

    6 November 2004

    The Tintern Community Council minutes are now available on the this website, the September minutes are now available via the Community Council page

    11 November 2004

    I and a small group are planning a new radio station for Monmouthshire. At the moment the county does not have its own station - and has to rely on stations from outside the area for its news and information.

    It is my task to build up support for the project, and would like your help!

    As you currently run a community website, would you be able to put a link to (temp website for the proposed station)

    I am also looking for people to write to Ofcom so they will put Monmouthshire on their working list to get a station.

    Their addresses are:
    Ofcom (new radio licence area suggestion)
    Riverside House
    2a Southwark Bridge Road
    SE1 9HA

    Ofcom (new radio licence area suggestion)
    2 Caspian Point
    Caspian Way
    CF10 4DQ

    If you could write to them saying that you live in Monmouthshire and feel the county should be served by its own local station (or words to that effect), also if possible get other peple you know to do the same, it would be a big help!

    Thankyou in advance
    Phil England

    11 November 2004

    Tintern Parva Vineyard

    Tintern looking like Tuscany
    photo by Rob Barker

    The Angiddy Valley, Tintern

    The Angiddy Valley, 9 November 2004
    photo by Rob Barker

    23 November 2004

    The W.I. are holding a soup and pud lunch in the Village Hall at 12.30 on Wednesday 1st December 2004. The cost is 3. All are welcome.

    25 November 2004

    A report of the Tintern Cricket Club's year is available in the Cricket Archives

    26 November 2004

    Information about Veddw Garden has been added to the "Gardens" page.

    29 November 2004

    Pollarding of the horse chestnut tree opposite the Moon and Sixpence Pollarding of the horse chestnut tree opposite the Moon and Sixpence

    The horse chestnut tree opposite the Moon and Sixpence has been pollarded following advice from the County Council. Better than it ending up in the river.
    There is a picture of the tree in bloom on the Public Houses page.

    29 November 2004

    It was realised that the Tintern PR Group was covering much of the ground already being investigated by the "Friends of Tintern". A combined meeting was called at the Royal George on the 29th November 2004. The following people attended.

    Tony Parsons (Friends of Tintern) - Chairman
    Sue Ball (Friends of Tintern)
    Michelle Carter (Friends of Tintern)
    Janet Hill (Friends of Tintern)
    Bramwell Pearce (Friends of Tintern)
    Colin Rae (Tintern PR Group)
    Nigel Hopkins (Tintern PR Group)
    Elspeth Reid (Tintern PR Group)
    John Bathgate (Tintern PR Group)
    Pam Lloyd (Rural Community Action)
    Ann Webb (Monmouthshire County Council)

    The two groups agreed to combine and continue as "The Friends of Tintern".

    The following points were agreed :

    1) The production of a simple newsletter for free distribution around the village was a first priority.
    2) Elspeth Reid was asked to continue researching the costs of a photocopier for use, firstly, as a means of producing the newsletter.
    3) John Bathgate and Elspeth Reid are to look into the method and procedures for production of the Newsletter.
    4) Tony Parsons to look into the provision of noticeboards around the village, eg Trellech Road, the Police Office, The Doctor's Surgery, the Cherry Tree Shop etc.
    5) Tony Parsons, Colin Rae and Pam Lloyd were pressed to make an early application for grant aid towards the provision of the copier, a simple computer plus other publicity funding.
    6) Tony Parsons to send a copy of the "Friends of Tintern" accounts to Ann Webb so that the Community Council may consider a grant towards this year's Christmas Lights.
    7) John Bathgate was asked to produce notices for publicising the Grand Switch-On of the Christmas Lights on Sunday December 12th at 6.30pm opposite the Police Office.
    8) Ann Webb and Pam Lloyd are to look into the provision of more tourist information within Tintern.
    9) Consideration was given to a "Youth Survey" within the village to find out what facilities our young people would enjoy and to determine how much help they might give. The newsletter was considered to be a suitable vehicle for this.

    2 December 2004

    There has been a meeting of the "Friends of Tintern" and the "Tintern PR Group" at which it was agreed that the two groups should amalgamate under the "Friends of Tintern" banner.

    2 December 2004

    The October Tintern Community Council minutes are now available on this website

    9 December 2004

    The Cherry Tree Post Office takes shape

    The Cherry Tree Post Office is taking shape. The current opening date is projected to be the 24th January 2005. The staff still have to be trained but this does not start until very close to the opening.

    11 December 2004

    Mariana Art Galley

    Welcome to Mariana Robinson from Llandogo who has opened her new art gallery and studio in Abbey Lodge. Mariana offers painting holidays and breaks, both in this country and abroad. See her for her 2005 brochure.

    12 December 2004

    David Davies & Mel C opening the Christmas Lights

    David Davies, Assembly Member and Mel C, A new local resident, opened the Christmas Lights at the Royal George Hotel on the 12th December. The switch on was followed by a Fireworks Display. The Royal George supplied mince pies and mulled wine for the crwod.

    Fireworks at the opening of the Tintern Christmas Lights Fireworks at the opening of the Tintern Christmas Lights Fireworks at the opening of the Tintern Christmas Lights

    16 December 2004

    Could you include a link on your website to our new club website Chepstow and District Yacht Club please in your clubs section

    Regards Reuben Howes (CDYC)

    26 December 2004

    Snow in the Angiddy, Boxing Day 2004

    Snow in the Angiddy, Boxing Day 2004.
    Picture by Rob Barker