The London Pembrokeshire Society made donations to three charities this year:
One of the charities is the Sea Life Centre (Ocean Lab) in Goodwick, Fishguard. We had a most interesting visit to the Sea Life Centre in 2016 when we visited Fishguard and decided to support their good work. Pictured is committee member Jenny Thomas presenting a cheque to the sea life centre.
Twenty members of the London Pembrokeshire Society visited the National Heritage Centre at Pembroke Dock today.
We heard a fascinating talk by Derek, one of the volunteers at the centre, about some of the history of the area, in particular the fire of August 1940 when an oil storage tank was hit by a German bomb, causing a fire that raged for 20 days; the longest burning fire in British History. Over 500 firemen from fire brigades as far afield as Birmingham fought the fire to prevent it spreading.
The centre has a wealth of information about the area, with a focus on the Sunderland seaplanes that were stationed at Pembroke Dock during the second world war, one of which (T9044) lies at the bottom of the harbour. The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust is in the process of raising money to raise the aircraft and some parts have been recovered and restored, including one of the engines which is on display at the Heritage Centre.
There are also lots of fascinating artefacts from the period, with uniforms of servicemen and women, each with a personalised background story.
Did you know… The lifesized Millenium Falcon (from a slightly different era) was built in Pembroke Dock for the filming of Star Wars?
We can highly recommend a visit – a fascinating slice of history, served up with a mean Latte from the coffee shop.
We’re in Pembrokeshire this weekend and some of us visited the CAFE MOR in Freshwater West where we had Lobster Rolls which were deservedly awarded ‘best street food of the year’ in 2014. The rolls were out of this world and we sat on the dunes overlooking a beautiful sunny bay.
This is the life!
Cafe Mor is a mobile catering unit and we’re delighted to see that it is eco-friendly, using solar panels to power the cooking.