Archive for April, 2017

Games Night this Friday April 28th

The fun starts at 7 pm 

Cards, ping pong, scrabble, board games and more!

Snacks provided.

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The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe is back in Cherry Valley to launch our spring/summer season of comedy shows. Join your favourite gang of County mischief makers for an evening of scripted and improvised comedy!

Tickets $10 at the door .  Be guaranteed a seat buy your tickets online click here!

Doors open 7:30 pm

Show is a 8:00 pm

CASH BAR and Snacks!


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Ping Pong Champ!

Felix’s great return!

More than two dozen people of all ages showed up for the 5th annual ping pong tournament in Cherry Valley on March 26th. While only 14 players paddled their way through the championship and consolation brackets, the competition was lively. With a minimum of 2 games each, eventually a champion was proclaimed. Mike McLeod is our new Athol Recreation Committee Golden Paddle recipient. Mike was head to head with Scott Bailey finishing in 2nd place. Winner of the consolation bracket was Jeremy Kaye.

Left to right: Jeremy Kaye, Donna Kaye, Mike McLeod Golden Paddle Champ and runner-up Scott Bailey.

While all winners went home with bragging rights and gift cards, everyone enjoyed a hearty lunch followed by an afternoon of more ping pong. Thanks to Donna Kaye for organizing this fun event and to Ramesh Pooran and Janet Davies, fellow Athol Rec. members for assisting on the day.

Photos by Ramesh Pooran

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Athol Recreation Committee Member Donna Kaye did an outstanding job organizing a Cèilidh on Saturday March 18th.

The Fiddleheads!

The house was packed with persons who had come to  dance a jig,  tap their feet or sing along to the wonderful music by the Fiddleheads.  Persons young and old and in between enjoyed a wonderful afternoon in the Valley.

Little Irish brothers enjoying the Shamrock cookies!

Thank you to Cherry Bomb coffee for donating the coffee, to Donna for her shamrock cookie decorating kits for the children and other treats.   And thank you to Athol Recreation Committee volunteers Ramesh Pooran and Susan and Glen Wallis who came out to help.

Rumor is this may become an annual event.

Photos by Ramesh Pooran.

Taking a whirl!

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Thank you to the Cherry Valley WOMAN’S INSTITUTE  for organizing another wonderful Ham Supper in late March.  It was as usual a wonderful and well attended community event.

A full house for dinner!

Athol Recreation Committee Member Donna Kaye serving tea.

We would also like to thank the Athol Recreation Committee members Donna Kaye, Gavin North, Ramesh Pooran, Susan Wallis and Glen Wallis who helped serve, wash up and take down this event.

Special thanks to Cherry Valley residents John McKinnon and Lily Lee who also lend a hand every year.

We would also like to thank the Woman’s Institute for their donation again this year towards the fund to refurbish Alva Stephen’s ledger.

Photos by Ramesh Pooran.

Alva Stephen’s Ledger.

Alva Stephens  settled in Cherry Valley when he purchased a homestead in 1822, which stands just outside the hamlet of Cherry Valley on the right side of Cty. Rd. 18 on the way to Sandbanks, currently the home of  Athol Committee members, Susan & Glen Wallis.  Mr. Stephens is reputed to have given Cherry Valley its name based on the abundance of cherry trees in the area at the time and it is reported that there was a large cherry orchard located on his property on the banks of East Lake.
The  ledger includes entries that date back from 1816 and provides a fascinating window into the social life of a long ago era here in the County. Sadly, the ledger is in poor condition and its contents are becoming hidden from us because handling the book will add to its deterioration.
The Athol Recreation Committee is raising money in order to  have the ledger restored so that it can be seen by future generations.  The ledger is on display at the hall.  A donation box is also available if you would like to donate to this worthy historical venture.

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Mark your calendars…….The zany Taste That comedy troupe is back on stage at the

Athol Town Hall in Cherry Valley

on April 22nd at 8 pm


Buy your tickets online here.

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Our next meeting is Wednesday April 5th, 2017.

1.Call to Order

2.Confirmation of Agenda

2.1 Motion to Confirm Agenda THAT the agenda for the Athol Ward Recreation Committee meeting of April 5 , 2017 be confirmed.

3.Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof

4.Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting on March 1st, 2017.

4.1 Minutes from the meeting held on March 1st, 2017.

THAT the Athol Ward Recreation Committee Minutes from the meeting held on on March 1st, 2017 be adopted as presented.

5.Deputations (Maximum time per deputation 15 minutes each)


6.Items for Consideration

Hall Renovation Update

-Prints (Historical)

-Kitchen Completion


-other (clean up)

-Hall Update (Glen)

– WI work out video (Barb)- Get rid of TV

Review Past Events:

-Ping Pong Tournament

– Ceilidh

-WI Ham Dinner



Upcoming Events:

-Improv Nights. Review dates. (Susan\Glen)

-Strawberry Social  (Susan \Glen)

-Mother’s Day Workshop- May 13th (Krista)

-Clothes Swap (Shannon)

-Kid’s Playday(Donna\Bonnie)

-Yard Sale- May 27th (Janet\Shannon\Donna)


-Bowling (Shannon)

-Canada’s 150th anniversary (flags) –(Susan)


-Lion’s Club property- update

6.1 Treasurers Report THAT the Treasurers report for the month of February 2017 be adopted as presented. Discuss and approve 2017 Budget.

Other Business:

6.2 Correspondence  THAT the Correspondence received from________regarding __________ be received

7.Adjournment            MEETING adjourned at     p.m. Next Meeting Date at May 17th at 7 pm.


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