Saturday, April 21, 2018

Simon Hancock (2nd from left) with some members of the P&M Committee
At our meeting of Friday, April 20th, our speaker Simon Hancock gave a fascinating talk on the ‘Pembroke Mint’- a little known aspect of Pembroke’s past. He told us that coinage was introduced by the Anglo Saxons:  the Welsh princes did not mint coins. Continued by the Normans, it was during the reign of Henry I that silver pennies were minted in Pembroke itself.  In the Middle Ages coins were struck by hand – each one individually which meant that no two were identical. This gave opportunities for the criminal practice of clipping coins for the silver – an offence which deserved (in the medieval mind) savage punishment in the form of castration or the cutting off of the right hand.  Clipped coins devalued the coinage and devalued confidence: such an offence against the currency was regarded as equivalent to an offence against the king, treason no less.  In France there are accounts of people being boiled alive for such a crime.  
The first person known to have struck coins in the Pembroke Mint was a man named Gillopatric.  He is mentioned in a set of accounts known as the Pipe Rolls, an invaluable document which records amounts of money paid into the royal treasury and gives real insight into twelfth century life.  It would seem that Gillopatric had transgressed but somehow managed to get off pretty lightly with a hefty fine!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forthcoming events

Please note - we have no Saturday morning meeting in April because of the Easter Bank Holiday.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quiz Night March 16th

All tables taken on Friday evening's Quiz Night at Monkton Church Hall.  So extra big congratulations to Peter & Gaynor Thomas and Amanda & Bob Schopp who won against great opposition and a really hard set of questions! They are pictured here with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn.  Thanks to all who contributed to the lovely buffet and to Rachel and Diana for conducting the raffle.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Quiz Night on Friday March 16th

snow in Pembroke

Unfortunately we were unable to go ahead with our St David's Talk and Lunch - for the first time in years Pembroke was hit by snow and everything came to a halt.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

St Davids Day event - March 3rd

AGM - Friday February 16th

The AGM took place on Friday with little change:  all officers and Trustees/ Committee Members were returned unopposed. Applications for committee were invited but no takers although any members wishing to get involved will be very welcome. We are looking in particular for people with good IT skills and also cooks to help with all those buffets we supply for the Quiz Nights and coffee mornings!
Pictured above are some of the committee with star of the evening George Palmer (3rd from left) who gave us a lovely evening of nostalgia by showing his wonderful slides, taken over many years whilst a postman in Pembroke. Everyone enjoyed the evening and want George to give them another show in our next programme.