St Mary's School Christmas Concert 2018
|Photo report of the 2018 Christmas Concert and Play Performed at St Mary's School.
Old Year's Night 2018
Photos from Dawn & Robin Repetto and Shirley Squibb
On Old Year's Night, the traditional Okalolies (names and spellings vary) roamed the village looking to do mischief. Wo betide any children or women they encounter!
|The Okalolies posing for a group photo|
|Okalolies "marauding" round the village visiting homes|
|A caught child about to be marmalised!||But not all the children were frightened|
A truce held sway when the Okalolies visited the Administrator's Old Year's Night reception, where they greeted the Admin's wife with flowers. They then moved on to the reception held by the Acting Chief Islander, Emma Swain.
|Sean and Marina Burns at their Administrator's reception.||Greeting Marina with flowers|
|Can you say too much with flowers?||Catering team at the Admin's reception|
|Listening to the Admin's Old Year's Night speech|
|Refuelling and…||…having a well deserved rest|
|On to the Acting Chief Islander's reception…||…hosted by Emma Swain|
After the receptions, everyone disperse to their own parties and braais, with a break at midnight when people gather round the fishing gong. It was struck at midnight to ring the New Year in, and then the partying continued.
|Time to party. Whats on the braai?||Striking the fishing gong to ring the New Year in|
|Gathering by the Gong at midnight|
Photos from Dawn Repetto and Shirley Squibb
Tristan enjoyed beautiful weather during the Christmas period. Ladies decorated graves in the island cemeteries on Christmas Eve, and Midnight Mass was celebrated in both the churches. Christmas lunches included the traditional stuffed roast mutton, and the rest of the day was spent at leisure with families taking advantage of the sun at the beaches
|Midnight Mass at St Mary's Church, starting with the lighting of candles, led by Lay Minister Lars Repetto.|
|Presents under the tree||Christmas Day lunch|
|Beautiful weather for the Christmas Eve decoration of the cemeteries (left), and a Norfolk Island Pine in the village on Christmas Day (right)|
|Among other things, Christmas is a time for having fun at Runaway Beach|
|Five Fingers freshly caught at the beach.||Old Tristan roses in the Christmas Day sun.|
Break-Up Day 2018
Photos from Dawn Repetto
Holiday Programme Dates from Cynthia Green
Government Departments enjoyed the traditional Break-Up Day on Friday 21st December as they started the three-week Christmas and New Year Holiday. Work begins again on Monday 14th January 2019.
St Mary's School broke up on Friday 14th and the Island Store closed on Wednesday 19th December. Thursday 20th December was the last day of opening for the Internet Cafe and, surprisingly for those elsewhere in the world, the Albatross Bar, which will also remain closed until 14th January.
Islanders are well aware of these arrangements and stock up on festive food and drinks, as catering is based at home and at huts around the Potato Patches during the holidays.
|Fishing Factory staff gather for their party|
|Staff tour other parties|
|H'admin staff relaxing||A reminder that it's summer and people are really happy to be breaking-up for Christmas! Cheers!|
At St Mary's Anglican Church Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib is at 11.30pm on Monday 24th December, and a Morning Service at 8.00am on Tuesday 25th December.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Church Midnight Mass is at at 11.30pm on Monday 24th December and a Morning Service at 9.00am on Tuesday 1st January.
Old Year's Night
The Administrator has invited everyone to the Residency for drinks between 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Thereafter everyone is invited to the residence of the Acting Chief Islander, Emma Swain.
We aim to publish more photo-reports of the Christmas and New Year Holiday in the coming days.