Monday, November 11, 2019

Great Book Launch on Saturday!

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society’s Commemoration Event on Saturday November 9th proved very popular with the launch of the Society’s latest book ‘Pembroke Remembers: a Memorial publication recalling the part played by Pembroke and District in The Great War and recording some of the local events marking the Centenary of the War'.
Proceedings were introduced by Society President Frank Harries BEM who welcomed all present and gave a warm welcome to Lynne Edwards and volunteers of the VC Gallery, Pembroke Dock who had been invited to bring along an exhibition of their art. Also welcomed were guest speaker, Dr Simon Hancock, and special guest, D-Day Veteran Ted Owens, whose memoirs were published by the Society earlier this year.
Linda Asman then introduced the book, which was written as a result of the Society’s Heritage Lottery funded project ‘Pembroke Commemorates the Centenary of the end of WW1: in words, pictures, art and film’. She stated that her aim in writing the book was to look at the effect of WW1 specifically on Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and district and its people. It was a book that needed to be written for, while many books have been written about WW1 especially during the years of Centenary 2014 –18, little has been published about this area of south Pembrokeshire, scene of such great activity then due to the strategic importance of Milford Haven and the Royal Dockyard.
Many people participated in the project and Linda thanked her fellow historians for their invaluable input, the many people who had come forward with information, photographs and personal stories and above all her editor Keith Johnson whose superb page layouts have resulted in a lovely book with great popular appeal. And, of course, the hard working History Society volunteers who have done so much to promote the history of Pembroke and organise events such as this.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Book Launch on November 9th

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society is pleased to announce the launch of their latest publication : ‘Pembroke Remembers:  a Memorial publication recalling the part played by Pembroke and District in The Great War and recording some of the local events marking the Centenary of the War'.  

The book launch will take place in Pembroke Town Hall on Saturday morning, November 9th at 10am.  There will be a talk by Dr Simon Hancock on ‘The Great Peace’ as well as an exhibition of work by the VC Gallery. All are welcome and there will be an accompanying Coffee Morning.

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Princes of Wales - talk on October 18th

Linda Asman (speaker) with Frank Harries, Society President
In this 50th anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, it seemed to be fitting to look back at the history of Wales and discover the origins and evolution of the title.  It is a story which takes us back to the beginning of the first century AD and the break up of the Roman Empire; a time when Wales was to emerge as a collection of independent kingdoms managing to hold on to their culture and language in the face of invasion from the Anglo Saxons from the East and Irish from the West. Great leaders emerged with the dream of a united Wales but the failure to achieve this left Wales fragmented in the face of the Norman conquest which ultimately conquered all Welsh resistance with the defeat of the Llewellyn the Last by Edward I.  Edward had his own son, Edward of Caernarfon (later Edward II) declared Prince of Wales and, despite the heroic but ill fated rising of Owain Glyndwr who briefly claimed the title, the title has been passed on to the heirs to the English throne.
The talk also took a look at Pembroke's royal connections and visits through the years ending with a series of photographs from the Society archive, shown to the rousing accompaniment of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 1.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

October 5th - Talk by Dr Robert Davies MBE

Dr Robert Davies
We began our Autumn Programme of events with a talk by Dr Robert Davies MBE. A fascinating journey around Pembrokeshire in the footsteps of Richard Fenton, who published his famous 'Historical Tour Through Pembrokeshire' in 1810. Not only is Robert an interesting speaker, but also a very talented photographer. His presentation was illustrated with superb photographs of Pembrokeshire.

Richard Fenton

Sunday, September 22, 2019

October Events

Our next event will be an illustrated talk by Dr Robert Davies 'An Historical Tour through Pembrokeshire in the footsteps of Richard Fenton’ on Saturday morning, October 5th in Monkton Hall.  There will be an accompanying Coffee Morning beginning 10am and the talk will commence at 10.30am.  
Also in October, Linda Asman will be giving a presentation on Friday evening, October 18th at 7.30pm in Monkton Church Hall. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales and she looks back at the origins of the title and on Pembroke's royal connections and visits through the years.

Winners of the Quiz

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society’s Quiz Night on September 20th was well attended and, amid fierce competition, the winners were (left to right in the photograph) Cathy Griffiths, Gilly Jones, Quizmaster Rose Blackburn and Brian Jones.  An enjoyable evening was had by all with a lovely buffet prepared by the P&M Committee. Many thanks to all who supported and contributed prizes for the raffle: altogether £172 was raised for the William Marshal statue fund.

Our next Quiz Night & buffet will be held on Friday November 22nd in Monkton Priory Church Hall at 7.30pm