The Narth Hall Newsletter November 2020

The latest village newsletter will be delivered door to door soon, this time missing out the people that have opted to receive it by email instead of the paper version. Download the pdf

If you want to add your household to the list of people just getting the digital copy, please let us know using the Contact Us form here.

The editor is the Village Hall secretary, Maria Ricketts. If you have something you would like to publicise, get in touch with Maria on 01600 869171 or use the Contact form linked above.

Previous newsletters can be viewed here.

The Virtual Village Hall Christmas Quiz

Join the Christmas Quiz Saturday 12th December

Join us on Saturday 12th December for our online Christmas Quiz over Zoom! The quiz will start at 7pm and end at 9pm.

Helen King (who usually runs the hall’s Quiz and Curry Nights) will be setting the question and will be master of ceremonies. Questions will be provided online.

Teams from the same household can join in together sharing one device (laptop/tablet/phone), but to keep things simple, if anyone in your house is logging in on a separate device, please book in as a separate team.

There is no charge to join in, but please book to receive a link to the session by filling in the form below.

Good Luck!

Village Christmas Card Deliveries

The Committee are organising Christmas Card deliveries around The Narth, Pen y Fan and Maryland again this year, but there will be a few changes. We appreciate donations in return for this service – details below.

This year we will have a Post Box outside the hall for you to drop your cards into. This will be open from 1st December up to Thursday 10th December.

Please write the name of the house on the envelope and it would help us tremendously if you could also write the house number from the Village Mapyou can download the map here.

Please make sure you are using the right map (not the map in the history book as this is out of date and the numbering is different)!

Only cards for the village please and remember, our volunteers don’t know where everyone lives so please use the house name and number!

Cards will be quarantined for 3 days then sorted and delivered before Christmas.


It would help us if you could make your donation by bank transfer, with the reference ‘Xmas’. If you don’t have the hall’s bank details Contact Us to request them.

If you cannot do this, please put your donation in an envelope and post it SEPARATELY into the green post box attached to the wall of the building, to the left of the front door. (Not in with the cards.) If you do this, please contact the hall treasurer, Marilyn, or use the Contact Us form to let us know there’s something to collect.

If you qualify for Gift Aid, please fill in the form here so we can claim an additional 25% on your donation.

THANK YOU and have the best Christmas possible in these difficult times.

Evans of Monmouth Deliveries to the Village Hall

Evans of Monmouth are now delivering their food boxes to the hall. Their range includes fruit, vegetables, dairy produce, meat, fish and many store cupboard staples (pasta, tinned goods, flour, condiments, drinks and more).

Deliveries are fortnightly on Thursdays. Orders must be placed by midday the day before delivery (i.e. by 12.30pm Wednesday for delivery on Thursday).

There is a minimum order value of £10 and an administration charge of £3 on orders less than £30.

The next delivery will be Thursday 26th November – orders must be in by noon on Wednesday 25th.

The system for ordering and collection is as follows:

  1. Download the order form from the Evans of Monmouth web site here (opens in separate tab or window)
  2. Phone or email Evans with your order, stating it is for delivery to The Narth hall.
    Telephone 01600 712005 or email
  3. Let Help on The Narth know when you place your first order to be added to our ‘Customer Group’.
    Phone or email Marilyn 01600 860031 or
  4. Everyone in the Customer Group will be notified when the delivery has arrived at the hall, preferably by text message or email but other methods can be arranged
  5. You can collect your box at your convenience that day, up to 4.30pm
  6. Pay Evans of Monmouth direct by bank transfer if you can – instructions will be on the invoice with your order
  7. If you cannot pay by bank transfer, the village hall will pay for you. You can then pay the hall by cheque or cash
  8. If you are isolating or in a vulnerable group (over 70 or with an pre-existing condition) we can arrange for a volunteer to deliver your order to you

You will be given more details about how to collect, including our safety and social distancing guidelines when you let us know you are placing your first order.

We are grateful to Evans staff for supporting the villages and hope that residents will continue to support our independent local businesses.

Put Out a Pumpkin for Halloween

The village Pumpkin Trail is ready for the weekend and here is a map of just some of the pumpkins that can be spotted. There will be others, pictures or actual pumpkins, so keep your eyes peeled!

(Please remember we are in lockdown and this is for your daily exercise walk around the village in your household group.)

Social distancing means Halloween Trick or Treating is out this year, but we don’t want the children to miss out entirely. We are asking people to Put Out a Pumpkin for Halloween, so family groups can take their children on a pumpkin hunt around the village. Parents may decide to give them a treat for each one they spot.

If you plan to display your pumpkin, can you let the Village Hall committee know please as we are putting together a map to let parents know where to go. Use our Contact Us form to tell us your house name, or post on the village Facebook page.

It doesn’t have to be a real pumpkin. If you don’t have one. A picture in your window, or somewhere else that can be seen easily, would do instead.

With thanks to Jo Mainwaring for the idea.

The Narth Photo Competition: The Winners

The twelve photographs selected for the calendar are shown below. The winner of the public vote for the front cover of the calendar was Deer in Bluebells by Elisa Best. Order you calendars here

Narthinia, Elisa Best
Winter on Trellech Common, Janni Menday
Manor Wood, Graham Agg
Deer in Bluebells, Elisa Best
Out for Lunch, Rob Stocker
Common Spotted-orchid, Jon Dunkelman
Thicket, Derek Rainsford
Female Ruddy Darter, Larry Stoter
Autumn Leaves, Sue Goodlass
Shaggy Inkcaps, Sarah Pilkington
Winter Sunbeams, Greg Browning
First Snow, Jen Bannister

Order your Calendar for Christmas

Out and About on The Narth 2021

Order deadline: Sunday 1st November

Order your 2021 Calendars featuring the winning photographs from The Narth Photography Competition. Calendars are A4 size and cost £5 each. Padded envelopes for posting the calendars can also be ordered at 40p each.

You can see thumbnails of the pictures selected here.

Unfortunately, we cannot undertake to post them to you, but they can be delivered to residents on The Narth, Pen y Fan and Maryland, or you can arrange to collect them.

After sending your order you should see a Thank you message. If you can still see the form, the order has not gone through, in which case check the ‘required’ fields are all completed (name, email and payment method).

Reports from the Village Hall AGM

Mabon performing at the hall in February

The Annual General Meeting on 13th October was held online via Zoom, and included a summary report of the Village Hall’s activities and current financial position, elections to the committee and the results of the Photo Competition which are reported in a separate post.

Gwen Reid and Stephen Dix retired from the Committee and we are pleased to announce that Matthew Sadler was elected as a replacement. We are now one member short so we are still recruiting.

As this year’s AGM was held online it was not possible to distribute the Annual Report or to hear from all the village groups, so these reports are available to download below:

Help on The Narth: Evans’ food boxes in the hall’s garage, ready for delivery by our village volunteers during lockdown

AGM Presentation – a summary of the reports from the Chair and Treasurer

Annual Financial Statement 2019/2020

Report from Help on The Narth including financial statement

Reports from Village Groups: this includes the Whist Drive; Footpath Project; Garden Club; Zumba; Wye Valley Women; and Friends of the 65 Bus

Full Annual Report of the Village Hall Committee

It’s been a very difficult year for everyone, and the Village Hall committee want to express their appreciation of the way the village community has pulled together, and pass on our grateful thanks to all the volunteers who have kept things going and supported the village through these strange times.

The Village Hall Committee
Clark, Maria, Marilyn, Sue, Wendy, Lisa, Rachel, Matthew

Photo Competition – Vote for your Favourite

The 12 winners of the photo competition have been chosen and were announced at the Village Hall AGM on 13th October. We want residents to vote for one of the 12 to also print on the front cover.

The winning pictures and voting form are available using the link below. Please just select one picture. Voting closes at midnight on Thursday 15th October.

The topic was Out and About on The Narth and as you can see, in this lockdown year there was a focus on the natural world around us.

Sorry, voting is now closed. See the winning photos here

The calendars will be printed and on sale in time for Christmas, with proceeds going towards hall funds.

Photographers! We’ll be running another Photo Competition for next year so keep taking pictures and send them in to Maria as before.