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St Arvan is a parish on the high road from Chepstow to Monmouth and Raglan.

The church of St. Arvan is an ancient building of stone, erected at various periods, and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a tower containing one bell, dated 1751. The priest's door on the south side of the chancel is an interesting example of Early Norman work, and there is a window on the same side dating from a century later: a portion of the shaft of an ancient Saxon stone cross.was found in taking down the walls of the nave, and in a cavity in the walls, in another part of the church, a number of silver coins were discovered.

The church was almost completely restored in 1883-4, under the directon of Mr. Pritchard, architect, at a cost of about ú2,000, of which ú500 was contributed by Mrs. Clay, of Piercefield, and the church was reopened 26 Feb. 1884: there are 300 sittings. The register dates from the year 1686, when all previous registers were burnt. The living is now a vicarage, with Penterry annexed in 1888, joint net yearly income ú200, with 42 acres of glebe here and residence in the gift of the Bishop of Llandaff and the Duke of Beaufort alternately, and held since 1887 by the Rev. John Tilley. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email St Arvans-forest-of-dean@villagewebsmith.co.uk.

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2014 04 10 Sarah Banham Book Launch 37

Yesterday, I was privileged to be invited to the launch of the latest book by Essex author, Sarah Banham. The venue was stunning, being a 19th century sailing barge in Maldon Marina. Dozens of local writers and book fans came to take part in this beautifully organised launch. Even the mayor was there, and in stark contrast to any mayoral visit I have witnessed before, joined in the party with gusto, staying right the way through to the end of the evening and chatting enthusiastically to the assemblage. The Thames Barge, Thistle is the oldest iron hulled barge still operating and is the only Thames Barge to have been built in Scotland, leaving Glasgow for the first time in 1895. Sarah's latest book was very well received by all the attendees at the launch. It deals with the thorny issues of finding the confidence, the time and the discipline needed to write and publish your own books. They say that there is a story inside all of us, and with the help of Sarah's book , we can get it out from its hiding place and down onto paper where it belongs.

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