Picnic time at Masstown Community Park

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Masstown & Area Notebook, By Chris Urquhart

Minister receives new stole from Sydney Presbytery

The Sydney Presbytery recently presented Rev. Carol Gillard with a beautiful new stole. It was handmade by Marie Bigger from North Sydney and presented by Rev. David and Catherine MacLean.

As summer continues onward we’re enjoying our gardens and lawns here in Masstown. Those of you who drive out here to visit the Masstown Market may see these if you use the old number 2 highway to get here.

Yes, I know, there’s construction through Onslow, but this can be avoided if you take the highway as far as the Debert exit and then come back to highway number 2. This way you’ll also pass by McElmond’s Pond Provincial Park where there are picnic tables, washrooms and hiking trails along the “pond”.

Speaking of picnic tables, we have two new ones at our Masstown Community Park. These were purchased with the money raised from our Mother’s Day Basket ticket sales. Our park is well mowed, thanks to Jonathan DeBay, and the back area is now ready for a ball game. We often see our young folk doing just that. Please feel welcome to stop in and enjoy the shady maples, the quiet space and, if you need a drink of water, there’s a well with a hand pump there just waiting for you. There’s also a port-a-potty just in case you also need to make a “pit stop”.

Although the picnic tables are at present up on the cement pad to make it easier for mowing, feel free to move one to a better spot to sit and eat, but please put it back on the cement again before you leave.

The Sydney Presbytery recently presented our minister, Rev. Carol Gillard, with a beautiful new stole. Rev. David and Catherine MacLean came to make the presentation. The stole is white with a gold Celtic cross on one side and a Greek knot on the other side, also in gold, and it has gold fringe. This stole was handmade by Marie Bigger from North Sydney and Catherine MacLean is our Maritime Conference UCW President.

Both Rev. Carol and our congregation were thrilled with this honor bestowed on her by the presbytery through which she started her journey to becoming an ordained minister.

We have a Salad and Blueberry Supper coming up on Aug. 16, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Debert Fire Hall. Although the money raised will go towards expenses for the Masstown United Church, the fire hall is much more accessible for anyone with mobility problems as it’s all on one level, unlike our lovely church.

The supper will include a choice of different salads, ham, rolls and a wide arrangement of blueberry desserts. Costs are adults, $10 and children under 12, $5. Everyone is welcome.

This is a great way to spend a Saturday and you don’t have to cook!

Chris Urquhart is a resident of Masstown. She is the secretary of Masstown Community Association and the secretary for the Upper Londonderry Pastoral Charge. Anyone who would like to send her Masstown news to appear in her column, send it to rcurquhart@ns.sympatico.ca.


Geographic location: Community Park

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