Big changes coming to Stanley Bridge Centre building this summer

By Jim Brown

By this summer visitors returning to the popular Stanley Bridge Centre, home of successful farmers markets, history circles and concerts, will see some big changes.

For one thing, the port-a-potty at the back of the building will be gone and a leaky roof fixed.

As much as $35,000 will be spent making necessary improvements, which should make it easier for food vendors to set up.

“We’re going to do a renovation that will expand our entrance, give us washrooms, give us a kitchen, and completely do the roof (including the steeple),” said Don Reid, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s board of directors.

The work includes a ramp to improve access for people with disabilities.

Mr Reid hopes to have the project started sometime in mid to late March and finished in time for the busy tourist season.
“Right now I have two, possibly three vendors who are interested in renting the centre from us.”

The board has even bigger plans for the future, which would require more than $400,000 to completely renovate the building, including putting in a new foundation.

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Annual General Meeting set for May 21

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society Inc.’s annual general meeting will be held Wednesday, May 21 at 7 pm at the Stanley Bridge Centre (former Stanley Bridge United Church). Learn more about the exciting things that are happening within Stanley Bridge, including a new farmer’s market slated to open at the Stanley Bridge Centre in July. Bring a friend or several friends. All are welcome.

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Moving Pews

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Wednesday, May 14, was clear-out day at the former Stanley Bridge United Church, where valuable items, including several pews, were moved by volunteers from the building onto flatbed trucks. The trucks moved the items to another location where they were placed in a large shipping container for temporary storage. The building is being renovated for a wide range of future uses, including hosting a Farmer’s Market in July.

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Preparing for Renovations

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On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.

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Preparing for Renovations

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On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.

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Update – March 2014

We thought now is a good time to bring all of you up to date on our path to re-purpose our building. While there has not yet been any actual changes to our building, we have been very active in our quest to obtain government funding. Since 2009 we have been raising funds thru various means to cover operating costs. We have appealed to private individuals ,companies and organizations thru the mail for donations towards our Building Fund. We feel very fortunate and are very thankful to all those who responded by way of a donation. This campaign has assisted us in raising a portion of funds necessary to apply for funding thru various provincial and federal government agencies.

Since we began to develop our immediate plans for the building, including relocating it to the southwest corner of our lot and adding a concrete basement as well as water and sewage, other community factions and government agencies have suggested we all join forces in developing an Overall Plan for the Stanley Bridge Area. We are encouraged by this plan as it would include improving the harbour and its present facilities as well as adding a marina for pleasure craft……a walking path thru the village possibly from Douglas Rd to the corner intersection of highway #6….appropriate lighting and crosswalks, etc. It is then our hope to promote the Stanley Bridge Area as a destination for visitors from both near and far. To this end, we have met as an interested group on two occasions, the latest on March 12th at the Sterling Women’s Institute hall. It was at that meeting, under a Community Development Corporation facilitator, that we discussed our many attributes and ideas as well as the early stages of developing an overall plan involving the Public and Private sector. Future meetings will be ongoing as we work towards that plan, which would be worthy of accessing government funding allied with, in our case, funding received thus far from our generous supporters.

We will continue to inform you as we move forward.

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