The Knowlton Lions support the Brome Missisquoi Youth Foundation
At the check presentation, from left to right Sonia Raikes Smith, president of the Brome Missisquoi Youth Foundation and Lions member Winston Mason.
At a recent meeting the members of the Knowlton Lions Club agreed to give a contribution of $1,000 to the Brome Missisquoi Youth Foundation. The local Lions Club wanted to recognize the exceptional work of the Foundation in providing a well supervised, structured,
supportive and constructive environment for Montérégie and Brome Missisquoi youth at risk, aged 12 to 17 years old. The Foundation also provides scholarship funds for trade and academic courses. Over the years the Knowlton Lions Club has been a regular supporter of this local based organization.
The town crest of Farnham used to be on display in all of its park signs. When I went to the town hall no one could think of anywhere in town today that the crest is in use. They do have crest pins on sale for two dollars at town hall, but that is the only place you will see the crest.
Farnham gets its name from an English town in the county of Surrey, southwest of London, England. Part of its English heritage is acknowledged in the town crest. The large English rose in the center of the crest is in homage to the Allsopp family, one of the founding families in the area. Samuel Gale was the first, granted Concession A as a township in 1798, followed by the descendents of Colonel Abraham Guyler in 1805 getting Concession B, and Concession C was granted to George Allsopp in 1808(son of the elder George Allsopp who had at one time been a business partner with Sir Thomas Dunn whose name is given to the town of Dunham). There is also a street named after George Allsopp in Farnham.
The seven towers at the top of the crest indicate that Farnham is a town. The white stripe down the middle represents the Yamaska River. The sheaf of wheat represents the importance of agriculture in Farnham’s past. The two gears represent industry in the town. The crest is surrounded by maple leaves to show its connection to Canada.
The town’s motto in Latin is “Bonorum Laborum Gloriosus est Fructus” which translates as “Good Labour Yields Glorious and Fruitful Results.” The crest on the town website does not show the town motto or the towers at the top and the maple leaves surrounding the crest.
The new town logo, the double F was introduced in September 2013. The F is obviously for Farnham. The sweeping blue line makes a calligraphic “f” to pay homage to the ancestors. The separation of the two “f”s indicates a railway line. The green colour represents growth and the leaf represents youth and new growth. The blue represents the water that runs through town.
As logos go, it is one of the most developed of the simpler designations being used by towns in the Townships. It is on all of the park signs in town. But I wish that while using the newer simpler logos, that each town would also showcase their crests as well, as they showcase more of each town’s history.
The crest of Farnham