Sunday, June 12, 2022

Trustee Rose Blackburn is awarded the BEM

Congratulations to Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society Trustee and Vice Chairman, Rose Blackburn for her award of BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in this Platinum Jubilee year.
No one deserves it more than Rose, a popular and colourful figure in Pembroke. She has been a Town Councillor for many years and former Mayor, and has served as our Town Crier for 27 years.  Her volunteering roles over the years have been widespread, ranging from the youth justice board to animal welfare and the Pembrokeshire Community Health Council.  
Rose is also passionate about the history of Pembroke and is Trustee not only on the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society but the Henry Tudor Trust, formed to plan the exhibition in the forthcoming Henry Tudor Centre.  She has been very much involved in developing Pembroke Museum, and has been active in the fundraising campaigns for the Henry VII and William Marshal statues.
And we must not forget Rose’s much loved Gracie, the town dog for many years and sadly missed.  However, Gracie has a lasting memorial in our statue of Henry VII as she modelled for Henry’s greyhound, which sits beside him.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

 Getting ready for the big event - our Jubilee window ( next to Brown's cafe, Main Street) decorated for the occasion.  


On May 7th the long awaited statue of William Marshal was unveiled.  And what a great day it was - the community turned out in force to witness it. And they were not disappointed. HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr Meurig Raymond did the honours. pulling away the covering sheet to reveal the magnificent, life size, bronze statue. Following the unveiling ceremony, everyone made their way to the Castle for a community celebration which, thanks to the generosity of the Castle Trustees, was opened up with free entry for all.

A programme of entertainment, music and activities ran throughout the afternoon including a concert by Pembroke Male Voice Choir, Neil Thomas, stalls in the marquee, children’s activities organised by Messy Church and a competition for the best-dressed knight and princess . To add to the occasion, visitors were be able to find out more about William Marshal and his times from the Living History Society, Historia Normannis.After a couple of years of restrictions, it was lovely once more to be able to come together as a community. Around 2 ½ thousand people attended the event and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves – young and old. Even the weather was perfect. It was a truly memorable day- a great day for a great knight. So proud to be Mayor of this amazing, historic town!


Sunday, February 20, 2022

We Open the Museum

Although a stormy day, we were really pleased that so many people came to our Museum Opening – it was like getting back to normal, meeting friends and acquaintances not seen for so long. The Museum has undergone many changes since last opening and we were pleased with the public response and positive comments. Along with the lovely murals painted by George and Jeanne Lewis and also the Council Chamber, the Town Hall has much to interest the visitor. For added interest, we invited other heritage groups to join us and set up displays in the George Lewis Hall – Penvro Modellers, Sunderland Trust, Cosheston History Society, Chapel Bay Fort, Carew Control Tower and the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society. The accompanying coffee morning proved popular which, along with a raffle, enabled us to raise some much needed funds. Thank you to all involved and to all who supported the event. It was a really enjoyable morning.