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.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Our AGM - February 16th

YEAR OF THE SEA - February 3rd

Ted Goddard addresses a large audience
Ted Goddard, Frank Harries and David James
Our 'Year of the Sea' event proved very popular - 86 people attended which demonstrates a very great interest in our maritime history!
This was a joint event with West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, a Society we are pleased to work with and which has made a great contribution to Pembroke Museum.
We had two speakers.  First Ted Goddard gave a fascinating account of the Early Days of the Dockyard and some of the ships which were built there. It always amazes me to see what was achieved by this town of Pembroke Dock - hard to believe now that it was a world leader in shipbuilding in the 19th century.  It built Royal Yachts and many famous ships. One of these, Ted told us, was HMS Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin's ships on his fateful last expedition.
A ship that is very dear to Pembroke people is the Warrior and David James of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society shared his memories of the ship when she was a moored off Llanion where she was used as an oil jetty.  He remembered fishing off there as a boy while others in the audience joined in with their memories.  One of these was Frank Harries who worked there and had amusing anecdotes to share. 
In 1976  Warrior was towed away for renovation at Hartlepool - now restored to all her former glory she can be seen in the Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Warrior at Pembroke Dock 
Warrior restored at Portsmouth

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Winners of the Quiz

Pembroke & Monkton History Society's Quiz Night again drew  large support so the winning team, who call themselves 'Nine inch Snails' were worthy winners against stiff opposition.  Pictured here (left to right) are Wendy Lee, Gareth Beamish, Kate and Al Broughton with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn on the right. Society Chairman Linda Asman extended thanks to all who attended the event, the ladies of the Committee for the superb buffet and to Rachel Norman and Diana Williams for the raffle.  In all £270 was raised for Society funds.
The next Quiz Night will take place on Friday, March 16th at Monkton Church Hall, 7.30pm.  Tickets at the door cost just £4 which includes a buffet. Bring your own bottle if you wish.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Forthcoming events

Our New Years get together in Monkton Church Hall

A good turn out for Saturday's meeting
David James and Linda Asman, speakers at Saturday's meeting

Linda introduced the New Years meeting, pointing out that 2018 is an important year: not only is it the centenary of the end of WW1 but also the Year of the Sea.  The Society intend to carry out research and develop a WW1 exhibition in St Mary's Church during the course of the year and it is hoped that the community will work together to make this a commemoration worthy of the sacrifice of the Great War.
Who better to introduce the Year of the Sea than David James of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society? David is on a mission to raise money to restore an unmarked Japanese grave in Angle churchyard containing victims of the sinking of the mercant ship Hirano Maru on October 4th 1918.  Said David “It is not generally realised that War was being conducted off our own coast.  It was very much a hidden war and we should be commemorating it and honouring those who died.”
The grave with original marker in Japanese which has long gone

The ill fated Hirano Maru