18 January 2018: Visit to Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre – Sunderland Flying Boat

Details: After a short introduction by Stuart Berry, the Heritage Centre Manager, we will receive a guided tour of the Heritage Centre, by one of the volunteers, to see this iconic WWII flying boat which provided such sterling service in the struggle to protect our coast and convoys. There will be a £3 charge to cover the presentation.

Timings and Meeting Point: Meet at the Royal Dockyard Chapel, Meyrick Owen Way, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6WS. Click here for a map.

There is plenty of parking immediately outside of the Heritage Centre.

The introduction will commence at 13:30 and the tour will last about 40 minutes depending upon questions. Thereafter, Friends will be free to walk around the Heritage Centre for as long as they wish. There are no other parties visiting the Heritage Centre that day and so Volunteers will be available to answer any questions throughout the entirety of our visit.

The cafeteria will be open before and during the visit for self-funding coffee and light refreshments for those who want it. Meals will not be available on the day of the visit.

Lead Organiser: Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Future Landscape Wales Update

Our Local Policy Officer, Gus Stott, has written a report on the current state of the Future Landscapes Wales project and the history behind it. You can read the report here.

National Parks Societies Conference 2017


Jane Mason represented FPCNP at the National Parks annual conference in October, hosted by the Friends of the New Forest. You can find a summary of the conference on their website, and read here Jane’s notes (made at the time; she apologises for any inaccuracies or omissions) on the various presentations which included Persuading People to your cause in a Post-Truth Society and National Parks under Pressure. The presentation slides are also available.

The future of Newport National Park Information Centre

24th September 2017: The Chairman of the Friends submits a further statement on behalf of members, supporting the retention of the facility by the NPA with volunteer support. To see a full copy of the letter, click here.