The Tuesday Club Year - 1992
We have all weathered the Winter apart from the usual rotten winter virus, and we have been delighted to welcome two new members, Mrs Jean Davey and Miss Doreen Heath.
We have organised a trip to the Garden Festival at Ebbw Vale on Wednesday 20 May, picking up at Tintern at 12 noon - all are welcome to join us. Mrs Daisy Morgan is organising an Easter Bingo evening for us on Wednesday 8 May, and we hope the village will support this event - and us - as spendidly as they did last year.
To end on a very sad note, the news that Mrs Rhoda Woolfson had died very suddenly, not long after leaving Tintern, came as a great shock. As with every organisation to which she belonged, Rhoda was a most generous and valuable member of the Tuesday Club. We miss her sadly and extend our heartfelt sympathy to Harold and to her family.
Our first big event of the year, organised by Mrs Daisy Morgan, was our second Easter Bingo in the Village hall. It was a great success and we are most grateful to Daisy, all her helpers, Mr Terry Evans for expert calling, and everyone who came to support us.
The outing season opened with a trip to the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival on a very hot day in May. What with the heat and the hills and so much to see, it was an exhausted party that climbed back onto the bus.
Two complaints : first a dearth of cups of tea - I didn't have one all day - and secondly, although big clear maps of the site have been provided at crucial points they gave no indication of where you were when reading the map!.
During June, still very hot, we had two meetings in the (hastily mowed and weeded) Arnatt garden at Llandogo.
On the first of July we went to Weston Super mare, fortunately after the storm. We did have one heavy downpour but managed to get about and enjoy ourselves.
Mrs Kathleen Williams has been briefly in hospital but is happily now recoverd and back with us. However, she missed our last meeting as she was preparing for a party to celebrate her husband's eightieth birthday. Hearty congratulations from the Tuesday Club, Bert.
Congratulations to the Knight Family
Mr Douglas and Mrs Doris Knight have good reason to be proud of their sons. We all know Alan the popular and successful landlord of the Cherry Tree inn and below we print a copy of the Commendation presented to his brother, John, of the Fleet Air Arm. As boys, both began their education at Tintern School. Later John attended Larkfield Grammar School and Alan went to Chepstow Comprehensive.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S COMMENDATION
CHIEF PETTY OFFICER AIR ENGINEERING ARTIFICER J D KNIGHT, H.M.S. HERON
Chief Petty Officer Knight was the Manager of the Radio and Radar section in the Avionic Workshops at the Royal Navy Air station Yeovilton, from which twenty Sea Kings and eight Sea Harrier aircraft were deployed for operations in the Middle East during Operation Granby (the Gulf War).
From the outset of the enhancement modification programme of the aircraft, Chief Petty Officer Knight was at the forefront of the technical design and project management and was personally responsible for the conception and achievement of the majority of the avionic modifications. As a technician of the highest calibre, he reacted rapidly and decisively to the ever-changing demands placed upon him and invariably emerged with entirely practical solutions to frequently complex technical problems. He and his team gave the Royal Navy a capability which four months previously would have been considered unthinkable.
I commend Chief Petty Officer Knight for his outstanding professionalism and for the pivotal part he played in developing essential operational enhancements for Yeovilton's Front Line Squadrons.
(signed) Jock Slater
Summer closed early this year. By July we were lucky to have any fine days and it was our good fortune that one of these coincided with our outdoor meeting at The Cherry Tree. Mrs Knight's garden was prettier than ever and we had a lovely time. Our next meeting should have been in Mrs Kathleen William's garden but that day it rained, as it did for the next four meetings!
Like most of the country, the Tuesday Club is battling against rising costs, and Mrs Daisy Morgan's idea that we should raise funds by holding a Jumble Sale sounded like a good idea. And so it proved. The entire Club helped and people came and bought! We made a healthy profit and all the good clothes left over are on their way to Rumania even now.
We did manage an enjoyable trip to Gloucester Docks and City when it didn't rain!
It is difficult to convey how shocked and grieved members of the Tuesday Club were to hear of the sudden death of our friend and fellow member, Rector Thomas. He and Mrs Thomas have belonged to the Club for many years. We will miss his lovely great laugh and his singing, his kindliness and his warmth. It is a comfort to us that Mrs Thomas continues to join us at the meetings and we hope that she feels our deep sympathy.
At the end of November, the Club took a trip to Hereford. This was planned as a Christmas shopping trip and I for one didn't buy a single present, but thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Then of course, Christmas arrived at the speed of light, and this time we had two Christmas Dinners!
Mr and Mrs Jones of the Rose and Crown most generously provided a lovely free dinner for a large crowd of Tintern over-sixties which included many of the Tuesday Club. The dining room was beautifully decorated, the food delicious and the service spectacular.
Thank you from all of us to Mr and Mrs Jones and to those always busy ladies, Mrs Sue Ball, Mrs Janet Hill, Mrs Glenys Luff and Mrs Cath McKay who gave their time and hard work to give us a lovely party.
Later in December the Tuesday Club went to the Royal George for their Annual Christmas Dinner. Mr and Mrs Pearce made us most welcome, the dinner was lovely and we enjoyed it hugely.
Thank you for two extra draw prizes, to Mr and Mrs Pearce for a bottle of wine and to Mr Ralph Duffield for the lovely fresh fruit.
And now we look forward to the New Year and the Spring and an end to the freezing fogs and floods!