Fire service prepares for major fundraisers

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Great Village Notebook, By Patti Sharpe

Garden club looking to raise funds needed to maintain village’s welcome signs

The Great Village and District Fire Brigade will host its 51st annual fundraising auction on Apr. 26 in Great Village.

The months of April and May are busy ones for the Great Village Fire Brigade and Auxiliary as they prepare to host two of their major annual fundraisers.

Our brigade has been an important institution in Great Village for more than 88 years and its members are relied upon to provide invaluable emergency medical support and fire fighting services. We’re very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of volunteers within our community and everyone is urged to show their appreciation by supporting the upcoming fundraisers.

On Apr. 26 the 51st annual auction of the Great Village and District Fire Brigade gets started at 10 a.m. at the Great Village Fire Hall. The auction promises something for everyone with treasures both new and used, a book table, pantry table and a canteen on site. One of the Brigade’s volunteer members will be happy to collect your donations prior to the event if you call the fire hall at 902-668-2784 and leave a message.

The Fire Brigade Auxiliary will once again be hosting its delicious lobster and potato salad take-out meals on May 24. The lobster takeouts have been a fundraiser for the Auxiliary for at least 38 years. The cost remains a very reasonable $15 for two canner lobsters, potato salad and trimmings, roll and pie. Tickets for the meal are ready now and orders can be placed by calling Betty MacNeil at 902-668-2314. Meals can be picked up from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 24 at the Great Village Fire Hall.


Wheels to Meals happens at the Legion on May 6 and May 20. It’s often difficult to advertise the menus in advance as many of the decisions regarding what to serve depend upon weekly sales at the grocery stores. I’ve been advised that one of May's meals will likely be a chicken and potato salad plate and dessert pizza.

Attendance at the meals has been declining and the organisers would like to see more people attending. The meals aren’t limited to seniors in the area. Anyone who wishes may drop in and enjoy an affordable, home cooked meal.


The annual ratepayers’ meeting happens at the Fire Hall on May 8 at 8 p.m.


On May 11, the Great Village Garden Club will hold its annual perennial sale at the Great Village gym. All perennials are priced at $2. Shrubs, trees, and houseplants are priced individually depending upon size and variety.

The plant sale is the club's only fundraiser and the money raised covers the maintenance on the cenotaph flower beds, as well as the beds and welcome signs at either end of Great Village.  One of the welcome signs was destroyed last summer by an act of vandalism and the club has purchased a replacement. The signs will go up in early May.

Patti Sharpe is a long-time resident of Great Village and actively involved in various organizations within her community. Send your news to her at

Organizations: Great Village Garden Club

Geographic location: Great Village

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