By J. Brock (FINN)
In November 2015, Members of Executive Council approved the donation of a building plot on the Sapper Hill Development to the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission Trust, to enable the Trust to construct a residence for the Port Chaplain. The plot was identified as the most appropriate location for the new Port Chaplain’s property to be paid for and constructed by the Seaman’s Mission, out of a list of building plots available within FIG development sites which had been made available for tender to the public, but had not been taken up. MLA Phyl Rendell, who holds the portfolio for Fisheries and sits on Executive Council, was pleased that FIG was in a position to assist the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission: “The fishing industry plays a huge role in the economy and working life of the Falkland Islands and FIG places great importance on welfare standards for deep-sea fishermen. The work of the Lighthouse Seamen’s Mission is key not only to supporting the deep-sea fishermen, but in providing a safe port of call for all mariners visiting the Islands. I am pleased that FIG has been able to support the charitable aims of the Mission in this way.” Dick Sawle, on behalf of the Lighthouse Seaman’s Mission Trust, extended his thanks: “On behalf of all the Trustees, I am immensely thankful for the generosity of Executive Council in granting us this land, which will enable us to ensure that the Mission continues to be staffed for the future. It is heartening to see FIG making such efforts to support the fishermen who help to sustain our economy. The next big step for the Trust is to begin raising the necessary funds to construct the Port Chaplain’s house.” In 2004, Executive Council granted the Falklands Veteran Foundation a long lease of Liberty Lodge on a peppercorn rent, but this is believed to be first time in recent history that the Government has supported a charitable organisation through the award of an absolute gift of land.