Xewkija Day - 2006

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The Xewkija Local Council organized various activities to commemorate the 328th anniversary of the Xewkija Parish.  The Xewkija Day is celebrated on the 27th of November but the activities were organized during the whole month of November.

 

Different sport activities were organized during the month of November.  At the Xewkija Bocci Club a Bowling (Bocci) Tournament was held on the 18th November.  This is a popular sport with the Xewkin.  The tournament was divided in two sections, one for the youths and the other for the more experienced players.  Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented trophies to the winners and runners up of each category. Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 67
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Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 77 On Wednesday 22nd November 2006, an educational campaign about Child Abuse and Traffic Safety was organized by the Council with the cooperation of the Police Department and the Transport Authority.  This campaign was held also with the cooperation of Mr Saviour Tabone, Head teacher of the Rosa Magro Xewkija Primary School.  Children were given interesting lectures about child abuses and also learned about traffic safety.  In fact the students were invited to attend to school with their bicycles/pushchairs to learn how to ride the bicycles safely/ push the pushchair on the road.  At the end of the activity the Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented a souvenir to the officers from the Police Department and the ADT.
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With the cooperation of the Xewkija Tigers Nursery FC an Under Ten Tournament was held on Saturday 25th November at the Xewkija Training Ground.  For this football festival we had participation from other three Gozitan football nurseries.  The Mayor of Xewkija Dr Monica Vella presented the trophies to the winners (Sannat Lions FC) and to all participants in this tournament including our Nursery, Xewkija Tigers FC. Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 56
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On the 26th November the main activity of the Xewkija Day celebrations were held.  At 5.15pm a mass was concelebrated at the Xewkija Parish Church. Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 6

 

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At 6.30pm a full program of activities was organized at the Xewkija Parish Center which was full with guests and Xewkija residents.  The activity opened by a musical program by Banda Prekursur.

During the same musical program, students from Xewkija who have participated in the competitions organized by the Council read their compositions about Xewkija.  The Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented the same students with books.  The Mayor also presented the Head of School, Mr Saviour Tabone, by Lm200 worth of books to be used in the school class libraries.

Dr Monica Vella presented also the certificates to the students who successfully attended a computer course which were organized during the summer 2006 in cooperation with TCTC Ltd.  The Xewkija Local Council organizes various courses during every summer and one particular course is about the Parchment Craft.  Mrs Lucia Hili teaches the parchment craft.  She presented Dr Monica Vella a souvenir (sundial made with parchment).

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Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 31 At the end of the evening, but not least, the Xewkija Mayor Dr Monica Vella announced the winner of the ‘Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija’.  This was the fifth consecutive year that this honour was given by the Xewkija Local Council.  This year, six persons were nominated for the "Premju Gieh ix-Xewkija".  Francis Farrugia, Giovanni Pace, Emmanuel Tabone, Benny Mercieca, Anton Haber and Augustine Dingli were all nominated.  Francis Farrugia was elected as the winner of "Gieh ix-Xewkija 2006".   The Mayor Dr Monica Vella presented the commemorative medal  to Francis Farrugia while the other persons nominated were presented by certificates of appreciation. 
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During her speech the Mayor Dr Monica Vella referred to the incident that the Xewkija Museum had few weeks before when in a thunderstorm, the third floor of the Museum was nearly all destroyed by fire.  Fortunately no one was injured but it is estimated that thousands of Maltese Liri are needed to rebuild the third floor which served as a store and workshop.  The Mayor announced that the Council has unanimously agreed to donate the sum of Lm500 to the Museum to help them rebuild the third floor.  Dr Monica Vella presented the check to Mr Benny Mercieca (is-Superjur).  On behalf of the Museum Mr Benny Mercieca thanked the Council and all the Xewkija community that is helping them in this moment. Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 36

 

Activities - 2006 Xewkija Day 92 After this ceremony, guests were invited to visit the Arts and Xewkija Talent Exhibition which was officially opened by the Mayor Dr Monica Vella and blessed by Archpriest Mons Carmelo Mercieca.  This year's exhibition also included a section about Philately which was about St John The Baptist and Xewkija.  The Council would like to thank Mr Anton Grech and the Gozo Philatelic Association for their cooperation to organize this section.  The exhibition was also opened during the whole week till the 3rd December.  Many people visited this exhibition and appreciated the talents of Xewkin.  Many of the items that were exhibited were done by students that attended for summer courses organized by the Xewkija Local Council
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