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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Drivers must take care of buses


ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Drivers must take care of buses

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So I find it to be law, that when I want to do right, evil lies at hand. For I delight in the Law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin –  Romans 7: 21-23

The Transport Board has a major headache on its hands – a huge number of bus accidents.

Minister of Transport Michael Lashley spelt out the board’s problem last Friday when he addressed the opening ceremony on the defensive driving course for the Transport Board drivers.

I am sure that these accidents are a drain on the board’s resources, given the high cost of repairs, as well as the large sum the institution has to pay for insurance coverage.

The minister also highlighted the number of accidents for the year 2015: 29 in January, 36 in February and 33 in March.  Those accidents are too many. We have one a day.

The Transport Board is not in a financial position where it can afford to have any more buses off the road as a result of accidents.

I think the board needs to adopt a policy that is similar to that of private bus owners in the 1960s and 1970s, like Coward from the Boston Bus Company, Simpson from the St George Bus Company and [Ms} Rock from the Rocklyn Bus Company: one driver to a bus and when that bus was down (off the road) because of the accident or otherwise, that driver went home until the bus was repaired.

I am sure that if such a policy was instituted at the Transport Board the number of accidents would be reduced. Those drivers of yesteryear treated those buses as if they were theirs.

But today some of the drivers are driving the buses as if they are on the race track and do not care. That is so because they are owned by the Government, and when one bus is down they will be given another.

Come on, drivers. care those buses because in the end all of us – the taxpayers – will have to pay to replace for them.

Evening of sacred music

Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church will hold its 22nd annual Evening Of Sacred Music in memory of the late Colin Norville and his contribution to music in Barbados, on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church, Whitepark Road, St Michael, featuring The Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

St George’s festival

St George Parish Church will be holding its Patronal Festival from Sunday until next Thursday.

It will start on Sunday at  6 p.m with an evensong, sermon and procession. The preacher will be Father Jerome Small. From Monday to Thursday, there will be services at 7:30 p.m. each day.

St Mark’s festival

St Mark’s Anglican Church will be holding its patronal festival from Sunday under the theme Empowering The Saints For Ministry.

It starts on Sunday, with an evensong, sermon and procession at 6 p.m. The preacher will be Rev. Brian Thompson.

From Monday to Friday, there will be services at 7:30 p.m. each day.

Next Saturday, there will be a tea party and Easter Bonnet parade from 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.

The festival ends next week Sunday with psalms, hymns and inspirational songs at 6 p.m.

Choirs will be in attendance.

Concert

St John’s Church Army will be holding a concert on April 26 at 4 p.m. at the St John’s Parish Church, featuring the Barbados Defence Force Band.

Harvest fest

St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Bathsheba, St Joseph, will be holding its harvest fair on Saturday, April 25 from noon.

The harvest service will be on April 26, at 7 a.m. with a procession and Sung Eucharist.

The harvest programme will be held at 4 p.m. The church choir and Sunday School will take part.

Myriad concert

Easter With The Myriad Singers under the direction of  John Bryan, artistic director,  and conductor Andrew Lokey will be held at the St Matthias Anglican Church on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Fair

The priest-in-charge and the congregation of the St Catherine’s Anglican Church invite you to their annual fair on April 25, at the St Catherine Club, Bayfield, St Philip, from noon.

Training session

The second session for lay training sponsored by the Anglican Church’s mission committee will start in May.

The topic will be Understanding the Bible and the presenter will be Father John Rogers, rector of St George Parish Church and rural dean of St John.

Sessions will be conducted once per week from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ the King.

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