Count on the community

You can still leave your door open and count on you neighbour to pick your clothes up off the line if the rain starts to fall. You can expect to see the youth looking out for and helping the elderly.

If you don’t experience this, it is simply because you are not living in Dunlow Lane.

“We are strategically position, hospital, horse racing, fresh bread, church, town, everything in walking distance,” said Bradley Nigel Yarde, who boasts of over 50 years in that community.

“I don’t live down here anymore, but this is where my heart has always been and will always be. You can’t forget out here. I will tell you this, the youngsters out here aren’t bad but they miss out on a lot.

“When we were growing up there was real community spirit out here, all the time. It wasn’t anything to talk about, it was something you experienced everyday; you didn’t have to wait until Independence,” he added.

Resident tailor Robert Jones agreed with the childhood friend and stressed that Dunlow Lane had always been and is still a very close-knit community.

“First thing, let the people know that I is the real Robert Jones, not the newspaper character. But we have fallen victim to a lot of the new fangled things and things are not as sweet as they used to be. But I will tell you this; the guys out here are babies when you compare the ignorance that happens in other communities. We have a good thing going out here,” Jones added.

Vernon Earle, who moved to the area from Guyana almost 40 years ago, said it is the only place he lived and would want to live in Barbados.

“This is a wonderful place to live. It is nice and quiet and everybody out here looks out for each other. The young and the old, there is no generation gap out here,” the carpenter by trade assured.

‘Not much has changed’

Janice Holder, who was born in Dunlow Lane, said that not much had changed in the area in almost 50 years.

“Apart from a few houses that have moved and the others that have been renovated, not much has changed in Dunlow Lane. My front door used to be right here where this partition is and obviously some of the old people died and others moved out,” she said, sitting in front her house.

“All out here used to be called Dunlow, but they recently change it to Woodside Road, but if we writing anything we still put on Dunlow Lane,” she laughed.

It has also produces its fair share of prominent persons in the likes of Sherlock Yarde, who organised the Independence Football Tournament which also brought the neighbouring communities together.

“We have some pretty good persons coming out of Dunlow Lane. Right now there is Dwayne Mars who plays football for the Barbados national team, there is also Leneko Boucher, who we call the ‘hundred machine’ – he plays for Combermere and I think Barbados under 13 cricket team. And you cannot talk about what Dunlow Lane produced and not mention Christopher Spencer, one of the best piano teachers in the island,” said Jamar James.

Henderson Maughn, the man credited with bringing back awnings, also hails from Dunlow Lane.

The very modest antique carpenter stressed that he is not old but has the ability to give that antique finish to homes.

“Anything you see of old Barbados that you want on or in your house, just come to me and I will build it for you,” he assured.

The residents all agree that Dunlow Lane is the place to come and experience what good community is about.

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