Stanley Bridge Memorial Society Fundraising

Big changes coming to Stanley Bridge Centre building this summer

By Jim Brown The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society is embarking on an ambitious plan to renovate the aging Stanley Bridge Centre building. This is the first step in that effort. 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.

SBC launching major fundraiser to celebrate former church’s 100th anniversary

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society is launching an ambitious campaign to raise $100,000 for renovations to the Stanley Bridge Centre by 2020, dubbed the ‘100 By 100’ campaign.
The Stanley Bridge Centre, a former United Church decommissioned in 2009, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020. A lot has happened since the building became an iconic community landmark, including its successful transformation into a multi-purpose facility that has hosted many entertainment, history and cultural events over the past several years including the more recent Father Bolger history circle.
The campaign will help pay for much-needed renovations including a new kitchen, washroom and roof.
Come help us thrive for another 100 years. Be part of the “100 by 100” campaign.

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Fundraising Auction A Smashing Success!

Paul H. Schurman and his wife Barb were among several members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society who helped make the June 16 fundraising auction at the Stanley Bridge Centre (SBC) a smashing success. Approximately $2,150 was raised for the SBC’s building fund. Paul is holding a hockey stick he received from Ottawa Senators blueliner Dion Phaneuf, one of hundreds of items sold at the auction. Auctioneer Dennis Lowther generously contributed his services free of charge. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the auction – organizers, donors and buyers.
Story and photo by Jim Brown.
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Carr’s Oyster Bar makes a Generous Donation to the Centre … Thank You Carr’s !

The Community of Stanley Bridge is our main supporters and we thank them for continuous and on-going generosity. Carr’s Oyster Bar is but one of the community spirited and philanthropic businesses in Stanley Bridge. Check us out … #BestPlaceOnEarth #BelieveIt. (Twitter)

The Sobey Foundation Donates to Stanley Bridge Centre



Pancake Breakfast

May 3, 2014


Stanley Bridge Memorial Society volunteers took a break from their work on May 2. They were preparing for the May 3 pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Stanley Bridge WI. The lavish meal also included sausages, homemade baked beans, cheese, fruit, jam, cinnamon rolls, juice, tea and coffee.

Centennial Quilt Raffle

2013 – 2014


Above, Helen MacEwen, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s board of directors, holds one corner of this beautiful quilt, while another board member, Murdock Morrison, holds the other. The Centennial Quilt, named in honour of the province’s 150th anniversary in 2014, is valued at more than $1,200. The quilt was spread out across pews at the Stanley Bridge Centre recently. Tickets will be sold over the coming months and money from the sale will support needed renovations at the former church. Tickets will be available, at four dollars apiece or 3 for ten dollars, on November 3 at the New London Community Complex’s Christmas craft sale, 10 am to 2 pm.


An Evening of Music

At 7 pm, Sunday, Nov 17, the Island Masonic Choir, Men in Motion, and the Milton Anglican Church Community Choir, Just For Fun, Presented an evening of music in the New London Community Complex.  Proceeds went to support the Stanley Bridge Centre Building Fund.


2012 Quilt Raffle Winner

Janet Cotton


raffle_quiltDue to weather the Saturday drawing for the quilt was postponed until Monday. There were 60 – 70 people in attendance. The winner of the quilt was Janet Cotton of New London.

The winner of the prize basket in the ticket purchase draw at the New London Community Complex Craft Fair was Jim Weeks of Stanley Bridge.

The winner of the prize basket in the ticket purchase draw at the Stanley Bridge WI Hall was Maureen Fryday of Stanhope.