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Pembroke statue campaign launched



AT a well attended public meeting in Pembroke Town Hall last Saturday (Feb 2), the campaign for a statue of William Marshal was launched.

Organised by Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society, this was an opportunity for the community to come together to have their say and to examine the maquette (scale model) of the statue, which was presented by sculptor Harriet Addyman.

Society Chairman Linda Asman opened proceedings by making the case for William Marshal to be Pembroke’s next statue project, and stated that it is thanks to the Henry VII statue that this is taking place.

Having been impressed by the Henry VII statue, a very large donation of £25,000 was given to Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society by Wales Community CIC, conditional that it be invested in another statue commemorating one of Pembroke’s great figures.

Harriet Addyman then unveiled the maquette and welcomed comments and suggestions from the audience. There was overwhelming approval for Harriet’s model of William Marshal, commemorating the 800th anniversary of his death in 1219.

This statue will be a life size bronze figure seated on a horse. Then Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton eulogised Marshal as the “best knight that ever lived”. A successful tournament fighter and soldier, Marshal later became Earl of Pembroke, and set about turning the earth and wood fortification of Pembroke Castle into the stone keep we recognise today.

Whilst campaigning in France, Henry II fell out with his heir Richard, who consequently allied with Philip II of France against his father. In 1189, while covering the flight of Henry II, Marshal unhorsed the undutiful Richard in a skirmish.

William could have killed the prince but killed his horse instead, to make the point clear. He is said to have been the only man ever to unhorse Richard the Lionheart. Marshal was also central to the negotiations that led to Magna Carta and later served as Regent of the Kingdom of England, re-issuing Magna Carta under his own seal, thus ensuring its survival.

Pembroke Mayor, Cllr Linda Brown congratulated Harriet and opened the fundraising appeal. She thanked also the committee of Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society for organising the event and coffee morning – in all £303 was raised for the statue fund. As with the Henry VII statue campaign, this will be a community project and it is hoped that other groups and businesses will join in to help raise the £35,000 required. The Society is working in partnership with Pembroke Town Council which will be administering the statue fund.

An online fundraising appeal has been set up and donations can be made via either the Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society website or the Pembroke Town Council website.

For more information, please contact Linda Asman (History Society) at 075584 429224 and or Suzie Thomas (Pembroke Town Clerk) at 01646 683092 and

Pembroke & Monkton Local History Society meet again on Friday, February 15, at Monkton Church Hall at 7.30pm.

It is the Society’s AGM, which will be followed by a talk by Simon Hancock on ’A History of Haverfordwest in 30 Artefacts’. Non members are welcome – entry is free.

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident



EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

Avoid the area at the present time

The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.


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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses



A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297


(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email:

Ag JG50885

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears



EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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