Built in the historic Georgian style Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Crescent, was constructed in 1855 making it not only the oldest church in the village but also the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County. This integral piece of Bayfield’s heritage is in jeopardy unless members of the community can be rallied to preserve it or perhaps assist in its reinvention. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
An integral piece of Bayfield’s heritage is in jeopardy unless members of the community can be rallied to preserve it or perhaps assist in its reinvention.
Built in the historic Georgian style Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Crescent, was constructed in 1855 making it not only the oldest church in the village but also the oldest Anglican Church building in Huron County.
For nearly 170 years the church building has been a place for people to worship, celebrate, mourn and serve together. The church building has also provided opportunities for outreach inviting other groups to make use of their fully accessible Parish Hall. The congregation themselves started the program that has evolved into a registered charity known as the Bayfield Area Food Bank. Today this food bank provides vital support to over 80 clients.
Unfortunately, the future of the church is in question. Attendance has declined considerably in recent years and the majority of regular attendees are seniors on fixed incomes with limited capacity to physically and financially do what is necessary to maintain the church property, as well as a full complement of worship and outreach activities. And it is with regret that the Wardens of Trinity St. James announce that they will be recommending to a special meeting of the congregation to be held in October that the necessary steps be taken to close the church within the next two years.
However, before that meeting the Church Board members would like to hear from the residents of the village, both permanent and summer, as well as the surrounding community to allow their input into the future of the church building and property.
Do they wish to see the buildings preserved for the benefit of the wider community as a site for cultural and social activities? Do people have the capacity to help “Reimagine Trinity St. James”?
Collecting community input is the first step and all are invited to a Public Meeting to be held in the Parish Hall tonight (July 26), starting at 7 p.m. The doors of both the church and the Parish Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will also be served. For those who cannot attend in person but would still like to participate there are two ways they can contribute. The first would be by providing written comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The second would be to attend virtually. For those wishing to join a ZOOM call during the meeting they are asked to please email the address above for the required information.
If a way of preserving Trinity St. James for the benefit of the community cannot be found, and supported, the eventual outcome will be the sale of the building and property by the Anglican Diocese of Huron and an integral element of the village’s heritage and home to vital community services will be forever lost.
The Bayfield Branch Library is the place to go this summer for some fun activities no matter your age!
On Thursday, July 27 from 1:30-3 p.m. “Playful Plastics” will be the theme of a session presented by the Bayfield Branch and the Municipality of Bluewater.
And then on Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 1- 2 p.m. a ceramics painting program for kids will be led by the folks from County Clay Cafe. At this session, children will paint their own special item and then it will be glazed, fired and returned to the Bayfield Branch for pick up.
The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main Street North in the village.
August hikes offered by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) include river clean-ups, a scavenger hunt, and an evening hike.
On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. join the BRVTA team for “Love Your Greats Day” at the Bayfield River Flats. Two events will start from the River Flats parking lot, just below the Bayfield Bridge on the east side. The Love Your Greats clean-up of the Flats will include a Scavenger Hunt for natural items found in this popular riverside area. For those looking for a longer tour, a group will walk from the Flats across the bridge to the Sawmill Trail and down to the river on the opposite side, picking up litter along the way. The River Flats cleanup will cover about a kilometer. The Sawmill Trail walk will be about 5 km round-trip. For the clean-up, please bring a bucket or older reusable shopping bag (some buckets will be provided on site) and wear gloves and sturdy shoes. After the river clean-up, all participants are invited to River Road Brewing & Hops for sorting, a vendors market and live music. All collected materials will be sorted and recycled through TerraCycle.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, enjoy a late-summer evening hike at 7 p.m. on the Woodland Trail. This will be a 3.5 km walk through the woods as the day ends, returning to the parking lot by sunset at 8:20 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the David Street trailhead: from the Mill Road/Hwy 21 intersection, take Sarnia Street to Mactavish Crescent, then right onto David Street. Follow the signs to trail parking.
These hikes are free and open to the public without pre-registration. The schedule is subject to change, so always check for updates in the Bayfield Breeze, the BRVTA Facebook page or the Municipality of Bluewater events calendar or contact the hike coordinator, Ralph Blasting, by calling 519 525-3205 or emailing email@example.com.
PIONEER PARK AGM
Saturday, Aug. 12 is the date set for the Pioneer Park Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2023.
The AGM will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Pioneer Park (rain location Bayfield Community Centre, 4 Jane Street). Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILD WEST FEST
Howdy Partners! Saddle up and ride into Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield on Aug. 1st and 2nd for their Wild West Fest which will feature a Silent Auction in support of the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, as well as loot bags available by donation!
This western-themed extravaganza will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. It will also feature a savings stampede of 20 per cent off almost all over-the-counter purchases! Those who attend can even enjoy free coffee at the pharmacy’s Starbucks Coffee Saloon and sample their flavored coffee syrups to boot!
So round-up friends and family and come into the pharmacy to lasso some great savings and have some fun, y’all!
Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is located at 2 Main Street South.
DARK SKY PARTY
The night sky is an infinite canvas of intrigue.
The Perseids Meteor shower will grace the night skies across Canada with ideal seeing conditions Aug. 11-13. People can take advantage of the celestial event by attending a “Dark Sky Party” at the Bayfield South Pier on Friday, Aug. 11 hosted by the Westcoast Astronomers and Municipality of Bluewater.
The event is free, and will run from after dusk until late, with ideal viewing conditions between 10-11:50 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope, amateur astronomers are asked to bring their telescopes at sundown to take advantage of the daylight to set-up their gear.
Refreshments will also be available.
People may register in advance online at: Dark Sky Party. In the event of poor weather the rain date will be Aug. 12, please check the Westcoast Astronomer’s and municipality website and socials for updates.
“Dark skies are one of the many beautiful natural features Bluewater offers, I hope this event will raise awareness of the importance of dark skies and inspire people to act to prevent light pollution. One way the Village of Bayfield Marina and the municipality have taken action is by successfully converting the marina dock lights to dark sky compliant lights,” said Lindsay Whalen, Planning coordinator with the Municipality of Bluewater.
This event is the final community outreach event of the 2023 Blue Flag program being offered by the municipality. For full details on the Blue Flag community events, please check the Municipality of Bluewater’s website and social media or contact Lindsay Whalen by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 235 or by emailing email@example.com.
This program is a part of the Blue Flag Canada Program operated by Swim Drink Fish.
The numbers of people reaching out for assistance from the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to grow with 83 clients receiving help during the month of June. The BAFB is only able to help their clients due to the continued generosity of the community providing donations and financial support.
At this time the BAFB inventory is low on such items as soup, crackers and gluten free products.
The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Branch Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot). There is also a special grocery cart at Bayfield Foodland to welcome donations.
For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFB’s gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
The Red Table Book Sale offers a good variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books as well as children’s books. Payment is by donation. (Photo by Janet Vogelsang)
The Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) Red Table Book Sale is now underway at the Bayfield Branch Library. Visitors to the library will find the Red Table inside the library just in front of the window. Book sale times are during normal library hours from now to Aug. 31.
Unlike the two-day book sales held in previous years, this one will be running continuously until the end of August. That means two whole months of book browsing and lots of great reading!
The Red Table will be regularly stocked with books while supplies last. Payment is by donation. All funds raised through the Book Sale will help to support the Bayfield Library and community programs such as “Saturdays at the Library” speaker series, “Coffee & Chat” groups, and Gingerbread Decorating as well as other fun events throughout the year. The generous support of the community is so appreciated!
FOBL sincerely thanks everyone who answered the call for book donations to make this special book sale possible.
Come and get creative with a variety of fun craft supplies on Tuesday afternoons at the Bayfield Branch Library.
“Crafternoons” will be held for one hour starting at 4:30 p.m.
This is a drop-in program with no registration required – just show up and start crafting!
Trinity St. James Anglican Church hosts two services a week that members of the community are most welcome to attend.
Services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. Those who attend on July 30 can look forward to celebrating Christmas in July! As the Dec. 24, 2022 service was cancelled due to the blizzard – Rev. Mary Farmer will be sharing her Christmas Eve Homily and all can join in the singing of carols. Attendees are invited to dress in festive red and green. A Christmas themed treat will follow at coffee hour.
Also Sunday is the last day to bring in donations for the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. The club will be forwarding these school supplies to Rotary Clubs in South Africa who distribute the supplies to rural schools who have almost no supplies or teaching resources.
The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at email@example.com prior to Aug. 3.
Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
YOUTH READING CHALLENGE
Calling all Bayfield area tweens and teens! The Bayfield Public Library (Bayfield Branch) is challenging youth ages 12 to 18 to read at least one book a month from January to December 2023 for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Are you up for the challenge?
For every book a youth reads, their name will be entered to win one of the prizes listed below. Early bird draws will take place at the end of each month, and all entries will be entered into a grand prize draw at the end of the program. The Bayfield Branch has a tracking form which can be picked up from the branch during regular hours, or can be completed by downloading a form at: Bayfield Teen Reading Challenge Form.
Looking for ideas of what to read? Explore the Huron County Library’s online catalogue or speak with branch staff who are eager to offer reading recommendations.
Prizes for the Bayfield Branch reading challenge include, but are not limited to: $250 gift card from Forever Furniture; $25 gift card from The Village Bookshop; four, $25 gift cards to The Village Bookshop from Pioneer Park; four, Kids Kraft Workshop gift cards from Crichet Handmade Designs; a selection of graphic novels from Friends of Bayfield Library; selection of gift cards from the Bayfield Optimist Club; Hyacinth Bulb kit from Huron Ridge Greenhouses; Sherpa blanket from the Little Inn of Bayfield; selection of books from the Bayfield Agricultural Society; handmade products from the Bayfield Lavender Farm; Bayfield booklets from the Bayfield Historical Society; and swag from the Virtual High School & Bruce Power.
All completed entries must be returned to the Bayfield Branch or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of 2023.
Summer is here and the EarlyON Child and Family Centre is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup outdoors!
The group meets in Clan Gregor Square every Thursday morning 10-11:30 a.m. Please note that on those days when the weather proves unfavorable the group will return to the Bayfield Community Centre.
The sessions are free to all families/caregivers with infants to children aged six years.
The Playgroup offers indoor, outdoor and virtual program options as well as telephone and email support for parents and caregivers. In addition to the program being welcoming, fun and interactive, they provide parents with ideas of activities to do at home to enhance their child’s development.
Pre-registration is recommended by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 519 524-9999. To learn more visit www.keyon.ca or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.
Ian Jean poses with a healthy Red Oak tree. (Submitted photo)
A fungal disease called “Oak Wilt” has been detected in southern Ontario. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) staff are urging people to help prevent the spread of Oak Wilt. People can help by not transporting firewood and by avoiding the pruning of Oak trees between April and November.
Oak Wilt grows in the sapwood of Oak trees. Recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced Oak Wilt has been detected in Niagara Falls and in the Township of Springwater, near Barrie. While the disease is new to Ontario, it has been known from the Midwest United States since the 1940s. Red Oak trees are particularly susceptible, resulting in tree death within a single season. All Oak species can get the disease but in White and Bur Oak trees the disease is not always fatal and is sometimes limited to branch dieback.
Experience from the U.S. Midwest provides knowledge on how to reduce the spread and impact of the disease. Oak Wilt moves slowly on its own. However, Oak Wilt can be moved long distances when people move infected firewood from one location to another.
“Transporting firewood is the main way that Oak Wilt is introduced to a new location,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry Specialist. “We need to get the message out to not move firewood. When visiting or vacationing please use local sources of firewood.”
Transporting firewood from other areas of Ontario, to campgrounds or cottages, increases the risk of introducing the disease locally.
Oak Wilt may spread short distances when fungal spores are moved by sap feeding insects from an infected tree to a freshly pruned or injured Oak tree. The current CFIA guidelines are to avoid pruning Oak trees between April and November, except for emergency purposes. The Ontario Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has relevant guidelines for Certified Arborists and tree service providers.
Once a tree is infected, the fungus moves very efficiently from an infected Oak tree to a healthy Oak tree through grafted root systems.
“It is common for trees to form root connections with nearby trees of the same species,” said Jean. “Unfortunately, this trait enables the fungus to spread through root grafts such that any Oak tree with a root connection to a diseased Oak tree will get the disease.”
According to the Invasive Species Centre, symptoms of Oak wilt usually appear in July and include leaf drop that starts at the top of the tree and progresses to the bottom. Similarly, the dying leaves show browning that starts at the tip of the leaf and progresses toward the base or stem of the leaf. Suspected cases of Oak Wilt can be reported to Invasive Species Hotline 1-800-563-7711 or to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency via their online form: Inspection Canada.
It is important to note that in areas of the United States, where Oak Wilt has been present for several decades, it has not resulted in total loss of Oak. There are still healthy Oak trees, and Oak continues to be a major proportion of natural and urban forests throughout the U.S. Midwest. However, in local areas where Oak Wilt becomes established, considerable effort and expense must be undertaken to remove and destroy infected trees and to sever underground root grafts to prevent the disease from spreading from tree to tree.
Forests makeup just more than 14 per cent of the land cover across the Ausable Bayfield watershed according to the Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card (2023). Oaks are an important component of local forests, which contribute towards watershed health and resilience. Not only do they produce acorns, a high value food source for wildlife, Oaks also host many leaf-eating caterpillars and insects that, in turn, feed birds and small mammals.
“Fortunately, we do have ways to prevent the spread of Oak Wilt,” said Jean. “Please leave your firewood at home,” he said. “There is a supply of firewood available when you arrive at your destination.”