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
Bayfield businesses, visitors and residents of all ages are invited to join the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their Eighth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk. This annual spring clean-up event will be held on Friday, Apr. 22 starting at 2 p.m. with Clan Gregor Square the base of operations.
Participants are asked to wear gloves and brightly colored clothing or borrow one of the BRVTA’s safety vests. Organizers will provide garbage bags and people can choose the area in the Village where they want to pick up litter. Registration will take place from 2-3 p.m. with garbage to be returned by 4 p.m.
BAYFIELD TREE PROJECT
More than 600 trees have been planted along Bayfield streets and closed road allowances by the Bayfield Tree Project (BTP). This has been achieved by donations, volunteer efforts and more recently with help from the Municipality of Bluewater.
Recently the BTP took on a different type of endeavor, one that brought people together, one knock at a time. BTP volunteers have long known that one of the reasons people love Bayfield is for the trees. They recognized a new opportunity to continue to add to Bayfield’s tree cover by planting trees along a gully just south of the Fawn Creek Lane development. After going door-to-door, they came away with overwhelming support for adding these trees along the gully. Although there was no requirement for these trees to be planted by any municipal condition of development, these homeowners saw the value, and perhaps the beauty, in adding trees to their properties.
Hats off to the BTP and the Fawn Creek Lane homeowners for striving to achieve a balance between people’s needs and the needs of the natural environment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the BTP.
Want to plant trees or a windbreak on private property? Contact Ian Jean at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email email@example.com
COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM
Volunteers with an interest in community beautification initiatives and environmental concerns are currently being sought for the Municipality of Bluewater’s Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee. (Submitted photo)
The Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee is looking for people who have a passion for the environment or an interest in community beautification!
The Committee is seeking four volunteers to join. Part of the mandate of the committee is fostering environmental awareness, advising the Municipality of Bluewater Council on environmental items as applicable to Bluewater and community beautification initiatives.
They want to welcome those who are interested to apply to become a member by completing the Application to join the Communities in Bloom and Environmental Committee Form available on the municipal website.
Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 30th. Please note that all persons must be appointed to the Committee by the Municipality of Bluewater Council.
Anyone who has questions is asked to please contact Lindsay Whalen at 519 236-4351 Ext. 238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harp Therapist and Bayfield resident, Martha Lawrance is offering two new opportunities for community residents starting in May.
The first is a “Guided Imagery/Soundbath with Harp” that will be offered monthly beginning May 19. The second is a Harp Circle where community members can join together for music-making. The Circles will be held bi-weekly beginning May 26. Both sessions will run for one hour starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity St. James Anglican Church, 10 Keith Cres. in Bayfield.
For more detailed information and any changes check Martha Lawrance’s website at www.myharpheals.com and/or Bayfield Activities Calendar.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 the 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. The services 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-registration is no longer required.
Editor’s Note: This is a semi-regular feature from Blue Bayfield highlighting simple ways people can make a difference in their community to create a healthier environment.
Did You Know… that Earth Day is coming up soon? Given the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report dealing with the impacts of climate change, adaptation, and our vulnerability to it, you may want to consider what you can do as an individual.
What can you do? There are so many ways you can help, but one of the most effective, and perhaps most fulfilling, is to plant a tree!
Trees clean our air, absorb carbon, filter our water, provide medicines and jobs for people and habitat for wildlife.
Do you want clean air? Plant a tree! Trees release oxygen for us to breathe. The leaves and the bark absorb pollutants and carbon dioxide. Healthy trees store carbon which slows down the effects of climate change.
Do you want less flooding? Plant a tree! The root systems filter pollution, prevent erosion and reduce the risk of flooding by absorbing water into the soil.
Do you want biodiversity? Plant a tree. Hundreds of species, including insects, fungi, moss, mammals and plants can make their home in one single tree!
To learn more visit: Why trees?