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It is with ambivalent feelings that I write to you of my imminent retirement from the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre, effective September 1, 2019.
The Centre can scarily survive and maintain its service to seniors on the funding it receives in grants and public donations.
We have enjoyed forty-four years working with you, the government, businesses, schools, churches, the media and civic groups to get seniors out of the house for healthful activities in social clubs.
The Centre came about at the same time as Meals-on-Wheels and Age Concern and was active in the formation of these bodies that persistently advocate for seniors.
We appreciate your services faithfully rendered to the programme, as a club leader, attendee, volunteer, or corporate donor. Thanks for using your energy and resources to keep vulnerable seniors vibrant and engaged in the community.
In closing, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your welcome donations and valuable services to the Centre.

Yours in community service,
Fredrick R. Hassell, MBE, Director

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A ‘Centre’ in which seniors are safe in an atmosphere created by themselves, that invigorates them with new exciting purposes and new rejuvenating things to do in their leisure years.

Reaching out to seniors & getting them out of the house for socialising at luncheons, craft and island wide rallies. The ‘Centre’ is the gateway to a network of eighteen senior clubs across the island.

The Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre is planted in Admiralty House Park, the former residence and headquarters of the British Admiral commanding the American and West Indies Squadron. In 1956 the Admiralty was withdrawn from Bermuda and the property reverted to the Government of Bermuda for recreational and public enjoyment.

In the 1970’s a fine group of citizens initiated a programme targeting all segments of the community, offering a variety of leisure and recreational opportunities for children, young people, adults and older persons.

Thirty-five years later the community dialectic continues to flourish through the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre’s focus on seniors and character building activities with children in public schools. The Centre helps social and civic groups by making its Clubhouse available for community meetings, family reunions and children’s parties. Thanks for visiting our site; we hope it’s appealing to seniors looking to become affiliated with our activities, club meetings, or 18 affiliated senior groups.

Fredrick R. Hassell, MBE

The Bermudian Charter of the Rights and Responsibilities of the Elderly and Adults in Need of Long-Term Care and Assistance was signed on July 11.

Read the full story in Bernews

A premiums hike in the government employee’s health insurance scheme could hit seniors on fixed incomes, campaigners for the elderly have warned.

Now the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre has urged older Bermudians to push politicians to force down health insurance costs in the wake of a rates rise in the scheme for government workers.

Read the full story in the Royal Gazette

We salute EY’s managing partners and staff for supporting the Bermuda Senior Islanders’ Centre for ten years.

Read Fred Hassell's article in Bernews

Mrs. Doars fondly remembered by Admiralty House seniors

Mrs. Doars, one of our dear members, has gone from our presence, a precious soul we remember attending social events in Admiralty House Park.
To her immediate family and friends, we offer our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers.
Please see a video tribute of our late funding raising volunteer selling charity tags for the Centre at RUBis Gas Station Warwick, October of 2016.
Mrs. Doars did so much for the community in the Name of Jesus, may our Heavenly Father reward her richly.

Fred Hassell's Grandparents

My grandparents on my father's side came to Bermuda from Saba in the early 1900s. Saba island (population 1,991) is 5 square miles in the Northeastern Caribbean Sea, 28 miles southwest of St. Maarten. My grandfather James Hassell died in Pembroke at 79 years and my grandmother Maryanne Hassell died in the parish at 67 years the same year. I'm assuming they posed for this picture somewhere in Pembroke around 1920 includes James and Maryanne Hassell, Clement, James, standing and my dad Ned sitting who was born in 1910 and his brother Eldridge. The names are written across the picture identifying members of the family appear to be my father's handwriting.

Tribute to Fred Hassell from Rev. Anthony Pounder

Reverend Hassell and I met in the late 1980's soon after I arrived on the Island. It did not take long for our paths to meet. I believe it was "divine intervention" when our paths did cross. One day I had locked myself out of my apartment and the Rev. Hassell just happened to walk by and I told him what was wrong. He got me a ladder and I was able to climb through the open window and unlock the door. I thanked him and he then invited me to tea and to meet his family. That was the beginning of our long, spiritual friendship as members of the New Apostolic Church.
We held many outdoor services for the seniors and we conducted services at one of the Islands senior residences every Sunday for a number of years.
I am happy that this noble servant of God has dedicated his life to serve the Island of Bermuda's seniors. I know it is his life's passion to do that, especially to help the widows. Our Heavenly Father has given him this special gift of love and charity for his neighbors. He has been blessed with a loving wife and children and grandchildren, a nice home, many friends, jobs that he loved. I am delighted to see that Rev. Hassell who has dedicated his life to helping others is still giving back to society and to his senior neighbors and showing the love of God that was laid into his heart.

Anthony Pounder

Eugene Carmichael was a phenomenal Bermudian

Eugene chatting with seniors at Admiralty House and presenting a copy of his book: Death is not the end to Fred Hassell April 2017.

Read the letter from Eugene Carmichael to Fred Hassell.
Read the letter of condolence sent to Lorna Carmichael

A letter from the Premier, the Hon.E.David Burt,JP,MP

thanking Fred Hassell for sending a copy of our newsletter.
Read it here.

Senior’s tribute to the late Marlene B. Landy, J.P.

We remember the late Marlene B. Landy, a fluent, consummate radio and television Presenter. Listeners will have memories of Marlene B., a suave anchor of ceremonies presenting the content and form of melodious music before transmitting it to the public.

In memory of Marlene B., we would like to share two pieces of celebrated music she presented for the classical hour of the Sixty Something Radio Programme in FM105 studios at BBC. *Turandot Puccini’s aria, Nessun Dorma (None shall sleep) and Air On the G String, by J.S Bach.

We extended our heartfelt condolences to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends on her passing.

May our Heavenly Father who blessed her with gifts and poise, give her eternal rest, in the name of his beloved Son the Lord Jesus.

* Click on the title to hear Nessun Dorma (Andrea Bocelli) and Air On the G String and be enthralled by orchestras performing them.

Fredrick R. Hassell, MBE

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Financial information for 2019