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OUR LATEST PUBLICATION

From Mummer's Booth to Silver Screen: the Life and Times of the Haggar Family

We are now publishers!  Our Community History (below) was so successful that we have set up a book fund to finance the publication of books of local interest.  This is the first - we hope - of many more to come!

“I was born into a very remarkable family, a family which has its roots in the Victorian theatre and early cinema” writes Vicki in her introduction. “My father was Len Haggar, the well known and respected proprietor of Haggars’ Cinema and Ballroom in Pembroke and it is there that my earliest memories lie. Alas it is assigned to history: times change and there is no ‘going to the pictures’ any more in Pembroke. For my family in particular this represented the end of an era as our history stretches back to the very earliest years of the cinema in this country; a history which began with my great grandfather William Haggar, a leading figure in early film making in this country.”

Written by William’s great granddaughter, Vicki Haggar, and including previously unpublished essays by her grandfather Walter and brothers Roy and Tony, the book follows the fortunes of her family through four successive generations. It spans a century in the entertainment business; from Victorian travelling theatre to fairground bioscope, through cinema’s golden age to eventual decline and the closing of Pembroke Cinema, the last of the Haggar Cinemas, in 1984.For many this will be a nostalgic walk down memory lane and a must read for anyone interested in the history of cinema in this country.

OUR COMMUNITY HISTORY DVD & BOOK A GREAT SUCCESS!

"A great example of volunteering, of people giving up so much of their time to produce something of value for the community. "

Angela Burns A.M.

A Journey Through Time

The stories have also been printed as a book, which was originally intended as a key to the DVD but, as it turns out, is fascinating read in its own right and is generously illustrated with personal photographs rather than the usual views of old Pembroke.  The book enables you to see at a glance how the DVD is arranged and how, taken in sequence, the stories take you through time. They are arranged in Sections each with an introduction to link each story to its place in Pembroke’s developing story – from stories which reflect on our prestigious historic past and traditions to personal memories which take us back to Victorian and early 20th century Pembroke to the present day.

It is thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund that we have been able to publish ‘Through My Eyes’.  Because of the funding we are able to sell the book at a subsidised rate of £10 and make no charge for the DVD which will be given free with the book: our heritage belongs to us all and we want to make it affordable for everyone.  We will hope to recoup the overspend on the project with the book sales, and any monies resulting will be re invested in future projects of the History Society.

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If you would like to purchase a copy, we can post it to you for an additional £3 to cover p&p

 

OUR 'SENSE OF PLACE' LEAFLETS

Our first publications were the Monkton and Pembroke 'Sense of Place' leaflets.  These were designed to give an oversight of the historic development of our communities and are bilingual.  Written by Linda Asman, Chairman of the Society, they are illustrated with attractive line drawings by George Lewis, Society President.

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They were funded and published by Planed and we were helped in this by Kate Lindley.  Planed have published 'Sense of Place' leaflets of many of the communities in South Pembrokeshire. While the leaflets are free, they can also be downloaded here in an English or a Welsh version.

Linda Asman, George Lewis & Kate Lindley

 At the Launch of the Pembroke leaflet

The publications team with artis tGeorge Lewis The Publications Team with George Lewis and Kate Lindley

Our Publications team pictured here with artist George Lewis  and Kate Lindley of Planed

 

Monkton Priory Church by c. George Lewis

Pictured above, artist George Lewis, Chairman Linda Asman and Kate Lindley of Planed

and below some photographs taken of the Launch at Monkton Priory Church Hall.

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DOWNLOAD OUR LEAFLETS HERE

PEMBROKE

PEMBROKE

Sense of Place Leaflet

English Version

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PEMBROKE

Sense of Place Leaflet

Welsh Version

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MONKTON

MONKTON

Sense of Place Leaflet

English Version

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MONKTON

Sense of Place Leaflet

Welsh Version

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