Village news in brief

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Superb Turnout for the Macmillan Wye Valley Mighty Hike on 4th August 2018

On a very hot August Saturday, intrepid walkers of all ages and abilities took up the challenge of walking 26 miles along the Wye Valley between Monmouth and Chepstow to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Trust. Out of over 850 starters, 708 walkers reached the finishing line with smiles on their faces despite aching limbs. Well done to all the walkers (including those who didn't quite make it to the end) and the to all the people making donations to this very worthy cause. It is forecast that several hundred thousand of pounds will have been raised.

You can find out more about the work of Macmillan Cancer Support here.

Posted 6 August 2018
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New homes coming to Tintern

Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) are proud to be building three much needed affordable homes for social rent in Tintern. The houses, which will consist of two 2bed and one 3bed family homes, will be located in the Angiddy Valley.
Every effort was made to ensure the design of the new homes matched the surrounding properties and blended in with the local area. After winning the tender to build the new homes, contractors Kingfisher Developments (Wales) Ltd started on site in May. The properties have started to take shape, with groundworks will be completed in the next few weeks. It is hoped the 3 homes will be completed by February 2019.
As part of the development contractors Kingfisher have installed a permanent noticeboard, so the local community can keep to date with the latest updates about the development.
MHA is committed to keeping those in the communities we work in up to date with what we are doing. If you have any questions please contact Development Surveyor, Katie Knill on 0345 677 2277.

Interested in renting one of these three new homes? Don’t miss out on your chance to apply when bidding opens. Register your interest with Monmouthshire Homesearch.
As a rural exception site, anyone interested in renting one of the new homes will need to have a local connection to the area.
For more information visit
Alternatively call 0345 900 2956 to speak to the friendly Homesearch team.

Posted 30 July 2018
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White Monk expands provisions range

The White Monk Gift and Tea Shop has expanded to include further provisions for Tintern Village. They have installed a larger fridge and is now stocking staples such as milk, butter, cheese, eggs, orange juice, bacon and sausages.
This is a welcome service to the village, since otherwise you have to travel further afield when you run out of the basics.
The White Monk is welcoming suggestions for other items that we would like to see stocked.
For more about the White Monk caf
é and gift shop please click here.

Posted 30 July 2018
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Duck Race Winners

The annual Tintern Duck Race took place on Sunday 3rd June and despite a delay caused by one of the supporting canoes capsizing (the canoeist was somewhat wet but otherwise OK), the ducks were successfully launched from Brockweir bridge. Onlookers were able to follow the plucky ducks all the way along the river bank in superb weather conditions to the finishing line at St Michael's church where refreshments were served by the fete committee. Proceeds go towards the cost of running the Tintern Fete being held on Saturday, 30th June 2018.

Congratulations to Richard Jackson on winning the top prize of £100 and to our other prizewinners, William Noble and Deborah Stock. And, of course, massive thanks to everyone who took part.

Posted 04 June 2018
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Follow-up to the Wye Valley River Festival's Museum of the Moon in Tintern

Tintern was host to the dramatic Museum of the Moon during the recent River Festival and the Tintern Festivals Association has made a compilation of the poetry read during the 'Meditations on the Moon' event at the Abbey.

Click here to see the poetry compilation.

Posted 01 June 2018
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Tintern War Memorial proposal. Is anyone interested?

Tintern resident and Community Councillor Alan Hillard is putting forward the idea of Tintern having its own war memorial and is seeking opinion and ideas from other villagers. Alan has proposed the following:

I know there is no Tintern War Memorial, but in this hundredth year since the end of hostilities of the Great War, then perhaps Tintern should do its bit in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I would like to see a large piece of Forest sandstone erected in St Michael’s Churchyard, featuring the names of those we wish to remember engraved on a Brass plate.

We should also have a ‘Virtual Memorial’ on the village website where we can tell the stories of those we remember.

I am not a Tintern ‘Local’ and so do not have that fund of knowledge that comes with being born here. However I do think that Tintern should remember those who laid down their lives and I would be grateful to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping me further the idea of a War Memorial or who can add to the stories that they know about those who made the supreme sacrifice.

If any one has other ideas on this subject please let me know.

Alan Hillard can be contact by email at

Posted 16 May 2018
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The Wye Valley River Festival comes to Tintern, Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May

From 5th to 20th May 2018, the Wye Valley River Festival is returning and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Two weeks of arts, entertainment, wonder and spectacle will be flowing through the riverside towns and villages of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as artists and communities celebrate the river and its wonderful woodlands.

Tintern is playing a major part in the programme, including displaying the Museum of the Moon which is a unique and amazing lunar art installation by international artist Luke Jerram. As night falls, a 7-metre wide fusion of lunar imagery and moonlight, suspended high in the ruins of Tintern Abbey, will be illuminated, accompanied by a surround sound composition from BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Using imagery from NASA, each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

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The Museum of the Moon will be presented at the iconic Tintern Abbey, in partnership with Cadw, between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th May 2018.

Other Festival events in Tintern include:

Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm, A Moon Talk presented by the Tintern Philosophy Circle in Tintern Village Hall prior to visiting the Museum of the Moon at Tintern Abbey.

Wednesday 16th May, Pilgrimage Walks to the 'Moon'. Choice of 3 walks from the Kymin (11 miles), Chepstow (6 miles) and Brockweir (2 miles) all starting from the Forge Road car park with transport to the starting points. ( for timings refer to Events section)

Thursday 17th May 7.30pm, Passing the Baton. Live music and theatre in the Abbey.

Friday 18th May, 6.30 to 10pm, Picnic night in the Abbey. Join the community of Tintern to celebrate the Museum of the Moon. Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Sunday 20th May 7pm onwards, Moon Bathing in the Abbey. A guided meditation with poetry readings.

Please click here to see details of all that is happening in Tintern. You can visit the River Festival website to get news on what is happening across the whole Festival.

Posted 13 April 2018
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THE ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING of the Parish will be held on Tuesday, 8th May, 2018 at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start in St. Michael’s Church. This meeting will be Chaired by the Reverend David McGladdery, Area Dean of Monmouth.

All lay people whose names are on the Electoral Roll of the Parish are entitled to speak and vote and are strongly urged to attend the Meeting.

Posted 21 April 2018
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Lower Wye Area Committee Meeting

As part of its widening of democratic participation, Monmouthshire County Council is holding a meeting at Chepstow Leisure Centre on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 10.00am.

Of special interest to Tintern residents, Included in the Agenda is: A466 St Arvans to Tintern - the present and the future. The impact of the removal of the Severn Bridge tolls will also be discussed.

A full agenda is available here from the Monmouthshire County Council website.

Posted 21 April 2018
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The Christening of Alice Kay Carter

A family gathering together with a great number of friends at Tintern Village Hall following the Christening of Alice Kay at St Michael's Church, Tintern. A fantastic food spread was put on and there was a very beautiful baby to admire. Congratulations to the proud parents, Rhiannon Haf and Joe Carter.
Posted 8 April 2018
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The Tintern News

Pop over here to read the latest issue of The Tintern News so that you don't miss anything affecting the village.
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Friends of Tintern is selling its Ricoh MP4000 Photocopier with Booklet Maker. £250.00 or near offer.

Friends of Tintern are disposing of their photocopier. It was used regularly up to one month ago to produce the Tintern News. Now that production has passed to a commercial printer, there is available this Ricoh MP4000 Mono Copier plus integrated Booklet Maker. It copies 40 pages a minute and is in perfect working order, having been maintained from new by the supplier. Buyer to collect. Contact Allan Reid

Posted 7 April 2018
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The Royal George has changed hands

The Royal George Hotel, Tintern is now owned and managed by Harriet Babbage and Richard Secular who until recently had the stylish BroadRock B&B in Woodcroft, near Chepstow.

The Royal George has a temporary web page
here and much more detail on its new food offering and plans for the future will appear there and on its page on this site in due course.

Posted 31 March 2018
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A466 to reopen on Thursday 29th March 2018

County Councillor Ann Webb has emailed to say the road between Tintern and St Arvans should be open on Thursday 29th March with traffic-light control.

Tintern Community Council has commented further:

"Following the recent temporary closure of the A466 by MCC, we have been notified that the road will be open again by Easter, but will probably be operated with temporary traffic lights. We understand that there will be a further road closure later in the year to finish essential work at the sites.

We realise that residents have been unhappy about the recent closure and inadequate signage of diversions. If you have any suggestions how future closures can be more effectively implemented or any specific issues you wish to raise please contact us in time for our meeting on the 30th April."

Posted 28th March 2018
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Special Easter services at St Michael's Church, Tintern. For details, please click here.
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Seen outside the village hall

The incredible creature Maisy, found wandering outside the village hall on Wednesday 21st March with her friends Kim (left) and Illy. They're getting ready for their Easter weekend at Raglan Castle. You can find out more about Maisy and her friends on the Los Kaos website.

Posted 21st March 2018
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2018 Tintern Fete news

They’re Back!
Yes, the fabulous Rock Choir, who were such a hit last year with their sparkling musical programme and wonderful voices have been signed up to open the fete again this year. The only difference - we will get to hear more of them. They will be singing for three sessions throughout the afternoon instead of two. You can never have too much of a good thing!

Take a look at what's coming up at Tintern Fete
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CADW is changing local resident passes.
Local resident Pass holders will need to exchange them for Cadw Monument Passes.
See details on the Cadw website.