Teams of students from Central Huron Secondary School (CHSS) will be holding their “Scare Away Hunger Food Drive” on Oct. 30th in Clinton, Seaforth, Blyth and Bayfield.
Students will be going door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items, hygiene and menstrual products for the Huron County, Clinton and Seaforth food banks from 9:15-11:30 a.m.
It would be greatly appreciated if people who won’t be home that morning could leave their donations outside for the youth to pick up. Anyone who is concerned that their house might get missed is asked to send a text with their street address and town to 519 777-4172 or call prior to 9 a.m.
Those people who would prefer to drop their donations off are invited to do so at three locations. Collection boxes will be provided at CHSS, 165 Princess Street East in Clinton; Avon Maitland Board Office, 62 Chalk Street North in Seaforth; or at The Albion Hotel, 1 Bayfield Main Street North in Bayfield.
The final guided hike hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) for 2023 will be the Harvest Hike for the Bayfield Area Food Bank on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Mavis’ Trail in Varna.
The hike will commence at 10 a.m.
Please bring a food item or a donation (cash or cheque payable to Bayfield Area Food Bank). Preferred items are canned soup, beans (canned or dry), tuna and crackers, snacks for children (fruit cups, packages of dried soup, granola bars). Tax receipts will be issued for monetary donations of more than $25.
Mavis’ Trail starts at the Varna (Stanley) Complex on Mill Road, 7 km east of Bayfield. The hike will be 2.5 km and will last about an hour. Dogs on leash welcome; no pre-registration necessary.
Bayfield and area hikers please note that the Woodland Trail will be closed for hunting Nov. 6-12 and Dec. 4th-10. People are asked to please obey the “trail closed” signs during these two weeks.
The Trail Association would like to thank all who have participated in the guided hikes or have used the trails this year. They invite everyone to look for an announcement of the 2024 hikes coming in January.
St. Andrew’s United Church will host a concert by the Glee Sisters on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Dennis Pal)
The Glee Sisters will be hosting their annual “Autumn Joy” concert on Sunday, Oct. 29 in Bayfield.
For over 15 years the Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike, with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music. The concert will feature a joyful mix of various genres including, folk, pop and swing. This benefit concert will be conducted by Lisa Stewart, accompanied by Mary McGoldrick, with Laurie Hazzard on strings.
The concert will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield starting at 2 p.m.
There is no need to purchase tickets, simply show up and enjoy the performance. Financial donations will be accepted in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services. Tax receipts will be issued upon request.
Do you have a connection with heritage properties on Bayfield’s historic Main Street, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield Terrace, or other streets close to the district? What aspect of the district is working? What is not working? What are the benefits and challenges with owning or renting a heritage property?
The 40-year-old Bayfield Heritage Conservation District and District Plan is being reviewed. People are invited to join in a conversation about the heritage district. Meet one-on-one with consultants, GSP Group Inc. and ERA Architects, at an Open House on Nov. 4, at the Bayfield Lions Community Building, 6 Municipal Road. Drop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Project information will be available soon on the municipal website www.municipalityofbluewater.ca.
Volunteer John Siertsema displays one of the many beautiful wreaths he made for last year’s Wreath Sale. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will be holding a Wreath Sale during the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.
The Wreath Sale will be held in the parking lot in front of St. Andrew’s United Church, located at 6 The Square, directly across from Clan Gregor Square.
The sale will run Friday, Nov. 17, 4-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18,10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while quantities last. Prices range from $30 to $50. Payment is by cash or cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society.
Anyone wishing to place an order ahead of time to ensure availability may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519565-4163. Payment can be made in advance by Etransfer or by cash/cheque at pickup.
These beautiful wreaths are made of natural grape vine, cedar, spruce, white pine, juniper, and yew. Each wreath is one of a kind and will add a special warmth to any holiday décor.
All of the wreaths have been handcrafted by local volunteers using locally-sourced greens as a fundraiser for the BAS – a local organization with a 167-year history in the Bayfield community. It doesn’t get more “local” than that!
All are welcome to worship services at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing email@example.com for more information.
Members of Knox Bayfield are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions. For example the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. The mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox gathers used stamps, empty egg cartons, outer milk bags and eyeglasses. People can contribute by bringing their items to the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays (excluding holidays).
Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main St. N. To learn more visit knoxbayfield.ca.
The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The Sunday service begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by a Coffee Hour. For those with less conventional schedules a service is also offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Nov. 2nd.
Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.
Some examples of snacks for children now being requested by the Bayfield Area Food Bank. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Area Food Bank (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 is requesting afterschool-type snacks for children, such as, granola bars, fruit cups, crackers and cheese etc. as well as cat food to add to their inventory.
“We have been providing snack bags for children for the last two months,” explained Claire Trepanier, president of the BAFB. “This was precipitated by a testimonial from one of our clients that they were not able to provide something to eat when their child comes home from school.”
Trepanier went on to say that “a lifeline for many of our clients are their pets.” Although the BAFB are fortunate enough to receive dog food from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre they do not receive any cat food. This addition to their inventory would be heartily appreciated.
The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at email@example.com.
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.
After a summer out-of-doors, the EarlyON is now hosting the Bayfield Playgroup at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The Bayfield Lions’ Community Building is located at 6 Municipal Road in the village. Playgroup runs every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 519 482-8505. To learn more visit www.keyon.ca or follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @HuronEarlyON.
As spooky season is just around the corner the Bayfield Playgroup is preparing for their EarlyON Annual Halloween Walk on Oct. 26.
Participants are asked to meet in Clan Gregor Square from there they will walk down Bayfield’s Main Street North to the Virtual High School. Then they will come back down the other side of Main Street and return to the park for songs and a story.
Organizers invite all businesses and residents to greet us along the Main Street if they are able to. Treats are welcomed, but not necessary – the youngsters just love to show off their costumes!
GIRL GUIDE COOKIES
Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide cookies are available now from members of Bayfield Guiding!
They are selling for $6 a box and there is a limited supply so they are sure to sell quickly.
Anyone not familiar with a youth member who would like to purchase a box or two is encouraged to call Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or email email@example.com.
COFFEE & CHAT
The “Coffee & Chat” group at the Bayfield Branch Library has reconvened following a summer break. The Friends of Bayfield Library extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join in.
Participants can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while engaging in conversation with other community members. The conversation is neutral and inclusive with an endless list of interesting topics for discussion!
The “Coffee & Chat” group will meet in the Bayfield Library Meeting Room every Tuesday from 2-3:30 p.m. The program will extend until the end of June 2024.
This is a great way for newcomers to meet new people, learn about the village, and share ideas. Seasoned villagers are also very welcome. There is no need to register for this program. Just show up and be prepared for some lively discussion!
Mah Jongg is now being played at the Bayfield Branch Library on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Participants are asked to arrive at 12:45 p.m.
All are welcome to take part in this Rummy type game that is played with tiles instead of cards. Instructions are always available.
For more information please email Pat Lewington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The front cover of the Bayfield Lions’ Calendar for 2024 features the mural painted on the side of the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena as photographed by Jack Pal. (Submitted photo)
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Bayfield Calendar this past weekend This is the 14th edition of the calendar and the 12th as a joint project of the Bayfield Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield.
These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lion member as well as from Bayfield’s premiere volunteer salesperson, Justyne Chojnacka. The calendars can also be purchased at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website: Bayfield Lions’ Calendar and following the instructions there.
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!
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 email@example.com by the end of 2023.
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.