RECREATION MASTER PLAN
The Municipality of Bluewater is excited to announce the start of the Recreation Master Plan project! The Recreation Master Plan will help guide Council and staff in the provision of recreation (parks, trails, waterfront, programs, culture, and service delivery) over the next 15 years. This will include consideration of cost recovery and revenue generation to ensure the Plan is both implementable and sustainable.
Bluewater has contracted thinc design to manage the project and develop the Plan. In preparing the plan, thinc design will conduct an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process to ensure residents across Bluewater and a broad range of recreation users and service providers (both traditional and non-traditional) are considered in its development.
The project will be completed in four phases: Phase 1 Background Review (March), Phase 2 Community Consultation (April-August), Phase 3 Needs Assessment (May-July) and Phase 4 Draft Master Plan and Implementation Strategy (July-September). In September, the Draft Master Plan will be presented to Council and the community for final input.
The community engagement process has been kick-started online with the launch of the Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub, graciously hosted by Huron County. This is an online space where the community and stakeholders are encouraged to ask questions and share their ideas on all things, recreation! This could include parks, facilities, trails, programs, activities, events and service delivery. The Hub also highlights key milestones and project updates. In mid-April, the Hub will host a link to an Online Survey where community input is integral to the Plan’s successful development.
The people behind the project welcome individual’s thoughts and participation in the process. Please visit the Municipality of Bluewater’s Recreation Master Plan Community Consultation Hub to learn more: connectedcountyofhuron.ca/bluewater-recreation-masterplan
WALK FOR GUIDE DOGS
The Lions of Bayfield are holding one of their favorite events again this year, “The Walk for Guide Dogs”.
All proceeds from the walk go towards the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision, Hearing, Service, Seizure Response, Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and Facility Support. Each dog costs approximately $35,000 so anything people can do to help is greatly appreciated.
People are invited to get their pledge forms, or pledge a walker, and bring their dogs on Sunday, June 5 at Clan Gregor Square. Registration will take place at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m.
For further information and pledge forms contact Karen Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226 441-2042.
BAYFIELD BEER, WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) and the Bayfield Community Centre Team (BCCT) are gearing up for the return of a highly anticipated spring event. The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is back for year six on May 14th.
“The Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival is scheduled back to its normal weekend and now at full capacity,” said Bill Whetstone, co-event chair. “This is our major fundraiser and 100 per cent of the proceeds go back into youth sports, programs, equipment and subsidies at our facility so everyone can play.”
Whetstone went on to say that, just like everyone else, BCCT and BACPA have been hit hard by the pandemic and the organizers are hoping that people will return to support the festival that raises funds for the not-for-profit organization now running the Bayfield Community Centre. He would also encourage newcomers to attend.
“If you’ve never been, consider coming to this great event,” he said. “There are 22 vendors signed up to participate and three bands scheduled to play.”
The event will run from 2-9 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person and will include eight food tickets and eight drink tickets.
Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.ca (Bayfield Beer & Food Festival), at ShopBike Coffee Roasters on Main Street, or by calling Whetstone at 519 955-0682. Check Facebook at @ Bayfield Beer & Food Festival for more information.
BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY
Hop on the BUS!
The Bayfield Ukulele Society (aka the BUS) is back strumming their stuff at the Bayfield
Community Centre (upstairs) on Wednesday evenings. Anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to play and sing with a group of enthusiastic players is invited to come to check out the group. With lots of great music from their own BUS songbook, everyone regardless of experience can join in.
For the month of April, they will be running “learn to play the uke” lessons on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:15 p.m. prior to the regular BUS sessions. Come for a lesson and stay for the jam from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Of course, there is no cost to participate, but small contributions are always welcome to help offset costs.
Anyone who would like to be on the BUS mailing list is asked to please email email@example.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook. Come on out on Wednesday night and find out what the fun is all about!
BAYFIELD GARDEN CLUB
Spring has sprung and the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) is looking forward to resuming activities this year and welcoming new members.
The BGC is a community group most interested in the planting, trimming and tidying of planters and beds in many of Bayfield’s public gardens. They have garden-type activities planned for the summer months and into the fall. They are always looking forward to sharing their gardening stories, best practices and suggestions for future meetings or garden tours. Anyone who has an interest in gardening, flowers, vegetables or the environment may want to consider becoming a garden club member. BGC members are eligible for discounts at many of the local garden centres.
People are encouraged to please mark on their calendars Saturday, May 7 as that is the date the BGC will be holding their annual plant sale in Clan Gregor Square from 9-10:30 a.m. or until sold out. There should be a wide variety of plants, shrubs, herbs and trees for sale. Anyone who is interested in donating plants to the BGC sale is asked to please contact Lori Hill at 519 565-5278 for more information.
Memberships can be purchased for $10 by visiting the BGC booth at the Bayfield Home and Garden Show, Apr. 29 to May 1, or by contacting Nancy Kale via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include name, address and email address.
Are there Lions in your attic?
This year the Bayfield Lions’ Club members are celebrating 75 years of service to the community. In addition to several big projects to commemorate the occasion, they are gathering items to display at an upcoming event. And the community is requested to help!
“Even a quick glance through our history shows many names that began with founding our club in 1947, helped with building the arena (twice), initiated different area programs, and supported community efforts in countless ways. The descendants of most of these people are still in the area,” said Kathy Gray, with the Bayfield Lions’ Club. “For that reason, if you have pictures, videos or stories of Lions or Lioness in your home, please share with me. I will be sure to return your property to you, or you could even scan photos and email with the description.”
Email email@example.com to share items.
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Forget Robins, Tundra Swans and Maple Syrup, nothing signals spring quite like Classic Chocolate and Vanilla Cream Sandwich Cookies! That’s right, Girl Guide cookie season has arrived.
Cookies are available now from the membership for $5 a box. Please note grocery store chains will not have cookies for sale and they will not be available on-line this campaign – only in-person!
Members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling these cookies at the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show on Apr. 29-May 1st. Be sure to drop by their booth on the second floor of the Community Centre to purchase a box or two!
Money raised helps Bayfield Guiding subsidize activities and outings for their membership. Anyone who would like to make a purchase is asked to contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2022 sale of engraved bricks around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square will close on Saturday, Apr. 16 so now is the time to reserve a brick from the Optimist Club of Bayfield if anyone has been thinking of doing so.
The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.
“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2022 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $110. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.
Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at email@example.com or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.
The Bayfield Bridge Club is inviting new people to come out for a few friendly games of Bridge on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m. Players do not need a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. The cost to join in the fun is $4.
All levels of players are welcome to take part in the games that are played year-round at the building located at 6 Municipal Road in the village.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield has returned to in-person Sunday Services, with social distancing and masks, as before. They will also continue to offer the 11 a.m. service on ZOOM and YouTube, for those who are unable to attend in-person.
For a ZOOM link to this special service, as well as regular services, please visit the church website: knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnoxBayfield.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield has returned to in-person services on both Sunday and Wednesday mornings. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols, worshippers must pre-register to attend the services that begin at 11 a.m and 10:30 a.m. respectively.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, those wishing to attend will be required to observe public health measures such as, wearing a mask. Pre-register is no longer required.
Looking ahead, during Easter the congregation of Trinity St. James will be participating in joint services with their sister Parish in Seaforth and the community is invited to attend.
The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Apr. 14 at Trinity St. James starting at 6 p.m. followed by the Good Friday service on Apr. 15 at Parish of the Holy Spirit, Seaforth at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday will be observed at Trinity St. James at 11 a.m. on Apr. 17.
The Municipality of Bluewater is hosting the 2022 Summer Day Camp Program in July and August! Day Camp offers exciting adventures, new friends, and caring staff. Children will create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Each week camp staff plan a variety of themed activities and games. Activities include outdoor adventures, splash pad, crafts, games, sports, guest speakers and trips.
This year, two Day Camp locations are being offered at the Hensall Arena and Bayfield Arena. The Day Camp will be a fun-filled, action-packed seven weeks for children ages four to 12 years. Day Camp will run from July 11 to Aug. 26. The Bayfield Day Camp location is sponsored by Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) in cooperation with Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT).
Summer Day Camp registration opens Apr. 14. For more information about registration and pricing, visit Bluewater recreation programming. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
Program Subsidy is available through the Huron County Child Services. For subsidy, contact 519 482-8505 or visit Child Services.
Mary Jane McConkey (Submitted photo)
The community will no doubt be saddened to learn of the recent death of a Bayfield resident with deep family connections to the community.
Mary Jane McConkey died at her residence in Bayfield on Wednesday, Apr. 6.
She will be greatly missed by her good friend and caregiver Rubi Smith. Jane is predeceased by her parents, John and Mary McConkey and her brother David McConkey. She is survived by her sister Ann Roberts (Paul) and her sister in law Suzanne Callon. Auntie Jane to her five nieces and four great nephews. Mom to her dog Ruby, who was her best friend and meant the world to her.
Jane, during her working career had several successful businesses. Bringing her humor, creativity and flare for fashion into all of her ventures. Jane’s health had declined over these last few years but she was always up for a laugh and a chat with a cup of coffee and smoke. Jane’s comfort was her dog Ruby and her view of Lake Huron and the magnificent sunsets. Jane was a colorful influence in the lives of all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Apr. 30 at 1 p.m. at Trinity St James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield. In lieu of flowers donations can be directed to the Bayfield Area Food Bank in Bayfield 519 565-2790. Online condolences may be made at www.mpcemetery.ca Mount Pleasant Cemetery (London) Inc., London, ON.
JUST NOT MARRIED
Cheri Shaver and Paul Hill held a “First Fabulous FiveYear Celebration” event for family and friends at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Apr. 2. The evening took the form of a costume party and the couple requested that guests bring a donation for the Bayfield Area Food Bank. The result of a fine evening of merriment was a donation to the BAFB of $700 and approximately 60 lbs of food, in addition, proceeds from the cash bar were donated to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. Both Shaver and Hill, shown here in costume as “Beauty and the Beast”, would love to encourage others in the community getting back to hosting parties after two years of staying home to remember their favorite local charities when planning. (Photo by Mary Margaret Driedger)