Farewell to Cpl. Stephan Drouin

Comings & Gongs On – Bazaars, parties and partings

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

‘Tis the season! Everyone is super busy, and there are so many events to attend – but we must take the time to celebrate with each other – whatever it is that you celebrate!

The Christmas Bazaar was a reasonable success, a hall with lots of folks shopping and visiting. We didn’t have the weather and road conditions in our favour, but we somehow managed to be successful as a fundraiser that will help us keep the hall going. Thank-you so much to all that donated for the raffle, the baking, the crafts, the auction items and so on! There were many volunteers contributing their time to this event, and all the hard work and dedication is appreciated. Congratulations to all the raffle winners!

Movie nights will take a break ‘till January when there isn’t quite so much going on. “2012” only had a few folks, so the whole concept may be reconsidered. Stay tuned!

Speaking of staying tuned; a special shout out to TNRD director Steve Rice for managing to get our town T.V. rebroadcasting  to continue for at least another four years. There are several folks that depend on the service, and it’s great to know that it will continue.

Wednesday Soup Day is going strong! We had a fantastic turn out for the farewell to RCMP member Cpl. Stephan Drouin, commander of the Lytton Detachment. It was truly wonderful to see so many come to say thank-you and good bye. We all wish Stephan all the best in Haida Gwaii. The Soup Days will take a break over Christmas – NO soup day Dec. 24th or 31st (for obvious reasons…) – and will return Jan. 7, 2015.

The turkey bingo was fun! Ten turkeys and a ham walked out the door to go to happy homes, and the SBCC managed to raise some funds! Thanks to organizers Craig and Olivia Watson and all their helpers!

The Community Christmas Party left us all stuffed as usual – a fantastic feast put on in partnership by Cook’s Ferry and the Community Club with some potluck help! Lots of children sang their hearts out in order for Santa to hear them and make a little guest appearance. It’s wonderful to see the whole community celebrating together and sharing a meal. Thanks to all the cooks and helpers that made the event a success. Cook’s Ferry also took to opportunity to thank the outgoing Council members and to welcome the newly elected Council. On behalf of the SBCC I would like to congratulate the newly elected Chief and Council and wish for them a productive, positive term, and I look forward to continuing a strong partnership.

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching! Watch for posters and ticket sales – perhaps by the time this goes to print. The ticket price has stayed at only $10 in order to keep the event affordable for folks. So for that price – why it’s a steal of a deal! We’ll have rocking music provided by DJ Tracy who has all the professional sound equipment and lights for one heck of a show. There will be great snacks all night, door prizes, champagne, noise makers and hats at midnight, and a ton of fun! Rooms are available at the Inn next door for you out of towners.

The SBCC has applied for a new grant from Imaginebc. Further to the interest in exploring the history of Spences Bridge, we have requested funding to collect and archive historical photographs, artifacts and stories; the project will see us reproducing some images in the form of postcards, calendars, and a website! Wish us luck in being successful in receiving this grant!

Next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2015 at 7pm at Clemes Hall. Please join us.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan

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