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CONTENTS

FEATURES

IN EVERY ISSUE 14 Editor’s Note 16 Bits & Pieces 18 Event Calendar 78 Island Map 80 Advertisers’ Directory 82 Hotels & Restaurants

The Next Generation Young Anguillian men making strides in career, community and leadership..

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42 Cover Feature The Next Generation 58 Architecture Blue Redo

Hail To The Chief Chief Minister, Hon. Victor F. Banks Fresh off his victory in the recent general elections, Hon. Victor F. Banks is focusing on reconciliation and working on economic growth and development in order to create a “kinder, gentler Anguilla.”

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DEPARTMENTS 20 Community Chest Jaiden’s Drum Lessons Boy's Brigade 24 Culture Shock Taking To The Skies Pion-Air

66 Nature’s Design The Heart of It All 70 Island Explorer A Full Moon 74 Wine & Dine Chef Darren Connor The Anguilla National Culinary Team

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28 Interview Davon Carty 30 Interview Lyle Connor 32 Special Feature Anguilla Day 2015: Badge of Honour Awardees

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ON THE COVER 11 THE MEN’S ISSUE

The Next Generation Top Row, left to right: Kenroy Herbert; Kyle Hodge; Jason Brooks; Ivan Melfield Connor; Crispin Brooks; Kerith Kentish Seated, left to right: Rudy Webster; Omari Banks; Vanburn Brooks; Andre Samuel

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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ssue 10 might have been our best received to date, so we simply had to follow up with the male counterpart. Biases notwithstanding, I’ve long felt that much of the growing paints that society is experiencing withour young men has a lot do with them not getting enough attention. Women’s empowerment is vital, and a cause that still has to be fought for. I get the impression though, that the issues of men have become collateral damage to that struggle. The needs of young men have been largely neglected, with nowhere near the same level of support - emotionally, economically, or academically as provided today to our young women. Society’s naturally protective of the fairer sex, but what of the fates of our boys and young men? For the sake of symbiosis, we need them empowered as well. My son's recent birth makes this very personal. I’ve been entrusted with raising a positive, well-rounded and responsible young man for society’s sake. It’s an awesome responsibility that simply cannot be underestimated. This issue celebrates Anguilla’s men – the fathers, brothers, entrepreneurs, caretakers and community activists helping to build this country. We also continue to profile the personalities, places and things that continue to make Anguilla the place it is. We’ve chosen to highlight 10 young men who, in their own way, are making a difference. As fiercely ambitious as their forebears, but within the context of a much more connected world, they’ve added tech savvy, global awareness and specific knowledge to an unrelenting desire to see Anguilla excel in every respect. Theirs are stories of selfdiscovery, exploration, struggle, triumph and excellence. We hope they inspire, affirm, or otherwise impact others. Let’s hear it for the men. Orrett H. Wynter Editor

CONTRIBUTORS SHELLECIA BROOKSJOHNSON is passionately

Anguillian and wholeheartedly optimistic. Shellecia loves working with young people, dancing under the stars with her hubby, teaching professional development courses, reading, traveling, and blogging.

Born and raised in beautiful Anguilla, ANDY W. CONNOR is best known as the owner of Andy’s Car Rentals (www. andyrentals.com), but he is also a licensed seaman, and author of the monthly tourist publication, Let’s Talk About Anguilla.

MONTAGUE KOBBÉ is a German citizen with a Shakespearean name, born in Caracas, in a country that no longer exists, in a millennium that is long gone. His debut novel (The Night of the Rambler, Akashic 2013) earned the first runner-up mention at the Premio Casa de las Américas 2014, and his first collection of flash fiction (Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges / Historias de camas y aeropuertos, DogHorn 2014) features 50 bilingual short stories. He has kept a literary column in Sint Maarten’s The Daily Herald since 2008, writes about vintage football for the Spanish online magazine fronterad.com and regularly posts castles of English smoke and Spanish mirrors on his blog, MEMO FROM LA-LA LAND. RONYA FOY CONNOR, PhD serves as the Gender Development Coordinator for the Government of Anguilla. She's an international social worker, community advocate and cultural traveller. Dr. Foy Connor is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington, DC and Zanzibar, Tanzania before Anguilla her home. She organizes individual and group excursions as a travel agent director and has personally covered the globe by visiting countries on every continent except for Antarctica—Brazil, Japan and Ghana are among her favorites.

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DESIGN ANGUILLA ISSUE 11 May 2015 EDITOR Orrett Wynter ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ellen Fishbein PHOTOGRAPHY Rene Guinto Josveek Huligar Nashaine Johnson Severin J. Pradel Orrett H. Wynter Cover shoot credits “The Next Generation”: Orrett H. Wynter Contact P.O. Box 5050, The Valley Anguilla, BWI e-mail: info@designanguilla.com web: http://designanguilla.com phone: (264) 584 8886 / 9503 http://facebook.com/designanguilla http://twitter.com/designanguilla Advertising Inquiries sales@designanguilla.com http://designanguilla.com/advertise Subscriptions subscriptions@designanguilla.com http://designanguilla.com/subscribe Read Online http://designanguilla.com/digital Other Photo Credits Anguilla Fashion Expo; Moonsplash, pg. 16: Josveek Huligar Hon. Victor F. Banks, pg. 16: Severin J. Pradel Festival Del Mar; Runway Anguilla, pg. 18: Josveek Huligar Jaiden Fleming drum lessons, pg. 20: Orrett H. Wynter Boys’ Brigade marching band, pg. 22: Claudius Gumbs Boys’ Brigade drill, pg. 22: Orrett H. Wynter Wallblake Airport, pg. 24: courtesy Anguilla Library Service Clayton J. Lloyd, pg. 26: courtesy Lena Lloyd GB Ferries, pg. 28: courtesy GB Ferries Davon Carty portrait, pg. 30: Josveek Huligar Davon Carty photos, pgs. 30-31: courtesy Davon Carty Anguilla National Culinary Team, pg. 76: courtesy Gilda Gumbs Samuel (AHTA) Acknowledgements We would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this issue possible, which include, but is certainly not limited to the following people: Derrys Richardson, Jaiden Fleming, Perin Bradley, Davon Carty, Dr. Ronya Foy-Connor, Lena Lloyd, Maurice Connor, Anguilla Library Service, Colville Petty, Allan Gumbs, Lyle Connor, Cara Connor, Ivan Melfield Connor, Crispin Brooks, Vanburn Brookes, Jason Brooks, Kenroy Herbert, Rudy Webster, Omari Banks, Andre Samuel, Kerith Kentish, Clement Ruan, Shellya Rogers, Hon. Victor F. Banks, Hon. Hubert B. Hughes, Severine Pradel, Paul Alegria, Elise Alegria, Eileen Mitchell, John Barker, Val Barker, Darren Connor, Julian Hodge, Gilda Gumbs Samuel. If we forgot anyone, we love you just the same. Thanks. Calendar of events supplied by The Anguilla Tourist Board. Contact them for more information on upcoming events. http://ivisitanguilla.com Design Anguilla Magazine is published four times a year by DO Media Ltd., and is distributed at hotels, villas, restaurants and ports of entry in Anguilla. This publication has been compiled and reproduced with the utmost care to ensure that the information is up to date and accurate. However, the information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The publisher accepts no responsibility for such typographical or other errors. No part of Design Anguilla Magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent. The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of Design Anguilla Magazine.


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BITS AND PIECES

“BEAUTIFUL” RELEASE Gershwin Lake & Parables recently launched a new project to address the issue of behaviour and dress of young women on social media. The project started as a song and music video, but has grown to involve other artistes and concerned persons in the community. Facebook: GershwinLakeParables

ANGUILLA ELECTIONS Anguilla General Elections held on April 22 saw the main opposition AUF win 6 out of 7 seats with the final seat going to Palmavon

ANGUILLA FASHION EXPO 2015

Webster. Hon. Victor F. Banks was

Building on a creditable debut in 2014, the Second Annual Anguilla

sworn in as Chief Minister on

Fashion Expo returned with a much bigger event and again featured

April 23. Outgoing Chief Minister

locak and regional designers, along with an all-Anguilla team of models.

Hon. Hubert B. Hughes chose

The weekend included a runway show at Paradise Cover Resort, a

not to run and instead retired

beach party and bazaar on Rendezvous Bay and culminated in a beach

after a remarkable 39 years as a

fashion show at The Dune Preserve.

parliamentarian.

GARDEN AND FLOWER SHOW The Anguilla Beautification Club (ABC) hosted its annual Garden and Flower Show on the weekend of February 28th on the grounds of the St Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church. Floral displays in various

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competition categories were complemented

MOONSPLASH 25TH ANNIVERSARY

by art by students of the Albena Lake Hodge

A star-studded line-up headlined by Reggae superstars Freddie McGregor, Third World and

Comprehensive School, vegetables from

Jah Cure were on hand to help Bankie Banx celebrate a quarter of a century of hosting his

CuisinArt's hydroponic farm as well as other

MoonSplash music festival. The shows which ran from Mar 27th—Mar 29th saw the headliners

craft from members of the community.

rolling back the years with vintage performances in front of a large & appreciative crowd.

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BITS AND PIECES

COMING UP

MAY 21—24 | 4th Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: “A Literary Jollification” Celebrate the literary heritage of Anguilla and find yourself inspired by three days of informative workshops, stimulating seminars and exciting literary presentations by leading authors from America, Canada, the Caribbean and host nation Anguilla. MAY 23 | The Underground Spoken Word Finale Young independent Anguillian poets performing with regional and international spoken word Artistes. A satellite event of Lit Fest 2015. Venue to be announced. MAY 25 | Whit Monday Welches Fest (5:30am—8:00pm) Welches Fest takes place on the ball field in Welches Village. Starting around 5:30 am you can have an old fashioned breakfast of “flour pap” (a type of porridge). All things at this fest are of yesteryear, including food, drinks, toys, games and music. MAY 30 | Valley Street Festival (10:00am—6:00pm) Dominoes, face-painting, live music, games and a cycling competition. Food and arts and crafts on sale.

FESTIVAL DEL MAR 2015 An eagerly-anticipated fixture on the island’s event calendar, Festival Del

MAY 30 | Anguilla Day Celebrations The most significant holiday on the Anguillian calendar of events, and culmination of the month-long celebrations to commemorate Anguilla Day and the round-the-island boatrace.

Mar 2015 drew large crowds to the fishing village of Island Harbour who were treated to swimming, boat racing, live music, as well as a plethora of choice dishes of seafood.

JUNE 7 | West End Pioneers of Boatrace Challenge. Boat race between the three class A boat from West End with defending champion NWO, 2 time winner Light & Peace and De Wizard. Race starts from Meads Bay JUNE 14 - 15 | Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla Open Golf Tournament A Village Ting A cultural Festival held at one of our heritage sites “the ole East End School” Celebrating games and food of yesteryear

RUNWAY ANGUILLA FASHION SHOW RETURNS

JULY 3 | OECS Cycling Championships Race held annually in OECS Region among participating countries.

After a short hiatus, the popular Runway Anguilla charity event returned, this time at the Coba Restaurant at Viceroy Anguilla. Featuring local designers and boutiques, and presenting for a sell-out crowd of nearly 200, the event raised funds to assist the elderly and citizens with disabilities with medical related support, as well as to provide school supplies for children in need.

ERROR: WEST INDIES CAFE In our Issue 10 article “Adieu... et Bonjour”, we erroneously reported that the West Indies Cafe was owned by Suzan Baronnier. Both the Little Curry House and West Indies Café and French bakery are owned by Suzanne Wigley. Suzan Baronnier operates the West Indies Cafe as its supervisor. We apologize for any misunderstanding this error might have caused.

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JULY 5 | John T. Memorial Cycling Race Annual Race held over a two day period with participation from regional and international cyclists. JULY 19 | 11th Annual Miss “Tiny Tott” Pageant Part of the Pre Summer Festival events. This pageant takes place at LBCC for girls ranging from 5—8 years old. JULY 30—AUG 9 | Anguilla Summer Festival Forty six years of carnival activities by night, and traditional Boatracing by day, pageantry,music and street dancing. (various starting times at LBCC, and Anguilla’s spectacular beaches).


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YOUNG DRUMMER JAIDEN FLEMING SEEKS TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE. by Orrett H. Wynter

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kay, with me now… tap, tap, tap-tap-tap…tap,” Jaiden Fleming sounds out the count for the students in his drum class, and they respond with a few off-beat rattat-tats, not quite sure how to replicate. The drummer from British Dependency as well as Parables has been sharing his love of drums for the past 9 months. Only 21, Jaiden has already been playing for 18 years. At 17, he was invited to audition for British Dependency. “I then realized how good these musicians were, so I literally started practicing 8 hours a day,” says Jaiden. Along the way, he received mentorship and coaching from talented musicians such as acclaimed jazz drummer Michael Carvin. Last year, British Dependency joined the Wailers (of Bob Marley fame) for their first U.S. tour, a multi-city adventure on the East and West coasts. Their success kindled interest in more than a few people. Jaiden’s classes, which cost $50 USD per month for 4 once-a-week sessions, have grown to 10 students, ages 3 to over 30, male and female. Students learn one on one until they’re proficient enough to move into group sessions. Jaiden uses a

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fun, relaxed atmosphere, where many students start playing drums before learning the theory side of things. “Everyone learns differently,” he explains. “I figure out if they learn by watching or by me telling them what to do.” This summer, Jaiden will run a workshop with visiting regional drummers. “Most of the kids will be on holiday and have little to do,” he says. “It’s a way to get them involved in something positive and keep them out of trouble.” Eventually, he envisions his classes transforming into a school, not just for drumming, but also for other performing arts. For now, though, he’s enjoying his small class and the progress they’re making. “It’s fun to see when they actually get it and how proud they are of themselves,” he says. “Eventually, they’ll get thrown out of the nest,” he laughs, “so I try to pass on all that I know, whether it’s music or just life.” The young drummer now has a newfound appreciation for teaching, though he’d have balked at the thought a few years ago. “I didn’t see it coming, but I realized I have a duty to pass on what I know.”

bout 30 years ago, at a time when women were seldom treated as equals, Gender Affairs in Anguilla opened with the Women’s Desk. Fast forward to 2015: although women and girls must still fight gendered obstacles, men and boys also face unique problems. We are surrounded by a media culture of violence, casual sex and ruthless power. Alarming numbers of black males are in the criminal justice system. Communities feel a lack of leadership and positive role modeling. In Anguilla, we care deeply about our fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and friends. Every June, around Father’s Day, the Gender Affairs Unit recognizes and supports exceptional men. During Men’s Week 2014, fifteen men—pioneers in sports and fitness, medicine, publishing and design, entertainment, government, community building, the arts, and faith leadership—spoke bluntly about their challenges and successes in order to encourage young people. This year, between June 21 and June 27, we launch a new initiative of community talks—gathering boys and men to go from neighborhood to neighborhood and build each other’s resolve, one person at a time. We know that men share a spirit of competition, but there is also love—men want to see broken relationships mended and communities coming together. Equipped with the right tools, they lead, build, create, and bring others into a bright future. As you look at the young men throughout this issue, I hope you are inspired by the innovation and commitment that is right here, living and breathing among us.


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THE BOYS’ BRIGADES OF ANGUILLA ARE MAKING A COMEBACK AFTER A BRIEF PERIOD OF INACTIVITY.

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fter being dormant for a few years, the Boys’ Brigade of Anguilla have recently been making a comeback. As one of the oldest and most respected of the uniformed youth organizations, the Boys’ Brigade was founded in 1883 by William Alexander Scott in Glasgow, Scotland. With its roots in the church, the BB was developed on the twin tenets of religion and discipline, to help boys in their educational, physical, social and spiritual development. Open to boys from 5 years of age, the organization allows them the opportunity to complete tasks and earn badges in a range of disciplines such as community service or drumming. The local Boys’ Brigade band has, for years along with other uniformed groups, Second Company of taken part in official Anguilla Boys' Brigade doing drills at Ebeneezer Methodist Church ceremonies such as the Anguilla Day parade. During summer holidays, it is common for each company to organize a camp for its members. Among other customs borrowed from the military, the Boys’ Brigade has ranks starting at Private, all the way up to Captain. Claudius Gumbs, who started as a boy, is the highest ranked active member of the local organization as a lieutenant, one rank shy of captain. He’s also in charge of the First Company of Anguilla Boys’ Brigade at Bethel Methodist. He pointed out that the boys currently have no uniforms, nor are there many active officers (adult members). He’s eager to return the group to its former glory. “There’s a lot of work to be done to get back to that level, but it will happen,” he says. With current numbers at around 50 boys and growing, between two companies—the other is at the Ebeneezer Methodist Church— he has good reason to be optimistic.


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taking to the skies ANGUILLA'S AVIATION HISTORY HARKS BACK TO THE MID1960S, TO DAYS OF INTREPID ADVENTURERS AND MAKESHIFT AIRFIELDS. HERE'S A BRIEF LOOK INTO ITS ORIGINS AND THE WAY IT'S EVOLVED SINCE. by Montague Kobbe

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TOP Modern Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport as it exists today. INSET Wallblake Airport circa 1962.

nguilla's airport is—obviously—its gateway to the world, Uncle Jerry to create Anguilla Airways, the island's first commercial but it is also a book of sorts that tells a story even before airline, which they meant to develop into a major enterprise comyou arrive at the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, prising commercial, cargo, maintenance and instructional activities. with a history-laden location and a name that pays tribute to That was in 1965, two years before the revolution. Anguilla’s aviation pioneer. Its narrative guides you—physically— Clayton played his part in that, too, flying the first batch of disthrough certain leads that point towards the highlights (as well as armed policemen back to St Kitts on May 30th, 1967. By then, the incongruence) of this tale: a plaque on the eastern side of the however, his Piper Aztec carried the name of Valley Air Services airport commemorates the date—1988—when Wallblake Airport (VAS). He had spun off from Anguilla Airways to partner with his (before it was dedicated to Mr Lloyd) was upgraded. Another plaque childhood friend, Michael Hughes—Anguilla’s second pilot—and an on the western end serves the same purpose, this time celebrating the American named John McClees, to found the new airline. During extension of the runway in 2005. the years of conflict with St Kitts, when LIAT and WinAir stopped And then there is the row of check-in counters at the west end, flying to Anguilla, the value of the service provided by these airlines, which provides a detailed account of the history of aviation in as well as by St Thomas Air Taxi, another private enterprise funded Anguilla. It starts with LIAT—and rightly so, since in the begin- by Paul and Vera Randall, was incalculable. ning, long before the breakup with While Anguilla Airways' ambitious St. Kitts, LIAT alone serviced the island plans stalled, VAS added a second Piper THE HISTORY OF AVIATION IN with its distinctive four-engined de in '67 and two Beech Twin Bonanzas ANGUILLA IS A STORY OF A Haviland Heron and later its smaller in '69, poaching Maurice Connor from PEOPLE’S EFFORTS TO SUCCEED Anguilla Airways and hiring another Britten Norman Islander. Next come a series of local airlines that populate Anguillian pilot, Derek Thompson. At IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. the check-in counters all the way to the same time, Kenneth Fleming purthe end of the building—Lloyd's Aviation, Carl Thomas's Anguilla chased his own plane and started Fleming Air Transport. The fever Air Services, Lincoln Gumbs's Trans Anguilla Airways, and the late had taken hold. Over the next ten years, all three original Anguillian Kirby Hodge's Rainbow International Airlines. airlines would fold, but others followed on their heels. All these names and people conspire to fling us back in time. No The history of aviation in Anguilla is, of course, also a story of Anguillian soared the skies before Clayton Jeremy Lloyd, a man infinite sadness—from the fateful day when VAS's Beech Twin who as a child was mesmerised with the sound of the DC-3 that reg- Bonanza, piloted by Clayton Lloyd, caught fire in Juliana Airport ularly flew in from Puerto Rico to load up with Anguillian lobster. on Christmas Eve 1977 to the dark early morning in 2012, when Encouraged by his uncle Jeremiah Gumbs, Clayton trained as a pilot Captain Kirby Hodge's Piper Aztec crashed into the sea during his continued on page 26 in New Jersey. He obtained a commercial license and partnered with

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CULTURE SHOCK continued from page 24 regular paper run from St Croix to St Thomas. From the tragic day in October 1982 when Carib Air's Piper Navajo got caught in adverse weather conditions on its way to St Thomas to the stormy summer's day in 1998 when Air Anguilla's Cessna 402 encountered difficulties as it approached Melville Hall airport in Dominica. But at the same time, the history of aviation in Anguilla is a story of progress, of a people's efforts to meet challenges and succeed in the face of adversity. It is the story of a small dust strip built in the early 1940s, in the midst of a global war, and of its stages of development, from the time when only a small section of its west end was paved through the many years when it welcomed visitors without a control tower, which was not built until 1990. That progress is palpable today, even in the planes parked next to the runway, from Rainbow International Airways' King Air to the myriad jets serviced by David Lloyd's fixed-base operator business. Yet, the road travelled has not been erased by the achievements of such progress in Anguilla—not at the airport, not anywhere else. At Clayton J Lloyd International, the Britten Norman Islanders operated by Anguilla Air Services or Trans Anguilla Airways (notice the echo of past airlines in these names!) are in constant dialogue with the Learjets or the Gulfstreams from the north. They evoke the days when LIAT flew STOLs into the island, and they interact with the past through connections less subtle than they might seem: Tyden Air, as Carib Air came to be known after 1984, is still present at Wallblake airport in the figure of former pilots such as David Lloyd and Carl Thomas; and Kirby Hodge, whose face illumes Rainbow's counter, is somehow in constant conversation with Clayton Lloyd, after whom the airport has been renamed. In that tradition, every time any one of us profits from the facilities at Wallblake, we also contribute a part to the remarkable story of flight on this island.

TOP Clayton J. Lloyd gives a thumbs up from the cockpit of one of his Valley Air Services aircraft ABOVE Local airlines, such as Anguilla Air Services, and Trans Anguilla Airways continue the rich legacy of Anguilla aviation.

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ack in the 1950s, when things Anguillian were few and controlled from afar, one man had a dream: he didn't want to be a fire fighter, he didn't want to be a policeman, he didn't even want to be an astronaut—but he did want to rule the skies. That man, Clayton Jeremy Lloyd, was still a teenager when he was struck by the romance—but also by the practical connotations for a small, isolated island in the northeast Caribbean—of air travel. Two people played key roles in the pursuit of this ambition. The first of them was Jeremiah Gumbs, Clayton's uncle, who encouraged him to follow his dream and boarded him at his home in New Jersey, where in 1961 he became Anguilla's first licensed pilot. The second one is Peter McClees, an American friend of Clayton's who helped him purchase his first plane, a Piper Apache with which he ran a charter service between Anguilla, St Martin and St Thomas until an engine failure in July 1965 signalled the end of that adventure. Like most ends, though, this was also the beginning of something new, namely the first commercial airline based in Anguilla, which Jeremiah Gumbs set up together with Clayton Lloyd and a Piper Aztec. But Uncle Jerry and Captain Lloyd had different ideas about where Anguilla Airways should go, and when Peter McClees again offered to finance the young man's dream he spun off and created Valley Air Services (VAS), Anguilla's second airline. VAS grew steadily, adding to the original Piper Aztec a Piper Navajo, a Beech Twin Bonanza, a Cessna, an Islander and a Queen Air. At the same time Clayton's reputation not only as a safe pilot but also as a committed member of Anguilla's burgeoning business community was firmly cemented. But fate has its own strange ways of playing up, and suddenly, while VAS and Clayton Lloyd's joint star was still patently rising, everything turned on its head in a single flight. It was a standard commute between Juliana airport and Anguilla, an eight minute journey he wasn't even supposed to operate but which circumstance had him fly on Christmas Eve 1977. During take off the engines caught fire, causing the accident in which he and his six passengers lost their lives. Captain Lloyd was but 35 years of age, and yet his brief but bright existence had left a very distinctive mark on the development of his own country—a mark that to this day is acknowledged and celebrated in the name of Anguilla's international airport.


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Originally, I wanted to be a pilot, and I used to fly with a friend of mine pulling cargo from St. Martin. I even started studying to get a private pilot’s license, but the thought of flying gave my mom nightmares. Also, the need arose when my father, who had a ferry going to the French side, needed my help. But, I’d always had a passion for the sea. I was always on the sea when school was out. But I started taking it serious where I started to pursue being qualified in the field. I then applied for and got my captain license. I’ve been trained in sea survival training, first aid, firefighting, and I'm also a qualified ship security officer and company security officer. I got involved in the charter service and running smaller boats, after leaving my father’s boat. I saw that it was possible to do things a bit different, that was focused on comfort and giving people the value for their money.

“IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF SOMEONE HAVING A GOOD EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY VISIT.”—Lyle Connor

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I want to get to a point where we can provide a steady service without hiccups. I want to perfect travel from the airport. I want to get at least 2 more vessels to be able to do better time management between trips. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON THE SEA?

[Laughs] My life is centered around the sea. You can bet that if I’m not on the boat, I’m doing something for the boat, usually service or maintenance. I do all my servicing for myself when time permits it. In the summer, we’ll take the boats out of the water for a month or so and that’s when we’ll do major repairs. After 6 to 8 months stuff happens, there’s always wear and tear. SO, IS GB AIRWAYS GOING TO HAPPEN?

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Davon Carty feels music and culture ar ethe most effective tools for marketing Anguilla; On drums with Concepts Trio, the forerunner to the current British Dependency band; British Dependency band with part of its management team, Davon and Victor Lewis (center); Touring with British Dependency and marketing Anguilla to fans in the US.

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Creative and cultural industries, in my opinion. We’ve got a tiny island with 13,000 people and not a lot of options when it comes to revenue, but it can put us on the map, take us out into the world, and market Anguilla’s real business—tourism. I’m looking at it as a marketing device.

than any other band in Anguilla, because it's unique. It takes a little bit of work to understand the power of uniqueness, but you realize there’s a lot more value in it. I think Anguilla is figuring this out and succeeding at things that other nations in the Caribbean are not. When we went on tour last year, there was no one else out there except Jamaica. Culturally, we are raised to shut up—but the world wants to hear our story. The reality is that nobody is impressed by our economics, our religion, or our system of education, but they are all fascinated by our music and our dance, and that is what we are known for. President Obama went to Jamaica, and the first thing he did was to go to the Bob Marley Museum. That’s powerful. Bob [Marley] is still our most powerful ambassador, even with our beaches and political icons such as Castro, and that’s incredible. Our art: fashion, dance, writing, music… it is all critical.

SO, WHAT CAN MUSIC DO FOR ANGUILLA?

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Music has a reach that most other marketing tools simply don’t have. I've seen British Dependency impact people in places where it's hard to get to them via literature, television, or radio, because that takes substantial money. There is a physical contact with your audience that can’t come off a page or television screen. Music has done a lot. When tourists come to Anguilla, they come for the sun, sand and the sea, and they get that. But then, there’s something that happens when they’re having dinner, and there’s a live band. Musicians interact with our visitors on a level that other people in the community don’t. A string band in Anguilla has a better chance of going on tour

It’s a magical space. It started with a drum set for my son, and then me learning to play drums, and then me going out to play drums, then me connecting with people with like interests. Even at that point in time, the drummers in Anguilla were soca and reggae drummers, but then I got into jazz and funk and songwriting. After a break, I got back into it with the arrival of the Anguilla Jazz Festival and Sunday afternoon jazz at Johnno’s. I hooked up with Jaine Rogers and started to write for her album. That led to me figuring out the music industry—and the birth of Anguilla Music Production and Publishing. Then, after Jaine Rogers came

DAVON CARTY TALKS ABOUT MUSIC'S IMPORTANCE TO ANGUILLA‘S DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING. as told to Orrett H. Wynter WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS?

At the end of the day, my main interest is Anguilla. I don’t care who’s in office—they still have to struggle with the reality of a single-tiered economy. Anguilla needs to have options. HOW DO WE GET OPTIONS?

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British Dependency, which was Concepts Trio at first, with myself, Ruel Richardson (guitar), and Curtis Robinson (bass). I’ve learned in life that if you start doing something, people will find you. Then if you start to do something different, more people will find you, because that difference is a calling card for specific people with like interests. A lot of prominent faces have passed through the “living room”: Kat Coore, for sure. Every member of British Dependency, Chrisette Michele and her entire band, Michael Carvin. It starts to sound like name-dropping, but eventually, you’re not a fan anymore. They become peers. I'm fascinated by what it has produced—not just the music, but I’ve seen lives change. It's inspiration, growth, knowledge and connectivity. You’re not going to find a lot of places like this in the Caribbean.

“THE WORLD WANTS TO HEAR OUR STORY... THEY ARE ALL FASCINATED BY OUR MUSIC AND DANCE... THAT IS WHAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR.”—Davon Carty But, I think I’m transitioning. I've completely sapped this space of its energy. The only thing that can happen here now is what has always happened. There's something outside of this space that is happening—something is out there for me. I'm not talking about wealth. I'm talking about changing of this skin and this shell. WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AND THE BAND?

We’re headed to New York, but we’re not just turning up to play a show. We’re trying to launch a platform that we've invested in. We can play the music, we can make the records, but Caribbean people need to have a platform. Where’s the next Deanna Mussington going to launch from? YouTube? We don’t own YouTube… we don’t own Facebook, we don’t own Twitter, and that is our problem. So, you could say my interest in music is in the fact that even though the talent is there in abundance, it often doesn’t have a place to go. There’s a whole Caribbean global community out there. When you go to anywhere in the world, there are Caribbean people, and we need to reach them.

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MR. HENDERSON SMITH Revolution M R . H E N D E R S O N S M I T H was among the brave and committed activists of the Anguilla revolution. He was a fearless youngster who was best known for travelling to St. Kitts on June 9th, 1967, aboard the Rambler in an attempt to overthrow its government and replace it with one sympathetic to Anguilla’s cause. He was one of a party of 15 Anguillians who made that trip and, in so doing, placed his very young life on the line for his country. It is because of his role in the above event, that Henderson’s photograph, along with those of several freedom fighters appears in the book Anguilla’s Battle for Freedom 1967—1969.

MR. SYNRIC (FOGLE) WEBSTER Revolution

M R . S Y N R I C ( F O G L E ) W E B S T E R was born on May 14th 1954 in the village in Island Harbour. Mr. Webster performed one of the most significant early acts of civil disobedience of the Anguilla Revolution. He was given instructions to cut the electrical wire from a generator providing lights for the Statehood Queen Show at the Community Centre on the night of February 4th, 1967. Mr. Webster chopped the wire, plunging the building in darkness. Stones were thrown by Synric and others on the roof of the building and the police responded with tear gas. This act signaled the historic launch of the Anguilla Revolution. Mr. Webster, a proud father and grandfather has since developed a successful heavy equipment business.

HON. HUBERT B. HUGHES Social Development (Politics) H O N . H U B E R T B E N J A M I N H U G H E S has been the longest serving parliamentarian in Anguilla. He is the former political leader of the Anguilla United Movement (AUM) which he founded in 1979. Mr. Hughes first won his seat as an independent candidate in 1976. He served as Political Advisor to the Emile Gumbs government 1977—1978 and Minister of Tourism, Lands and Natural Resources, Health and Education 1980—1981. He resigned his seat in 1981. He served as Minister of Finance and Lands in the Emile Gumbs Government during the period 1984—1985. He was dismissed in 1985 and remained in opposition until 1994. When the Constitution was revised in 1990 he became the first Leader of the Opposition. He was elected Chief Minister of Anguilla in 1994—1999; 1999 until 2000 and again from 2010 2015. Mr. Hughes retired from active politics in April of 2015.

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MRS. VIOLET HARRIGAN Revolution M R S . V I O L E T H A R R I G A N was born on October 23rd 1941. Referred to as Vie of Island Harbour, Mrs. Harrigan was one of the ladies of the Revolution, a valiant freedom fighter, and warrior for Anguilla who stood in solidarity with her revolutionary leader, the Hon. James Ronald Webster. The women including Violet were often sent ahead of the men to create distractions so that the men could attack the Police. Violet vividly recalls travelling from Island Harbour in Edgar Harrigan’s Bus to join other freedom fighters like Mildred, Miss Jossie, Daisy, Olive, Francis and others. She recalls fighting with men like Laula, Gifford, Elliott, Ernest, Buller, (Valentine), and others. Violet with some other women of the revolution barred the court house door when they wanted to conduct a trial against Charlie Fleming. She recalls being a part of a group of women who used broken bicycle pumps to prevent the Police from opening the Court House door. They travelled to Sandy Ground to look for Tony Lee who was being hidden. They searched the upper house for Tony Lee but he was in the house on the beach. A ship was anchored outside. The Paratroopers came and surrounded the women. A reporter was with the women and told them to cry out that the men troubled them. Mrs. Harrigan remembers hiding Mr. Ronald Webster in the bush close to her house and taking water and food to him because the authorities were searching for him. Violet vowed to protect Ronald Webster with her life if she had to because she was confident that he would lead Anguilla to victory. She recalls awaiting the sound of the conch shell blowing to alert the revolutionaries when trouble was coming. She also assisted in the blocking of the airport to prevent airplanes from landing into the airport.

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MR. AUDLEY ALMAIR CARTY Social Development (Construction) A U D L E Y C A R T Y , like many Anguillian men lived and worked overseas for a number of years where he gained experience and improved his skills in the construction industry. He returned home in the 1970’s and started his own construction company with some 30 employees from across the island. Mr. Carty’s contribution to the construction industry in Anguilla has been notable particularly in regards to the construction of private homes for both local and expatriates. Over the years he was responsible for the construction of several notable tourism projects. These include Nathan’s Cove Villas in Meads Bay; Cove Castles Resort at Shoal Bay West; Altamar at Shoal Bay West and Villa Kitshi in Black Gardens. In 1995 after the passage of Hurricane Luis, the Ebenezer Methodist Church Roof was blown off, Mr. Carty voluntarily assisted in the replacement of new galvalume roofing. He also built the toilet facility at the Sandy Ground playing field. In his spare time Mr. Carty cultivates peas, corn, sweet potatoes and pumpkins which he is always willing to share with neighbours and friends in the community.

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MR. CLEMENT (BANKIE) BANX Social Development (Arts) B A N K I E B A N X musical career spans some 46 years to date. He produced his first number one hit in 1977 - "Prince of Darkness" and followed that with several chart topping songs over the next few years. With the release of his first Album Roots and Herbs in 1978, recorded with his band, The Roots and Herbs, Bankie pioneered reggae music in the Eastern Caribbean. Bankie became the first performer from Anguilla to appear at Reggae Sunsplash, in 1983 and he appeared again in 1992. He was featured during a live Sunsplash performance in the ground-breaking reggae documentary Cool Runnings. Following his success at Reggae Sunsplash 1983, Bankie and his band The Roots & Herbs toured extensively in the Caribbean before heading to Europe. Bankie continued to return to Anguilla for annual performances and started the Moonsplash Music Festival in 1991, staged on the grounds of his own bar, The Dune Preserve. Moonsplash, now in its 25th year, has become one of the premier music festivals in the Eastern Caribbean and has featured internationally revered artists. In the summer of 2005, Bankie started the Project Stingray music and arts education program on Anguilla. Bankie's fall tour of the United States supported awareness and raised funds for the Stingray Programme. Through his fund-raising efforts Bankie was able to donate 30 brand new guitars to the Stingray Programme during the Cultural and Arts Fair at Moonsplash 2006. During a Jimmy Buffett charity event hosted by Bankie Banx at The Dune Preserve, Bankie raised over one hundred thousand for local charities.


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nguilla’s new Chief Minister, Hon. Victor F. Banks, is a picture of calm, much as he was during the tumultuous election. He has declined taking up residence in the official Chief Minister’s office, opting instead to move into the office of the Finance Minister—the one he occupied during the 2000-2010 administration. In some ways, he’s back home. 38

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“I picked out the furniture and decorated it back then,” he explains. “It’s comfortable, and also a bit more private.” Banks, who had only ever been defeated at the polls once before (in 1984), responded to losing the 2010 elections by penning a weekly column in the Anguillian. It was as much therapy as a platform. continued on page 40


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continued from page 38 “It was an unobtrusive way to continue to reach the community, and to keep certain topics in the public eye,” he explains. “I had a lot of faithful readers. If at any time I missed an article, I’d get a few calls about it.” The Chief Minister felt that his two-term Anguilla United Front (AUF) government’s defeat resulted from a confluence of issues, some avoidable, others not. “Being in government for 10 years, you get focused on the work and lose a bit of the contact with your constituents,” he says. “It doesn’t mean you care any less.” He continues, “I don’t think we did a good enough job of defending our record during those 10 years, nor did we properly explain the circumstances we found ourselves thrown into at the onset of the global financial crisis.” The oldest of 6, 67-year old Banks lost his father when he was only 13, and his mother took charge of the young family. She made education a priority, and as an adult, after teaching for a few years, Banks left to study at 21. He returned 10 years later, a dissertation shy of his PhD, to answer a call to service. He was the youngest minister of government appointed after his win in the 1981 elections, and he has been a minister of government under three of Anguilla’s four Chief Ministers in the 25 years since. Incidentally, Banks’ current victory makes him the oldest first-time Chief Minister. Shrugging off any suggestions that he is too old, he has set about assessing his task. As he sees it, restoring the island’s indigenous banking sector is his biggest challenge. The fates of the National Bank of Anguilla (NBA) and the Caribbean Commercial Bank (CCB) remain in the balance ever since the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) 40

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ABOVE Chief Minister Hon. Victor Banks, along with his new government being sworn in by Governer HE Christina Scott. From left: Cardigan Connor, Curtis Richardson, Cora Richardson-Hodge, McNeil Evans Rogers. RIGHT Hon. Victor Banks giving his inaugural speech during the swearing-in ceremony on April 24.

assumed control amidst charges of poor governance and concerns about debt and poor performance. Returning confidence in these institutions is essential to his administration’s primary goals of creating business and job opportunities, attracting foreign investment and investing in training, “so that our people can participate at the highest levels.” Further, Banks is keen on developing other industries in order

“I THINK THE MANDATE GIVES US A CHANCE TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN A POSITIVE WAY... TO UNITE ANGUILA.”—Victor F, Banks to expand the heavily tourism-dependent economy. “We don’t have a lot of control over certain sectors of the economy,” he says. “Whether it’s circumstances such as 9/11 or the global recession, we are vulnerable. We will have to diversify our economy, both within tourism and in general, to mitigate some of those impacts.” Banks, who is also Finance Minister, wants to put right what he considers an economic mistake of the previous administration—the highly contentious Interim Stabilization Levy.


“It’s a bad tax,” he says. “Employers are being required to pay this tax, not on the basis of their profitability, but on how many employees they have and what they’re being paid. It has the effect of reducing employment and depressing wages.” He’s vowed to remove it within 12 months. “The levy brings in $15 million each year, which is not as much as it sounds,” he says. “Our job will be to reduce expenditure while growing revenue in other areas to offset it.” Though he’s concerned about the economy, he recognizes the need to address other issues. In his inaugural speech on the day his government was sworn in, a teary-eyed Banks called for reconciliation and healing after a bruising campaign that left no one unscathed. With an overwhelmingly clear mandate of 6 of the 7 available seats, he sees a unique opportunity to address these issues. “We can bring people together in a positive way,” he says. “I think the mandate gives us the chance to unite Anguilla.” He adds, “There’s no point in bringing in investment, then losing to crime and insecurity.” Public opinion suggests quiet optimism and, no doubt, the weight of expectation. Less than two weeks into his new administration, Banks’ phone rings incessantly. When he hangs up after the latest interview interruption, I ask if he’s been sleeping well. “Yes!” he replies. “I don’t sleep much because I’m a night person.” And, with a smile that suggests he knows exactly what I was trying to ask, he adds, “I’m not stressed.”


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t’s fair to say Jason Brooks is community minded. South Valley-born and a family member of Ashley Brooks, a beloved member of the community, he had high standards to live up to. After working at the then-Water Department for 7 years, he took a month off, in which he started washing cars. “I ended up doubling my salary!” says Jason. A few months later, Omega Car Wash was born. After losing three close friends to gun violence in three separate incidences, Jason knew he had to do something. He joined with the Faith Foundation, an organization working to prevent gun violence and support victims. He had already been reaching out to at-risk men in the community, but Jason’s personal tragedies strengthened his resolve.

“I WANT TO SEE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS... ONCE THE OLDER GENERATION MOVES ON, WE'LL NEED YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD.” —Jason Brooks “One of the problems we see is the lack of father figures,” he says. “The guys will say to me, ‘I don’t have anyone to look out for me.’” Having grown up in a close-knit family with little room to go astray, Jason finds ways to extend the support he received to others through mentorship. “Each of them has something good,” he says. “They have a passion. We talk to them to find out what their goals are, and we’ve helped a few get employment.” In one of his prouder moments, he organized a sit-down between the Governor, Her Excellency Christina Scott, the Commissioner of Police, and young men in his community, giving them a chance to air their concerns in a way they never felt comfortable doing before. This year, he’s started an initiative to give school supplies to a different school each month. “It’s a project that I hold dear to my heart,” he says. “It doesn’t take a million dollars to make a difference. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do.” OTHER PASSIONS?

I read a lot. And, although I don’t tell too many people, I also write poetry.

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he recent general elections were notable not only for the results but for how they were broadcast. The government’s election web portal featured live, as-it-happened tallying, letting Anguillians the world over share in the event as it unfolded. Much of the credit goes to the team at the government’s Information Technology department, under the supervision of its Deputy Director, Rudy Webster, who has helped develop the government’s I.T. infrastructure for the last 10 years. As a teenager, Rudy got a computer as a gift sparking a lifelong passion for computers. After high school, he worked as a Technical Assistant before heading to Rutgers to study. When he returned, he began as an Analyst, and promotions followed quickly—but though he’s now in management, previous job descriptions still follow him. “I’ll be heading to SXM to shop and get called aside by an immigration or customs officer,” he says. “They’ll say ‘We can’t print,’ or ‘We have a paper jam,’ and I have to stop until I can sort that out.” St. Martin-born Rudy spent his early days there before the family moved, first to New York City when he was 4, then to Anguilla when he was 8. He sang backup for his 3 Calypsonian sisters. That came to a halt when they asked him to wear a costume. “I was fine just wearing a plain black shirt, but then they brought these elaborate costumes, and I said, ‘No, no, no!’” he laughs. He now sings with the choir at the St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. He’s Vice President of the Anguilla Amateur Basketball Association and has been coaching youth teams for 3 years. “I feel like I’m getting old now, as I enjoy coaching more than playing,” he says.

“MY DAD AND MY UNCLE ARE ROLE MODELS. I'M AMAZED BY HOW THEY'VE PAVED THEIR OWN WAY”—Rudy Webster WHAT OF ANGUILLA’S TECH FUTURE?

We’ve got to make it more practical, allowing students to do more real-world projects to see how they can be applied to real problems. We also have to integrate I.T. more into the education process. A single class is not enough.

HOPE FOR ANGUILLA?

YOUR ROLE MODELS?

I would like to see more young people in leadership positions, contributing to the building of Anguilla. It’s starting to happen, slowly. Once the older generation moves on, we will need young people to lead our country.

My dad and my uncle. As two men who never went to high school, I’m amazed by how they’ve been able to pave their own way.

WORDS OF WISDOM?

If you have a passion or a dream, it’s okay to follow it and not give up on it. There are so many different avenues in this world that you can accomplish whatever it is you want.

POLITICS?

I’ve been asked if I have an interest in running. I'm intrigued by the possibility of leading the country. I have been discouraged by the campaigns and the personal attacks, though this election saw a few candidates who focused on the issues. Hopefully, in years to come, the deciding factor will be who has the best ideas, not who can avoid the most scandal. issueeleven

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hatever you do, don’t become an architect,” Andy’s uncle and mentor, the late Kevin Gumbs (himself an architect) had said. Andy didn’t listen. At first, Andy had wanted to become a pilot after watching F-15’s fly over his house; later, he thought of being Special Forces in the military… any military. “I loved that you could push your body to that limit and I loved the discipline.” Ultimately, the days he spent around his uncle were the most telling in his career choice. “I think I was 14 or 15, drawing on the computer with him, and I was mesmerized.” A degree in Architecture and a Masters in Urban Design from City College of New York followed. “I thought, at the time, that Anguilla was ripe for that kind of development,” he says. Before returning, he travelled to South Africa as part of an urban design fellowship and saw first-hand the legacy of apartheid in that country. “It’s difficult to understand what they went through,” he says. “Many people didn’t want to talk about it.” He flirted with the idea of staying. “I wanted to go back and teach,” Andy says. “I love Sandy Hill, but when I got off the plane in Johannesburg, it felt like home. The feeling was unreal!” Andy grew up inspired by stories of his grandfather, the educator Morris Vanterpool. “He died when I was very young,” he says, “but his legacy molded my path. It’s been almost 40 years, but to hear my family and the community talk about him, it’s as if I knew him myself.” Currently the project manager at under-construction Zemi Beach Resort and Spa, Andy tries to find time for motivational speaking for troubled young men. He also sits on the boards of the Anguilla Community College as well as the Arijah Children’s Foundation. The latter has been eye-opening. “I never knew there were so many unfortunately disabled children on the island. I enjoy finding a way to help them,” he says. CHIEF MINISTER FOR A DAY?

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I’d immediately put a policy in place to give me 6 more days, because I’d need a week. We need to increase our population. People bemoan the lack of infrastructure, but it’s hard to justify the investment at our current level. An increase forces our hand. I’d also want to inform the public about how government actually runs, because our ministers get blamed for things they have no control over. I’d want to give our young people a platform that allows them to fully explore their ideas. We can’t suppress that anymore. IN 20 YEARS …?

I would hope that there are at least 20 people that will crack up laughing when they remember me. I’d hope to have at least started on a legacy of things I did for Anguilla.


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OMARI BANKS | 32 Musician It would have been understandable had Omari Banks started a career in music before anything else. Hailing from a very musical family, his earliest memories are of being on stage performing with his father Bankie Banx. He took a different path, embarking on a professional cricket career, which included playing with the West Indies, Leeward Islands, as well as in England, with Somerset. He’s been in the unique position of being able to be an influence using two different platforms. Whilst with the West Indies team, he lent his time and talents to teaching Physical Education in the primary schools, teaching in whatever free time he had available between tours. Once retired, it became a full time job. He quit 2 years ago to focus on music. Omari’s experiences during those years were pivotal in shaping his entry, finally, into a musical career. “I think the lessons of sport can take you through your entire life,” he says. “I had the chance to travel and experience different cultures, so when I was ready to go into music I carried over the lessons of practice, preparation, and discipline.” Omari takes a hands-on approach to his music, from greeting patrons at his gigs individually and snapping pics, to giving behind-the-scenes looks into his process via social media. All of this is about connecting. “They are coming to see you. What better way to have that impact than to become real to the person that’s listening to your music?” Omari says. Music that he stresses has to be uplifting. “I’ve always tried to use it for positive,” he explains. “Music is something that touches lives, and I realize that I have a responsibility. My music will always try to inspire and to invoke thought.” ROLE MODELS?

My uncle Val. While my dad was off playing music, and my mom was at university, I spent a lot of time with him. I could count on him for inspiration and guidance. Next is Cardigan Connor. He got me into playing cricket. He’s been a motivator, a coach, and friend. My brother, and manager, Olaide— he’s been an example of dedication and commitment. My dad, of course. He created something meaningful out of what could have been a disappointment. Sometimes right, sometimes wrong, he’s always confident in what he does.

“MAKE SURE THAT YOUR AMBITIONS TIE IN TO THE BIGGER PICTURE OF COMMUNITY AND THAT IT CONTRIBUTES POSITIVELY TO THE WORLD.”—Omari Banks

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ADVICE FOR YOUNGER MEN?

Focus on something you love, because that’s how you get the most out of yourself. When you follow your passions, hard work is not work. I also believe everything we do in life is intertwined. Make sure that your ambitions tie in to the bigger picture—of your community, the region, your people and that it contributes positively to the world.


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CRISPIN BROOKS | 35 Filmmaker, Music Producer & Realtor

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or the child of an Anglican priest and a school teacher, travel was a big part of life. “It afforded me the chance to see different things from a young age,” Crispin Brooks says. “Education was paramount—not only academically, but also exposure.” Many of his family trips involved historical sites, museums and libraries. “I majored in journalism because I was going to be the first Caribbean writer on Saturday Night Live,” he laughs. During summers off, the Howard University grad interned at the Anguillian newspaper, as well as launching media ventures on the web, radio and television. He eventually returned home to launch media, marketing, and branding firm Rosell Media and, later, music production company Blu Symphony. Blu Symphony had some successes, including local R&B artiste Nyne [Raoul Vanterpool]. “We were able to travel to perform overseas,” he says. He was also part of the management team of soca band Infusion. Crispin now splits his time between New York, where his wife resides, and Anguilla. He recently launched Island Spaces, a boutique realty firm specializing in transactions between Anguillians. ANY PASSIONS?

I have a deep interest in working with younger children and teens, with a focus on entrepreneurship. I'm big on wealth-building. You can't control anything if you're not in control of your financial destiny. I believe in working hard to build wealth, but I also recognize the responsibility to spread that wealth—not just monetarily, but knowledge too. Spirituality was big in our house growing up, and it's stuck with me. I think we need balance, and that includes the spiritual side of things. WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE NEED?

Stimulation and exposure. I'd like to see more school trips. Take them to museums and monuments. I was fortunate that my parents afforded me that kind of exposure when I was growing up. It widens your perspective tremendously. HOPE FOR ANGUILLA?

I want to see us do well. Let your weaknesses and my strengths collide, and vice versa, and we can get it done. When you have personal and collective wealth and knowledge, the sky's the limit.

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“I'M BIG ON WEALTH-BUILDING, BUT THERE'S A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPREAD THAT WEALTH… WITH PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE WEALTH AND KNOWLEDGE, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT.”—Crispin Brooks


KERITH KENTISH | 29 Attorney-at-Law

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ooking at his family tree and the line of esteemed lawyers, including his great-aunt, the late Dame Bernice Lake, QC, and aunt Joyce Kentish-Egan, QC, it’s reasonable to assume that Kerith Kentish always had legal ambitions. That was not the case. “I wanted to be a fireman,” he remembers. “Then, I took Spanish classes and wanted to be an interpreter for the United Nations. Years later, being a pilot intrigued me, too.” Years in the high school debate society, involvement in Youth Parliament, summer internships at his aunts’ law firm, and the inevitable legal discussions at family get-togethers eventually made his mind up for him. The middle child of three brothers, Kerith had limited TV time growing up, and video games were prohibited. “I see now how things such as video games, cell phones, and social media are major distractions for young people,” he says. “I think my parents tried to get us to understand this in their own way.” But the house abounded with books, so Kerith developed a love for reading and studying, which he took to law school in Barbados. Now a partner in his aunt’s firm, the young civil litigator had continued his studies in Canada, then Trinidad before returning. “I wasn’t quite ready, but I knew I had to do it for my family,” he says. “Moreover, it was a fantastic opportunity to carry on a family legacy, to sit at the feet of my aunt and absorb all she’s learned.”

“I WASN’T READY [TO RETURN], BUT I HAD TO DO IT FOR MY FAMILY... IT WAS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY TO CARRY ON A FAMILY LEGACY.”—Kerith Kentish A confessed fashion lover, Kerith is also passionate about theatre and is a director of the Sunshine Theatre Flayers. He is also an executive member of the From Within Dance Company (FWD) and has judged their Dancing With Stars competition. He laughs, “I’ve been called the Anguillian Simon Cowell.” ROLE MODELS?

Colin Johnson and Sarah Francis, both teachers, were two of my first role models outside of the family. As I grew up, I met Anika Webster-Lake. She has a unique style of teaching that’s centered on her personality. There are things that when she did them you either cried, laughed, felt embarrassed, or behaved. POLITICS?

No at the moment. I’ve fallen in love with what I do. My family hasn’t had much luck at the polls over the years. I might be influenced in 10 years to run—there might be something that makes me think that I can make a difference. IN 30 YEARS…?

I'm currently the vice president of the Anguilla Bar Association. At some point I may run for president. If I'm still in practice, I will be looking to attain the highest award of Queen’s Counsel.

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ANDRE SAMUEL | 34 Environmentalist & Farmer

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ne third-grade seed germination project was enough to spark Andre Samuel’s passion for agriculture. But by the time he reached high school, it was no longer part of the curriculum. Andre was undeterred. “I was adamant that I wanted to do it,” he says, “so I did it outside the regular curriculum, during the time when I would have had physical education.” After high school, Sint Maarten-born Andre spent a year at the Department of Agriculture before heading off to study agronomy at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, finishing the program in just three years. Resuming at the department, he was instrumental in the development of vegetable farming in The Valley, helping the farmers employ more efficient techniques for their crops. “They knew what they were doing, but they probably never understood why,” he says. “I tried to put some science behind it.” By the time he left the Department of Agriculture, those farms, including Andre’s own Regal Farms, had quadrupled their output and were responsible for over 25% of the island’s vegetable production. Growing up, Andre learned discipline—and time management—from his Seventh-Day Adventist father and Methodist mother. “I didn’t have much of a weekend,” he laughs. “I had to be in church on Saturday and, again, on Sunday.” Now a Deputy Director in the Department of Environment, Andre is still involved with the Pathfinders (an Adventist youth group), as well as the Boy’s Brigade (via the Methodist Church). He’s also on the National Volleyball Team. “I don’t regret anything,” he says of his time in church youth groups. “They definitely made me who I am today.” HOPE FOR ANGUILLA IN 20 YEARS?

For us to be the envy of the Caribbean in social harmony and sustainability. Not just economics, but a clean community with a balance of economy and environment— somewhere that’s healthy, that you would want to retire, whether you’re Anguillian or not. POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS?

Yes, but not just yet. I've been approached by some community members. Maybe if we had a system with senators or mayors, I’d consider it sooner. CHIEF MINISTER FOR DAY?

“[IN 20 YEARS] I WANT US TO BE THE ENVY OF THE CARIBBEAN... A CLEAN COMMUNITY—WHERE YOU WOULD WANT TO RETIRE.”—Andre Samuel

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I’d want to address renewables to create more energy independence. You solve the energy question, then you give tourism and our economy a boost. Next is education—you simply can't have the people in ignorance. I’d also negotiate financing so that young people can access funds at better rates. They have ideas, but they don’t have the resources. Energy, education and innovation… the day after that, I think I’d relax!


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KENROY HERBERT | 35 Hospitality Professional & Entrepreneur

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hen Kenroy Herbert quit his job at the Government Water Lab to find a new challenge, he knew it was the start of something. “It became too monotonous, and I knew there was something else,” he explains. He ended up unemployed after Pyrat manufacturer Anguilla Rums, where he was the production manager, and then the Temenos Golf Course, where he was a caddy, both closed for business. Fate led him to apply for a position as Villa Manager at Ricketts Luxury in 2008, and he’s been there since, moving up to his current position as Director of Operations. “I like to help people. When we check guests into our villas and they see it for the first time and say ‘Wow,’ or when they go to the beaches and say ‘Oh my God,’ it brings a renewed sense of appreciation for the product.” An entrepreneur at heart, Kenroy is behind Bumper II Bumper, a mobile car wash, and Pristine Plus, a cleaning service. “I like owning businesses,” he says. “I like creating jobs. I love knowing that someone can feel empowered by something I created.” Through his businesses, as well as personally, he donates to a different community organization monthly. South-Hill born Kenroy credits his mother and grandmother for his spirit of community. “They were matriarchs and looked out for everyone in the neighborhood.” “A business’ job is to make a profit. What you do with that is up to you,” Kenroy says. “I believe businesses have a responsibility to invest in the community. You need to invest in youth to ensure that your work can live on.” POLITICS?

Not now. For me to get involved in politics, I’d have to have a team like me. We would have to change the way we elect government, do away with party politics and elect on a national level. You would have to vote for a Chief Minister and officers in the districts. Right now, I can contribute more to society just being a businessman. CHIEF MINISTER FOR A DAY?

LIVE FULL, DIE EMPTY. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS. DON’T TAKE THEM TO THE GRAVE WITH YOU.” —Kenroy Herbert

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Work on expanding the airport, developing the seaport, and improving our hospital. I’d look at schools for different vocations and fix our infrastructure—then, we could work from there. Get our house in order first. ADVICE FOR YOUNGER MEN?

Live full, die empty. Follow your dreams and aspirations. Don’t take them to the grave with you. Find a mentor, someone who’s done it before. There are a lot of men here who are willing to help. Anguilla’s a small place—we’re easy to find.


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’m not an ice cream person, to be honest,” confesses Kyle Hodge. But that didn’t stop the Tropical Treats owner from diving headfirst into confections after having a light-bulb moment during dessert at a dinner party. “Ice cream was served, and it tasted so good,” he says. “It was made in the US. It got me thinking why Anguilla had no similar product.” He then spent the final year of his Business Degree at Nova Southeastern University researching the business and making contacts in the supply chain. “I created an entire business plan and ran it by my dad, who was very supportive,” Kyle says.

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House, the company’s retail operation. Though the business keeps Kyle occupied, he’s found the time to mentor at-risk youth. “I think if you live a life that’s positive, you can impact people daily,” he says. “You don’t have to be part of a group to be a positive influence.” That hasn’t prevented him from getting involved with antiviolence non-profit Faith Foundation. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of the Anguilla Get Set Program, the Department of Youth and Culture’s initiative to provide seed funding, training, and mentorship to young entrepreneurs. ANGUILLA NEEDS…?

An influx of positive people who bring different skills to the island. We suffer from too small a population to drive the economy forward. YOU, 20 YEARS FROM NOW?

I don’t think I'll ever stop with the creativity and generating ideas. I'll definitely be doing more things. I don’t see that stopping as long as I have life. POLITICS?

I don’t see it. Maybe if there were enough people in the community wanting to see someone like me in politics, then I'd consider it. It is a huge sacrifice that I'm not ready for now, and definitely not in the next 5 years. Maybe later in life. Who knows?


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was a bit of an activist in school,” Ivan Melfield Connor remembers with a laugh. “If it meant fighting for something and doing something good, I was involved.” The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) alum was heavily involved during his years on the St. Thomas campus, holding such positions as Senior Class President, Student Government President and Resident Assistant. “I did everything there except being Miss UVI!” After high school, he went back and taught for a few months before leaving for university. “I’d never do that again,” he laughs. “I had panic attacks—I just care too much. I used to have free extra classes after school. That level of caring pushes you to the brink.” He helped set up Shadow of Students (SOS), a mentorship program that lets high schoolers shadow UVI students. Now, he’s got involved in music with Gershwin Lake’s Parables band as keyboardist and manager. Growing up without his father, who passed away when Ivan was only 2 years old, proved to be a defining aspect of his life. The youngest of 6 siblings, George Hill-born Ivan saw his mother work long hours away from home to support their family.

“I HAVE EMPATHY FOR YOUNG MEN. THEY HAVE A LOT OF PAIN. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE BAD, BUT THEY NEED AN OUTLET, SO THEY ACT OUT.” —Ivan Melfield Connor On his return to Anguilla, he started Summit Consulting Services, a marketing and branding firm, and a major perk is that it gives him the flexibility to spend time with his two kids. “I want to be there for them,” he says. “I am working hard for the bigger picture… to have time for them.” PASSIONS?

I have strong empathy for young men. I grew up without a father, so I understand that yearning for guidance, camaraderie and support. Young people here have a lot of pain. They don’t want to be bad, but they need an outlet, so they act out. POLITICS?

If I want to get into politics, I have to start effecting change now. I can’t just show up and ask people to vote for me. I found out very early that you can’t make those changes from the ground floor. You have to be involved in the process. IN 20 YEARS?

I want to be in and out of politics. If you can’t effect enough change or empower enough leaders in that time, then you’ve failed. Good leadership makes itself obsolete over time. I am going to run in the next elections. I can’t not run. In 20 years, I hope to have brought about some positive and notable change, and to have left the road paved. 56

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BLUE REDO A RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE TAKES AWARD-WINNING PROPERTY FROM GOOD TO GREAT. by Orrett H. Wynter; photos by Rene Guinto

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hen you have an award-winning luxury villa with a coveted view in a fantastic location, the last thing you’d think to do is add more and keep refining. But that’s what Indigo owners John and Val Barker have chosen to do with their 16-year-old property. A relentless pursuit of excellence has seen the remarkable 9-room, 8.5-bath home upgraded to 10 full king-sized suites, all while retaining the home’s signature charm.


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“It looks like it’s been designed from the very beginning,” says John of the home’s cohesive new look. The couple used judicious choices of material and finishes to tie old in with new during the renovations. Started as a 3 bedroom property to compliment nextdoor Turquaz, which was built in 1989 to accommodate their large family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren, Indigo was increased to 5 bedrooms in 1995. In 2000, a further acre of land was purchased enabling the Barkers to develop Indigo from a small home to a large 9-bed villa with tennis courts and gym. As this final development of Indigo was being completed in 2009 the Barkers started Le Bleu, drawing on their considerable experience of building worldwide and the experience of the inside-outside life in Anguilla. Once Le Bleu was completed in 2010, it became clear to John and Val that Indigo had become dated and, with their plans to combine both into a boutique hotel, it was necessary for Indigo to be given a new lease of life. Every area in the property was reviewed, many walls removed, and new bathrooms were created. 10,000 sq. ft. of terracotta tiles were replaced with white ceramic tiles, not only brightening and modernizing the spaces, but are much easier to maintain. Entry to the property starts with a drive under the entry pavilion’s porte-cochere. The building, which originally housed 2 bedrooms, a garage and a gym, has been reconfigured to give way to a king-sized suite. A paved courtyard opens up inside, leading to a trellised parking area that adjoins the tennis court. A long arbored walkway under climbing plants, beside lush landscaping, takes you to the entry lounge of the main residence building. Access from the main lounge to the kitchen was eliminated, along with a small laundry. That allowed the homeowners to create a kitchen befitting the home’s new size. Sweeping walkways and wraparound patios along the house’s southern side open the inside to the property’s signature gardens, which have remained untouched. The sloping terrain allowed for a full level below, where 4 bedrooms were reconfigured into three bedrooms and one gym. What was once a second, smaller lounge in the standalone Little Indigo pavilion was converted into a grand 10th bedroom.

PREVIOUS PAGE At night, Anguilla stone pool reflects the warmth of the main pavilion. THIS PAGE, TOP Lush landscaping and palm trees frame a view out to Little Bay. THIS PAGE, MIDDLE & BOTTOM The spacious main lounge, with its very eclectic furnishing and decor has plentiful seating areas and a dining area for up to 20 people. OPPOSITE PAGE At one point a standalone pavilion, Little Indigo now connects to the main residence building, and houses 4 bedrooms, with a pool on the upper deck.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Overhead photo captures the expansive views to Crocus Bay and Sandy Island from the property; The infinity pool deck is ideal for lounging while watching yachts and turtles in the bay below; The open plan living spaces were given playful touches of Medieval decor in keeping with the castle motif; Elise and Paul made a conscious decision to create four equally spacious master bedrooms, each with a view.

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t’s not about the money; it is really all about the priceless! Paul and Elise Alegria’s tagline for their Grand Outlook Castle echoes one of real estate’s oldest truisms—location, location, location. And it was the location that sold the couple on this property on their very first visit to Anguilla, just over a decade ago. “You just couldn’t absorb the whole view,” Paul remembers. The 4-bedroom, 4-bath “Castle” they built over the following 4 years seems to embrace the view that surrounds it. Two pairs of identical bedroom suites, above and below flank, sprawl on either side of the open living spaces that comprise an expansive kitchen, dining room and gallery-height den. All of the rooms spill out onto a large infinity pool deck that overlooks Crocus Bay, with views of the visiting yachts, kayakers and turtles below; Sandy Island; and, on clear days, the island’s West End. Natural materials and earth tones abound, and high ceilings and large windows lend a light, airy feel. Playful touches such as shields and flags supplement the home’s medieval theme. “The idea of a ‘castle’ took shape during construction,” Paul explains. “Our architect, Kevin Gumbs, had studied castles, and as the home took shape, it was easy to see it as one. High walls, a ‘dungeon’, a source of water and a massive gate—all effective during a siege!” The couple’s efforts have been rewarded with many positive reviews, along with a “Top Villa” award on travel website Tripadvisor. Paul shares the elements of the Castle’s success.

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WHY ANGUILLA?

A lot of wandering. When my wife, Elise, and I were younger, we travelled down to Florida when it was cold in Boston. The only problem was that it was kind of cold there, too. This led us to the Caribbean: places like St. Lucia, Tortola, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. We went to Mexico, which scared the heck out of us at times! We almost bought a home on Tortola in the late 90s. The island is mountainous and beautiful, but mountains can be dangerous. I don’t want to be stuck in a rainstorm on one side of the island or trying to climb a mountain with a big concrete truck barreling towards us. It’s very intimidating. Anguilla, on the other hand, was flat, safe and beautiful. Our first visit was February 2003, and during the course of our first week on Anguilla, we looked at about 40 different sites. Nothing really moved us until we walked out onto this one… it was unbelievable! We closed within 6 months towards the end of 2003. We did a lot of due diligence regarding builders, and we had friends who were also building at the time. We watched what they were doing and learned from it. We also owe so much to Kevin Gumbs, our architect, who has since passed away. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DIY?

Handling it ourselves takes a lot of time. We have owned rental properties in a ski town before: they were close at hand, and we could get


to them in a couple of hours. That’s nothing like the Castle. We’re always upgrading things, and we come here every few months. We have excellent staff, and we are fortunate that they’ve been with us since inception. They’re like an extension of us and have become great friends with our guests. It’s intimate, and I think that’s why we’ve had people return to the island and to the Castle.

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Our staff, of course! Also, the location plays a big role. A lot of people come to the Caribbean and want to see a sunset over water. At the end of a great day at the beach, to be able to relax by the pool is priceless. Having four equally large, comfortable master bedrooms has a big impact. We travelled with three other couples in our youth, and so we know it’s always difficult to find a place where no one would be disappointed with the bedroom they drew. We have had guests come back for consecutive years, bring other friends, and do that comfortably. We’ve had a family that was looking for a place to heal after losing their daughter in a tragic lab accident. They came to the Castle, and we think it helped, because they kept coming back. In the years that followed, their other daughter’s boyfriend proposed marriage by the pool at the Castle, and they then returned for their honeymoon a year later with both sets of parents. They’ll be back again this August, which will be their sixth visit.

“IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. YOU CAN STAY AT A HOLIDAY INN, BUT WOULD THAT LEAD TO A PRICELESS EXPERIENCE?”—Paul Alegria We’re very fortunate that it is easy for us to exceed our guests’ expectations. When we talk to them about the experience, it’s rarely about prices, or fancy bottled water, or high thread-count sheets, or anything like that. It’s not all about the money. You can stay at a Holiday Inn on a different island, but would that lead to a priceless experience? IS ANGUILLA A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Investment isn’t always just a percentage return. I think someone investing in Anguilla needs to look at the overall benefits. We never did initially look at it as an investment, but our return has been a sense of stability and a sense of being on a unique island. We feel fortunate to have been a part of the community and a source of support for it. There’s also a sense of gratification in delivering a guest experience. We are always doing new things to make it a new experience for ourselves, because we do enjoy it as well, but we enjoy the comments from our guests, like, “We just love the hammocks,” or “We love the new ice maker.” Little stuff, but it’s a matter of making the experience better. We also understand that we are investing in a property that, from our perspective, is on a special island in a priceless location. I think it’s a great time to invest on Anguilla. I’m seeing an increase in people wanting to come to Anguilla. The island is starting to get its face back out and people are regaining confidence. It’s a great island, and more importantly, it’s a safe island.

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the heart of it all SANDY GROUND OCCUPIES A CENTRAL PLACE IN THE ISLAND’S PAST, AS WELL AS ITS PRESENT. by Andy W. Connor

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andy Ground is the Mecca of Anguilla. It is the heart of our nightlife and dining, home to our national sport (boat racing), and visiting mega yachts. Once, it was the centre of our trade in salt. Yet, in typical Anguilla style, Sandy Ground’s action does not compromise the peace and relaxation of the island. From the far Northern end to its Southern tip, you can see the bottom of the ocean while swimming. There are not many places in the world where that is possible. Before the mega yachts docked here, Sandy Ground was a busy

commercial freight port, through which we imported more than 90% of our goods. Just across from Sandy Ground is salt-rich Road Bay Pond, the largest enclosed body of water on the island. In the 70s, salt was our only industry; we supplied to most of the islands in the region, but mainly to Trinidad & Tobago. That industry collapsed in 1986, but the machinery that ran the salt operation back in the 70s enjoys a new life at the Pump House Bar & Restaurant. continued on page 68 issueeleven

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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT Along with being the hub of entertainment, Sandy Ground remains the main cargo port on the island; The wreck of the Pamead, beached during Hurricane Louis in 1995 sits on the far ; Sandy Ground is home to a thriving fishing community; Another ships carcass, this along the northwestern end of the beach, lie rusting. OPPOSITE PAGE Sandy Ground is now quite famous for its entertainment and dining establishments such Dad’s (foreground) and Johnno’s (background).

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Christmas, Thanksgiving or Halloween with British pub-style ambiance, go to Ripples. Sandy Ground also has the best Italian food outside Italy: at Dolce Vita, master chefs bring the best Italian cuisine to you, along with great drinks at the bar. Family-owned restaurant Barrel Stay is one of two full-sized restaurants at Sandy Ground. They specialize in French and Creole cuisine, so this is the place to bring that special someone for a romantic night out. Closest to the Road Bay port, Roy’s Bayside Grill ensures that the BBQ meats, fish and chips are the best in the region. You must try another of my favorite dishes – the scrumptious lobster bisque. The far southern end of Sandy Ground is different. The pier of the island’s cargo port becomes the border between two worlds. Here, there's no partying or dining; it's a world of peace and calm. The vegetation on this end is thicker and greener. Many birds nest up in the hillside, and at night, the stars shine in the darkness. Under the protection of the hills, you're almost guaranteed a serene environment that keeps high winds at bay. On this side of the bay, you’ll see a private villa, the remains


of Mariners Hotel, and an old steel-hull shipwreck, now on dry land. These are casualties of Hurricane Luis, a category-5 storm that devastated the island on September 5, 1995. The beauty remains after the powerful storms have come and gone. During boat-racing season, there’s no better place to be. The healer of the nation, boat racing is a way for the men (and occasionally women) of Anguilla to bond together in competing for the ultimate prize of best sailing vessel of the year, or just for bragging rights. You'll find hundreds of participants dedicating an entire day to the sport, as thousands more cheer for their favourite boat to come ashore winners. More than 85% of all races are held at Sandy Ground, and after every race, the captain and crew always get to engage in a heated argument about why one won and the other lost. The loser never really lost the race, they always have a darn good reason they didn’t win, and they look forward to setting things straight at the next race!

Today, it's all fun and games, but our first boats were built to carry fishermen and help people sail off in search of work on neighbouring islands. On the way home from weeks or months at sea or just from fishing off the coast of the island, the brave and skillful seamen would find pleasure in a race to shore. One Sunday morning in 1937, two schooners returning from the Dominican Republic were engaged in a close race between two great captains. Word got out that the boats were in sight. At the same time, the Methodist minister at the top of the hill overlooking Sandy Ground had just begun worship. When a whisper went around that the schooners were in sight, one man stooped down and snuck out, followed by two more. Before you knew it, the entire church was outside cheering and shouting, leaving the minister alone in the building. It happened in 1937, and I’m sure it could happen in 2015, because that's how much Anguillians love boat racing! Boat racing, dining, partying, swimming, and being part of the history of the island – Sandy Ground is the hottest place to be at all times of the day for locals and visitors alike. Almost every restaurant enjoys a picture-perfect view, and only the white powdery sand lies between you and the water.


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any expectant moms (along with soon-to-be dads!) folding my arms and saying, “Remember to love yourself.” enjoy an escape to a new place on a final child-free Next, though I’d eaten at the Valley Bistro several times, I had getaway. It dawned on me that Anguilla is a wonderful never visited the adjoining Stone Cellar Art Gallery. I loved seeing babymoon destination - great beaches, world-class spas, art gal- the majestic and playful paintings of Sir Roland Richardson, whom leries, along with restaurants galore to suit even the pickiest of I’ve sometimes spotted making art around Anguilla. I marvelled at prenatal appetites. the scenic shots and made a promise to enjoy art more often. As I rolled into my third trimester, After all that walking, I needed I decided to indulge in a babymooncorn soup, potato pudding, and a “ANGUILLA'S A GREAT BABYMOON at-home right here in Anguilla. First drink. My husband, Nash, and I DESTINATION—BEACHES, WORLDup was a prenatal massage from Joe stopped by Mabel, under the trees Pradel of La Severine Total Fitness CLASS SPAS, ART GALLERIES, AND opposite the Anguilla National and Massage Services. Joe is certiTrust. She’s there on Saturdays RESTAURANTS GALORE TO SUIT fied in prenatal massage—that was only, but great local treats makes it THE PICKIEST PRENATAL APPETITE.” worth the wait. important for me. From the moment I entered, I felt at ease, surrounded Inspired, I decided to create some by the soft fragrance of lavender, dim lighting, and gentle music. art of my own. We headed to Crocus Bay for some beach therapy. I situated myself comfortably on the table using the three pillows It’s almost impossible to get a bad photograph in Anguilla (at least provided. Joe talked me through the experience, identifying some of of the scenery!)—so I enjoyed a prenatal photo shoot with Nash the benefits of prenatal massage. behind the camera. I had so much fun frolicking in the water and As he massaged my back using natural grape seed almond oil, he framing my tummy for the photos. reminded me that prenatal massage is intended to be soothing for Though I hadn’t yet finished my motherhood ‘initiation’, both mommy and baby. I smiled at those words as I felt the reassur- with the baby on my mind, I was looking forward to Sunday— ing kicks, and I let my back, arms, legs, tummy, neck, face and head Mother’s Day, and wrapped up the weekend back on Crocus Bay melt under Joe’s hands. Joe showed me the pressure points on my with lunch at da’Vida Restaurant with my mom, sister and hubby. continued on page 72 ankles and wrists that should be avoided. He ended the massage by

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WHAT TO DO EXPLORE: Rent one and visit multiple beaches. Swim, or lounge on any one of the 33. SUNSET: Grab some tapas or a picnic basket and enjoy a beautiful sunset. OFF THE ROCK: Take a boat ride and spend a day at an offshore cay. GET PAMPERED: Book a massage. DINE: Experience different restaurants and be sure to get there for some of the live musical performances.

continued from page 70 In addition to fabulous food, we enjoyed a melodic live performance from Omari Banks and his band, Eleven. With a handful of weekends until baby arrives—I know I’ll be doing some more babymooning! Maybe our baby bumps will bump into each other somewhere in beautiful Anguilla.

BABYMOON IN PARADISE... Wear lightweight clothing and don’t be afraid to show off the baby bump in a bikini if you want to. Wear comfortable shoes—flip flops are a must. Always walk with a bottle of water. Splurge on professional baby bump photos. Relax - Remember you are on island time. Enjoy these moments before baby arrives!


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HOW DID YOU START?

I started in 1995 as a kitchen helper at Koal Keel Restaurant, working with Leonard “Smoke” Sharplis. I’d just finished school and they needed someone in the kitchen, so I said, “Why not?” I went to The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 2000 for a short course while I was at Koal Keel. I also went with “Smoke” to ICI Restaurant at the old Sonesta Resort, then the Rendezvous Hotel, then to Smokey’s. After Smokey’s got damaged in Hurricane Lenny, I went to the Anguilla Great House for a little bit before working with Dale [Carty] at Tasty’s for about 6 months. There, Dean [Samuel] offered me the chance to work on “Martha’s Vineyard” for two summers. During the winter season, I worked with him at the old Overlook Restaurant. COOKED FOR ANY CELEBRITIES ON THE “VINEYARD”?

We saw a lot of stars while we were there. And I actually cooked for President Clinton and former First Lady Hilary Clinton. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

He came in on two different nights. Once was late, about 10 or 11pm, and then the other night he came around 7pm for dinner. We never got to meet him, though. WHAT DID YOU DO NEXT?

After that, I went to work at Zurra at the Temenos Golf Club from around 2004, until it closed. Then, I worked at Cuisinart for a short period, before moving to the Viceroy. I’ve been there since. SO WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN RESTAURANT?

I had been thinking about opening a restaurant for a while. I was driving past this location last year and saw it was for rent, so I said, “Why not?” [Laughs] WHAT’S THE CONCEPT BEHIND SARJAI’S?

Caribbean food with international flair. I don’t really like fast food cooking at all [laughs]. So, that’s why this location is good— if we had set up in The Valley, we would have to do fast food. SO NOW, YOU’RE AT THE VICEROY FULL-TIME, AS WELL AS HERE FULL-TIME?

Yeah! [laughs] I’m Viceroy mostly through the day, so at night I’m here. I’m here on my two off days, too. NO TIME OFF, HUH?

[Laughs] No, not much, but I am used to doing 10-12 hours a day. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIALTY?

I’m into everything, but I like beef and fish. I like using fresh stuff. Fresh fish, local vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, scallions, herbs and stuff like that. HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN ON THE CULINARY TEAM?

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Since 2005. In 2008, I won a bronze medal, then a silver medal in 2009. I competed in the Individual Beef category starting in 2010 and won silver two years in a row. I was close, but not close enough, to the gold. Last year, I won Chef of the Year: Beef Category and the Best Use of Beef Gold Medal. ARE YOU GOING BACK THIS YEAR?

Yes, but I won’t be cooking [laughs]. I will just travel with the team.


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Yes, I do. Some of the dishes here at Sarjai’s started at home. I’m always writing stuff down. I go home, and ideas come in my head, and I just write them down and then try them. For example, if I’m doing plantains, I think, “Why not put some curry or some spice or something like that?” For Valentine’s Day, I did fried plantains, added some creole sauce and curry and stewed it down a little bit, and that was nice.

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“SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT WHAT I WOULD BE DOING IF I WASN’T [IN THE KITCHEN]... THERE’S REALLY NOTHING ELSE. I JUST LOVE COOKING.” —Darren Connor DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES CULINARY WORK?

I’m not sure. There’s really nothing else. I’ve done a bit of construction with my father in the past. He builds houses. But I wasn’t too good at it [laughs]. Sometimes, I think about what I would be doing if I wasn’t cooking, but I haven’t come up with anything. I just love cooking. FUTURE PLANS?

I’m travelling to Nebraska soon to visit the Angus beef farms in Omaha to learn how the beef is raised and butchered. Nothing really major otherwise. I would like to see this place grow before I would consider doing something else. I don’t want to think too much ahead, so let’s see how this goes first.

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ANGUILLA NATIONAL CULINARY TEAM 2015 DEAN SAMUEL | Manager Cap Juluca Antiguan-born Dean Samuel, currently the executive sous chef at Cap Juluca has been a member of the team since 2006. Initially a competitor, he’s assumed the role of Team Manager for the last few years. LESTER GUMBS | Chef CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa A veteran of the team, Lester had an interest in the culinary arts from an early age, starting at Malliouhana, before moving to CuisinArt where he is currently a sous chef in the Tokyo Bay Restaurant. JONATHAN HUGHES | Chef CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa

flying the food flag ANGUILLA’S NATIONAL CULINARY TEAM HAS A STORIED HISTORY AT THE ANNUAL TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN COMPETITION IN MIAMI. THIS YEAR, THE TEAM CONTINUES TO FLY THE FLAG HIGH. by Orrett H. Wynter

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his June, the Anguilla National Culinary Team sets off yet again on a quest for glory at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) 22- year-old Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition in Miami. The Anguillian team has a great record, consistently picking up team and individual, medals. They’ve also taken home titles in just about every competition category. Notable wins in the past include a team gold medal as well as Glendon Carty’s Chef of the Year title in 2009; Ron Webster (1999) and Alexandra Ballin (2004) for Bartender of the Year and Pascal Barronier’s win in the Pastry Chef of the Year category in 1997. For Anguilla, the coveted Caribbean National Team of the Year title has proven the most elusive. In that competition, teams are assigned items from a mystery basket to plan and prepare a three-course meal within 4 hours to be served to the attendees. “We start planning in earnest each January,” explains AHTA’s Executive Director Gilda Gumbs Samuel, “This year we have a young team, and we looked at choosing personalities that we think will do well together.” The team is chosen from CHTA member properties, though the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) has, in the past, facilitated the membership of a local restaurant with an interested, talented chef or bartender. Once chosen, the six-member team practices twice per week under the guidance of team manager Chef Dean Samuel. The team is financed primarily through monies raised during three annual events: a formal dinner - typically at Ripple’s, but this year held at Culinary Team alumnus Darren Connor’s recently opened Sarjai’s—a Mother’s Day brunch, and a ‘Showcase of Food’ event held at Viceroy Anguilla. With Anguilla’s culinary reputation—contributed to in part by the team’s strong showing over the years - there’s no doubting the importance of the island having a competitive team each year. Gilda, however, sees the benefit to the team members as well. “They learn a lot from watching the other islands. There’s also camaraderie that’s formed between them and the other competitors that lasts after they come back,” she says. “It’s important for their development that they keep going.”

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Coming from a long line of cooks, Jonathan had an interest at an early age. He helped out at his uncle's E's Oven before moving to CuisinArt, first as a line chef, working his way up to Sous Chef. KARIMAH CARTY | Chef Anguilla Community College Karimah grew up in Anguilla before studying restaurant management at SUNY Cobleskill. Now with a Bachelor in Hospitality Management, she’s the Chef de partie/ trainer at the Anguilla Community College JIMME MATTHEWS | Pastry Chef Viceroy Anguilla A former track and field athlete in his native Grenada, Jimme had his first Taste of the Caribbean experience while working on the Grenadine island of Canouan, where he started as a dishwasher, before falling in love with baking. TERON THOMPSON | Junior Chef Straw Hat Restaurant Theron fell in love with cooking at 16. With his father and brother also chefs, he carries on a family tradition. Theron started as an apprentice and is now understudy to Straw Hat’s Nick Dellinger JAMAL HODGE | Bartender CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa Last minute addition and competition first-timer Jamal started tending bar in his mother's restaurant. After studying in New York, wherehe also worked for some time, he returned and took up a position at CuisinArt in 2007.


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