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Independence pride in the east

Prevailing water woes in St Joseph have not dampened the Independence spirit of residents.

Over the weekend, the rural parish launched its month of activities in a big way, under the theme Pride, Industry, People: St Joseph Uh Come From.

Scores of people gathered at the historic St Anne’s Anglican Church for an ecumenical service, which began with a procession of uniform groups within the parish parading from Parris Hill to the church.

The delightful Barbados Pathfinder Band accompanied the sharp-looking groups – the Pathfinders of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist, the Master Guides, Adventist Youth Leaders and the Brownies and Cubs of the St Joseph Primary School – who all executed their skills with precision.

The talented Barbados Pathfinder Band accompanied the uniformed groups on parade.

The talented Barbados Pathfinder Band accompanied the uniformed groups on parade.

The Blossoms, Brownies and Cub Scouts of St Joseph Primaryas well as Pathfinders on parade.

The Blossoms, Brownies and Cub Scouts of St Joseph Primaryas well as Pathfinders on parade.

Residents and guests beamed with pride as pathfinder Shawné Mayers handed over the Broken Trident and the Berea SDA Pathfinders posted the colours.

People of various denominations from across the parish packed the church and participated in the service, which included addresses from district pastors as well as tributes in song and poetry.

Reverent Myra LaPlante delivered the sermon, admonishing the gathering to safeguard the rich heritage of St Joseph and telling the young people, in particular, to learn the history of the parish.

Reverend Myra LaPlante

Reverend Myra LaPlante

She also encouraged the youth to contribute to the nation’s development by first building a strong relationship with God.

The celebrations will continue next month with a Food Fest at the Grantley Adams Memorial School and a Pork, Lime and Rum Fest which will mimic the old Barbadian village setting.

The celebrations will culminate on October 30 with a Grand Ole Time Excursion at King George V Park in St Philip.

Patricia Greenidge, secretary of the Berea Pathfinder Club, and Evelyn Mayers, assistant Pathfinder director, proudly stand by the Broken Trident on display at the St Anne’s Anglican Church.

Patricia Greenidge, secretary of the Berea Pathfinder Club, and Evelyn Mayers, assistant Pathfinder director, proudly stand by the Broken Trident on display at the St Anne’s Anglican Church.

Shawné Mayers hands over the Broken Trident to St Joseph Parish Ambassadors Cadesha Rowe and Brandon Beckles.

Shawné Mayers hands over the Broken Trident to St Joseph Parish Ambassadors Cadesha Rowe and Brandon Beckles.

Broken Trident on display.

Broken Trident on display.

One Response to Independence pride in the east

  1. Sherlock Holmes. October 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    This is great to see, especially since a senseless call was made by one Mr Dixon, who now is under the impression that he is now the mayor of St Joseph and is of the belief that he now has celebrity status, i will concur that the water problem is very serious and i believe that the government and those at the water authority need to take this matter more seriously and get to work on solving the problems, it is a stain on your records. However i am very glad that the members of the parish has gotten on board. i am cognizant that all will not be but the mere fact that it seems not to be in jeopardy of a boycott speak volumes. Mr Dixon i believe some of the persons here are affiliated with your church they have set a good example you should do the same you few moments of fame has passed,i must congratulate you however on your efforts in the water plight it speaks of good community spirit and so does the independence fiftieth celebrations,consider your ways and be wise.

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