A Day In The Life Of
Standard Village – ADITLO
103FM brings ‘A Day in the Life of Standard Village’ on-air on Wednesday 29th June 2016 from 9am – 12pm. Tune in or log on to www.103fm.net!
Nestled between Fyzabad and Siparia is Standard Village. The village came into existence after East Indian immigrants served their indentureship between 1890 and 1900. Most of the early settlers came from the Petit Moon sugar estate and they built mud houses, calling the area Petit Moon Village. They planted cocoa, coffee, rice and other small crops.
Then, in the 1930s the Standard Oil company came into being, drilling 15 wells across the village. The name of the village then changed to what it’s now known as – Standard Village. The company also brought with it new roads, electricity, water and telephones. Stakes in Standard Oil were bought over several times, first by United British Oilfields of Trinidad and most recently by Petrotrin.
From the 1950s, the settlers and their descents began moving away from agriculture, getting involved in teaching, carpentry, building, the police service and Petrotrin in the 1990s. Some of the families that still live in the area are the Khans, the Ramdhanies, the Ramnarines, the Ramkhelawans and the Seerams. In the 1960s later the Kasheenath Mandir was built thanks to the contribution of residents of Standard Village and other villages.
Sport has also been a vital part of this community – around the same time as the construction of the mandir, the Standard Sports Club to play competitive cricket and football. In the 2000s, basketball was introduced to the club.
Today, the village of about 500 persons hosts a yearly Bazaar, a Divali celebration, a Christmas Treat and continues to keep sport alive with a village Sports Day.
June 28th, 2016