History and Heritage

Coastlands Local History Group has been in existence since 2006. It developed  out of a WI initiative marking the millennium, for which Dale WI produced a book “Dale – an Illustrated History”. The wealth of material being donated and the great interest shown in the area, led a number of the ladies to become interested in the idea of a local history group. Thus was Coastlands Local History Group born!

The Group is growing all the time. We are always keen to involve those interested in the history of the area.

Membership is £5.00 a year, or £50.00 for a life membership.

Our meetings are held monthly, members pay £1.00, non-members £2.00 – (to cover the costs of speakers/hiring/heating venues).

Most of our meetings are open. However, some, due to constraints of space, are only available to members. All visits are members only…..so membership has its advantages!

Programme 2020

For the time being the programme has been suspended. Members will be kept informed via email as to any developments. We hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.

*Monday 20th January “Lighthouses” a talk by Malcolm Smith-Gosling at Dale yacht Club 7.30 pm

*Monday 17th February  “The Great Eastern” a talk by Simon Hancock at Marloes Village Hall, 7.30 pm

*Wednesday 25th March    AGM plus a talk on The National trust in Pembrokeshire and the launch of the Kete Leaflet. TALK POSTPONED – AGM only to take place

*Wed 29th April   “Dale Fort –the first 500 million years” a  talk by Steve Morrell, Dale Fort 7.30 pm  TALK POSTPONED


*May   At St Brides about St Brides TBC

 **Mon 8th June   Trip to Carew Control Tower, 2.00 pm @ £4.80 pp

**Mon 6th July  Trip to Milford Haven Port Authority 9.30 am for 10.00 am tour.

*Wed 16th September   “”The Buildings of the Kensington Estate – local buildings:National Styles” a talk by Claire Deacon, Marloes Village Hall, 7.30 pm

*Mon 19th October    “Operation Sea Lion” a talk by David Llewellyn, Coronation Hall, 7.30

*Mon 16th November   “Moment in Time: The Milford Haven  Waterway” a talk by Dr. Llewellyn, Coronation Hall, Dale 7.30 pm

* open to all      **members only.

The Old Stables Heritage Centre, South Street, Dale

The Old Stables Heritage Centre is closed until further notice.

The Old Stables Heritage Centre, South Street, Dale is open all year round except on Christmas day.

During the quieter months it is OPEN EVERY THURSDAY 10.00 – 12.00.                                                                             If anyone is visiting the village during the winter at other times and would wish to visit The Old Stables Heritage Centre, please make contact via our website (link below).

The Group puts on a variety of exhibitions during the tourist season – usually Late April/May to the end of September – when the opening times are as follows:-

OPEN EVERY THURSDAY – SUNDAY 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

The exhibitions held in 2019 were  – “Harrier years – Radar at Kete” and  “Historic Houses and Gardens”             

Admission is free throughout the year

The Group plans to use the building for interpretation and study purposes. As well as changing displays on Exhibition screens, the group’s archive will be readily available for those wishing to undertake their own private research. Photographs, videos, documents etc are all available, some in digital format, some in hard copy. A catalogue of documents held is available in The Heritage Centre. The building will be manned by volunteers who have local expertise and can inform visitors and organise activities such as talks, children’s quizzes etc. Visitors would also have access to the Group’s library of local source books.

Study sessions and workshops will be arranged for group members to carry out local research.

Coastlands Local History Group (CIO) has its own website.

To contact the group click here.