Piano’s journey ends at Ayer’s Cliff Legion
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.