March 2011 Volume 8

A Few Words from the Editor

Dr. Glen Laman
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I lived on Lissant Road which runs along KC’s western side for a couple years while a student and I recall spending many Saturdays upstairs the pavilion at North Street watching Sunlight Cup cricket.

The pavilion is still standing after all these years but time has taken a toll on the structure and its amenities. Deplorable conditions have moved the KCOBA to develop a refurbishing plan.  Audley Hewett of the Florida chapter is spearheading fundraising efforts to fix the building. More details about the plan are detailed in one of our lead articles.

Kudos to KCOB Byron Batchelor and his wife, Ingrid, who through their RuJohn Foundation contributed over US$50,000 to the project which is scheduled to start this month.

To take you back to those early days of KC, we bring you an article on “Christie” our indefatigable grounds man who served the college for some 50 years. It is said that in the early days Christie would often cut the grass on the entire playing field at North Street with only his machete.  We are grateful to Neville “Mussie” Gray who penned the article and provided photos from the early 1940’s. 

The Jamaica chapter has released the list of activities for the Founder’s Week celebrations, April 10 -16.  There is something happening every day except Tuesday during the week which begins with a service at St. Augustine’s on Sunday and ends with a Founder’s Day party.  You can view the entire list in this month’s newsletter.

Since his return to Jamaica, Robert Kelly has been busy following up on various projects at the college.  He did take time out to keep a diary which we are reprinting to give you a behind the scenes look at some of the happenings at the college.

For those of you who have been following the Caribbean Court of Justice, two articles—one by Stephen Vasciannie and the other by David Batts—may be of interest. 

For anyone who did not know that Bishop Taylor is back in Jamaica, you can catch up by reading Mike Walter’s article about his recent visit with Don T at the Kingston Parish church.

And read how one mother’s dream is coming true. Warren McCalla writes a heartwarming story about his journey from humble beginnings to studying medicine in Cuba.

Happy Reading,

Glen Laman
glenkcoba@gmail.com

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