The Tuesday Club Year - 1987
Among the sad number of deaths in Tintern over the Christmas period were three which particularly hurt the Tuesday Club.
Alice Lane, Wally Boast and Don Lock were longstanding members of the Club and good friends to us all.
We will remember them with affection and miss them very much.
We send our love and sympathy to Reg, Doris and Margaret.
Councillor Wally Boast (9/1/87) aged 75 had lived in the Trellech Road for eleven years. He had been a member of the Community Council for several years, a past Chairman and a School Governor.
He took a keen interest in village activities and belonged to the VPA, Tuesday Club and the Hall Management Committee to mention a few.
He was a dedicated member of the Conservative Party serving in an official capacity in both local and area branches until personal committments made it impossible for him to continue.
He was a Wye valley warden and very interested in the development at Tintern Station and the acquisition of rolling stock etc.
Wally Boast was always ready to "have a go" and to help in any capacity, whether giving lifts or washing up.
He is survived by his wife Doris and his two sons.
Mrs Alice Lane (18/1/87) died on her 86th birthday having left Tintern to live in Cornwall just eleven days before.
She had lived at Abbey farm for six years and while here had entered into the life of the village. With her husband and daughter she was a regular worshipper at the Riverside Methodist Chapel.
She regularly attended the meetings of the W.I., V.P.A. and the Tuesday Club and was always ready to help in any way she could.
She was cremated at Truro and her ashes are interred in the churchyard of her new village, Luxulyan, near Bodmin.
Mr Donald Lock (10/3/87) aged 76 was a native of Hereford. He had lived in Tintern for over twenty years having married a local girl. Both were employed by BR at Newport until they retired.
Prior to ill-health preventing him he was a keen racegoer and could be seen regularly at Chepstow where he was a member.
He was also a very keen Crib player, playing in various leagues and the possessor of numerous trophies as witness to his ability.
Stamp collecting was his chief hobby.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret.
We were saddened to lose two more of our members in March. Mr Ralph Hodges had been an active member for a number of years before ill-health forced him to give up. Mrs Tess Hostler had been with us for just a few short years but she had endeared herself to us all.
Mr Ralph Hodges (10/3/87) died suddenly while on holiday with his son in North Wales.
Born in Sudbrook, he chose a career in teaching and after serving in the R.A.F. during the 1939-1945 War returned to continue in that career. He taught for a while in South Harrow before returning to Monmouthshire, first to the post of Head Master at Newchurch West and then at Tintern School where he remained until he retired (1966-1976).
He was an accomplished Church organist and played at St Luke's, Newport and later for a number of years at St Michael's. He was a former member and secretary of the PCC.
He helped start the VPA in the village and was its first Treasurer and was also an active member of the Tuesday Club until poor health forced him to give both up. He was a founder member of the Caldicot Male Voice Choir and its Conductor for many years. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
Mrs Lillian Tyrell died suddenly aged 69 in July and this came as a shock to all who knew her. With her husband she had just returned from Switzerland where they had celebrated their Golden Wedding with their son and his family.
She was born in Cwmfelinfach and came to live in Tintern when she was three - she attended the village school.
After her marriage she lived at Tidenham Chase and later at St Arvans before returning to live in the village. She always took a keen and active interest in village life serving on various committees where she was a tireless worker.
Lily Tyrell was always ready to help anyone and will be remembered as a good frien and neighbour.
She is survived by her husband, son and daughter.
The Tuesday Club was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Mrs Lily Tyrell. She had joined the Club fairly recently and we had hoped to enjoy her cheerful and helpful presence for many years.
We send our sympathy to Mr Tyrell.
from Mrs Jo Arnatt and The Tuesday Club.
Mrs Dorothy Lawrence has been in hospital for a few weeks but we are pleased to hear she has returned home and is improving. We all wish her well.
On a happier note, congratulations to Mr and Mrs Tyrell who celebrate their Golden Wedding on 19th June. May they have many more happy years to come.
Members and friends spent a pleasant evening at the Chepstow Operatic's production of "The Desert Song". the music brought back many happy memories.
We are all delighted that Mrs Jo Arnatt will still continue to be in charge of "her old folk" in spite of the fact that she has left the village to live in Llandogo. We all wish her, her husband and family every happiness in their new home. RMJ
Trying One More by the Tuesday Club
Carnival day is near they cry,
To keep the Shield we all must try.
A clever idea our urgent need
But really we are going to seed.
That'll do, we'll use that theme,
But the lorry's bigger it would seem
Than it was last year when we won.
Will we ever get it done?
With Joe and Doug and Bryan too
And hammers and nails and staples new
They toiled with us. Without their aid
The start we never would have made.
In spite of all the day was fun
We laughed and waved to everyone.
Then just when we were feeling dry
The Rose and Crown was right nearby.
Here drinks were handed to each one
From us our thanks for what was done.
We carried on and reached the field
This year we didn't win the Shield.
No matter, we just did our best.
We weren't a match for all the rest.
They were good.
Early Summer saw the Tuesday Club busy making plans for the Carnival and then preparing for our float. Our grateful thanks to Mr Doug Knight, Mr Joe Reed and Mr Bryan Jones for their splendid help with the float.
No prizes this year, but that didn't stop us thoroughly enjoying the whole thing.
We, and our good friends from Tintern and Llandogo, had a delightful outing to Dyffrn Gardens. This was organised by Mrs Rhoda Woolfson. I'm sure she organised the weather too!
Once again Mrs Cathleen Williams invited us all to tea in her and Bert's gorgeous garden. The sun, as usual, shone. While we were there, we welcomed two new members, Mrs Thelma Pickering and Mrs Enid Williams.
We hope to organise another Autumn outing before Winter strikes.
Members Mrs Dorothy Lawrence, Miss Stella Williams and Mr Bert Crum are, happily, all home from hospital, and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Club meetings.
Could it have been the Tuesday Club?
Sign on the back of a bus taking senior citizens on holiday : "Recycled Youth Club"
In October we celebrated a very special occasion - the eightieth birthday of a founder member and a mainstay of the Club, Mr Sid Jones.
At the risk of embarrassing him it must be said that Sid, who is always cheerful and always glad to help, and, with Rose, does an enormous amount of work for the Club (and other organisations too!) is a great favourite of us all. Many happy Returns, Sid.
During the Autumn we have been happy to welcome back to meetings, after their return from hospital, Mrs Dorothy Lawrence and Mr Bert Crum and also happy to hear that Mrs Ivy Matthews is home again and much better.
We were sorry to lose one member, Miss Stella Williams, who has left Tintern, but pleased to welcome a new one, Mr Roger Floyd.
It's always pleasant to hear from old friends and we were very pleased to have a Christmas card from Mr Reg Lane in Cornwall.
This year we decided to treat ourselves to Christmas Dinner at the Wye Walley Hotel, where we and our friends enjoyed a splendid meal and evening, ending with carols which were accompanied on the organ by Mr Doug Whiting, who, with the Rector and Mr Philip Walker galloped, like the cavalry, to our rescue at the last moment!
Our very grateful thanks to all three.
In a gaily decorated Green Room twenty five senior citizens enjoyed an excellent Christmas Tea for OAPs. Well, not just tea - there were all the best "eats" plus sherry, crackers, bingo, a free raffle, background music and a few quavering Christmas carols (fine as long as we knew the words but not so good in the la-la parts).
It was frosty without but warm and cosy within. Thank you Carnival Committee for supplying the cash, thank you kind ladies who worked hard to provide the Christmas Cheer. Thank you, Rector (he claimed he had been doing the washing up "as usual"). We know that when he left the Hall he had acquired a new skill, having learnt in one easy lesson how to become a Bingo Caller.
Several members of the Tuesday Club accepted and enjoyed the lovely tea provided in the Village hall on Tuesday 8th December. From them a sincere thank you to all who helped in any way to give them such a super afternoon.