Photo Competition 2021: Celebration

Following the success of last year’s competition and the resulting calendar, we are once again holding a competition to find 12 pictures suitable for a 2022 calendar. This time the theme is:

You can interpret this as widely as you wish: a photograph of your Christmas tree, a birthday party, celebrating the dawn, the winter solstice or the first day of spring. As long as the picture is taken locally, and it has a celebratory theme.

If your talent lies in pencil, charcoal, or oils, you can photograph your masterpieces and submit an entry.

Note that the pictures should be jpegs, landscape to fit the calendar format and should be a reasonable resolution for printing (around 300 dpi or more).  Other points are given in the competition rules (below).

It will also help if your picture fits appropriately into a season, to match the months of the calendar. The deadline for Winter photos is Friday 19th March 2021 but you can submit Spring photos up to the end of June.

The overall winner will be chosen from the final 12 images and voted by residents at the Village Hall AGM in October.


1. Photographs must be taken on or around The Narth – a reasonably wide area – or include activities like the Raft Race with which the village is involved.

2. Give a title and name the area in which the image was taken.

3. No photos of children will be accepted unless accompanied by confirmation of permission from their parents or guardians.

4. Maximum number of entries for each person is 2 per season (a total of 8 overall).

5. Only landscape JPEGs will be accepted, to fit the calendar format.

6. Photos must be high enough resolution to print, ideally 300 dpi.  If in doubt check the file size – if it is less than 2 MB it may not be suitable.

7. There will be 3 deadlines through the year. Details will appear in the newsletter, village emails and on this website.

8. Finalists will be chosen by a group of judges selected by the Hall Committee, except for the cover photograph which will be voted on by attendees at the Hall Annual General Meeting in October.

9. By submitting an entry you are confirming the following:

  • That the photographs were taken by yourself (or state the name and age if you are submitting them for someone under 16)
  • Your permission for the images (or image owner) to be used in the calendar and any associated publicity, including the village web site and Facebook page  (if you don’t want your picture on the internet please let us know, or we can arrange for it to appear as low resolution only)
  • That the parents/guardians of any children in the pictures have given permission for the inclusion of their images
  • You are happy for your name to appear in the calendar – if you are not willing to do this please state in the accompanying email
  • You understand that by entering this competition, you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions stated above

Submitting an Entry

Send photos as landscape JPEGs to:

Your covering message must state the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone no.
  • Title of each image
  • Where each image was taken
  • What the picture is celebrating and in which season
  • Confirmation of permission for any children’s images to be used, and that you agree to the other rules as above

Have fun and get snapping!

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 Food Box Orders are now delivered Weekly to The Narth

From January 2021 orders will be delivery every Thursday to the Village Hall. Place an order directly with Evans by noon on Wednesday for delivery the next day. Don’t forget to let Shop on The Narth know if you are placing an order for the first time, to be added to the ‘Alert List’ so you will be contacted when your order is ready to collect. Full details below.

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 weekly 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 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.


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