A new Heritage Centre recording the history of the Army Apprentices College in Beachley has opened in the old NAAFI – this can be found through the old camp gates with the ironwork above and just round the corner from Beachley Church. The centre is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Tidenham Historical Group published their first book in 2014
‘The Churches and Chapels of Tidenham Parish’.
After many years of research all present and former places of worship in the parish are recorded in the book, from St Tecla at the mouth of the Wye to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Sedbury consecrated in 1988.
The first recorded church was built in AD625 and over foureteen centuries since then the parish has been the location for a wide and intriguing variety of Christian places of worship. This beautifully illustrated book provides a lively and unique overview of their history, significance and architecture as well as providing detailed guides to all of the surviving buildings accessible to the public.
As it was the local people who used the buildings and brought them alive, the book reflects many colourful human aspects of their story: the wealthy benefactors who paid for the churches and supported the poor in the area; some memorable priests; raiding pirates and even a whole commumnity given just eleven days to move out of their homes.
There are also chapters on Stained Glass and Fonts.
The book is available from Chepstow Bookshop or Hanley Farm Shop on the A48 or by post from this website, price £15 plus p&p.
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The book has raised funds for all the current places of worship including over £1000 for the Tidenham Parish Church of St Mary and St Peter.
In 2017 the a second book was published Beachley and the First World War; the story of the failed shipyard and the eviction of a whole village with just a few days notice.
£25 plus p&p
Our third book is now available Tidenham Remembers. The men on the Tidenham War Memorials have been reserached so that they can be remembered as more than just a name read out on Remembrance Sunday.
£7 plus p&p
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All three books are also available at Chepstow Bookshop
We have indoor meetings during the winter months and have walks and visits during the summer.
Our Winter 2020 Programme
ALL INDOOR MEETINGS ARE HELD IN SEDBURY AND BEACHLEY VILLAGE HALL.
King Alfred’s Road, Sedbury, NP16 7AQ
START TIME IS 7.30
Tuesday 25th February ‘The Cistercian Way’ Professor Maddy Gray
Tuesday 24th March ‘Brockweir ships that sailed the world’ John Norman
Members £1 Visitors £2
Tea and coffee included
July 28th visit to Highclere Castle
Summer evening Visit to Boughcliffe Members only
Any events for the next Chepstow Festival will be advertised here.