Thursday, December 29, 2022

'The History Beneath our Feet' - Talk by Jack Tree on January 7th

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society will begin the New Year with a Talk and Coffee Morning in Pembroke Town Hall on Saturday, January 7th 10am – 12pm. Doors will open from 10am for coffee and an opportunity to visit the Museum and Council Chamber, which are situated on the first floor of the Town Hall – a lift is available for disabled access. There will be an opportunity to purchase our latest publication ‘Monkton: a Hidden History’ and an accompanying display can be viewed in the Council Chamber. Following this, at 11am, Jack Tree will give his talk ‘History Beneath our Feet' in the George Lewis Room. Jack Tree is well known for his work with the Pembrokeshire Prospector’s Society, of which he was a former Chairman, and he will be bringing along a display of artefacts discovered during his many years with the Society.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Christmas display in St Mary's Church

With Christmas upon us, time to change our display in St Mary's Church with something more seasonal. I chose the theme of Christmas traditions. First, a nostalgic look back to the time when St Michael's Hall was the scene of amateur dramatics, most memorably the Christmas panto. Sadly, the Hall fell into disuse and was sold. It has now been converted into a private dwelling. Second, the Pembroke Christmas card. George Lewis, sadly missed by us all, began another tradition - designing Pembroke's official Christmas card. Each year he painted a Pembroke snow scene for the Mayor's Christmas card, copies of which are on display. Dudley Jones is now carrying on this tradition - his 2022 card depicts the new William Marshal statue.

Icy weather

'It's getting to look a lot like Christmas ...' so the song goes. And it was certainly exceptionally cold yesterday when I took this photo. The Castle Pond was frozen over and I haven't seen that for many years!