I was privileged to be on Anne's team at the first consulations in the formation of The Environmental Management Authority (EMA,) at the Trinidad Hilton in the 90s. Our subject of course was the Land use, forests etc a subject close to her heart as she bravely charged the hills to confront the quarry operators, some without any licence to bring this fact to the attention of the public and Government through her extremely well written columns. One such area is again under threat and being championed by another UKWC member in the Maracas Valley at Ortinola, a public meeting I recently attended ,and wondered why Anne was not there. Now we know, she had been unwell for some time. I missed her columns on Art Shows, Restaurants, etc which she visited and rated. I asked her to include me if she ever needed a new dinner companion, but she had her regulars. Anne cheerfully covered our last Macmillan Cancer Coffee morning at the BHC kindly hosted by the then lady in residence and Patron, Annie Nash, after I had vowed to carry on the practice begun by the ever active past Patron, Tessa Harborne. This was in direct response to our members here in TT including myself, who were cancer patients in the UK experiencing the care of Macmillan Cancer Support. I believe over £500 was sent back in total, for those two events.
Anne will be remembered more fondly by the general public, the Environmentalists, Garden enthusiasts, (she brought weeds and wild plants to the fore), and local cooking through the herbs grown by her , photographed, and featured in her popular columns. With sincerest sympathy to her family, those who remember her in the UKWC, and loyal friends in the media. RIP.
Jacqueline A. Telfer