WALKWAY CONNECTING FLATS TO UNDER THE BRIDGE PATH CLOSER TO REALITY
The project team is excited to announce the proposed walkway connecting the Bayfield River Flats to the existing walkway under the Bayfield Bridge has received the permissions required to make it happen and now the team will turn its attention to mobilizing the public support needed to make it reality. (Photo by Jack Pal)
A new pedestrian walkway can complete the dream of Bayfield and area residents to “connect the community with nature” at the Bayfield River Flats, according to people involved with the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).
It will cost more than $50,000 to complete the walkway and the organizations say public support is needed to make the walkway a reality. The project team plans to hold a fundraising campaign between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15. Fundraising activities include a “Walkway to the Finish Line” evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 7-9 p.m.
The fundraising team hopes the evening will be the “Walkway to the Finish Line” in terms of raising the more than $50,000 needed for this project to extend the under-bridge pathway, from Shorthill Road, to the Bayfield River Flats, which will allow children and senior citizens and people with limited mobility to reach the riverside parkland without having to cross the busy highway.
The Bayfield River Flats is owned by HTLTC and the land trust protects it permanently as a habitat for wildlife.
“The Flats is a natural gem only a short walk from Bayfield’s Main Street,” said HTLTC Chair Max Morden. “Home to eagles and ospreys and species at risk, it’s a place where people can both appreciate and preserve nature.”
Volunteers from the BRVTA manage the property at no cost to the public.
The land trust’s Chair encourages local people to watch for announcements about the fundraising campaign and for details on the evening in support of the project. Updates, and opportunities to donate, will be posted to the web page: Bayfield River Flats.
Roger Lewington is Past Chair of HTLTC. He thanks the trail association for leading the fundraising initiative to make the walkway possible. The new walkway will connect to an existing under-the-bridge walkway at the Bayfield River Flats site. This new feature will make it safer and easier for people to reach and enjoy this special riverbank nature area.
“The trail association and the community had a dream to buy and preserve the Bayfield River Flats,” Lewington said. “The creation of the new pedestrian walkway will safely link people and nature and it will make it possible to fully realize the dream for this site.”
BRVTA led a fundraising campaign, in 2017, to purchase the Bayfield River Flats site. Community support was overwhelming, with donations of more than $70,000 to buy the property. The trail association manages the property and donated it to the land trust so the property will be preserved permanently.
The project team is excited to announce the proposed walkway has received the permissions required to make it happen and now the team will turn its attention to mobilizing the public support needed to make it reality.
Thanks to generous and visionary public donations of land and money, the HTLTC protects these important nature areas: Warner Preserve (2023) in Grand Bend, donated by Peter Warner and his late wife Esther; Heaman Tract (2019), near Ailsa Craig, donated by Janet Heaman in memory of Jack Heaman; Woodburne Farm (2018), near Goderich, donated by Ilse Elliott and her late husband William Elliott; Bayfield River Flats (2017), donated by BRVTA and community donors; and Mayhew Tract (2015), near Holmesville, donated by the Mayhew Family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew.
The BRVTA was founded in 2006. The association maintains seven recreational trails in and around Bayfield. The volunteers from the association schedule more than 20 guided hikes each year. This gives residents of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. BRVTA is an all-volunteer, registered non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting a healthy and environmentally conscious community.
Visit Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy and Bayfield Trails to learn more.
CALENDAR ERROR RECTIFIED WITH INSERT
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 calendar team goofed!
They have all been very proud of their 2024 calendar and it has proved, once again, to be very popular. However, they have discovered an error which may have an impact for those who use the calendar to track appointments and events. The month of November, instead of being for the 2024 year, unfortunately is for the 2023 year thereby putting out all the dates by one day. The Bayfield Lions Club members sincerely apologize for this error.
The good news is they have created a simple fix for the problem. They have reprinted just the actual calendar block for the month of November making sure it is for the year 2024. The insert can be picked up at The Village Bookshop or at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts. It fits directly over the block in the calendar and can be simply attached with cello tape and be totally unnoticeable. The Lions regret the inconvenience that this has caused and are confident this will not recur in the future.
Although the Lions are running out of calendars, there are still some available at The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts and Bayfield Foodland and each will have the appropriate insert.
The Lions thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to creating the 2025 calendar nine months from now.
BAYFIELD COMMUNITY CENTRE TO OFFER BEFORE AND AFTER PROGRAM IN NEW YEAR
It has become apparent that the Municipality of Bluewater is in desperate need of daycare as well as before and after school programs. It has recently been discussed at Bluewater Council the severity of the lack of accommodation.
The Bayfield Community Center, which is operated by a not for profit organization, has heard the call and has stepped up to help.
The Bayfield Community Centre is very excited to announce that, beginning in January 2024, they will be offering a Before and After School Program at the Community Centre, Monday to Friday from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. Bussing will be provided to these students enrolled and a form will be available to those parents once Registration is confirmed. This program will have 20 spaces in each program ( a.m. and p.m.) and parents can register on the Google form link on the Bayfield Arena Website located at the top of the page.
Both before and after school programs will incorporate the four foundations of learning: Expression, Well Being, Engagement and Belonging. Students will also be given a simple snack at both sessions.
The Bayfield Community Centre is excited to be offering this program to the residents of the Village of Bayfield and surrounding areas. With limited space they are asking parents to register quickly.
Registration in a monthly link will be sent out to parents. This Google form will be filled out each month to reserve a space in the program. Bussing for students has also been arranged for this program.
Anyone who would like more information on this program is asked to please contact Emma Campbell at Bayfieldbasp@gmail.com.
To learn more or to register for the session from Jan. 8 to Feb. 2nd please go to: Bayfield’s BASP January Registration Form
Organizers are excited to meet all of the students and families in this new program.
KNOX HOSTING AUCTION AND CONCERT
Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is holding an auction as a church fundraiser, featuring a beautiful 60″ x 80″ quilt.
The pattern is called “Wind and Waves”. It was pieced by Judith Roy and long arm quilted by Teresa Jantzi. The quilt has a reserve bid of $400.
The auction also includes two bird houses: the Condo and the Cottage, both designed and created by Peter Nijp. Each birdhouse offers four nesting boxes, perches, a lovely tin roof and a real sense of community for feathered friends!
The items are on display in the church sanctuary along with sign-up bid sheets to record the bids. Alternatively, bids will be accepted via email to: email@example.com. The auction will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and winners will be notified within 24 hours.
Also, on Dec. 16 a Christmas concert will be held beginning at 2 p.m. featuring “That Other Choir” with the Martha Lawrance Harpist Ensemble. All are welcome!
All are welcome to worship services at Knox Church on Sundays at 11 a.m.
Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main St. N. To learn more visit knoxbayfield.ca
This quilt shown here on display in the sanctuary at Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield is being offered for auction with the bidding ending on Dec. 16. (Submitted photos)
The pattern of the quilt being auctioned is called "Wind and Waves". It was pieced by Judith Roy and long arm quilted by Teresa Jantzi. The quilt has a reserve bid of $400.
This birdhouse created by Peter Nijp is also being auctioned. Known as the "Condo" its dimensions are 19 1/2"H x 18"W x 14"D.
Bids will be accepted on this birdhouse created by Peter Nijp until Dec. 16. It is known as the "Cottage" and measures 15"H x 18"W x 12"D.
CRAFTING, MOVIES AND AUTHOR VISITS AT THE BAYFIELD LIBRARY
Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series at the Bayfield Branch Library on Nov. 18.
The Bayfield Branch Library is offering a movie matinee and an author event during the month of November and plenty of crafting opportunities to look forward to in December.
In honor of Remembrance Day the library will be showing “The Trench” in the library starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.
It is June 1916, the British Army is planning a big offensive in the Somme region in France. This PG-13 film follows a platoon of British soldiers as they sit in a forward trench, anxiously awaiting the order to go over the top. The movie stars Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw and Paul Nicholls
People who wish to view the film are asked to register by emailing email@example.com or phoning 519 565-2886.
An “Author Talk” is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 and will feature a local author and coincidentally a local librarian! On this day, Avery Greaves will be celebrating the launch of her debut children’s chapter book series, “The Creature Collection” (featuring The Creature Collection and “The Curious Case of the Canadian Cryptids”).
For one hour starting at 10 a.m. visitors to the library can have their burning questions about sasquatches, garden gnomes, swamp monsters, and more answered, plus they can pick up their free activity book, and have their book signed! In addition, a limited number of copies of books will also be available for purchase.
Those who wish to attend Greave’s presentation are asked to register by email or by phone at the contact information listed above.
“Homemade Holidays” will offer library guests the opportunity to create an adorable craft during the festive season. These sessions are open to all ages and the creations may prove to be the perfect gifts for some special people.
All the craft sessions are one hour and start at 5:45 p.m. What people can make and the session dates are as follows: Festive Garden Gnomes, Tuesday, Dec. 5; Puzzle Piece Wreaths, Thursday, Dec. 7; Evergreen Pine Cone Trees, Tuesday, Dec. 12; and Painted Plaster Ornament, Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Participants must register to take part in the craft sessions and can do so using the contact information provided above.
The Bayfield Library will also offer a Family Movie Night on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 5:45 p.m. “The Christmas Toy” is the title of this holiday classic by Jim Henson. The movie tells the story of Rugby the Tiger who was young Jaimie’s favorite toy last year. Those who wish to attend are also requested to register using the information above.
The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main St. North.
This movie from 1999 is an excellent way to remember in November.
This film from 1986 will be shown at the Bayfield Branch Library on Dec. 14. (Submitted photos)
MATURE CAT SEEKS NEW FOREVER HOME
Every week the volunteers at Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) encounter seemingly unimaginable challenges in protecting the cats and kittens that come into their care – one such sweet creature is featured in this issue.
Boris is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.
Volunteers at the Rescue describe him as a big lovable goof; a quiet kitty who loves time in a lap.
“Due to no fault of his own he is looking for a new home,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Boris has lived a calm and relaxing life for the past few years after being rescued off the streets. However things have changed for his cat dad and he needs a new home for Boris. It will be an adjustment for him as he is quite settled but an environment similar to the one he has would be ideal. We want to make sure that this is indeed his forever home and that this will be his last move. If you think this big hunk of love would fit into your home and life we would like to hear from you.”
If Boris’s story pulls at the old heart strings please reach out to BFF through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BFF now has a Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view even more of the fur babies ready for homes.
In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF now has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.
To view the items on the list please visit: BFF Wish List.
Financial donations may also be sent via E-transfer to the email listed above or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.
Due to no fault of his own Boris is looking for a new home. (Submitted photos)
Boris has lived a calm and relaxing life for the past few years after being rescued off the streets but is now in need of a new home with a similar vibe.