Beaulieu Parish, Grenada in the Caribbean
In 2004 Grenada was devastated by a hurricane – many buildings were destroyed along with the nutmeg trees that provided the island with its main source of income. Our parish boasts a sizeable Caribbean and particularly Grenadian community and so we decided to support Beaulieu Parish near St George’s in the south of the island. The parish church and the two parish schools had been destroyed by the hurricane.
The church was rebuilt and fitted out with help from around the world. Our parish provided the lighting and we also refurbished parts of Beaulieu School.
The two parishes also developed relationships between parish groups and the two parish schools and each December on the Saturday nearest to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception the Grenadian Community in London join Holy Cross Parishioners at the 6.30pm Mass for a special celebration.
We undertook a major project in refurbishing the playground at Our Lady Help of Christians School in Beaulieu. With a variety of activities we were able to raise the £5000 that was required to level the playground, surface it and equip it for sports. The parish also use it as a car park on Sundays. A group of parishioners visited the school in 2013 for the commissioning of the playground and to bring the fundraising component of our relationship to a close.
Our friendship with Beaulieu Parish continues though and we would be ready and able to help out once again should there be another serious problem.