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.

River Rally July 13

Good turnout at the River Rally - around 30 boats I think. Weather gloomy but didn't deter anyone. Cold on the water though! A lovely event - Phil and Marcia took care of our stall to raise money for the William Marshal statue appeal.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June 29th Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day was held at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre this year - and proved a very successful event with lots of stalls and activities.  Was there with Ted Owens selling his book 'Ted the Welsh Goat Hero' which was recently published by the History Society.
Anyone wishing to purchase a book can do so at the Heritage Centre, VC Gallery PDock, Pembroke Museum, Pembroke Town Hall and the Victoria Bookshop Haverfordwest.  Go to our website for details.

Saturday June 29th - Abseiling to raise funds for the William Marshal statue

 John Hyam setting out to abseil down Pembroke Castle's Keep to raise money for the William Marshal statue appeal.  Not for the faint hearted!

Monday, May 27, 2019

At the William Marshal Festival, Pembroke Castle

At the William Marshal Festival, Pembroke Castle.  First public showing of Harriet Addyman's finished maquette for the William Marshal statue.  Provided that we can raise a further £30,000, the statue will be a stunning life size bronze.  Harriet is responsible for the lovely Henry VII statue on Pembroke Mill Bridge so it will be amazing!  If you would like to donate, please visit our website
Every little helps!!

18th May - Museum Volunteers visit Chapel Bay Fort

Today our Museum Volunteers visited Chapel Bay Fort, Angle. One of our volunteers, John Charnock, is also a volunteer and trustee of Chapel Bay Fort and he kindly gave us a most interesting guided tour. So knowledgeable! Chapel Bay Fort is one of a series of forts built as part of the defence of the Haven, built in 1891 and the first fortification (so John informs us) to be built of mass concrete. George Geear has certainly done an amazing job of restoration and has amassed an impressive collection of armaments. After the tour we were able to wander around the museum - followed by a visit to the cafe. The coffee is recommended!!

17th May - Quiz Night

Another successful Quiz Night and Buffet with £202 raised for the William Marshal statue.  Winners of the Quiz are pictured here (top picture) - Irene Warlow, Roy Smith, Steffan Williams and Tom Rawlings - pictured here with Quiz-master Rose Blackburn.

17th May - Moving the Museum

We've had an exhausting time moving Pembroke Museum out of the old Courtroom, then putting it back together again! This is because some Town Council insist on holding Mayor Making there - a ceremony which lasts all of 20 minutes!  Our dedicated band of volunteers have put in a great many hours as you can imagine and only sorry that the museum has had to be closed down for a whole fortnight. Open again on Monday, May 20th

All back together again!!