Prevailing water woes in St Joseph have not dampened the Independence spirit of residents.
Over the weekend, the rural parish launched its month of activities in a big way, under the theme Pride, Industry, People: St Joseph Uh Come From.
Scores of people gathered at the historic St Anne’s Anglican Church for an ecumenical service, which began with a procession of uniform groups within the parish parading from Parris Hill to the church.
The delightful Barbados Pathfinder Band accompanied the sharp-looking groups – the Pathfinders of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist, the Master Guides, Adventist Youth Leaders and the Brownies and Cubs of the St Joseph Primary School – who all executed their skills with precision.
Residents and guests beamed with pride as pathfinder Shawné Mayers handed over the Broken Trident and the Berea SDA Pathfinders posted the colours.
People of various denominations from across the parish packed the church and participated in the service, which included addresses from district pastors as well as tributes in song and poetry.
Reverent Myra LaPlante delivered the sermon, admonishing the gathering to safeguard the rich heritage of St Joseph and telling the young people, in particular, to learn the history of the parish.
She also encouraged the youth to contribute to the nation’s development by first building a strong relationship with God.
The celebrations will continue next month with a Food Fest at the Grantley Adams Memorial School and a Pork, Lime and Rum Fest which will mimic the old Barbadian village setting.
The celebrations will culminate on October 30 with a Grand Ole Time Excursion at King George V Park in St Philip.