Monday, January 6, 2020

New Year's get-together

Society President Frank Harries with Vicky Tomlinson and Linda Asman (Chairman)
After the long Christmas break, Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society held its New Year’s get-together on Saturday - the coffee morning and talk drew large numbers.  ‘Caldey Island, a glimpse into its fascinating past' proved a popular topic and was presented by Vicky Tomlinson, volunteer warden with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks.  

Vicky’s talk took us back some 1,500 years with the discovery of  archaeological finds unearthed during the excavations in three of  Caldey’s caves Nanna's Cave, Potter's Cave and Ogof–yr-Ychenbetween between 1911 and 1970.  

One of the holy islands of Britain, Caldey is best known today for its monastery.  Monastic settlement, Vicky told us, stretched back to the sixth century when the island was known by its Welsh name Ynys Pyr, named after its first Abbott Pyr. Later, during the time of the Viking activity in the area in the ninth century, we see the emergence of the name by which we know it today – Keld or Kold-ey (meaning Cold Island).   

Caldey thrived in the Middle Ages as a daughter house of St. Dogmaels' Abbey and lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 when it passed into private hands. The current abbey was built in 1910 by Anglican Benedictine monks but financial problems beginning in 1925 led to the 1929 purchase of the property by Belgian Cistercians. 
Vicky's talk drew a large audience!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Our stall at the Christmas Market

Very successful Christmas Market - even more successful than last year I think.  We again had a stall to advertise ourselves and raise funds by selling books and merchandising.  Our newly launched book 'Pembroke Remembers..' is selling well.  Even the weather was good - bright and frosty - just right! 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Great Quiz Night on Friday

We held a Quiz Night and Buffet on Friday November 22nd in Monkton Church Hall, which proved very popular despite the inclement weather.  The winning team was 'The Golden Girls' Mel Phillips, Pam Evans, Meg Burrell and Pru Pattison, pictured here with Quiz master, Rose Blackburn.
A lovely buffet was provided by the ladies of the Committee and the event raised £226, which will go towards funding the Society’s projects:  at the moment these include the William Marshal Statue and the Dragon fountain project.

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.