JIS News

Plans are in high gear for the staging of Manchester Homecoming Week 2005, which is slated to begin on Sunday, October 16.
The event will be held under the theme: ‘Manchester, yesterday, today and tomorrow’ and will coincide with National Homecoming Week activities from October 15 to 22.
Chairman and principal convenor, Custos Rotulorum for Manchester, Dr. Gilbert Allen, informed JIS News that “the planning committee will be going all out to make it a very good experience for both residents and visitors alike”.
The week of activities will begin with a church service at the Ridgemount United Church on Sunday, the parish awards function will take place on Monday, which is National Heroes Day; while a peace rally will be held in front of the Mandeville courthouse on Tuesday.
He informed that on Wednesday morning “our resource speakers are down to visit some 18 schools in order to give motivation talks to the students using the words of the national pledge as our spring board.later that day, we will be having a special round-table discussion, which will involve prominent and knowledgeable person from the parish, who will address many of the issues confronting us.we are also hoping to have a live broadcast of the activity.”
Activities continue on Thursday with an exposition at the Manchester Club. “We will be having at least 12 special exhibits, which will focus on themes such as the Manchester Parish Library, governance of Manchester, famous parish personalities, past and present Governor General awardees, outstanding companies or individuals, who have contributed to parish development, parish features on Norman Manley, the Hargreaves Hospital, Manchester Club, Kendal Train Crash, Manchester Horticultural Society and the church,” he informed.
The week of celebration concludes on the weekend, with a family fun-day and vesper service in Christiana on Friday and a sports day at Kirkvine on Saturday.
A banquet and awards ceremony is being planned for October 29, and will be held in conjunction with the local Lay Magistrates’ Association, Dr. Allen informed.

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