Friday, August 24, 2018

Meanwhile, back in Pembroke

We participated once again in the lovely Stackpole Church flower festival where the theme was 'War and Peace'.  As this is our current project we were able to advertise the work we are doing, researching WW1 and its aftermath in the Pembroke area.

This project is supported by Heritage Lottery and will result in a film, Book of Remembrance for the Churches and a book 'Pembroke Commemorates' which will contain the photographs and stories we have uncovered during the course of our work.

Monday, August 20, 2018

At the Battle of Bosworth re-enactment August 18-20

Our Society had a stand at the Medieval Festival organised by the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre.  So many Richard III supporters here - pleased to promote our Henry, the man who  actually won the battle!!  Pity some people can't get over it!! Great weekend.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pembroke Show - August 1st

Pembroke Show more often than not has rain - lots of it last year!  But today the sun shone and it was wonderful as crowds were able to enjoy the programme of outdoor events in glorious sunshine!  We had a stall in the Arts & Crafts Marquee and were busy promoting our WW1 project.  We are also raising funds to purchase the 6ft version of the There But Not There Tommy and asking people to sponsor a candle, each to represent one of the Fallen - these will be painted with poppies at a future community event and displayed as an art installation in St Mary's Church.  This will bring home to people how many men were lost to this community during that terrible conflict.  
Anyone wishing to donate online can do so on our website
Our There But Not There campaign.

St Mary's Church Flower Festival July 29th - August 4

As part of our WW1 project we have a display of photographs in St Mary's Church which, this week, has a commemorative Flower Festival.  Thank you to Ann and Vicki for organising our contribution.  We chose a theme of 'No Man's Land' - a tree stump growing out of a muddy landscape in which poppies bloom.  Artefacts are from Pembroke Museum.  Through this and other community events we are making contact with people who have stories and artefacts relating to their relatives in WW1 and we are hoping to further our research in this way.

July 21st Pembroke River Rally

The sun shone again on the annual Pembroke River Rally - which has become a much looked forward to event on Pembroke's South Quay with great attendance and many charity stalls along with children's entertainment.  The real reason behind the River Rally is important - to maintain the right of passage up the Pembroke River : Castle Pond has been blocked by a barrage which means that boats are no longer free to come and go as in past times when Pembroke was a port.  West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, a Society with which we have close links, leads the way - David James piloting the flotilla which winds its way up the river to dock at the South Quay.  Pembroke Town Council organise the entertainment and stalls - all in all a great day in Pembroke.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

St Mary's Church Exhibition

 Began putting together our WW1 display in St Mary's Church. We will be adding to it over the next few weeks ready for St Mary's Remembrance Flower Festival which will take place from July 30th to August 4th.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Museum volunteers visit Haverfordwest Museum

 On a beautiful, hot summer's evening Pembroke Museum volunteers visited Haverfordwest Museum.  We were greeted by Simon Hancock, Hon. Curator, who gave us a short talk about the Museum which was opened in its present building in 1996.  It is situated in the old prison Governor's house in the grounds of the Castle.  

Of particular interest was the room devoted to WW1, as we in the History Society are presently engaged in a project which involves researching the Great War in Pembroke and the setting up an exhibition in St Mary's Church Pembroke.

Our WW1 Project progresses

We are now well immersed in our WW1 project.  Society members are investigating the identities of the soldiers’ names on the Cenotaph and war memorials and we are now beginning to assemble a display in St Mary’s Church.  Our artists Pauline and Sharon have been working with pupils in Year 7, Monkton Priory Community Primary School and Year 8, Pembroke Comprehensive School to create art and a film inspired by trips to the ‘Back to the Front’ Experience at Morfa Bay, Pendine. This is a marvellous resource on our doorstep to really engage children into the realities of trench warfare. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volunteers visit the Museum of Scrimpinology

On Monday our Volunteers visited Pat and Jeff James' Museum of Scrimpinology in Llangwm. The Museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia, a real trip down memory lane - an amazing collection of household items, tools, games, everyday objects from the past as well as an old signal box and railway items, a mining section from Hook, school classroom and cinema equipment and even a vintage car. Incredible that so much is fitted into such a small space! Jeff opens his museum for just one week per year so we were fortunate in that we were able to book a visit. Thanks Jeff and Pat for a lovely evening!

Winners of our May Quiz Night

Repeating their success in March’s Quiz, the winning team were Alistair and Kate Broughton, Wendy Lee and Gareth Beamish, pictured here with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn. 
The History Society will take a break during the summer months and return in September when the next Quiz Night will take place on Friday, September 21st at Monkton Church Hall, 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

We visit Penally History Group

Enjoyed a great afternoon visiting Penally History Group.  David Glennester gave a fascinating talk on the WW1 Training Trenches in the village hall, then gave us a conducted tour. We were lucky as the weather was lovely and we enjoyed the walk and the view! The Trenches were constructed in 1914 and are now a scheduled ancient monument.  The Group has produced a leaflet 'Penally World War 1 village walk' which is freely available for anyone wishing to find out more.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Simon Hancock (2nd from left) with some members of the P&M Committee
At our meeting of Friday, April 20th, our speaker Simon Hancock gave a fascinating talk on the ‘Pembroke Mint’- a little known aspect of Pembroke’s past. He told us that coinage was introduced by the Anglo Saxons:  the Welsh princes did not mint coins. Continued by the Normans, it was during the reign of Henry I that silver pennies were minted in Pembroke itself.  In the Middle Ages coins were struck by hand – each one individually which meant that no two were identical. This gave opportunities for the criminal practice of clipping coins for the silver – an offence which deserved (in the medieval mind) savage punishment in the form of castration or the cutting off of the right hand.  Clipped coins devalued the coinage and devalued confidence: such an offence against the currency was regarded as equivalent to an offence against the king, treason no less.  In France there are accounts of people being boiled alive for such a crime.  
The first person known to have struck coins in the Pembroke Mint was a man named Gillopatric.  He is mentioned in a set of accounts known as the Pipe Rolls, an invaluable document which records amounts of money paid into the royal treasury and gives real insight into twelfth century life.  It would seem that Gillopatric had transgressed but somehow managed to get off pretty lightly with a hefty fine!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forthcoming events

Please note - we have no Saturday morning meeting in April because of the Easter Bank Holiday.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quiz Night March 16th

All tables taken on Friday evening's Quiz Night at Monkton Church Hall.  So extra big congratulations to Peter & Gaynor Thomas and Amanda & Bob Schopp who won against great opposition and a really hard set of questions! They are pictured here with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn.  Thanks to all who contributed to the lovely buffet and to Rachel and Diana for conducting the raffle.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Quiz Night on Friday March 16th

snow in Pembroke

Unfortunately we were unable to go ahead with our St David's Talk and Lunch - for the first time in years Pembroke was hit by snow and everything came to a halt.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

St Davids Day event - March 3rd

AGM - Friday February 16th

The AGM took place on Friday with little change:  all officers and Trustees/ Committee Members were returned unopposed. Applications for committee were invited but no takers although any members wishing to get involved will be very welcome. We are looking in particular for people with good IT skills and also cooks to help with all those buffets we supply for the Quiz Nights and coffee mornings!
Pictured above are some of the committee with star of the evening George Palmer (3rd from left) who gave us a lovely evening of nostalgia by showing his wonderful slides, taken over many years whilst a postman in Pembroke. Everyone enjoyed the evening and want George to give them another show in our next programme.