Comings and goings on in Spences Bridge: Bingo is now twice the fun

Bingo moves to two nights a month; plus soup day is back on the menu, and there's a spa day coming up, so book now!

The recent prolonged spell of cold weather has turned a waterfall near Spences Bridge into an icefall.

The recent prolonged spell of cold weather has turned a waterfall near Spences Bridge into an icefall.

Boy, did we get winter! I hope that the extra cold snap(s) will help keep some unwanted critters from returning!

If you’re suffering from cabin fever, there are plenty of things to get you out of the house and interacting with your community.

Soup Day is continuing every Wednesday at noon at Clemes Hall. Volunteers are making a nice hearty soup every week, so stop in for a visit, a few laughs, and a great free lunch.

Every Friday sees a group jumping around the hall at the Zumba Gold class. This is a fun way to improve mobility, balance, and increase your heart rate. The class is sponsored by the New Horizons for Seniors program, so it’s free to everyone!

In keeping with the healthy seniors’ program, the group is hosting a “Spa day”. On January 23, 24, and 25 you can book a slot for a pedicure, manicure, facial, or massage. There are only a few slots left, so to book or for more information call Lori at (250) 458-2353.

A day trip to Merritt for a swimming day is planned for January 30. Anyone wishing to join us should let me know at (250) 458-2282.

The Spences Bridge Community Club fundraiser bingo has added another night of fun! Bingo now takes place on the first and third Mondays of the month at Clemes Hall. The doors open at 5:30 p.m.; there’s money to win, and the concession always has something nice to munch on.

We held so many great events through December, and all were very well attended. The Christmas tree lighting was a new one for us, and what a success! This will become an annual event to kick off the festive season. Another new event that, due to its success, we will be building on is Fire and Ice at the falls. It was a winter solstice celebration that saw fireworks set off in front of the amazing ice at Murray Creek falls. It was spectacular!

The Christmas Bazaar—the major fundraiser of the year—was a success, and we came in just short of the $2,000 goal. Thanks so much to everyone for all the baking, the donations, and of course coming to shop! The raffle winners were as follows: 4th prize ($50 donated by the Wyatt-Purdens) was won by Carol Madden; 3rd prize (a Robert Bateman print framed by Joe Moreria) was won by Wanda Dickinson; 2nd prize (a Partylite floor candle donated by Oliva Watson) was won by Ty Jeffrey; and 1st prize (a tandem paragliding flight donated by Flybc) was won by Angie Thorne. Congratulations to all; and thanks to all the prize contributors!

The Christmas bingo also raised some much-needed funds, and twelve lucky people went home with a ham or turkey, thanks to everyone who volunteered and to all those who showed up to play.

We had a great time at the Christmas party at the Chief Whitsemnista centre. There was a really good turnout, and there was plenty of fantastic food as well as fun with Santa. This is always such a great whole community event; again, thanks so much to everyone who volunteers and works so hard to make it a success.

The next regular meeting of the SBCC is scheduled for February 8 at 7 p.m. at Clemes Hall; everyone is welcome. Check us out on Facebook and watch for announcements, and check out our new website at, where there is a link to our calendar of events.