Sunday, February 4, 2018

Our AGM - February 16th

YEAR OF THE SEA - February 3rd

Ted Goddard addresses a large audience
Ted Goddard, Frank Harries and David James
Our 'Year of the Sea' event proved very popular - 86 people attended which demonstrates a very great interest in our maritime history!
This was a joint event with West Wales Maritime Heritage Society, a Society we are pleased to work with and which has made a great contribution to Pembroke Museum.
We had two speakers.  First Ted Goddard gave a fascinating account of the Early Days of the Dockyard and some of the ships which were built there. It always amazes me to see what was achieved by this town of Pembroke Dock - hard to believe now that it was a world leader in shipbuilding in the 19th century.  It built Royal Yachts and many famous ships. One of these, Ted told us, was HMS Erebus, one of Sir John Franklin's ships on his fateful last expedition.
A ship that is very dear to Pembroke people is the Warrior and David James of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society shared his memories of the ship when she was a moored off Llanion where she was used as an oil jetty.  He remembered fishing off there as a boy while others in the audience joined in with their memories.  One of these was Frank Harries who worked there and had amusing anecdotes to share. 
In 1976  Warrior was towed away for renovation at Hartlepool - now restored to all her former glory she can be seen in the Royal Dockyard, Portsmouth.
Warrior at Pembroke Dock 
Warrior restored at Portsmouth

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Winners of the Quiz

Pembroke & Monkton History Society's Quiz Night again drew  large support so the winning team, who call themselves 'Nine inch Snails' were worthy winners against stiff opposition.  Pictured here (left to right) are Wendy Lee, Gareth Beamish, Kate and Al Broughton with Quiz Master Rose Blackburn on the right. Society Chairman Linda Asman extended thanks to all who attended the event, the ladies of the Committee for the superb buffet and to Rachel Norman and Diana Williams for the raffle.  In all £270 was raised for Society funds.
The next Quiz Night will take place on Friday, March 16th at Monkton Church Hall, 7.30pm.  Tickets at the door cost just £4 which includes a buffet. Bring your own bottle if you wish.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Forthcoming events

Our New Years get together in Monkton Church Hall

A good turn out for Saturday's meeting
David James and Linda Asman, speakers at Saturday's meeting

Linda introduced the New Years meeting, pointing out that 2018 is an important year: not only is it the centenary of the end of WW1 but also the Year of the Sea.  The Society intend to carry out research and develop a WW1 exhibition in St Mary's Church during the course of the year and it is hoped that the community will work together to make this a commemoration worthy of the sacrifice of the Great War.
Who better to introduce the Year of the Sea than David James of West Wales Maritime Heritage Society? David is on a mission to raise money to restore an unmarked Japanese grave in Angle churchyard containing victims of the sinking of the mercant ship Hirano Maru on October 4th 1918.  Said David “It is not generally realised that War was being conducted off our own coast.  It was very much a hidden war and we should be commemorating it and honouring those who died.”
The grave with original marker in Japanese which has long gone

The ill fated Hirano Maru

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

At the Christmas Market

Pembroke Castle Christmas Market was again a great success and we again held a stall to advertise what we do - as well as raising funds with the sale of our books and merchandising.  Rose Blackburn donated a very large dog for us to raffle which proved very popular - the raffle was drawn in the Town Hall by the Town Clerk on Monday and the lucky winning ticket was number 101.  This was purchased by Dominic Stanley pictured here with his little sister Lily-Rose- clearly delighted to have won!

Our shop window competition entry

We have entered the Pembroke Town Council shop window competition with this snowy offering.  All credit to Vicki Haggar for masterminding this snowman made of recycled white cups and to Rachel Norman for making the smaller ones from pompoms (think we need a close up!).  We managed to find some historic snow scenes as a background - some from the famous winter of '82.