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Pembrokeshire Prospectors celebrate

Found by Gary White: George III gold guinea (1785)
Found by Gary White: George III gold guinea (1785)

THIS YEAR marks 40 years of service for Pembrokeshire Prospectors and, in celebration, several events have been marked in their calendar.

The first of these events will take place on Saturday, June 10, when Pembrokeshire Prospectors will be holding an Open Day at the Picton Hall in Haverfordwest. Everyone is welcome and will have the opportunity to see the many coins and interesting artefacts that they have found which have given an insight into Pembrokeshire’s history.

The Prospectors meet at the Cricket Club, Haverfordwest on the first Thursday evening of every month. Visitors are welcome and more information can be found on their website – pembsprospectors. co.uk.

The Prospectors’ annual Quiz and Find of the Year Presentation Evening was held in December at the Cricket Club, Haverfordwest.

Find of the Year winners were:

  • Coins (pre-1649): Edward I half-penny (1279-1307) – Kevin Higgs
  • Coins (1649 onwards): George III gold guinea (1785) – Gary White
  • Ancient artefacts: Viking Ring Pin – Kevin Higgs
  • Modern finds: Victorian Sweetheart Ring — Phil Jenkins
  • Finds outside Pembs: Anglo- Saxon Strap End – Kevin Higgs
  • Club search: Roman Fibula Brooch – Gary Scourfield; Gold coin/George III gold guinea (1785) – Gary White
  • Hoard: Five coins of Elizabeth I (two groats, one half groat, and two threepence) – Ken Lunn

During their annual general meeting in January, the following officers were elected:

  • Chairman – Jack Tree
  • Secretary – Lesley Williamson
  • Treasurer – Sue Harries

2016 marked another successful year for the club, with a lot of interesting finds made – some of which have been declared treasure and are on display in local museums.

Members supported the local charity Pembrokeshire Cancer Care at Pembroke Dock during the year and, in turn, the club was able to present them with a cheque for £360 in December.

Several lost items of jewellery, including wedding rings, were also found throughout last year, much to the delight of their owners.