national croquet and golf croquet tourneys in village
Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting the Canadian Open Association Croquet tournament from Sept. 23-26. This image, taken in 2018, highlights a play by Pierre Dunn, of B.C., one of the competitors in the Bayfield tournament held that year. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) will be hosting the Canadian Open Association Croquet tournament from Sept. 23-26.
Players from Canada and North America will be coming to play in this prestigious tournament. Bayfield's own Bill Rowat and David Druiett are previous Canadian Champions! For the first time Bayfield will also be hosting the Canadian Open Golf Croquet tournament from Sept 20-22nd. These tournaments are sanctioned by Croquet Canada which is the national governing body for croquet in Canada. The results of the tournaments are added to players' Canadian and World rank. Bayfield members will be playing in both tournaments. The three world-class courts and this beautiful heritage village entice the best players from around the world to return to Bayfield year after year.
BICC is one of the largest croquet clubs in Canada. The Club has a robust offering of both competitive and recreational play. All croquet programming and social activities are provided by passionate, committed volunteers. Anyone interested in trying out croquet is welcome? Visit their website at bicc.ca to learn more and to view the contact list.
Lobb trail and hullett marsh destinations for BRVTA hikers
Jack Pal (right) of the Photography Club of Bayfield, offered interested hikers insights into some fun photography techniques as they walked through the Hullett Sugar Bush in 2018. He will do so again on Oct. 3, 2021.. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
In addition to the upcoming virtual Terry Fox Run set for Sept. 19th, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is organizing two in-person hikes – one near September’s end and another at October’s beginning.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Lobb Trail. This is a beautiful well-groomed trail with several riverside locations, gentle hills, scenic rest stops and some heritage interpretation plaques. There is also a Carolinian forest with flora and fauna typical of this type of habitat. Hiking enthusiasts may note that this was to be the Mushroom Hike, but unfortunately the local mycologist, Dr. Jen McDonald, is no longer residing in the area. This hike, that will begin at 2 p.m., is open to all.
The meeting point for the Lobb Trail is at the intersection of Maitland Line and School House Road. To arrive there take Hwy 8 north of Clinton towards Holmesville; turn right on to Sharpes Creek Line; and then turn right on to Maitland Line. A map can be found at: ontarionaturetrails.com/trail/lobb-trail/.
Those who wish to carpool are asked to meet at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square at 1:30 p.m. Masks will be mandatory for car poolers. This hike is moderate in difficulty, will be 7 km and last about three hours. The trail is well marked but with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and check the weather report to dress accordingly. Dogs on leash welcome.
The hike leaders will be George Ebers (519 482-7572) and Ralph Blasting.
A Fall Colours Hike will take place at Hullett Marsh on Oct. 3rd at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Bayfield Photography Club (PCoB). The hike will follow the Red Trail for 2.2 km of medium difficulty. This beautifully pathed trail meanders through a mix of mature hardwoods and fallow fields.
Please be advised that poison ivy lines the trail in areas, including vines that wind up many trees, so hikers are asked to please stay on the trail and wear appropriate footwear. Since hikers will be taking photographs, this short hike could last for up to two hours.
Participants are asked to meet and park at 81001 Burns Line. A map can be found at files.secure.website/wscfus/10187783/7980458/user-guide-map-2016-23.pdf
The hike leaders will be Jack Pal (519 440-9542) and Conrad Kuiper.
Virtual Terry Fox Run set for third Sunday in September
At 18 years-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer and lost his leg. Two years later Fox started training to run across Canada. In 1980, he started his Marathon of Hope, raising funds and hoping for a cure for all cancers. Terry ran over 5,000 km - covering six provinces - to raise funds and share his message. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated, forcing him to abandon the Marathon. People all across Canada have since run every year in memory of Fox and as a result $850 million have been raised for cancer research.
Locally people can run, walk or bike and raise funds to keep his dream alive. Bayfield has raised over $41,000 through Terry Fox Runs, and for this support organizers truly are very grateful. This year the Run will be held virtually again, meaning participants can choose the route and the time when they want to participate. Register as an individual, family or team and start collecting pledges. The process is extremely simple; visit www.terryfox.ca/terryfoxrun/bayfield to register at the Bayfield site.
Donations can be made on the same site or people can sponsor a registrant or make a general donation. People can also scan the QR Codes on all posters and signs, which will bring them directly to the Bayfield site, enabling them to donate via their phone.
Those who prefer to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation by cash or cheque are invited to meet the organizers on Sunday, Sept. 19 between 9-10:30 a.m. at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square. Organizers will also be selling 2021 Terry Fox t-shirts at $20 each. They will also have 2021 participation seals available. In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a selfie during this time in front of a large Terry Fox poster!
The Bayfield Terry Fox Run is organized by volunteers of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA). Anyone who may have questions is asked to please email email@example.com.
For further information regarding the Terry Fox Foundation, please visit www.terryfox.org
People and Canines create virtual team for Terry Fox Run
Millie Jean Johnson, a Golden Retriever pup, will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run for the Bayfield PACC virtual team on Sunday. She encourages others to join in the fun! (Photo by Suzan Johnson)
Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) is excited to support the upcoming Terry Fox Run on Sept. 19.
“We invite everyone to join our team, and to run, stroll, or walk your dog in support of this event. Thank you to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their efforts in organizing the annual run,” said Suzan Johnson, representing Bayfield PACC.
She went on to say that in 1979, Fox said, "anything is possible if you try."
“Inspired by his amazing example, our team is proudly participating in this year's Terry Fox Run. Please consider supporting us in our “try” by helping us raise much needed funds for cancer research,” Johnson said.
To support the Bayfield PACC in their efforts, visit their website and join their virtual team at www.terryfox.ca/bayfieldpacc
Johnson would also like to thank citizens and visitors who took the time to complete the Bayfield PACC survey.
“We have had a tremendous number of respondents. For those of you who have yet to complete the survey, there are still a few days left for you to share your views,” she said.
The survey can be found at the Bayfeild PACC website at www.bayfieldpacc.com.
Lions Golf Tournament record breaking fundraiser
From l-r: Tom Bedour, Greg Aitken, Jason Watson, Brad Aitken were the winners of the scramble event held at Bluewater. This foursome was presented with a trophy and given individual plaques recognizing their win. (Photos by Jack Pal)
Under sunny skies, 76 golfers participated in the 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course with Covid-19 rules in place on Friday, Sept. 10.
In keeping with Covid protocols, all golfers were pre-registered with contact information recorded. On arrival at the course they were directed individually to their carts and from there to their starting hole awaiting the 10:30 a.m. shotgun start.
Following the golf, similar precautions were in place at The Albion Hotel where a meal of chicken and ribs was served out-of-doors. Every foursome had a pre-designated table on the back patio and were called up one table at a time for meal service.
L-r: Tracy Pitblado, Shirley Schilbe, Penny Overboe, and Bonnie Royal were among the 76 golfers that participated in the 33rd Annual Bayfield Lions/Albion Charity Golf Tournament at the Bluewater Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 10.
“Jeff Graham and his staff at the Albion deserve a great big thank you for their hospitality,” said Ian Matthew, chairman of the golf committee.
Lions President Tony Van Bakel thanked everyone for supporting the Bayfield Lions in their work.
Matthew thanked the tournament partners Dale Realty Group and Lake Huron Chrysler, presenting them with plaques in appreciation of their support. In addition, 18 sponsors were recognized on the sponsors’ wall.
The winners of the scramble event held at Bluewater were: Jason Watson, Brad Aiken, Greg Aiken and Tom Bedour with an 18-hole score of minus eight. This foursome was presented with a trophy and given individual plaques recognizing their win.
After dinner, three impressive prize packages went up for bid under auctioneer MP Ben Lobb’s hammer and more than $4,500 was raised! The three prizes were: White Squirrel Golf Package, courtesy of Mac Voisin; a Ryan O’Reilly framed hockey jersey donated by the O’Reilly family; and a “Bayfield Experience Package” made up of donations from the merchants of Bayfield.
The tournament ended up being a record-breaking fundraiser for the club raising $13,000.
The Albion Hotel hosted a meal of chicken and ribs served out-of-doors following the golf. Every foursome had a pre-designated table on the back patio including l-r: Doug Brown, John Hoover, Jack Colquhoun and Gary Crossley.
In his closing remarks, Matthew thanked everyone for their support noting it is through their participation in fundraisers like the tournament that allow the Bayfield Lions to contribute over $50,000 to meet community needs every year.
A highlight of the dinner was the sound of a piper announcing that the day also marked Matthew’s 70th birthday and he was celebrated with much cheer and cake!
In addition to Matthew as chair, the Bayfield Lions’ Golf Committee was comprised of Tom Grasby, John Zirini, Karen and Rolly Scott, Kathy Gray, EJ Bauer, and Dave Nearingburg.
“There were smiles all around as the participants enjoyed a fun day out!” concluded Matthew. “Thanks again to all who participated!”
Exciting news from the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) as many of their membership will have their works displayed at the Goderich Co-op Gallery for the month of October.
To view the art be sure to visit the gallery at 54 Courthouse Square in Goderich. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for the the second Wednesday of the month when they open at noon.
Volunteer staff with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) are pleased to report that the collection bin for non-perishable donations has been returned to the foyer of the Bayfield Public Library.
“The bins will also remain on the porches of Trinity St James’ Parish Hall, (10 Keith Cres) but for many Bayfield residents the library is a handy spot, and having an indoor collection location is especially appreciated over the winter months,” said President of the BAFB Board, Terry Henderson.
All donations whether of non-perishable products, personal care items, or monetary donations, are very much appreciated by both volunteer staff and clients.
With back-to-school approaching, healthy snack or lunch items are being requested as donations at this time, examples of what would be appreciated are: pudding or fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars, small cereal boxes, crackers and peanut butter.
Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.
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: email@example.com or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.
All donations of $20 or more will be receipted for tax purposes. BAFB is a registered charity with CRA. Anyone who would like a receipt, is asked to ensure that their name and address are clearly provided along with the donation.
Lions' Calendar 2022
The Bayfield Lions’ Club is proud to announce the release of its 2022 Bayfield Calendar. This twelfth edition of the calendar (tenth as a joint project of the Lions and the Photography Club of Bayfield) was launched on Aug. 14. The paper quality has been improved so that the calendar is now more vibrant than ever.
These beautiful calendars would make an ideal Christmas gift or souvenir and can be purchased for $20 from any Lions’ member. The calendars are also available for purchase at Bayfield Convenience, Bayfield Foodland, Shopbike Coffee Roasters, Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre or The Village Bookshop or by going directly to the Bayfield Lions’ website www.bayfieldlions.ca/753-2/ and following the instructions there.
Knox Presbyterian Church is reopening soon! They will open for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 12th at 11 a.m. The service will also be available on YouTube and ZOOM, for anyone unable to attend. Church members are looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Rev Lisa Dolson will be hosting three book studies this Fall and they will be held in-person and over ZOOM at the same time. All are welcome. "Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory" by David A. Robertson, will kick things off. This book will be examined on Tuesdays starting at 2 p.m., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 25. A study of "The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to his Most Perplexing Teachings" by Amy Jill Levine will be held on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. from Oct. 3 to Nov. 21. And rounding out 2021, will be "The Women of the Bible Speak; The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today" by Shannon Bream. This book will be discussed on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 2-30.
choir director needed
The congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church appreciates music as an integral part of their worship.
They are currently looking for someone to fill the role of choir director for Sunday mornings once COVID-19 protocols allow them to sing again. St. Andrew’s will be reopening for in-person services on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. following COVID protocols.
Anyone interested in assisting the membership make a joyful noise is asked to contact Sue by calling 519 902-1950 for more information.
“Every youth in Huron County should have access to the supports they need to live a healthy fulfilling life.”
This is a quote on an informational pamphlet for the Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF). Since the summer of 2017, John and Heather Steffler have been driven to make this idea a reality in memory of their son, Tanner, who died earlier that year after a battle with substance use disorder.
As part of their Mission Statement the TSF “aims to enhance, and improve mental health and addiction resources and support networks for youth between the ages of 12-24 within in Huron County."
The Optimist Club of Bayfield also supports the TSF Mission Statement and is currently collecting funds for the organization. Anyone interested in donating is asked to email Optimist Mike Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is currently looking for a Secretary.
This position is a volunteer role and comes with an honorarium.
The Secretary will carry out a variety of general, year-round administrative duties on behalf of the BAS as well as prepare documents for monthly meetings. The Secretary receives and responds to the BAS correspondence and works as a liaison with the BAS Board of Directors.
Anyone who may be interested in taking on this role and becoming an integral part of the BAS is asked to please contact email@example.com.
Trinity St. James Anglican Church, located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village, has reopened! And those who attend can enjoy coffee together in the great outdoors following the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
Regular in-person services are now being offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
Due to on-going pandemic restrictions, persons wishing to attend are asked to notify Church Warden Godfrey Heathcote in advance by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519 565-5824.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department continues to experience nursing staff shortages and to operate with reduced hours. Supporting the need to ensure the department can close daily at 8 p.m., a change in last patient registration time is required.
Effective Thursday, Sept. 16, the Emergency Department will accept patients registering for an assessment between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. After 6 p.m., patients seeking emergency services can access one of the other area hospitals providing 24-hour Emergency Department coverage which include: Seaforth Community Hospital; Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich; South Huron Hospital, Exeter; and Wingham & District Hospital.
“While the Emergency Department will continue to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, due to the amount of time it may take for a patient to be assessed and treated, we will only be registering patients until 6 p.m.,” said President and CEO Andrew Williams. “We must operate within the reduced hours ensuring the department closes at 8 p.m. in order to reduce regularly occurring after-hours work, improve the quality of life of our staff and support recruitment and retention efforts.”
Nursing shortages are widespread across Ontario, including the Huron Perth region, and resulted in the Emergency Department being closed for one day in August. HPHA is committed to providing Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department access when safe to do so.
“When we do not have staff to safely provide quality patient care, a closure, like the one that occurred on August 1st could happen again,” added Williams.
Sweetie (Submitted photo)
Bayfield's Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
“Sweetie” truly lives up to her name! This lovely Dilute Tortiseshell has been a stray for several years, moving from sheds to porches to decks with different people feeding her for a time before she either moved on or they stopped feeding her. This summer she had been living under the deck at a woman’s house who has been feeding her. This kind person then took her in when she heard the call of coyotes growing closer in the area. Sweetie proved to be good with other cats, dogs and children but this house is already full. Sweetieneeds a home to call her own. Sweetie would be perfect for anyone looking for a well-socialized, beautiful girl to add to their family.
Anyone who thinks Sweetie might be perfectly suited to their home is encouraged to contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at email@example.com.
“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all those who have donated food or money to our cause,” said Deb Penhale with BFF. “We just want everyone to know that even with our best efforts we still have 47 cats and kittens that are need homes. It’s been a bumper year for cats and kittens and with several area shelters and rescues closing their doors it’s made it that much harder.”
Penhale also wished to extend a thank you to the members of Bayfield Guiding who collected and donated supplies from BFFs wish list during the month of August.
“This wonderful group are led by example, their leaders certainly set very high standards for these youngsters to follow, as they have donated both as individuals, and as a group, and we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts,” concluded Penhale.
The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue's email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.