That’s the proud boast of the Pater Hall Trust about the many hundreds of people who use the Community Centre at the heart of Pembroke Dock every week. For over 150 years the Pater Hall has been the hub of community activity in the town from it’s early period as a Temperance Hall in the heyday of Ship building activity in the town right up to today with the completion of new facilities  in an ongoing EU - backed campaign to completely modernise the Hall.  The latest range of new facilities  is all at the Dimond Street end of the building and includes a new disabled entrance from Lewis Street, a new disabled toilet, new Gents and Ladies toilets, a new Kitchen upstairs at the Meyrick Owen Suite and a new kitchen serving the main hall.  In addition there is a new booking office, a new stage control room and a smart new look to the entrance foyer. The modern upgrades are all designed to make current users have a more enjoyable experience and attract new people into using the hall.  It seems to be working as already there is a new Line Dancing Club, a new Musical club for Toddlers and social event bookings are up. The hall has had it’s sadder times – during the war it was bombed to smithereens and after the war the Temperance Society, then in decline, decided to present it to the town and the Old Borough Council took it over and rebuilt it.  Twenty Eight years ago after local government re- organisation, the Town Council took it on and eight years ago transferred a 25 year lease to the Pater Hall Trust. With  generous financial backing from the Town Council, the Trust has been able to get further funding from bodies such as the Welsh Government. This latest work has been part funded by the European Regional Development fund  through the Welsh Government as part of Pembrokeshire County Council's Haven Towns Regeneration scheme.  The project is aimed at boosting the commercial competitiveness of Pembroke Dock, and making it more attractive for investors, shoppers and visitors. There are still more improvements to do at the Hall, but the current feelgood factor which many people are commenting about, is a great sign that the many people currently enjoying their clubs, classes and societies in the Pater Hall will still be enjoying them for many more years to come.

“From Eight Months Old to

Eight Decades Young!”

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