Community spirit shines during Brookfield home tours

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Seniors gather to share Christmas dinner at the Sportsplex

BROOKFIELD - Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.”

The senior group of All Around the Circle held its annual Christmas dinner on Dec.10 the Sportsplex. The group enjoyed a roast beef dinner while being entertained by the Good Time Fiddlers. 

Just as the familiar song rings out, it is evidenced in the joy of the Christmas concerts at schools and churches; in the delights of the home tours and the thousands of friends and neighbours at the Forest Glen Greenhouses. At the seniors Christmas dinner, the hilarity at the Men’s Club, the decorated village, the church services, Christmas meetings, the exchanging of gifts and the Food for the Spirit Concert. The generosity shown for the less fortunate through the Colchester Index program and in so many individual ways has been tremendous. So much goodwill and joyfulness everywhere, is uplifting. Although everyone may not be exhilarated during the season, due to heartaches of their own, it is undoubtedly joyful for many.

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Amazing community Christmas spirit was enjoyed in Brookfield on Nov. 29 and 30 during the home tours.

About 260 people from far and wide enjoyed the festivities in cool, crisp weather. So many volunteers stepped up to make sure all the guests were catered to. Some showed great patience as the numbers exceeded the taxis available on Friday night, kudos to all the drivers who looked after all the concerns.

Special recognition to the Bantam Cyclone girls hockey team for their volunteer help, as well as to Don Peppard of Debert for driving. It is terrific that people from other areas are willing to assist here. The proceeds for the United Church are a huge help.

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The Christmas concert at Brookfield Elementary was a joyful part of the season, playing to a packed house on Dec. 11, at both afternoon and evening shows. The classes were well-trained and each group preformed flawlessly, from the opening piano selections, to the grand finale with all the grades joining in. The emcees and individual performers were poised and confident in their roles.

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The senior group of All Around the Circle held its Christmas dinner on Dec. 10 at the group’s beautifully decorated room at the Sportsplex.

A large turnout enjoyed the roast beef feast provided by the O’Connell’s of Middle Stewiacke. Music by the Good Time Fiddlers made for a happy atmosphere for exchanging gifts. Stena Cook of Pleasant Valley says she enjoys attending whenever possible with the musical programs being her personal favourite.

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The Brookfield Men’s Club Christmas party on Dec. 16, was fun and games and  included a gift exchange and donations to the less fortunate.

Club members will be out on Dec. 23, covering the whole area to name the winners of the decorating contest. Although there is no monetary reward, most citizens get into the spirit with nicely adorned homes.

The magic of Christmas transformed the tree at the corner of the village’s main intersection into a beauty, with the brilliant looking star in the background. Hats are off to Santa’s elves.

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The food bank concert continues the theme of spreading the true gift of Christmas, God’s love came to us in the birth of Jesus.

Thanks to all the performers and organizers for taking time on Dec. 22 to offer a time of peace, relaxation and reflection, when everyone is so busy and stressed.

Merry Christmas to all. May we carry the joy and true meaning of Christmas wherever we go in the New Year.

 

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

Organizations: Sportsplex, United Church, Good Time Fiddlers Club Christmas

Geographic location: Brookfield, Pleasant Valley

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