|Once again, during their visit to Ascension, the Territorial Army from UK have provided invaluable help for the Heritage Society. Their main project this year was to move a World War II gun barrel (pictured left) weighing between 2 and 3 tons, and approximately 15 feet long to the Museum. No heavy lifting equipment was available, so it took considerable ingenuity and hard work to dig it out from the clinker and move it. Initial attempts failed because the rear of the barrel was embedded into the dirt, and the vehicle could not get a grip on the loose clinker. Further digging and a four- wheel drive lorry finally managed to free it.|
|The barrel had lain buried behind Fort Hayes for many years until it was found a few months ago. No information is yet available on the history of the gun but, as it is similar to the Hood Guns, it is assumed that it also was used during the war for Island defence. From the position in which it was found, it may have been mounted on Fort Hayes. The barrel will remain outside the Museum until it can be cleaned, and hopefully some identification can be found. It will then be properly mounted for permanent display.|
One thing that Pete forgot to mention in his article was the slight 'mishap' with the water pipe (pictured above right). There's always someone who 'puts their foot in it'!
The final party consisting
of 22 members of 106 (WR) Field Squadron (Air Support) (V) departed the island
on Wednesday 15th September having completed all tasks set.
Many members of the Island have contributed to the Exercises success to whom the Squadron extends their thanks. The Squsdron would like to thank the Islanders for their hospitality and Flt Lt Wayne Reed RAF, WO1 Steve Hone RE, Phil in MT, all staff of SERCo and Turners for their assistance, support and advice over the last 3 and a half weeks.
The Squadron is looking forward to returning to the Island in the near future.
Remember the good old days when the Senior Mess bar in Two Boats Village was always open? The Senior Mess bar officially closed in November 1997. But last Saturday saw the old place temporarily re-open, in grand style, for a charity disco in Aid of the Ryan Young* appeal.
The night was a roaring success and will have made a fair amount of desperately needed money for Ryan Young and his family's immediate problems. At the time of writing, the exact amount raised has not been worked out, but hopefully the money counters will have finished in time for next week's paper.
Many of Saturday night's party-goers will have been feeling a touch of nostalgia and deja vu as the Senior Mess once again resounded to the sound of good music (thanks to Freddie Maggot) and bulged at the seams with over two hundred people. A few of the visiting TA guys and girls who came along voted the night as "their best night out of their whole stay on Ascension Island!"
The organisers would like to thank all who attended and gave money so freely to a most worthwhile cause. And, an even bigger thank-you to all those great people that helped on the night.
It's good to know that there are people willing to help others less fortunate than ourselves in our small island communities.
*Ryan Young is a young boy from St Helena who is currently in the UK. He has just had a liver transplant. His parents are struggling to stay together and pay for the costs of living in the UK while he is recovering and having further tests.
(Extract from The Birmingham Evening Mail, Friday, September 3, 1999)
THIS is the smile that says it all. Brave Ryan Young is on the road to recovery after he travelled 6,000 miles from his home in the South Atlantic to undergo a life-saving liver transplant at Birmingham's Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital.
LITTLE Ryan Young was today recovering in hospital after travelling 6,000 miles for a liver transplant in Birmingham.
Ryan, aged four, underwent the life-saving operation at the Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital after a marathon seven-day Journey from his home on the island of St Helena, in the South Atlantic. Today, with his proud parents Rodney and Georgina at his hospital bed-side, Ryan had the look that said: "It's great to he alive." The family's arduous journey began last month when Ryan fell ill with what was thought to be a blood disorder at home in St Helena, a British dependent colony in the middle of the Atlantic.
Because there are no flights from St Helena, he and his parents sailed two
days to the Ascension Islands where they had to wait another five days for the
once-a-week, eight-hour RAF flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
It was only when he arrived in this country that liver disease was diagnosed. Ryan had the eight-hour transplant in Birmingham on August 13. And he's made such a rapid recovery, he may be discharged this weekend.
Mum Georgina said: "I can't thank the surgeon and nursing staff enough. Thanks to them, our little boy is still with us.
"It took us seven days to get here. It was a long, arduous journey but it was worth it. Ryan is a courageous boy and we are very proud of him," said Georgina. The couple, who have another son, Christopher, aged 11, hope to return home in about three months.
Dr Deirdre Kelly, consultant in charge of the hospital's liver unit, said: "Ryan is a lucky boy because if he'd developed liver problems back in St Helena he would almost certainly not have survived as the journey to England takes so long. "He's made a good recovery." A hospital spokesman said: "It is the first time we have operated on someone from so far away."
The following is from a letter sent by Mavis de Matos in St Helena to Hazel and Danny Thomas:
Here on the island we received news from the UK that a very young lad from St Helena sent for medical treatment is in need of a liver transplant as soon as a donor can be found. His parents are in the UK with him, his mother with him at Birmingham Children's Hospital, his father in Oxford with relatives. The name of the lad is Ryan Young, his parents are Rodney and Georgina Young.
Bobby Essex who is in charge of the appeal is seeking financial help from various fundraisers to keep the family together in the UK. Without financial help the father and oldest son will have to return home, leaving Georgina to cope alone in this distressing situation.
Donations can be sent to Mr Bobby Esex, c/o The Ryan Young Appeal, Jamestown, A/C No.20594
Just before going on leave my life seemed to be dominated by little lists
For some months I have been trying to update the Cemetary records and make new plans so that graves can more easily be located, and this has meant compiling lists from other lists and trying to eliminate old mistakes and duplications.
Recently I was given a piece of wood taken from St Marys roof when it was last restored, and pencilled on it was a list of men who had been involved with restoration work in 1899, including a Mr Poe who had overseen similar work some twenty years previously. Having deciphered the names I was able to make a list of them for the Historical Society archives.
Then there were more mundane lists to do with church services while we were away and who was doing what.
At the same time a list appeared on the wall of the study things to bring back with us from the UK such as my favourite razor blades and some shears to trim the bushes in the Vicarage garden.
Lists can help us to concentrate our minds and help us to remember what we are about .
Perhaps the most famous list of all is The Ten Commandments which God gave to Moses. You can look them up in the Book of Exodus.
Jesus too, in what is called The sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapter 5) gave us a list which we call The Beatitudes. Jesus lists the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart and so on.
There is a message there for each of us. A good and comforting little list, worth looking at.
God Bless and Keep You,
Fr Keith & Ginny.
As most of our readers are aware, Islander editors are partial to a bit of the old amber nectar. With the return of bottled beer at the VC rumours are rife that Asi could soon ditch the crummy old aluminium flavoured canned stuff and return to good old healthy clear bottled beer. HH The Administrator, Geoffrey Fairhurst kindly offered to explain the situation. Interview by Caz Parker
C.P.For a few years now, there has been a rule banning
the importation of bottled beer to Ascension. Has this rule ever been an actual
law or ordinance or has it simply been a dictate of the Administrator of the
G.F. Not so much a rule, as a policy. It seems that one of my predecessors, five or more years ago, brought a number of people together to discuss the environment and safety considerations. They considered the damage to the environment caused by broken glass and the resulting risks to inhabitants and animals. They also thought about the inclination by some people to throw empty drinks containers from moving vehicles. The result was a policy that beer should only be imported in cans - they dont break, they are easier to collect and cause less damage generally. But no Ordinance on the subject has been enacted. It was simply a policy recommended by a number of people to improve the quality of life here.
C.P. If there hasnt actually been a law, how has
this rule been enforced and indeed how legal has it been to have such a rule?
G.F. Acting on advice, the Administrator of the day let it be known to those concerned that this was the policy to follow. There is nothing wrong in this; a group of people can agree to follow certain procedures without the force of law.
C.P. Bottled beer is freely available on St Helena and
does not appear to cause a large litter problem. Do you think that the fact
that Ascension has a largely transitory population, apart from St Helenians
some of whom live here for 20 or 30 years, is partly responsible for the lack
of care shown by those who do dump cans and bottles around the Island or are
they simply the same juvenile minority that can be found anywhere?
G.F. I havent visited St Helena yet so cannot comment on the situation there. I wonder whether their more developed system of administration and the sense of belonging has instilled more of a sense of civic duty, a pride in their own country? The litter problem is not unique to Ascension but as a general observation I would say that it is true that facilities enjoyed by the majority are often abused by a thoughtless minority. But you do highlight a problem: some of the community have lived here for many years. Because of the peculiar circumstances of Ascension Island they lack the Right of Abode here; no-one can think of staying long-term or retiring here. This is one of the topics addressed in the discussion document Ascension Island - Into the New Millennium. But one day I hope that will all change and those who were born here, or who have lived here for many years may want to stay here. They will need to make a living here. to create more jobs for Saints it may very well involve selective and demanding tourism. The potential is here but the environment will be crucial to their success. I also believe that we are holding the environment in trust for future generations. I think that with the present lack of a more normal form of democratic government, the Administrator must take some responsibility for encouraging everyone to pass on to the children of this island and of St Helena the best environment possible. Balance all this against having a beer from a bottle. Or would a can be acceptable.
C.P. At present the whole island is punished/deprived
thanks to the actions of a few ignorant idiots. Would better policing of the
litter law and stringent fines be a better solution to just banning products?
G.F. We could increase the penalties for littering but even with the existing legislation, how many cases have been heard in the Magistrates Court? We have a small police detachment and unless they catch someone in the act of leaving litter, how can they hope to prosecute? I doubt that many would be prepared to inform on another islander.
C.P. As most Islanders are aware, bottled beer is at
present available in the Volcano Club. Does this mean that the rule has been
G.F. As a new arrival I was not aware of this development. the policy has not been reconsidered but you will have to ask those responsible for the Volcano Club why they have acted as they have.
C.P. Will you be preventing the Volcano Club from importing
G.F. I would be interested in the reasons behind the VCs decision. Perhaps the time has come for a fresh look at the policy. They may have hit on a method of sale that broadly meets the objectives that we have been trying to achieve.
C.P. If you are intending to allow the sale of bottled
beer on Ascension, will there be any provisos or restrictions?
G.F. Im perfectly prepared to take a fresh look at all this. Time has passed on and new ideas about the environment are in vogue. If a balanced group of people want to come and discuss the way forward, Id be glad to meet up with them.
C.P. Do you think that the Ascension Island Forum Committee
would be a suitable body to discuss and decide on such a matter.
G.F. Yes and I will be happy to raise and discuss the issue at the next meeting.
So, there you have it. Encouraging comments there from Mr Fairhurst. Perhaps, in the first instance we could have a probation period of 6 months during which time bottles will only be sold in clubs and will not be allowed to be removed from the premises. Whatever is decided it would seem that if you would like to see a return of bottled beers in the clubs then its up to you. If you see your mates or anyone else for that matter throwing bottles around the island then please do try and stop them. Or if need be, PICK THEM UP yourselves. At the end of day, if bottled beer is banned again you will only have yourselves to blame.
FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
On behalf of the Island I have accepted a refurbished barbecue area at English Bay. The labour and materials all came from the Territorial Sappers who have been with us for the last few weeks. It is an excellent improvement to the facilities at this popular weekend venue. I've told the Sappers that all those who use it will keep it clean and tidy so that we can all enjoy it for years to come - and they've said that they will be coming back to check on us!
Later this week the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will be awarding the contract for the Economic & Fiscal Study that will help point the way for the future of Ascension. The Terms of Reference have been given to the St Helena Legislative Council and members of the Ascension Island Management Group and the Advisory Forum. I have a copy for anyone who wishes to see it. The Study will start on 20 September and the final report is due by the end of February 2000.
A delegation from the CPA is due to visit St Helena at the end of this week. They are Lord Waddington (former Governor of Bermuda) and two Members of Parliament - Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester and John Cummings, Labour MP for Easington. They will arrive here on the next RMS en route to Brize Norton. As they will have a couple of days with us I will take the opportunity of showing them something of Ascension and meeting people. If you have anything to say on e.g. Citizenship, the future of Ascension, this is a good opportunity.
14 September 1999
|From the Editor:
Although Ive managed
to wangle a bit of a break on the editing front it still only seems
like 5 mins since my last issue. Once again Ive been tasked
with doing a bit of begging on behalf of all the team here.
Continuing on the editorial theme .. as I said a few issues ago, I will soon have to hang up my editorial boots and so we are desperately looking for a new volunteer. Full training will be given and support and help with your first issues will be available. You dont have to be a computer expert or a speed typist to do the job, just have a sense of humour and a couple of hours to spare on a Monday and Tuesday night. What would be really nice would be if we could get someone who either doesnt work or only works part time as then you would be perhaps a little more flexible and could help cover events when the rest of us are working. If you think you might be interested then please give me a call and pop down one week. There will be no obligation but do come and have a look before deciding one way or the other.
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We've been away from Ascension for over a year now but still keep in touch with all that's going on on the island through the great new Islander web page. As many of you know John decided to leave NAAFI and we decided we'd like to have a go at running our own business so we put their money to good use and moved in to The King's Arms a couple of weeks ago.
The pub is a freehouse so we aren't tied to any brewery which makes us very popular with all the local real ale drinkers. We've got a nice cosy little restaurant which is very popular especially at the weekends. So far it is going very well and we are both very happy, the people here are lovely and, in a lot of ways, the village reminds us of Ascension. Everyone knows each other and helps each other out and the children can go off all day and we don't worry about them.
Sarah and Gordon started their new schools last week and have both settled in really well and have made lots of new friends. Sarah works in the restaurant for us and Gordon helps out in the cellar etc. when he's in! The move went well with Chris and Graham Avis coming down with us and unpacking and helping out and thank goodness they did as we were so busy with the business we wouldn't even have had beds to sleep in if they hadn't been here. They are keen fishermen here and so we've put some of our pictures of various tuna and sailfish catches up on display and they can hardly believe the size of them. If only we could get some of that tuna now and get it on the menu as it's so expensive to buy here. We hope that if anyone is visiting South Wales you'll pop in and say hello to us, we'd love to see you. Our address is The King's Arms, Maes-Yr-Eglwys, Llansaint, Kidwelly Carmarthenshire,
SA17 5JE. Tel: 01267 267487 or you can e-mail us on JohnMorris@bradpole.freeserve.co.uk
Before we go we'd like to say hello to all our friends on Ascension especially the shop and NAAFI staff and hope that one day we'll be able to come and visit you all again.
Debbie and John Morris
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The Met Office Weather Report
Statistics for the week ending 12th September 1999
|Max (deg C)||Min (deg C)||Rainfall (mm)|
ASCENSION SEA SWELL FORECAST ( based on data available on Monday afternoon) : Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, becoming southerly 1 to 1.5 metres from Wednesday.
Sea temperature around Ascension Island : 24 degrees C.
ASCENSION ISLAND: A rather dull start to the week, with little in the way of sunshine and a scattering of showers, especially on Thursday. From Friday on it brightened up with only a few showers left.
ST HELENA: A week noted for the strong to near gale force winds and heavy rain, beginning on Monday evening and lasting until early Sunday with gusts up to 48 knots. A number of power and telephone outages were caused by fallen trees, with the most serious incident being a report of a woman blown over at Half Tree Hollow, injuring her arm and leg.
U.K: Generally warm, mostly dry in the east but often wet and windy in the west, especially on Wednesday. Warmest day was Saturday, but became much cooler by Sunday.
FALKLAND ISLANDS: Monday and Tuesday were dull and wet, especially on Tuesday morning, but with mild temperatures. A cold snap followed on Wednesday and Thursday with some heavy snow showers before slowly warming up again into the weekend.
First of all, an introduction. As Rufus has now left the island (kicking and screaming all the way to the aircraft ) I have inherited the task of writing Metchat.
‘Find a theme,’ said the boss ‘and it will be easy.’ I mulled over it for a few days and came up with a solution.
Having flicked through a recent copy of the Islander I noticed that while there is a page of problems for children, there isn’t anything for the rest of us. So, for the next six months, each week you will get a problem to puzzle over. The answer will, hopefully, appear the following week - along with anything else of interest that has happened in the Met world over the week.
So, here’s problem No. 1:-
Using each of the ten digits shown below only once, find two five-digit numbers with the largest possible product.
0 4 5 7 3
6 8 9 2 1
Answer next week,
Shipping Ltd. (CSL) announces the retirement of Managing Director and joint
founder of the company, Andrew Bell. The remaining members of the Board wish
him well in the future.
Andrew, who has been involved with the sea and ships all his working life, set up Curnow Shipping with Simon Sugrue in 1974. His shipping management experience gained during employment with Alfred Holt, Elder Dempster, Ocean Transport and Trading, as well as National Service in the Royal Australian Navy, has always proved of inestimable value in the development of CSL.
His place on the Board of Directors is taken by Colin Hetherington who joined CSL in 1998 in an Operations capacity. Colin has extensive experience in the passenger-shipping field (Sea Containers, P & O Cruises, Stena Line and Thomas Cook). This will prove an invaluable asset to the company in continuing to develop the business.
As Deputy Managing Director, Simon Sugrue, the company's joint founder, will run the company, pro-tem until a new Managing Director is appointed.
* * * The Curnow Shipping Ltd. web site can be found at www.rms-st-helena.com * * *
This weeks Hares: Ivor The Engine and Dudley.
This weeks Hashers: Fugitive, Sniffy, Dozy, Gilligan, Near Miss, ADrain, Sticks, FnF, Ma Bell, Lance-a-little, Whynot, Warp Speed, Peacock, Ivor the Engine, HKP, Morticia, Blind Pew, Radar, Lollipop (long time no see, hope the knees hold out, or youll need some new-knees!!), Lady Like, Thomas the Tank, Chief Longpole, Penguin, Stamp This, Herbie, P Js, Rat Boy, Arsonist, Al, Mike, Mark, Randy, Mark, Janni, Bob, Den.
After the briefing on all the numerous hazards ( treacherous canyons, snake pits, shark infested pools and so on) the crowd set off towards the main road and the dreaded RED HILL. Soon though we turned with sighs of relief onto the track leading to the wind farm. On reaching the top we continued downwards going in circles for the first (but not last) time that day (what, so now were doing ring a ring a rosy). A quick rest at the bottom allowed t ol Man to catch up and then on on again. Confusion set in as the hash eluded the wary eyes of the FRBs. Short-cutting was made delightfully easy ( not that I would ever dream of doing such a thing) but the hash soon regrouped to continue the torture. I think perhaps some of the FRBs should visit the optician as yet again the hash was lost. Sticks soon shed some light on the situation by finding the innocent blob (no, the hash not the FRBs) only to lead us into a back check (now you know why the sensible people stay at the back) we then followed the hash towards Devils Riding School only to find ( yes, you guessed it) that the FRBs had lost the trail AGAIN!!!
After another quick rest (during which Fugitive took some light relief and found the hash at the same time) we set off upwards. Clambering over rocks, through holes and up hill we reached the top of the ridge and continued towards Devils Riding School. Emerging on the School we had a long rest. The on on was called and the FRBs headed off into the distance, guess what guys, yer goin t wrong way! Ivor put us back on track and we climbed to the top of Devils Riding School mound where squabbling over the stamp commenced. We then headed down down down following the FRBs again instead of the hash. At the bottom of the gully we climbed gasping onto level ground and headed home for the drinks. After much merrymaking we gathered around to name five unfortunate souls. When HKP had finished ice drenching duties ( I bet that was cold!) Ma Bell, Rat Boy, Herbie, Arsonist, and P Js emerged totally drenched and freezing their toes off. Thanks to Ivor and Gilligan for a smashing hash (makes a change from last week eh Uncle).
Also we would like to say a big goodbye to Blind Pew, Radar and Morticia who will be leaving the Island (AGAIN) on Wednesday (another fugitive perhaps).
Receding Hareline: 18th September: HKP & Sticks from the entrance to the old NASA Site.
Hash Scribe: Dozy
ASCENSION PREMIERSHIP 1999/2000
Results Tables Fixtures - News
Round up of the Season. A few stats to ponder over….. or cry about!
League, Knockout and District
League & Knockout Teams / Captains
Bellboys Darren Bedwell Roustabouts Jeffery Williams
Georgetown Nicky Herne Travellers Deano Collis
Harts Richard Joshua Two Boats Rowdies Dennis Francis
Rangers Freddy Maggot
Winners: Harts Runners Up: Travellers
Winners: Georgetown Runners Up: Travellers
District Teams / Captains
US Base Timmy Reynolds
Georgetown Nicky Herne
Two Boats Darrin Henry
Travellers Deano Collis
Winners: US Base Runners Up: Travellers
Player Of the Season: Timmy Reynolds (Travellers)
Goalkeeper Of the Season: Simon Williams (Harts)
Premiership Hot Shots (taken over League/Knockout/District)
50 T Reynolds (Travellers) - 34 A Bennett (Harts) - 17 N Thomas(G/twn) -12 J Benjamin(B/bys), N John(G/twn) - 11 M Joshua(G/twn)
10 A Thomas(B/bys) A Piesse(Trvlrs) 9 S Henry(Hts) 8 C Green(B/bys) C Young, G Peters(TBR) 7 M Vickers(G/twn) A Henry(Hts) 6 D Bedwell(B/bys) R Joshua(Hts) 5 J Williams, T Leo(Rtbts), B Minto, Higgins(Trvlrs), D Henry, A Williams(TBR)-4 5plyrs-3 5plyrs-2 15plyrs-1 20plyrs
9-a-side InterClub Competition
Teams / Captains
Saints Club 1 Alan Stevens
Mountain View Club Deano Collis
Saints Club 2 Trish Moyce
Volcano Club 1 Leroy Peters
Two Boats Club 1 Darrin Henry
Volcano Club 2 Richard Joshua
Two Boats Club 2 Dennis Francis
Cup Winners: Two Boats Club 1 Runners Up: Mountain View Club
Plate Winners: Saints Club 1 Runners Up: Two Boats Club 2
Inter Club Hot Shots
14 G Yon(SC1) 5 A Williams(SC1), A Henry(TBC1) 4 R Benjamin(MVC), 3 I Wade(MVC), S Henry(TBC1), C George, D Henry, G Youde
(TBC2), R Joshua(VC2) 2 P Higgins(MVC), P Robinson, E Robinson(SC1), A Bennett, G Peters(TB1), R Thomas(TBC2), K Bennett, M Yon
(VC2) 1 M Hollinshead(MVC), M Moyce(SC1), R John, L Hudson, M Joshua(SC2), D Henry(TB1), D March, D Peters(TBC2), C Green,
D John, Kenny(VC1), S Williams(VC2)
Teams / Captains
The Bitches Anjeli Suktanker Rovers Gerwyn Crowie
Caged Tigers Ian Wade Travellers Hill Timmy Reynolds
Fire Security Neil Lawrence Two Boats United Trevor Fowler
Leroys Lads Leroy Peters Young Devils Geordie Peters
LSU Greg Plato
Winners: Fire Security Runners Up: Travellers Hill
6-a-side Hot Shots
4 D Henry(TBU), T Reynolds(TH1) 2 M Joshua(FS), J Williams(LSU), A Yon, N Yon(TH1) 1 T Loker(CT), P Thomas, R Joshua (FS),
M Williams(LSU), G Youde(TBU), W Yon(TH1)
EDITOR - Caroline Parker
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