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7 January 2005

The "Friends of Tintern" have now started a news sheet in an attempt to improve communication within the village. The The Tintern News - January 2005 - first issue is now available on this website. It is also available free of charge at the Cherry Tree stores, though many copies are being delivered direct to villagers. We are looking for help in this respect and details are in the Tintern News.

22 January 2005

I am the owner of Yew Tree Cottage, Barbadoes Hill. Close by and just east of the lower gate, there is an old quarried face with large depression at its foot. Many years ago I was told by Hezekiah Allen who had lived in Yew Tree Cottage, that it was known as Ginny Gough's Hole. He thought that Ginny might have lived close by, and there are ancient piles of stones in our field that could be the remains of a cottage. More recently I have spoken to Joan Torpey (nee Allen) who lived in Yew Tree Cottage as a girl, and she remembers always being frightened of the spot and hurrying by. She too knew it as Ginny Gough's Hole, but could proffer no other information.

Do you think any visitors to your website might be able to shed some more light on this mystery?

Peter Jacobs

e-mail to : Peter Jacobs

22 January 2005

TINTERN POST OFFICE re-opens on Monday 24th January 2005 at the Cherry Tree Stores, Raglan Road, Tintern, 01291 689703

Opening hours will be 09:00-17:30 Monday to Friday and 09:00-12:30 on Saturday.

The Sub Postmaster will be Mr Stephen Pocock

A very full range of Post Office services will be offered including :
Travel insurance, Bureau de Change, E111 and Holiday phone cards.
PO phone cards, New PO home phone service and E top up for major networks.
mailing services including redirection, full range of stamps.
Motor vehicle licensing and saving stamps and car insurance.
Many miscellaneous services, bill payments, personal banking services, home insurance, flowers by post, personal loans, growth and guaranteed equity bonds, New child trust fund. etc

1st February 2005

Abbey view from Cafe Mango Cafe Mango Logo
Tony Smith and Louise Davies opened the Cafe Mango adjacent to the Doctor's surgery on the 29th January 2005. They are serving gourmet coffee, high quality sandwiches, cakes etc.

They have their own website at

28 February 2005

The Italian Garden - An Expression of Living Philosophy

Hatti Pegram from the Angiddy Valley is selling and specialising in deliciously different foods imported by the family firm Vallebona, purveyors to Harrods and Fortum and Mason. These are foods not found in the supermarkets. The following items are from the range :

Extra virgin olive oil from Sardinia with a distinctive and unique flavour. Add a little balsamic vinegar, matured in precious wood with a sweet and sour fragrance, for a perfect salad dressing.
Black olives seasoned with herbs in oil.
Cardi Selvatici (wild thistles) in olive oil flavoured with herbs (quite delicious, they have to be tried to be believed)
Wild Thistle Pate, Chillis stuffed with tuna, (georgeous bright red globes almost too good looking to eat).
Crema di Pecorino (cheese spread made from sheep’s milk, perfect as a snack).
Spaghetti Neri (black and exciting made with squid ink)
Spaghetti Peperoncini (with chilli, mild and tasty)
Cooked meats ( eg porchetta flavoured with rosemary, coppa, pancetta, bresaola, salami flavoured with fennel and Sardinian parma-style ham)
Fish (smoked tuna, smoked swordfish)
Many cheeses and fabulous wine.

These can be purchased from Hatti Pegram at Springfield, Tintern, 01291 689928 or e-mail
Or at the Village Shop in Brockweir.

2 March 2005

The March 2005 issue of Tintern News is available now on this website.

5 March 2005

There is an MCC Lower Wye valley Area Forum meeting in Tintern Village Hall on the 16th March at 10 am. The public are ivited to attend and discuss issues with MCC councillors.

5 March 2005

Mariana at the door of her studio
Easter is early this year and what better way to spend a day out in the beautiful Wye Valley during the Spring Break, than by visiting an Art Exhibition of bright and inspiring paintings by local artist D. Mariana Robinson.

You may be planning to re-decorate your home over Easter. If so, why not consider replacing the pictures on your walls too, before considering the colour scheme?

Mariana will be holding an exhibition over the Easter Bank Holiday at Mariana-Art Gallery, Abbey Lodge, Tintern Chepstow NP16 6SF
25th - 29th March - 10.30 to 6pm daily

As well as affordable framed original paintings, on a variety of subjects and styles, there are Limited Edition Giclee fine art prints of her humorous Frudes, Greetings Cards, Unframed Originals and Prints, plus pottery, watercolour materials and more. There are refreshments available at local pubs and restaurants in Tintern or for light bites, why not try the newly opened Café Mango, right opposite the Gallery. Mariana will be on hand each day to discuss her work, her painting workshops and hotel breaks in the area, and of course, to help you select a piece of original art as a special gift or for the centrepiece for your new colour scheme.

Mariana-art Gallery - 07748 690096
Course enquiries - 01594 530484

3 April 2005

Cllr Mrs J Saunders has the application forms for free Local Residents' passes for Tintern Abbey. These are available on an individual basis for those on the Tintern Community Electoral Roll, and their children. Each application must be accompanied by a passport sized photograph.

4 April 2005

Anchor Boot Sales

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15 June 2005

Hi John, Since we last spoke and you kindly placed my telephone number (01594 844182) on your site, I have created 2 websites and wondered if you would kindly place the details on your site?
Lots of big cat sightings happen in and around the Wye Valley and my websites could help educate local people.

Danny Nineham with cat and

23 June 2005

The Village Hall
The Management Committee for the Tintern Recreation Centre decided at its meeting held on the 18th May 2005 that due to its increased running costs it was necessary to revise the hire charges for the Centre, which have not been changed since June 2003. The revised charges are available on the Village Hall page. Local organisations with less than ten members will still be charged at the old rate for the small room for three hour sessions.

14 July 2005

I have recently created a site for Homemakers Community Recycling in Abergavenny. Our work covers the whole of Monmouthshire collecting peoples unwanted furniture etc. The website is

24 July 2005

Rob Barker in the "Tintern Trot"

2005 was the eighth year in which we held the "Tintern Trot". It's a six mile run for both men and women. The course goes over the wireworks bridge, left along the old railway as far as it’s possible to run then up to Offa’s Dyke and along to Brockweir before coming back to Tintern across the top of Abbey Passage Farm on the green lane.
The picture (by Anne Barker), shows local man Rob Barker competing who went round in 55 minutes – 3 minutes faster than last year.

25 August 2005

Pictures from the Tintern VPA Annual Show are available.

8 September 2005

It's your village!

Tintern Community Council are issuing a questionnaire to all households to establish what residents want for the village

ALL RESIDENTS can help by filling in the questionnaire that is being delivered to you now and returning it to a councillor who will be calling on you in the next couple of weeks

Those returning questionnaires will be given a draw ticket with which they can win a £50 voucher to spend at any shop, hotel, restaurant or pub in the village. A free copy of the report giving results of the questionnaire and actions to be taken will be supplied free to every household


8 September 2005

The Mariana-Art Gallery at Abbey Lodge in Tintern is attracting a very peculiar audience....... over the Bank Holiday weekend, Ned and Sally the donkeys (owned by local Jane Marshall), made a bee-line for the grass frontage outside the gallery, causing a huge stir amongst visitors and locals alike. Having scrounged apples and mints from Mariana and from passers by, Ned decided he would not budge. It took Jane, Mariana, and several locals and visitors over two hours to get them back home again to their field, after a lot of persuasion, pushing, shoving and the holding up of traffic on the A466.

Mariana would like to express a big thank you to all those who have visited the gallery over the last few months and as there is a constant turnaround of original paintings, it's well worth a visit again if you haven't been to Tintern for a while. A new range of contemporary semi-abstract works with the theme of places around the world, have been particularly sought after, along with traditional landscape scenes of the area. Don't forget that the gallery also sells watercolour materials, including pigments from Clearwell Caves, greetings cards, Limited Edition Frude paintings and Original Paintings. With Christmas card packs and one-day painting courses available for presents, there seems little point in trailing the shops when you can amble around Tintern at your leisure. Why not visit the Wye Valley and Tintern within the next three months - the leaves are already turning colour and will be spectacular by the end of October.

Milo the Dog
But still the animals come to visit..... a recent and distinguished art buyer has been Milo the dog. This time, Mariana got out the sketch book and camera so that Milo is preserved sniffing the flowers, as you can see in the picture

23 September 2005

The Archive section of this site has been completely separated from the main pages and rewritten but remains quite accessible. Should you find any broken links etc can you let the editor know, please? You now enter and exit the Archives via "The Door to the Archives Office"

6 October 2005

The paperback version of Just Before Dawn, is in the shops (Waterstones, Ottakers, Smiths and Borders etc.,) now.

It forms the second in the 'Sugar Trilogy' continuing the story of the Strong family, owners of sugar plantations in the West Indies and refineries in Bristol.
Besides the fictional characters featured throughout the trilogy, Doctor William Budd, a pioneer in the study of cholera and its causes, plays a major role. Whilst expecting my daughter many years ago, I attended a pre-natal clinic named after him. At the time I thought it was the name of some council bigwig. On more recent research I found out about his contribution to the fight against a disease caused by the infiltration of sewage into the medieval water supplies of Bristol.

'Forgotten Faces', the third of the trilogy, comes out in February in hardback. A launch party will be held at Monmouth Bookshop, wine and nibbles provided by Orion Publishing (who also publish Ian Rankin and Maeve Binchy). All are welcome.

The Sugar Trilogy (All saga titles, including those set just after WW2) are also available from the library, the Book Club and Amazon.

I am a member of the Society of Authors, The Romantic Novelists Association, and South West Scriptwriters, give talks to libraries and societies and run a regular yearly workshop for the University of Winchester, (formerly King Alfred's College), for Caerleon Writers Holiday (held at the University of Wales Caerleon Campus), and give talks to anyone at the drop of a hat.

For the benefit of the Christmas Lights, I have six copies of Just Before Dawn, signed by author of course. Perhaps someone has an event at which they could be sold - failing that, please come knocking.
NB. They are NOT naughty!

Jean Goodhind

1 October 2005

The new issue of the Tintern News is now available.

18 October 2005

A note from the new editor!

I am delighted to have taken over the running of the website from John. I'm sure everyone will join me in thanking and congratulating him on the excellent work he has done in the past few years to set up and maintain the site. I will be doing my best to maintain the site for the benefit of the whole of the village and its visitors. I particularly like the friendly and approachable feel and will seek to maintain that, while looking to evolve it to be of even more interest and benefit to villagers. I have started by putting up an experimental discussion forum. Please feel free to have a play with it and give me some feedback - if it goes down well I'll put some more time into developing the idea.

10 October 2005

The October News Sheet is available.

A Note From The Editor

I have been running the Tintern Village Web Site since I set it up in May 1999. It has been one of my interests and hobbies. However Jean and I have now put our house on the market and hope to move to the Lydney district at some time.

The site will continue though. Rob Barker has agreed to take it over shortly and continue to run it. He seems to be more website literate than me, so expect changes and additions. He is looking at a discussion forum for the site at present.

I shall be interested to see how Tintern and the site develop.

John Bathgate

14 October 2005

Dear John,
Having moved away from Tintern over 5 years ago I still visit the web site regularly, mainly to look at the (views of the months). So i'd like to say a thank you to you now for running the site and to wish you good luck on your house move.

Also a good luck to Rob as it will be interesting to see how the site develops in the future (more pics please ;).

Thanks again, Mike Hill

28 December 2005

In order to give you something to do for the few cold days remaining in 2005, I have compiled the Tintern christmas crossword. The solution will be posted early in the new year.

Best wishes for the remainder of the festive season,

Rob the editor.

The Tintern Christmas Crossword 2005



















































































































































1        Genuine jumble sale on offer in the Cherry Tree, for example? (4-4)

6 The boy’s chopped this. (3)

8 A scamster’s advantage? (9)

10 Half a flat-headed bullet flies backward into dirt. (3)

11         The royal is, unusually, singular. (2)

12         Check gold of Italian town, initially. (5)

13         Western frontier town is the prize for this shooter. (10)

15 Sounds like both are being cut back? (4)

16         Mid-hour break in a catalytic converter, for example. (7)

20         School for bar staff within a place of worship, we hear. (5-6)



2        Copper hidden within mixed mince ale for matters of ministry. (10)

3        Northern ballerina, for example? (3-6)

4        All becomes clear when the detectives follow the Luxembourg connection. (5)

5        Saint Tonia gets confused but, at least, sounds hygienic. (10)

7        Progressive band on something perhaps? A stratospheric rhyme. (3-4)

9        Tenure for bitter monarch we hear? It could damage the environment. (4-4)

14         Her majesty’s angry outburst is highly irregular. (6)

17         Rocker’s rival ministry? (3)

18         Number detective? (2)

19         Maine and I (2)


12 December 2005

The village has a rather atmospheric feel to it this week. Anyone who went for a walk on the hills on Sunday could not have failed to notice the ambience created by the sea of mist in the valleys, contrasting with the warm sunshine on the tops. Here's a taste in case you missed it..

I only had a brief glimpse of the carol concert at the abbey this evening but it did look like quite an event. If anyone took a picture capturing the essence of the evening, I would be grateful to receive a copy by email to put here on the noticeboard.

11 December 2005

Community Council minutes for September and October are now available on the Community Council page - linked from the "Village Life" menu. I have been asked to pass on apologies for the delay in publishing these on the village website which was due to technical internet difficulties. Additionally, the winner of the £50 questionnaire voucher, to be spent in Tintern, has yet to be claimed. The ticket number is 15 and is coloured white. This would be a great prize for somebody to claim for Christmas as it could be spent on a meal in one of the local pubs/hotels. Claims to Roger Hopson - details on the Community Council page - or to the editor who will pass them on.

3 December 2005

Facelift for the Village Website

I have been busy revamping the website. I have kept all the existing content but have changed the presentation to bring a coherence to the design of the site. It should also be a little easier to find everything too - there is a mass of content lurking in the far corners of this site if you have some time to kill. Wherever you are in the site, you can get back to the main content pages in one click and clicking the Tintern Village Website banner will always take you back to the homepage.

For the technically minded, I have redesigned the layout using cascading style sheets rather than formatting on individual pages, and have eliminated tables for formatting wherever possible. I will be continuing to clean up the source code in the coming months to make the site XHTML compatible and screen-reader friendly. I will be doing more work on the navigation too - so expect to see clever back buttons appearing and drop down menus (if I can get the hang of coding them, that is...) Thanks to Steve Evans for his assistance and the use of his excellent "Pageblender" software, which will be used to maintain the site in the future.

Rob the Editor

25 November 2005


We awoke this morning to a blanket of snow covering the village. The lanes were more or less impassable first thing and even the main A466 was treacherous.

4 November 2005

A new face to the lower Angiddy!

There is a fair bit of new building and refurbishment going on in the lower Angiddy valley at present. The old bakery has been demolished and a new house (left in the picture) built next to Underwood bungalow. Both are currently for sale. "Ty Ffynon", the former white cottage lying between the fork in the lanes between Raglan Road and Fairoak Road is being enhanced with a stone-built extension. Rumour also has it that Gwyn Stores House, Gwyn Cottage and Gwyn House are all scheduled for some renovation work in the next few months as well.