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Premier visits centenarian Christalia Hodge

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and centenarian Christalia Idalia Hodge

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and centenarian Christalia Idalia Hodge

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith made a special visit to centenarian Christalia Idalia Hodge yesterday (February 16) at her home in Huntum’s Ghut, Tortola.

He said it was his sincere pleasure to make the visit, and do his part in acknowledging the milestone in Hodge’s life.

Hodge celebrated her 100th birthday on January 14.

As customary, the premier presented her with a $5,000 grant.

The grant, according to the Government Information Service, is in line with government policy stating that “all residents in the territory who reach the age of 100 should be given a one-off grant of $5,000”.

Hodge is the daughter of the late Alberta Todman and James Gibbs.

She grew up in Anderson Estate, Brewers Bay.

She later married Elvin Hodge of Huntum’s Ghut, and together they raised five children – three of whom are still alive.

Hodge was a designer, seamstress, and baker in earlier years.

She no longer bakes, but her tarts are known to many in Huntum’s Ghut and the Road Town area.

Hodge is a member of the Road Town Methodist Church, and is involved in the Women’s League, Jolly Seniors, and Crafters Club.


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  1. WTF says:

    The $5,000 given to Ms. Chrissy is well deserved. Happy Birthday Ms. Chrissy. I will like to take my sentiments a little further.

    People from BVI who emigrated to the USA mainland and USVI, and live all their lives abroad up to when they make their 100th birthday, should not be eligible to receive this grant.

    They never worked or make any contribution to the BVI territory, therefore should not get this benefit.

    Government needs to review and revise the eligibility guidelines for this program.

    • Islander Abroad says:

      Where does the article states those individuals will be eligible for the grant.

      Btw why so much anger towards the citizens who moved away ? You who stayed how many of your children were born in the BVI, just curious.

  2. Velma says:

    Hope she talk some sense into him and teach him a little about running a country. Most important pinch his ears so he stop telling untruths. A well spent $5,000 congrats!

  3. musa says:

    god bless mama

  4. Samuels family says:

    We salute Miss Christie, a wonderful mother and friend to all of us.

  5. bojan says:

    To God be the glory its nice to know you made it thus far belated happy birthday love you always.

  6. Rastaman says:

    Happy belated birthday Ms Chrissy! I miss those hot bread from the old brick oven

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