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I wouldn't normally feature a pub quiz but this one is different - the editor is in the chair! Together with Paul Christie, we will be challenging with you with some teasing questions on everything from Einstein to Coronation Street. There is the obligatory picture round as well as a fiendish "outline map" round to test your knowledge of world geography. Teams of approximately four are welcome (noone's counting, it's just for fun) - see you in the Cherry on Sunday evening!
With great sadness I have to report that former Tintern resident Alan Thumwood passed away recently. His funeral is this Thursday, 11 October. Pete Howe has kindly sent me the details for those wishing to attend.
Terence Charles Robert Evans was born on 17th January 1937 to parents Horace and Lillie Evans in the house known as ‘Sunnybank’, opposite the Cherry Tree Inn. He later had three siblings; Claud, Marion and Winston.
Terry went to Tintern School where he was very proud of winning the cup for gardening. His love and great knowledge of horticulture remained with him all his life and there was little he did not know about the subject.
After leaving school he worked for the Forestry, as many local people did at that time. In fact, his father, two brothers and sister all worked for the Forestry at some time. He then worked for a while for the local builder, Jones and Son and helped with the building of Sylvan View. After that he worked for the Water Board for over thirty years, until he was forced to give up because of ill health.
Terry was married to Maureen (known as Mo) for what would have been 40 years next February. He had two sons, Gary and Mark and six grandchildren: Matthew, Louise, Natasha, Thomas, Victoria, Hanna and one great-granddaughter Sauvannah. He was devoted to his wife Mo, his children and grandchildren. He loved them all dearly and was always trying to feed them up. Mo and he enjoyed many holidays together.
In his youth Terry was a keen footballer and played for Catbrook, Caldicot and Monmouth town. The family remember Terry playing in a charity event in Tintern in wellies and a nightie. That must have been quite a sight! His brother Winston and he once dressed up as cavemen at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
He played cricket for Tintern and in one match three generations of Evans played – Terry, two sons and a grandson. He played darts for the Fountain and Anchor inns. So, all in all, he was a keen sportsman.
Terry was passionately fond of Tintern and devoted huge amounts of his time and energy to running the Community Council, even though his health was often a cause for concern.
He was chairman of the Village Hall Committee, Community Councillor and chairman for more years that anyone can remember. He was involved in Tintern charities, cricket clubs, football clubs and running the bingo in the village hall once a week. He ran these sessions to raise money for the Village Hall refurbishment fund. At these times he loved to chat to old school friends. In the 1970’s he ran a youth club in the village together with Barbara Preece.
His knowledge of every aspect of the village was staggering; he knew local history and names of roads, culverts,wells. You name it, he knew it! He took an interest in everyone and everything in Tintern. A short while ago, when he had retired from the chair of the Community Council, I asked him to share some of his vast knowledge of local history with me. As I told him, it would be lost forever when he went. Little did I think it would be so soon.
Anything that threatened to alter Tintern’s character, he fought against tooth and nail. One such fight was the proposed development of St. Mary’s Church into holiday flats.
And that was another fight he won.
If you asked Terry for help, he could be like a gentle pussycat, but if you crossed him or despoiled or vandalised his beloved Village Hall, he would transform into a tiger.
He passionately protected the Village Hall, as he did all of Tintern. At times all of us fell foul of his ‘missing tea towels’. Terry belonged to Tintern and, because of his tremendous love for it, Tintern belonged to him. His personality filled every corner.
It will be difficult to imagine a Tintern without Terry. He gave of his time selflessly; overcoming considerable health problems to do so, and, because of this, be became a legend in his own lifetime. We will never see his like, and certainly Tintern will never be the same again.
Community Council Chair Dawn Floyd
PC Andy Mason has organised a Partnerships and Communities Together (PACT) meeting in the village hall on Tuesday 19 June at 7pm.
It will provide an opportunity for villagers to voice their concerns and prioritise them, providing a community-led focus for the neighbourhood policing team.
The latest Tintern News is now available on the website.
Tintern Cricket Club fixtures for this season are now on the cricket page. Nets take place each Friday at 6pm on the cricket pitch between the Village Hall and the Anchor.
The latest Tintern News is now available.
The March Council Minutes are now available.
Many thanks to Rob van Dort from Holland who visited Tintern last week. He has kindly sent this beautiful image of a misty morning on the river.
The latest Tintern News is now available.
An application to the Big Lottery Fund has been proposed to fund an imaginative new bridge to span the River Wye.
This bridge, built between existing ex-railway abutments near to Tintern Old Station will provide access across the river for walkers, wheelchair users, cyclists and the Tintern Station visitor’s centre motorized scooter for the elderly and disabled.
The proposed bridge, at Lyn Weir, will be an elegant lightweight construction approximately one meter wide and 65 meters long. It will be part of a safe route between Tintern Old Station and the Wire Works Bridge near to Tintern Abbey.
At the moment the only link between Tintern Old Station and the Abbey / main part of Tintern is along the dangerous A466, including the section without a footway rendered even more hazardous by the recent landslip and consequent narrowing of the road.
Monmouth County Council have already granted planning permission for the route on the Welsh side near to Tintern Station.
The scheme is part of the Connect2 project - a national scheme to introduce safe routes to communities. Local support will be vital to secure the funding for Tintern as there will be considerable competition for the money. There is an opportunity lend your support by going to the Connect2 project website.
Tintern Cricket Club is holding Indoor Nets throughout March.
Sunday 11-12 at Wyedean Leisure Centre
Players old and new welcome - £2 each.
The January Council Minutes are now available.
The latest Tintern News is now available.
Happy St David's Day to everyone in Tintern and beyond. I hope that you all enjoyed the red and green Abbey last night! I understand that entrance to the Abbey is free today. See the Cadw website for more details.
The atmospheric ruins of Tintern Abbey were last night (Wednesday, 28 February) lit up in red and green to celebrate St David's Day.
Entry to some of Wales's most iconic monuments in the care of Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government historic environment service, will be free today.
These will include Tintern Abbey, the magnificent Caernarfon Castle and prehistoric burial chamber Pentre Ifan, in Pembrokeshire.
Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, was joined by local children to flick the switch to illuminate the Abbey. He said:
"Following the success of last year's decision to allow free entry on St David's Day, we hope many more people will take this opportunity to visit a site in Cadw's care and appreciate for themselves the magnificence of Wales's historic environment."
The policy, which extends to all Cadw's directly managed properties, is part of the Welsh Assembly's policy to widen access to everyone to the historic environment of Wales.
The Royal Mail has also issued special St David's Day smiler stamps, one of which features Tintern Abbey. And children all over Wales will be joining in special World Book Day events in Cadw monuments.
For further information about Cadw, visit http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/
Many thanks to Lowri Jones at Cadw for the picture and press release.
Mark Bristow from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has sent me this picture and report about last week's landslip in Barbadoes woods:
The land began moving on Barbadoes Hill in the heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) after heavy rain early on Saturday morning (February 24) leading to an emergency closure of the main road through the valley.
Alan Horne, of Barbadoes Meadows, the nearest cottage to the landslip said: "My son, David, heard the trees starting to snap and break at about 2am in the morning."
By daylight, he said it was clear the land had slumped by about 15ft, hauling trees with the slippage and causing part of a forestry road to sheer away.
Andrew Welsh of Monmouthshire County Council's Highways Department said: "It's by far the biggest slip I've ever seen in the Wye Valley. We've been liaising with engineering contractors from Capita Symonds to investigate the slip and see what's involved in making it all safe."
The A466, already closed by a landslip further North at Bigsweir in Gloucestershire, was blocked for two days and concrete barriers and 7ft-high 'Herras' fencing has now been erected to catch any further boulders falling from the hillside.
"I don't think the slip is deemed as being unstable," said Andrew Welsh. "The safety barriers should be sufficient to keep the carriageway open. It's now up to geotechnical experts to find a way of stabilising it. At first sight it appears as though a number of springs have been pouring down the hillside and have built up and built up and then burst, causing this slippage."
The majority of land at Barbadoes Hill is owned by Forestry Commission Wales and it is in negotiations with its engineers and geo-technical experts at Halcrows in Cardiff, to determine the cause of the massive slippage and to see whether it is safe to start felling trees which have been dragged down the hillside, but left standing.
Richard Gable, Manager for Forestry Commission Wales said: "I estimate the slip is about 80 metres wide and about 100 metres deep and a whole section of ground has dropped by about 15ft. We're waiting to see if the ground is unstable and then what works need to be done. But the earliest indication is that a substantial amount of water has built up half-way down the hillside, causing a burst which has destabilised the upper part of the hill."
He added: "There is an existing forestry track along the hill which was upgraded last year with permission from Forestry Commission Wales, but I can't see that would have caused any sort of slippage. However, we've seen an unusual number of landslips up and down the valley this Winter, not only here in Tintern, but also upriver and downriver. We had a particularly dry Summer followed by exceptional rainfall in the Winter. Climate change has to be a consideration."
Keith Fenwick of the Met Office said there was 19% more rainfall than average in Monmouthshire during the Winter, with 154mm falling in December 2006 and 160mm falling in January. By contrast, rainfall in the Summer was more than 20 per cent down, added to a protracted drought starting in 2004.
In a statement, Monmouthshire County Council says: "MCC inspected the recent landslip adjacent to the A466 carriageway in Tintern throughout the weekend and closed the road on Saturday and Sunday in order to clear away debris and make the road safe for traffic and pedestrians.
The road is now open under traffic signal control: We have installed a double row of concrete barriers with protective fencing placed between to prevent small landslip debris being washed down into the path of any road users in the short term. Pedestrians have been moved to the opposite side of the road.
We are working with the Forestry Commission, who own the land, to find out how they will contain this situation in the long term."
For further information: Mark Bristow on 01600 710846 or 07904 436719
I have received this fantastic picture from David (Danny) Lewis:
Clive Williams, Keith Morgan, Mr Sedgwick, Roger Williams, David Lewis, Yvonne Dobbs, Nancy Lewis, Dorothy Parfitt, Denise Morgan, Terry Evans, Glyn Light, John Higgins.
Sheila Black has subsequently contacted me - she thinks that the two missing names for the girls in the photograph are Joan Allen and Freda Parfitt.
Many thanks Sheila.
More of David's photo's will shortly appear in the picture archives.
I have received the following request from Melissa Waterson who is working on a documentary for Channel 4 television:
Are you a fun, outgoing family?
Do you think others can learn from the way you live your life?
Or have you ever wanted to experience a different way of living?
If you’re up for a fun family challenge a Channel 4 documentary series would love to hear from you.
Call Melissa for more details on:
020 7013 4514
Tintern had its first snow of the winter today.
Many thanks to Robert Lawrence of Abbey House Studios for popping out to take this view while the editor was stuck at work!
The February Tintern News is now on the Website.
High tide times for 2007 are now on the website. Many thanks to Roger Hopson, clerk to the Community Council, for forwarding them.
An exhibition of paintings of The Wye Valley by artist Don Lavelle will be on show at "Art in the Cafe", Brockweir and Hewelsfield Community Shop from January 22nd until February 26th 2007, open every day 10:00am - 4:00pm.
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