Sparta Community News

Volume 20, Number 1 2024-01-17

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The Newsletter

Newsletters will be available in the Village Market for anyone interested to pick up. If you have any news or announcements please let us know so we can include them. It will be published in January, May, and September. Feedback is always welcomed. We can email it to anyone interested if you provide us with your email. Contact us at or

Survey of the Community

We want to know what we can offer at the Community Hall that would interest you. There are physical copies in the the Village Market and an online version available on our website Please fill one out. Physical copies can be dropped off at the market or photo graphed or scanned and emailed to Please return them by Monday February 5.

Christmas Decorating Contest Winners

The three winners this year for their festive displays and strong effort to brighten the season are The Cables on Hiram Smith Lane, The Vandendriesches on North Street and the Schaafsmas on Quaker Road.

Well done and thank you.

Sparta South Cemetery

The cemetery has been trying to replace or repair the fence for several years. The cost for even a chain between posts was over $40,000.00. We tried many venues and in the end Wayne and Verne Higgs offered to take the current fence apart, repairs it, remove the rust and repaint it as well as lower the land so it would not be touching the ground. They are bearing all the costs as well as doing all the work. What phenomenal citizens we have in Sparta and area. Thank you so much Wayne and Verne. You two are true gifts to the community.

Pot Luck Dinner and Fun Night for All Ages

Once again the Sparta & District Historical Society will host a pot luck dinner followed by games on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:30 at the Sparta Church Museum. We are asking everyone to bring their own plate, cutlery and drinking cup as well as one dish of food to share. Coffee, Tea and water will be provided. After the meal, we will set up a crokinole tournament, euchre tables and board games. If you have a favourite game, please bring it. Come join in the fun and invite anyone who is new to the village so they can get to know their neighbours.

High Tea & Historical Fashion Show

It will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 at the Sparta Church Museum. Tickets go on sale March 1 and sell out quickly so call 519-775-2292 if you are interested. This is a major fundraiser of the Sparta & District Historical Society to keep our museums in good repair.

Major Work at the Sparta Church Museum

In September, we undertook major drainage work around the museum to solve the damp and damage to our walls. We ran into some major unexpected issues and had to repair the west wall and add a container for our sinks to drain into before going to the septic tank. Apex Diversified did an excellent job and the building is in great shape. Garth Johnston will soon begin the repair work needed on the inside as one of our volunteers. We are so lucky to have so many talented volunteers in our community.

Food Bank

still serving the community Tuesday's 1:00 to 4:00 at Community Hall. Donations gladly accepted. Special thanks to Nancy O'Loane and Noreen Lanning for keeping it stocked.

Sparta Library

Remember that we have lots of books you can get at the Community Hall. Borrow, keep or donate another book every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00.

Sparta Community Web Site

We have a village website that posts announcements and lists all businesses in the village for free. It is open for anyone to share an announcement including specials at stores. If you wish us to post anything for you please email the information to

Scouting News

Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers are all meeting again at the community hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. They will be planting a second pollinator garden on the east front this year. They recently had 6 new leaders start and want to welcome Jodi Pozzobon, Alex MacPherson, John Gauntlett, Darryl Roberts, Galen Repchik and Jeff Pearson. The Scouting group want to offer a special thank you to the residents of Sparta for their generous donations to Second Stage Housing in November. They also want to thank their long serving Scouting Leaders Shaye Helmer, Megan (Miya) Helmer, Pam Helmer, Bonnie Coenjarts, Cameron Coenjarts, Brendan Kelly, Ariana Kelly, Kevin Moreland and Ed Pietrzak. , as well as their committee secretary, Morgan van Wick and treasurer, Angela Mikustyak. If you have a child wanting to join, call Pam Helmer for more information 519-775-2265. Scouting is for all genders.

Hall Rental

We have a great space to rent for any gathering you are hosting. We have re-established our stage in the upper hall, have a certified kitchen, air conditioning and chair lifts and a fully accessible lower entrance and washrooms. Our prices are very reasonable. See the end of the newsletter for how to book the hall and costs.

Thank You

See Scouting news and Sparta South Cemetery for our special thank yous this newsletter.

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

Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:00 Beavers

Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:00 Cubs

Thursday: 6:30 to 8:00 Scouts

Sparta Community Society

Please come and join us for our next meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7:00.

Community Society Executive

President: Pam Helmer (519-775-2265)

Secretary: Yvonne Campbell

Treasurer: Ron Molyneux

Director at Large: Yvonne Taylor

The Sparta Community Hall is available for rent. We have a certified kitchen, are fully accessible and air conditioned. The cost schedule is as follows: $250 for the day and $300 if alcohol is served. Repeat users get a discount. Call Sally Martyn at 519-775-2292 to make your reservation.