let us rise together theme of women's march 2020
Three years ago, on Jan. 21, 2017, people of all backgrounds came together, five million strong, on all seven continents of the world. 2019 marked the inaugural march for the Huron Chapter of Women's March Canada. It was held in Goderich midday on Saturday, Jan. 19. The 2020 March will be held on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
“Let Us Rise Together” is the theme of Women’s March 2020. The Huron Chapter of Women’s March Canada will be hosting their march on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Goderich.
It is time again to march for equality and the fundamental rights of women starting at 1 p.m. Participants will gather in Courthouse Square to raise awareness of gender inequalities. There will be speeches and music along with a walk around The Square all in an effort to bring people together in solidarity for women’s rights here in Huron County.
Donations of unopened women’s underwear and feminine hygiene products will be accepted to support the Women’s March Canada – Huron Chapter’s Red Box Initiative as they work to end period poverty in the county.
There will also be a Sign Making Workshop at the Goderich Public Library on Jan. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to make a sign to hold at the march. Materials needed to make the signs will be supplied.
For more information about the Sign Making Workshop, Red Box Initiative or the march itself please visit the Women’s March Canada – Huron Chapter’s Facebook Page or email the Board directly at email@example.com.
Authors of book about Farmerettes to speak at AGM
Shirleyan English and Bonnie Sitter are the authors and historians behind the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes” and will be the guest speakers at the Bayfield Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Banquet on Jan. 27 at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.
The farmerettes are women who worked the farms while men fought in WWII, and were an important part of provincial history. English herself was a farmerette.
Those who attend the event are asked to arrive after 11:20 a.m. but before 11:50 a.m. to be seated by noon for a served, hot, full course, country meal.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Bayfield Archives on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by contacting a member of the BHS Board: President Ruth Gibson, 905 518 4646; Barb Durand, Claudia Barrett, Deborah Curran, Doug Brown, Doug Darnbrough, Godfrey Heathcote, Gwen Patterson, Joe Gray, Julia Armstrong, or Linda Hopkins-Greenly.
shopping buddy driver recruitment happening now
Want to be a Home4Good Shopping Buddy?
Bayfield’s Home4Good decided a year ago to start a Shopping Buddy Program, and now has nine shopping buddy drivers paired with people around Bayfield who need help to go shopping or run other errands. Being a shopping buddy has proved a satisfying assignment for Home4Good’s volunteers, who are enthusiastic about helping their neighbors.
One shopping buddy said his decision to join Home4Good was an easy one. He wanted to make a positive difference to a fellow senior through companionship and shopping assistance. His past caregiving experience helps him deal with any challenges.
Another shopping buddy who retired from the social service sector, found that being a shopping buddy was an excellent way to spend some “spare time” and “pay it forward”. But more importantly she has a lot in common with her shopping buddy and their conversations are stimulating and wide ranging. She looks forward to sharing time with her shopping buddy and is grateful to find a new friend.
A third volunteer shares a love of flowers with her shopping buddy. Her buddy already had a shopping partner, but Home4Good asked this volunteer to help with gardening. Her buddy uses a walker and is no longer able to play in the dirt. Our volunteer was able to plant annuals, some perennials and rid the flower bed of nasty goutweed (for now!) They chat while our volunteer gardens and teases her about her garden art. Very fulfilling for both of them.
Home4Good is recruiting more shopping buddy drivers for 2020. Drivers are expected to take their shopping buddy passenger shopping (or do their shopping for them) at least once a month, but not more than once a week, at mutually agreed times. For more information about the program, and to download an application form go to Home4Good’s website at www.home4goodbayfield.ca.
If you, or someone you know, could use the help of a shopping buddy, please contact the coordinator of Home4Good’s program, Leslie Bella, at 519 955-1531 (text) or firstname.lastname@example.org (email).
friends of the Bayfield Library offering winter distractions
Looking for something to chase away the January blahs? Why not spice things up by going on a “Blind Date with a Book” organized by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL)?
Check out a brown paper wrapped book from their special display at the Bayfield Public Library from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, take it home and unwrap it, and then read it. Don't forget to "rate your date" when you return the book and enter the draw for a prize. The draw will take place on March 13.
FOBL's “Saturdays at the Library” speaker program is back for the 2020 winter season.
First up in the series is a discussion on Saturday, Jan. 25, about feeding our feathered friends, presented by Steven Jenkins of Porter's Hill Wild Bird Seed Co. All are welcome to attend this informative and timely session to be held at the Bayfield Library in the Community Room starting at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring their own coffee mug.
Three more “Saturdays at the Library’ are upcoming including: Feb. 22, a presentation by Blyth Theatre Playwright, Dave Scott; March 28, learn about how to sort/store old photographs presented by Pauline Hoffman, Just in Time Solutions; and Apr. 18, hear all about local area food bank initiatives presented by Mary Ellen Zielman, Executive director of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre and Terry Henderson of the Bayfield Area Food Bank.
BRVTA winter hike
Event postponed to Jan. 18.
It is almost time for the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Annual Winter Hike and Lunch. Start the new year off right on Jan. 11 with a community winter hike!
Guided hikes will be held at Mavis’ Trail, as well as the Taylor Trail. Choose one or the other, or do them both; bring snowshoes if the weather allows. Dogs on leash are welcome.
The hikes will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a light lunch served after the hikes at the Stanley Complex near Varna. Everyone welcome. There will be no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted.
This is also an opportunity to sign up for a Bayfield Trails Membership. Annual memberships allow the BRVTA to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming and training.
To make membership even more attractive, the BRVTA is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with the employee discount store of Columbia Sportswear, located at 1425 Max Brose Drive in London. By showing a current BRVTA membership card, people are allowed to shop at 40-50 per cent off regular retail pricing several times a year during a special invitation period. Members will be notified by email if they subscribe to the BRVTA monthly newsletter.
Membership is affordable! Annual membership fees are $20 or $30 for a family rate. The BRVTA will hold several membership drives, enabling people to get their membership card. Membership can also be activated through the website, bayfieldtrails.com. As a member people will also receive special privileges to select Bayfield Trail events.
Anyone who has paid online or by mail, membership cards will be available for pick-up at the annual winter hike and lunch or at the following membership drives: Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Bayfield Public Library from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. There will also be a membership drive at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show held at the Bayfield Arena on Apr. 24-26.
For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BRVTA by e-mail at: email@example.com
Life at the Rink
The Bayfield Relics compete against the Lucan Leprecauns at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 8).
Then on Thursday, Jan. 9, Bayfield 50+ take on Goderich 2 starting at 8 p.m.
The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.
valdy in concert
Valdy (Submitted photo)
There is no better way to beat the January blues then an evening with Canadian Folk Musician Valdy. He will make a return visit to the Bayfield Town Hall on Jan. 31.
Valdy began his career in the early 1970s with the release of "Rock and Roll Song", his first mainstream single. To date he has 14 albums, 22 singles and four gold records and has sold nearly half a million units worldwide. Since 1974 he has received 12 Juno nominations winning two Juno Awards - Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year.
An energetic performer, Valdy already has 26 concerts booked in 2020 throughout the US and Canada, with this visit to Bayfield on that list! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.
People can order tickets online (at no extra cost) at www.bayfieldtownhall.com
Chocolatey mint campaign
Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And at $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts during this party season!
They can also be purchased now from members or by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830.
Profits from sales help with program activities, field trips and camps.
Bayfield Travel Club
The fourth meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.
It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.
The point of discussion will be culinary travel with a special guest from Collette Tours.
The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.