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Comings & Goings On – Residents make time for Christmas

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

Christmas Bazaar coming together

There are snowflakes fluttering around threatening to accumulate; it feels very wintery.  It’s a good setting for the Christmas Bazaar.

Everything is lined up ready to go for Nov. 30. We are trying a NEW time this year so please take note; 4 -7 pm. Plan on having a bite to eat from the concession as it’s over the dinner hour. Several tables have been rented, so there will be a variety of crafts and items to choose from.

Unchanged is the ever popular bake table – get there when the doors open for the best in baked goods! It’s always fun to poke around the second hand table – one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure! The kids love the entertaining variety table – try your hand at drawing the right numbered paper to correspond with the item of your choice!

We already have some fantastic items for the silent and live auction; A beautifully framed Robert Bateman print of a Grizzly (thanks to Gail and Grant Neidig), a comfy solid maple glider chair (thanks to Slim McKillican), a cute set of vintage snowmen decoration, a heavy duty compressor (thanks to John Nottly) and so much more, you must come and check it out!

Of course our raffle tickets will be on sale though the bazaar and will be drawn at 7 pm. You could win a lovely framed cross-stitched picture of a man and his dog in the snow – must be seen to be appreciated – (created and donated by the talented Carol Madden), tickets for two to a dinner show at the Packing House (donated by the Packing House), $50 cash (donated by Marlyn and Doug Wyatt-Purden), gift certificate for Stein Valley Peoples Drug Mart in Lytton, and a Rolgear ratchet screwdriver! Thanks so much to all who’ve donated!

The Christmas bazaar is the major fundraiser of the Community Club with the funds raised going towards Halloween, Easter, and Christmas gatherings for children and community members alike,  as well as insuring and heating the hall. Please come out and support the SBCC! Donations of items for sale and baking can be dropped off Nov. 29  from 2–5, or the Nov. 30 from 1-3. Admission is by a Christmas Food Hamper donation please.

Christmas Potluck

This is a very busy time of year with all the Christmas events, but make sure you mark your calendar for the Dec. 8 Community Christmas potluck luncheon! Cook’s Ferry Band and the SBCC partner for this event every year to bring us all together to share a meal and celebrate the season. The turkeys and hams are provided, but please bring a veggie, salad, or dessert to round out the meal. Door prizes and carol singing, visiting and lots of laughs – Santa will be attending as well, so you’d better be nice! We start at noon in the Cook’s Ferry gym.

Ham and Turkey Bingos

Next up is the ham and turkey bingo on Dec. 13 at Clemes Hall. Early bird starts at 6:30. This is a very popular event with folks coming from surrounding communities to try their hand at winning a Christmas turkey or ham, so best be there early for a seat! There will be a concession supplying the usual treats to keep you sustained through the evening.

New Years celebration

Planning is underway for the annual New Year’s Eve dance – great dancing music by Dj Tracie, fabulous nibblies all night, bubbly and noisemakers and midnight, all designed to make ringing in the New Year in Spences Bridge a blast! Watch for tickets to be on sale soon.

Breaking glass

The New Horizon’s Seniors group has been very busy this fall. As I mentioned last month,  the mask making workshop was so much fun. Then, later in October a group of 10 went up to hang out with horses for the day. Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the day long field trip. The verdict is out on the actual “healing” the horses provided, but all agreed that the horses were so relaxed and that it spread to everyone else. I also heard that the lunch was fantastic. This was a day that brought together folks from the community who might not usually spend the day together as they learned something new.

Currently, the group is in the midst of a glass mosaic project. Many folks gathered and worked together to design an image reflective of the community. Again, individuals are getting to know each other better as they learn from each other and together. I stopped by to see people enjoying breaking glass into little squares, I haven’t seen the project since the gluing had begun, but I look forward to observing the progress and of course the completed piece which will be publicly displayed for all to enjoy.

There was a good turnout at the last New Horizon’s monthly dinner which was held at Clemes Hall. The food was outstanding, and the laughs were non-stop as the group learned about and participated in some improvisation theatre games. The next pot luck dinner is scheduled for Wed. Nov.27 in the Cook’s Ferry Gym at 5 pm. The theme for this dinner is basketry – from anywhere. Bring a favourite basket and share the style, history, or story of where it came from. Join us as we learn from each other and share a meal and a few laughs. And of course any food item that you are able to contribute to the dinner is appreciated.

Soup Day back at the School

The Soup Day at Clemes Hall seemed to not be very well attended, and the feedback was that folks preferred going to the old school. So, after meeting with the Spences Bridge Improvement District where it was decided to lower the fee for using the building, the decision is to move Soup Day back to the old school.

Therefore, starting Nov. 20 every Wednesday will see Soup Day at the old school at noon. Please see Carol Madden at the Post office if you’d like to sign up for making the soup one day. Thank-you so much to Carol for taking on the organization of this weekly get together.

Emergency preparedness

Our Fire Chief Arnie Oram reported to the SBCC that the Fire Dept. is looking into purchasing a new fire truck. He also reported that there were 23 call outs to date this year, but most of those were First Responder calls.

Chief Oram spoke of heading up an Emergency Preparedness committee. Please watch for posters for meeting dates and consider joining Arnie to plan for the unthinkable! The SBCC really appreciates the updates provided at our meeting, and would like to thank the fire dept. for all their volunteer duties in our community, including taking care of the fantastic fireworks display on Halloween!

Next meeting

Next SBCC meeting is Dec. 11 at 7 pm in Clemes Hall – Everyone is not only welcome, but encouraged to attend! Any questions about anything the SBCC is doing – feel free to call Mavourneen 458-2282.

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan

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