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Trellech Village Hall Newsletter – March 2014


Spring is in the air – but where did winter go?  I know it’s been wet (!) but it hasn’t really been cold has it?  Perhaps we’ve got a winter version of ‘Indian Summer’ coming?  Still, we haven’t been hibernating – in fact, there’s a lot going on.

I urge you to shop many, many times in Waitrose this month and drop your green discs in the slot marked ‘Trellech Teas’ – the more the merrier.  Following on from the successful talk by David Davies MP last month, there’s another very interesting speaker lined up for this Friday.  We have some shopping opportunities for you and a drop in to find out more about community connections.  Our first ever Trellech Teas in support of a local charity happens this month too – and we’ve launched a new website. (And that’s not all) *Phew*

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Happy reading folks!

Sarah Whiddett

Green discs in Waitrose
Every month Waitrose chooses three local causes to support through their green disc scheme.  I am very happy that this month one of those causes is us!  Please pick up a disc each time you shop and support Trellech Teas.  If you shop online, you can select us at the end of your order too.

Thanks everyone.

Dog training – new course

March 6th

A new training and socialisation course for dogs of all ages starts in March.  Helen Atton’s classes have proved to be hugely popular – lots of dogs (and their owners!) continue to be very happy with what they’ve learned.

The next eight week course starts on Thursday March 6th – 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  If you’re interested, contact Helen at or on 07974 4444082.

New website

Trellech Village Hall (The Babington Centre) has a smart new website (  It is full of news, information and links to sites you may find helpful.  You can also view the calendar and see at a glance not only what’s on but if the Centre if free for your event.

Christopher Edwards has been working hard behind the scenes to produce it and it looks superb.

If you have anything you’d like to add to the site – or suggestions to improve it – please contact Christopher via the contact tab on the site.

Take a look here.

Cold War to Hot Wars

March 7th at 7:00pm

A fascinating and very personal view of life in the armed forces by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Griffin.  Tickets are £12 (which includes a buffet) and are available from Trellech Teas or email, or click here.

Supporting each other

Community Connections
March 15th – 2:00pm-3:00pm
Do you help a neighbour or friend and sometimes need information and advice?  Or, would you like to help someone but don’t know what support there is?  Community Connections may be able to assist you in helping people in yoru community.Miranda Thomason and her team from Community Connections will be at Trellech Village Hall (The Babington Centre) on Saturday March 15th and would love to meet up for a chat.  No obligation – just drop in.  Refreshments will be provided for free.If you can’t get there but would like more information, contact Miranda on 01600 710895 / 07532 183039 or email:

Doorstop Dresser

March 14th – 2:00pm-4:30pm
We have some exciting and rather lovely clothes for sale on March 14th.  Margot Lambert, the Doorstop Dresser, will be bringing a selection of the spring ranges to Trellech Teas for us to browse and buy if we want.  Check out her Facebook page here.
Busy Bodies & TrellechTeas – March 28th
Our first local fundraising Trellech Teas is being run by the playgroup Busy Bodies on March 28th.  It will be run by volunteers from the playgroup (assisted by a Chief Tea Lady) and all money raised on the day, minus expenses, will go directly to the group.  If you’re a regular to the Teas please come along as usual.  If you’ve not been to the Teas before, please come and support the playgroup and find out why the Teas are so popular.More information about this will be sent out nearer the time.

We’ve hosted a Crufts winner and now a Times Best Seller!
Some of you may remember the visit to Trellech Teas last year of the three legged dog Haatchi.  The story of this amazing dog and his owner Owen has been recently released as a book.  It’s well worth a read.Owen and Haatchi also star in their own video here.
The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

Talks at The Babington – Lt Col RRD Griffin LG


Friday, 7th March 2014

A non-political talk open to anyone to attend.

Trellech United presents a very personal view of life in the armed forces by a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army…

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG (Afghanistan)

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG

‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial.’

Ralph (Rafe) Griffin was commissioned in to The Life Guards in 1984. His young officer’s tours, commanding a dozen men, were spent in Cyprus with the UN and in the UK including South Armagh. Squadron command tours (of around 100 men) were spent with The Life Guards (tanks) in Germany, with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (ceremonial and horses) in London and with the Household Cavalry Regiment (armoured cars) in Windsor. The Windsor tour included visits to Bosnia, Egypt and Canada. A further tour in Windsor as the second in command of the Regiment saw him deploy troops to Macedonia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Canada and onto the streets of London as firemen!

Staff appointments include planning operations and training in HQ Berlin Infantry Brigade, logistics and personnel issues in 160 (Welsh) Brigade in Brecon and managing junior cavalry officers’ careers in Glasgow. As a Lieutenant Colonel he worked in intelligence in Sarajevo. Following this tour he took command of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (450 men, 312 horses) in London. Since command, he has been Chief of Staff at the Armour Centre, been on the planning staff for the NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan (Kabul) and he currently works in Joint Warfare, a tri Service organisation in London.

He is a graduate of the UK Staff College and has an MA and MBA. He lives locally and his family have long historical ties to the area.

Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG leading a group up Rotten Row

Tickets £12 (buffet included)


Venue: The Babington Centre (Trellech Village Hall), Trellech, Nr.Monmouth, Monmouthshire NP25 4PA

6:30pm Pre-event subsidised ‘bar’.

7:00pm Talk by Lt. Col. RRD Griffin LG, ‘Cold War to Hot Wars. Operational to Ceremonial’, followed by a Q&A session.

8:00pm Raffle draw & buffet.

Raffle Prizes:

1. ‘Horse Guards’ by Barney White-Spunner (625pp) amusing, light-hearted and very readable history of the Household Cavalry.

2. Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label whisky (1 litre) Aged 12 Years.

3. Box of Thornton Premium Collection (366g).

How to purchase a ticket:

  1. Using our  Online e-ticket facility; or
  2. At Trellech Teas, Babington Centre every Friday afternoon (in advance of the day);
  3. Locally, through one of our village organisers (details by email).

We hope to see you there!

The Babington Centre, Trellech BIG Weekend, Trellech Teas, Trellech Village Hall

Trellech Village Hall Newsletter – Feb 2014

I read in our local paper that it’s rained at some point every day since 12th December 2013.  By the time you read this that will have been over 58 days!  I hope that you’re all managing to stay warm and dry and haven’t been too adversely affected by the weather.

Instead of battling the elements, grab a cuppa and settle down to read about what’s going on in Trellech Village Hall (The Babington Centre).  We’ve some fascinating talks coming up, some charity initiatives we hope you’ll support plus some ideas to help you celebrate those special events in your life.
Hope to see you soon.

Sarah Whiddett
PS – Absolultely ages ago I submitted an application to Waitrose for Trellech Teas to benefit from their Green Token scheme and I am delighted to announce that we’ve been selected to be one of the good causes they support next month.  So, please save all your shopping trips for March – and go lots and lots of times!

David Davies MP – spills the beans
Saturday Feb 22nd, 9:45am
Have you ever wondered what our local MP gets up to in a day?  Come along on Feb 22nd when David Davies, MP will be talking about what takes up his time – locally and in Westminster.  You don’t have to agree with his politics – it’s not about that – but about ‘A Day in the Life of an MP’.
The morning starts at 9:45am with refreshments and the talk starts at 10:30am.
Tickets are £5 and are on sale from Trellech Teas or by clicking here.  All the profit from the morning will be donated to local Primary Schools.

New Dog Training Classes
Tuesday evenings
Our very popular dog training classes have started a new course.  If you’re interested in joining in on this one or finding out about when the next one starts, please contact Helen Atton on 07974 444082.

Fund raising with Trellech Teas
Did you know that Trellech Teas doesn’t just raise money through selling tea and cake?  At the end of January we had a ‘Clothes Rail’ sale – well looked after, second-hand clothes were on sale.  We not only raised nearly £30 but we also helped Busy Body swell their coffers by donating the left over clothes to them to pass on to The Shaw Trust.
It proved a very popular idea so we’ll do it again.  We’re also going to have a Kitchen Table sale and a Home Makers sale for all those unwanted, unused but good quality items cluttering up our homes.  Keep an eye out for dates.
We also raise money through the sale of second hand books and DVDs.  If you fancy something to read or watch, come along and browse through our selection.  Books are as little as 50p each and DVDs only £1.
This year we’re also giving the Teas over to local good causes to help them raise money.  Next month Busy Bodies (the playgroup based in The Babington Centre) will be hosting Trellech Teas so please come along and support them on March 28th.  More about that next month.

Celebrate your special day with Trellech Teas
We’ve recently had two birthday celebrations at Trellech Teas.  Yvonne Turner held her birthday tea in January and Corinne Davies, one of our regular customers, was presented with a ‘cheese cake’ to help celebrate her birthday recently.

Yvonne (left) celebrates in style

Corinne (far right), Betty Richards and the Trellech Tea Ladies

If you have a special occasion that you’d like to celebrate but you don’t fancy doing the baking, let us do it for you!  If you contact me in advance of the date with a request for your favourite cake we’ll do our very best to bake it for you.  It’ll be on offer with all the others so get there early to make sure you get a slice.  The cost of this?  Absolutely nothing!  I can’t promise that we’ll be able to bake every cake that’s requested, but we will do our very best.

Trellech Teas

Every Friday

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Every Friday afternoon you can come along and enjoy proper tea, coffee and homemade cakes.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Trellech Teas is a friendly place – you’ll never be left to sit alone.  If you need a lift and live close by, please let me know.
We also offer afternoon tea for children, to give parents the night off from having to cook.  A sandwich, drink, piece of fruit and a slice of cake is just £3.50.  If you’d like to order a tea, let me know or contact Debbie on 01600 860322.
We are always in need of people to make cakes for us and if you fancy helping out at Trellech Teas you could join the ranks of the Trellech Tea Ladies (or Gents!).  Please contact me if you’d like to find out more.
Hope to see you on Friday!
Sarah Whiddett
01600 860967

Mobile Police Station

Friday Feb 14th  

2:00pm – 3:30pm

The mobile police station is at The Babington Centre and officers are available to discuss any concerns you have and also the work that’s being done to tackle crime in your area.
The mobile police station in Monmouth also keep recycling bags on board to give to local residents and other useful things such as lanyards to prevent purse and wallet thefts and useful crime prevention leaflets.

Mrs Milk  

Among the many people who support Trellech Teas is Veronica Godier – aka Mrs Milk.  Every week, come rain or shine, she delivers milk to the Teas for free.  It saves us money over the year and we like supporting a local business buy buying her milk.’Popping to the shop’ is a thing of the past for many of us.  Not only is it unlikely we’ve got a shop nearby but there’s also the cost of fuel to consider before going out for a paper or pint of milk.Mrs Milk offers a delivery service for milk, local free range eggs and potatoes and freshly baked bread and buns from Wigmore’s bakery.  She also delivers papers and your favourite magazines.From 1 to 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year you could be saving yourself a lot of hassle and expense if Mrs Milk is coming to your door!If you’d like to find out how Mrs Milk can help you, please contact Veronica on 01600 860653 or email her on
Coming soon…..
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Cold War to Hot Wars – March 7th at 7:00pm
A fascinating and very personal view of life in the armed forces by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Griffin.  Tickets are £12 (which includes a buffet) and are available from Trellech Teas, or click here.
Trellech BIG Weekend is back! – July 11-13
We’re currently putting together this year’s schedule for the BIG Weekend.  If you’d like to get involved or would like to make a suggestion for an event, please contact Sarah Whiddett on or 01600 860967.