Sparta Community News

Volume 15, Number 3

2017 September


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Sparta Public School Needs You

There is a petition at the Village Market that we need everyone to sign as one last attempt to save our school. This is a province wide petition that needs to be in by September 15. It will be presented in the legislature on October 15 by all the MPPs. It is asking the province to make their moratorium on rural school closures retroactive to September 1, 2016 which would save all our Elgin County schools. Please sign it if you haven't already.

Connie Greger's Art Show and Sale

Connie is once again exhibiting her wonderful paintings featuring barns of the area on Friday, September 22 from 6:30 till 9:00 at the Sparta Church Museum. Connie donates all the money from the sales to the Sparta & District Historical Society and the Talbot Teen Centre. Do come out and support Connie and see her work. Refreshments will be served.


Games Night Fundraiser

 The Sparta Community Society is hosting a family fun night with games for all ages on Friday, October 18, 2017 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. Entry will be by donation and coffee, tea, water, pop and desserts  will be available for purchase. Come out for some fun and support your community hall.

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 are changing. This is the last physical newsletter you will receive to save paper and gas. We will now publish them on the website and send them out to anyone who sends their email address to We will leave some physical copied 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.

Christmas Crafters Sale

On Saturday, December 2 there will be a crafters sale at the community hall from 9:00 on. There will be many crafters selling their wears. This is a great place to get a unique gift.


Memorial to Honour Debbie Corner

We have raised $2077 for a memorial for Debbie.  If you wish to still make a donation they need to be in by September 30, 2017 to the Village Market.


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 was a great success. It will happen each second Saturday in July and 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.

Museums Open

Our two museums will be open on weekends till Thanksgiving. If you haven't been this summer do drop in to see the new items on display. The special Canada 150 Quilt is at the Forge Museum just till thanksgiving. It will then be moving to the Community Hall.


Children’s Art Camp

The art camp was once again very successful with 19 area students enrolled. Watch for notice of next year's camp in the next newsletter.

War of 1812 Plaques and UEL Designation

The Seminary Cemetery is the burial site of a United Empire Loyalist and the burial ground of three more veterans as well as the three we  honoured last year. We also have two in the Sparta South Cemetery. Another ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 1:30 at the Sparta South Cemetery and at 2:30 at the Seminary Cemetery. Re-enactors will be participating as well as the Legion colour guard. All are welcome. For more information contact Bob Burns 519-775-2613 or Vanessa Warner at the Village Market.


    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. Call Pam Helmer for more information 519-775-2265.

Thank You

We want to thank Steve Robson for donating the glass for any broken windows at the hall and Ron Molyneux for doing the work to replace them.


Community Society Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 will be the Society's annual meeting at 7:00 at the hall. Come and learn what the society is doing.


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,
Oct 15, 2017, 7:04 PM