JIS News

Residents in St. Thomas are gearing up to participate in the third annual Paul Bogle Parish Jamboree, in honour of the National Hero. The event will be held at the Paul Bogle High School in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on Monday, October 17, starting at 10:00 a.m. The function is being organised by the St. Thomas Association of Community Development Committees in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC).
Custos of St. Thomas, Marcia Bennett will officially open the function at 2:00 p.m., while Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor Joan Spencer and Members of Parliament, Dr. Fenton Ferguson and James Robertson are expected to bring greetings.
Chairman of the St. Thomas Association of Community Development Committees, Emerson James told JIS News that the main event was a Mr. and Miss Paul Bogle Parish Jamboree contest to be held after the official ceremony.
“This competition is intended to get students 12 to 14 years old to know more about the life and work of Paul Bogle,” he said, adding that students would also participate in a general knowledge competition.
“People coming to this event will learn something about our heroes and see the best of what St. Thomas has to offer,” Mr. James explained. He pointed out that community groups had been invited to set up booths to showcase what they have to offer in the areas of art and craft, ethnic foods and other activities unique to their communities.
Mr. James said the event was an “old time and modern day cultural extravaganza” being held in honour of Paul Bogle.
He also noted that the St. Thomas Parish Library would set up an exhibition in recognition of the life and work of the National Hero and the Morant Bay uprising.
There will also be an entertainment package, including a fashion show, kiddies corner, dancing and singing contest, knockout competition in dominoes, netball and six-a-side football, and songs from Kumina groups.
Mr. James said that proceeds from the event would be used to establish a Paul Bogle Educational Trust Fund, and sustainable development projects for Community Development Committees in the parish. He explained that the funds would assist needy students who wished to pursue educational courses at secondary and tertiary institutions.
On Sunday, October 23, a commemorative service will be held at the Paul Bogle statue in the Morant Bay square, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Persons will light 1,000 candles to symbolize the homes that were burnt during the uprising.