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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Festival that was pleasing


OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Festival that was pleasing

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Except the Lord build the house, the labour is but lost, that built it.  Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  – (Psalm 127 vs 1-2)

WHEN THE CURTAIN came down on the Crop Over Festival on Monday, Grand Kadooment Day, it was reported that it was a very successful and incident-free one, which says a lot for our country and we can say well done, Barbados.

Although it was incident-free, yet it ended on a sad note with the death of veteran bandleader Renee Ratcliffe on Kadooment Day.

I do hope that her death is a reminder to all that we are here today and gone tomorrow. This column expressed its deepest sympathy to her family.

I must also congratulate Aziza for her win.  The 21-year-old will go down in history as the youngest calypsonian ever to win the Pic-O-De-Crop title and the second woman in 28 years to do so.

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) must be congratulated for a job well done.

The security forces as well, particularly Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, who is reported to have been seen checking some haversacks himself. It was hands-on and it was very commendable for the top cop to be out there doing what he said he would do.

I do hope that those persons in our society who are bent on giving trouble would realise that the commissioner is serious and you cannot win against the police.

In the end the calypsonians have again done well in all the competitions organised by the NCF.  At the junior level interest was also high. I have to congratulate the public for their positive behaviour and also extend thanks to the security forces for a wonderful festival.

Thanks are in order to all those who have made the 2016 festival the success that it has been.

Feast of title

The week-long Christ Church Parish Church feast of title and dedication festival ends on Sunday. The rest of the programme is as follows:


7:30 p.m. Family Service. Preacher: Fr. David Yarde. In attendance, youth and parents and guardians.

Saturday: Feast of the Transfiguration

7 a.m.: Said Eucharist and Address. Preacher: The Rev. Stephanie-Ann Wedderburn. In attendance PCC and committees.


7 a.m. Holy Eucharist and sermon. Preacher: Fr Tony Haynes and Fr. Everton Lyte. 

9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist and sermon; preacher:  Canon Austin Carrington.

6 p.m.: Evensong, sermon, procession and Te Deum. Preacher: Fr Trevor O’Neale

In attendance, altar servers, choir and Eucharistic ministers.

Fish fry

The St Leonard’s Men’s Fellowship, Christian Fellowship and Church Army will be holding a fish fry on Saturday, August 13, rom 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Bay Street Esplanade, Bay Street, St Michael.