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.
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.