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Wed 13th March 2019: Lighthouses of Pembrokeshire

Details:  Sarah Griffiths, from Castell Henllys, will give us a fascinating talk on the famous and inspiring lighthouses of Wales, with an emphasis on those in West Wales and Pembrokeshire and the stories that surround them. She will also explain the role of the Trinity House organisation: and if we are lucky, she may well also broaden the subject out to imbibe us with broader tales of maritime adventure!

Timings and Meeting Point: 19:00 upstairs in the Mariners Hotel, Haverfordwest. 

Refreshments: The bar will be open downstairs for tea/coffee etc.

Lead Organiser:  Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Wed 20th February 2019: Last Invasion of Britain Tour

Details:  Almost to the day of the 222nd anniversary of the landing of a French invasion force, at Carreg Wasted, we will walk and visit the principle sites. of this wonderful piece of Pembrokeshire history.  In large part, this is a repeat of a tour first held last year, which was so popular that we decided to do it again this year, but with some new anecdotes and details!

The day will start with a three mile circular walk from the village of Llanwnda, out to the French landing ground at Carreg Wasted and then back via Trehowell  farm where the French established their headquarters. The walk has been assessed as Easy with one gentle descent and one climb.

We will then proceed to Goodwick, to the point where the French surrendered, before moving on to Fishguard town to visit Jemima Nicholas’s gravestone and the Last Invasion tapestry.  There is also the option of having lunch in the Royal Oak, where the surrender was negotiated. And the final stop on the tour will the Fishguard fort where the first shot was fired in the campaign.

Timings and Meeting Point: Meet at 10:00 in the centre of Llanwnda village. Later we will drive to Goodwick and then Fishguard. We might be able to do some car-share for the move but bring change for the Fishguard car park.  Should finish about 15.00

Non-Members are very welcome but need to register in advance by emailing newsandviews@fpcnp.org.uk and will be asked to pay £5 per person on the day (please bring correct money)

Refreshments: Self-paying lunch for those who want it in the Royal Oak or you can do your own thing.  If you want lunch in the Royal Oak let Ian know by 17 Feb absolute latest.

Weather: There is no wet weather alternative so come prepared with waterproofs and sturdy shoes/walking boots: it will be muddy in places.

Lead Organiser:  Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Wed 16 January 2019: Landshipping Mining Disaster Talk

Details:  Dr Robert Davies is a well known Pembrokeshire speaker on a range of topics and he has readily agreed to open our 2019 programme with a presentation on the development of coal mining in Pembrokeshire, in particular at Landshipping.

The talk will include a brief look at the impact of coal mining on families and communities and explain how the Royal Commission report of 1842 resulted in legislation to protect miners. He will then examine the Garden Pit Disaster and other Landshipping and local Mining related fatalities.

Timings and Meeting Point: Beginning at 19.10 (yes 10 minutes past 7 o’clock). This is because the room is booked strictly from 19.00 to 20.30).
Venue is the Seminar Room at Bloomfield Community Centre, Redstone Road, Narberth, SA67 7ES. There is ample parking outside.

Refreshments:  Tea and coffee will be available from 19.05.

Lead Organiser:  Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Garden Pit Memorial image: Roger MacCallum.

Sunday 9th December: Christmas Carol Service and Tea

Details:  This year’s Christmas Tea and Carol Service will follow the well tried and popular procedure. The Tea will take place at St Brides Castle and the Carol Service will follow in St Brides Church. The Service will be taken by Rector of St Brides, Father Andrew Johnson, with several Friends doing the readings.  There will be no pre-tea or post Carol Service social event this year but we will look to re-instate one or or both in 2019.

Friends attending the tea are requested to bring cakes, savouries and sandwiches. 

Information Needed Ahead of the day: We have one small mince-pie specialist but we need one more. If you would like to bring mince pies please make yourself known to Caroline Potter (01646 636341)!

Timings and Meeting Point:   Tea will start at 15:00 in the library (as per usual) and run to 16:45 and the Carol Service will start at 17:00 and last approximately 45 minutes. There is ample car parking at St Brides Castle  (mainly in the car park at the rear) (SA62 3AL) and again at St Brides Church for those who wish to drive the short distance between the two.

Lead Organiser:  Ian Pattinson (01239 821631) is coordinating the event as a whole but Caroline Potter (01646 636341) is organising the Tea.