Hall to Stay Closed for Now

The Village Hall committee has been discussing for some time when and how we can reopen the hall, and a great deal of preparation has been done to that end. However, with cases of Covid-19 rising again, the committee has decided that the hall will stay closed for the time being.

This decision will be reviewed regularly, and we will continue to monitor the regulations and advice from the Welsh Government and Monmouthshire County Council. (The Council staff have been particularly helpful in answering our queries.)

In making this decision we have taken into account the responses to our questionnaire. These have shown that opinion is clearly divided in the village about whether we should reopen soon, and the concern expressed by some people was one of the factors in our decision. We welcome your continued input – please fill in the questionnaire if you have not already done so.

We have also looked at the layout of the hall and the viability of any events we could hold, as well as the amount of work that would be required by our volunteers to maintain high safety standards. This research will all be useful for the time when we are able to resume activities.

While the hall is closed, we are considering other ways we could interact as a village community. For example, we plan to run the hall’s Christmas Card distribution this year (but with more safety measures in place).

We will keep you informed, mainly through this web site and the village email list. If you do not receive our emails, you can request to be added to the circulation using our Contact form.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued patience and support.

The Narth & District Village Hall Committee

Opening the Hall: Your Opinion?

Please respond to our questionnaire even if you were not a regular user of the Village Hall.

The Village Hall Committee are looking at whether we can resume some activities at the Village Hall. This would require rigorous health & safety precautions. We are investigating which activities, if any, could return within the current legislation.

We have had feedback from most of the village groups, and opinions vary widely. Some are keen to get back, others will not consider doing so this year.

We value the opinion of our residents on this. We are aware that some people feel we should not open the hall at all, but we don’t know whether that is a small minority or a general feeling.

We have set up a short questionnaire, which is anonymous, and encourage people in the village to fill this in. Please let us know your thoughts using the link below. It will help us to decide how we should proceed.

If you would like a response to any particular comments or questions, please contact the Committee using the Contact Us form

Link to Questionnaire: Should We Aim to Reopen the Hall in the Near Future?


Trellech Surgery: Important Updates

August 11th Update:

The Prescription Collection and Delivery Service from Help on The Narth will stop at the end of this month. The last collection/delivery will be Thursday 27th August.  

A huge thank you to the volunteers who have made this service possible during Covid Lockdown.

Please be reassured that if there is a ‘second wave’ of the virus and a further lockdown, the service will be resumed.

July 8th Update:

The Trellech Surgery has asked us to remind patients that the Help on The Narth prescription collection and delivery service continues. They ask that as many patients as possible use it. This reduces the risk of infection to staff at the surgery, to other patients visiting the surgery (some of whom are very sick) and to the community at large, thereby reducing the risk of a second wave.

June 2020: A summary of information from Wye Valley Practice sent to Help on The Narth

The surgery continues to operate a telephone triage system, ensuring patients get the most appropriate care at the right time.  All consultations are initially over the phone or via video (where it is appropriate, the patient feels confident and technology is on our side). Continue reading

Do you sew? Join the Mask Making group

Home made face mask

Our home made face mask

Do you sew? Would you be willing to make masks for friends and neighbours in the village?

Do you want one of our custom-made masks?

The Welsh Government are advising everyone to wear a mask on public transport and in situations where distancing is difficult. There’s research evidence that a cotton mask can reduce the spread of infection through droplets by up to 90%.

We have set up a village mask-making consortium! If you have the skills & time and would like to help, please let us know. We’d also be grateful for donations of oddments of cotton material, herringbone tape, binding and elastic.

Contact Jane Gilliard via helponthenarth@gmail.com

Here’s how to make a mask

How to Get your Mask

Masks are available in adult and child sizes with various patterns, and with elastic or ties.

To get yours email helponthenarth@gmail.com or ring Jane on 861974

Mask selection

There’s no charge but a donation to the Village Hall is appreciated.

Masks should be washed after each wearing, so we will each need at least 2 masks.

Wiggies’ Bread Orders

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Wigmore’s Bakery are still delivering to the village every fortnight.  Orders must be placed with Marilyn, not Wiggies, before midday on Thursday on delivery week, for collection on Saturday. 

Contact Marilyn: marilyn@thebeechesthenarth.org.uk or 01600 860031 for information or to place an order.

You can make your selection first from Wigmore’s price list

A self-collection system operates from the Village Hall. After you have placed your first order you will receive details of how this works. The hall garage will be open from 11.30am to 5pm for you to pick up your order.  We ask you to be aware of our social distancing and other safety rules.

Village Food Delivery: Evans of Monmouth

5th AUGUST: As there has been a drop in demand for Evans boxes from the hall, there will no longer be a delivery to the village. The Hall Committee want to say a huge THANK YOU to Evans staff and volunteers for providing the village with a desperately needed service during the height of the lockdown, as well as acknowledging the wonderful team of volunteers that helped get the boxes around the village.

Evans are continuing to run a Click and Collect service from their premises on the Wonastow Road Industrial Estate and you can place your order on their web site here www.evansofmonmouth.com/veg-box-order-form

We hope residents will continue to support Evans and the other local businesses that kept their services going during those difficult times.

27th JULY: From the end of July a self-collection system will operate from the Village Hall. After you have placed your order you will receive details of how this works. The hall will be open from 11.45 am to 12.30 pm for you to pick up your order and we ask you to be aware of the social distancing and other safety rules.

Local food delivery businesses are working very hard to provide a service to everyone, but they do not have the resources to meet the demand for deliveries to individual households.  To help, we have arranged a combined delivery system for fresh food boxes with Evans of Monmouth.  This will ease the pressure on Evans while supporting this local business, provide people who are self-isolating with a regular delivery and, hopefully, assist social distancing by reducing the number of visits to the shops in town.  Evans have told us that they cannot do individual deliveries to our village, so please order through us if you want one of their fresh food boxes.

Orders will be dropped off at the Village Hall on Mondays.

Orders must be placed with us (not with Evans) 

Order before midday on Wednesday for delivery the following Monday

There is a minimum order value of £10 and a £3 delivery charge

If you have any queries please email ShopOnTheNarth@gmail.com


Prescription Collections Procedure


This is new information about our prescription collection service. We have agreed a twice weekly collection service with Trellech Surgery on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Please try to order your repeat prescriptions at least one week before you need them

If you need someone to collect a prescription, please contact Help on The Narth before you contact the surgery to order the prescription. We will give you the name of the volunteer who will collect your prescription and the day on which they will collect it. You can then order in your usual way.

If you order your prescriptions online, there is a free text box where you can add the name of the volunteer who will collect the prescriptions.

If you order by telephone, please add the name of the volunteer to the end of the message after you’ve given your name, date of birth and item required.

If you are a patient at one of the Monmouth surgeries, we have a dedicated volunteer who will pick up prescriptions from these surgeries. Please contact us and we will pass the message to the volunteer and let you know what arrangements we have been able to put in place.

If you need an urgent prescription or any other errand involving any of the surgeries, please get in touch. We can arrange individual collections for anything that can’t wait until our next scheduled collection


Email: helponthenarth@gmail.com

Jane 861974
Larry 861836
Marilyn 860031

Village Lockdown: Useful Information

LATEST: October Lockdown Takeaways and Click & Collect Groceries Visit Monmouthshire is maintaining a list of Click & Collect Takeaway food services in our area.  Rather than having to keep the list here updated, please check their web site listings for a more current list: www.visitmonmouthshire.com/delivery-click-collect

Mitchel Troy Recycling centre open (except during Firebreak lockdown). Bookings must be made in advance here on the MCC web site 

UPDATE 31st August 2020: This page is no longer being updated regularly, but any major changes will be noted.

Village bread delivery from Wiggies

Contact us if you have any information or updates to share.

The Narth Community group on Facebook is a source of shared information too.

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Help on The Narth

UPDATE 20th December 2020

Help on The Narth is operational and able to help if you need support. Get in touch if you need shopping, prescriptions collected, errands run or just moral support in these difficult times.

Please consider adding your email address to the village mailing list to get the latest news for the duration of the emergency.

Marilyn: 01600 860031   Jane: 01600 861974

Email helponthenarth@gmail.com 

Or you can use the Contact Us form on this web site,

UPDATE 19th October 2020

Help on The Narth is still available to help during this short lockdown, although we will not be reinstating the prescription collections for the whole village.  Anyone considered to be in a ‘vulnerable’ group who needs a prescription or shopping during this time, or other forms of support, please contact Marilyn or Jane for help.

If you are shopping for a neighbour, or someone is shopping for you, the payment scheme is still available through the Village Hall account to avoid giving out your bank details.


Help on The Narth is suspending most of its support services from 1st September, which were set up as emergency measures during lockdown.  The forms have been removed, but if you need to contact us you can do so through the Contact Us form on this web site, or phone Marilyn on 01600 860031.

The infrastructure will remain in place in case it is needed again.

Lockdown News will remain available but will not be updated unless there is a major change, and the Wigmores bakery delivery will continue while there is enough demand.  A few people are still being supported with prescription collections and a number of one to one support arrangements are still in place between neighbours.

The volunteer team that came together during the Covid19 emergency was exceptional. It is a testament to the community spirit in our village and we feel it has brought us even closer together (in a socially distanced way!).

A huge Thank You to everyone involved.

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