Comings and Goings On – Renos begun, Desert Daze going ahead

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly wrapup of community news and events in Spences Bridge.

We’ve certainly had some warm sunny February days; are we in for an early spring? February has a habit of tricking one into thinking that spring is here, but then can turn around and slap you in the face with a late winter blast, so I won’t start gardening just yet!

Radio and TV

The Community Club is very pleased to announce that in addition to having CBC radio back, we also have  TV! Knowledge Network is on channel 23, and CBC is channel 15. So for those of you without satellite get out your rabbit ears and tune in! We’re still working on getting CBC radio “north” changed to “west”.  Work is yet to be completed on the building and fencing, but spring is coming… I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the TV committee Jim Ryan, Arnie Oram and Carolynne Terry for their ongoing dedication to this project.

Family Literacy

Family Literacy week seemed to go well throughout our region and the badminton event at the Chief Wistemnista gym was attended by a few enthusiastic players. It was a lot of fun, and thanks to Ann Belcham for coming down to support us!

Hall renovations

The renovations on Cleme’s hall have begun with earnest! The furnace is in and everything else is lined up ready to go. In next month’s article I will hopefully be able to say that they are completed! It’s very exciting to see this piece of Spences Bridge history getting an upgrade like this. Thanks so much to the committee, especially Carolynne Terry for getting this organized and underway. Thanks also to the TNRD and our representative Steve Rice for making it happen.

Changes to Desert Daze

More great news; Desert Daze Festival 2013 has been approved to go ahead this Aug. 9-10! The committee has met and planning is underway to host this festival in a somewhat pared down fashion. The festival will run Friday and Saturday only, and will feature more local talent.

If you are interested in getting involved in any way, (sponsorship, volunteer, musician, vendor), please let me know.

Soup, cards, crafts and games

The Community Club and the Volunteer Society continue to sponsor the drop in lunch, crafts, and games on Wednesdays at the old school. Please drop in and enjoy a bowl of soup, a game of cards, visiting while you work on your favourite craft, or just visit! Thanks to all those who have supplied the soup, and thanks Carol Madden for organizing it all!

Computers for public use

A reminder that the computers at the old school are there for anyone to use, as well the ipad, cameras etc. are available to sign out for your use.

Please take note that there is a new policy and lending agreement that the club has in place. Contact Carolynne to sign out any equipment.


Cook’s Ferry Band will be hosting badminton every Thursday at 6 pm, and bingo every Tuesday (not sure of time) and I believe there is a movie night once a week – please contact Wilfred 458-2424 for more information.

Next Meeting

The next Community Club meeting is scheduled for March 13 at 7 pm at the hall – hope to see you there!

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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