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Mr Jonnie Skone (son of John Skone): Pictured by the new sign with Councillor Melanie Phillips

Mr Jonnie Skone (son of John Skone): Pictured
by the new sign with Councillor Melanie Phillips

AS I WAS walking up the small steep hill that leads from the old Victoria Pub to Monkton Priory church, I stopped near the top of the incline and thought to myself: “No wonder they call this The Awkward Hill!” It was then that I realised the hill had no sign on it; nothing to mark this lovely quirky name. I mused that future generations wouldn’t know what it had been called and got thinking about other old Pembroke places that had no names, such as The Cake Walk and Jack Skone’s Lane.

The Cake Walk is the little steep incline that leads up to Paynter Street and Jogram Avenue. It has Halstead’s on one side and Primrose cottages on the other. I was brought up in the prefabs that were situated right at the top of The Cake Walk, and know that it was named after a ride in Pembroke fair, which was a moving steep platform where you tried to stay upright with no handholds to help you!

Who knows, someone who had one too many drinks at the fair m i g h t have fallen down on that little hill and cursed that it was as bad as walking The Cake Walk at the fair! Everybody knows where Jack Skone’s Lane is and it needs no explanation here! Jack Skone had a farm very close by called Golden Hall Dairies. He would lead his cows down the lane and so it became known as Jack Skone’s Lane.

It has no other name, but old families who have lived in the Green for generations and Mr Reggie Williams, a postman for nearly fifty years, refer to it as Union Lane. It was called this because of its close proximity to the workhouse, which is now called Riverside and is opposite Woodbine Terrace. Workhouses were referred to as Unions or Spikes.

Some residents argue that the lane was known as Golden Lane, but it has been pointed out that Golden Lane stops at the railway bridge. I think that these old lanes should be preserved for posterity because after all they are part of our wonderful town’s history. I hope everybody in Pembroke likes the signs, and thanks must go to Pembroke Town Council, Suzie Thomas (Town Clerk) and Mike our caretaker, for all the work they carried out.

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Salvage Hunters: New series is filming in Pembrokeshire, and they need help

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SALVAGE HUNTERS, the well-loved and most watched Quest TV and Discovery Network show, is on the hunt for locations to film at in the Pembrokeshire and the wider South West Wales area to feature in the upcoming series.

We follow decorative antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around various locations in the UK and abroad on his quest to find and buy unusual objects with an interesting history.

Drew really visits everywhere – beautiful estates, old family businesses, barns and attic’s stuffed full of unwanted things, museums, factories, collectors and iconic religious sites buying all sorts along the way – from gorgeous country house furniture and railwayana to 6ft 1980s disco balls and anything in-between.

Now in its sixteenth series and airing to over half a million people in the UK and millions more worldwide, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or home to a broad audience, sell a few items that perhaps you no longer need, make some money and celebrate the history and heritage of the UK.

If you think you fit the bill or know somebody that might then please do not hesitate to reach out and speak with a member of our team.

Call us on 0203 179 0092 or alternatively send us an email to – salvagehunters@curvemedia.com

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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