Who's who in profile

The late WP Lewis Founder Member & Conductor for 47yrs
Founder Member & Conductor for 47yrs WP Lewis

WP Lewis (“the Boss”) was a founder member of P&DMVC. He was the Conductor for over 47years. No one was more respected or revered by choristers than he. Sadly he passed away in 1999 but left an enduring legacy in that the present Conductor, his daughter Christine Lloyd, is Musical Director. 

WP built up a highly respected motor trade business at Greenfield Garage, Milton where customers from far and wide could be assured of high standards of practice and today the business is run by his grandson, Steve. 

In 1992 WP was honoured with an MBE for his services to music. He was a member of the founding group that established the principles on which P&DMVC operate today, namely that the choir is there to serve its community when asked without reward. This principle also applies to those who serve the choir in whatever official capacity they occupy. Those principles are the foundation on which the choir was built and they generate respect and admiration wherever they perform.    

President
Clive Collins

President Mr Clive Collins

The choir was delighted to appoint Mr Clive Collins as their President. Clive is a well known business man throughout the County, and has faithfully supported the choir over many years. 

He has served as Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council during his time as a County Councillor, and  is now the longest serving member of Pembroke Town Council, having served as Mayor on three occasions.

We welcome Clive and his wife Enid into the fellowship.

 

Chris Lloyd Choir - Conductor

Christine Lloyd holds the key position as the Musical Director and Conductor of Pembroke & District Male Voice Choir. Her father, the late WP Lewis, founder member and conductor for 47yrs, encouraged his daughter to take a close interest in music and she was choir accompanist for 30yrs before taking up the position in 2005.

Chris's musical interests extend beyond the choir. She has very strong ties to her community and her village chapel where music is also central. A very busy lady socially and musically, often called on to play organ at other churches or chapels when needed. Her close knit family is the centre point of her existence but she enjoys the company of a wide circle of close friends and colleagues across the County and beyond.
 
Married to the Choir Secretary Phil Lloyd, Chris' daughter, Jenny is the choir accompianist (see profile) and son, Steve is a chorister in the 2nd Bass.
 
P&DMVC choristers have enormous affection and respect for Chris as do all who have anything to do with the choir. Popular and well regarded in the community and is an inspiration to all who know her. 
                              

Jenny Griffiths - Accompanist

Jenny has been accompanist to the choir since 2005 and was deputy accompanist for 23yrs. She succeeded her mother Christine Lloyd to the post when Christine took over the baton as Musical Director and Conductor. Jenny's elevation to the post placed considerable responsibility on her young shoulders but her ability is such that she enjoys the complete confidence of all P&DMVC choristers. The choristers have great affection for her, with good reason, strikingly attractive she also possesses a warm personality. Her commitment to the choir during practice and concerts is laudable considering her family responsibilities.        

Married to Jeremy (Carrot) with two daughters, Holly and Jess, Jenny has served the choir faithfully since her appointment as deputy, a major achievement for one so young. Jenny is part of a very close family. She works full time in the Service Department at W P Lewis & Son, Greenfield Garage, Milton where her grandfather, the late WP Lewis founded the family business.
On occasions Jenny joins with Alyson to sing duets or even a trio if mum Chris insists. Their contributions are significant in bringing interest and variety adding considerably to the appeal of choir concerts. 
The choir is very indebited to Jenny and hope that her dedication will continue for many years to come.
 

Tony Ward - Chairman - 1st Bass

P&DMVC appointed it’s new Ch/man at the 2013 AGM. Tony Ward from the 1st Bass section accepted that honour and made quite an impression when he took the Chair.

Tony was born in the Cottage Hospital Pembroke Dock in 1943.
His father was a construction worker building air-fields in Pembs during the war, then Heathrow when it was just a field. This necessitated moving at regular periods and as a result Tony spent the majority of his childhood in Lancashire in a small village near Rochdale.
His Mother came from Whitworth Lancs and worked in the cotton industry.
He has a brother and two sisters, all who have lived locally in Pembroke Dock.


Primary school in St Johns Whitworth Lancs was followed by a period in The “Cora” PD. The Coronation School, that is fondly remembered by most choristers as the choirs practice rooms for many years.


On leaving school Tony joined West End Motors, (Hughie Hall, the well known proprietor of that time).  A period followed in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, then Aberthawe Cement PD, the Pembrokeshire Fire Service and finally as one of the permanent fire crew at Texaco Oil Refinery responsible for tackling fire and explosion emergencies. That work also involved training plant operators in the use of breathing apparatus, poisonous gas escapes and coping with the initial effects of fires on units before professional Fire Services arrived.
Tony in his primary element on the Fire Training Ground was a fearsome experience for any new operator as this author can testify. Up front and close to real experience was the order of the day and Tony spared no one, whatever position they held in the Company.


He retired finally in 1998. Tony and Sylvia moved for a short period to the Reading area where his son was living before moving back to PD.

 
Golf was an interest for Tony until injury interfered. Now it is house, children, holidays and P&DMVC, joining the choir in 2008.


Tony married Sylvia in 1970 at the old Registry Office that was, in Pembroke opposite the Tabernacle.

Tragically, Sylvia passed away in 2012 and left a huge gap in the Ward family, which is still felt today.


His personal choir highlights are the Albert Hall, singing in the Cathedral on the Mansfield trip, The Garrison Concert and Folly Farm with Aled Jones.


 

Phil Lloyd - Secretary/Compere - 2nd Tenor

Phil has been a chorister since 1964, Compere since 1974 and Choir Secretary since 1984. A fantastic record!

Married to conductor Christine Lloyd, he is the hub of family life with Christine and everything that entails. He has the unenviable task of keeping choir business running smoothly and is recognised as a master of the art. His duties as Secretary are far too numerous to record here, since in reality almost everything to do with the choir’s activities comes under his orbit in one way or another.

Phil recently retired from the Welsh Association of Male Choirs, he had been on the Executive Committee since 1988 and Stage Manager  since 1990. He also was Compere at the Massed Choirs concerts at the Royal Albert Hall for many years. Also he was Stage Manager of the Rememberence Concert at St Davids Hall, Cardiff since 1990 too! 

At the massed concert in May 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall, Mr Arthur Brady made a presentation to Phil for his services to the Association. A very proud moment!  

Phil also arranges PDMVC accommodation and 3 or 4 coaches for choir and supporters for the Albert Hall and all away concerts, as well as the more mundane but vital task of fulfilling his role as a senior Second Tenor.

Formerly with the Pembrokeshire Police and then finally with Dyfed Powys Police as a Sergeant, he retired after serving 30 years in South Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. He then took on the role of Town Clerk of Pembroke for 11yrs. Currently he is found working with John Roberts and Son, Funeral Directors in Pembroke Dock .
Phil is a leading Member of his local chapel and plays a major role in the local community. Very popular and well liked by all who meet him, he is a superb presenter for P&DMVC concerts and other major events, though self-effacing to a degree.
 
 

John Hillier - Vice Chairman - 2nd Bass

John was born in Wrexham, North Wales on 2nd May 1951. He is one of 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls and is the youngest. He played football initially but a new P.E teacher meant a switch to rugby. John also learnt to swim at an early age and was to be found swimming in the Menai! With his uncle, John took up sailing and then joined the Sea Cadets. This was to have a big influence on him and ultimately led to him signing up with the Royal Navy. His training began at H.M.S Ganges at Plymouth and whilst there at the age of 16, all trainees were required to stand on "The Button" at the very top of the mast!

Six months later he joined his first ship, H.M.S Bulwark a small aircraft carrier/assault ship with a large body of Marines and travelled extensively around the world, Africa, The Far East and Australia.

Two years later he transferred to the famous carrier, H.M.S Ark Royal. The saying "Join the Navy and see the world" certainly applied to Leading Seaman Hillier who travelled to the Middle and far East and also the Caribbean. After 5 years on board John went back to civilian life but believes that "he joined as a boy and came out a man!"

John worked for his uncle for a year but then decided to join the Army as a driver in the Royal Corps of Transport. After completing his training in Sutton Coalfield he was posted in 1976 to Fallingbustle in Germany with 16 Tank Transporting Squadron. He drove between Germany, British and NATO training grounds and did 3 tours in Northern Ireland. Promoted to Corporal and after 7 years in Germany, John returned to the UK and was posted to Buller barracks in Wiltshire.

A fourth tour of Northern Ireland saw John driving an army padre, visitig bases scattered far and wide.

Whilst working for United Nations blue beret service in Cyprus, the camp tailor's son was badly injured in a road accident and was in need of a blood transfusion of RH Negative blood and John was a perfect match! Two pints later and the tailor and his family were so grateful that they showered him with shirts and numerous gifts, much to his embarrasment!

John was posted to Canada in 1982 for a spell working with the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and after promotion to Sergeant returned to Wiltshire and was subsequently posted to Pembroke Dock, stationed in the Dockyard. He drove the tank transporters for both British and German tanks onto the Castlemartin range.

After sustaining an injury whilst on duty, John was sent to South Pembs Hospital where a nurse, Julie Griffiths caught his eye. Soon after they were married in Bethany Chapel on St Davids Day 1980 they returned to married quarters at barracks in Wiltshire. Two daughters followed, Emma and Natalie and now three grandchildren that keep them both busy.

John left the army in 1985 and shortly afterwards the family returned to Pembroke Dock. Julie went back to nursing in South Pembs and John worked for Narberth Transport, Belt Transport and then Silcox Coaches where he stayed for 19 years.

After driving PDMVC on a trip to Boyle in Ireland in 1995, John was heard singing during a session and invited by Phil Lloyd to have an audition. W P (The Boss) gave him the option of 1st or 2nd Bass..............he chose 2nd!

John says "joining a Welsh Male Choir is part of one's welsh heritage and it is a sad state of affairs when a town lose their choir as it leaves a great gap in the community." 

John speaks fondly of W P, John Price and especially John Gilbert whom he stood alongside for 17 years. He says that his best trips have been at the Royal Albert Hall and Mansfield, where he was given a special bathing costume made by Chris Lloyd and complete with snorkel and flippers he entered the hotel's exclusive pool! Much to the amusement of all gathered.       

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Matthew John - Social Secretary - 1st Tenor

Matthew was born at South Pembs Hospital in August 1971 and has 3 sisters.

Educated at Pembroke Dock Infants then Juniors and then Bush Comprehensive, Matthew is truely a "Dock boy".

Summers were spent plastering with his uncle and upon leaving school he started as an apprentice bricklayer with SPDC, this included CITB training and education at the Neyland Technical College, before Haverfordwest college was built!

After qualifying Matthew was employed within the Building maintenance section and 31 years later he is still there. Today he is found on the Disability Access Grant Work, a very worthy vocation. Matthew adds " I think I watched too much Auf Wiedersehen Pet on TV as a kid!" 

A pretty Kilgetty girl caught his eye and they have been married for nearly 30 years, well done Jenny! 

Together they have 2 grown up sons, Christopher who lives locally and Steven and a grandson, Oscar who live in Staffordshire. 

Matthew informs me that he has an instrumental ability, those being guitar, drums  and is currently learning to play the banjoele ( a four stringed small banjo typed body with a fretted ukulele neck) yup I had to google it!! There is a full electronic drum kit set up permanently in the lounge, I hear there are a lot of houses for sale on his estate!

In the 90's Matthew spent time as a drum technician and additional percussionist for a band and they toured London and the surrounding areas.

Along with Jenny they ran a mobile disco (MJ Sounds) for a number of years doing weddings functions, birthdays, etc. 

Matthew also has a love of bowls both oudoor and indoor and played at Pembroke Dock. In the summer outdoor season Matthew was Vice Captain for 2011 and 2012 and Club Captain for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and played for a total of 18 years. Also he played indoor bowls in the winter season with the Pembrokeshire Club in the South Wales Club League and was Chairman for 2 years. At the moment though, due to other commitments he is not a current member. 

Leisure time includes walking both on hills and the coast path, sea fishing although he admits only now in fair weather as he is getting older! Music obviously, listening,playing and now singing of course.

Matthew also states that spending time with his family is very important to him.

Since joining the choir, Matthew was nominated to be our Social Secretary and he was very pleased to be asked. His enthusiasm for the role has been clear to see and already the choir have witnessed his ability at the turn table with an afternoon's entertainment at David Halsted's Brewery and at the choir dinner, a trip to Caldey, a bowling evening, what will he think up next?  

His proudest moment to date, was being able to stage at the Massed Concert in the Albert Hall in 2018 and meeting with other choristers from all over Wales, he even got a photo with Conductor Alwyn Humphrys, who was really encouraging! (although in Alwyn's biography he states it was an honour for him to be photographed with Matthew!)

In the time that he has been in the choir, Matthew says he has learned so much not just about singing but choral music in general and for that he gives his thanks to Christine and the musical team.

Matthew is one of the newer members of the choir but in the short time he has been with us he has found the friendship and camaraderie that exists within. He is also a joy to watch as he is able to perform the rare ability of smiling whilst he sings!

A thank you must also go to wife, Jenny who never misses a concert, knows nearly all the words to our songs and is willing to help out whenever asked. 

We are delighted to have Matthew in our ranks and long may it continue!  

    

 

  

 

 

 

Charles Hare - 1st Tenor

 Charles was one of six brothers born to a Pembroke Dock family 1935. His Father served in the Milford fishing fleet but later lost his life in a collision at sea in the trawler M85 in 1945. He also lost his mother at the age of twelve, the children going into care.

He was evacuated to Amroth due to war time bombing of PD oil tanks. Early interests included membership of local church choirs and the sea scouts. School, carpenter apprenticeship, National Service home and abroad followed local schooling. Site work, and self employment was his subsequent pattern of life. 

He met and married an Angle girl, Pam Stratford in 1960, two daughters Lynne and Jane followed. His brothers are scattered but in regular contact.

Charlie has been a member of P&DMVC for over 30 years and is a keen gardener.      

John Marenghi - 1st Tenor

John was born in Cosheston 1934. Early interests were athletics and motor sport and restoring cars with his uncle Tom Gwyther. Local schooling was followed by a motor apprenticeship, then work in local garages, oil refineries and the new oil fired power station.

He married Anne Cole from Carew in 1962 and have two daughters Natalie and Lisa.

Lisa is married to 2nd bass Steve Lloyd.

1976 saw him in management positions in the South African mining industry and coal gas recovery plants, the daughters learning Africaans as part of their education. He returned in 1986 as Clerk of Works BP Llandarcy. A chance meeting with Kevin Walters at Freshwater West encouraged him to join P&DMVC.

A highlight was a 72nd birthday present driving a Formula 3 car at Pembrey where he managed a creditable 84 out of hundred marks.         

Des Edwards - 1st Tenor

Desmond James Edwards was born in Whitland, his dad being a cobbler in his own business at No 1, Station Road. Sadly he passed away at only 55 years of age, when Des was only 15. After leaving school Des worked in Narberth and played rugby for Whitland Youth.

Sport has always played a big part in Des' life. Rugby, football and cricket were played at school, then youth and he was also selected in the Pembrokeshire Youth rugby side. Des also played for Whitland in the Pembs Youth Cup winning side in the 1953-54 season!

A new job at West Wales Bakeries took Des to Johnston where he passed his driving test in the works van! In June 1954, Des moved to Pembroke Dock. He then began playing rugby for "The Quins", firstly in the youth then for the 2nd's. Due to being on "the small side" (Des' words) he switched to soccer. Soon after he had a Welsh League trial with Pembroke Boro, playing on the right wing. Then saw a move to Monkton Swifts where he played for 6/7 seasons, then a short spell at Tenby Rovers and then finally to Pennar Robins. Des then retired to concentrate on his own business of selling "Pink Parafin" which he did for over 16 years.

Des met his wife Christine and her sister Enid whilst with his friend Clive Collins at Pembroke Fair in 1957 and love blossomed. Clive and Enid married in 1961 and Des and Christine followed in 1962. They were blessed with two children, Nigel and Joanne and they have one grandchild, Keira. Nigel followed in his dad's sporting love by playing rugby at the Quins for over 20 years.

His career has been varied including working for the Co-op as a sales and delivery breadman, for the Maypole Co at Pembroke Dock and Tenby. Also as Coal merchant with John Rees and took over the parafin delivery. Des also had a HGV licence so he worked with many local companies including Mathias and Rees Haulage Contractors. A PSV licence was then gained through W L Silcox and Son and buses and coaches were then driven too. Then Des moved to Castlemartin camp and enjoyed 20 years of service there before retiring in 2000.

Golf then became top of the list of hobbies and a lowest handicap of 13 saw Des' trophy cabinet swell and 1 hole in one to boot!

Des says that one of his greatest moments was being involved in a documentary for the BBC in the Cardiff studios and meeting up with the crew and all other members who had taken part. The video is entitled "Looking for dad". Worth a look!

His greatest memories of life in the choir are the visits to the Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Arena and the concerts at St. Davids Hall. 

As a younger man, he was to be heard giving solo's and also took part in talent contests in the likes of Butlins Holiday park getting to the final! He was aproached by two gentlemen and offered work in Manchester but sadly family and business committments had to come first. However, guest artist slots at the Bridgend Inn and an audition at Trinity College Carmarthen on the ITV programme called "Find The Singer" are all on Des's CV. We are very lucky to have him! 

 

 

 

 

    

Ivor Godsmark -1st Tenor

Ivor was born in Dover 1933 he was evacuated to Tredegar before returning to Dover after WW2. He joined the RAF at 16yrs, training as Inst Tech in RAF Locking. 619 Squadron in Germany, then Laarbruck, Holland with 39 Squadron. Kings Lyn then 76 Squadron overseeing nuclear testing at Maralinga and Christmas Island before his final posting to 617 Squadron with Vulcan nuclear bombers at the height of Cold War tensions. His expertise took him all around the globe with the RAF. He left the service as NCO. In 1959 he joined Harwell Atomic Research and then Elliot Auto Services Rochester working  on Concorde. This was followed by an HNC graduate in Medway College then a Post Graduate Teaching Cert. Garnet College Roehampton as lecturer. Two years with the BBC as Electrical Engineer was followed by some time at the London College of Printing (Photography) to set up a TV/Audio Visual Dept. South Bank National Theatre was next setting up stage machinery, electronics and computors with stage designers of the period. He was Technical Director at the New London Theatre before joining Assoc Press in Financial Systems for dealers in the City of London Stock Exchange. This work led to further work in New York at The Rockefeller Centre located in the Twin Towers. Further work followed with Rupert Murdochs organisation at Wapping.


Ivor finally retired to Pembroke Dock in 1989 setting up his own B&B business. Here he met Eric Stephens (chorister with P&DMVC) who persuaded Ivor to join in 1991. Ivor lives in both Kent and PD and attends choir practice as often as this allows. He remembers and speaks with great affection and admiration of former long serving Conductor WP Lewis who, he said, had the talent and ability to draw the best out of any chorister with interest.
A skilled wood worker and model maker, Ivor also built an electric organ for his Isle of Sheppey Baptist Chapel and retains too an abiding interest in Fairground and Theatre organs.

 




    
     

 

 

 

David Brinn - 1st Tenor

David Brinn was born in Riverside, Pembroke and went to school at Llanion then the Coronation and finally Pembroke Comprehensive.

He trained and worked as a butcher and driver with CRS Co-op. "Dai Chop" had been born!         

Three years were spent in the Royal Corp Transport in the Territorial Army 157 Regiment 224 Squadron A Troop and also three years in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Services with a spell as Coxain on the ship Royal Moderator. Voyages to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channnel Islands, Royal Portsmouth Review and numerous others places saw Dai a travelled man! 

Dai then met, dated and married Carol and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. 

He fondly remembers travelling with the choir to venues such as St Davids Cathederal, Mansfield and the Royal Albert Hall, London.  

Dai is a cheeky chappie, he thoroughly enjoys his singing and this shows in his expression. Always ready to help and is first in line if there is any nonsense!    

Frank Harries BEM - 2nd Tenor

Frank first joined the choir in 1956 as 1st Tenor then 2nd Tenor and served as Chairman for 15yrs until 2013.

Born in Pembroke Dock he spent 8 of his childhood years in Gibraltar before returning to Pembroke Dock in 1938. National service was followed by work with Prudential Insurance Co.

In his younger days Frank possessed considerable football and cricketing talent, playing football to an especially high standard with Llanelli (Southern League) and Pembroke and Haverfordwest in the Welsh League. He is also a life member of Pembroke Dock Cricket Club.

His work in the charitable field is well known being personally responsible for raising in excess of £90,000 over the years. A member and ex President of Rotary Club, Honoured with “Paul Harris Fellow” ex President of Probus and Round Table and it is likely that no one is more well known in the field of local charity.

Frank spends a great deal of his time giving historical lectures to local groups like Towns Women’s Guild and similar organisations and has a wealth of interesting information on local topics and history to impart to those with an interest.
 
A totally committed member of P&DMVC, he is a familiar face and is well liked in his community, Frank’s contributions continue to be significant to P&DMVC, charities local and national, and to the community at large.
 
 

Rod Jones - 2nd Tenor

Born in 1939 in Dunvant, Swansea, Rod has two sisters and four brothers in a farming family. Llangyfelach Junior, Pontardawe Grammar, local horticulture, RAF National Service, Prudential Ins, Peters Insurance PD, Texaco Accounts Dept, retiring as Accounts Supervisor in 1997 constitutes his career path.

Early interests were rugby and Dunvant MVC. Rod met and married Pat in Reading, much later moving to Pembroke Dock. They have three children Claire, Peter and Philip.

He played for PD Quins RFC retiring at 38 years old and coached youth and 1st teams. Rod then founded and ran the mini section for 5 years and was proud to be Quins Chairman in their Centenary year.

Rod has been with P&DMVC for over 25 years and is a committed member of St Teilos Church and Hall (P&DMVC’s practice hall). He is also a Board Member of Haven Credit Union and Llanion Communities First partnership.

Ken Edwards - 2nd Tenor

Ken is a local lad having been born in High Street, Pembroke Dock in 1944. He then moved to Pennar at 5 years old and attended firstly Pennar Junior School and then the Coronation Secondary Modern.

In 1960, Ken passed the RAF Apprenticeship entrance exam and attended RAF Bircham Newton school in Norfolk for the following 2 years.

His next posting was to RAF Marcham also in Norfolk with the Valiant Victor Bombers. Next Ken went overseas to Iran,  then Tehran  attatched to the British Embassy.

Then in 1967 he returned to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire to operate with the Vulcan Bombers and whilst Ken was there he met and married Cynthia.

In 1970, Ken went overseas once more, this time to RAF Masirah in the Gulf of Oman and then returned to Norfolk once again, this time to operate with the Lightning Fighter Jets at RAF Coltishall.

1972 saw a posting to Sicily for 3 months on a NATO base to serve with the RAF Nimrod surveillance aircraft.

In 1974, having served for 14 years Ken decided it was time to pursue a new career and returned to his home town to work briefly at Pembroke Power Station for 2 months before settling with Amoco Oil Company. During this time the company was taken over by Total Oil Company and Ken completed 32 years with them before opting for the leisurely route of retirement. However a request for him to return was to see another 2 years with the company before proper retirement plans could be fulfilled.

Ken was persuaded by choisters Sam Thomas and Gerry Gommo that it was about time that he join the choir and they succeeded to get him to his first rehearsal in 2011. " I have enjoyed every minute since and am so pleased that I decided to join and that the choir would have me!"

" I have many memories of my time with the choir, too many to mention here, it is an enjoyment to behold! My only regret however, is that I did not join sooner!!"

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Tony Hedley - 2nd Tenor

Tony is one of the newer members of the choir and thankfully is a Tenor!

He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and tells me that he is extremely proud of it too! (No jokes please)

Tony worked in the construction and housebuilding industry mainly based in the London and Home Counties areas.

He is a family man, is married to Helen and has a daughter, Katy and a son, Sean.

Now retired, sport has always played a large part in Tony's life. Football, rugby, squash and golf have all been attempted and mastered and he has been a life long supporter of Newcastle United.

A highlight of his sporting life was playing a football match at the old Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 3000 and going up the famous steps to receive his medal.

Tony's other sporting triumph was to be present in Sydney in November 2003 and witness England win the Rugby World Cup! 

A Friday evening in the pub, an impromptu sing a long, Chairman Tony Ward within earshot and a new recruit is welcomed to PDMVC! Long may it continue. 

 

Winston Owens - 1st Bass

Born 1940 in Pembroke Dock, Winston was one of four brothers and four sisters, his parents were licensees at the now defunct Olive Barr Inn Pembroke St, Pembroke Dock.

Albion Sq, Coronation School, Rediffusion, construction work, driving for RAOC Castlemartin, more construction work, Firth Cleveland, a local firm Hancocks, finally Milford Port Authority followed before a spinal injury caused retirement.

Winston met and married Ruth Dyson in 1959 and they have a daughter and four sons.

Winston is still a committed member of Pembroke Ferry Chapel where Phil and Chris are also prominent. He joined P&DMVC in 1975 and is one of the 1st Bass.

His personal highlights are of the choir singing at his daughter Margaret’s wedding and the tours to Germany. 

Sadly, Ruth passed away in April 2018 and the choir had the honour of singing at her funeral.

                

George Palmer - 1st Bass

Born in Carew Cheriton in 1935, with three sisters. The family moved to Llanelli. Infant, junior, secondary schools followed then back to PD for temporary Secondary school Defensible Barracks.

Rugby and scouting an early interest eventually reaching Asst Scout Master. George formed the new St Michaels scout troupe.

Apprenticed locally as a carpenter/joiner, George then did his National Service with RA as signaller, then Northern Ireland.

George met and married Isobel in Omagh, moved to Pembroke 1958. They have three boys and three girls.

He joined the Post Office as country postman, after short spell in local woollen mill, where he met the late Reg Williams, another long standing member of the choir. He then joined the Army Emergency Reserve Postal section.

Later interests were Pembroke Civic Society and was made a Freeman of Pembroke in 1987.

George is also known for giving talks and slide shows on town history. A committed member of Wesley Chapel, he joined P&DMVC in 1988.

His most memorable times have been at Cenarth open air choir concert, Boyle in Northern Ireland and Albert Hall attendances.   

John O'Connor - 1st Bass

Born in 1958 in Malta where his Father served in the RAF, the family returned to Wales in 1959.

Cosheston Juniors, Pembroke School, Trustee Savings Bank, AC Automation, local house building, work with brother Dennis’s company Preseli Lettings followed. Currently John works with friend Dave Halsted, in the office. 

His early interests were rugby for Pembroke and later the Quins. He was a founder playing member and Treasurer of Cosheston AFC but injury cut short his playing career. Married to Gill in 2008 the choir attended the reception to serenade the couple.

A former member of local church and chapel choirs, John joined P&DMVC in 1975. John’s brothers Huw and Dennis were former choristers too.

Memorable moments were of the trips to Freudenburg in Germany. John made and lovingly carried an enormous leek with him!         

 

Norman Kenniford - 1st Bass

Norman was born in Golden Hill, Pembroke on 9th July 1935. He was the youngest of four children, with one sister and two brothers.

He was educated at East End primary school until the move to Pembroke Dock grammar school. During this time he was able to study Welsh and Norman says that it has served him well with the welsh pieces we have to learn.

Upon leaving school he took up a five year apprenticeship in carpentry with George Argent & Co. On completion in September 1955 he was called up for National Service with the Royal Artillery (10 mile snipers). He travelled from Pembroke Railway Station bound for Oswestry and travelled with Mr George Palmer who was called up at the same time. They now sing together in the 1st Bass section.

Norman married his lovely girlfriend, Dilys Evans who he had first met when they were in grammar school. They were married in St Johns Church, Pembroke Dock on the 4th February 1956.

They were blessed with four children, all boys and now have eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.  

After completing his National Service, Norman returned to George Argent and Co and had the pleasure of working with Mr Charles Hare (1st Tenor).

In 1964 he joined the Pembs County Fire Brigade as a part timer and five years later sucessfully applied for a full time vacancy to become a full time fireman. Sent to Manchester for basic training for twelve weeks, Norman describes it as hard going as they had started their family and wages at the time weren't great but upon his return to Pemb Dock some moonlighting helped out financially!

Norman decided that he wanted to climb the career ladder, quite literally, so began studying for promotion and in 1969 became Leading fireman at Pemb Dock, then in 1974 at Milford Haven/ Pemb Dock as Sub Officer, in 1976 he became Station Officer at Pemb Dock, in 1984 Assistant Divisional Officer of B Divisional HQ and finally Divisional Officer.

Norman joined the choir in the early 70's but work commitments meant having to stand down but a return to the 1st Bass happened in 1991, after retirement and with good health he hopes to continue to enjoy his membership for many years to come.

Norman says "we have an excellent choir under the leadership of the outstanding Chris and Jenny our musical geniuses!"

He fondly remembers the trips to the Royal Albert Hall, Manchester, Dawlish, Mansfield and others and they have been inspirational.

Norman would like to add his thanks to every member for the comaradery and friendship which he enjoys every week. 

 

   

Ron Rees - Soloist - 1st Bass

 Born in 1943 into a Tredegar mining family with strong connections to the original Tredegar MVC, his father and uncles also sang as a Gospel Quintet performing in S.Wales valleys chapels.

Primary, grammar school, electrical apprenticeship in Ebbw Vale Steel followed. Early interests were playing rugby, supporting Ebbw Vale RFC and the national side.

Ron met wife Sue on a trip to Cardiff Arms Park, Sue trained as a teacher in Cyncoed. Later, Ron moved to Alcan Aluminium, and married in 1969 living in Roath Park Cardiff.

They have two children Stafford and Catherine working in education. Sue is daughter to an old Pembroke family, the Haggars, who ran local cinema’s and dance halls.

Ron moved to Pembroke Power Stn, also helping the family business during several of its developments. Influenced to join P&DMVC by Lyn Jones a former chorister, Ron became a member and has served for over 25 years. WP Lewis was a major influence on Ron, as with most all older choristers, an influence that remains as strong today as it did during WP's tenure. 

Ron has kindly volunteered to do solo work for the choir and in his own style keeps both audience and choir on their toes with his renditions. You never know what is coming next!               

Royston Griffiths - 1st Bass

Royston was born in the Welsh valleys and his home was in Treorchy. His dad was a coal miner in the Parc and Dare Colliery infamous for its Prize winning Brass Band.

He was schooled at Yhynswen Primary School and then at Treorchy Secondary Modern School. Whilst there he played rugby but regrets he could not have followed in his fathers footsteps on the field as his dad was a notable player with a particularily good kick which earned him the name "Boots".

Royston was involved in the Boy Scouts as a cub and remembers well his success as a Sunday School Missionary Box collector door to door. He also found a profitable position when he became a lookout up on the mountain when the local miners used to gather illegally to play cards for money. He would hide in the heather and watch to make sure the constabulary didn't raid the game, all of which would earn the budding entrepreneur 6d!

Having left shool at 15 he began a five year apprenticeship in Structural Engineering with a Rhondda firm T C Jones coupled with a stay at Technical College. During this time he learnt to weld and could see his future with this skill and so it was until retirement.

Royston was approached by a friend to do him a favour and accompany a young lady to a celebration party in The Vale of Glamorgan where he and his wife were to celebrate their first wedding. He reluctantly agreed but on meeting Miss Dela Jones he was immediately smitten! They were married at Gosen Welsh Methodist Church Treorchy on 25th September 1963 and honeymooned in Edinburgh.

Dela was a school teacher in the area but unfortunately Royston had to work away at such places as RAF Brize Norton and Didcot travelling home at weekends. He then moved to Ironbridge. Two of their children, Sara and Hugh were born in Treorchy and they moved to be with Royston and shortly afterwards Adrian was born. All the children and grandchildren now live within the Pembroke area and Royston and Dela are proud of them all.

In 1969, the family followed the work in Pembroke and Royston began working at the new Pembroke Power Station spending 3 years there before moving on to The Esso refinery, where he describes the strike ridden plant as a nightmare. He returned to the Power Station for a short while but continued on until retirement in 1994.

Retirement brought new challenges, a position on the committee of The Power Station Club, he became a member of Probus and joined the Pembroke Art Society and thoroughly enjoyed the personalities he met there.

In his youth, Royston had been a member of Treorchy Male Voice Choir and when his neighbour Bob Lewis said he should join PDMVC, he was auditioned by the Boss (W P Lewis) and invited to join the 1st Bass section. He says "the friendship, humour and companionship found in the choir is beyond compare. In rehearsals there is always a session of laughter at one time or another and Chris, our patient Conductor, has a real sense of humour, ever ready to ease the tension!"

Royston has attended the Royal Albert Hall on a number of occasions but makes special mention of the Easter gathering of Welsh Male Choirs at Tabernacle Chapel Morriston, which was televised for the BBC Wales programme Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol a few years back as one of his choir highlights. 

It would be remiss of me not to mention that a lot of the laughter heard at practise is as a result of Roystons ready wit. Always quick to see an opportunity but more importantly, delighted to be on the receiving end of the joke too! 

Unoficially Royston is the choirs timekeeper, a job he fulfils with great furver, keep up the good work Sir!!   

 

 

John Shaw - 1st Bass

Born in Netherton, West Midlands, John spent his career in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

He is married to Sue and has a daughter, named Julie.

A move West in 1990, saw John move into Sageston.

Having always been in a choir, including school and church, John joined PDMVC in 1992.

He says that he enjoys the fellowship with the boys and girls of the choir and the support that is given by them when he has had illness or been in hospital or members of his family have been.

John has happy memories of all the trips that he has taken with the choir especially the time spent in Boyle, Southern Ireland.

Although John has not put this in his profile, I will add that he is also a very talented carpenter.

Also he is at the mercy of compere Phil at concerts, when the audience is often asked where they are from, anyone in the area of Johns childhood home are requested to drop him off on their way home!   

 

 

    

 

 

Chris Rooker - 1st Bass

Chris was born in the Welsh capital, Cardiff and is married to Jane. They have two daughters and currently have five grandchildren and also one grand dog!!!!

Chris is somewhat of an adrenaline junkie and spent 12 years racing yachts and also 11 years driving in road  rallies. Nowadays he is found wandering golf courses looking for his ball!

Chris has fond memories in choirs and especially remembers staging at the Royal Albert Hall and the Manchester Arena. 

He is also one of the naughty group that sit at the back of the practise room in the 1st Bass section, together they act as naughty school boys, however Chris was instrumental in orchestrating the final bars of "Rock a my Soul" for PDMVC and for those of you who are not aware of what happens, at the last chord the choir raise their arms high in the air, to rapturous applause, obviously!

 

Greg Laycock - 1st Bass

Greg was born in Milford and educated at Milford Grammer School and Neyland Technical College.

He moved in 1965 at the age of 17 to "the smoke" and spent the next 25 years working for multi national companies as a Chemist, then Plastics Technologist and finally as a Technical Sales Manager.

Then came the move back to Wales in 1980 and Greg formed a small holding just outside Carmarthen and also a small but profitable business in Swansea distributing Industrial raw materials. After 15 years the business was sold and a return to Pembrokeshire was sought and land was purchased on which he built his retirement home.

Greg joined the choir in 2012 and says that he is enjoying it greatly, meeting the local Pembroke boys and all the characters therein.

Most of Greg's recreational time is spent with his love of fishing, which he spends enjoying all over the world.

 

 

 

Alan Kent - 1st Bass

Alan was born in Derby in 1946. After initial schooling he attained a BSc in Metallergy at Nottingham University.

A varied career followed including: Research and Production at Rolls Royce, Pechinery and SAPA, Sales and Marketing at Gallenkamp, Griffin and George and also Fisons and Fisher Scientific.

Alan married Brenda Jones in Carmarthen in 1972 and they lived and worked throughout the UK. Also time was spent in Singapore and France before finally settling in Saundersfoot.

" I have spent many great times with choirs in North and South Yorkshire, in Lincolnshire, in France but most of all with the Welsh Society Mixed Choir in Singapore!"

" Since I have joined the PDMVC in 2014, my favourite concert was in St Davids Cathedral. I am, however, very much looking forward to singing in May 2018 at The Royal Albert Hall for the first time"  

 

 

 

   

David Halsted - 2nd Bass

David has been a member of P&DMVC since 1974. He is a past Vice Chairman and previously served the choir as Chairman for 2 yrs in the ‘90’s.

A mere stripling of a boy compared to most choristers he is a member of the 2nd bass section and has considerable service under his belt for one so comparatively young. Married to Janette, with Jamie their son, they live in Pembroke.  David's father in law was the late Reg Williams who was also a faithful member of the choir for many years.

David is the owner of his family business, namely Halsteds DIY on the Commons in Pembroke. The company specialise in double-glazing and upvc doors and provide a locksmiths service throughout the County. They also have an extensive range of ironmongery, tools, gas bottles etc, etc. A real life "Arkwrights Store!" 

He retains a keen interest in local and national rugby and previously coached Pembroke Dock Harlequins under 15’s team in his spare time. A former player himself he played Hooker for the Quins from 1980 to 1992 before retiring from active participation as a player.

More recently David and family have diversified into another business venture, namely a microbrewery! They now produce apple juice and cider and sell it throughout the locality.

 
 
 

Jonathan Nutting - 2nd Bass

Jonathan was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and attended Newcastle Upon Tyne University.

Teaching was his original career path and having taught in Reading he made the move West to Merlins Bridge and was then to become Headteacher in Rosemarket.

A move then into a different trade sees Jonathan now in charge of the Royal Oak in the Eastend of Pembroke. A popular water hole and a warm welcome extended to all!

Jonathan is also a keen sportsman having played rugby for Llangwm at prop forward and later attained the position of Chairman at the club. He also enjoys yacht racing and fly fishing.

His daughter is Catline and his partner is Bev.

Jonathon is also a councillor for Pembroke Town.

 

Dean Maiden - 2nd Bass

Dean's parents left South Wales in 1962 so that his father could join the RAF as a radar operator at RAF Bawdsey in Suffolk. Dean was born in Felixstowe and his early years were spent in school there. At the age of 10 the family returned to Mountain Ash where his father returned underground. Dean attended Newtown Junior school and then Mountain Ash Comprehensive and rounded off his education at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education. There he studied Applied Biology with a six month placement at the Texaco Refinery in Pembroke.

When Dean finished in 1985 he went to work as maternity cover at a drug research company in Merthyr Tydfil. Whilst the work was enjoyable, he was looking for a more permanent role and a position became available back at Texaco Pembroke. This was in 1986 and continued until retirement in 2018.

Late in 1992 Dean was set up on a blind date with a young lady called Donna, this was arranged by her cousin. They were married in May 1994 and in October the following year their son, Rhodri was born. They were blessed again in 1998 when their daughter, Hafren was born. A decision was then taken to stop at two as there is twins running through both sides of the family and 4 children was not in the plans!! 

The lure of PDMVC came calling in 1999 and Dean sat in with the 1st Bass section, tutored by stalwart Mr Win Owens. Then came an internal shift to the 2nd Bass section who were down on numbers and greatfully received he was too!

Dean's first trip away on tour with the choir was to Lismore and Dungarvan. A favourite trip was to Dawlish where the choir entertained  the locals with music and a couple of sketches too! An unforgettable moment was to see John Kilcoyne, all 6ft 4inches, in a wedding dress (see choir photo gallery). Also the look on John Shaw's face when Dean nearly decapitated him and Owen Jones with an enormous tennis racket, whilst taking part in the Working Mans Sketch!

Dean is a willing participant for the choir both on and off stage and enjoys a beer or two at choir gatherings and is always game for a laugh! 

Dean is also unique within the ranks of PDMVC, being as he is the only member of the choir to be an elite "Ironman"!! He has thrown down the gauntlet for anyone else to have a go but as of yet there are no takers. I think your achievement maybe safe for some time Dean but well done!     

 

 

  

 

Alyson Griffiths - Solo Flautist

Alyson began attending choir practices in the mid eighties with her late father Glyn Smith (Assistant Secretary & 1st Tenor member). Alyson also began turning the pages for the accompanist. Whilst attending school she learnt to play the flute and subsequently now regularly takes a solo spot at our concerts.

Alyson is married to Jamie and they have 2 sons, Thomas and Ewen.

Alyson was also blessed with a beautiful soprano voice and also performs solo's and duets too.

 Previously she has also joined Chris, Joan & Jenny to sing quartettes at concerts.