Cox full of good things

Carlos Atwell,

Added 14 December 2012

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Cox Road in Christ Church is one of the areas in Barbados where people still live in relative harmony. Situated between St David’s and Edey Village, it is one long stretch of road where mostly family members live. Patrick “Bruce” Durant is a mechanic who was born in Cox Road and has been working there for more than 20 years. While he is no longer a resident of the area, he has nothing but good things to say about it. “It is nice and quiet; no problems here,” he said. Durant said the area had remained relatively unchanged over the years, with not a lot of people moving in as “if you get three rent houses, you got a lot”. He said it was mostly families who lived in Cox Road and they generally all got along. However, nothing is perfect and mechanics sometimes cause their neighbours to complain about the amount of equipment and old vehicles which tend to pile up. As such, he said he had an ongoing dispute with a couple of people who make a fuss about the smell of oil and gas. Despite this, he said he got along with most of the people in Cox Road and business was steady. He also had little good to say about nearby Edey Village, which he said was a “different story to Cox Road”. Almost next door, another mechanic, Gregson Wharton, plied his trade. He said he and Durant were friends and there was enough business for them both. He too sang Cox Road’s praises. “Cox Road to me is one of the best places to be. We does live good and quiet. It only gets noisy when I make it loud,” he said. Wharton said the beauty of the area was that it was “close to everything yet far from everything”, and added it was not a place someone would usually go to unless for a specific reason. Like Durant, he also used to live in Cox Road but he said he spent so much time there that his wife says he still does. Also, like Durant, he said Edey Village was “completely different to Cox Road”. Upon hearing these less than glowing tales of Edey Village, Street Beat went into the village to get an idea of what was going on. The team only got as far as the entrance, though, as the sight of Carson Nurse placing some more lights in an elaborate Christmas design was too good to pass by. “I put these up every year because my wife says she likes to see them. Plus, other people come sometimes and take pictures,” he said. Nurse, a retiree, said the design usually took a long time to complete, adding he started as far back as November although he admitted other things had got in the way of its completion before now. At any rate, this year’s design was at an advanced stage and would soon be ready for his son, a Barbados Light & Power employee, to come and connect it all. As for Edey Village, he said he had been living there for 49 years and spoke on how it had changed. “It was a lot better before; now they got people from all different sorts of places here although this area right here is very quiet,” he said. His wife Evelyn was in the back of their property tending their acre of land. She said she grew a wide assortment of vegetables and fruit as working the field was something she enjoyed. “I plant peas, cassava, Chinese cabbage, beets, carrots, cucumbers and have some fruit trees. I sell some, I give way some and I enjoy some,” she said. Evelyn, also a retiree, told the Street Beat team she was a minister, letting the team know she looked quite different when dressed up and not in the dirty clothes she uses to work the land. “I look one way now, but when you look again you won’t know it’s me,” she said. Evelyn admitted Edey Village had its share of problems but, as a reverend, she could not simply throw her hands up in the air and turn her back on the youth. “Here used to be a lot different; it is not better now. The younger generation . . . but I don’t pull them down as not everybody is bad. They have a lot of respect for me and I talk to them. You have to earn respect to get it,” she said. As for Christmas lunch, she said her table would include some of the cabbage and peas she grew herself.

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