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Trellech Village Hall Newsletter – December 2015

I met someone recently (hi Brian!) who commented on what a fantastic community we have here in Trellech.  For such a small village we have a lot going on – and the Village Hall, along with the pub, church, playgroup, school and other organisations, is a key part of that success.  So ‘thank you’ if you’re an organiser, helper, participant or supporter – long may we continue.  We also have a thank you message from the Hall’s Trustees, the Friends of the Church and Trellech Trips for you below.

There are still activities happening in the Hall this month – so take a look at what’s on and we hope to see you soon.


‘Thank you’ from the Trustees
The trustees of the Village Hall would like to thank everybody for their support during 2015 especially during the refurbishment process. We are particularly indepted to Peter Flower for all of his hard work and his band of volunteers who we would not have been able to do without. Trellech Teas continue to provide funding, Trellech United Community Council and the New Grove Trust have been generous with grants that have allowed us to do more than we planned.  Busy Bodies  still operate from the hall and as well as providing us with necessary income are a fantastic asset to the village. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Seniors Christmas Lunch
Sunday December 6th
12:30pm for 1:00pm
Do you know anyone who’s 60 or over and lives in Trellech (or is that you?).  The annual Trellech Country Fayre’s Christmas Lunch is this Sunday.  If you haven’t already booked a place – or you know someone who could join in – please contact Nora Roberts on 01600 860282.
Trellech Teas
Christmas opening
Fridays 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Even our dedicated Trellech Tea ladies need time off over Christmas so we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years’ Day.  We’ll be back on January 8th – pinnies pressed, cakes baked and tea pots warming, ready to welcome you all back after your Christmas break.


Trellech Teas
What’s on….

This Friday (December 4th) Sarah will be selling all things Phoenix.  That includes charity Christmas cards, general greetings cards, stationery and plenty of ideas for Christmas presents.  10% of all sales goes to Trellech Teas.  If you don’t know what Phoenix does, take a look at Sarah’s website here.

Over the next three weeks we will be raffling a lovely Christmas cake – made as usual by the talented Gladys Young, iced by the rather less talented Sarah*  Tickets will  be on sale at the Teas and we will pick the winner on December 18th at 4:00pm.

* This means the cake will taste lovely even if the icing looks somewhat ‘amateurish’!!

Take Over Teas

Last month saw the Friends of St Nicholas’s Church and Churchyard run Trellech Teas.  They made a very respectable £100 – so ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along and helped and supported.

The closing date for the 2016 Take Over Teas has now passed.  Applications are in and I’ll announce the dates and organisations running the teas in the newsletter next month.

Trellech Trips
Bath Christmas Market
‘thank you’
On Tuesday this week, 39 of us caught the bus to Bath to the Christmas Market.  A lovely day was had by all.  After expenses we raised £200 for Trellech Teas so thank you to everyone who came along and particularly ‘thank you’ to Simon Phillips who drove us there and back with a cheery smile!
The Babington Centre, Trellech Teas, Trellech Village Hall

Trellech Village Hall Newsletter – November 2015


As I sit here writing the letter this month, the wind is howling outside and it’s dark already at 5:00pm and it’s been raining.  However, that means the waterfall at Cleddon is finally a ‘fall’ rather than a ‘dribble’ and the shorter days are a good reason to get snuggled up indoors and watch the leaves blow by!

Walking in the village can be rather hazardous at the best of times, and the gloomy evenings can make it worse.  If you’d like to find out about the campaign to make Trellech a much safer place, there’s an opportunity on Friday to find out how.

We also have another Take Over Teas coming up and a very packed trip to Bath. Plus we have some feedback on the very successful Apple Day last month and news about the closure of the Food Co-op.

So, grab a cuppa and read on….


Make Trellech Safe
Drop in on Friday November 13th
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Following the submission of the Make Trellech Safe petition MCC highways have put together a draft road calming proposal for the village. This Friday there is a drop in session so that you can give your feedback and views on the proposal.
Stephen Parsons from Road Casualty Reduction Partnership (Go Safe) Gwent Police will be attending the session to explain the Community Speed Watch Group Scheme and hopefully get names of those who are interested in signing up. (A Scheme that is both popular and successful in Llandogo)
Monmouthshire County Council highways will also be present to discuss road calming proposals for local residents to comment on.
We may need to apply to Welsh Government for funding and demonstrating that there has been some consultation with the local community does strengthen our application.

For more information, contact Debby Blakebrough, our local Independent Councillor:

Trellech Take Over Teas
Friday November 20th

As you know Trellech Teas gets ‘taken over’ a few times a year.  Local groups take over the Teas – they bake and don the Trellech Teas pinnies – and all the money raised, after expenses, goes to the good cause.

This month it’s the turn of St Nicholas’s Church and Churchyard.  Come along and support – all the usual goodies will be available, plus some extras.  And you’ll have to turn up to find out what!

Dates for next year’s Take Over Teas have been decided.  If you know a group who could benefit from raising funds in this way, please take a lookhereSubmissions must be in by November 27th at the latest.

Apple Day
Thank you
Apple Day

If you didn’t make it along to the Apple Day last month, you missed a treat.  It was a very well attended day – and included the making of our very own apple juice, from the apples in the Village Hall grounds.

A very healthy £500 was raised on the day.  Huge thanks to Peter and Sue Flower and Linda Campbell and all the helpers who made the day such a success.

Trellech Teas
Coming soon…..

As you know we occasionally have local providers of goods and services come along to showcase their wares.  Here’s what’s coming up this month.

November 27th – Fabulous Christmas Bunting

Christmas Bunting

Sarah McMahon will be bringing along her handmade Christmas bunting.  Sarah’s bunting comes in various and styles (for children, garden, home and camping as well as for Christmas) and is made from vintage fabrics and remnants.  So, if you want something a bit different to decorate your home this year, come along and take a look or visit her store online here.

If you know anyone who’d like a stall please ask them to contact Sarah Whiddett on 01600 860967 or sarahwhiddett@hotmail.co.uk.

Food Co-op
As you may know we have been running a Food Co-op since April.  Unfortunately, interest in the Co-op has waned to the point where it’s no longer viable so, sadly, it has been stopped.  Huge thanks to Rosemary Decker-Thomas for setting this up and organising it every week over the last six months.
Trellech Trip to Bath
December 1st
Bus Trip
This has been a sell out – we have one ticket left!  I will be putting together a reserve list in case anyone who’s already booked can’t make it – and if we get enough people on that list I’ll see if we can organise a bigger bus.  So, if you haven’t got your ticket already please contact Sarah Whiddett on 01600 860967 or sarahwhiddett@hotmail.co.uk.
The Babington Centre, Trellech Teas, Trellech Village Hall

Trellech Village Hall Newsletter – October 2015


A friend of mine suggested that we love the time of year when we were born.  That’s certainly true of me – I love the autumn.  The nights are drawing in, we’re still enjoying mild weather and the autumn leaves will showcase this lovely valley in a wonderful way in the coming weeks.

There’s a lot to tell you this month – reports on celebrations and fundraising plus news about a couple of great events happening this month.

So, grab a mug of something warming and read on…


Trellech Teas celebrated its third birthday
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If you were at the Teas a couple of weeks ago you will have seen this magnificent cake, baked by Sue Flower – and decorated with the help of Linda Campbell.  Yes, hard to believe, but we’ve been running for three years now!

Over those three years we’ve raised over £12,000 for the Village Hall and the Trellech BIG Weekend.  We’ve also ‘spread the love’ through our Take Over Teas where local groups take over the teas and raise money for their cause.  Nearly £800 has been raised this year via our Take Over Teas.

However, far more important to the Tea Ladies, and I suspect to most of our customers, is the opportunity to meet up with old friends, make new ones and start the weekend with a bit of indulgence!  There’s such a great sense of community at the Teas and that, to me anyway, is its real success.

Of course, none of this would happen without the dedicated support of our lovely bakers and helpers who give their time, skills and resources for free to help Trellech Teas be such a huge success.

Thank you
Apple Day
Saturday October 17th
11:00am – 3:00pm
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It’s our 6th Annual Apple Day this month.  A popular feature in our calendar, this celebrates all things ‘apple’.

  • Refreshments, including morning coffee
  • Buffet lunch
  • Apple pressing demonstration
  • Apple Bring & Buy
  • Raffle
  • Apple related goodies for sale

If you can donate excess apples, make apple related desserts, cakes, chutneys, etc., and/or offer a raffle prize, please contact Peter or Sue Flower on 01600 860754.

You can also bring apples to Trellech Teas – and collect ingredients to make something for the day.

Proceeds to benefit the Babington Centre
Beyond the Prison Walls
Trellech United Annual Talk
Friday October 30th
6:30pm for a 7:00pm start
Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA
Geoffrey Hughes BA MEd MBA

Join us for an informal, entertaining and insightful evening with former Governor of HMP Belmarsh, Geoffrey Hughes. Geoff is a penal expert and knowledgeable speaker who gives a practitioner’s view of imprisonment, crime and punishment, providing a fascinating insight into life behind prison walls.

ENTRY IS BY TICKET ONLY as numbers are limited – £12 in advance of the evening, or £15 on the door if not sold out.  Ticket price includes a sumptuous two course supper, including cheese board.

Tickets can be bought at Trellech Teas or via the ticket website here.

Busy Bodies Fundraiser

Last month saw a group of hardy souls walk three peaks in South Wales to raise money for the play group.  Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to everyone who sponsored the group.

Trellech Teas
Coming soon…..

As you know we occasionally have local providers of goods and services come along to showcase their wares.  Here’s what’s coming up this month.

October 23rd – Phoenix Trading SALE!
Come along to look at the fantastic cards, stationery and many other products in the Phoenix Trading range.  Many items will be reduced – ideal for doing a bit of early Christmas shopping.

If you know anyone who’d like a stall please ask them to contact Sarah Whiddett on 01600 860967 or sarahwhiddett@hotmail.co.uk.

Trellech Trips
Bath Christmas Market

Tuesday December 1st

Following our successful trip last year, we’re doing it all again this year.  The price remains the same, just £12.50 per person.

We’ll pick up at The Narth at 9:30am and at the Village Hall at 10:00am.  We’ll get back around 6:00pm.

Tickets must be bought in advance and will go on sale at Trellech Teas from October 16th or contact Sarah Whiddett on 01600 860967 orsarahwhiddett@hotmail.co.uk.

Your ticket price pays for the bus – any money we make over and above will be donated to the Village Hall.  If we don’t meet the numbers required to pay for the trip your money will be refunded in full.

Take Over Teas
Dates for 2016

The Take Over Teas is an opportunity for local good causes to benefit from a ‘ready made’ fundraising event.

If you’d like your favourite cause to be one of these groups, please apply before November 27th 2015. Application forms can be downloaded hereor collected from Trellech Teas.

If we end up with more than four good causes, we will put them all to the vote with Trellech Teas’ customers being able to cast a vote each time they visit.  Final decisions will be made by end of December 2015.

The Babington Centre, Trellech Teas, Trellech Village Hall

Coming up at Trellech Village Hall

Coming up……

November 21st, 6:30pm for 7:00pm start.  A talk and supper with Consultant General Surgeon Brian Stephenson who has used his skills to help patients in Africa.  Tickets can be bought here or at Trellech Teas.

There are plans for a Christmas Market, pencilled in for November 22nd.  If you’d like to take part, please contact sarahwhiddett@hotmail.co.uk.

Trellech Trips – a coach trip to Bath Christmas Market is scheduled for December 3rd.  Keep the date in your diary – more information to follow.