Spring cleaning up happening in Spences Bridge

Comings and Going On around Spences Bridge. A monthly column of community news and events.

It’s difficult to imagine that Spring is just around the corner! Currently it is snowing, the wind is howling, and it’s only 1 degree! Last week’s sunny days with temps in the mid-teens seems a distant memory.

Bright New Day

I had the honour of attending the Bright New Day workshop in Lytton hosted by the Lytton First Nations three weeks ago. This was a two day event that was filled with emotion, strength and goodwill that brought Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together. Approximately 65 participants shared a little of who they were, why they were there, and what reconciliation means to them. There was a lot of brainstorming regarding what actions we as individuals or a group can take on in order to move forward with reconciliation. Building relationships is a key factor. In the words of the facilitators Chief Robert Joseph & Associates: “Engaging in a dialogue like this highlights our shared history and dismantles the walls of isolation that sometimes define our communities. And it is when these walls come down that we can begin to see our way forward in Harmony.”

Spring cleaning

Town Clean-Up plans are in place. Every year several dedicated volunteers hit the highways and byways picking up litter and this year the date has been set for Saturday, April 21.

This is a great way to not only clean up our little community, but the visiting, the exercising, and the community pride  that goes with it makes it all worthwhile. Meeting time is 10 am at the Post Office. Garbage bags and picker-upper sticks will be provided, but bring some gloves. There will be a wiener roast and refreshments at the old school yard when we’re finished.

And the beat goes on

Desert Daze Festival planning is revving up – with over 85 applications, (WOW), the committee is busy shortlisting. The first big committee meeting will be 1 pm Wednesday, March 21 at Clemmes’ Hall. The main focus of the meeting will be to choose the music line up, but organizing of some of the main aspects of the festival will discussed. Everyone is welcome!

Hall renovations

A committee has been formed to organize the various bids on the renovations for the hall. When these are  done, we hope hear back from the TNRD with the go ahead, and perhaps work will commence this spring.

Join the fire brigade

The SB Fire Dept. and First Responders are meeting jointly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. More volunteers are always welcome! Contact Chief Oram if interested.

Welcome to the SBID AGM

The Spences Bridge Improvement District Annual General meeting will be held March 28 at 7 pm at the SBID building (the old school).

Fun and games continues on Wednesdays, now at both 1 pm and 7 pm – come out and play crib, chess, checkers, and so on.  Also on Wednesdays, the soup day continues – come enjoy lunch and socializing at noon.

The Easter Bunny cometh

Plans for the annual Easter Egg hunt and community picnic are well under way; 11 am on Sunday, April 8 at the old school grounds. Games, wiener roast, fun for the whole family!

Are ya feeling lucky?

The Community Club is holding a fundraising raffle to be drawn on Mother’s Day – First prize is $100, 2nd is a hanging basket, 3rd is a tool set. Please help support the Spences Bridge Community Club!

More activities

And continuing activities – Drop in Basket weaving on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, join the circle of basket weaver’s novices and beginners. Newcomers always welcome. Painting and Crafts on Thursdays from 9-noon and 2-5 pm, bring out your creative self with painting with acrylics, some instruction and or materials available. Seniors Center is open Monday-Friday, 9-noon and 2-5 pm.

Cook’s Ferry Band is hosting movie nights, bingo, badminton, cooking classes, yoga, and much more – please call Wilfred @ 458-2224 for details!

Mavourneen Varcoe Ryan