Lots of Christmas preparations going on

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan's monthly column of community news and activities for Spences Bridge.

Here we are coming into what is a very busy time for most folks; there seems to be lots going on and Spences Bridge is no exception. Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

Christmas activities

On Dec. 1 the Community Club will be holding the annual Christmas Bazaar. This event is the year’s major fundraiser for the Club, with funds going towards the insurance and upkeep of Cleme’s Hall. All items are generously donated, and there are always very interesting items, such as wonderful artwork in the auction, the great stuff at the craft table, treasures at the junk table, delicious baking, plants, books, there’s something for everyone! Cleme’s Hall, Hwy 8, doors open at 6:30, selling starts at 7  pm. Hotdogs and goodies available at the concession. To donate something, call Mavourneen (250) 458-2282.

Dec. 2 sees the community get together to share a Christmas meal at the Chief Whistminsta Centre. This event is a co-operative venture between the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band and the Community Club. Turkey and ham are provided, veggies, salads, desserts, buns, cranberry etc. is potluck. Santa will be there for the children. There may even be some carols sung! This is a wonderful opportunity to visit with neighbours and wish all the best for the season. Lunch is at noon.

Dec. 7 is the date for the ham and turkey bingo. This is always a fun night of bingo with a high chance of bringing home a turkey or a ham! Early bird game starts at 6:30 in Cleme’s Hall (Hwy 8). Concession.

The Community Club is once again hosting a New Year’s Eve dance! No need to make any other plans – Cleme’s Hall will be beautifully decorated, with great dance music and delicious snacks, and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Ring in 2013 with your neighbours! Details  in next month’s Journal.

Soup Day

The Wednesday Soup Day continues. Feel free to come along and share some soup with others in the community. If you are interested in making the soup once week, please sign up at the Post Office. Then bring along your special craft and join others in a creative atmosphere, or join in a game of crib, chess, Wii or surf the net on the community computers! A special thanks to Bridging to Literacy for a grant to assist in keeping the building heated on Wednesdays for the soup / craft /games day!

Halloween party

Halloween was a little drizzly, but spirits were not dampened as the little ones played games, created spooky art work, munched on hotdogs, and oohed and awed over the fantastic fireworks display! Thanks so much to the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, and the Volunteer Fire Dept.

Radio signal

I was a little overly optimistic last month when I thought that the radio might be up and running soon. All pieces are in place, but we still need the technician to finish it off and it seems he’s a busy fellow, so we’re still waiting… Should be soon.

Thanks for visiting

Folks may have noticed wonderful new addition to the backs of two of our Welcome to Spences Bridge signs. The Club has purchased the lettering for “Thanks for visiting” and Thank-you in the language of the Nlaka’pamux whose traditional territory we are on. Thanks to the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band for assisting in the correct spelling.

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan