The annual Christmas tea party took place last December in the stunning setting, once again, of St Bride’s Castle, with the kind permission of the Holiday Property Bond. More than fifty people – Friends, their guests, and those staying at the castle, – gathered in the castle library. Christmas decorations and the beautiful tree all brought about a festive ambience, and the tea table groaned with delights and delicacies, provided by those who came. This event is the most popular Friends’ event throughout the year, and it gives members the opportunity to meet and catch up, as well as to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the National Park at the start of the Christmas season.
For the first time, the beautiful, heated, indoor swimming pool was made available by the Holiday Property Bond for the Friends to use. Several were brave enough, despite the cold outside, to take full advantage of this unique opportunity, and after all that exercise, doubtless felt able to fill their plates at the tea party with clear consciences!
The annual Carol Service followed the tea party and was held, as usual, in the nearby, candlelit St. Bridget’s Church, beside the beautiful, sandy cove of St Bride’s Haven. John Potter, who played the organ, organised a series of readings and carols. Father Andrew Johnson, rector of St Bridget’s, presided, and welcomed everyone to his ancient and historic church, which was full. The singing was magnificent and the readings were delivered with clarity and confidence by members of the congregation. The generous retiring collection amounted to almost two hundred pounds for the church funds. Many thanks to all those involved with supplying the food for the tea party, and for taking part in the Service, making this event such a special part of the Christmas celebrations.
A talk about Cetacean (whales, dolphins, and porpoise) strandings and marine environmental monitoring.
2:15 pm for tea and coffee, and the talk will commence at 2:30 pm.
Haverfordwest Leisure Centre, SA61 1QX
The talk will be given by Rod Penrose, the Strandings Co-ordinator for the Welsh coast for over 20 years. It will last approximately one hour with plenty of time for questions.
On the day of the talk Rod will also hand out information leaflets. One quick word of warning: nearly all of his pictures are of dead animals, injuries and post-mortem examinations.
This is a free event but donations would be welcome to cover the costs of providing the event. There is a car park (St Thomas Green) adjacent to the Leisure Centre. Any questions to Ian Pattinson on 01239 821631.
A walk led by Haydn Garlick – PCNPA Warden – (South Pembrokeshire) in the Hook area going down to the estuary and past the restoration work of the Lime Kilns carried out by The Friends.
Meet at 10am in the car park of Hook sports/cricket club ground (GR SM 978 114 ), Newton Road,SA62 4NB. The walk will be approximately 3 ½ – 4 miles, there may be quite wet conditions underfoot especially along the foreshore, so wellies might be a good option.
Hook History Society will be in attendance and the event will be followed by lunch at the Cottage Inn Llangwm – the menu will be emailed to Friends a couple of weeks before the walk, also available on the day, and orders will be taken when we meet at the car park – if you want to stay for lunch. Please do not phone orders through to event organiser Jane Mason beforehand, and no need to book your place.
Talk on garden birds by Pembrokeshire bird club will be given at Haverfordwest Leisure Centre. Starts at 19.15 hrs for coffee on arrival with the talk commencing at 19.30 hrs. Possibly an early evening meal beforehand for those that would like. The Lead organiser for this event is Steve Drinkwater and anyone wishing to know more details about it should contact him on Tel: (01437) 710 009.