Welcome to the Tabernacle 2017

A Memorial to Nikki Anderson 1947-2017

Nikki was one of the very first active volunteers with Pembroke 21C Community Association when it was established back in 2001 and was a Trustee of Pembroke Town Walls Trust from 2012- Nov 2015. Across a broad spectrum of activities, she consistently devoted hours and hours of her time to help to celebrate and regenerate Pembroke.

Nikki was passionate about so many things:- our wildlife through her work with the Wildlife Trust with a particular interest in the otters in the Millponds; recording our history and stories through The Pembroke Story Project, creating a website bursting with facts and knowledge – this project was housed in the Tabernacle United Reformed Church in Main Street where she displayed a frequently updated exhibition and held monthly story telling events; she led a group of litter pickers who one Saturday morning each month collect litter along the Commons or the Millponds; she led the Town Heritage and Environment Group who managed, among other things, the derelict spaces along the commons by sowing them with glorious wild flowers – the same group have started a project to record the medieval burgage plots within our town walls. 

Nikki Anderson

Nikki Anderson

Nikki at her book signing

Nikki’s research into the Pembroke Story Project brought her very close to our local community in conversations about the history of our living town. So many, through her, could contribute to the ‘story’. She created opportunity to hear the voice of the community which has evolved into a fellowship that is run by Tabernacle URC. Nikki helped the church understand how to be ‘church’ in their community. 

In the last two years, she worked with artist Lisa Hellier to produce two stunning bilingual trail maps of Pembroke packed with information – Pembroke Nature Trail which takes you on a biodiverse celebration around the town and Junior History Detectives for young people to find out the history, tales and legends of their town. 

Most recently she was working with the same artist to prepare interpretation boards for the Journey Through Time heritage garden behind the Tabernacle. Regrettably she died before this could be completed but it will be lovingly dedicated to her memory. 

We have lost a very dear and remarkable friend who we will not forget and who has left her wonderful legacy throughout our community. 

Rest in Peace Nikki.

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