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      The British Virgin Islands       OnePaper Community Edition       December 10th, 2018      
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Christmas in the BVI years ago………………..
by Hilda Smith

     When I was a child,over fifty years ago, Christmas was very interesting and lots of fun.We had a music teacher named, Miss Isa Roberts,and she loved young people. For months,she would gather all the children on Mrs Clara Shannon's porch and practise all the old time carols,so we could go out serenading from house to house.
     
     On Christmas Eve,we would go to church at midnight,and after service,we would carol until morning .On Christmas morning, everyone was greeted with the music in the air from the different bands, as they were called, which came from all around the countryside.The bands would end up at Government House,where they would be judged.
     
     The bands would then move from house to house and people would give money,food and drinks.At about 1 o'clock some of the community band members would bring their instruments and play Christmas carols. People would bring guavaberry, tart, cake and food.They would play until 4'o clock in the afternoon when everyone headed for the Recreation Grounds,for the Masquerade show.At this show everyone dressed up in costumes and danced until nightfall.
     
     Christmas was always a happy time. People kept themselves busy by baking cakes tart, sweet bread and making guavaberry rum and Miss Blyden - a concoction made of prickly pear leaves - and sorrel.
     The floors at the homes were freshly scrubbed with the skin of the old wife fish and the houses themselves decorated with soft crepe paper twisted in different shapes and hanging from the ceiling
     On the 26th,the different fungi bands would come out and play
     It was a time to remember, our people were a happy sharing, caring people, and the gift of Christmas was spent with praise and thanksgiving
     

Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   View of one of the shops built from materials used to build houses in the past - 'thatched roof and shingles'.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   View of the 'Craft Alive Village' at the official opening.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   members of the public browsing around
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   Messers. Hodge and Trott checking out the wares with approval.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   Looking inside one of the shops at the official opening of the 'Craft Alive Village'
CTO Awards Dinnerclick to enlarge
   Pictured from left to right to right Kedrick Malone, Stanley Dawson, Son of the awardee, who recieved the award on his father's behalf
  Cedric Dawson, and Stanley Gordon
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CTO Awards Dinner
   Kedrick Malone is the newly appointed chairman of the Tourist Board,and Stanley Gordon, the Director.
CTO Awards Dinner
   L to R - Catherine Van Kampen, Iverson Smith, Bibi Bhajan, Stanley Dawson, Kedrick Malone, Mrs. Malone, Victorene Creque
  
  
Integrity in Public Life
   A Public Servant's Perspective
  Presented by: Wendell M. Gaskin, Director, Internal Audit Unit
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H.Lavity Stoutt......A Visionary
   Today,March 4,2002,the territory pays tribute to the life and legacy of former Chief Minister H.Lavity Stoutt........
  
  The deputy Governor, His Excellency, Mr.Elton Georges pays tribute.....
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Year 2002 Budget passedBVI Legislative Council   Chambers
   Proceedings of the Legislature
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A Look at the Draft Budget
   The BVI Review looks at the draft budget 2002
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A Look at the Draft Budget ....... cont'dFinancial Secretary ...L Allen Wheatley
  
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A Look at the Draft Budget .......cont'dChief Minister.. Ralph T O'Neal
  
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Christmas in the BVI years ago………………..
   Hilda Smith,a resident of Road Town recalls with nostalgia, the Christmases of her youth
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And Today
   Do we celebrate Christmas in the same way
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And Today
   Do we celebrate Christmas in the same way
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