Għarb, Gozo live camView of the splendid Għarb Parish Church

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    • 1 day ago
    • Jon

    The church is lit up beautifully & still has plenty of people milling around it - especially young children playing. I assume it's a school holiday at present or there's going to be some tired kids in school tomorrow.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Philip Woods

    Derek: The Feast of the Visitation!

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    • 3 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Philip. Can you remind me of the celebration that is about to start please as I can never remember what it is.

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    • 4 days ago
    • viv

    Beautiful!

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    • 1 week ago
    • viv

    Derek, you're right! I left work at 5pm tonight and the outside temp was still 30* generally unheard of up in our North Eastern part of the world.

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    • 1 week ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Viv. One week later and we are basking in the sunshine too warm to do anything.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • viv

    Morning Skyliners! I love this view, all sunny and warm. Not like here in Newcastle where, Derek will also tell you, it's absolutely bucketing down from the heavens! The flags are starting to appear for the FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF OUR LADY, 30/06/2017 - 02/07/2017. Oh to be there now.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Philip Woods

    Derek: I need your email. Rather than post here text to 00356 77777394

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Philip. Much appreciated,I have some of the online records without success but as you say the records are local. You have the right fellow, I don't know of any relatives unfortunately, it was while remonising about the Geordie language and books by Scott that I came across the fact that he was buried in Gozo and thought that it would de nice to visit his grave. He may have been brought up Catholic will have to check.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Philip Woods

    Derek: Further to: Xewkija cemetery in Gozo is government owned, and as such no religious restrictions exist. If he was not Catholic that is the most likely. I may have an outing and look there.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Philip Woods

    Derek: There are several cemeteries on Gozo. I believe the individual churches hold the records, I don't think there is a central register. I will enquire this evening while sitting outside Il Kunvent! It would help if you knew which village he lived in, (any relatives who can tell you?) I assume I'm looking for Edward Scott Dobson?

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Crispin Hall

    Rain in Gozo and rain here in England but the difference is just 15c - message to self ' book a flight' !

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Philip. How are you keeping ? I have been doing a little research into a Scott Dobson, a Geordie artist and writer of Geordie humour and language. He past away on Gozo in 1986, I am trying to locate his grave which bears the inscription GAN CANNY. I wonder if you can help.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jon

    Hi Philip; Thanks for the names & numbers. We're stopping in Gharb during August. so I suspect we'll make quite a bit of use of a good local taxi firm. We came across one last year who charged 15Euro's for every journey (20Euro's for a larger mini bus). I didn't think that was bad if there's say 4 of you going across the island - can't remember who it was. I know he drive actually lived in Gharb - he was a good guy. Regards

Għarb, Gozo

Lovely town of Gozo (Għawdex), Għarb boasts very ancient origins dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages, an exciting archaeological site with an Arabic name meaning "West" that would prove the presence of this population here between 870 and 1090 A.D.; some buildings still keep their original rural structure with decorated stone balconies, its ancient roots can be seen in the centre of the town through narrow and cobbled streets, alleys and rural farmhouses scattered everywhere.

Located on the most westerly place and the most panoramic and highest point of the island, the Ta' Dbiegi hill, Għarb played and important role during the Knights of St. John's period thanks to its coastal lookouts, the first to signal the arrival of enemies to the beleaguered Maltese by constantly relaying smoke signals. Today Għarb is a very quite town where it is possible to still enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient hamlet, as one of the most fertile areas of Gozo, its agricultural production is a massive part of its economy, it could be extremely easy to meet old people retaining a typical old Maltese dialect, almost non exixtent somewhere else. The craftmen also play a very important role in servicing the economy of Għarb, a great part of locals are excellent metal and textile workers, carpenters, the town is also popular for the manufacture of the unique “Gharb blade” the tradiitonal sharp knife popularly known as the "Sikkina ta' l-Għarb"; a tour of this lovely town should include a visit to the Għarb Folklore Museum located in a privately-owned house from the early 18th century, 28 rooms host a large collection of antique tools and artefacts, unique memories of a glorious past and popular traditions. Għarb is not so large if compared with other major places, however historically, it played an important role in safeguarding Malta, moreover lovers of nature will enjoy its natural beauty and peacefulness while history-lovers will be delighted to find so many reminders of a rich past. Għarb locals are still very traditional, their ways of life are strongly rooted in simplicity as Gozo history and culture have to teach...

Among its architectural attractions the splendid baroque Parish Church is worth a visit, built between 1699 and 1729 it is commonly known as Church of the Visitation (Il-Bażilika u Kolleġġjata tal-Viżitazzjoni) dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth, the church boasts two twin clock-towers, a façade of extraordinary beauty adorned with three female figure, Faith situated above the main door, Hope with the ancor and Charity situated at its sides; the interior is elegant, splendid the Visitation and the altarpiece, a personal gift of the Grandmaster de Vilhena. The feast day is on the 31st May of every year, however the outside festivities are held on the first weekend of July.

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