Training future stonemasons to restore Pembroke town walls

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The first of two introductory courses in heritage stone masonry took place with ten construction students from Pembrokeshire College. The courses are part of the project to develop a long-term management plan for the Pembroke Town Walls Trust funded by the UK government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The second course will take place in May with another group of students.

The training courses were designed specifically for the project by the Tywi Center based in Llandeilo and run by Oliver Coe of Coe Stone Ltd in Haverfordwest. Advice on training young people in the skills needed to work in the sector has been received from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

All students were enrolled by Cyfle Building Skills with their On Site Hub which was funded by CITB. This provided them with laptops to supplement their online training and gave them a set of tools with which to travel on site to work on one of the Pembroke burgage walls during the second week.

Pembrokeshire College is arranging for one or two of the students to undertake additional work experience with Oliver Coe to restore the west wall of the Civil War gun platform along the north walls of Pembroke.

Arwyn Williams, Head of Engineering, Computing, Construction and Higher Education at the College, said:

“The learners had a great experience and the project was a total success. Oliver has done an exceptional job of engaging learners and we should all be very proud of the last two weeks and months of planning. Thanks to the Pembroke Town Walls Trust for having the vision to define the project.

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