Let me begin this column, once again, by reiterating our appreciation for the support of our friends, neighbours, community, the RCMP and counselling services following our recent traumatic event. Knowing our local law enforcement is regularly patrolling our property is a great comfort. We are getting through our days one night at a time and, although there is a long way yet to go, it is starting to get easier. There is nothing that can compare to a rural community when one truly needs support.
The Craigmyle Historic Society meeting held on October 30, once again, put some community activities in place.
Volunteers are needed to come out to the church basement on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. to help with food prep and set-up for the turkey supper the following day. If you can find an hour, please come by and help. Feel free to bring your favourite vegetable prep tool but do not forget to take it home with you!
A new “upstairs” furnace has been installed in the church and so the “holding tank” for those waiting to be called for their turn to the turkey supper trough should be cozy and toasty, unlike two years ago!
The residing project was thoroughly discussed and members learned one of the grants that had been applied for was rejected. Kudos to the communities who received the generous UFA funds! Also kudos to the UFA for strongly supporting rural communities. Plans are still to go forward with the siding project in spring 2020.
The annual Candlelight “Christmas Eve” church service will be held on December 22 at 7:00 p.m. All folk from inside and outside our community are invited to attend this service, entirely conducted by community volunteers. Anyone who may wish to contribute musically or with a reading should contact Bev at 665-2492. She would love to hear from you.
Following the CHS meeting the Craigmyle Church Women held a meeting. It was decided the long standing tradition of a Ladies’ Christmas Party had likely outlived its time and due to declining attendance over the past few years, the Craigmyle Church Women will, at this time, no longer host a Craigmyle Ladies’ Christmas Party.
The twice weekly “Coffee Break” has taken on a food bank project where, until December 1, they are asking coffee attendees to donate non-perishable food in lieu of coffee tips. Watch for the box in the church basement and the list of items needed.
There will also be a food bank basket available the evening of the turkey supper. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to contribute to that basket. Christmas is quickly approaching and during this time of celebratory plans, we need to remember those who are so much less fortunate than we are.
We are now into November and I have missed some of the November birthdays. Belated birthday greetings go out to Edwin Burt, Bleva Maetche, Veronica Minchau, and Nathan Reding all on November 1. Happy Birthday to Linda Rew and Chace Meyer on November 13; and Emma Rees on November 26. Anniversary greetings go out to Wally & Kelly Reding on November 2 (belated); Marc and Diane Gregoire on November 8; Ron and Norma Seeger on November 10; and Erik and Joy Bjorn on November 17. Have a great day!