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Petrona Bodden Building serves Creek, Cayman Brac

The home of the late Petrona Bodden, a trained midwife, has been purchased by government and renovated to serve as a post office and sports office in Creek, Cayman Brac.  

Most postal facilities on the Brac were impacted by Hurricane Paloma in November 2008, but the Creek location was the most severely damaged and subsequently condemned.  

An opening ceremony in July included the unveiling of a plaque naming the new facility after Mrs. Bodden, who was known throughout the Island as Aunt Rona. She died in 1977. 

“This building, which has significant heritage value, was for sale, so government purchased the property and modified it to accommodate these multi-purpose uses,” said Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister for District Administration, Lands and Agriculture. Dixon Construction carried out the renovations, while Cayman Brac’s Public Works Department managed the contract. 

The Creek Post Office’s District Manager is Mrs. Karen Smith. Sports officer Harold Mitchum occupies the adjacent space, with the sports office providing services that range from meeting space to maintaining team uniforms. 

The Minister was accompanied at the opening ceremony by District Commissioner Ernie Scott, Acting Permanent Secretary Tristan Hydes, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary Jonathon Jackson and Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow. Tessa Valentine, granddaughter of Petrona Bodden, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Dixon Construction carried out the renovations, while Cayman Brac’s Public Works Department managed the contract. 

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The former Creek Post Office was condemned after Hurricane Paloma. – Photos: Ed Beaty

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The new post office facility at Creek is in the Petrona Bodden Building, along with the sports office.
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