The Post Office’s history has shaped our foundations in communication and connectivity, but now, as Haverhub, we are moving the building into a new era. Haverhub stands for more than what the post office could ever offer – a way of bringing people together in the flesh.
Though the building has changed uses, you will still find residues of the past, such as the post office counter now repurposed as a splendid bar. We want to retain quirky features – our mission is to build rather than erase. We identify gaps and fill them with opportunities, creative thinking, and shared ideas from volunteers and visitors alike. Feeling that Haverfordwest needed a family-friendly, collaborative-minded venue, we came together and created one.
Since 2017, whilst continuing to host a number of events, our small team has worked extremely hard to secure funding from various organisations on both a regional and national level. Every penny of funding goes towards improving our site and equipment, and we are still 100% volunteer led. Being awarded local grants such as ‘Enhancing Pembrokeshire’, and broader awards from the National Lottery, the Welsh Assembly Government, and the EU Regional Development Fund (among others) has shown us that many people also see Haverhub’s potential. We hope our project inspires other groups across Wales and the UK to put time into similar ventures.
Like many historic buildings, Haverhub has a kind of charisma which pulls people in, and along the journey we’ve made numerous friends. Strangers have quite literally walked into our yard out of curiosity and ended up becoming part of the core team. Social connectivity, collaboration and engagement is what Haverhub is built around, and it is nice to see that our vision is already becoming a reality.