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The Crichton Memorial Church

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November 30, 2014 · 19:12

Greyfriars – no more….. :-(

 

 

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Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration Rodger Samuel reacts after arriving while the Greyfriars Church, Frederick Street, Port of Spain was being demolished on Sunday morning. Photo:ROBERT TYLOR

Greyfriars Church demolished

By Richard Charan richard.charan@trinidadexpress.com

GREYFRAIRS Church at Frederick Street, Port of Spain, has been demolished.

A demolition crew moved onto the compound this morning and tore down the church hall. An excavator was ripped into the walls of the church when Dr Nurah Rosalie Cordner, an advisor to Minister of Social Integration Rodger Samuel, arrived on the scene and was able to stop the work by standing in the way of the machines.

Samuel later arrived, and said the buildings were demolished even as talks were underway to list the site as a heritage site, which would have given it legal protection. The church was sold to aprivate developer in August, and since then, there has been widespread anger over the plan to demolish the historic site.

In the church were memorial tablets commemorating the work of Rev Kennedy and Rev Brodie, as well as congregatio¬ners who fell during the two World Wars. The graves of three children are on the compound, which is located near Woodford Square, the Red House, Public Library building and Trinity Cathedr¬al. The church was the subject of a painting by Trinidad and Tobago’s famed artist, Michel-Jean Cazabon, in 1870.

According to the record, the church site at Frederick Street was bought for £300 and the foundation stone in April, 1837, completed at a cost of £4,858 and opened for public worship in January, 1838. The church was named “Greyfriars” after the mother church in Glasgow, Scotland.

Three years later, a manse was built next to the church for its reverend, Alexander Kennedy, who was succeeded by Rev George Brodie, who died in 1875.

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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

ray of light

Even at the worst, there is always a way out,
a hidden secret that can turn failure into success
and despair into happiness.
No situation is so dark that there is not a ray of light.

~ Norman Vincent Peale ~
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St Andrew’s Day

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November 30, 2014 · 11:14

The Fathers & the Advent Calendar

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Fa la la la….etc

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November 29, 2014 · 17:24

Glasgow Advent Calendar

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November 29, 2014 · 17:02

Life…..

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November 29, 2014 · 09:13

Black Friday

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November 28, 2014 · 19:29

Good on you, young man! (article in Manchester Evening News)

 

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Matt RatcliffeTommie Rose handing out the last of his stock
The schoolboy entrepreneur who shot to fame after making £14,000 selling sweets at school has given away the last of his stock to Manchester’s homeless.

The 15-year-old schoolboy rose to fame after the M.E.N. revealed his ‘black market’ school tuck shop raked in thousands of pounds to pay his University fees.

Now, with the looming threat of suspension from school, Tommie has decided to close the playground business and give away the rest of his sweet-toothed goods to the city’s rough sleepers.

He dished out his stock this morning as an ‘early Christmas present’ to the homeless.
Tommie said: “It was great to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s getting into winter and getting really cold so we decided to give them something ahead of Christmas. I looked around the house and realised we had so much food in, so I thought I should give it away.image

“They were really thankful. We gave them multi-packs so they had enough to last them through the night. One of them said to me ‘I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks Tommie’.”

Dad Gary, 33, an office worker, added: “Realistically, with the threat of suspension from the school we decided there was no way Tommie could go on selling. He said ‘it’s coming up to winter and we’ve got so many homeless people in the city, why don’t we give it all away and give them an early Christmas present’?”

The schoolboy entrepreneur who shot to fame after making £14,000 selling sweets at school has given away the last of his stock to Manchester’s homeless.

The 15-year-old schoolboy rose to fame after the M.E.N. revealed his ‘black market’ school tuck shop raked in thousands of pounds to pay his University fees.

Now, with the looming threat of suspension from school, Tommie has decided to close the playground business and give away the rest of his sweet-toothed goods to the city’s rough sleepers.

He dished out his stock this morning as an ‘early Christmas present’ to the homeless.
Tommie said: “It was great to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s getting into winter and getting really cold so we decided to give them something ahead of Christmas. I looked around the house and realised we had so much food in, so I thought I should give it away.

“They were really thankful. We gave them multi-packs so they had enough to last them through the night. One of them said to me ‘I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks Tommie’.”

Dad Gary, 33, an office worker, added: “Realistically, with the threat of suspension from the school we decided there was no way Tommie could go on selling. He said ‘it’s coming up to winter and we’ve got so many homeless people in the city, why don’t we give it all away and give them an early Christmas present’?”

Tommie, who plans to go to University with the money earned from his sweet empire, says he is now meeting his headmaster to deliver a business plan for a healthy tuck shop.

The young businessman, who is trying to fund his university tuition fees, was inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.

Lord Alan Sugar has personally endorsed his business acumen – and gurus Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden took to Twitter to show their support for the teenager after we told his story.

Meanwhile Tommie is considering a new business venture – involving T-shirts – and has attended a meeting ahead of a prospective job offer.

Simon Swan has offered him an internship at his Manchester-based recruitment firm Hiring-Hub, which connects job-hunters with recruitment agencies via the web.

Tommie said: “I have had a few other job offers since the story broke, including an offer to sell fragrances. I just love the world of business.”

Tommie, who plans to go to University with the money earned from his sweet empire, says he is now meeting his headmaster to deliver a business plan for a healthy tuck shop.
The young businessman, who is trying to fund his university tuition fees, was inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.

Lord Alan Sugar has personally endorsed his business acumen – and gurus Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden took to Twitter to show their support for the teenager after we told his story.

Meanwhile Tommie is considering a new business venture – involving T-shirts – and has attended a meeting ahead of a prospective job offer.

Simon Swan has offered him an internship at his Manchester-based recruitment firm Hiring-Hub, which connects job-hunters with recruitment agencies via the web.

Tommie said: “I have had a few other job offers since the story broke, including an offer to sell fragrances. I just love the world of business.”

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