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Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society’s Coffee Morning and Talk this month will be held on Saturday morning, March 2nd in Pembroke Town Hall from 10am. 

This month’s talk, by Society Chairman Linda Asman, will have a Welsh theme and is titled ‘In the Footsteps of Gerald of Wales’.  Gerald de Barri, also known as Geraldus Cambrensis or Gerald the Welshman, died some 800 years ago. He was born and raised in Manorbier, a grandson of Princess Nest and Gerald de Windsor and through them a descendant of the Welsh Princes and Marcher Lords. A remarkable man of his day, Gerald was a churchman, scholar, reformer, royal diplomat and a tireless traveller but it is his writings which distinguished him above all. In 1188, he accompanied Archbishop Bishop Baldwin of Canterbury on a mission to recruit men for the 3rd Crusade, a mission which took him all around Wales and which Gerald recorded for posterity in his books ‘Journey around Wales and Description of Wales, books which shine a mirror into that far off world of 12th Century Wales

Linda and Stuart Asman decided to follow this earliest of Welsh travel guides, visiting and photographing the sites which Gerald described in his journal along with accounts of local miracles, fantastic tales and descriptions of Welsh life which make it so entertaining. The talk is richly illustrated with photographs, which can be viewed to advantage on Pembroke Town Hall’s new, large television screen.

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. Following this, at 11am, we assemble in the George Lewis Room for the talk. Everyone is welcome to attend – you do not have to be a member - and entry is free.

 

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LET THERE BE DRAGONS!

Sculptor Gideon Petersen with his Dragon maquette   Pembroke Millond

We also will resume our Dragon Fountain project when circumstances allow.  Last year a new Pembroke Millpond Group was formed by Pembroke Town Council to address public concern at the state of the pond: reeds were growing out of control and the water was covered in green algal bloom.  Pembroke Town Council working with Pembrokeshire County Council, secured a grant from Local Places for Nature, a Welsh Government Grant administered by the WCVA via the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership to fund a maintenance plan to tackle the problems.  The first stage of the project saw the removal of the algae blooms and was followed by the cutting back of the reeds. The next stage will involve installing a new dipping platform, building silt traps and a Field Study and Management Plan for the future management of the site.

Working alongside these organisations, we believe that a fountain would help aerate the waters of the Millpond to improve the water quality with a beneficial effect on the local landscape and pond life. Having obtained funding from LEADER to explore this idea, a schools project has taken place and a maquette constructed by Gideon Petersen.

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We are a voluntary group dedicated to raising the awareness of our history and preserving the memory for future generations.  So join us if you like - through popular demand we now have a membership at the nominal fee of £3 and welcome new members.  If you do not wish to join, our events remain free unless otherwise stated as for our fundraising quizzes.

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All work carried out by members of this Society is voluntary  and there are plenty of volunteering opportunities.  We organise many events to promote our history and run Pembroke Museum.  We put up exhibitions and displays in support of community events and also support other voluntary organisations' fundraising efforts. We give talks, arrange walks and write articles.  And more.

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