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Friends of The Bahamas

The Friends of The Bahamas Association was successfully launched on 30 July 1998 at the High Commission in the presence of the then patrons, Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest and High Commissioner Sir Arthur A. Foulkes. The Association, a UK- registered company limited by guarantee, aims to promote, encourage and facilitate cultural, educational and commercial exchanges between the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Unlike other CARICOM Missions, the Bahamas High Commission does not have a large local community upon which to draw, and therefore, relies on the Association for some of its support.

Image: Bahamas Ministry of TourismDuring the past years the Friends of The Bahamas Association has enjoyed consistent growth and now has in excess of one hundred members plus a loyal cadre of supporters, both Bahamian and non-Bahamian, who all share an interest in The Bahamas and the objectives of the Association. According to its Chairman, Mr. Richard Moir, it maintains its original vision to create a cost effective networking and outreach vehicle to complement the work of the High Commission.

The Association is self supporting and independent, with its own directors and advisors. In addition to Mr. Moir, the other members of the Executive Board are Sir Peter Heap, former British High Commissioner to The Bahamas, and Lady Ann Heap, former Chairperson of the Association. Further information on membership and events may be obtained from

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Recently the Founding Patrons and Members of the Association met in Nassau at a dinner hosted by Harry and Christiane Oakes.  Pictured from L to R: Former Governor-General Sir Orville Turnquest; Mrs Christiane Oakes; H.E. the Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Lady Ann Heap; Mr. Harry Oakes; Lady Joan Foulkes; and Sir Peter Heap.