Piano’s jour­ney ends at Ayer’s Cliff Legion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Ayer's Cliff

Pos­ing around the beau­ti­ful, well-tuned piano which was do­nated to the Ayer’s Cliff Legion from St. Stephen’s Angli­can Church is (left to right) Ge­or­gia Char­land, Thelma Ray­craft, Sheila An­drews, El­lie Bai­ley, Dyanne Saanum, Sue Fletcher, Shar­rell Mathews, Elmer An­drews and James An­drews. see ar­ti­cle page 3

A beau­ti­ful piano was of­fi­cially do­nated to the Ayer’s Cliff Royal Cana­dian Legion, last Thurs­day, dur­ing the bi-monthly dance. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Coat­i­cook’s St. Stephen’s Angli­can Church, Shar­rell Matthews and Elie Bai­ley, pre­sented the piano to Branch 128 mem­bers Sue Fletcher and Dyanne Saanum. The lovely piano not only makes beau­ti­ful mu­sic, but also has an in­ter­est­ing his­tory which one of the Church’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Shar­rell Matthews, dis­cov­ered while read­ing her mother Lil­ian Matthews’ daily jour­nals. “I found all the in­for­ma­tion about the piano in my mother’s jour­nals,” she said. “An el­derly lady by the name of Irene Buck­land Jenks owned the piano. She was liv­ing in Coat­i­cook, born in 1892, and some­time in the 1980’s gave up her home and moved into the Grace Chris­tian Home. At that time she do­nated the piano to the Sisco Me­mo­rial Church. I also learnt from my mother’s jour­nals that Mrs. Jenks died in 1992, just a few weeks be­fore her 100th birth­day.”

When the Sisco Me­mo­rial Church gave up its char­ter in the 1990’s and its con­gre­ga­tion went over to St. Stephen’s Angli­can Church, the piano went, too. In 2013, the Sisco Me­mo­rial Church gave up full char­ter and St. Stephen’s in­her­ited all from that church, in­clud­ing the piano.

“Nor­man Win­tle knew that the Legion needed a piano and he knew of the ex­tra piano in Coat­i­cook,” con­tin­ued Ms. Matthews about how the con­nec­tion be­tween the church and the Legion was made. “We had two pianos so we gave up the piano from the United Church. Now a bronze plate will be put on it. They just love that piano down at the Legion and it’s nice that it has a new home,” she con­cluded.

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