Best wishes go also to Harry Stemp, who most everyone in the area knows. Harry was to embark on a cruise, when he suddenly collapsed. He was quickly removed from the ship and a flight arranged back to Canada, but to Ridgetown, where son Ryan and his wife Tammy live. He is presently recuperating in a Revera Long-term Facility there. Inactivity is not Harry’s forte, but he is managing!
Travelling weather was perfect for the trip to Richmond Hill on Monday, to attend the Christmas Presbyterial and there was a large attendance. Along with a bit of business we sang carols, learned some new songs, and heard the Richmond Hill Bell ringers perform some beautiful numbers, with only 6 in the group. In the afternoon the executive put on a play about the nativity, with a very modern slant.
The Breakfast With Santa in Sandford, Saturday morning, was a satisfying success. Over a hundred people attended, keeping Santa very busy, just the way he likes it! Next Saturday he will be at the Zephyr Hall and no doubt that too will be a complete triumph. Thanks to the groups who organize these events!
In Sandford, Yuk Yuk’s will be returning on January 27th, 2018. The hall will be open from 7 p.m., with the comedians starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale now from the committee.
Congratulations to the Molloy family. Piper, 8 lb 6 oz, daughter to Brandi and Patrick, was born on Saturday December 2nd, a 4th grandchild for Pat and Bev.
Congratulations also to the Risebrough family, yet another local farm family who received the Canada 150 certificate.
For many groups, Saturday was also the day to set up displays for the 2017 edition of the Fantasy of Light. Xi Epsilon Upsilon set up ours under our favourite tree and were joined by a multitude of others, all engaged in the same pleasant task. The weather was perfect, far better than we have experienced most years. In our area of the park, there were many new groups setting up, so this is sure to be bigger and better than ever. It will surely be the most colourful edition ever! Make sure you pay a visit when it officially opens.
Good news has been received that “100 Women Who Care” have given the Uxbridge –Scott Historical Society their Quarterly 'Recognitions Award', along with Funding. More on that later!
Sunday was a busy day for our churches, and probably for many others. It was the First Advent Sunday; the first Sunday of the new church calendar year and the beginning of the Christmas season. At Sandford Church, Norma Scott and Jean Sopel lit the Advent candle, while Rod and Joanie Sine did the honours at Zephyr Church. Communion was also served and many white gifts presented, to go to the local food banks. More and more people are looking to Food Banks for assistance, more so at this time of year than ever.
The next couple of weeks will be busy! Official Board meets this Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. at Zephyr Church.
Thursday afternoon the U.C.W. meet for their Christmas gathering of worship, crafts, distributing of funds and, of course, food. All ladies are welcome. The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.
The North Durham Nature Group does not meet this month, although the Bird Count for kids would have been a big success. The adult bird count for Uxbridge is December 17th. If you would like to take part, contact Derek Connelly. However, Pickering Naturalists are holding their Members night on Thursday, when all sorts of things nature related appear, some pretty spectacular crafts and art work! 7:30 at Pickering Recreation Centre.
On Friday evening Sandford is hosting the Children’s Concerts organized by Jennifer Wilson, to raise funds for a library in St. Stephens, a children’s home in Kenya. All are invited to come out and hear these youths, sing carols and take part in a candle-lighting. A free will offering will be taken.
There will be Christmas Eve services at both churches; 6 p.m. at Zephyr and 8 p.m. at Sandford, but no morning services. Plans for December 31st are yet to be decided.