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

Seafarers head east for ‘blessing of the boats’

Event  |  June 24, 2023

The annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony takes place on Sunday June 25, beginning at 9am. The Right Reverend Nicholas Dill, Bishop of Bermuda, will lead the procession from St George’s Harbour to the Chapel of Ease dock in St David’s. The Chapel of Ease Anglican Church has a special history and relationship with the maritime culture of Bermuda. The tradition of Blessing of the Boats da... 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