Sparta Community News

Volume 16, Number 1

2018 January



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Family Games Night

 The Sparta Community Society is hosting a family fun night with games for all ages on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 7:00 to 10:00. We will have Euchre, crokinole, cribbage, horse racing, and board games to play.This is a fundraiser to purchase new chairs for the hall. Cost is $5.00 per person with a maximum of $15.00 per family. Beverages, snacks and desserts will be provided. Come out for some fun and support your community hall.

 Annual Pot Luck Dinner and Activities

The Sparta & District Historical Society will host their annual pot luck dinner on Saturday, March 3, at 6:30 at the Sparta Church Museum. After dinner their will be square dancing as well as crokinole and euchre for those who don't want to dance. Please bring your own plate, cuttlery and cup so no one has to do dishes. This is always a fun night with over 30 participants. Everyone is welcome.

Community Activities

We need more volunteers and ideas of what you would like to see as activities at the hall for the whole community. If you wish to host an event for the whole community you may use the hall for free. Please send all suggestions to any one of the executive.

Community Newsletter

The newsletters have changed.  We are now publishing them on the website and sending them out to anyone who sends their email address to or to Sally Martyn at will leave some physical copies in The Village Market for those who do not have internet. We will publish three per year, January, May and September. Get your news to Sally Martyn by the end of the previous month if you wish it included.

Memorial to Honour Debbie Corner and Brenda Louws

We will be establishing a patio and seating area to the north of the Sparta Church Museum with benches and landscaping to provide a shady area to rest in. It will also be a good place to eat your pizza, ice cream or even a picnic lunch. Debbie and Brenda were both very active in our community and this will be a place set up to honour them.

 Welcoming Newcomers to Sparta

We need your help. We would like to deliver some cookies or treats and information on the community to all people who are new to our village or area. If you know of someone who just moved in recently or at any time in the future would you please let us know so we can welcome them. Let any member of the executive know about newcomers.

 High Tea and Historical Fashion Show

Once again the Sparta & District Historical Society High Tea and Historic Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 2:00 to 4:00. Tickets go on sale the first of April. Call Sally Martyn 519-775-2292 or Eleanor Robson 519-775-2522 for tickets or more information. Tickets sell out quickly so call early if you are interested.


The Forge & Anvil Museum will open weekends starting in April. The special display at the Church Museum this year will be Formal Wear featuring wedding attire and evening gowns. It will open in May. The County of Elgin has opened its new Heritage Centre and the first display is on Medievil times and Talbot's home, Malahide Castle. A special official opening will be held in the spring. The heritage Centre will now be open longer hours including Saturdays.

 Children’s Art Camp

The art camp will be held again this summer July 23 to 27 and will feature a variety of fine art mediums. The students will learn drawing, painting, sculpting and stencilling using a variety of materials. The cost is $90 for the week and classes run from 9:00 to 12:00 each day. Call Sally Martyn for more information or to register. 519-775-2292

 Student Curator/Researcher Needed

The Historical Society will be hiring students to run our two museums this summer. Students should be interested in history or clothing styles. The students will help set up the new display and teach at the art camp. All students are encouraged to apply especially visible minorities, those with handicaps, and native background. Post Secondary students are needed as the job runs from May 14 to September 1. To apply email or phone Sally Martyn at , or 519-775-2292

     Scouting News

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Venturers are all being offered in our community this year. All groups meet at the Community Hall at 6:30. Beavers meet on Tuesdays, Cubs on Wednesdays and Scouts and Venturers on Thursdays. All groups are for both boys and girls. Enrollment if half price for the remainder of the year. Call Pam Helmer for more information 519-775-2265.

 Thank You

We want to thank Jay Morris for snowploughing the Community Hall parking lot this winter and Pam Helmer for cleaning the sidewalks. We have had many rentals and Jay and Pam's help have been much apreciated.

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.

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Venturers

Tuesday: 6:30 to 7:30 Beavers

Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:00 Cubs

Thursday: 6:30 to 8:00 Scouts & Venturers


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,


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

 Less than 3 hours - $150; Less than 3 hours + alcohol - $200; More than 3 hours - $200 / day; More than 3 hours + alcohol - $250.  Call Sally Martyn at 519-775-2292 to make your reservation.

Community Newsletters come out the first of January, May  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,
Jan 23, 2018, 12:10 PM
Francie Johnston,
Oct 15, 2017, 7:04 PM