Sleigh rides to brighten the spirit

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, by Judy Matheson

Brookfield committee busy preparing for annual Terry Fox events

The huge Percherons from the Fred Hamilton farm in Lower Onslow, with Billy Whidden holding the reins, made three trips on the Carter Trail for the fun sleigh rides!

Knox United Church sponsored the rides with support from the Health Board. Fifty to 60 people of all ages took the chance to get out in the woods and enjoy the beautiful sunny winter’s day.

The rides took place immediately after the Canadian Men’s hockey team won the Olympic Gold Medal, putting everyone in a jubilant frame of mind for the singing of our anthem enroute. Organizer of the event, Angela Reid, provided complimentary hot drinks, which were greatly appreciated.

Another beautiful trail for sleigh and wagon rides is at Lance’s Stables in Manganese Mines. This was the choice of Unit 3, UCW members on another sunny February day. The Pratt family — Jack, Betty, Darrell and Lance — generously treated the group to a ride through a well-groomed trail on their property.

The handsome Belgian horses (Jeff and Prince) were ready to give the ladies a happy trip, “dashing through the snow.” Both sleigh rides uplifted spirits and helped dispel any winter blahs that could be creeping in on some.

Thanks were expressed to both sets of horses, owners and drivers, who made the effort to bring some winter joy and appreciation of nature to participants.


The Terry Fox Committee of Brookfield and Area have begun laying plans for fundraising activities for the year. This area usually leads the way in the province for most monies raised for research in finding a cure for cancer through the Terry Fox Foundation.

The Committee works diligently to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation. They’re impressed the Foundation puts $.84 of every dollar directly into research, a figure few charities can claim.

On May 3, the group is doing a silent auction in cooperation with Knox United Church. With Chef Russell Bradley, they’re presenting an “Evening in Hawaii,” complete with dinner and entertainment.

The proceeds from the dinner are for the church while the auction money goes to the Terry Fox Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at MacQuarrie’s in Brookfield or by calling Russell at 902-673-3448.

Other notable events and dates are as follows:

• The annual Terry Fox Book and Bake Sale is slated for Jun. 14 at Knox Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Golf Fun Day, which is open to non-golfers as well as to those playing regularly, will be held on Aug. 16 at the Brookfield club, with prizes and a Noon hour barbecue.

• The 34th Terry Fox Run, followed by entertainment and a barbecue, will be on Sep. 14 at the scenic Carter Falls route at 1 p.m.

Your support of any or all of these events will help in the fight for a cure, which we all, as inspired by Terry, continue to dream of and work towards. Your support and all donations will be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged. Please watch for further details as the dates draw nearer.

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

Organizations: Terry Fox Foundation, Knox Church, Terry Fox Committee of Brookfield

Geographic location: Brookfield, Hawaii

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