Bookmark and Share   Nov. 13, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 46 Issue 540

admiral bayfield's ancestors visit village archives 

BY JULIA M. ARMSTRONG, archivist for the BHS

Pic 1In late October, the Bayfield Historical Society warmly welcomed Nicky and Peter Robinson, who visited from England. Nicky is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. (Photo by Jan Simonson)  

Pic 6Bayfield Historical Society President Ruth Gibson presented Nicky Robinson with information about the village and a copy of "Reflections of Bayfield". (Photo by Julia M. Armstrong)

On Oct. 26, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) hosted a gathering for two special visitors: Nicola and Peter Robinson from England. Nicky, as she is called, is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Admiral Bayfield, after whom the village is named. When planning their holiday to Canada, the couple discovered the BHS online and decided to reach out. The membership was so pleased that they did!

After a tour of the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre, led by BHS President Ruth Gibson and Assistant Archivist Claudia Barrett, the Robinsons, members of the board and special guests – among them local historians Dave Gillians and David Yates – gathered for an informal chat while enjoying refreshments. The discussions focused on Admiral Bayfield’s fame as the early-19th-century surveyor of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence waterways, and eastern Canada. Not only were his accomplishments astonishing, but his detailed charts and maps continued to be in use until about 1910, said David Yates, who is undertaking extensive research for a book on the admiral.

Past-President Doug Brown provided background on the successful inaugural Admiral Bayfield Day this past April, including the production of Judy Keightley’s play about the admiral, presented at the Bayfield Town Hall. He also shared preliminary plans for the second annual event: a memorial to Admiral Bayfield, which is being jointly planned with the Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC). Landscape architect Kim McCabe described her initial concepts for it. Roger Lewington, on behalf of the BACC, donated to BHS copies of the two Champlain Society volumes in which Bayfield’s journals are published (2013, edited by Ruth McKenzie). Gibson reviewed with the Robinsons the Ancestry family tree compiled for Admiral Bayfield, which goes back to Thomas Bayfield, born in 1665 in Norwich, England.

The Robinsons were overwhelmed by the welcome and the events of the afternoon.

“We never expected anything like this!” Nicky said. After the group viewed the BHS video about Admiral Bayfield, Gibson presented Nicky with a copy of “Reflections of Bayfield: Images across the Decades” by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert, and Dave Gillians gave her his book “For the Love of Bayfield”. Nicky couldn’t wait to show them to her mother back in England. Peter mentioned that in the area of England where Admiral Bayfield was born, Kingston upon Hull, the surname Bayfield is like Jones or Smith – very common. They themselves live in Whitchurch, in the county of Shropshire, where Peter runs a feed mill and Nicky manages a test kitchen for assessing new food products.

Nicky’s story is one that would make most genealogists jealous: the discovery of a famous ancestor you never knew about! She had no information about her maternal heritage until a few years ago.

As Peter explained, he had been researching his side of the family on, “Nicky’s mom, who was fostered, never knew anything about her family at all, and she asked me to look into them. All she had was her mother’s marriage certificate and death certificate. She never met her father. I took the certificates and I traced her to Horace Bayfield, a surgeon specializing in gynecology whose family was from Prince Edward Island.”

Finding Horace led to his parents, the famous Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield and his wife, Fanny Amelia Wright. Nicky was delighted to learn about her connection to such important figures. But there's more! The Robinsons could never have guessed the storyline to come.

Pic 5Local historian Dave Gillians chatted with Nicky Robinson with Admiral Bayfield looking on from behind. (Photo by Julia M. Armstrong)  

“It turns out that Nicky’s great-grandmother Gertrude – the granddaughter of Henry and Fanny – was a very wayward young lady,” Peter explained.

Since 1841 Henry and family had lived in Charlottetown, his headquarters (and where he remained after his retirement in 1856 until his death in 1885). Henry and Fanny’s son Horace left P.E.I. to study medicine in Edinburgh, after which he set up a practice in London, UK, and raised his own family. One of Horace’s daughters, Gertrude, ran off with a man and got married in Paris, where it seems she made a living by handwriting menus for restaurants. Whether she returned to England of her own accord or not, it is known that her father managed to get the marriage annulled. But a series of other marriages followed.

“In fact, you can read about all of it in the papers of that time!” said Nicky. Gertrude’s scandalous lifestyle was all the more newsworthy because her father was a highly regarded surgeon.

“We never knew any of this until three or four years ago,” said Nicky. But she understands why her grandmother may not have wanted to talk about her mother’s unconventional lifestyle. The Robinsons then made another exciting connection: the line of talent running through the generations.

“Nicky’s family is very artistic,” said Peter. “Nicky is quite good, and her mom does a lot of painting and writes poetry.”

As they had learned, Admiral Henry Bayfield’s wife, Fanny, was an accomplished painter (some of her works are held at Library and Archives Canada and other museums). As well, Henry’s mother was a published poet, and the wayward Gertrude, like her grandmother Fanny, was very talented.

As Nicky explained, “We know from Ancestry records that Gertrude and her sister went to Charlottetown to visit their grandparents. We like to think that Gertrude, my mom’s granny, may have been taught to paint by her grandmother.” (Fanny is reputed to have trained with the same teacher as Queen Victoria.)

Nicky showed the group a photograph on her phone: a painting of an exquisite pair of birds that has always hung in her mom’s dining room. It was among the items collected from Nicky’s grandmother’s home after her death. All these years later, the family can say with certainty that the signature, GY, stands for Gertrude Young, Nicky’s great-grandmother.

“Nicky’s mom was quite pleased to learn this,” said Peter.

The Robinsons were charmed by the village of Bayfield, and after a few more days in the area, their next stop was Charlottetown to explore another touchstone to the past: the house where the Bayfields’ lived is preserved as a National Historic Site. (Henry and Fanny’s P.E.I. summer home is also a registered historic site.)

The BHS members look forward to hearing from their new friends about their further discoveries and plan to stay in touch!

two more sleeps until kick off 

45002675815_0603b287e2_kPerhaps a record number of youngsters couldn't wait for their first glimpse of Santa Claus as the holiday season began in Bayfield on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 It is almost time to celebrate all over again. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

For the past 28 years, Christmas In Bayfield has made this village a delightful destination for people from near and far to enjoy the spirit of the season, shop for Christmas gifts and enjoy lunch or dinner.

In keeping with the spirit of the weekend, the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend an invitation to all residents and businesses alike to ‘Light Up the Village’ and decorate their homes and businesses early to coincide with the kick off weekend, Nov. 15-17.

It all starts with the Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. followed by the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be serving hot dogs and the Bayfield Skating Club will be serving hot chocolate at the tree lighting on Friday and as always, Santa will stop by for a visit.

The annual parade will head down Main Street starting at 11 a.m. Have an idea for a float? Please

In addition, free Horse and Carriage Rides will offered on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Plus, shoppers can win one of ten $100 Gift Certificates at participating Bayfield merchants. Ballots are available in participating businesses.

enter the haggis rock the hall 


IMG_4027-2Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie (far right), from the internationally acclaimed Celtic rock band, “Enter the Haggis”, along with support from bassist Scott McKendrick (far left) and energetic fiddler/dancer, Emily Yarascavitch, entertained a sold out crowd in the Bayfield Town Hall on the evening of Nov. 10.  

The Bayfield Town Hall rocked on Sunday evening, Nov. 10. Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie, from the internationally acclaimed Celtic rock band, “Enter the Haggis”, along with support from bassist Scott McKendrick and energetic fiddler/dancer, Emily Yarascavitch, had the old building vibrating with enthusiastic clapping and foot stomping.

Lewington is the son of Bayfield’s Pat and Roger Lewington and although Trevor performs all over the world with Enter the Haggis, he especially welcomed this opportunity to entertain in the village that he loves so much. At the beginning of the show, Roger brought back some memories when he screened a video that showed Trevor singing one of his songs on the side of the old wreck, the Linda Hyndman, which has now disappeared from sight.

In recognition of Remembrance Day, Roger also showed a video of one of the village’s favorite groups, Newfoundland’s “Ennis Sisters”, singing the poignant “Sing you Home” at the 75th anniversary of the D- Day invasion at Juno Beach in Normandy last June. He announced afterwards that the Ennis Sisters would be returning to Bayfield to perform on May 23,, 2020.

IMG_4003-2Emily Yarascavitch, kept the audience thoroughly entertained.

IMG_3991Trevor Lewington and Craig Downie (right) perform all over the world with Enter the Haggis, but they welcomed the opportunity to entertain in the village where Lewington has a family connection.




It is almost the most wonderful time of year! Yes, the annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event brought to the community by the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16.

All are invited to visit the Bayfield Public Library and join in this wonderful pre-Christmas celebration after the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Bayfield residents will be pleased to know that Santa Claus will once again be receiving mail in his special mailbox at Bayfield Foodland.

Santa’s elves delight in hearing from area youngsters and learning what is on their wish lists every year. Be sure to include a return address so that the children can be sure of a note in return from the jolly old elf himself. The last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 13 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.

Glee sisters 


The Glee Sisters are hosting their annual Children’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 16 with “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” the story to be highlighted in song and with puppets.

To accommodate demand two performances will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The show will feature a story book on the big screen narrated by “Grandma” with musical support by the Glee Sisters choir, interactive puppet numbers and gifts of safety-approved rhythm instruments for children to play in the show’s finale.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will provide hot chocolate and cookies following the show. Admission is by donation to the Bayfield and Area Foodbank.

Wreath Sale

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will have their wreaths and Swags for sale over the Christmas in Bayfield weekend.

These beautiful handmade wreaths and swags are made of Natural Grape Vine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar, Scots Pine, Juniper and Holly Berries. These evergreens are all natural to the Bayfield Area. Each piece is created as an individual style of art.

They will be on sale Nov. 15-16 at St. Andrews United Church directly across from Clan Gregor Square. Friday sales will be held from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the annual bazaar at the church.

The wreaths and swags range in price from $25-$35. Bows are $4 each. These wreaths are made with locally sourced boughs by local volunteer supporting a Local organization that has a history of 163 years in the Bayfield community. It can’t get more “local” than that!

Can’t get to the sale? Place an order by Nov. 23 by contacting Don Brodie at 519 871-2852. Payments should be made with a cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society or cash. Payment will be received at pickup.

Oldtimers Tournament

There is lots of hockey happening at the Bayfield Arena this weekend and members of the community are invited to come out and watch a game or two.

The seventh annual Bayfield Relics 50+ tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 starting at 11:30 a.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.

Councilor's Corner

Councilor’s Corner is tomorrow (Nov. 14).

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Center. Topics to be determined.


75550353_476585876313964_7359575969507573760_nDara Meades, an employee at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, poses with the collection bin for the Period Poverty campaign. People are invited to drop off new underwear and feminine hygiene products to be donated to local schools from now until Nov. 22. Items can also be dropped off at The Bayfield Beauty Shop. (Submitted photo)  

Women’s March Canada’s Huron Chapter is working to end Period Poverty during their Panty Drive for local schools from now until Nov. 22.

The group is asking area residents to donate underwear and women’s hygiene products. They are also asking people to think of green options when shopping. These purchases might include 100 per cent cotton Tampons and pads; diva cups or reusable maxis.

Donations may be dropped off in Goderich at Wuerth’s Shoes or Cait’s Café, both located on The Courthouse Square; or in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or the Bayfield Beauty Shop.

centre for the arts

Event Cancelled.

A determined group of community members have been actively working on the concept of developing a Visual Art Centre in Bayfield, to promote and provide artistic and cultural exploration and experiential learning, for all ages and abilities.

To ensure that this Centre reflects the needs and wants of the community and Huron County, a Community Presentation and Input Session is being held on Dec. 5 upstairs in the Bayfield Arena and Community Arena, 4 Jane Street, at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

All are welcome and invited to learn about the proposal and participate in the development of the building, classes, workshops, studio space and festivals, in a variety of media. 

Bayfield Travel Club

The third meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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.

Due to a dramatic increase in attendance, the club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at a new location, The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.

The point of discussion, will be culinary travel that will continue into the Jan. 11 meeting, with a special guest from Collette Tours.

Line dancing 

All Ages Line Dancing has returned to the Bayfield Town Hall for an autumn session. Rural Response for Healthy Children invites everyone to come kick up their heels. 

The program will be offered Monday evenings for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. concluding on Nov. 18. 

This program is free to people of all ages.The dancing will be facilitated by Norma Preszcator. Free, healthy snacks and a group social time will follow each week

There is no registration required. Anyone who would like additional information should call
519 482-8777, 1-800-479-0716 or email



In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, Bayfield artist Dwight Nelson has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art, named “Forest for the Trees for the Forest”.

This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of November. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.

The silent auction will close on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 16” x 20”.




italian themed evening raises funds for children's room 


49044300167_742ebe5ddd_kA sold-out crowd at Renegades Diner, enthusiastically supported the future Bayfield Children’s Room at the Huron Residential Hospice on Nov. 9.  

A sold-out crowd at Renegades Diner, enthusiastically supported the future Bayfield Children’s Room at the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH), near Clinton on Saturday evening, Nov. 9.

Almost $6,180 was raised during the evening as the restaurant was transformed into an Italian Bistro with a minstrel, Brent Meidinger, from Stratford, playing music to provide the Italian atmosphere to match the themed decorations.

Kate Lloyd-Rees, one of the organizers of the event stated, “Our group of Bayfield residents who are working to raise funds in support of the Hospice, couldn’t have successfully hosted this event without the sponsorship of Dianne Snell from Royal Lepage-Heartland Realty, Elaine Coombs from Remax Realty, NJS Design Party Rentals, Howes Landscaping, the Virtual High School, Gold Coast Landscaping and Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre.

“These sponsorships, as well as the enthusiastic response to Silent Auction donations from several generous local merchants made this event possible and we are very grateful. The bidding was very active during the evening’s ‘Live Auction’. The Italian lessons offered by Professor Laurie Detenbeck, the Italian cooking lessons and dinner offered by Maria Detenbeck and the spring yard clean-up presented by a team of local volunteers attracted generous bids which ensured the evenings success.”

49044288237_b74e20cae7_kMinstrel, Brent Meidinger, from Stratford, played music to provide the Italian atmosphere to match the themed decorations.

49044084141_6f5b6d8162_kSandy Scotmer and Michelle Field reviewed part of the evening activities.

49044060611_0c1fcf2852_kThis adorable yellow Italian truck was used to decorate the lobby of Renegade’s Diner on Saturday night as part of the Italian themed fundraiser. It is an Piaggio ‘Ape’ (phonetically an Apie) and it was generously loaned to the Hospice Group by Ken Johnson.

49044307747_da50f4309e_kThe evening raised $6,180. 

49043593608_57fded67d9_kMinstrel, Brent Meidinger, from Stratford, serenaded the attendees.

Clinton's emergency department to reduce hours 

The Emergency Department (ED) at the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) site of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) will be reducing operating hours due to a nursing staff shortage.

Starting Monday, Dec. 2, the CPH ED will be accepting patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be closed overnight until 8 a.m. This reduction in hours will be in effect until further notice.

“Providing safe emergency care is our number one priority and moving to reduced operating hours is our only option of ensuring that at this time,” said Andrew Williams, president and Chief Executive officer.

The HPHA has been experiencing significant recruitment challenges at the CPH ED for the last five years. In the last year alone, there have been eighteen job postings in an attempt to recruit the experienced nursing staff that are required to fill vacant shifts in the department. Vacant shifts are largely the result of local nurses retiring and part-time staff leaving for other positions in and out of the Huron Perth Region.

Recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses (RNs) is very challenging in rural communities. Nurses are required to develop a high degree of competency in a number of clinical areas and specialties, and new graduates are often unprepared to work in a rural setting without significant orientation and mentorship. A balance of experienced and novice nurses is required to provide safe, quality care.

Attempts have also been made to fill vacant ED shifts at the CPH site with nursing staff from HPHA’s other three sites. However, this can only be done with a Nurse’s consent per the collective agreement. The loss of an RN at any HPHA site will result in similar challenges. This situation is not sustainable, and as a result, alternative options for ED service provision were explored, until an adequate staffing complement is stabilized.

Options explored:
1. Reduced hours of operation, with a daily closure from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
2. Staggered hours of operation to include weekend closure of ED.
3. Recruitment of second RN for overnight hours, including agency nurses
4. Train two additional inpatient nurses to also work in ED.

The decision to move to reduced operating hours was made by the HPHA Board of Directors at their meeting held on Nov. 7. This decision was based on a recommendation from leadership in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, CPH Physician Leadership and the South West Local Integration Network.

Of the four options considered, moving to reduced hours in the ED has the least impact on patients, as 85 per cent of the visits to the CPH ED occur between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Typically, the volume of patients seen in the CPH site ED during the overnight hours is very low, and in some cases, there are no patients seen during this time.

As part of the analysis of options three and four, HPHA explored the use of nursing agencies to keep the ED open 24/7, however, these resources were also not available.

The HPHA is committed to keeping all four of their sites strong and viable. This commitment at the CPH site is evidenced by the new inpatient tub and shower room and the upcoming installation of a new state-of-the-art digital X-ray suite.

“We are committed to providing Clinton and the surrounding community with safe and effective health care,” added Dr. Loretta Seevaratnam. “In order to continue to do that, a temporary reduction in our emergency room hours is necessary at this time. We will continue to work diligently with the rest of the team at HPHA to ensure that safe, effective and excellent healthcare is available to our community.”

HPHA will provide more information over the coming weeks to ensure the Clinton community is informed about this decision, and ensure residents can make informed choices about their emergency health care.



 bluewater news  

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Nov. 4.

• Directed that the application for road closure affecting parts of Nelson Street, Wellington Street and Mill Road proceed by way of municipal by-law, that a brochure be sent to all residents of Hensall by bulk mailing advising them of the application and inviting expressions of concern to be submitted by Nov. 21; and directed staff to place signs at appropriate locations advising of the above-mentioned application.
• Directed staff to move forward with the Engineering Consultant selection process and incorporate $530,000 as part of the 2020 budget for engineering and design to supply potable water to the Village of Zurich by way of the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System.
• Passed By-law to impose a Capital Charge for the Varna Water Works, and that the options notice and fact sheet be sent out to residents.
• Directed staff to issue a public notice of intention in a general circulation newspaper to designate the Bayfield Slippery Elm tree under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, and if no objections are received, approve the related designation by-law.
• Invited Brian Horner, General Manager of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, to the Nov. 18 Council meeting to review the proposed ABCA 2020 Budget.
• Provided their support in principle to the Bayfield Facility Initiative Team (BFIT) in their application to the Community Culture and Recreation Grant.

CPH X-ray suite 

Thanks to the generous support of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation and their donors, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA),has purchased a new Digital X-ray suite to replace its aging equipment at the CPH site.

In order to install this new equipment, outpatient X-ray exams at CPH will not be available for six to eight weeks starting on Nov. 12.

Outpatients requiring X-rays during this time period are asked to visit another hospital. Hours of operation at the Seaforth Community Hospital site of the HPHA have been extended from Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the extra volume.

Inpatients and Emergency Department patients who require X-rays during this time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In some cases X-rays may be provided by a portable unit or by transferring the patient to another hospital site.

livery filmfest 

Many thanks to the over 100 film enthusiasts who came to the first of three films in this fall's Livery Film Series. From past audience surveys, we know that some of you travel from as far as Belgrave, Brussels, Blyth and Bayfield. You won't want to miss the upcoming film for November.

Nov. 21 brings Bill Nighy and Sam Riley in the comedy/drama/mystery film “Sometimes, Always, Never”.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Tickets at the door are $12. Mark your calendars and check the Livery Facebook page or website before you set out:

Airforce Show 


The MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich will be the location for Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show as they present, “The Vintage Sound of the 40s and 50s” on Dec. 6.

From Almelo-The Netherlands Music at the Hangar will feature music by the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and others.

There will be two shows at the centre, located at 10 Nelson St E. in Goderich, the first at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please call 519 524-6660 for tickets. The production is sponsored by the ABC Investments.

horticultural society - clinton 

“Essential Oil 101” presented by Sue will be the focus of the next Clinton Horticultural Society meeting on Nov. 20.

All are welcome to attend the meeting that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street in Clinton.


All municipalities across Huron County will soon be providing plumbing and sewage inspection services. The program has been the responsibility of the County of Huron and has been administered by the Huron County Health Unit. The program includes plumbing installation approvals, issuing permits and performing inspections of plumbing and sewage systems. Plumbing Inspectors are qualified by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

With the amalgamation of the health unit with Perth District Health Unit coming in January 2020, the new health unit gave notice that it would not administer the program in the future as it is not part of the Ontario Public Health Standards. County Council passed a motion to begin the process to download the program to the municipalities pending an agreement from the majority of municipalities serving the majority of the population. This triple majority process was reached this week. Some municipalities have been doing plumbing and sewage inspection for the past few years.

The move to municipalities impacts the two plumbing and sewage inspectors currently employed by the County who have been providing the service from the health unit. The inspectors will not be part of the new health unit staff.

County CAO Meighan Wark said the County has appreciated the work of the inspectors, “The County very much values the high-quality service we’ve been able to provide through the current inspectors based at the health unit.”

Plans are underway to transition the plumbing and septic files and permits to the appropriate municipality.


The 8th Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards evening will be hosted by Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson during her annual New Year's Levee event, which will take place at the Teeswater Town Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 15).

To nominate someone, describe in approximately 250 words, the person’s contributions to the community and why you feel they are deserving, and send it to Also include two pictures of the nominee.

Nominations can also be mailed or dropped off at either constituency office: Blyth (408 Queen St. PO Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, PO Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. For more information, contact Diane Foxton at 519 396-3007.







Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

On Oct. 23, Issue 537, we shared a story about former Bayfield resident Walter Westlake. This prompted Gary Brandon, of Bayfield, to share a picture that he had of Westlake and his Great Uncle Abe Brandon from their days in the service.

This image was taken in 1916 with Abe Brandon, on the right and Walter Westlake, on the left. It was taken at Camp Borden where the pair completed their training before heading overseas. The two friends began their training in the Spring of 1916 in Clinton and then they were merged with Goderich, Clinton and Seaforth as part of the 161st Huron Battalion. In October they were sent to Halifax for more training and then sailed to England where they completed their trench training at Salisbury Plain. From there they crossed the channel as part of the Fourth Canadian Division and fought in France.

The good news was that the pair, along with Abe’s brother Harold (and Gary’s grandfather), all returned home and were discharged in Toronto in March of 1919. All remained great friends for the remainder of their lives.


Make your on any image and it will take you to Flickr.



PB12 7a Mrs Whiddon Hunter House near Eddie Sturgeon c1898 

In Issue 537, this image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection is recorded to be of Mrs Whiddon Hunter whose house was near Eddie Sturgeon. The image was taken around 1898. Anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB12 7a)

issue 539

Doug Willock was inspired by the Take a Look series of articles that were run in this publication in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) held in early June, to write a few of his own recollections of people who have been a part of the village tapestry over the years. In Issue 539, he remembers Mrs. Hopkins.

Mrs. Hopkins kept a store on Main Street to the south of the former Red Pump (The Lakehouse), which in the 1960’s changed hands it seemed every couple of years.

Before moving into Bayfield, Mrs. Hopkins had a farm out where the Berry Farm is now located. It was dry land and hard to generate an income.

Her husband had fought in World War One and had suffered a mustard gas attack. He lived and returned to Mrs. Hopkins, but it was a hard life for them both. When I met Mrs. Hopkins in the 1960s, Mr. Hopkins had already died of his war wounds.

One day, I agreed to help Mrs. Hopkins pull weeds and tidy the backyard of the Main Street store. Payment was to be in postage stamps. That evening, having kept my part of the bargain, and Mrs. Hopkins was never shy to tell anyone what she thought, I was invited into her house. By the light of a lamp she pulled out her postage stamp albums and showed me all kinds of stamps, mostly from Canada and the United States. What captured my imagination was how beautiful the American stamps were from around the 1900s as I had never seen any before. Being an amateur stamp collector, I was much more familiar with the stamps of Canada and Brazil as that is where I received my first stamp album.

I cannot remember what stamps Mrs. Hopkins gave me, but I always remember that wonderful evening we had together and often think of her when I pass by her old store.



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snow covered ground at village's service of remembrance  


IMG_8351The color party marched in to the service from the gazebo this year at the start of the Bayfield Remembrance Day services on Nov. 10.

IMG_8355Members of the 3144 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Clinton took part in the parade to and from the cenotaph on the morning of Nov. 10.

IMG_8356Members of the Bayfield and Area Fire Department in dress uniform attended Sunday's service in Clan Gregor Square.

IMG_8367Poignant music was provided during the service by Piper Craig Downie.

IMG_8383Geordie Palmer placed a wreath in remembrance of the First and Second World Wars.  

IMG_8387Tony Hutchings placed a wreath in recognition of the Korean War.  

IMG_8394Janice Nelson honoured those who served in the Bosnia and Herzegovina wars.  

IMG_8395Terry Henderson laid a wreath in remembrance of those who fought in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

IMG_8397Olga Palmer recognized the U.N. Peacekeepers during the ceremony.  

IMG_8403Members of the 3144 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Clinton, saluted after laying a wreath at the Bayfield Remembrance Day service on Nov. 10.  

IMG_8404Joel Paakkunainen represented the Huron County Paramedics.

IMG_8408Kyle Kruse, on behalf of the Bayfield Fire Department saluted after laying a wreath on Sunday morning.  

IMG_8410Paul Spittal laid a wreath on behalf of the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church.




Snow covered the ground and there was a distinct chill in the air marking the Service of Remembrance held in Clan Gregor Square on the morning of Nov. 10.

A generous crowd gathered at the cenotaph to honor the community's casualties of war. This year the services marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Canadians suffered the most casualties of any division in the British Army Group during this event in 1944.

The Roll of Honor for both World Wars was read out at the service. Bayfield’s soldiers lost in the 1914-1918 conflict were: Edward Adley, Arthur Clarke, Harvey Currie, Kenneth Currie, Russel Erwin, Victor Evens, Allen McDonald, Robert McLeod and Wilfred Toms. Those men lost in the battles of 1939-1945 were: Charles Stewart Cann, Robert David James Hopson and Richard V. Weston.

Many poignant moments were noted during the wreath laying ceremony. The wreaths were laid by: Geordie Palmer, World War I and II; Gary Brandon, HMCS Provost and Gulf Wars I and II; Doug Stewart, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140; Janice Nelson, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Terry Henderson, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars; Tony Hutchings, Korean War; Olga Palmer, U.N. Peacekeepers; Ben Lobb, Government of Canada; Bill Stevenson, Province of Ontario; Bill Whetstone, Municipality of Bluewater; Ethan Mackenzie, in memory of Maj. the Rev. George Youmatoff; cadets from 3144 RCACC, Canadian Army and Air Cadets; Kyle Kruse, Bayfield and Area Fire Department; Paul Spittal, Trinity Anglican Church; John Davies, St. Andrew’s United Church; Jim Knox, Knox Presbyterian Church; Bruce Brady, Bayfield Optimists; Don Vance, Bayfield Lions; Jamie McDougall, Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce; Ruth Gibson, Bayfield Historical Society; Joel Paakkunainen, Huron County Paramedics; and Lexi and Sophie Harney and Olivia Sonke, members of Bayfield Pathfinders and Guides on behalf of Bayfield Guiding.

The service was presided over by chaplain, Rev. Nick Vandermey. Jessica Langan performed The Last Post and The Reveille on the bugle. Those who attended the service were also treated to the sound of bagpipes as Piper Craig Downie also shared his talents. Tom and Marilyn McMahon were in charge of distributing the wreaths.

Geordie Palmer, who organized the cenotaph service for Bayfield on behalf of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140, said, “I wish to thank the many government and service organizations, churches and private individuals who took part in our annual Remembrance Day Service. Without your support, this event would not be possible. Your presence and participation remind us that peace and tranquility throughout the world is not yet achieved. Once again you have shown your dedication and involvement with the important events within our community."

Following the service at the cenotaph participants were invited to St. Andrew’s United Church for a reception.

Bayfield’s services are held on the Sunday prior to Nov. 11, when musicians, clergy and legion members can avail themselves to the smaller centres.

IMG_8376Ben Lobb was in attendance for the Government of Canada.

IMG_8377Bill Stevenson laid a wreath on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

IMG_8380Doug Stewart representing the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 laid a wreath.

IMG_8381Bill Whetstone represented the Municipality of Bluewater.

IMG_8406Ethan Mackenzie approached the cenotaph with a wreath to lay in honor of his great-grandfather, the late Maj. The Rev. George Youmatoff.  

IMG_8418Jamie McDougall laid a wreath on behalf of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce.  

IMG_8420Don Vance laid a wreath on behalf of the members of the Bayfield Lions' Club.  

IMG_8423Bruce Brady attended on behalf of the Bayfield Optimists.  

IMG_8427Ruth Gibson laid a wreath on behalf of the Bayfield Historical Society.  

IMG_8430Three members of Bayfield Guiding placed a wreath during the Nov. 10 service. The girls also participated in the parade to the cenotaph with a color party.  

IMG_8437Under chilly conditions, a generous crowd witnessed the laying of 23 wreaths at the Bayfield Cenotaph on Sunday morning, Nov. 10.

IMG_8416Jim Knox represented Knox Presbyterian Church.

IMG_8415 John Davies saluted after laying a wreath for St. Andrew’s United Church. 




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Bill photo 2Bill Higgs (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

This week I turn my space over to the memory of a very respected member of the Bayfield community who died on Nov. 4. Bill HIggs made an impression that will long be remembered. - Melody 

William Dalton Higgs, age 79, passed peacefully at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich on Nov. 4. Fittingly, he was surrounded by his loving family. William (Bill) is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years and best friend, Judith (Smith), his three children Gavin Higgs, Trevor and Brenda Higgs, and Tara and Jeff O'Hagan, and by his six grandchildren, William, Stephanie, Tyler, Jacob, Claire and Craig.

Bill was a modest man who led an extraordinary, impactful life. He was a devoted family man, a lifelong educator, learner, leader, builder, outdoor adventurer, and coach. He was a polymath with a broad range of interests and enthusiasms, who could offer informed insights and opinions to match, rarely shying away from a spirited debate. He was known for his sly wit and generous spirit.

Bill's academic career began at Lakefield College School where he excelled at hockey and football and graduated as football team captain and Head Boy. Bill's habit of forming lifelong friendships and a life of service can be traced to his time at The Grove, where his naval career began as a cadet, and continued into his thirties when he retired from the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.

After Lakefield, Bill enrolled at Huron College at UWO where he met Judith and started what ultimately became a very successful courtship. Bill subsequently embarked on a rewarding 32-year high school teaching and coaching career in Peterborough, and London, most memorably at A.B. Lucas S.S. and Clarke Road S.S. During his early years in London, with a young and growing family, Bill somehow managed to complete his Masters in Education (MEd). Many students and athletes benefitted from Bill's dedicated teaching, mentorship and coaching. He was a leader and competitor by example, always emphasizing team unity, individual character, and adherence to the rules and fair play. He coached numerous hockey and football teams to conference and provincial championship titles and he went on to help shape the development of the game and arbitrate the rules of Ontario high school hockey as OFSSA Convenor during much of the 80s.

Bill was an accomplished woodsman, canoeist and an environmentalist, respectful of the natural world long before conservation became as popular and imperative as it is today. For decades, he sought fun and adventure exploring Ontario's remote and beautiful wilderness lakes and rivers, while kibitzing with his dear friends on their annual canoe trip. The enduring friendships forged between those men and their spouses became central to countless good times as couples and served as pillars of strength in Judith and Bill's lives.

Bill was happiest when surrounded by his family. This was especially evident during the big holidays and later in retirement whenever he was in the presence of any or all of his and Judith's three children and six adoring grandchildren. He offered endless love and patience and time was spent exploring his well-tended gardens and fruit trees, tutoring, playing kids games and bestowing silly nicknames. He was always interested in anything that engaged their curious young minds, from preschool through university.

Bill was community-minded, and generous with his time and fundraising efforts in support of various initiatives such as the Bayfield Public Library and the Goderich Hospital where he served on the Foundation Board. Bill was a proud Canadian and patriot, and despite the effects of late stage Lewy Body Dementia, on Oct. 21 Bill had the clarity of thought and sense of civic duty to knowingly cast his ballot in the last Federal election.

The Higgs Family wishes to acknowledge and sincerely thank Dr. Michael Dawson and the entire team of doctors, nurses and skilled heath care professionals at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital for their hard work, dedication and above all, their compassion for the duration of Bill's illness.
An open memorial service was held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Sunday, Nov. 10. A Celebration of Life in Bill's honor will be held at a date to be announced in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Huron County Friends may sign the book of condolences at

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