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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Vacant lots beg for action


REV. ERRINGTON MASSIAH

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Vacant lots beg for action

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Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men and especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:9 and 10.

WHILE MINISTER OF Health John Boyce was seeking $3.15 million from the Consolidated Fund to finance Government’s debushing programme, he stated that Government would be moving aggressively to recoup funds from landowners who failed to keep their properties clean.

He also expressed frustration with landowners who could afford to maintain their properties but failed to do so.

I agree with him, but how serious is he or the Government about recouping those funds? What about the Crown lands? His speech sounds nice and pretty, but when will we ever get the action. We need action now more than ever.

I do believe that owners of vacant properties are aware that it is only talk and the Government will not do anything about the unkempt lands all around Barbados.

This threat has been made many times before, and yet nothing positive or sustainable was ever done. I hope the latest one bears fruit.

For too long people have been clearing their neighbours’ unkempt lots for free in order to keep away the mosquitoes and rodents, plus the large African snails, while their owners are living it large elsewhere.

This kind of behaviour is not right. What about the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Christmas is just a few days away. It is the season of cleaning, so I hope that all landowners (lot owners) would do some cleaning on their lots.

Musical night

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church will be presenting a musical entitled One Bethlehem Night on December 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.

Anniversary

The Rev. Overton Gilkes, 83, will be celebrating his 60th anniversary in the ordained ministry of the Anglican Church on Wednesday (Feast of St Thomas).

He was educated at the All Saints Boys’ School and The Coleridge School in St Peter, and Codrington College, St John. He holds degrees in theology and education from Durham University, England, and academic institutions in the US.

He was ordained on December 21, 1956, at the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels and ordained priest on December 21, 1957, at the St Philip Parish Church by the Rt Rev. L. G. Mandeville.

He served as priest and educator in Barbados, the Windward Islands, Jamaica, London, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Services

Christmas services at the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels: Christmas Eve – 11:30 p.m. vigil and sung Eucharist; Christmas Day – 7 a.m. holy Eucharist, 9 a.m. sung Eucharist 11 a.m. choral matins.

St Joseph and St Aidan will also host Christmas Day services at 5 a.m.; sung Eucharist at 8:30 a.m.

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