Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Here is a copy of the information which I entered into Wikipedia on Laventille. Most of the information which I originally entered was deleted by one of the editors as there appeared to be copy right issues with the information. Most of my information was sourced from the Catholic News archives which had excellent information on the history of the National Shrine, the source of funding for the construction of the place (foreign donors)  and there were also photos from Facebook, all of  which were not accepted. As this was one of the first pieces which I worked on and as I was learning the skill involved in citation and other skills, I took the "editing" as part of the process. When I have the time, I will re write the piece and request permission from the authors to use their work and the link to the archives, however for now, here is what I wrote on Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago:


The world famous Angostura Bitters is currently produced at the Angostura compound [1] which is located off the Eastern Main Road in Laventille. This product is one of the older products of Trinidad and Tobago which has won many awards and which has been exported to many countries. The bitters forms an essential element in many drinks and dishes.
Many of the rums which are produced in Trinidad are made at the Angostura Compound. These rums are exported to many countries and earn valuable foreign exchange for the country. They allow those who reside abroad to remember the good things of their former country and are used in many dishes, such as curry duck or chicken. These rums are also used in ponche a creme, the local equivalent of egg nog.
For many years, MacFoods Meat processors were one of the larger employers in the area, as their factory produced top quality pork hams, marketed under the label "Blue Ribbon" hams.


Laventille Devotions

For the last thirty plus (30+) years, each year persons from the Roman Catholic parishes in the North of Trinidad, have headed to Laventille on the Sunday closest to the 13th of the month, during the period May - October. For the young and the young at heart, this gathering is a reminder of the visitations of Our Lady of Lourdes, the need to pray for the country , each other and the intentions of the Pope and Archbishop using the Rosary as a method of prayer, to gather with their peers and most of all, to give thanks for what has been given to them.

Coopers trained at Angostura

In 2015, over a three (3) week period young persons were trained in the art of coopering at Angostura. This training involved the making of barrels from scratch. These barrel which can be used to store the "work in progress of rum" are an intrinsic part of the creation of the rum product.[2]

Places of interest

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection

The Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection are located in the Angostura compound, Eastern Main Road, Laventille.[3] The compound is located on 20 acres of land at Trinity Avenue and Eastern Main Road. This compound is located just on the outskirts of Port of Spain, heading towards Morvant. Access is obtained through the Eastern Main Road entrance. In addition to the Museum, there are several buildings which are located on the compound, such as the Distillery, the Administration Offices and the Special Events Buildings for which bookings can be placed.

Fernandes Industrial Centre (FIC)

The Fernandes Inudstrial Centre (FIC) is located along the Eastern Main Road, close to the Morvant Junction. The FIC stretches from the Main Road, is intersected by the Priority Bus Route and continues to the Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CRH). However the Compound is not accessible from the CRH. The Centre offers warehousing, distribution and operating space for several different types of businesses, some of these are:
~ Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life.[4] This Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) was founded by Mr. Clive Pantin, brother of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin of the R.C. Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Living Water Community [5] former principal of Fatima College. The organisation is engaged in the collection, distribution of food items to those in need and other social services.
~Peter Sheppard Studio ~ Peter Sheppard has produced artwork which recreate historical scenes of Trinidad and Tobago.
Here is the link to the Wikipedia page on Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laventille

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