Love thy neighbour

You build community when you build good relationships with your neighbours.

Once again the Ashcroft Heritage Committee organized an excellent event to celebrate this year’s provincial Heritage Week theme: Good Neighbours: Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods.

It was interesting to listen to the interchange of people who live close to each other. Even though it wasn’t explicitly stated, you could get a sense of what they valued in a neighbour/hood.

I grew up in a “heritage” home myself back in southern Ontario. Except, we didn’t call them heritage. We called them old.

Basement and two stories, big covered front porch, plaster and lathe walls, lots of windows, no insulation. In the summer, we’d bake; in the winter I went to bed wearing my socks.

Did we know our neighbours in a city of 200,000? Of course we did. We knew or knew of just about everyone in our block and the next block down where we went to church and school.

In the winter, my father would build an ice rink in our large backyard and invite all of the neighbourhood kids to use it; in the summer time, he’d get us out there playing baseball and again, invite all of the kids from around the block to come. Our neighbours across the alley had a built-in swimming pool that we all used to swim in.

I first noticed a change when the first apartment building went in, right where the old neighbourhood grocery store used to be. I knew the owners of the grocery store, but I didn’t know anyone in the apartment building. And the people who hung around there were sort of creepy anyway.

One by one, the beautiful old homes in the neighbourhood disappeared and were replaced by faceless apartment buildings. Old friends moved away and were never replaced. There were no neighbours left in the neighbourhood.

Never underestimate the value of good neighbours. It’s one of the things that I love most about my home in Cache Creek. And I see it here in Ashcroft as well.

A good neighbourhood is made up by people who go out of their way to know their neighbours and build good relations.

That’s the key to community.

Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal

Just Posted

Cache Creek council votes to rejoin local transit system

Details need to be worked out, but hopes are that change can be expedited

Ashcroft residents get information at Community Forum

Water treatment plant, recycling, an Eco-Depot, the budget, and more among items addressed

Elizabeth May’s wedding will be a ‘low-carbon affair’ in Victoria on Earth Day

Green party leader’s wedding party to depart in a cavalcade of electric cars

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

Parliament Hill 4-20 organizers predict record crowd after legalization

A celebration? Yes, but organizers say concerns remain about the government’s decisions on legalization rollout

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Six months after legalization, high prices and supply issues boost illicit pot market

It has been six months since Canada became the first industrialized country to legalize recreational cannabis

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, multiple people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Most Read