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!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Pembroke Civic Awards - April 25th





 A well deserved award to Judy and StJohn Stimson at Civic Awards Evening for their generosity to Pembroke Museum. Thanks to them we have a fine collection of Welsh Costume, a lovely collection of 18th and 19th century prints ( many framed) and they have contributed also to our popular collection of toys.  Judy and StJohn owned the Museum of the Home in Pembroke Main Street  but, when they retired, Pembroke lost its museum,  However, once we began our Museum in the Town Hall a few years ago, they donated many artefacts without which our museum (which we began from scratch) would not be the success it has now become.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Ted's Book Launch - A great success!


On Saturday 20th April. the Book Launch for Ted Owens' book 'Ted, the Welsh Goat Hero' was held at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre, hosted by the Sunderland Trust - and a great occasion it turned out to be!  It was heartwarming that so many turned up to enjoy a truly lovely afternoon. WW2 Veteran Ted Owens is 94 years old.: the last surviving member of 41 Commando which stormed Sword Beach in France on D-Day 6th June 1944. It is the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year.
The book costs just £8 and can be purchased from the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre and Pembroke Museum (Pembroke Town Hall) or direct from our website  for £10 to include p&p).









Friday, April 12, 2019

Ted Owens' Book Launch on Saturday April 20th

We are proud to announce that we have published Ted Owens' memoirs which will be launched on Saturday 20th April. Ted Owens is 94 years old.: the last surviving member of 41 Commando which stormed Sword Beach in France on D-Day 6th June 1944. It is the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year.
The Sunderland Trust are kindly hosting the Book Launch at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. It will commence at 1pm. – Ted will be signing copies of his book until 4pm.
Entry to the Centre is free for the event.

Great reception for Father Gildas

Father Gildas of Caldey Island gave the last talk of the present programme. A great response - the Church Hall was packed!

Father Gildas tells of 'A Tudor Mystery' at Monkton Church Hall


Father Gildas with History Society President Frank Harries


Sunday, March 17, 2019

March Quiz Night



All tables were taken at this month's Quiz Night!  Against stiff competition the worthy winners were (left to right) Meg Burrell, Melanie Phillips, Diana Turberville and Pam Evans pictured here with Quiz Master Frank Harries.
The lovely buffet was prepared by the ladies of the History Society Committee and I think this has a lot to explain the popularity of the Quiz - at only £4 a ticket and as much as you can eat - that surely  is great value for money! £223 was raised.
A special thank you to Frank Harries for standing in as Quiz Master in the absence of Rose Blackburn and to Des Sinclair for preparing the questions.  
Our next Quiz Night will take place on May 17th .

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Coming in April


St David's Talk and Lunch March 2nd




The Society held its annual St David’s Talk and Lunch on Saturday morning, March 2nd at Monkton Church Hall.  Guest speaker was Edward Perkins, whose talk was entitled ‘St David, Giraldus Cambrensis and Henry Tudor: a Pembrokeshire Heritage’.  This was a fitting subject for St David’s Day.  Edward’s talk began with the life of St David and the founding of his cathedral which was to provide a link to two other of Pembrokeshire’s famous sons: Giraldus Cambrensis and Henry Tudor.  The medieval chronicler Giraldus, grandson of the legendary Princess Nest and born in Manorbier Castle, strived to become the Bishop of St David’s, an ambition in which he was ultimately frustrated.  Henry Tudor, famously born in Pembroke Castle, also links us to St David’s Cathedral as here can be found the tomb of his father, Edmund Tudor.  Originally buried at Greyfriar’s, Carmarthen, the tomb was removed to St David’s by his grandson Henry VIII following the dissolution of the monasteries. 
It was an interesting talk and well appreciated by the audience which, afterwards, was able to enjoy an excellent meal provided jointly by the ladies of the History Society and Monkton Priory Church. 
It was gratifying that so many people – around 60 - supported the event, the proceeds of which were donated to Monkton Priory Church.  In all £250 was raised and a big thank you given to the ladies who worked so hard to provide the meal.  They are pictured here (left to right) Sue Clague, Jill Holmes, Ruth Wilcocks, Liz Jenkins, guest speaker Edward Perkins, Jill Ensom, Pauline Davies and Ann Lankshear.  

Friday, February 22, 2019

March Events




AGM 2019


Simon Hancock was  guest speaker  at this year's AGM, giving a fascinating talk on the 'History of Haverfordwest in 30 artefacts'.  Always a popular speaker, the AGM was well attended.  Chairman's Annual Report (published on the Society website www.pembrokeandmonktonhistory.org.uk ) began with a tribute to our much loved president, George Lewis, who sadly passed away last autumn.  Unanimously, Frank Harries was elected President and Linda Asman, Chairman.  She extended thanks for the great help and support given by the volunteers for the work they do in the running of the Society and  Pembroke Museum which has proved so successful. 


Monday, February 4, 2019

Our AGM on February 15th


Thumbs up for William Marshal




At a public meeting in Pembroke Town Hall on Saturday, February 2nd, the campaign for a statue of William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke was launched.  This was an opportunity for the community to come together to have their say and to examine the maquette of the William Marshal statue, which was presented by sculptor Harriet Addyman. Comments and suggestions were welcomed.  There was overwhelming support for the statue and gratifying that so many attended. 
The maquette was commissioned by the History Society after having received a very large donation of £25,000 from Wales Community CIC. Having been impressed by the Henry VII statue, the money was conditional on being invested in a statue commemorating another  of Pembroke's great figures - there are many!  As with the Henry VII statue campaign, this will be a community wide project and it is hoped that other groups will join in with the fundraising.  The Society is working in partnership with Pembroke Town Council which will be administering the statue fund. 
All proceeds of the morning were donated to the statue appeal - in all £303 was raised from sale of coffees, raffle and donations.

Saturday, January 19, 2019


We had a great response to Friday night's New Year's Quiz (with 51 people attending)  and  congratulations to the winning team who succeeded against fierce opposition.  Pictured left to right: Peter and Gaynor Thomas, Frank Harries, Amanda and Bob Schopp with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn.  Thanks to all who contributed to the buffet which was well appreciated and to all who donated raffle prizes.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Public Meeting to unveil the maquette of William Marshal


New Years Get together at Monkton Church Hall

We began  2019 with a New Year's Get together in Monkton Church Hall.  It was good to meet up again for a chat over coffee and cakes after Christmas and New Year celebrations - which seem to go on forever!  Chairman Linda Asman gave an update on the projects the Society has been engaged on with great things to come -  the Society will be launching a fundraising appeal for a statue to the great William Marshal at a public meeting on February 2nd in Pembroke Town Hall. George Palmer then took over with a trip down memory lane with his old fashioned slide show - lots of anecdotes, lots of memories with many joining in.

George Palmer pictured here with Rose Blackburn (History Society Vice Chair )
and Linda Asman