Published on August 22, 2013
Alexis Raines, summer student employed by the Brookfield Railway Station and Heritage Society, shows the inside of the station, which was moved to Ed Creelman Park and renovated in 1998. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Published on August 22, 2013
Alexis Raines has kept the flowers at the historic building blossoming brightly to the delight of visitors and community members. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Brookfield notebook, Judy Matheson
The Brookfield Area Terry Fox committee hosted a Fun Golf Day and silent auction on Aug. 17, at the Brookfield Golf and Country Club.
All funds raised at the event go towards cancer research. The dedicated committee members always appreciate the support of all who get involved.
The train station directors and the broader community have been fortunate to have Alexis Raines, a Grade 11 student at South Colchester Academy, employed as a summer student at the Brookfield Railway Station and Heritage Society.
Alexis has worn various hats during the past six weeks, always willing to assist in every facet of the job and answering to a number of ‘bosses.’
She was a valued asset for homecoming celebrations, Canada Day at the park, doing maintenance work inside and outside, keeping the flowers blooming, holding fun times for children, serving coffee and cookies to those stopping by, welcoming tourists and picnickers, labeling the numerous artifacts, setting up for card parties on Fridays and always providing a welcoming persona.
The railway station played an important role in the community in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. A decision was made in 1998 to save the building for its history and for community use. A board of directors was struck and a society formed to undertake the relocation to the Ed Creelman Park.
The CN Railroad sold the building to the society for $1 with the condition that it be moved away from the tracks. The Brookfield Men’s Club, founders of the park, agreed to welcome the building to its property to enhance the park.
Support from the business sector and individuals helped raise money needed for the move and to make several repairs and improvements.
Today, a portion of the building is a museum but more so a community centre that hosts weekly card parties, Canada Day celebrations, Christmas suppers and tours, meetings and various sales. Summer employment there has been offered to students for the past eight years through the federal government student grant.
Fundraisers such as the homecoming pancake and sausage breakfasts and the Shortt’s Lake boat tours, as well as the Friday night card parties and bake sales, have enabled directors to do the necessary upkeep to the building. Russell Bradley, chairman for the last four years, has provided invaluable leadership as jack-of-all trades and runs the popular card games on Friday nights.
For the past 15 years the station has provided many happy times of fellowship for the community. Who could have imagined what the old building had to offer?
Chucker Ball for the young set has been a summer tradition in Brookfield for the past 45 years. John Matheson, the original ‘Chucker,’ started teaching the kids the basis of softball and making sure they had fun while learning. Many former Elks got their start and love of the game this way
Since Chucker retired from the job Chris Bernard has carried on the tradition and every Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. the kids from three years old and up turn out to play.
The glory days of Elk fastball have past, but Elk Park is still busy. Teams from across the county and the high school teams play and practice on the well-groomed grounds, maintained with care by Donald (Pibby) Henderson and John Matheson.
Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at email@example.com.