Above: Andrew 'papa', Tracy & Chelsea holding Amber Alesha
Amber Alesha was born on Wednesday, 23rd July
Amber weighed in at 7lbs 12ozs.
Congratulation to proud parents Andrew & Tracy
big sister Chelsea.
News From St. Mary's:
PARISH CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN. ASCENSION ISLAND (Diocese of St. Helena)
Canon Clive Duncan MBE
Church Warden: Jeanette Whiting
Church Warden: Cheryl Anthony MBE
We were very pleased to have had our Bishop with us for a short period on Friday
when the RMS St Helena called enroute to the UK. In spite of ti being a brief
visit the Churchwardens and myself were able to have a meeting with him to discuss
certain important issues relating to this parish.
Bishop John brought copies of the St Helena Gazette, Newsletter of the Diocese
of St Helena, for distribution here. A limited number were placed in St Mary's
last Sunday. More copies will be available at the weekend. He also brought copies
of a shorten version of the Holy Eucharist service which been introduced two
of the Parishes back on St Helena. This form of service was used last Sunday
,which we continue with for a trail period.
Among one of the visitors to the church on Sunday was Mrs Pat Musk. Mrs Musk
is the Sheriff for St Helena. She kindly offered to play for the service. We
are grateful to Mrs Musk for doing so. Warm thanks and best wishes are extended
During the month of August two additional services have been planned. There
will be an Evening Song in St Mary's at 7 pm on Sunday 17 August and a Songs
of Praise on 31 August which will take place in the Two Boats Club at 7 pm.
Have a pleasant week
Rev. Canon Clive
From the Editors:-Marie & Sherilyn Anthony
Time has flown by over the last few weeks and now we're here again.
A small edition this week. However the 'Islander' appreciates any articles
readers may wish to submit for inclusion - whether it be puzzles or any
This week we congratulate Tracey, 'Papa' & Chelsea on the new-born as
well as pupils views on an educational trip to the bakery.
Thursday 07/17/2003 3:10:50pm Name: Henry Spangler E-Mail:email@example.com Comments: I was US Base Commander in 1975, married Cable
and Wireless employee (midwife), Andrina Rees in 1976. We are retired
in Las Vegas, NV.
Wednesday 07/02/2003 8:49:53pm Name: Jamie Thomson E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Pristiana Kosovo Comments: I hope everyone is doing well, sorry I have not
got to writing to you, I have been so busy at the moment. Well here
I am in very sunny Pristina, when I first got here it was snowing
and the place looked rather uninviting to say the least, but then
the sun appeared and that cheered me up no end, and I found the
people friendly. The countryside out of the city is spectacular,
I visited the SARR mountains and it really was interesting, although
there is still the traces of the war, hopefully that will remain
in the past and the different religions can get on together.
My Job is interesting and some times I get my hands dirty, well
now that I have found a internet cafe I can keep in touch and see
how all my friends are doing.
46 Kings Gardens
July 17th 2003
Would you be so kind as to publish this Obituary.
This morning I had a call from Margot Pickup to say
that her husband, Ken has died earlier today.
Ken Pickup was the island's dentist for ten years (from 1976 to
1986), I am unsure of his age but I think he was 89 on his last
birthday in June.
As well as being the island's dentist; Ken was also
the Chairman of the Historical Society and during his tenure he
established a GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS in the old Islander building
in Georgetown. Those of you fortunate to be on the island at that
time will recall with appreciation what a fine place it was, how
well presented the displays were and how all the objects seemed
to be 'at home' in these surroundings.
This Gallery was opened in 1985. If you have a copy of the Catalogue
which Ken compiled at the time you will be aware of the work - the
research and dedication - which went into the establishment of this
Gallery. Unhappily the building was needed and it was in 1994 that
the new Gallery was established at FORT HAYES where it is now.
Few of us leave a permanent reminder of our love
and involvement with Ascension and Ken more than deserves the tributes
which will be paid to him for this and for his care of our dental
From Two Boats School to the
Down in Georgetown we went,
To see how Freddie make doughnuts
And then to the shop they're sent.
We saw Freddie hard at work,
And Anne was busy too,
The machine was booming and
doughnuts were cooking,
Just for me and you.
A fabulous visit! Thank You Freddie!
My visit to the Bakery was fascinating. I learnt
a lot about how jam and cream are put in doughnuts. First we saw
how the mixer mixed the ingredients together to make dough. When
it was finished, Freddie put it on his bench and sliced it into
quarters. Then he kneaded it with his hands and knuckles.
When he was finished he let the dough prove.
After he cut out the doughnuts. We then went to Reflections and
had are break. Then we came back and had some photographs taken
by Sophie's mum. It was the first time for her to see the Bakery
too. Darren came just in time to see Freddie put coconut on the
doughnuts. We had the privilege of a free doughnut. We thanked
Freddie for the demonstration and then we were on our way back
to school. The day was fun and I would like to do it again in
the near future.
By Francesca Arms.
When we went to the Bakery, we were told how to
make doughnuts. We were shown some of the machines that make them.
The ingredients were put into a machine and it mixed it up into
It was then rolled out and cut into shapes with a doughnut cutter.
Some of the doughnuts had cream on them and some had jam. We had
some to take back to school for lunch.
By Shaun Anthony
Stephen really observing Freddie.
My visit to Freddie's Bakery was fun. When we
got there he gave us all a roll.
Some had a plain roll and the rest had margarine and jam on
them. Then we watched Freddie mixed all the ingredients together
in the dough mixer and when that was finish, he laid it on the
bench and cut it into four pieces. He then kneaded it and after
that he left it under a sheet to prove. This means to make it
rise. We saw him cut some doughnut out and then we went to the
When we came back he had started to ice some and also put coconut
When we were ready to go back to school he gave us a tray of
By Rico Phillips.
Doughnuts for Lunchtime!
When I went to the Bakery, we looked around and
then Freddie told us what all the machines were used for. Then
he gave us some rolls and jam. He then started to make some
doughnuts for the shop. Whilst he was doing this, we went to
the Coffee Shop to have something to eat and drink.
When we came back he had finished. The Police Lady took some
photos of us and then Freddie gave us a doughnut to bring back
to school. It was fun!
By Shane Green.
When we went to the Bakery, Freddie showed us
how to make doughnut. He put some jam in the doughnuts and some
had icing and coconut on the top. We also went to the Coffee
By Dane Wade.
When we went to the Bakery, Freddie showed as how
to make doughnuts. He put the ingredients in the dough mixer and
the machine mixed it around. When it was finished he took it out
and then he had to knead it.
Then he put a sheet over the dough for it to prove. He cooked
the doughnuts in the deep fryer.
By Chad Peters.
Chad watching Anne fry the doughnuts.
On Wednesday 23rd July, my class and I went to
visit Mr Freddie Maggott at his Bakery. It was fun. When we
first got there he gave us a roll each. Then he showed us how
the machines worked and what they were used for.
He made doughnuts for the first time since his Bakery was open.
He mixed the dough in a machine and then he cut the dough in
chunks. Then he kneaded it. Then he covered it over and left
it to prove. He left it for about 10 minutes. Then he rolled
it out and cut out shapes with his doughnut cutter.
We then went to the coffee Shop. When we came back to the Bakery,
he was putting jam in the middle and putting coconut on the
top of the doughnuts and the he gave us one doughnut each.
By Stephen Anthony.
Freddie jamming the doughnuts.
On the 23rd July we went on a visit to the bakery.
First of all we waited outside whilst Freddie packed his bread
for the shop. Then we were given a roll each. We then got to
go inside and watch the first doughnut been made. He divided
the dough and left it to rise. We waited awhile and then he
rolled out the dough and cut it into doughnuts.
We left to go to the Coffee shop for our break whilst the doughnuts
rose again and then they were deep fried.
When we came back the doughnuts were being filled with jam.
Next we saw the ones with holes in them being covered with pink
icing and coconut. We got to take some back to school.
By Katie Kettlewell.
When I went on a visit to Freddie's Bakery, it was
fun and interesting to see how the machines work and how they
do their jobs like the dough mixer, mixing all the ingredients
together to make the dough for the doughnuts.
When it was finished Freddie cut it into four pieces and kneaded
it and then he put it to one side on the table to prove.
We then went to the Coffee Shop. When we got back Freddie was
putting jam in the doughnuts. He also put icing and coconut on
By Andreas Thomas
When we went to Freddie's Bakery he told us how
to make doughnuts.
First he put the ingredients in the dough mixer to make the dough.
Then he took it out and cut it into pieces. He then kneaded each
piece and then left it to prove. Then he rolled out the dough
and cut doughnut shapes, which he had to leave to prove again.
We saw the finished product after we came from the Coffee Shop.
Some had coconut on them and jam inside, some had icing on the
Some were doughnut rings. He gave my class some.
By Corey Anthony.
Freddie and Anne busy at work.
When we went to the Bakery, we watched how Freddie
made doughnuts for the first time at Georgtown Bakery. First
he put the ingredients in the dough mixer. When the dough came
out, he rolled it out and then cut it into four sections and
left them on the bench to prove. Whilst the dough was proving
he showed us some of the machines and what they did. When the
dough had risen enough, he used the doughnut cutter and cut
the dough into doughnut shapes.
After that he put the deep fryer on to heat up. When the doughnuts
were finished cooking, he covered them with cinnamon sugar and
filled the inside with jam.
By Shalane Thomas
When I went to visit the Bakery it was fun and
exciting. My favourite part was when he was making the doughnuts.
Firstly he mixed the ingredients to make the dough. Then he
put the dough on the table and got the rolling pin and flatten
it out. When he had finished he used the doughnut cutter and
pushed it down on the dough to cut doughnuts. He then put them
on a tray.
We then went to the Coffee Shop. Then we went back to the Bakery.
When we got there, Freddie was putting jam into the doughnut
and spreading sugar on them. It was almost time to go home and
Freddie said we could have a doughnut each. We thanked him and
then drove back to school.
By Jonah Williams.
ASCENSION ISLAND - A NEWCOMER'S GUIDE.
part 3 of our look at the more well-known flowers in the island. If
you have any comments or corrections please either send a note to the
Editor of the Islander or else e-Mail me at email@example.com
CLERODENDRUM (Clerodendrum fragrans).
A shrub with broad, dark-green leaves and scented white flowers. Must
have been introduced to the island early as it is mentioned in a farm
report of 1859 and it is still present on Green Mountain.
SHELL GINGER (Alpina zerumbet).
This is the well-known ginger plant with a distinctive smell, common
on Green Mountain, especially on Elliott's Path. It has fibrous leaves
and pinkish flowers.
GINGER LILY (Hedychium gardnerianum).
About 50 species of Hedychium grow in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
The rhyzomes are ginger-like, the flowers are used for garlands and
other decorations, especially in Hawaii, hence the alternative name
of Garland Flower.
COMMON LANTANA (Lantana camara).
Growing 10ft tall this is a weed in tropical America but elsewhere it
is used as a garden plant. It blooms almost continuously with yellow,
orange, pink and white flowerheads in various colour combinations, then
clusters of poisonous black berries follow the flowers. The aromatic
leaves are rough and oval .
FRANGIPANI (Plumeria rubra).
Belongs to the dogbone family which includes over 150 genera and about
1000 species of trees, shrubs, woody vines and herbs, living primarily
in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Often used as a garden ornamental,
frangipani is found in many Georgetown gardens, the flowers often being
used for decoration. In Hawaii it is used for necklace garlands.
YELLOW ALLAMANDA (Allamanda cathartica).
An attractive woody vine of the family Apocynaceae, with golden trumpet-shaped
ASCENSION EUPHORBIA (Euphorbia origanoides).
One of the world's rarest plants, peculiar to Ascension and uncommon
on the island but indigenous, being first recorded in 1698. It has prostrate
vermilion stems with a thick milky juice, small alternate oval, slightly
dentate, leaves and greenish-red flowers, similar to the English spurge.
The milky juice is poisonous and can cause blindness if allowed contact
with eyes. Small colonies grow near Letterbox, between Sisters and cross
Hill, near Collyer Point, Comfortless Flats and on the seaward slopes
of Devil's Cauldron.
The Met Office Weather Report
Statistics for the week ending Monday
(Several sites on 21st, 22nd and 23rd)
(Tulloch Bridge 26th, and Shap Fell 27th)
ASCENSION ISLAND: Notable this week for a cloudy and rather
wet, dull day on Tuesday, where 14 mm of rain fell at Travellers and 8.1 mm
at the Airhead. The rest of the week was mostly settled with some long sunny
periods by day. As usual, Green Mountain was more prone to overnight showers.
UK: A large, and at times complicated area of low pressure
remained south and southeast of Iceland during the period, feed troughs and
occluding fronts across the UK over the course of the week. Rather unsettled!
FALKLANDS: Strong westerly winds were a theme for the Falklands
this past week, with several mostly week fronts crossing the islands from the
Dolphins and Whales Around
Colin D. MacLeod,
School of Biological Sciences (Zoology), University
of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ, U.K.
Ascension Island is internationally renowned for its seabirds and its
green turtles. However, another group of large animals found around the
island remains poorly known. These are the dolphins, porpoises and whales
(collectively known as cetaceans).
I came to Ascension for five days in July 2003 to work with Tara George
and Stedson Stroud from the Conservation Centre in Georgetown to help
set up a programme to investigate and monitor the occurrences of dolphins
and whales around Ascension Island. This followed a two week period working
with Tara's sister Emma Bennett in Saint Helena doing the same thing.
Before this project started, only two species of cetacean (bottlenose
dolphins and the poorly known Gervais' beaked whale) were known by scientists
to occur in Ascension Island waters. However, local people tell us that
several other species also occur here, including pan-tropical spotted
dolphins, minke whales, killer whales and humpback whales. We also managed
identify a whale which stranded on Shelley Beach about eight years ago
from a shoulder-blade which now hangs in the scouts' beach hut, which
turned out to be a sperm whale.
Tara and I conducted both land and boat surveys while I was on Ascension,
and although we failed to see anything on the first three land surveys
(at Cocoanut Bay, Pillar Bay and Louis Ledge), the first boat survey on
the 5th of July went well with five sightings of bottlenose dolphins.
Tara and Stedson will continue these surveys on a regular basis from now
We are also very keen to hear about sightings from other people. We hope
that anyone who sees any dolphins, porpoises or whales around Ascension
Island will let us know what they see. What we need to know is what species
you saw, when you saw it (time and date), where you saw it and how many
there were. We are also interested in seeing any photographs or videos
you have from your sightings. Sightings from other people are important
source of additional information on species occurrence and also on areas,
such as deeper waters further offshore, where the current surveys will
not cover. If you wish to contribute sightings you can either write down
the above information and pass it on to Tara or Stedson at the Conservation
Office (tel: 6359) or fill in a sightings form which are also available
from the Conservation Centre.
This combination of land-based and boat-based surveys, along with the
sightings scheme will establish exactly what species use the waters around
Ascension Island and how they use it. From this we hope that the dolphins
and whales of Acsension Island may one day be as well known as the seabirds
and green turtles.
For more information on this work or on dolphins and whales around Ascension
Island, contact Tara George or Stedson Stroud, Conservation Officer, Conservation
Centre, Georgetown (Tel: 6359).
Health This Week
Back Pain has always been very common and we have learned a great deal
There have been a revolution in thinking about back care, and we now approach
it in a different way.
Most people can and do deal with back pain themselves most of the time.
· Back pain or ache is usually not due to any serious disease.
· Most back pain settles quickly, at least enough to get on with your
· About half the people who get backache will have it again within a couple
of years. But this does not mean that it is serious. Between attacks most
people return to normal activities with few if any symptoms.
· It can be painful and you may need to reduce some activities for a time.
But rest for more than a day or two usually does not help and may do more
harm than good. So keep moving.
Control of pain
There are many treatments which can help back pain. They may not remove
the pain completely, but they should control it enough for you to get
active. These treatments help to control the pain, but they do not cure
your back. It is up to you to get going and get your back working again.
Paracetamol or soluble aspirin are the simplest and safest pain killers.
It may surprise you, but they are still often the most effective. Take
two tablets every 4 - 6 hours. Or you can use anti-inflammatory tables
You should usually take the pain killers for a day or two but you may
need to take them for a few weeks. Take them regularly and do not wait
until your pain is out of control. Do not take Aspirin or Ibuprofen if
you have indigestion or an ulcer problem.
Heat or cold
In the first 48 hours you can try a cold pack on your back for 5-10 minutes
at a time. A bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel. Other people prefer
heat - a hot water bottle, a bath or a shower.
Most doctors now agree that manipulation can help. It is best done within
the first 6 weeks. Manipulation is carried out by osteopaths, chiropractors,
some physiotherapists and a few doctors with special training. It is safe
if it is done by a qualified professional.
Many other treatments are used and some people feel that they help. It
is up to you to find out what helps you.
No one pretends exercising is easy. Pain killers and other treatments
can help to control the pain and let you get started. It often does hurt
at first, but one thing is sure: the longer you put off exercise the harder
and more painful it will be.
There is no other way. You have a straight choice: rest or work through
your pain to recovery.
Dealing with an acute attack
What you do depends on how bad your back feels.
Remember your back isn't badly damaged. You can usually:
· Use something to control the pain.
· Modify your activities
· Stay active and at work
You may have good days and bad days -that's normal
If your pain is more severe you may have to rest for a few days. You might
need stronger pain killers from your doctor, and you might even have to
lie down for a day or two. But only for a day or two - don't think of
rest as treatment. Too much rest is bad for your back. The faster you
get going the sooner your back will feel better.
You should build up your activities and your exercise tolerance over several
days or a few weeks.
But the faster you get back to normal activities and back to work the
better, even if you still have some pain and some restrictions. If you
have a heavy job, you may need some help from your work mates. Simple
changes can make your job easier. Talk to your foreman or boss if you
Use it or lose it Your body must stay active to stay healthy. It thrives on use.