By Amanda Langille
The Londonderry Hall was jam packed with activity last weekend. Friday night's after-school program was great, Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and many came out to support the fundraising pancake and bacon brunch for Stephanie Baker, and Sunday saw the first-ever coffee house hosted in Londonderry. It was a huge success.
One of the nice things about having a local playgroup is that children make new friends and parents get to know each other better along with meeting and welcoming new parents in the area.
Thanks to funding provided by the Along the Shore Community Health Board, a regular weekly parent and tot playgroup will be offered at the Thirsty Church on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first one will be held March 1. Come out for an hour of play, sensory activity, circle time and healthy snack.
The playgroup will be facilitated by Victoria Lomond, mom to baby Isaac (three weeks old) and two-year-old daughter Ella. Lomond grew up in Londonderry and has recently moved back. Her great-grandmother, Alberta Lane, was the organist at the church for many many years and her grandmother, Helen, ran Sunday School and often would bring her guitar to play and sing at church.
Her mother, aunts and uncle all attended the Londonderry Station Community Church as they were growing up, as did Victoria, so as you can see her connection to the church and to the community is strong. She has a passionate belief in the benefits of early childhood education and what it means for the future success of children and building strong communities.
Victoria graduated from the IHSE with a level three in early childhood education and is very excited to offer a Londonderry playgroup.
The Winter Wonderland Fundraising Festival for Stephanie Baker will take place at the Londonderry Hall March 3 starting at 9 a.m. There will be lots of activities and a silent auction. Check out the Londonderry Community Centre's facebook page or call Abby at 662-3269 for more info.
The event was initially was planned for February but postponed due to bad weather.
Watch for the first senior's cooking class at the Thirsty Church on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Call Gail at 895-2433 to reserve your spot.
The Londonderry Community Council will meet on March 3rd at 7 p.m. for their monthly meeting. All welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.