It was a long process and a large and thought provoking decision, but on Friday November 19, (thanks to a 5 day extension by the Barbados Agricultural Management Company – BAMC), The Future Centre Trust officially said goodbye to the Edgehill Plantation House.
It was some thirteen years that the organisation was housed there under the FCT name until 2001 and as Counterpart Caribbean until late 2009 when we went back to a new look FCT.
The Board took the decision after a long consultative process with committee members and as far back as the Strategic Planning sessions which commenced in November 2008, but it was decided that the move needed to take place and we would hand over the property in its entirety.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped move everything out of the property and for those who helped find new homes for many items. Thanks to the folks who visited our Garage Sale and contributed to the sale by way of additional goods to sell including Accra Beach Hotel.
It was a mammoth task, one that took much energy and time, but in the end it was realised that the location served its time and it was now time to focus on our new Programme Areas and be out in the community completely rather than put energies and funding into an 19th century Plantation House.
We wish to thank the BAMC for their permission to use the property for all these years for a ‘peppercorn’ rent and to provide the home to the organisation.Thanks also to everyone who over the years put their energies into creating exhibits, maintaining gardens, and generally helping to keep the place going. It was well worth the effort!
We still need to find homes for 6 dioramas created by Chris Chandler which are excellent displays, so if anyone has some ideas, please contact Nicole Garofano at the FCT asap!
Bring on 2011 with many more outreach programmes to be put in place!