Summer camps planned for community centre

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Londonderry Lines, By Amanda Langille

Marriage vow renewal a first for Londonderry Church

Evelyn Patriquin, far left, facilitates a rhythm exercise as part of the final presentation for the Music for Preschoolers program that took place at the Thirsty Church this spring. Back row from left: Lochlan Langille-Higgins, Brady Langille-Higgins, Makayla Merzbach; front row: Ericka McRae, Connor Spencer, Patricia McRae, Alexis Merzbach, Hailey Field and Kyrie Morse.

The Londonderry Station Community Church extends a warm welcome to Melody MacNeilly, who will be leading Sunday service on the first and third Sunday of each month until December.  Her first service is July 6 at a new time of 11 a.m. All are welcome!


There are big plans for kids this summer at the Londonderry Community Centre. A rural day camp will be offered. Valerie Rushton and Jamie-Lynn Rushton, two local teachers with classroom and physical education backgrounds, will act as camp facilitators. Each day will follow a different theme with lots of focus on sports, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and fun learning opportunities.

There will be two camps offered in July, each a week in length. Another two camps may be offered in August if there’s interest. The July dates are as follows: July 7 to 11 for five to eight years olds, and July 14 to 18 for nine to 12 year olds.

The cost is $50 per child for the full week, or $85 for two siblings for the full week. If registering more than two children from the same family, please inquire about pricing.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please inquire if you would require earlier drop off or later pick up. If interested, email Jamie-Lynn at or call/text 902-670-8164.


The Music for Preschoolers program wrapped up at the end of May with a cute final presentation for parents. The five-class workshop series focused on song, dance, rhythm and musical instruments. The facilitators of the program — Evelyn Patriquin, Sylvie Taylor and Allison Francis — did a wonderful job and may be offering a similar program in the fall. Stay tuned for details.


A very special occasion happened at the Londonderry Station Community Church on June 28. A renewal of vows took place, the first such ceremony to ever take place in the church. Kurt and Tina Gratto first met in 1978 through a mutual friend and were married on June 30, 1979. Three children, seven grandchildren and 35 years later they thought it appropriate to renew their vows in the church they were first married in, the church Tina grew up in and has many fond memories of. It was a special day and best wishes are sent for another 35 years of happiness and health.


Happy Anniversary to Myles and Georgie Rushton, who celebrated 67 years of marriage on June 24.

Amanda Langille is a married mother of two young boys. She lives in Londonderry Station. If you've got any community news to report, contact her at


Organizations: Londonderry Station Community Church, Londonderry Community Centre, Music for Preschoolers Londonderry Station

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