Buxton- Friendship Express – Nov 2010

Buxton- Friendship Express Newsletter – November 2010

Please download here: Buxton-FriendshipExpress2010-11

The November issue of our newsletter is also available online at:http://buxtonguyana.net/Buxton-FriendshipExpress2010-11.pdf

You may also obtain past issues from our website at www.buxtonguyana.net

Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!


Lorna Campbell,  Editor

Buxton Friendship Express – July 2010

This is the Buxton Friendship Newsletter for July 2010.

Click here to open:  Buxton Friendship Express July 2010 < click here

Here is an excerpt from this newsletter:

It is with sincere commitment and pride that the Response Committee, formed to organize the activities for the commemoration of the 170th Anniversary of the purchase of Buxton-Friendship assiduously undertakes plans to satisfy the expectations of hundreds of overseas-based Buxtonians and friends of Buxton, who will participate in this major historic event.

Our fore-parents exposed ideals and values – co-operativism, thrift, unity, independence, education, love for your fellow people, strength of character etc., and they must remain pillars upon which we continue to build and defend Buxton. In retrospect, our fore-parents were a nononsense group of people who fought for what they believed-a virtue we need to promote, as we collectively climb to the top of the mountains with Buxton on our shoulders.

Village development has indeed been dormant for too long and whatever caused that malaise should be addressed so that Buxton, the second village to have been purchased by former African slaves and the first to have acquired its transport, is restored to its prime position. During

this journey, we have earned too many .firsts. (which you will hear about later) to not  contemplate serious development of our village at this juncture.

It is with deep anticipation that we await your arrival and active involvement in the wide variety of activities programmed for this landmark celebration. We are truly excited and, on behalf of all our members, I take this opportunity to welcome you home to Buxton to celebrate our heritage while charting a new development path. Let that feeling of nostalgia propel you not only to reminisce on the good, old village life but. Most importantly, to reaffirm your conviction to rebuild Buxton in every respect. Come and have real fun!!

Bring your brain to promote a progressive vision. Bring your energy to fuel the spirit of unity. Bring your right clothing to celebrate the Buxton Village Movement.

Bring your commitment, passion and goodwill to endorse the development thrust of Buxton Village.

Our fore parents must be smiling in their graves.

Warm Regards,

Barbara Thomas-Holder. Chair, Buxton Response Committee

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Buxton-Friendship 170th Anniversary

Buxton-Friendship 170th Anniversary

The villages of Buxton and Friendship, East Coast Demerara would be commemorating their 170th anniversary this year.  There will be a number of events in New York and Guyana to celebrate this occasion.  Here is the contact information for the Committee:

Buxton 170th Anniversary Commemoration Committee
454 Vermont Street.   Brooklyn, NY 11207, USA

Mboya Wood, Chairman: 646-727-5937        Lorna Campbell, Secretary: 718-342-0040 / 592-666-3629
Registration Form. Submit by June 30, 2010

Please click on the following link to obtain a copy of this month’s newsletter – The Buxton-Friendship ExpressDownload here:


Remember to sign up for the 170th celebration in Buxton by completing the Registration Form which you can obtain through this link:   Download here: http://www.buxtonguyana.net/Buxton170RegistrationForm.pdf

Also see the Buxton Anniversary Magazine Contract to order your copy:

Download hereBuxtonAnniversaryMagazineContract



The village of Buxton is situated on the East Coast, in the county of  Demerara. It lies within Guyana’s Demerara-Mahaica Region 4,  approximately 12 miles east of the capital city of Georgetown, and is part of the Buxton-Foulis Neighbourhood Democratic Council. April 2010 will mark the 170th anniversary of the purchase of this former plantation by 128 previously enslaved African descendants.

On 1st August, 1838, slavery was officially abolished in Guyana. But for four years preceding this occurrence, the slaves served a period of apprenticeship through which they earned small amounts of compensation for their labour. From their meagre wages, they resolutely saved some of their earnings, which they later pooled to purchase abandoned plantations.

It should be noted that although Victoria was purchased before Buxton, Buxton obtained its transport first on 2nd January, 1841. Following the first such purchase of what is now Victoria Village, in November 1839, by 83 former slaves, 128 of their fellow labourers from plantations between Lusignan and Non Pariel, East Coast Demerara, pooled their resources to acquire the 500-acre Plantation New Orange Nassau from its proprietor, James Archibald Holmes, for $50,000, in April 1840. The newly established village was renamed Buxton in honour of Thomas Fowell Buxton, a British Member of Parliament, who had campaigned tirelessly for the abolition of slavery in the British colonies. …..continued click following link for the full article ….   Buxton-Friendship 170th Anniversary

( appeared in Guyanese Online Newsletter – March 2010-  page 11.)

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