50 years ago: New church building prompts fundraising

East-End--50-years-finalIn the April 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mrs. Hazel Frederick left the island on the March 31 for Jamaica to seek medical aid for her 2-month-old son. Also on the flight was Miss Goldstein Dixon who went to seek medical advice.

“Messrs. Clivin Whittaker, Arandel Pearson and Elbert Connor returned on March 31 to spend their vacation. Mr. Samuel Bodden returned on the 2nd to spend his vacation.

“There was a marked increase in the output of thatch rope over the weekend as the price went up from 10 shillings to 12 shillings per coil of 50 fathoms as from April 1.

“Mr. Oswald Rankine returned from Jamaica on March 31 after spending 2 weeks with friends.

“The United Church Sunday School will present their Easter concert at the East End Church on the 10th. All are invited to attend.”

In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“At a recent meeting of the Board of Managers of the United Church, plans were made for the commencement of work on the new church building.

“The date set for the ground-breaking ceremony is April 28, 4 p.m. Members of other churches and all well wishers are cordially invited to attend this function.

“The annual Thanksgiving Harvest service and sale will take place on April 14 at 4 p.m. Provisions, ice cream cakes etc. will be on sale.

“Every effort is being made to raise funds for the new church building which is so very badly needed. We are therefore soliciting the generous support of all our friends and well-wishers to ‘Be a brick and buy some bricks’ by way of a fine contribution.

“Anyone desiring to make a contribution should forward it to the writer who is the treasurer of the church.

“Arriving home on Sat. April 2 was Mr. Edward Chisholm to spend his vacation with family and friends. After leaving his ship 2 weeks ago, he went to New York to sit for his 2nd mate’s license. He was successful in the exam.”