In recent years the North Wales Jamaica Society has been focussing
on developing links with the community in Clarendon, Jamaica,
in particular working with the Pennants Community Development Committee, working on reseach into our shared history and exploring reparation options
while developing school and community links.
Our plans for 2023 are to continue to support our current work and also to try to support the Jamaica Wales Aliance with the TAITH project
- with plans to link schools in North Wales with schools in Clarendon.
You are invited to our next NWJS Open Meetings on
Sat 3rd June and Sat 1st July on Zoom at 3pm in Wales, 9am in Jamaica
NB - no meeting in May 2023 - the timing clashes with the Coronation!
Just click here - our regular Zoom link:
Also we have a day of recognition planned for 'Windrush 75' on Thursday 22nd June
- more details soon.
The NWJS Open Meeting on Zoom in March planned to host the Pennants Tenants Strike Conference in March - but then we realised it was the 85th Anniversary of the submission of the Petition by Robert Rumble and his colleagues on 23rd April .... so 'Black History Conversations' hosted a special session with NWJS on Friday 21st April at 3pm UK and 9am Jamaica on Zoom supported by SSLH and Learning Links International:
Here is the link: available shortly!
This was a great meeting with lots of discussion:
Saturday 4th Febuary 2022 - special session!
You are also be invited to Yasus Afari's 20th Anniversary Edition
of 'Poetry in Motion' on Sunday 26th February
Thanks to everyone who was able to join our open meeting on Sat 7th January 2023.
We covered a range of topics including:
an update on the Pennants Project and the exciting potential of the Infant Department on the John Austin Primary School site.
the potential of using the current Basic School building to replace the Community Library
the Pennants Archive at Bangor University and the new equipment which will enable us to see the maps of the plantations
Welsh Government 'Taith' project funding for school exchanges and research work
we also raised awareness about the Windrush project www.justiceforwindrushgenerations.org and www.windrushalliesnetwork.org
and an appeal was made for more NWJS Members / Volunteers
Thanks to everyone who joined our open meetings during 2022
Saturday 3rd December 2022 at 2.00pm in UK and 8am in Jamaica
- working on the TAITH Pathway 2 application
and the special NWJS Open Meeting on
Saturday 26th November at 2.00pm in UK and 8am in Jamaica
- for teachers from Jamaica and Wales to meet and intoduce themselves, on starting the Taith journey to explore developing links with Jamaica.
Saturday 4th November 2022
We welcomed folks from around the world including a number of people from Pennants.
Lorna Thomas from the Pennants Community Research Team, who told us about the story of Robert Rumble, Liz Millman shared the research so far.
Saturday 1st October 2022:
We had another great meeting launching Black History Month - thanks to all who joined us
On Saturday 3rd Sept 2022
We were joined again by some of our colleagues and friends in Pennants, the Institute of Jamaica, the Jamaica Memory Bank, and colleagues from the Jamaica Wales Alliance, Jamaica Heritage Links, Learning Links International, Rotary Clubs of Bangor and May Pen, and the Coxwain Historical Group.
Saturday 11th June 2022 - at 2pm UK / 8.00am in JA
- joined again by some of our colleagues and friends
in Pennants, the Institute of Jamaica, the Jamaica Memory Bank,
and colleagues from the Jamaica Wales Alliance,
Jamaica Heritage Links, Learning Links International,
Rotary Clubs of Bangor and May Pen, and the Coxwain Historical Group.
and we welcomed Prof Anthony Bogues, Director,
Centre for the Study of Slavery & Justice, at Brown University, in US
sharing an update into his research about Robert Rumble’s story
Saturday 7th May 2022
Saturday 2nd April
Dr Jose Andres Fernandes Montes de Oca from the University of Costa Rica joined us to make a presentation from his recently completed PhD Dissertation, about the successful tenants rent strike held by local people in Pennants District, Clarendon, Jamaica, against Lord Penrhyn in 1938.
This led to pressure on the Douglas Pennant family to sell their remaining estates / plantations in Jamaica by 1940, so that local people could buy a plot and settle down with security.
The North Wales Jamaica Society has been working with the local community in Pennants, Clarendon, to explore story of the strike leader Robert Rumble, along with a range of support activities for the local school and community, also working with the local Rotary Club.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out NWJS Update - November 2021 here
The NWJS Annual Windrush Day Conference
- was held this year on Zoom on Sunday 20th June 2021
at 3.00pm (UK) and 9.00am (Jamaica)
For more information Click Here
The North Wales Jamaica Society holds an open meeting on the first Saturday of the Month - we are currently trying an afternoon meeting at 2pm which will be an easier time for our Jamaica based colleagues to join. Bring your own tea and cakes / breakfast!
Our meeting on Saturday 1st May and was well attended by folks in North Wales, Clarendon, Jamaica and other parts of the world!
On Sat 6th March we explored the interesting history of the Tennants Strike in Pennants, in 1938 which was led by Robert Rumble, which caused the land settlement which enabled people to buy land previously ‘owned’ by the wealthy Pennant family.
We also visited Pennants with a showcase of photos taken by Clifford Headley.
And we carried on getting to know one another and explain the new NWJS approach
You are welcome to contact us through this website - Contact Us
We were delighted to welcome David Triggs, the President of the London based Henry George Foundation, as our guest. This is the organisation that helped the tenants in the Pennants community in Clarendon, Jamaica, to succeed in their challenge to their unreasonable landowner - Lord Penrhyn.
Click Here to find out about the Pennants History Community Research Project on www.spanglefish.com/pennantshistory
Please use Contact Us if you have any queries, contributions or ideas - we would like you to join us in our activities and research.
NWJS Open Meeting on Sat 5th December 2020 held in partnership with Jamaica Heritage Links - the new name for 'Jamaica 2000'
10.30 for 11.00 > prepare your Saturday Soup ... and catch up with friends!
11.00 - 12.00 > update on NWJS plans and the Pennants Project
12.00 - 12.50 > 'Those were the days..... ' memories of Jamaican 2000 activities and achievents, with a Quiz prepared by one of our younger members Kiya.
12.50 > ..... moving on with plans for 'Jamaica Heritage Links'
1.00 > your Saturday Soup should be ready to enjoy with friends!
The North Wales Jamaica Societry is joining with UK Charity 'Jamaica 2000/Jamaiaca Heritage Links' for conference with a difference, sponsored by Learning Links International and 'Promoting our Heritge'.
The Zoom recording link is:
It starts part way through Caroine Sansome's presentation about Penrhyn Castle.