UK environmentalist’s evening at Mission House

About 140 delegates from the UK overseas territories’ environmental forum enjoyed a special evening at the Bodden Town Mission House.

The group were visiting Cayman to discuss conservation in UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

The visit to the Mission House was a part of the group’s activities which included visits to Pedro St. James Castle, Botanic Park, North Sound mangroves and the Stingray City sandbar.

After a brief welcome by Roger Corbin, chairman of the Cayman Islands National Trust and host for the night, the UK group, along with Governor Stuart Jack, enjoyed the night’s festivities.

Also accompanying the UK group was former Governor of the Cayman Islands Bruce Dinwiddy and wife Emma.

A performance on the history and residents of the Mission House, with National Trust events co-ordinator Denise Bodden as narrator, was well-received by the group.

During the event guests dined on local cuisine such as coconut fish rundown, stew beef, pumpkin soup, fried plantain, mashed sweet potato, callaloo cassava heavy cake and local drink while being entertained by North Side Kitchen Band.

Later in the evening the group ventured out to the bat houses to watch bats fly out as National Trust secretary Lois Blumenthal gave a lecture on the history of Cayman’s bats.

After visiting with local volunteers Carmen Conolly, Jerilo Rankine and Stuart Mailer, who demonstrated traditional arts, the group participated in a tour of the Mission House and Gift Shop with National Trust members Arthurlyn Pedley and Aida D’ Angelo.