Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Events

April 11th - Talk by Richard Davies 'The French invasion of Pembrokeshire'

Saturday April 5th - Coffee Morning at Monkton Church Hall

Saundersfoot and the Miner's Express
Tenby and the old Victoria Pier


Old Pembrokeshire Postcards
To accompany our Coffee Morning this week we put together a slide show of old picture postcards of Pembrokeshire.  The photographs were arranged as a tour around the County, starting with Narberth progressing to Amroth, Saundersfoot and Tenby.  Then around the southern coast via Angle to Pembroke, Haverfordwest, Milford and along to St Davids, Fishguard and Newport.

QUIZ NIGHT - March 14th

Winners of the Quiz with Quiz Master Pauline Waters
Friday Night was Quiz Night at Monkton Priory Church Hall.  Congratulations to the winning team, Peter and Gaynor Thomas and Bob and Amanda Schopp, who won against stiff opposition as 12 tables entered with a total of 42 participants.  Our Quiz Nights are always popular, thanks in no small part to the very splendid buffets!  The Quizzes are above all fun and enjoyable social occasions – all are welcome and anyone turning up on their own will be matched up with a team.  
Quiz Nights are held on a regular basis every other month and entry is £4 which includes food and teas etc: anyone wishing to down their meal with a glass of wine is free to bring their own bottle.  On this occasion £203 was raised for Society funds: the Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society is not a funded organisation and raising their own funds enables them to offer a programme of talks and events free at entry.  They also help support other organisations including Pembroke Museum at Pembroke Town Hall.

Supporting Macmillan's Pancake Day March 4th

Rose Blackburn , Town Crier, with Dilys Hanmer, County President of Macmillan
Members of the Pembroke Macmillan Committee in front of the History Society display
The History Society has much support in the community.  We are not an inward looking organisation: quite the opposite as we aim to work with other voluntary community groups, helping where we can.  On Tuesday it was Pancake Day at Pembroke Town Hall organised by the Pembroke Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support.   We gave assistance and displayed our Welsh costume exhibition to add interest to the event – it was a marvellous morning – the pancakes were good too!

St David's Event March 1st

Part of our St David's Day exhibition

St David's Day lunch at Monkton Church Hall
St David’s Day is well celebrated nowadays and each year our Society organises something with a Welsh flavour to mark the event.  Instead of the usual Coffee Morning, this year we put on a St David’s Day Lunch which proved very popular, a lovely community get together where people could meet up with friends and acquaintances.  The food was excellent with soup cooked by Rhian Nash and Pauline Waters accompanied by much Welsh fare and cakes brought in by so many. Accompanying the meal were various stalls and an exhibition of 19Cth Welsh costume which we now have on loan from Pembrokeshire Museum’s Service.  This was a joint fundraising event with Monkton Priory Church and together we raised a total of £329.50 for the church.

Our AGM February 21st

George Lewis talking about Edwardian Inventions
We held our 4th AGM last Friday and despite the wintry conditions, it attracted a large gathering, alhough I would hazard a guess that this was due more to our guest speaker than a desire to attend the meeting! However, an AGM is a necessary requisite of a constituted organisation and we needed to consult our membership on an important development for the Society. It has now been decided that we apply for charitable status and to this end we shall be working with PAVS (Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services).
Having got the business over and done with George Lewis (our President) provided the entertainment in a humorous talk about Edwardian Inventions. George was in good form and had the audience in stitches! It certainly rounded off the evening well and, with the additional treat of coffee and homemade bara brith, everyone went off happily into the night.