LESS we forget, and we won’t, thanks to the efforts of the VC Gallery and their amazing Pembroke Dock site to support veterans and the wider community.

The Pennar site on Britannia Road, housed in the former Catholic St Mary’s School, offers the community what VC charity founder Barry John MBE described as multi-level activities.

There is a carpentry workshop, an art room, photography lessons and a designated cozy space throughout the winter in the games room.

The VC held an open house this Remembrance weekend inviting the public to come see the facilities first hand.

Barry says everyone is welcome.

“We’re giving people the chance to have a space to socialize and fight isolation and learn new skills,” Barry said, “as well as grow our own food here through the Dig for Victory project.”

The Pembroke Dock site – an extension of VC Gallery’s Haverfordwest home – will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Western Telegraph: veterans attended open dayVeterans took part in the open house (Picture: Western Telegraph)

Western Telegraph: VC Gallery's Pembroke Dock site will support the community Monday to Friday throughout the yearVC Gallery’s Pembroke Dock site will support the community Monday through Friday throughout the year (Picture: Western Telegraph)

Attending the special open day were the trustees of the charity, Councilor Michelle Bateman, PCC Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services, and County Councilor for Pembroke Dock Centre, Josh Beynon.

Both were thrilled to be at the event.

“It’s fantastic to see this,” said Cllr Bateman. “We are proud administrators and know the work the VC Gallery does for the community. It’s been great to see it take off.”

Cllr Beynon added: “It’s for the community as a whole. There’s a lot going on and it’s a great place.”

Western Telegraph hosted a Facebook Live where we had the privilege of meeting veterans including Robert Jones who said that for him the act of remembering is an essential part of his life.

“Remembrance is a very special day for me,” Roberts said. “My dad served in World War II, and I lost a lot of friends during military service.”

Watch our LIVE video where Barry toured the Pembroek Dock site, here.

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