50 years ago: Sybil McLaughlin heads to UK for training

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Mr. Linford Pierson, internal auditor, Cayman Islands Government left for Jamaica on the 14th on 2 months vacation leave. While there he intends to use his time in studying accountancy, which examination is to take place in June. We wish for Mr. Pierson all success.

“Mr. Peter Milford, 2nd in command at the Royal Bank of Canada, also left by the same flight on a few days leave in Jamaica. Among the other departing passengers were Mrs. Daphne Gomez and her son for whom she is seeking medical aid, nurse Icey Smith of the government hospital, who is on leave, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Merren. Mrs. Merren is also seeking medical aid, as well as Mr. Lloyd Liberty.

“Mrs. D.V. McLaughlin, clerk of the Legislative Assembly left for London via Jamaica and New York and will be taking a three month course in the House of Commons, and two months vacation leave, returning by ship. Mrs. McLaughlin is also making history, as this is the first time such an opportunity has been offered a Caymanian. We wish for her a very happy and profitable time.

“Miss Frances Bodden returned to the island on Easter Monday after a 17-day visit to Jamaica, being the Woman’s Guild representative to the first Synod of the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman. While in Jamaica she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Clive Webster, where she spent a happy and restful time. On arrival she went to West Bay to attend the 21st Woman’s Guild Annual Conference and gave her report on the women’s work of the synod, the theme being ‘Go, Love, Serve,’ with more stress given on the practical side of the work in the Guild, which in time could be adopted here in Cayman.

“Miss Frances brought greetings from the Guildswomen and had the pleasure of renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. Many of the ministers and their wives sent greetings to their many friends in Cayman, among them being Rev. and Mrs. McTavish, Rev. and Mrs. G. Ricketts, Rev. Moon, Rev. and Mrs. Maxwell, Rev. Wind and many others.”