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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 751 Week 49 Vol 15

November 29, 2023


Issue 751 Week 49 Vol 15
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An Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Accomplishment award was presented to the Hensall Co-op. Jerry Groot accepted the award from BAS President Vicky Culbert. Incoming BAS President Doug Yeo can be seen in the background.

An Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Accomplishment Award was presented to the Hensall Co-op. Jerry Groot accepted the award from BAS President Vicky Culbert. Incoming BAS President Doug Yeo can be seen in the background.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) was held in the basement of St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday, Nov. 24.

Following a meal and presentation on Junior Farmers by Jeanette Schramm, the business of the Annual Meeting proceeded.  AGMs are held so that members can learn about what an organization has accomplished, approve the financial statement and proposed budget, and appoint people to committees and positions of leadership.  The BAS used the event to also acknowledge and present awards to individuals and organizations that have provided years of support.

This year the OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies) Accomplishment award was presented to the Hensall Co-op for its longstanding commitment to providing financial support to the heavy horse section and at times the Friday night meal.  The Co-op provided beans for some of the meals and as samples to help educate fairgoers on types of beans.  Jerry Groot accepted the award from BAS President Vicky Culbert and stated that the Co-op wanted to ensure agricultural activities like the fair remain active.

The second Accomplishment Award was presented to Don McIllwain, owner of the Bayfield Garage.  McIllwain has provided vehicles to pull the children’s train at the fair.  He has on countless times at the last moment repaired things that broke down in the fairgrounds.  He has regularly financially supported the heavy horse show and has provided a location for various signs over the years.  It was pointed out that it is his business that often answers visitors’ questions about the fair and what happens at the fair.  He said that he has been a strong supporter because he wants to see the fair continue providing entertainment for the community.

The final Accomplishment Award went to Bev VanNinhys.  She has always been in the background of the Homecraft section helping with the handcrafts – either setting up, monitoring so nothing is damaged, or helping when things are being picked up.  She has been a fixture for over 35 years.  She always attended the AGM and had done it virtually the last few years.  Unfortunately technology failed her this year and it was the first time she missed the AGM and her certificate had to be delivered by hand following the meeting.

The last award given out was the OAAS Meritorious Award, which is presented to someone, who without them, the Society would be lost.  The award was presented to Ted VanderWouden.  He was president for six years.  He was always finding efficiencies in how the fair should be set up.  He started the use of a tractor getting things from the barn to the arena; he created an alternative to the old tables that needed legs attached; and he encouraged the use of shelving that could display the exhibits better.  He allowed use of his greenhouse for the making of wreaths and also for the occasional meeting.  He was always a very quiet leader who had the full respect of the Board and members.  In accepting his award, his humour was certainly evident in providing his reason for being president for so long but he said he enjoyed the work and met wonderful people throughout the years.

At the AGM Vicky Culbert was acknowledged for the work she put into her term as president.  Doug Yeo was selected as the incoming president.

Several new people have stepped forward in the last few weeks to fill several positions but additional volunteers are needed.  For those who want to see an active fair and want to see their section of the fair as a strong part of the fair experience, contact For someone who likes to keep things organized and can take minutes, the position of Secretary is now open.

The hour long meeting concluded but people lingered joining in conversations throughout the room.  Meeting old and new friends, sharing stories, and testing new ideas for the fair are all features of being part of an Agricultural Society community.


“Walkway to the Finish Line” will be held in support of a new pedestrian walkway at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area on Dec. 13 at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photo)

Tong Zhou and Brad Douglas of Home & Company Real Estate Corp Brokerage are the proud sponsors of the “Walkway to the Finish Line” event to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Dec. 13. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) have announced that on Dec. 13, a special evening, “Walkway to the Finish Line” will be held in support of a new pedestrian walkway at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area.

The BRVTA, on behalf of the land trust, is leading a community campaign to raise $52,000 to make the new walkway possible.

Roger Lewington is Past Chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.

“We are delighted to announce that Home & Company Real Estate has agreed to sponsor the Bayfield River Flats evening, in support of the pedestrian walkway project,” he said. “I would like to thank Brad Douglas and Tong Zhou, from Home & Company, on behalf of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association.”

Douglas is Sales Representative with Home & Company Real Estate.

“We are very pleased to be part of this great Bayfield project,” he said. “Bayfield is a community where many people love to walk and enjoy nature. We are honored to be able to play a part in the creation of a pedestrian access to this special natural area. We would like to do what we can, to support Bayfield Valley Trails and the Land Trust and the Bayfield and area community, as they strive to make this project a reality.”

The Walkway to the Finish Line event is described as a casual evening with a chance to mingle and socialize and support a needed project in the community. It will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. 1851 Bayfield Landing is providing a cash bar at the event. There will also be a silent auction table. Organizers note that “all are welcome for a fun evening, right before the holidays, to learn more about the project.”

Max Morden is HTLTC Chair.

“I would like to thank Brad and Tong and Home & Company Real Estate for the support of this evening, and the project,” he said. “It is truly appreciated.”

The BRVTA and HTLTC encourage people to donate to the project or consider a donation in the memory of a loved one or even make a donation as a gift. The project partners will provide permanent recognition for donations of $1,000 through a donor recognition board.

The Bayfield River Flats is owned by HTLTC and the land trust protects it permanently as a habitat for wildlife and as a recreation destination.

A new pedestrian walkway can complete the dream of Bayfield and area people to “connect the community with nature” at Bayfield River Flats. It will cost an estimated $52,000 to complete the walkway and the partner organizations say public support is needed to make the walkway a reality. The walkway will make it possible for people to walk under the highway bridge right to the natural area and avoid walking across a busy highway.

Visit Huron Land Trust and Bayfield Trails to find out more.

To learn more, or to donate, people are invited to visit: Bayfield River Flats Donation Page or to call 519235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


The Albion Hotel will host Breakfast with Santa on the morning of Dec. 10. This is the 16th time that the Optimist Club of Bayfield has organized this event for the young and young at heart! The first one being held in 2005. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

The Bayfield Optimist Club has received word that Santa Claus has time in his schedule to come down from the North Pole to visit the village on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 10. He is looking forward to partaking in a breakfast with the young and young at heart!

Breakfast with Santa will be held at The Albion Hotel from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Instead of a buffet, the meals will be plated and the menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, potatoes, eggs, toast and a beverage. The meal will cost $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 years of age.

Optimists, volunteers and The Albion Hotel staff look forward to helping families make some fun holiday memories at this sixteenth breakfast – the first being held in 2005.


President Don Schafheitlin is seen here advocating on behalf of the Bayfield Ratepayers (BRA) at the Municipality of Bluewater Council meeting held on Nov. 20 in support of the 2023 Short Term Rental by-law. (Submitted photo)

Twenty years ago, in 2003, after the amalgamation of Hay and Stanley townships and the villages of Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich, Geordie Palmer and Bill Higgs (1940-2019) founded the Bayfield Ratepayers Association.  Their stated purpose was to represent and advocate, on behalf of Bayfield property owners and residents, the many issues that directly affected them, especially with the newly formed Bluewater Council.

Their vision of one voice for Bayfield was to ensure that Bayfield’s interests and voice were not lost amidst the competing interests in the new local council. This vision continues to be even more relevant and vital today.

Recent accomplishments on behalf of the community include participating in the secondary planning process, recommending improvements to the county’s budgeting process,  participating in both the Main Street Revitalization Plan and the development of the Short-Term Rental (STR) by-laws, as well as advocating for tools to monitor the success of the STR by-laws.

For more information or to become a member, please visit: Bayfield Ratepayers.


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

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 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: The auction will close at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and winners will be notified within 24 hours.

Also, on Dec. 16, “Our Christmas Gift” concert will be held beginning at 3 p.m. featuring Martha Lawrance’s Bluewater Harp Ensemble and “thatotherchoir”. Free will donation. All are welcome!

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing for more information.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main St. N. To learn more visit


Torshe (Submitted photo)

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.

Torshe is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

Torshe is a very special eight year old girl. She was not a stray, as are most of BFFs admissions. She had a home but then she was surrendered to a local vet clinic for euthanasia.  Upon examination, it was discovered that Torshe suffered from a severely infected and swollen uterus, an often seen condition of older unspayed female cats.

Torshe is such a sweet cat, the veterinarian couldn’t help but take the case on themselves. She was treated for the illness and spayed. Now she needed a new home. BFF volunteered to admit her and try to find her a final forever home and a healthy, spayed and vaccinated Torshe is ready to go.

Torshe is a true lap kitty and loves spending time with people, a true couch potato. She has been at two foster homes and both have shared  how loving, gentle and cuddly this big girl is although she does really love her food and could use a bit of a diet. Torshe gets along fine with other cats but would do well in a quiet household. This girl has been given a second chance at life and would love to share it with a forever family.

If Torshe sounds like a suitable companion please contact BFF through Facebook or email at

BFF  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 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.


Trinity St. James Anglican Church Board members will be hosting an Open House on Dec. 2nd and all in the community are invited out to see what this facility has to offer. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Following the Public Meeting held in July and a Congregational Town Hall held in October, the members of the Trinity St James Anglican Church Board would like to invite interested clubs, organizations and individuals to explore the facility further during an Open House set for this Saturday, Dec. 2nd.

This is the next step in reimagining Trinity St. James with the intent to create a community hub. Representatives from various clubs and organizations as well as interested individuals are now being sought to potentially form a Board to manage the facility.

The Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. where people will be invited to take a closer look at the facility and continue the conversation. Refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact John Pounder at or Godfrey Heathcote at

Trinity St. James Anglican Church is  located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


The Bayfield Lions Club will host their very popular Turkey Bingo at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena on Dec. 11. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

One of the village’s favorite pre-Christmas events returns with the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Monday, Dec. 11.

The games will begin  at 7 p.m. sharp at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena. The doors to the centre will open at 6:15 p.m.

This fun event is always well-attended. There will be 16 turkeys up for grabs and in addition, there will be some Share-the-Wealth games to boost the lucky winners’ holiday spending allowances.

The funds raised are to be split between the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) and the Huron Women’s Shelter and Second-Stage Housing. New this year, the Lions will also accept donations of non-perishable items for the BAFB at the door in an effort to help fill their shelves.

This event holds Licence #M800595.


For many years children have been invited to write a letter to Santa and drop it in a special box at the entrance to Bayfield Foodland and then patiently wait for a personalized reply. Exciting news – the box is now at the grocery store ready for the onslaught of 2023 letters!

In keeping with the digital age, Santa will accept both physical letters and emailed ones as well. However, so as not to confuse the elves Santa is requesting that children submit only one letter no matter what method they choose to communicate by.

Parents should ensure that their child’s full name and address are included with their letter. Emails may be sent to Letters will be accepted until Dec. 15.


For many years the members of the Bayfield Lions Club have arranged for Santa to visit area Octogenarians, Nonagenarians and shut-ins and bring them a small gift.

Christmas is fast approaching and once again COVID and flu rates are rising so the club will unfortunately not be sending Santa to visit to extend his good cheer in person. However, because he cares for this demographic so very much Santa has appointed Lions members as elves and he wanted the community to know that they will be sending something out in the mail very soon!

Anyone who may know of someone locally who has turned 80 in the past year, or due to ongoing health issues cannot go out into the community, or someone new to the community that falls into either category, please contact Lion Karen Scott at 226 441-2042 with details.


The Taylor Trail, one of the Varna Nature Trails, will be the location for a Candy Cane Hunt on Sunday, Dec. 3rd.

The Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) are partnering together to offer this family-friendly hunt starting at 1 p.m. After the hunt all the participants are invited to warm up with some hot chocolate in the Stanley Complex. At this time there will also be an opportunity to learn about Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR).

The Taylor Trail is located behind the Complex at 38594 Mill Road in Varna.


Volunteers with the food bank are always touched by the generosity of the community no matter how small the gift. This soup can wrapped with a $10 bill found amongst recent donations is a fine example. (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 ingredients needed for preparing baked goods, examples of items to be donated include: flour, butter, baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips.

The BAFB phone number is 519 525-8286. People can also contact the food bank via email at

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 website.


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.

Library Friends

This film from 1986 will be shown at the Bayfield Branch Library on Dec. 14. (Submitted photos)

The Bayfield Branch Library is offering plenty of crafting opportunities to look forward to in December.

“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.

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.

Participants must register to take part in the craft sessions as well as the movie night and can do so by emailing or phoning 519 565-2886.

Both the crafting evenings and the holiday movie night are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Bayfield Library.

The Bayfield Branch Library is located at 18 Main St. North.


Gentle Flow Yoga is being offered at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena twice weekly.

Drop-ins are welcome to attend “Gentle Flow Yoga with Shannon” on Tuesday mornings starting at 9 a.m. The drop-in fee is $8 per person.

Practices are also being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. with a four class pass available for $40 per person. The drop-in fee for this session is $12 per person.

For more information please contact Shannon by calling 519 404-5199


The London Citadel Salvation Army Band is coming to town on Friday, Dec. 1st. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield Town Hall is hosting The Salvation Army London Citadel Band for a “Magical Evening of Christmas Music” on Friday, Dec. 1st. This performance will mark their 26th appearance on the town hall stage.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.  This year people are invited to pay what they can with donations going to the Salvation Army.

“The Citadel Band put on a great performance of Christmas favorites that puts everyone in the holiday spirit and supports underprivileged families at Christmas,” said Diane Snell, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “There are very few opportunities to see a large brass band perform indoors!”


The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Wednesday services are held starting at 10:30 a.m. while Sundays services begin at 11 a.m. Please note there will not be a Sunday service on Dec. 3rd.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2nd 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 prior to tomorrow (Nov. 30).

Trinity St. James is looking forward to the Christmas season and would like to extend an invitation to both visitors and local residents to join in their special services. The Lessons and Carols Service will be held on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. And 6 p.m. is the time set for the Christmas Eve service. As Dec. 24 is a Sunday there will also be an online service offered over ZOOM starting at 10 a.m.

Rev. Mary Farmer will be leading a one-hour Advent Study by ZOOM commencing on Nov. 30. It will be held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. For more information please contact the Rector by emailing

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.


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


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!


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 by the end of 2023.


Attention Bridge playing enthusiasts the cost to attend an afternoon at the Bayfield Bridge Club has been reduced by half – the cost to join the fun is now just $2.

That is quite a bargain that includes coffee, tea and a yummy snack plus a prize for both the winner and the loser.

Players do not need to attend with a partner to participate in these “drop-in” sessions. New people are invited to join in this great opportunity to make new friends as partners are switched after every four hands.

The games are played on Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building located at 6 Municipal Road.  The cards are shuffled at 1 p.m.  All levels of players are welcome to take part in these games that are played year-round.


Near the site of a new pedestrian walkway at the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, announcing the donation of $5,000 and valuable additional services from B. M. Ross and Associates Limited were (l-r): Jack Pal, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA); Jennette Walker, Brock Spencer, Ken Logtenberg, Ryan Devries, and Kelly Vader, all from B. M. Ross and Associates Limited; and Dave Gillians, BRVTA. Also joining in the photo was Guinness the dog. (Photo by Peter Jeffers)

An engineering firm in Goderich is helping the Bayfield and area community to move closer to the dream of a pedestrian walkway to the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area.

B.M. Ross and Associates Limited is donating $5,000 to the walkway fundraising campaign. The firm is also helping the walkway project partners with preparation of a quotation package for contractors and will help with periodic inspections while the walkway is being constructed.

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is leading a fundraising campaign on behalf of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). The Land Trust owns and permanently preserves the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area, which is an important area for recreation and for species habitat. The project partners hope to raise $52,000, this year, to complete the walkway.

Roger Lewington is Past Chair of HTLTC. He said the generous donation from B. M. Ross will go a long way towards moving the walkway project forward.

“The trail association and the Land Trust are so appreciative of this generous support from B. M. Ross for both a financial contribution as well as critical engineering services,” he said. “This is a big step forward and we hope this community-minded donation will inspire others to support this project and help us to move closer to our goal.”

Dale Erb is President with B. M. Ross and Associates Limited, of Goderich.

“B. M. Ross and Associates Limited is pleased to support the community’s effort to create a new pedestrian walkway to the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area,” he said. “This project reflects our company’s commitment to nature and active outdoor recreation. We look forward to our continued involvement with this exciting endeavor.”

The project partners say the new walkway will “connect the community with nature.” They say the walkway will complete the Bayfield River Flats project which began in 2017 when the trail association led a successful community fundraising campaign that raised more than $70,000 with the support of more than 200 individual donors. That campaign made it possible to purchase the nature area and donate it to the land trust for permanent preservation.

A “Walkway to the Finish Line” evening will take place at Bayfield Town Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023 from 7-9 p.m. It will be a casual evening to celebrate the project and to raise funds for the walkway.

Visit Huron Land Trust and Bayfield Trails to find out more.

To learn more, or to donate, people are invited to visit: Bayfield River Flats Donation Page or to call 519235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.


By all accounts, this was a banner year for the Wreath Sale, with sales far exceeding the original goals. Eager shoppers, such as the two shown, seemed to delight in all that was on offer.

By all accounts, this was a banner year for the Wreath Sale, with sales far exceeding the original goals. Eager shoppers, such as the two shown, seemed to delight in all that was on offer.

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) held its annual fundraising Wreath Sale on Friday and Saturday of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

From the moment the sales team started to set up in front of St. Andrew’s United Church on Friday, Nov. 17, eager purchasers were already arriving and selecting their wreaths.

By all accounts, this was a banner year for the Wreath Sale, with sales far exceeding the original goals. The BAS is grateful to the Bayfield community and visitors who stopped by to pick up wreaths, tails, greenery bundles, pine cones, and bows for their holiday decor.

The success of this fundraising project wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful people who answered the call for volunteers needed to help with the wreath-making process. Starting in mid-October, this dedicated group gathered grapevines for the wreath bases, cut the fresh greens, and fashioned the wreaths, tails, and bundles.

Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society were busy selling wreaths and more on Saturday, Nov. 18 in front of St. Andrew's United Church. Taking a moment for a photo were l-r: Jentje Steenbeek, Nancy Lowrey, Jean Dunn, Doug Yeo and Pam Stanley. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society were busy selling wreaths and more on Saturday, Nov. 18 in front of St. Andrew’s United Church. Taking a moment for a photo were l-r: Jentje Steenbeek, Nancy Lowrey, Jean Dunn, Doug Yeo and Pam Stanley. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Co-chairs Phil Heath and Janet Vogelsang offer final words on this project:

“Working with the community volunteers was a great experience, and we had more than a few laughs along the way. Selling the final product to the community for the good of the community made all of the effort worthwhile. We look forward to working on the Wreath Sale project again next year. Thank you Bayfield for your support!”


The Goderich Lions Club is pleased to announce the distinguished recipients of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Lions President Don Edward presented the awards during a recent Lions Banquet Dinner held at the Goderich Columbus Centre.

“This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to community service,” said Don Edwards, president of the Goderich Lions Club. “Named after Lions Club International founder Melvin Jones, this prestigious honor is the highest form of recognition symbolizing a commitment to humanitarian ideals in line with the mission of Lionism. Our two award recipients are Doug Fines and Eric Fincher.”

Lion Doug Fines is the President of Huronia Welding and Industrial Supply in Goderich. A stalwart member of the Goderich Lions Club since 1985, Fines stands out for his unwavering commitment to community betterment. In addition to his vital role within the Lions Club, Fines has served as the President of the Goderich Chamber of Commerce, showcasing his leadership and passion for fostering local prosperity. One of his standout achievements includes spearheading efforts in 1999 that led Goderich to become the first and only Canadian town to host a Disney Parade, featuring beloved characters like Mickey Mouse.

Fines’ family, present at the Goderich Lions Award Night, shared their immense pride in his well-deserved recognition.

Eric Fincher, is an esteemed Goderich attorney and community advocate. A long-standing resident and dedicated friend of the Goderich Lions, Fincher has been honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his outstanding contributions to the community. Known for his exemplary work as an attorney in Goderich, Fincher’s impact extends beyond the legal realm, as he consistently demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of the community he calls home.

The Goderich Lions Club extends its heartfelt congratulations to both Fines and Fincher for their exceptional service, embodying the spirit of Lionism and contributing to the betterment of Goderich and beyond.


The public is encouraged to take a survey, towards an updated Conservation Lands Strategy for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. The survey will be available online until Dec. 7 (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is updating the plans that guide the stewardship, restoration, and visitor use of its conservation areas and other ABCA properties. A new Conservation Lands Strategy will update documents that are about 20 years old. The conservation authority would like to hear from people who visit the properties about features and facilities they use and what is needed to improve their experience.

To take the survey please visit: Conservation lands Strategy Survey.  The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 7.

ABCA owns 3,616 hectares of land throughout its 2,400-square-kilometre watershed area. The conservation authority acquired the properties for environmental purposes such as flood control, conservation and restoration. The properties provide food, water and shelter for a vast array of plants and animals, including several species at risk. There are 30 kilometres of trails owned and/or managed by ABCA. Conservation areas have trails, pavilions, privies, boardwalks and bridges. Management areas and tracts are mostly forested and do not have facilities or formal trail systems. To learn more about ABCA properties, visit the Parks and Recreation web page: ABCA Recreation on the website.

Education and recreation are important secondary benefits on ABCAs conservation lands.

“Thousands of people visit our properties,” said Nathan Schoelier, ABCA Stewardship and Lands manager. “These areas improve physical and mental well-being.”

Property uses include hiking, nature appreciation, bird watching, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Thousands of school children visit the properties each year through ABCAs conservation education programs. Some teachers use the areas independently.

Hunting is permitted on some properties, in compliance with provincial and federal regulations, for people who have the appropriate hunting permits and who purchase the appropriate ABCA hunting permits to hunt on designated lands.

There was a huge increase in the number of visitors to ABCA properties, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of visitors has returned to pre-pandemic levels but use of these areas remains strong and provides valuable green spaces for recreation and nature appreciation.

The presence and increase of invasive species and forest pests are among the environmental issues and challenges facing conservation lands. Flooding and weather variability, as the climate continues to change, are also environmental issues and challenges.


The Bluewater Harp Ensemble would like to invite people to “begin the season with the sound of harp music” as they perform “A Christmas Concert” on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich.

This concert has been rescheduled from Nov. 28 and will begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission is by donation. Those who attend are welcome to sing along to their favorite carols.

The Mackay Centre for Seniors is located at 10 Nelson Street in Goderich. The concert will be held on the upper level with elevator access available.


HUUG (Help Us Understand Grief) is a new program to Huron Hospice that will be hosting two events on Dec. 16 in Bayfield and Goderich.

HUUG is a program to educate and support children from four to 17 years of age and their families who are grieving after a death, divorce, or other major events in life.

Participants are invited to join for some creative fun as they make a festive ornament to help them remember a loved one. There will be time to share stories, offer support, and make new friends.

This one hour event will be held in Bayfield starting at 10 a.m. and in Goderich beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information or to  register for this program, please contact Sally Brodie by calling 519 525-6331 or emailing


The next movie on the docket for Livery Film Fest is “Priscilla”, a biographical film written, directed and produced by Sofia Coppola. It was almost entirely shot in Toronto.

Priscilla Beaulieu (played by Cailee Spaeny) was only 14-years-old when she met 24-year-old Elvis Presley (Jacob Elorbi) in Germany where Priscilla’s father was stationed in the U.S. Military and Elvis, at the peak of his career, was also stationed. This was 1959. They met at a house party and began casually dating.

They reconnected three years later in the U.S. and their courtship continued. The film is based on the 1985 memoir “Elvis and Me” by Priscilla and details her complicated love story with a rock-and-roll superstar who becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments:  a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness and a vulnerable friend.

Perfectly timed for date night during the holiday season! ‘Priscilla’ plays for one night only on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich.


The South Huron Community Choirs are preparing to present, “Exeter Sings – Cheers to 150 Years – A Christmas Celebration” featuring the Adult Choir, Handbells Choir and premiering the “Kidschoir” with two performances coming up in early December.

The celebration kicks off in Exeter on Friday, Dec. 1st at Exeter United Church located at 42 James Street. This concert will commence at 7 p.m. A second performance will be held in Grand Bend on Sunday, Dec. 3rd at the Oakwood Resort starting at 3:30 p.m. The resort is located at 70671 Bluewater Hwy.

Katherine Marie Neeb, the director of the children’s choir will also be a featured soloist. The Adult Chor will be directed by Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Richard Heinzle. Accompanist is Lori Danylchuk.

Tickets for both performances are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling Ruth at 519 235-1778 or Harry at 519 235-0759.


The South Huron Walk-in Clinic is now offering hours on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day).

Appointments are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

To book an appointment please call 519 235-3343.


Goderich Lions Club members understand that people are missing the social aspect of in-person Bingos and their volunteers have been exploring ways to bring this style of fundraiser back to the community and surrounding area.

The Park House in Goderich and the Huron Fish and Game Club in Clinton are now the settings for Goderich Lions Club Bingo on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. Please note that Bingo tickets will not be available at these new sites.  People can get their tickets at the locations listed below. For more information visit Goderich Lions on Facebook.

For those who prefer to play from the comfort of their own home Goderich Lions TV Bingo will continue also on Monday and Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. They are broadcast on Eastlink Channel 10, Hurontel Channel 1 and Tuckersmith Channel 1.

Tickets for the televised games are available at Bayfield Convenience and Gifts; Clinton Foodland and Clinton Convenience; Buckey Joes, Vanastra; Hodgins Home Hardware, Lucknow; Goderich Convenience; Suncoast Variety, Goderich; and Finchers in Goderich and Kincardine. Lottery License #: M717413.


Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

As the wintery weather ensues we highlight a staple of the season – knitted gloves…

This is a pair of wool knit gloves. They have been knit with purple, black and white yarn and in a certain design. Along the top of the gloves is a border of short strands of yarn.

These gloves belonged to Herbert Wheeler (but are not men’s gloves) and were passed down through the family. They were believed to have been knit by a man circa 1870.

According to knitting history enthusiast Sharlene Young-Bolen, “The colorwork motifs are similar to both the Shetland Fair Isle pattern, ‘Little Flowers’ as well as the Estonian pattern, ‘Cat’s Paw’. The gloves feature a fringed cuff, also hinting at an Estonian inspiration.”



PHOTO BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDERFor over 15 years The Glee Sisters women’s choir has enthusiastically entertained young and old alike, with an eclectic and spirited assortment of music.In keeping with tradition, The Glee Sisters performed two well attended and successful shows at the Bayfield Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 18. This year their Children’s Song and Story Christmas Show was entitled, “Muppet Merriment”. It featured puppets from Sesame Street as well as costumed adults portraying Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird. It was an interactive and magical time for all in attendance.Assistant director Christy Lomas led the choir through a number of holiday favorites as well as some special numbers reflective of the Sesame Street theme. The show was especially geared to children between the ages of four to six years. Children received a special musical gift and all in attendance enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies following the performance.Admission was free with a donation to the Bayfield and Area Food Bank.




North Pier…By Sally Leitch

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This week I’m handing my “bit at the bottom” over to Greg Csullog who has penned an informative article about a local volunteer organization that despite many challenges provides a tremendous service to the community. Regular readers of the Bayfield Breeze should be familiar with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines but they may not be familiar with the reality behind the images of wide eyed cats hoping to be adopted. Greg sheds some light on that. – Melody 

Caught on a security camera Vader the day before he was trapped; looking gaunt and eyes begging for help. (Photo courtesy Greg Csullog)

The “Adopt a BFF” articles in the Bayfield Breeze are my favorites and for good reason. Our family has two Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) alumni – BoBo and Moochie. In addition, during 2023 we trapped three stray cats and put them into the BFF shelter. Two have been adopted (Chip and Maestro, aka Magoo) and one is still looking for a forever home (Vader). It is so rewarding to BFF volunteers when kitties are adopted. But, something is missing from the Bayfield Breeze. The back story.

⁨The BFF shelter works on a shoestring budget. It survives based on generous donations from Pet Valu in Goderich, Miss Dixie’s Foundation and caring individuals in our community. Lake Huron Real Estate Limited has been the proud co-founder, sponsor and supporter of BFF from the get-go.

However, using the term shoestring is misleading. The situation is more like having tattered, knotted laces that barely keep your shoes on.

The shelter is too small to house all the cats and kittens that need to be cared for. Some have to be fostered in private homes and others have to remain on the streets because there’s no room to take them in. Winter takes its toll with frostbite and malnutrition.

The shelter needs refurbishment but BFF barely has enough money to feed and house all the cats and kittens. Vet bills are a huge burden – cats taken in are spayed/neutered and given all their shots. Those with medical issues also require treatments to ensure they are healthy for adoption. Currently BFF has outstanding vet bills to pay and there are always more bills on the way!

If BFF did not exist or ceases to exist what then? Our community would face a crisis. In 2023 alone there were 121 kittens born or surrendered and taken into the shelter as well as fostered in private homes. There were also 57 adult cats that entered the shelter. While many adoptions have happened, there are currently 92 kittens and adults in the shelter and in foster homes. If not for BFF all these cats would be out on our community’s streets and without spaying/neutering the population would explode.

As a BFF volunteer, parent and donor I feel compelled to tell our community that help is needed sooner than later. More volunteers and donors are needed to ensure that BFF survives to eliminate the feral cat population or to spay/neuter feral cats to control their population. With support from Bayfield Breeze and Pet Valu the number of kittens and cats needing adoption has to be reduced. These are not just issues for cat lovers, they are issues for our entire community to address.

Normally I do not mention how I support organizations through volunteer work or monetary gifts. However, I want to share an example of how BFF can be supported.

As BoBo and Moochie’s Mom and Dad, Andrée and I not only trapped Chip, Magoo and Vader we also covered the costs of their vet bills and other costs to minimize the financial burden on BFF until these wonderful rescues all get forever homes. That support may be more than most want to provide so I will toss out food for thought.

When someone returns LCBO containers and gets cash, why not throw the cash into a jar and save up to donate the proceeds to BFF?

Currently BFF cannot issue charitable donation receipts but is working on that. In the interim, if getting a tax credit is important to you, why not donate an amount to BFF that is about the same net result for you? For example, donate $85 instead of $100.

The simplest way to donate to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines is to send an Interac transfer to (auto deposit is on). Cheques can be made out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines and mailed to PO Box 33, Bayfield, Ont., N0M 1G0.

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.