JIS News

Jamaica Aids Support and the Good Shepherd Foundation will benefit from the collection during the Independence Service of Praise and Thanksgiving, organised by the Jamaican High Commission in London.
The annual service, scheduled for Saturday, August 6 at the Parish Church of St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, will highlight the celebrations to mark Jamaica’s 43rd anniversary of independence in the United Kingdom.
Reverend Dr. Byron Chambers, President of the Jamaica Methodist District Conference will preach the sermon; High Commissioner, Gail Mathurin will read the Prime Minister’s Independence message, while the children of the Shabach Outreach Ministries, Huddersfield will say the national pledge. Kerry Ann Henry will do a special dance of praise. The renowned Edmonton New Testament Church of God Choir will render songs, while Jamaica Defence Force Sergeant, Albert Hird, a student at the Royal Military School of Music, will perform. A special Evensong on August 2, will be held at the Westminster Abbey.In addition to those official events, community organisations and groups from across the United Kingdom are holding special events, church services and charity dances.
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The Association of Jamaicans UK Trust holds its annual Independence Charity Ball on August 6 at the Imperial Hotel. Other activities on August 6 include a special fund-raising dinner dance by the Alpha Boys Home Association in Birmingham and the Jamaica Society Manchester’s annual Young Achievers Award at the Lancashire Cricket Club.On Sunday, August 7, the Jamaica Basic School Foundation (JBSF) will host its annual ‘Fun in Sun’ fair at Battersea Park in South London. The JBSF celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and the annual family fun day attracts 20,000 Jamaicans and friends each year for a day of Jamaican music, culture and food.The Jamaica Society Leeds and the Bath Multi Racial Association will both hold independence church services on August 7, while the Jamaica National Council in Huddersfield will hold its special Independence celebrations on the same day.Both the UK weekly Gleaner and the New National newspapers are publishing special independence supplements.