Stanley Bridge Centre renovations underway

Say goodbye to the porta-potty! More than $80,000 worth of renovations are underway at the Stanley Bridge Centre, including two new washrooms, work on the front entrance, sewer and water connections and a new kitchen. Repairs to the roof are also planned. Adam Perry (in photo), owner of Big Dogs Construction in Freetown, along with his crew, began work on the site April 3. The renos should be done by the start of the farmer’s market season. The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, the building’s operator, is in the midst of a major fundraising effort to help pay for the renos. Anyone who wants to contribute can contact Jim Brown at

Photos by Jim Brown

Big changes coming to Stanley Bridge Centre building this summer

By Jim Brown
By this summer visitors returning to the popular Stanley Bridge Centre, home of successful farmers markets, history circles and concerts, will see some big changes.

For one thing, the port-a-potty at the back of the building will be gone and a leaky roof fixed.
As much as $35,000 will be spent making necessary improvements, which should make it easier for food vendors to set up.
“We’re going to do a renovation that will expand our entrance, give us washrooms, give us a kitchen, and completely do the roof (including the steeple),” said Don Reid, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s board of directors.
The work includes a ramp to improve access for people with disabilities.
Mr Reid hopes to have the project started sometime in mid to late March and finished in time for the busy tourist season.
“Right now I have two, possibly three vendors who are interested in renting the centre from us.”
The board has even bigger plans for the future, which would require more than $400,000 to completely renovate the building, including putting in a new foundation.

Preparing for Renovations

On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.

Roof Repair

East ViewThe first part of the roof repair was completed in October with the installation of a new metal roof on one side of the chapel.  This installation was needed due to leaks. The other side will be installed after foundation work has been completed.