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The residents of North Manzanilla and environs are set to benefit from the opening of a new community centre at 185 North Manzanilla Road, Manzanilla on Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm.    Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts will deliver the feature address and unveil a plaque, bearing the name of the new facility.

It is the third community centre to be opened by the Minister, since she assumed her portfolio on September 11, 2015.   It is part of the Ministry’s ongoing Community Centres Construction and Refurbishment Programme.

History of North Manzanilla

North Manzanilla is a small, rural community near Manzanilla Beach on the North Eastern Coast of Trinidad, where the Matura Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.   The community is located in the county of St. Andrew/St. David, with a population of approximately 500 residents.

The main economic activity in this community is agriculture (cultivating cocoa, coffee, limes and lemons), along with fishing and crab-hunting.  There is also a thriving Rabbit Farm, which deals with the rearing of rabbits, providing employment for a few villagers.   Another lucrative business in the community is the North Manzanilla Plant Propagation Budding and Grafting Nursery, which generates additional income for some residents.  However, the number of persons involved in agriculture and fishing has declined in recent years.

Cricket, football and basketball have always been the preferred sports in this community, with one recreation ground and a basketball court available for residents.

In 2008, the Ministry of Community Development demolished the existing community centre and construction of a new centre was started and is now complete and ready to be formally opened for use by residents of the community.

The North Manzanilla Village Council was established in the late 1960’s and many residents relied on the council to advocate on their behalf, to solve existing problems of the community. Individuals such as: Victor Martin, Irene Brown, Hugh Noel and Ms. Providence are some of the stalwarts of the community, who impressed upon residents the need for the Village Council.

The work of this council continued, through the efforts of Clair Ross, who lobbied for the construction of this newly built community centre, which is expected to unite the community and set the stage for implementation of programmes and projects run by the Village Council and other Community-based organizations in North Manzanilla.

Members of the media are cordially invited to provide coverage.

 

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The North Manzanilla Community Centre