Landmark tree planting ceremony by BHCDO

Radford “Raddy” Lawrence at the golden age of 92 puts down a golden apple tree. Raddy distinguished himself by being one of the founding members of Sun Valley steelband, the first band developed outside of St. John’s. He was also captain of a steelband that was the first to play in a church in a era when the pan movement was deemed to be mere hooliganism.
 Radford Lawrence and his daughter Bridgette. The latter wears the crown of hardest worker on the Barnes Hill Community Development Organization's Reservoir Restoration site.
Radford Lawrence and his daughter Bridgette. The latter wears the crown of hardest worker on the Barnes Hill Community Development Organization’s Reservoir Restoration site.
 Jeanne Payne is now close to completing her 41st year of teaching this nation's children. Jeanne started in the Catholic schools system and now is now at the Sunnyside school. She can be seen almost daily holding after class sessions at her home.
Jeanne Payne is now close to completing her 41st year of teaching this nation’s children. Jeanne started in the Catholic schools system and now is now at the Sunnyside school. She can be seen almost daily holding after class sessions at her home.
We call him “Mr. Ambassador”. Willston Christian is an elder statesman with the BHCDO and mostly earned his name because of his belief that international aid is what is required to complete the reservoir restoration project.
 Ki-Janna Bowers and Keanna Payne, two students home on vacation from studying abroad, presented themselves to plant a tree. Their role represents the hope being held that they youth of the community and the country will return to make valuable developmental contributions.
Ki-Janna Bowers and Keanna Payne, two students home on vacation from studying abroad, presented themselves to plant a tree. Their role represents the hope being held that they youth of the community and the country will return to make valuable developmental contributions.
 BHCDO vice president Elaine Davis and treasurer Leonard Philip get ready to plant with Myrna Burnett. Myra is the mother of group secretary Natisha Richards, who was unable to attend the ceremony because of work commitments.
BHCDO vice president Elaine Davis and treasurer Leonard Philip get ready to plant with Myrna Burnett. Myra is the mother of group secretary Natisha Richards, who was unable to attend the ceremony because of work commitments.

It was a truly exciting occasion on Saturday, 18/6/2016 when the BHCDO carried out its first official tree-planting ceremony.

Six fruit trees were were selected and placed into the soil around the site of the Barnes Hill Community Reservoir Restoration Project.

They were put into place by Radford “Raddy” Lawrence, an original member and captain of Sun Valley steelband. This was the first steelband in Antigua which was developed outside of St. John’s ad was also the first steelband to play in a church and at a time when hooliganism was attached to the pan movement.  Raddy is 92 years of age.

Jeanne Payne also planted a tree. She is now in her 41st year of teaching this nation’s children having started in the Catholic schools system and now with the Sunnyside school. Pass through the village and you will see her on her verandah, almost daily, giving after-class lessons to students from all over the island

Willston Christian is one of the senior statesmen of the organization and is affectionately called “Mr. Ambassador” mostly because of his drive to find international assistance for our project. He will soon be in Canada and while there will drumming up support for the BHCDO.

Jermaine Otto was our star pick of the day and could be considered our rising sports star.

Jermaine is only the second cricketer from Barnes Hill to represent Antigua and barbuda at the senior level, following Hercules Geddes Grant. He has gone one step further though as he recently received a contract to play with the Leeward Islands. We sincerely hope hope Jermaine continues his development and eventually makes us proud as an international cricket star representing the West Indies with distinction.

Two students studying abroad, Keanna Payne and Ki-janna Bowers planted the fifth tree. This was greatly representative of the hope the community holds in our young people. It is our expectations that they will learn well and return to their homeland to contribute to its development.

The final plant was put in place by Myrna Burnett with assistance from group vice-president Elaine Davis and Treasurer, Leonard Phillip.

Now we look forward to the rains!

 Jermaine Otto is probably the top sports personality in the community. He is only the second man from Barnes Hill to play cricket for the national senior team, following Hercules Grant. Jermaine has gone one better, having earned a Leeward Islands contract. We hope he can fulfill more of his enormous potential  and become a successful international cricketer for the West indies.
Jermaine Otto is probably the top sports personality in the community. He is only the second man from Barnes Hill to play cricket for the national senior team, following Hercules Grant. Jermaine has gone one better, having earned a Leeward Islands contract. We hope he can fulfill more of his enormous potential  and become a successful international cricketer for the West indies.
Mr. Ambassador Willston Christian and “supervisor of works” Edgin Stay, get protection for the trees ready.
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