Celebration and laughter at Clemes Hall on New Year's Eve.

Celebration and laughter at Clemes Hall on New Year's Eve.

Comings and Goings On – Spences Bridge kicks into high gear

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

Happy New Year Everyone! It’s so wonderful to see the days getting longer already – and we really haven’t really had a cold snap….yet!

Although some folks just concentrate on staying warm, hoping there isn’t any more shovelling to be done – the Community Club still has plenty going on around here.

I’m delighted to report that the New Year’s Bash was a sell out! Not only did the club make a few dollars, but I do believe that everyone had a great time! Dj Tracy had folks up on the dance floor all night; what a wonderful job she did. Thanks to everyone for all their work on the fabulous decorations and centre pieces, the delicious snacks, great donated door prizes, whether you were tending bar, selling tickets, or mopping up – thank-you. It takes a committed team to put together an event like this, and what a great way for the community to pull together. A special thanks to Craig and Oliva as the organizers – well done!

Drop in lunch, crafts, and cards continue on Wednesdays – Everyone is welcome! Kick the winter blues and join your neighbours for a bowl of soup and a game of cards!

The renovations on Cleme’s Hall will be full steam ahead now. The first job is the furnace; we will have a much more energy efficient heating system. Next the doors will be replaced and the electrical system will be overhauled – very exciting improvements and I haven’t even mentioned the stage!

Family Literacy Week is Jan. 28 to Feb. 2. There are many events throughout the area starting with Monday is Games Night in the Bonaparte Band Hall at 6 pm; Tuesday is Family Games Night in the Cache Creek Community Hall at 7 pm; Wednesday is Zumba Fitness at the Cache Creek Elementary School starting at 7 pm; Thursday is Story Time and Crafts in the Cache Creek Library at 6 pm, AND also on Thursday, SPENCES BRIDGE is hosting a night of Badminton in the Cook’s Ferry Gym at 6 pm; Friday is Story Time in Ashcroft Library at 6 pm; and to finish off the week – Public Skating in the Ashcroft arena from 2:15 – 3:15 pm. All events are free, and open to everyone – even if you don’t have kids! There will be a free draw at each event and you can enter for the main draw prize at each event.

The Desert Daze planning committee will be holding their first meeting of the year on Jan. 29 at 5 pm at the Packing House. If you are interested in getting involved in the planning and organizing of this festival, please attend.

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

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