Barrier-breaking pilot remembered in St George’s

News  |  April 15, 2024

A memorial service to honour former slave and ship’s pilot James “Jemmy” Darrell was held in St George’s yesterday. Mario Thompson, Bermuda’s Pilot Warden, told attendees at St Peter’s Church that Mr Darrell should be named a national hero for his historical significance to the island. “There was a petition eight or nine years ago to recognise Jemmy Darrell as a national h... Read more

Historical East End burial vault gives way after heavy rain

News  |  March 4, 2024

Officials at St Peter’s Church in St George’s are faced with a mystery after a tomb with no inscription collapsed under heavy rain. “All the reference books I have looked at so far have not said. It would be great if we could find out a date and a name.” The Reverend Canon John Stow, acting priest in charge at St Peter’s, said that the barrel-vault over the “ancient” stone... Read more

Midshipman Dale Commemorative Service

News  |  March 1, 2024

The lasting impact of the life of US Navy Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale - one of the last casualties of the War of 1812 - was remembered on February 24th at St Peter's Church, Their Majesties Chappell, in an annual service held by The Friends of St Peter's Church. Her Excellency the Governor of Bermuda Rena Lalgie laid a wreath on behalf of the family of Captain Scarritt Adams, U... Read more

Clock is ticking again in the Olde Towne

News  |  November 29, 2023

When British clock expert Melvyn Lee and his team refurbished the St George town clock they found a surprise. Hidden between the hour hand and the minute hand was a thin, metal disc not much bigger than a dollar coin. Ron Gregory, Brian Carter, Melvyn Lee “The only way you could see that part would be to take the clock apart,” Mr Lee said. Yet, someone had taken great care to stam... Read more

Historic church holds service to celebrate abolition of slavery

News  |  August 7, 2023

St Peter’s Church hosted a special service assembled by its member Grace Rawlins on Sunday, July 30, 2023. The event was held to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Bermuda on August 1, 1834 and to remember the Black Bermudians of that time and their life experiences. The historic church does not have a resident priest but Ms Rawlins was “keen” to keep the tradi... Read more

Bermuda National Trust Heritage Award

News  |  June 15, 2023

The Friends of St Peter's Church and craftsman Robert Powell received certificates at the Bermuda National Trust Heritage Awards 2023. The Bermuda National Trust’s annual heritage awards were presented on 15 June. The awards, sponsored by Butterfield & Vallis, recognise individuals, organisations, groups and schools that have worked to protect and promote Bermuda’s natural and cult... Read more

Jemmy Darrell’s achievements praised at church service

News  |  April 24, 2023

The life and achievements of one of Bermuda’s most celebrated figures were recognised at a service of remembrance in the Town of St George on Saturday. Pilot Warden Mario Thompson lays a wreath. Descendants of James Darrell gathered at St Peter’s churchyard to honour a sailor and pilot whose navigational skills and seamanship won the the plaudits of the Royal Navy — and his own freedo... Read more

Service remembers those who lost their lives at sea

News  |  July 11, 2022

Those who have lost their lives at sea were remembered during wreath laying ceremony off the coast of St David’s. The Annual Memorial Service of the Guild of the Holy Compassion, held on Friday, was able to return to the water for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The tradition began after the loss of the crew of the pilot gig Ocean Queen in rough weather in Januar... Read more

Celebrating more than 300 years of history

News  |  June 11, 2022

St Peter’s Church in St George’s will tomorrow hold a special service to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the intituling as Their Majesties Chappell by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The service also celebrates Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. This history of this prestigious honour dates to 1697 when the English monarchs, King William and Queen Mary, sent communion silver to St Pet... Read more

Tour of segregated graveyard shines light on Bermuda’s history

News  |  April 27, 2022

A year ago Reverend Lorne Bean started a tour at St Peter’s, where the churchyard tells the story of Bermuda’s “chequered” past. Built shortly after the island was settled in 1612, it shows a clear divide: the western section was reserved for slaves, free Blacks and Indians and the central section for Whites; the eastern section was for members of the military. “I talk about human... Read more