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Bonnetts not the same

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Bonnetts not the same

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BONNETTS IS SIMPLY not the place it used to be.
The Brittons Hill, St Michael district no longer has the once popular abundance of Christmas lights or the sense of community it used to possess.
But all is not lost for the area as there are still people keenly interested in bringing back its former glory.
“Every year, I put up lights because I respect Christmas and I love it, no matter who does what,” said Beverley Welch, proprietor of B & J variety.
She said the main problem which led to the abandonment of the vibrant displays which were once a must-see every year was a lack of community spirit but she was willing to do her part.
“I am very disappointed we stopped. I think it is because of a lack of togetherness. If everybody were to get together, things would be better. We could all come together and even make an appeal to corporate Barbados to help sponsor a few houses and make Bonnetts a home again,” she said.
On a more personal level, Welch said she would be willing to help anyone else set up their own lights “to make the place more beautiful”.
Leroy Agard said the multitude of once beautiful displays used to warm his heart and he too, missed them dearly.
“I used to like to see the cars slowing down and passing through and the children looking at all the lights. It used to bring life and unity to the community.
I miss it a lot,” he said.
Agard said he had lived in the area for around 30 years so he knew what he was talking about. He also identified other problems such as the lack of a proper pavilion with running water and jobs for the youth.
As for violence, he said this was something seen everywhere “but out here ain’t got no gangs and ting”.
Leonard Thomas said there was a need for a police outpost in the area to keep the youth in line.
“The majority of youth here went to secondary school and they good but a police outpost would help control some of the younger ones,” he said.
Thomas lamented they no longer were known for cricket as in the past, blaming development for the destruction of practice areas.
“We used to have men who played in the West Indies cricket team but now, because they dig up too much of the land to build houses, we don’t have that anymore,” he said.
A young woman, who requested anonymity, had nothing good to say about Bonnetts. She said the area was in dire need of a pavilion, a refurbished play park and a community centre.
“Things have changed here a lot. We used to be together but it ain’t nothing no more. If I could move, I would leave. I would rather raise my children somewhere else,” she said.
The young men of the area, known as the “Persian Gulf”, said “credit” (money) was their main concern and how to get it. They said there was an abundance of talent in the area but no outlet for them to use it and earn a living. They also complained that only three men were hired to work on the nearby Valery high rise housing project.
As for Christmas, the men said they had little time for such things as they were “rasta” and had “ban dat”.
However, some said a church in the area would be nice. (CA)