50 years ago: Spelling bee creates a buzz

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the June 22, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“An inter-schools spelling bee competition will be held at the West End School on Friday, June 24, the three primary schools competing. The competition is arranged to give practice to those students who will compete in Grand Cayman for the Cayman Islands championship. Five prizes are being awarded.

“Due to the visit of Mr. H.M. McCoy, director of establishments, welfare and community development, this week, the date of the men’s meeting is changed from the 22nd to the 25th at 7:30 p.m. All men are asked to be in attendance. This is a very special meeting when a number of the island’s men will give brief addresses. The elected committee are: E.K. (Dickie) Hurlstone, President, A. Selbourne Lazzari, Vice President, Ronald Wright, Treasurer and Ernest Foster, Secretary.

“Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Ebanks, of the Point, became the happy parents of a son on Friday 17, at Nurse Petrona’s home.

“Lighting struck a coconut tree on the bay side of Mrs. Harry Hill’s house on Sunday evening the 12th at about 7 p.m., searing the trunk and setting a quick blaze when the leaves caught fire. There were heavy flashes of lightning that evening.

“On Thursday evening last, the acting head teacher of the West End Primary School, Mr. R.M. Walters, the staff and officers of the P.T.A. met together. Among matters discussed were an open day and prize giving for the school towards the end of term. It was resolved to renew efforts to improve the function of the association. Mr. Walters reported on discipline and the children’s attitudes to work and study and the officers expressed satisfaction and their willingness to cooperate fully for the betterment of the school and the community.”