We are looking for a new Treasurer

Pembroke Town Walls Trust are recruiting a new Trustee Treasurer to be elected by our members are out AGM on 26th April. 

PTWT is a small CIO and does not employ any staff, so ideally this is a role for someone with some accounting knowledge and experience.  However, training can be given, and someone experienced in Charity accounting will be able to mentor the new Treasurer. 

If you are interested in finding out more click on the link below for a full role description and how to apply.

Treasurer Application and Role Description

Restoration work has begun!

Work has started on the repair of the Town Walls on the Tabernacle Garden site.  This is an exciting moment for the Trust and marks a key milestone in our goal to protect the Town Walls for future generations.  The work, funded by the National Lottery, will demonstrate sympathetic conservation of the Walls and form part of a public garden and the Journey Through Time exhibition at the Tabernacle. 

 

A Memorial to Nikki Anderson 1947-2017

Nikki was one of the very first active volunteers with Pembroke 21C Community
Association when it was established back in 2001 and was a Trustee of Pembroke Town
Walls Trust from 2012- Nov 2015. Across a broad spectrum of activities, she consistently
devoted hours and hours of her time to help to celebrate and regenerate Pembroke.

Nikki launching her book Pembroke & Around Through Time

Nikki launching her book Pembroke & Around Through Time

Nikki was passionate about so many things:- our wildlife through her work with the Wildlife
Trust with a particular interest in the otters in the Millponds; recording our history and
stories through The Pembroke Story Project, creating a website bursting with facts and
knowledge – this project was housed in the Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Main
Street where she displayed a frequently updated exhibition and held monthly story telling
events; she led a group of litter pickers who one Saturday morning each month collect litter
along the Commons or the Millponds; she led the Town Heritage and Environment Group
who managed, among other things, the derelict spaces along the commons by sowing
them with glorious wild flowers – the same group have started a project to record the
medieval burgage plots within our town walls.

Nikki’s research into the Pembroke Story Project brought her very close to our local
community in conversations about the history of our living town. So many, through her,
could contribute to the ‘story’. She created opportunity to hear the voice of the community
which has evolved into a fellowship that is run by Tabernacle URC. Nikki helped the
church understand how to be ‘church’ in their community.

In the last two years, she worked with artist Lisa Hellier to produce two stunning bilingual
trail maps of Pembroke packed with information – Pembroke Nature Trail which takes you
on a biodiverse celebration around the town and Junior History Detectives for young
people to find out the history, tales and legends of their town.

Most recently she was working with the same artist to prepare interpretation boards for the
Journey Through Time heritage garden behind the Tabernacle. Regrettably she died
before this could be completed but it will be lovingly dedicated to her memory.

We have lost a very dear and remarkable friend who we will not forget and who has left
her wonderful legacy throughout our community.

Rest in Peace Nikki.

 

Future of Pembroke’s medieval town walls set in stone, thanks to National Lottery players

Over a quarter of a million pounds (£256,000) of National Lottery money will be awarded to protect the historic town walls of Pembroke.

Dating back to c. 1280 the walls were built after the outer ward of Pembroke Castle was completed, and now the Pembroke Town Walls Trust want to protect and preserve them for future generations.

The Pilot Project site where work to conserve the Pembroke town walls is beginning. 

The Pilot Project site where work to conserve the Pembroke town walls is beginning. 

For the next 800 years

Modern Pembroke has successfully retained much of its medieval layout and stonework, with some sections of Grade II and Grade II* wall subject to Scheduled Ancient Monument status and of national and international significance.

Janet Drogan, Chair of the Pembroke Town Walls Trust, said: “Having stood proud for nigh on 800 years, many sections of the town walls are now deteriorating rapidly and are currently unsafe. Our intention in forming the Pembroke Town Walls Trust was to help protect this important historic legacy ensure they are still here for the next 800 years.

“This funding is vitally important as it means we can now - for the first time - start to conserve the walls. It is the first step on a long journey, but one we are incredibly excited to take.”

 

PTWT are working to preserve the town walls for future generations to discover. 

PTWT are working to preserve the town walls for future generations to discover. 

Everybody’s backyard

More than 50 volunteers will be involved in the initial pilot project, producing information panels and leaflets as well as a series of events and guided tours to explain and showcase the restoration work to the local community.

Volunteers will also be able to get their hands dirty and take part in accredited training in traditional stonework.

With many sections of wall currently owned by local homeowners, the project will also create an online database of owners and, using its findings, encourage appropriate repair and maintenance of all sections of the wall in the future.

Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, said: “Pembroke Town Walls are a fantastic asset for the local community, but it’s often easy to take heritage on your doorstep (or in this case, your back garden!) for granted.

“This important conservation project made possible by National Lottery players will help create a greater awareness of the walls’ true value and how to maintain them, making sure they stand the test of time and continue to be recognised as one of Pembroke’s defining historic features.”

The Pembroke community coming together to take preserve the town walls.

The Pembroke community coming together to take preserve the town walls.

What next?

In addition to restoring the wall and the 18th century lime kiln built into it, the work will also link the main street to provide access to the Tabernacle United Reformed Church and adjacent community garden - itself currently undergoing restoration as part of another project also funded by the National Lottery.

Angela Burns, Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, added: “Pembroke’s town walls are synonymous with the town and its wealth of medieval history, and it is crucial that we protect them to ensure that history is preserved for future generations growing up here as well as those visiting the town.

“It has been heartening to see the community come together to take charge of the walls’ preservation, and I wish the project and the Pembroke Town Walls Trust every success with it.”

You can keep up to date with the project’s progress on the group’s Facebook page and on our website.

Thank you for a fantastic evening at Pembroke castle

The PTWT Party at the Castle, 2017, was a great success.  We had a lovely evening of music, games and exhibits. The event raised a total of £1300 to support our work in restoring the Town Walls of Pembroke.  It was fantastic to see people of all ages enjoying the event and we are incredibly grateful for the generous and ongoing support that we have received from both local people and visitors to the town.  

Please join our Facebook group to find out more about future events and join the trust to help us in our mission to restore the historic town walls of Pembroke.

Pembroke Town Walls Chair Wins Trustee of the Year Award

Janet Drogan, the Chair of the Pembroke Town Walls Trust was recently awarded the Trustee of the Year Award at the PAVS Volunteering Week Awards.  

Janet Drogan receiving her award from Peter Davison, Chair of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Janet Drogan receiving her award from Peter Davison, Chair of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action

National Volunteers Week is an opportunity that PAVS use each year to organize the Pembrokeshire Volunteering Awards to recognize the hard work and dedication of local volunteers.  This week the well-attended ceremony was held in the Regency Hall, Saundersfoot on 7th June.  

Janet has led the Pembroke Town Walls Trust (PTWT) for the last five years.   Over that time PTWT has evolved from being a Steering group in 2012, to an Incorporated Organisation and finally to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation so that it could seek major funding.  

In 2013, she oversaw the signature of a partnership agreement to deliver a pilot project for the PTWT with Pembroke 21C Community Association and the Tabernacle United Reformed Church.  

The nomination explained that Janet has patiently given hours of her own time to oversee the development of the pilot project over that period while the Trust has striven to develop its ideas and plans, to seek and secure funding.  She has chaired both Board and public meetings, representing the PTWT in the press and at meetings with funders, the local authority and Cadw.  She has led the board through its learning curve, establishing their clear aims, objectives and values and to develop clear plans and strategies.  

She is inspirational because of her desire to lead from the bottom up, both listening to and hearing what others say and working to a concensus.  She is able to use the skills of others in a team.  She is also inspirational because of her complete understanding of the significance of walls to the heritage of not only Pembroke but to Wales.  She fully understands that the walls are as important as the Castle and that Pembroke as a town is worthy of World Heritage Status.  However, at the same time she is fully aware of the importance of the walls and the pilot project to the local community, its civic pride and wellbeing.  

This summer the PTWT should be able, at last, to begin restoration of the walls around the Tabernacle URC garden, both the curtain town walls and lime kiln and the walls that surround the burgage plot garden.  This pilot will be an exemplar for the Trust to be able to restore walls around the town, to show the care and good techniques that will be taken and to demonstrate the significance of the walls.   The pilot and the restoration of the Pembroke’s medieval Town Walls will be a significant project for the benefit of the town’s heritage and its economy and something in which the community can take great pride.

Party at the Castle, Sat 17th June 2017

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Join us in Pembroke Castle on Saturday the 17th of June for an evening of music, games and heritage. This is our 3rd year running this great family event which has, so far, raised over £2000 for the Town Walls. 

This year we have an exciting mix of live music including The Krooks, Razor Bill and the Quaynotes Choir. The Party at the Castle is a fun event for the whole familly; come and enjoy a mix of children's games, heritage and crafts. Attractions will include hands on pottery, wood turning, bee keeping, classic cars and art exhibition. 

The Castle will be open to explore throughout the evening. Food and drinks will be available from the Castle Cafe or alternatively feel free to bring along your own picnic. 

Tickets are available on the door. Adult tickets are £5 and familly tickets are £12.50.

We look forward to seeing you!

Donate through Co-op

The Pembroke Town Walls Trust is being supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund. Please help us by signing up to the Co-op blue card scheme so that Co-op will donate 1% of your purchases to local causes. 

The money raised is split between local charities and community groups.  You can further help the Town Walls by going to our Co-op community page and registering your support for our cause allowing us to receive a greater share of the money raised.

Thank you for your help and support!