Wednesday, March 11, 2015


St David's Day Lunch - March 7th

St Davids Cathedral, photograph by Linda Asman

Great support in Monkton Church Hall

Thanks to everyone who support our St David's event in Monkton Town Hall.  The soup was delicious and everyone had a good time!  I am pleased to report that we raised £352 for Monkton Priory Church.

OUR AGM February 20th

Pembroke Castle Wales - JMW Turner 1826
After business Linda and Stuart gave an illustrated talk 'When Turner Came to Pembroke' - emphasizing the great artistic heritage we have here in Pembroke, something we do not boast about.
So many of the great topographical artists came here in the 18th and 19th Centuries to paint the Castle, paintings which were later made into engravings.  There are several Turner paintings of Pembroke but he actually only came here once in 1795 - his paintings were made at a later date from copious notes and sketches made during that visit.

Remembering the Kathleen & May - February 7th

Kathleen&May at Pembroke's North Quay 1950s courtesy of Edward Harries
The event in Pembroke Town Hall drew a large audience
David James entertains the audience with reminiscences of  the Kathleen&May
 Kathleen & May was the subject of Saturday’s meeting of the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society at Pembroke Town Hall, an event we shared with the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society.  It certainly proved to be very popular.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name, the Kathleen & May is a ship which local people hold in great affection as she was the very last coastal trader to come to Pembroke.  Once ships were a familiar sight in Pembroke plying the coastal trade: the sea was a main highway, and all around Britain ships would sail along the coast and up river estuaries to trade their cargoes.  Her last journey was in 1961 but she is still remembered. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who may have photos of her in Pembroke all those years ago - we have but a few.