Monday, September 9, 2019

60th Anniversary of Pembroke Castle Trust - September 7th

2019 marked the 60th Anniversary of the formation Pembroke Castle Trust and to celebrate the Castle was open for free during the afternoon 12 -6.  We were invited along to promote our work, which we did by exhibiting the maquette of the projected William Marshal statue - we also took the opportunity to fundraise by selling the raffle tickets provided for us by Pembroke Rotary.  Another  £101.50 towards the statue campaign!

Stuart taking a break - busy selling raffle tickets all afternoon.
The sun shone. It was a lovely afternoon and a good crowd attended. There was  entertainment,  music, circus skills, abeiling from the Great Keep (for the brave) and a variety of food stalls. 

Carmarthen's Bosworth Festival - August 10th

Carmarthen held its own Bosworth Festival - celebrating the fact the Sir Rhys ap Thomas is buried in St Peter's Church.  For in this church is the tomb of Sir Rhys ap Thomas,the man credited as being the man who killed Richard III.  

 At the festival was Dr Susan Fern who has written the book - she wrote it as she feels passionately that Rhys' contribution to the success of the Tudor Dynasty has been overlooked by history. I can recommend the book and, as I had already read it a while back in researching Henry VII, asked her to sign it for me. Which she did!
Dr Susan Ferns signing my copy of her book 'The Man Who Killed Richard III'

The tomb of Rhys ap Thomas in St Peter's Church

Saturday, August 10, 2019

At Pembroke Show

Meanwhile - in contrast to the Stackpole exhibition we were at Pembroke Show promoting the William Marshal statue and selling raffle tickets to raise funds.  Lots of interest in the statue and we raised £195! very pleased with that.  
We are participating in the Pembroke Rotary Community Raffle which is a brilliant scheme to provide voluntary groups with the tickets and money prizes.  The raffle continues throughout the summer and autumn and will be drawn on November 1st. 

At Stackple Church this week for the annual exhibition

We again have a display in Stackpole's annual Exhibition which combines history and flowers.  This year the subject was 'From Battles to Beatles' so our display had to cover 3 decades - from the wartime 40s to the swinging 60s.  .  

Monday, July 22, 2019

A great night for a great Knight!

It was a great night for a Great Knight on Friday when Pembroke Male Voice Choir gave a concert in aid of our William Marshal statue appeal. The Town Hall was packed!! It really was a lovely concert and we all joined in with the singing! Our President (who is also a stalwart member of the Choir) gave thanks to the choir for a truly memorable concert, to the audience for their participation and generosity and to all who donated raffle prizes. In all £706 was raised!

A new book for the Museum

Edward Morris launched his book 'The 200 year History and Heritage of the Pembroke Farmers' Club' at Pembroke Town Hall today and he very kindly donated a copy to me for Pembroke Museum..Edward is Chairman of the Club and has spent 3 years gathering an immense amount of information and photographs which depict the history of the Club over the past 200 years. This is particularly valuable for the Museum as we have no other record of the Clubs' past. The book will be on sale at the Pembroke Town & Country Show on August 7th but we also have copies here at the Pembroke Town Hall Museum.

Raising money for the William Marshal Appeal

John Hyam raised £277 sponsorship money for abseiling down the Pembroke Castle Keep.  Here he is (centre) presenting the cheque to Pembroke Mayor Gareth Jones for the William Marshal statue appeal.  Also in the photo are our Society President Frank Harries, Chairman Linda Asman and Vice Chair Rose Blackburn.