Friday, December 30, 2011

Turner's Reach

Pembroke lost another historic house on Wednesday night as no 4 Rocky Park burnt down. The neighbourhood fought to save this house from demolition as its owner wanted to pull it down as it interfered with projected housing development plans. CADW refused on the grounds that the house made a significant contribution to the conservation area. For a long time now this once lovely Victorian house has stood empty, its windows thrown open to hasten deterioration and its demise is no surprise to anyone. It was known as Turner's Reach, standing as it does on high ground overlooking the Castle on the opposite side of Castle Pond. Turner painted this view, as did many other 18th and 19th topographical artists.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2011 is DISMAL. This weather is well and truly depressing and not a bit in the Christmas spirit - contrast the lovely Christmas pics of Pembroke Castle in the snow of last year!! Still, on the bright side, it is mild even though dull and wet. Happy Christmas everybody!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last week

Last week was quite busy, a committee meeting, a visit to Monkton Old Hall and a Saturday morning presentation and coffee morning.
We are very grateful to the Landmark Trust for allowing us to visit as the Old Hall is usually let to visitors and not open to the public. It was great to see it and to be able to take photographs for our records. Sorry to say, we didn't see the ghost!
Last Saturday was not like our usual coffee mornings. I wanted to introduce our community history project "Through my eyes" to more people with a view to getting them involved - so I gave a presentation and Stuart worked his usual magic with the computer!. As it was Christmas the coffee was on the house and for an added bonus we supplied lunch (thanks to Pauline) as well.
Must find time to write those Christmas cards now I guess!