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  • State Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Luther Buchanan, on Sunday (January 31) officially opened the Ralph Anglin Community Centre located in Belvedere, Westmoreland.
  • The facility was refurbished at a cost of $10 million through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).
  • It is named in honour of the late former Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, who served the Leamington Division of the Westmoreland Parish Council for many years.

State Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Luther Buchanan, on Sunday (January 31) officially opened the Ralph Anglin Community Centre located in Belvedere, Westmoreland.

The facility was refurbished at a cost of $10 million through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).

It is named in honour of the late former Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, who served the Leamington Division of the Westmoreland Parish Council for many years.

In his address at the opening ceremony, Mr. Buchanan said the establishment of the centre will provide a meeting place for residents and facilitate sports and other recreational activities.

He commended the Spence family, which donated the lands on which the centre and a play field are located.

Mr. Buchanan, who is Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, said that apart from social events, the centre must be used to assist adults, who want to further their education.

“This community centre must be used to its fullest capacity in terms of community development. You have the Jamaican (Foundation for) Lifelong Learning, which has always expressed an interest in coming into Belvedere, but there was nowhere …that could accommodate that facility. So now we have a place,” Mr. Buchanan said.

He informed that the centre is a designated shelter for residents of the area in the event of a disaster.

Project Director at JEEP, Carolyn Gardner, said she is pleased to see the completion of the project for which ground was broken some two years ago.

“I am marvelling at the architectural design and what you were able to do and stretch the funds,” she said.

Ms. Gardner noted that some 5,000 residents now have a safe, secure place to host community, social and educational events.