SAINTS IN BARBADOS
Here is a list of Saints Alumni,
now resident in Barbados:
Stan Affonso, Rudy Ameerally, Sonia Archer, Keith Arno, Michelle Bohne
(nee Fernandes), John Burnham, Christopher de Caires, Geoffrey de Caires,
David Clarke, Mark Derrell, Clement Derrell, Neeshun Drakes, Andrew Dupigny,
Gavin Ferreira, Richard Fisher, Cecil Fitt, Jeane Forde, Volville Forsythe,
Carl de Freitas, Gerald de Freitas, Peter de Freitas, Omar Gafoor, Aubrey
Gomes, Stanley Greaves, Guy M. Hendricks, Colin Henry, Tony Hutchinson,
Solomon Johnson, Marcia James (nee Bollers), Pat Kendall, Hafiz Khan,
Kenneth Khan, Roger King, Richard King, Simone Lambert (nee Jones), Mark
McWatt, Michael McIntyre, Devon Retemyer, Taleta Richardson, Deo Saywack-Maraj,
Brian Sandford, Dwayne Semple, Earl McRae Solomon, Terence Earl Solomon,
Roylyn Taitt (nee Marks), Michael Taitt, Pat Thompson, Ivor Wilkinson,
Sion Williams, Sherwin Williams and Ray Yhap. We will miss Chris Fernandes
who has relocated to Toronto, as well as P.I. Gomes who has moved to Trinidad
We are very sad to announce that Cecil de Caires, a Founder
Member and Life Member, died on October 9, 2003 at the age of 85. He will
be sorely missed. We also record the death of George Gomes, (class of
1953), who died on April 25, 2004. George was a founder member of our
Chapter and always active in our activities. To the grieving families
of Cecil and George, we extend our sincere sympathy. RIP.
WALL OF FAME: 27 members contribute $11,745 BBD to the
Wall of Fame. We have now transferred $10,910 BBD ($1,059,073.29 G) to
the SSCA, with the balance of $835 BBD held in Toronto. Construction is
now completed and the Plaques are on their way from Toronto. The Official
Opening is planned for February 16, 2005.. We look forward to some of
our members attending this historic event.
SIR GARFIELD SOBERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CRICKET TOURNAMENT:
In July 2003, we assisted two cricket teams from Guyana,
the Covent Garden Team and the Camille’s Institute Team with donations
of chicken and eggs, thanks to Chickmont Foods Ltd, and the kindly assistance
of Peter de Freitas. Some of our members also assisted with cash donations.
Again, from July 11-28 2004, 4 Cricket Teams from Guyana,
including St. Rose’s High School with one student from Saints and
Camille’s Institute with two students from Saints took part in the
Cricket Tournament. We were again been asked to assist and were able to
obtain donation of eggs and chicken for both St. Rose’s and Camille’s
Institute from Chickmont Foods, arranged by Peter de Freitas and Gavin
Ferreira. Teams from Berbice High and Covent Garden also took place and
BHS reached the Semi Finals.
SLIDE SHOW on November 5, 2003 on Guyana Flora and Fauna at which Bobby
Fernandes was guest speaker. The various Alumni groups in Barbados as
well as the general public were invited. The venue was the Ursuline Convent
Hall and some 150 Guyanese attended at what was acclaimed as a very successful
event. We are grateful to Bobby for his presentation and hope he will
come again and give us more insights into Guyana. In view of our diminishing
numbers and the fact that many of us are retirees, we decided to arrange
activities to include a wider cross section.
FEAST OF ST. STANISLAUS on November 13th 2004 The annual
Mass at St Francis of Assissi Church, was reasonably well attended. Fr.
Michael Campbell-Johnston S.J. (CJ) preached the Homily as we reflected
on the life of our Patronal Saint and remembered Alumni who had passed
away during the past year. Refreshments afterwards gave us the opportunity
to meet and socialize.
In March, 2004, we assisted in the Launching of a book,
The Scattered Jewels, by Evadne D’Oliviera, the well known Guyanese
journalist, author and playwright, now resident in Toronto. This book
was well received and was promoted by a Book Signing Ceremony on March
5th at the Cloister Bookstor, Bridgetown followed by the Official Launching
at the UWI Campus, thanks to the assistance of Dr. Mark McWatt.
STANLEY GREAVES was made an Honorary Distinguished Fellow
of Cave Hill Campus, UWI for two years commencing June 7, 2003. . During
this time, he hopes to have the visual arts achieve greater recognition
through exhibitions of work and visits by artists from the region. This
would be made possible after the construction of the new Creative Arts
Centre. At the Humanities Week Celebrations March 15-24, 2004, Stanley
designed and presented a concert of folk songs from the region, organized
in eight categories –work songs, children’s songs, love and
marriage, religion, and so on. He was ably assisted by four friends, including
Ena Harvey Vocalist. Stanley surprised many by his playing of the guitar
and by rendering nine Guyanese folk songs. Along with poet Dr. Mark Mc
Watt, Stanley also read poems from HORIZON in his Guyana Literary Prize
winner (available on-line from the publisher – firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com) He had a one-man show in Martinique in
June 2004. Keep up the good work, Stanley.
We extend sincere New Year greetings to all Saints Alumni
worldwide. We look forward to meeting some you in Guyana and wish you
all the best for 2005.
Kenneth Khan (Secretary) December 24, 2004