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Christening Photos Bridge 70 Years

26 Jul
2016: Left to right: Dilys Cardy and Margaret Brown, of Pembroke Dock, Carol Francis of Swansea (first cousins); Robert Bickham; Judy Thomas of Gowerton (step-sister), Lesley Bickham (daughter) and Pamela Bickham (wife).

Over 70 years separate these two photographs which recall a very special family moment as World War II drew to a close. Taking centre stage in both is Robert Bickham, who was the babe in arms in the photograph taken after his christening at Pembroke Dock’s Royal Dockyard Chapel in April 1945. Robert, who emigrated […]

Heritage Centre remembers Sunderland airmen

17 Nov
T9044 display 1115 (3)

After a successful first full visitor season, the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will be closing for two winter months – December and January. The Centre, in the Royal Dockyard Chapel, will close as from Monday November 30th. However, it will open especially for parties already pre-booked and also extends an invitation to organisations and groups […]

Weighty puzzle for Heritage Centre team

11 Nov
Mystery Object Aled and Alan 1115

A mystery machinery item – found in a house clearance – has set the team at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre a weighty puzzle. It was donated recently with suggestions that it might be connected to the wartime Sunderland, T9044, which sank off the town 75 years ago this month. Aled Lewis, who recently joined […]

Cake Crew on Parade for Macmillan

17 Sep
Flashback to 2014: ‘Cake crew’ team are pictured with Mrs Dilys Hanmer, Hon President of the Pembrokeshire Branch of Macmillan Cancer Support. Left to right: Carol Porter, Mrs Hanmer, Marilyn Mitchell, Sue Clarkson, Gill Saldanha, Kay Hancock, Rik Saldanha, Peter Mitchell and Derek Lawrence.

The ‘Cake Crew’ at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will be ‘on parade’ again next Thursday, September 24th – in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Volunteers are busy planning their contributions to the home-made cake stall. All this is in aid of Macmillan’s annual coffee morning and the volunteers aim to beat the £90 raised last […]

Tea-nagers Serve Up Coffee Shop Smiles!

15 Sep
Caption: Hollie Wiggins (left) and Holly Kenniford at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre Coffee Shop.

During the summer holidays it was service with special smiles at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre’s Coffee Shop – thanks to the ‘Two Hollies’. Teenagers Holly Kenniford and Hollie Wiggins joined the Volunteer Team which runs the Heritage Centre and helped keep the coffees and teas flowing during a very busy summer season. Hollie attends […]

Heritage Volunteers View Cosford Projects

28 Aug
Bill Proctor (right) and Alan Porter (left) pictured with Darren Priday by a restored wing of a Wellington bomber.

Volunteers with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust had an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into conservation projects when they visited the RAF Museum at Cosford recently. With the Museum’s Darren Priday as their guide they were given access to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre which is not normally open to the public. They saw major work underway […]

Diary Recalls Wartime Disaster

17 Aug
What the firemen had to tackle - one of many photographs of the Llanreath Oil Tanks Fire in the Pembroke Dock Archive.

A handwritten diary which recorded the dramatic and tragic day-by-day battle against a huge fire in wartime Pembroke Dock is on display for the first time. It was compiled by Captain Tom Breaks, the senior fire officer who took charge of the firefighting teams following the German air attack on the Llanreath Oil Tank Depot […]