Sparta Community News

Volume 14, Number 1

2016 February

Sparta’s web site

Community Newsletter

As we are only publishing twice a year, our format will change. We will start with news stories and then move into a monthly announcement section.


War of 1812 Plaques, Heritage Sign

The Seminary Cemetery is a designated heritage site and has 3 veterans of the War of 1812 buried there. There will be a special event unveiling a heritage sign and special plaques on each veteran’s grave. The descendants of these veterans will be in attendance as well as re-enactors in period costumes. Come join the celebration on Saturday, May 7 at 1:30 at the Seminary Cemetery followed by refreshments at the Sparta Church Museum. For more information contact Bob Burns 519-775-2613 or Vanessa Warner at the Village Market.


Sparta Baptist Church Legacy

The Sparta Baptist Church’s legacy has meant that our Community Hall will be installing air conditioning this spring. This will make the hall usable and rentable all year long. 

Art Lessons with Connie Greger

Connie will be offering classes in drawing and water colour painting as well as art history in three 8 week sessions at $5.00 per week. Session 1: May & June featuring Spring Flowers and Gardening, Session 2: July & August featuring Vegetables and Fruit, Session 3: Sept. & October featuring Museum Artifacts. To preregister call Sally Martyn 519-775-2292 or email Connie at




 Registration this year will take place on Saturday March 5 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Community Hall for children 5 to 9 years of age. If you can’t make the day but would like to register your child call  Sally Martyn 519-775-2292 or email


Jobs at Quai du Vin

Quai du Vin are hiring people for the summer of 2016. They need vineyard helpers grounds keepers, bartenders, retail staff and Farmers Market staff. Send resumes to Quai du VinEstate Winery, 45811 Fruit Ridge line, St. Thomas, phone:519-775-2216, fax:519-775-0168 or email


    Scouting News

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts remain very active. There food drive was very successful. They went camping the end of January and the Scouts will be doing a canoe trip to Temagamy in July.  Beavers Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30, Cubs Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00, Scouts Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00. Call Pam Helmer for more information 519-775-2265.


Museums Open in April & May

Both of our museums are open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00 to 4:30 till Thanksgiving. The new display at the Church Museum will be “A Woman’s Work is Never Done” and the permanent display of Sparta’s past is at the Forge and Anvil Museum.


Hiring Two Students

The Sparta & District Historical Society are hiring two post-secondary students for May – August to run the two museums, set up the new display, teach at the Art Camp, inventory articles and do research. We welcome disabled, visible minorities, and aboriginal students. Apply to Sally Martyn, by February 29. Students in history, museum studies and architecture will be given preference.

Calendar of Events


Monday 15: Family Fun Day from 12 to 3 pm at the side room of the Sparta House Tearoom. Fun & surprises, free competitions, free hot chocolate and draws at participating stores:

For more info: and



Saturday 5: 6:30 pot luck and games at the Sparta Church museum (crokinole, euchre and charades)

Saturday 26: Easter Bunny in Sparta in the side room of the Sparta House Tearoom from12 to 3 pm. Free photo with Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Hunt, gifts, draws and picture mounting. Donations to Caring Cupboard appreciated. For more info: and

Sunday 27: Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast

7:00 am at the Sparta South Cemetery followed by Breakfast at the Sparta Church Museum.



Saturday 9: Psychic Fair Day at Village Collective

Wednesday 20: 7:30 speaker from Graces Café at the Sparta Church Museum



Saturday 7: 1:30 Dedication of historic sign and unveiling of War of 1812 plaques on the graves of veterans at the Seminary Cemetery

Saturday 14: 9:00 to 3:00 village wide Yard and Garage sale For more info:



Saturday 4: Girls Day Out: For more details contact Eileen Simpson at



Saturday 9: 2:00 High Tea and Historical Fashion Show at the Sparta Church Museum for tickets of more info contact Sally Martyn 519-775-2292

Children’s Art Camp at the Church Museum. Watch the web site for exact dates and programme. The cost will remain the same ($90 for the week)


Regular Events at the Community Hall

Sparta Stitchers meet every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the hall to quilt, knit, crotchet, tat, smock, embroider, etc. Cost is $5.00 per session which is considered a donation and receives an income tax receipt. Come learn a new skill or just bring whatever you want to work on and have a good time visiting with your fellow stitchers. Call Sally Martyn (519-775-2292) for more information or just show up.


Sparta Community Society

Please come and join us for our regular meetings on the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, August and October at 7:30 pm.  October is our annual meeting.

Community Society Executive

President: Pam Helmer (519-775-2265)

Vice President: Barb Burns

Secretary: Christine Lundy

Treasurer: Ron Molyneux

Directors at Large: Dr. Robert Burns, Eileen Simpson


The Sparta Community Hall is available for rent. We now have a certified kitchen and are fully accessible. The cost schedule is as follows:

October 1 to April 30: Less than 3 hours - $150; Less than 3 hours + alcohol - $200; More than 3 hours - $200 / day; More than 3 hours + alcohol - $250; May 1 to September 30: Less than 3 hours  - $ 100; Less than 3 hours + alcohol - $150; More than 3 hours -$150 / day; More than 3 hours + alcohol - $200. Call Sally Martyn at 519-775-2292 to make your reservation.

Community Newsletters come out the first of June and September. Let Sally Martyn (519-775-2292) know if you have anything you want included by the end of the previous month.      




Francie Johnston,
Feb 8, 2016, 3:46 AM