St El­iz­a­beth gets ready for Home­com­ing Week

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The month of No­vem­ber is home­com­ing time for St El­iz­a­beth. Un­der the lead­er­ship of the St El­iz­a­beth Home­com­ing Foun­da­tion Ltd and the dis­tin­guished pa­tron­age of Cus­tos Beryl Rochester, res­i­dents and those born in the parish will cel­e­brate the ‘best of St Bess’ dur­ing the an­nual Home­com­ing Week sched­uled for No­vem­ber 18 to 24.

This year, the foun­da­tion com­mem­o­rates its 25th an­niver­sary and plans to reded­i­cate its com­mit­ment to parish and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment through three main events.

In­terim chair­man of the foun­da­tion, Dr Pa­trick Dal­las, said St El­iz­a­bethans from all across the is­land are in­vited to take a trip home to the parish of their birth and join those who still re­side there dur­ing the week of cel­e­bra­tions.

GOLDEN AWARDS BAN­QUET

Out­lin­ing the week’s cal­en­dar of events, Dal­las high­lighted the An­nual Golden Awards Ban­quet to be held on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 24 at the Luana Ban­quet Hall at Luana, near Black River, at which out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and groups will be recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to St El­iz­a­beth and to na­tion-build­ing.

Guest speaker will be Pro­fes­sor Fritz Pin­nock, pres­i­dent of the Caribbean Mar­itime Univer­sity, who hails from Siloah in the parish.

A ma­jor fea­ture of Home­com­ing Week 2018 will be the in­au­gu­ral St Bess Home­com­ing Agrifest, to be held Fri­day, No­vem­ber 23 at In­de­pen­dence Park in Back River, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

The event will seek to high­light the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture in and to St El­iz­a­beth, which has earned the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing the bread­bas­ket of Ja­maica.

Home­com­ing Week 2018 will be­gin with the tra­di­tional Thanks­giv­ing Church Ser­vice to be held on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 18 at the Black River New Tes­ta­ment Church be­gin­ning at 10 a.m., while dur­ing the week, school mo­ti­va­tional talks will be of­fered across the parish.

Caribbean Mar­itime Univer­sity pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Fritz Pin­nock.

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