General information meeting Thursday

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society is inviting all members and interested area residents to a general information meeting at the Stanley Bridge Centre at 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 25. An update on the progress of several events at the Stanley Bridge Centre, including this summer’s inaugural farmer’s markets (Wednesday and Saturday), will be provided. The treasurer’s report will also be read.

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Farmer’s market wraps up successful first season

On Saturday, Sept 13, the Stanley Bridge Centre’s two farmers markets (Wednesday and Saturday) closed for the season, marking a successful first year of operation. Volunteers are looking forward to next year’s opening and to seeing the many loyal vendors and patrons which made the inaugural market such a resounding success.

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MacLellan dazzles

Catherine MacLellan and her band members were simply terrific during the Emmerdale Eden Farm House Concert September 4Kate. They were part of Home Routes 2014-2015, featuring artists performing in an intimate home setting. The gracious hosts were Arthur and Tina Davies, who are also vendors at the Stanley Bridge Centre’s farmer’s market.

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Lighting up the night sky

River Days Boat Parade of Lights: Everyone was having a great time in Stanley Bridge on Saturday Aug 23. The River Days Festival ran Aug 22-24.024.

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Artist demo at art and quilt show

Acclaimed Kensington painter Karen Slater  010created a new work of art during Saturday’s Farmer’s Market and Art and Quilt show at the Stanley Bridge Centre. The painting demonstration was one of the day’s many highlights.

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Service with a smile

Visitors to the Stanley Bridge Centre’s farmers004 markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays can always count on a smile from participating vendors to go along with great service.

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Farmers Market a Great Success



The Stanley Bridge Centre’s Farmer’s Market has been open for three weeks (Wednesdays, 9 am to 1 pm) to great success. During that span the number of participating vendors has grown from five to nine and organizers have decided to add a second market, an artisans market, on Saturdays, beginning July 19. That market will run from 9 am to 1 pm. Visitors have come from all age groups, including a pair of Ontario youngsters, Stella and Graham, who are holding a basket of fresh strawberries their parents purchased at the market. Also featured is a volunteer with the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, who was selling tickets on a beautiful quilt to help pay for renovations to the Stanley Bridge Centre.

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Stan Carew/John Campbelljohn Concert


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Acclaimed musicians and storytellers Stan Carew (white shirt) and John Campbelljohn rocked the house at the Stanley Bridge Centre (SBC) Sunday evening, July 13, for the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s (SBMS) first major entertainment event at the SBC. Parking was at a premium, with nearly every one of the 120 seats filled. More than 20 chairs had to be rushed over at the last minute to accommodate the demand for tickets at the door.

The magical evening featured more than two hours of blues, Celtic, country, honky-tonk and Maritime music, with the audience singing along to their favorite tunes. Thanks are extended to everyone who bought a ticket to this concert and the SBMS is planning to host similar events in the near future.

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SBMSI annual meeting minutes, May 21, 2014

The fifth annual meeting of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society Inc. (SBMSI) was held at the Stanley Bridge Centre Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7 pm.

Those attending were:
Astrid Dimond
Steve Dimond
Jim Brown
Murdock Morrison
Connie Morrison
Marilyn Simpson
Anne Clark
Trevor Wadman
Alfred Fyfe
Andrew MacEwen
AS MacEwen (Buddy)
Don Reid
Paul H. Schurman
Joe Peters
Cathy Peters
Helen MacEwen
Joan Harding
Eliza MacEwen

The Vice-President called the meeting to order and asked the Secretary to read the minutes of the last regular meeting and the 2013 annual meeting. The regular meeting was moved by Eliza MacEwen and seconded by Joan Harding. Carried.

Treasurer Joan Harding showed income of $9,106.05 and expenses of $9,968.21, with a balance from April 30, 2013 of $934.05, leaving a balance of $71.89 in the Operating Fund. The Donation/Building Fund had income of $29,143.36 and expenses of $1,963.43, with a balance of $10,280 from April 30, 2013. This gave us $37,459.93. The auditor, Anne Clark, gave a good report on the books and she said it would be easier and quicker if we invested in an accounting package. She suggested keeping the two accounts separate and a monthly bank reconciliation report.
The vice-president gave a report of the year’s work.
The bylaws were discussed at length and Joe Peters moved that the bylaws be changed as follows:
we agreed to leave the bylaws as is and keep to seven (7) directors. The directors shall also include and appoint an executive committee of directors consisting of a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary and three (3) directors. The officers shall be elected for two (2) years and shall be eligible for re-election with the exception that At Large Officers shall be elected for a period of one (1) year.
All former members remain as members. This was moved by Joan Harding and seconded by Anne Clark. In addition to the above, we have as members:  Alliston Lodewyk, Jean Steffler, Bob Parkes, Sharon Parkes, Dorothy Simpson, Eric MacEwen, Herbert Simpson, Marilyn Simpson, Paul H Schurman, Debra MacEwen-Kenney and Wayne Scott. Don Reid passed out membership sheets motioning for membership of the Centre, seconded by Joan Harding. Membership is $5 each, $15 for a family of three (3) and $20 for a business.
Directors: AS MacEwen, Connie Morrison, Joan Harding, Helen MacEwen, Eric MacEwen, Robert Parkes, Murdock Morrison and Eliza MacEwen.
The nominating committee gave their report as follows:
President – Steve Dimond
Vice President – Helen MacEwen
Treasurer – Joan Harding
Secretary –  Jim Brown
Directors – Eric MacEwen, Don Reid and Astrid Dimond.
Joe Peters moved nominations cease. The seven directors were elected and voted in unanimously.
Paul H Schurman said we should contact corporations for money and we shouldn’t borrow money from the Building Fund.
Joe Peters moved adjournment.
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Minutes of the June 11 board of directors meeting

Board of directors meeting minutes

Wednesday, June 11
@ Stanley Bridge Centre, Stanley Bridge
In Attendance:
Steve Dimond, President
Helen MacEwen, Vice-President
Jim Brown, Secretary
Joan Harding, Treasurer
Eric MacEwen, Director
Call to order by Steve Dimond 4 pm
The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s executive meeting was held Wednesday, June 11 at the Stanley Bridge Centre.
Student Hired
Members learned a student had been hired to run the Stanley Bridge Centre over an eight week period during the summer – Kelsey Haslam. Joan Harding and Steve Dimond will meet with her to discuss her responsibilities.
Carew, Campbelljohn to perform at SBC
CBC Radio Saturday morning music show host Stan Carew and blues performer John Campbelljohn will perform in a show at the Stanley Bridge Centre at 7 pm, July 13.
Helen MacEwen confirmed the time and date after talking to a representative for the two musicians. After much discussion ticket prices were set at $20 apiece, which will also include an ice-cream treat. Don Reid made the initial telephone contact at the meeting.
Posters will be provided by the performers through an image sent by email, which can then be reproduced at a print shop.
Payment for the performers would be based on a 50/50 split of ticket sales, with a minimum payment of $750 (total).
Steve Dimond reported one toilet is currently available, but a second toilet, in the form of a port-a-potty, may be needed for the show.
Pancake Breakfast
The executive also agreed to organizing another fund-raising blueberry pancake breakfast at the Sterling Women’s Institute, perhaps on July 19.
Cold Plate Fundraiser
Helen MacEwen also discussed plans for a future fundraiser – a cold plate beef and ham cold plate takeout dinner. A committee will be set up to help organize the dinner.
Septic Bed Discussion
Another discussion followed over new information regarding the septic bed in Joan Harding’s property, adjoining the Stanley Bridge Centre property. Joan excused herself from the meeting at that point to avoid a conflict of interest.
Joan is in the process of finalizing the sale of her home. Investigations showed her septic field was bigger than originally believed, which would affect the Stanley Bridge Centre’s property, including potential parking spaces.
An extensive discussion followed on various options for accommodating the septic bed so that it doesn’t affect her home’s sale or interfere with plans to move the building to another part of the property to allow for renovations.
Steve Dimond observed a benefit of the enlarged bed could include more green space for a future celebration garden.
Don Reid introduced a motion stating “the board of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society propose that Joan Harding investigates the possibility of putting the required field at the rear of her property.”
Jim Brown seconded the motion. Carried.
Steve Dimond moved that the SBMSI board approve the use of the existing field until such time as the building is moved. Don Reid seconded the motion. Carried.
Steve Dimond moved the meeting be adjourned at 5.55 pm, seconded by Jim Brown. The motion was carried.
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