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VG Easter Festival Committee defies Hon Walwyn

- To honour four @ VG Easter Fest
Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee Ms Sasha D.A. Flax, right, has announced that all four founding members of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival will be honoured at the upcoming golden jubilee celebrations. Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), left, had reportedly wanted only one person of his choice honoured. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) reportedly only wanted Bernice Sprauve honoured at this year’s Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, against the wishes of the Committee that wanted all four founding members honoured. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) reportedly only wanted Bernice Sprauve honoured at this year’s Virgin Gorda Easter Festival, against the wishes of the Committee that wanted all four founding members honoured. Photo: VINO/File
Calypsonian Shereen 'Queen Shereen' Flax-Charles, said the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee will continue to be bullied by the Minister for Education and Culture for the same reason that despite knowing that Vincentian Roland O. Vieira aka Chico B was not eligible to participate in the calypso competition last year he was still allowed. Photo: VINO/File
Calypsonian Shereen 'Queen Shereen' Flax-Charles, said the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee will continue to be bullied by the Minister for Education and Culture for the same reason that despite knowing that Vincentian Roland O. Vieira aka Chico B was not eligible to participate in the calypso competition last year he was still allowed. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- In a surprising turn of events, Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee Ms Sasha D.A. Flax has announced that all four founding members of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival will be honoured at the upcoming golden jubilee celebrations.

It was on February 27, 2017, when this news site reported that at least two individuals described a decision to honour only one out of the four founding members of the festival, Bernice Sprauve, as reportedly dictated by the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), as a slap in the face of the committee.

All four will be honoured

However, in an interview with Ms Flax on Saturday, March 11, 2017, she confirmed that Andy Flax, Rose Gardener, Rupert Ephraim and Bernice Sprauve will share the limelight.

“No, we are still going to be honouring all of the honourees, and Miss Bernice [Sprauve], she is one of the honourees,” Ms Flax said, adding, “that’s my final answer on that question.”

Background

According to our well-placed sources, a meeting was held by Minister Walwyn in February with a few members of the existing committee, where the announcement of the plan change, to honour one person as against four as was initially decided by the committee, was made.

We understood that it was met with silence since 90% of the committee members present were government employees and felt intimidated.

One of our sources had bemoaned that all of the committee’s hard work and funds over the months, such as investing in a huge billboard, posters, interviews with the honourees, which were aired on local radio stations, of the history of the inception of the festival as well as brief biographies, countless hours and months of planning, were being pushed down the drain and that Hon Walwyn’s insistence on only one person being honoured is nothing more than a slap to the committee’s face.

When Virgin Islands News Online informed one of our sources, who first brought the issue to the fore, that plans appeared to have been changed, they responded that while the four will be honoured, the village will be named after Bernice Sprauve, as directed by Hon Walwyn.

Calypsonian speaks out

Meantime, veteran Calypsonian Shereen “Queen Shereen” Flax-Charles, said the committee will continue to be bullied by the Minister for Education and Culture for the same reason that despite knowing that Vincentian Roland O. Vieira aka Chico B was not eligible to participate in the calypso competition last year he was still allowed.

“I don’t have a feud with him, I have a feud with we not following rules in the BVI…because at the end of the day, that is why they are being manhandled and bullied by the Minister,” she pointed out.

Against speculation by many, Flax-Charles said she never had a conversation with the reigning monarch where he said he was told to shut his “blasted mouth” since he is not from the territory, thus had no say by someone named “Queen”, which in turn inspired his song, “Outsider.”

Queen Shereen not competing this year

Flax-Charles informed that she wanted it made clear that she will not be competing this year but will be assisting and advising the Committee as they are in need of help, which would require being “on the same stage” with Chico B.

Flax-Charles also said there were in fact objections raised last year with Chico B competing, but nothing was done, and he went ahead without the committee consulting any other calypsonians; however, she, along with at least one other calypsonian, did not compete as a result.

She said a meeting was in fact held with calypsonians regarding Chico B’s eligibility but it took place on February 27, 2017 of this year, and not last year as Flax’s response had suggested.

“We had a bit of a disconnect last year with it but we are on track now, so its two years. What happened was the current winner wasn’t here for two years and we gave him a chance to participate, but now we are in the same application as the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee which we should have been on. But that isn’t an unease because we met with the calypsonians and everybody was fine with the application, we went through the whole application with them,” Chairperson of the VG Festivals Committee Sasha D.A. Flax had said.

23 Responses to “VG Easter Festival Committee defies Hon Walwyn”

  • VG (14/03/2017, 10:21) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    Myrun again jah that man got cuss on he
    • @VG (14/03/2017, 14:29) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      The Vg committee is not a law unto themselves. There is a board that governs all festivals. The decision of who should be honored should have gone through that board. Mrs. Sprauve is the only living founding member of the festival committee and the only one who the festival has never been named after. The village should carry her name and honor be given to the rest. The minister is trying his best with Vg but like Allu don't want anything good. For all the years of being neglect you think you all will embrace someone who cares.
      • Money Talks (14/03/2017, 20:47) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
        If the Minister has nothing to do with funding this event then I think he should let them go ahead with honoring all 4 persons, however as long as he is the one spending the money then he is well within his rights to say what is done. I personally do not care about VG festival because it is always lame just like East End Parade. Then when the begging letter comes to his (Hon. Walwyn's) desk and he either put it to the bottom of the stack or throw it in the garbage then he is the worst person. For the VG people sake I hope it comes off how they are planning it to be.
        • eyes (16/03/2017, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Our tax miney funding these events mot myron personal funds. Dont be dumb
      • WDA?? (15/03/2017, 13:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Mrs. Sprauve is the only living founding member......... Did you kill off the other three because they are alive and well!!! What an *&@&*
  • roro (14/03/2017, 10:28) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    ayo like too much confusion
  • LOL (14/03/2017, 10:59) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    why vino keeping the spotlight on myron, are they campaining for him?
  • Muckup (14/03/2017, 12:09) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Kudos Sasha, you made the right decision. When you take the politics out of decision making, we will end up at the right place.
  • SMH (14/03/2017, 12:26) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Sasha Flax you sitting to close to the Anaconda. Take warning
  • vgboy (14/03/2017, 12:38) Like (25) Dislike (28) Reply
    someone needs to educate dat minister bout his place in the bvi gov, cause he not there 4 us he there his hand outs lol
  • just asking... (14/03/2017, 13:18) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    which is worse a bully or a buller?
    • Scare Crow (14/03/2017, 15:39) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      Lmaooooooooooo! Good one! A Buller WORST!
    • Lincolnpoopdeck (17/03/2017, 10:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Allyo too rude. When the Colonial Master was bullering your great, great, great grand father, you didn't vow this day to fix he cousins from the UK who running over VG for what they did, but you quick to beat up and embarrass one of your own -- ole house "N" self. Educate our people, Ministry of Education.
  • vi (14/03/2017, 13:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go going committee
  • WHIT (14/03/2017, 15:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    We Need to Change the Date (ASAP KNOW)!!!
  • B Real (14/03/2017, 15:14) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That provision is good honor all...but when is the Premier going to reshuffle his cabinet. Myron need to go to Labour
  • Takethat (14/03/2017, 17:42) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Think VG PEOPLE are push overs..lol. Go for young lady.
  • one eye (14/03/2017, 18:27) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Did you all see he tried to bully fahie in the counsel?
    • CounselorCouncil? (17/03/2017, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, we didn't see him trying to bully Fahie in no Counsel. The Minister was in the Council Chambers. What we see is that you are not too educated and you can't spell to save your life. Spend your time on Dictionary.Com instead than on Vino's blog. You just showing us you went to Mander School.
  • Doctor (14/03/2017, 20:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unfortunately, when you have a narrow vision of your self all left is to be a bully


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