Train Station a strong supporter of community events

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Fish-o-rama draws lots of young anglers; card parties, Canada Day coming up

On a beautiful, sunny May 31, anglers began to arrive at the Lafarge Wetlands Park for the 2014 Fish-o-rama before 7 a.m. The sponsors, the Train Station’s directors — Russell Bradley, Darrell Wright, Keith Best, Terry Henderson, Donna Matheson and Lisa Henderson — were ready to register the young folk and to weight and measure the catches.

Chloe Bowers hooked a 4 lbs., 19.5 inch whopper to claim top prize. Other big fish winners were: Riley and Hunter MacLeod in second place. Kenzie Boyd won the draw for the bicycle.

Don Harvey of the Brookfield Men’s Club was barbecuing hot dogs.

Thanks to Roop’s Tim Hortons, which provided complimentary coffee and hot chocolate, and thanks to Russell for the cookies.

The Train Station sponsors this annual event with fish provided by the Department of Fisheries. The fishing will continue unofficially in the days to come.

The Train Station Card Parties resumed on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from these events make it possible to maintain the restored building for community use. The Train Station’s directors owe thanks to Scotsburn Dairy for its support.

Canada Day festivities will be held at Creelman Park/Train Station, The Men’s Club and the Train Station’s directors will work together for the celebration. Tim and Lorraine Ross will entertain, all starting at 12 noon.


Rhubarb Treats

At Knox Church Hall’s Rhubarb Treats and Plant Sales welcomed a large crowd. Unit 0ne of the UCW had a superb array of rhubarb desserts to enjoy!

Plants were available at reasonable prices, with helpful hints thrown in.


Renewal At The Manse

Many hands made light work at the church manse in preparation for a new minister, his wife and children, who are set to arrive in time for the first worship service on July 6.

Rev. Boyd Vincent has been ministering at Knox since the retirement (from the ministry) of long time clergy Larry Harrison. Boyd has been a Godsend in his transitional role over the past 10 months and has quickly become loved by the congregation. Boyd’s ministry will finish here on June 29.

A combined service with Middle Stewiacke and fellowship time will follow the morning service on June 22 in appreciation of his time serving the Pastoral Charge. Everyone is welcome!

Rev. Keith Gale, his wife and three children will come to Brookfield and Middle Stewiacke from P.E.I. to begin a new chapter in the life of the United Churches. Plan to come and give them a warm welcome on July 6.


Book And Bake Sale

The Annual Terry Fox Book and Bake Sale is happening on June 14 at Knox Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and going to 1 p.m. Come early for the baked goods and best selection of summer reading.

Donations of books and baking gratefully received at the church Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Roop’s Tim Hortons coffee is complimentary throughout the event.


Fundraising Concert

Guitarist Amy Brandon stopped in Brookfield before embarking on a tour of Ontario and Quebec to present a concert of her own compositions. There was also a range of jazz ad Brazilian standards.

Brandon was accompanied for much of the program by local musician Joanne Hatfield (on guitar, vocals and bass) and Rick Hiltz on guitar.

A sunny, beautiful June evening saw 40 people in attendance. The music was lovely and the level of musicianship unusually high.

Upper Stewiacke folk were particularly well represented at the event. 


Chase-the-Ace is taking place every Thursday evening at the Brookfield Curling Club. This a fundraiser for the Sportsplex and the excitement is growing every week. The doors open at 6 p.m. and all are welcome.

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: Knox Church Hall, Tim Hortons, Brookfield Curling Club

Geographic location: Brookfield, Middle Stewiacke, P.E.I. Ontario Quebec

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