On Saturday 10th October 1998 Sonia Maria Herne married Christopher Francis Cochran at the residency. HH the Administrator, Mr Roger Huxley, being the appointed registrar for Ascension Island, conducted the ceremony.
Sonia wore a full length white satin dress with a sequinned bodice and lace sleeves, which was made by Myrtle Magellan on St Helena; who also made the dress worn by bridesmaid Anisa Moyce. The bride was chauffeured to the Residency by Fabian Peters. The weather on the day was almost perfect for the occasion, the threat of rain receding as three o' clock came near.
|Chris works at VASS for
Serco and Sonia works in the account's office at
the Georgetown shop. Sonia was given away by her brother
Nicholas and Chris's best man was Philip Marlow. The
ceremony was followed by a reception in the Chicken Inn
at the Mountain View Club, with excellent catering by
Steve "Kenny" Everett and Chris Webster and
Sonia's mother, Mrs Malvina Herne, and her nephew Mario Caswell travelled from St Helena on the RMS for the happy occasion.
Her niece, Julie Herne, accompanied by her boyfriend Julian Fowler, en route to the Falkland Islands, remained on Ascension for the wedding.
Pictured below is the family group with, from the left:- Nicholas Herne, Cindy Herne, Mum Malvina Herne, Julian Fowler Anisa Moyce, Groom, Bride, Conrad Herne, Mario Caswell, Julie Herne, Ann Green and Chris Green.
The following statistics relate to the period
1st January 1998 to 30th September 1998, as compared with the
same period for 1997.
|1.||(a) Total number of
Reports received and dealt with by the Police
(b) Total number of Criminal Cases
(c) Total number of Offences to Court
(d) Total number of Road Traffic Accidents
(e) Total. number of Road Traffic Offences
|2.||Out of the total number
of offences taken to Court the following figures are
|(a) Offences Against the
Theft Act 1968
(b) Offences under the Road Safety (Ascension ) Ordinance 1990
(c) Offences under the Road Traffic (Ascension ) Ordinance 1984
(d) Offences under the Motor Vehicles (Third Party Insurance) Ordinance 1962
(e) Offences under the Sunnary Offences Ordinance 1975
(f) Criminal Damage Ordinance 1979
|Total number of ships
excluding Her Majesty's Ships
that called at Ascension during the period under review:-
There are 1,208 privately owned Motor Vehicles all classes registered, of these 1,095 are licensed. There are 54 Motor Cycles registered, of these 34 are licensed.
There are 168 cats registered and 23 dogs licensed.
Ag Inspector of Police
There is not a great deal happening at the moment as we all await the Government's White Paper, whose publication is slipping (it seems) to the end of the year. However the Commission has not been idle.
267 FIELD SQUADRON(AIR
RAF Waddington, Lincoln. LN5 9NB
members of 267 Field Squadron Royal Engineers (Air
Sp)(V), are currently on Ascension Island as part of
their two week annual camp.
They are supporting RAF Ascension on a construction exercise (Turtle Truss) over a number of stages from the 28th September to 22nd October. In order to get everyone down to Ascension and to complete the construction tasks on time, the squadron deployed in four separate parties with the final party of fourteen arriving on Thursday last week.
The Squadron (part of 77 Engr Regt) is based at RAF Waddington near Lincoln and their overall role is to provide engineer assistance to RAF Stations in the United Kingdom and on operations throughout the world. This can include anything from ADR (Airfield Damage Repair), which is essentially repairing bomb craters on a runway, to any type of engineering support tasks in and around an airfield. Over recent years the regiment has taken part in a number of Turtle Truss type exercises although this is the first time that a full Squadron from the Regiment has deployed to the island.
|The exercise so far has been
a challenging experience, with all the troops working
intensively in the heat (and the rain!), to complete the
work on time. The main task has been to construct a
fairly large building adjacent to the Gymnasium that will
he a weight training/aerobics suite and will replace the
existing temporary facilities. Other tasks have included
the construction of a wall around the Station Commander's
house, building a protective wall for gas cylinders and
building concrete steps leading into a fuel storage
facility at the airhead.
Despite the hard work all the Squadron members enjoyed a well-eamed day off on Sunday when they went sightseeing in the morning and had a BBQ in the afternoon on Turtle Shell Beach. All members of the Squadron would like to pass on their appreciation for the help and friendly assistance given to them by the EWC (WO1 Hill), RAF personnel, local islanders and other contractors during the exercise3. As stated by the officer commanding, "Without the generous support of all these people we certainly would not have progressed so well."
On 6 October, we held our quarterly Environmental Protection committee working group meeting. The meeting was very productive as several key initiatives were discussed in detail. The gathering of data regarding the base using the One Boat Dump versus our own was discussed, as this would assist the island in consolidating refuse. Additionally, we reviewed open items from our last comprehensive October 1997 Environmental Compliance inspection. These items will be reviewed in further detail during an "internal" Environmental Compliance inspection scheduled for 27 October. The construction project to renovate five dorms on the installation is ahead of schedule. Dorm 1, which is the first one to be renovated as part of this project, may well be ready for occupancy prior to the Christmas holidays. This renovation will significantly enhance the living conditions of occupants and will give each individual their own individual bathroom facility.
A very aggressive initiative to replace all polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) transformers and oil switches on the base is scheduled to be complete no later than 31 December. This timeline is very tight as it involves shipping transformers from contractors through Patrick AFB. Additionally, power outages have to be meticulously scheduled around operations. A total of five transformers will be replaced before the end of the year to complete this project. As addressed in one of my previous articles, we are having an environmental-compliant vehicle plant booth facility constructed on the base. When the project began, we had some site clearing issues that halted the project. However, the issue has since been resolved, and the site has been adequately cleared. The project is progressing again and scheduled to be complete in January 1999.
On 8 October, we received a call that 2 donkeys had made their way to the airfield. Georgetown Police were dispatched. As CSR, US Air Force and Georgetown Police met at the scene, it was collectively decided an effort would be undertaken to get the donkeys back across the cattle grids versus killing them since the 2 donkeys were mother and child. Well, the Wideawake Rodeo commenced, and with the collective efforts of everyone on the scene, the donkeys were caught, bridled, and led away from the airfield.
Deborah Dutton, Douglas Augustus and Colin Lawrence struggle to contain the donkey!
Major Jeff Lowdermilk.
Last updated: 16/10/98
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