50 years ago: Walton-Hines wedding, education visit recap

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“In a quiet wedding on Friday the 18th, attended by family, George Rayal Walton and Havilah Elizabeth Hines (nee Jackson) became man and wife. The bride wore a peach rose dress with white accessories and carried an orchid posy. She was given in marriage by Mr. Beresford Jackson, her cousin and brother-in-law. Groomsman was Ernest Foster and Anna Dilbert, pretty in blue, was bridesmaid. Mr. Taylor Foster J.P., an old friend of both parties, performed the ceremony and gave a lovely blessing. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Gertrude Jackson of the Creek.

“Visit of the acting Director of Education: Using the similes of ‘icing to a cake’ and ‘mother in the home’ to describe the influence in friendship that a P.T.A. can be to its school, Mrs. Connolly urged the study and discussion of new methods and terms in education and, in particular, of the Secondary Modern School system. She explained age groups in the schools and transition from primary to the secondary stages (11 plus) in the Secondary Grammar and/or Comprehensive School.

“Correction: One little error in our report of Mrs. Connolly’s visit has been pointed out and that is that our Volunteer Teachers are not supplied as a service from the University. We all know, of course, that they come to us from Britain and Canada as aid to developing countries. Many are, of course, University graduates and this is no doubt the source of the confusion in our correspondent’s report.

“At the airport on Thursday, Mr. Ledley Scott of the West End collapsed as he left the terminal, suitcase in hand, to take a car. No one of his family were there to meet him, they not knowing that he was coming on that flight. Mr. Leonardi Carter and friends took him in to the clinic at Stake Bay where Dr. Collins attended him and sent him home. He is reported improving. Mr. Scott … reported that the ship Insco Gem had called at Grand Cayman to land him as he had pleurisy.”

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