Footpaths Project Update

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Our village no 65 bus service is under threat and needs more passengers so why not make use of it to go for a walk on our wonderful footpath network?  Just a short ride to Maryland, Trellech, Whitebrook Crossroads or Penallt gives great opportunities for linear walks back to The Narth.  Don’t hesitate – the bus is there for us all to use, and if you have a bus pass it’s free!

The timetable is available on this website

Progress in Manor Wood Continue reading


Petition to Save the 65 Bus

BusThe 65 bus connects Chepstow to Monmouth via Devauden, Llanishen, Trellech, The Narth & Penallt.  The service is threatened by financial cuts by Monmouthshire County Council.

Some residents on The Narth have started a campaign to save the 65 Bus, as they believe the loss of this essential service will cut off many people from education, employment and social services. It will impact most heavily on young people and the elderly.

If you agree that this vital service to a large rural area needs to be supported and funded by local government then please sign the petition:

Click to Open Petition Page

Beetle Drive & Big Breakfast


Family Beetle Drive, June 2018

The Village Hall committee, all volunteers ourselves, rely on support from the rest of the village and appreciate all the help we get to keep things going at the hall.  From the Glade Tavern volunteers to all the people hiring the hall for village groups, everyone contributes to maintaining our building and facilities, which in return provides everyone with a place for the social activities that are so important to our community.

I wanted to highlight two recent examples of events organised by people not on the committee which have benefitted the hall financially, while providing great, fun social occasions for people of all ages.

Alison and Mark Arnell and their team of young helpers raised £310 from the Big Breakfast, which was divided between hall funds and Home-Start Monmouthshire.  (We have received a letter of thanks from Home-Start which stresses how valuable donations are to enable them to continue to support vulnerable families in the county.)

On 29th June, Rachel Widdicks and Mary Pardington organised the Family Beetle Drive, with food provided by Brendan Pardington.  This raised £155 for hall funds, another valuable contribution.

But mostly, a full room with every generation joining in the fun – that’s what the Village Hall is all about.

Chair of Village Hall Committee

Narth Singers Summer Concert

A Day Out with the Narth Singers

A Concert at Pelham Hall in aid of Cancer and Leukaemia in Children

Narth Singers Summer 2018 ‘A Day out with the Narth Singers’ is going to help children with cancer and leukaemia and you won’t have to leave your comfortable seat at the Pelham Hall, Penallt to enjoy it…..

You won’t have to leave your seat because, the Narth Singers are going to take you on a sumptuous, summer, song-packed, ‘stravaganza on Thursday July 12th at 7.30 pm at Pelham Hall, Penallt. ‘Summertime’ from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess will, of course. feature highly. As will George Harrison’s Beatles’ number ‘Here comes the Sun’ from 1969. Continue reading

Village Fete & Social: Sunday 26th August

Our Annual Fete this year will be a social afternoon around the theme of
Village Life in Days Gone By
flags-306340_960_72012.30pm to 5pm

  • Wheelie Grand Parade at 2pm (meet 1.45pm in Woodlands)
  • Games – boules and outdoor table tennis (weather permitting!)
  • Wild Tots children’s activities and woodland scavanger hunt 12.30pm to 2pm
  • Stalls including White Elephant, Produce, Plants…
  • Raffle
  • Lunch and refreshments – bar, barbeque, salads
  • Afternoon teas from 2.30pm with musical accompaniment from Derek Rainsford on Piano and the Forest Flutes Choir
  • Display of photographs and memorabilia from the village’s past

How you can contribute: Continue reading

Family Beetle Drive 29 June

Family Fun at the hall with a Beetle Drive and curry supper on Friday 29th June.

Beetle Drive BeetleA beetle drive is suitable for all ages, although children under 8 will need parental/carer support.

Doors open at 6.30pm.

Curry Supper will be a choice of

  • Mild chicken korma
  • Medium chicken dopazia
  • Vegetarian option

Tickets: £7.50 or £5 for primary aged children.

There will not be a bar but people are welcome to BYO


BOOK YOUR PLACE: contact Rachel Widdicks 01600 869142 or

Proceeds to the Village Hall maintenance funds.

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Wild Tots Summer Sessions

WildTotsLogoOur local Wild Tots wild play group for children and their parents/carers will be meeting in Manor Wood on Sundays during the summer on

Sunday 17th June
Sunday 15th July
Sunday 19th August

Wild Tots sets up camp between 1030-1200, on the above dates, just past the Glade in Manor Woods, opposite the Village Hall.  Whatever the weather!

Look for the Wild Tots flag on the right as you enter the Glade. Follow the path to the camp, which is off to the right and over the stream.

It’s £3 per family.  Prepare to get a bit muddy, and bring a mug for tea / coffee or hot apple juice!

New members are welcome.  Find out about the group and contact them via their Facebook page @Wildtotsinthewoods and learn more about the Wild Tots scheme at