PEMBROKE 21C Community Association has received £70,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting partnership project, A Journey Through Time in Pembroke.
The project is a development of the successful Pembroke Story heritage project at the Tabernacle United Reformed Church (URC) and will link Pembroke Commons with the Main Street through the town walls, the garden and the church. A garden with a range of planted areas reflecting the story of Pembroke through the ages will be recreated in the burgage plot behind the Tabernacle URC with an area for quiet and contemplation. The garden is one of Pembroke’s medieval burgage plots. It has a limestone cave and within the town walls that surround it there is a 17th century lime kiln. The Tabernacle has plans to create an open, modern community church while conserving the Victorian nature of the building. The Pembroke Town Walls Trust, the third partner, will use the walls surrounding the garden as a pilot project to test out methods of refurbishing the walls throughout the town. All three aspects of the project will be interpreted inside the Church as well as in the garden. This will enhance The Pembroke Story project, its website and displays and reach a much wider audience by engaging the community and attracting more visitors and by working in collaboration with Pembroke Castle, Welsh Historic Garden Trust and other local heritage groups. Commenting on the award, Gareth Jones, Chair of Pembroke 21C Trustees, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this important project. We are confident it will encourage new volunteers from throughout the community to be interested in their local heritage as well as engaging school children and bringing more visitors into the town.” Explaining the importance of the project, Jennifer Steward, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said: “Looking after and sharing local heritage is an excellent way of keeping stories and traditions alive for future generations. This project will provide creative and exciting opportunities which will ensure that this heritage is safeguarded and remembered.”