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Young Tyson Nelson receives his Christmas gift from a Santa Claus character at the Paediatric Ward of
the San Fernando General Hospital on Tuesday. Looking on are his grandmother Merlyn Nelson and Super
Industrial Services (SIS) Communications Officer Jamie Aleong-Charles, left. SIS made several other
distributions at the ward and across the country as part of its annual toy drive to give children some cheer
for the festive season. PHOTO COURTESY SIS
Four weeks after he agreed to hold
his hand on the further demolition of
the Greyfriars Church of Scotland at
Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, owner
Alfred Galy says discussions are con-
tinuing with the Ministry of National
Diversity and Social Integration.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Galy confirmed he was "happy with the
way the talks are going."
Following a meeting with Minister
Rodger Samuel last Friday, Galy said dis-
cussions would resume as soon as the
holiday period was over. However, he
revealed that negotiations held thus far
"seemed to be heading in a positive
Following the purchase of the historical
property adjacent to Galy's business at
the corner of Prince and Frederick Streets,
Government, along with the non-gov-
ernmental group Citizens for Conser-
vation and the Council of the National
Trust, became concerned after it was
revealed Galy intended to demolish the
property to construct a modern business
in its place.
Citizens for Conservation had planned
to list the property as part of the Wood-
ford Square Historical District.
But on November 30, Galy ordered
workmen to begin demolishing the
church and church hall.
Following an intervention by Samuel
and other conservationists, Galy agreed
to halt demolition work and discuss the
matter with officials.
Contacted yesterday, Samuel said dur-
ing Friday's meeting, Galy shared some
of his designs for the property with him.
Asked to reveal the details arising out
of the meeting, both Samuel and Galy
declined as a "sign of good faith."
However, Samuel did say, "Yes, dis-
cussions are going very good," whilst
Galy said he was hoping for a resolution
The demolition work began around 5
am on November 30 and was only
stopped after Samuel's adviser, Dr Nurah-
Rosalie Cordner, jumped atop an exca-
vator which was tearing down the church
hall and the northern wall.
A day after Galy agreed to halt dem-
olition work, a structural engineer visited
the site and determined the integrity of
the remaining structure was "sound."
Discussions between Samuel and Galy
were then convened, with Planning and
Sustainable Development Minister Dr
Bhoe Tewarie also participating. Tewarie
was instrumental in taking a proposal
to Cabinet with a view to salvaging the
Efforts to contact Tewarie yesterday
were unsuccessful as calls to his cellphone
Decision on Greyfriars' fate early next year
The first minister of Greyfriars
Secession Church, Glasgow, the Rev
Alexander Kennedy, arrived in
Trinidad on January 25, 1836, to begin
a mission to the newly emancipated
At this time, apart from the
Catholic church (Immaculate
Conception), the town of Port-of-
Spain had a single Church of England
(Trinity) and a Wesleyan chapel (now
Hanover Methodist Church).
From the outset, the Wesleyans
were very helpful and allowed their
church to be used by Kennedy until
he was able to rent a building,
formerly used as a theatre. This, the
first place of worship, opened for
service on September 25, 1836.
This building, soon discarded, was
in Cambridge Street (formerly the
section of present day St Vincent
Street from Park Street to Oxford
The first moves to build a church in
Port-of-Spain were in 1837.
The governor offered land, and
perhaps would also have given funds
for a church, as he had done for the
He was surprised to learn that the
new "Greyfriars" congregation would
not accept this and insisted on
purchasing the land and paying for its
construction on their own.
The building commenced on April
10, 1837, with the first service being
held on January 10, 1838.
It then opened under the historical
name of Greyfriars on January 25,
One Glock pistol, along with ten
rounds of ammunition, was seized
by police during an exercise in
Diego Martin yesterday.
According to a police report, at
about 1.30 pm a party of police from
the West End Division Task Force,
including Ag Cpl Linton, PCs
Duntin, Moseley, Hollingsworth,
Sheppard and WPC Bruce, went to
a house at La Puerta Avenue after
receiving information. They carried
out a search and found the gun and
ammo, but no one was arrested.
Cops seize gun in Diego
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