Kinsmen Report: April 2017

Greetings from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! We’re busy gearing up for the 2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair. The two-day sale will be held at May 12th and 13th at the Truro Mall, in a space near the lotto booth. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Colchester East Hants VON, as well as local groups and organizations supported by the Kinsmen. In addition, leftover books from the sale will once again go to Colchester Community Workshops.

Donations have come from a number of places. From estates, to businesses, to people bringing a few boxes at a time to the various drop-off locations around the area, it’s incredible to see how such a large, empty area with tables lined up turns into a packed space. It took a lot of effort in the weeks beforehand to sort the books and have them priced to sell.

In an effort to move as much as we could at the end of the sale last year, you were able to buy the remaining books at a flat rate per bag. This year, the Kinsmen are simplifying the process by selling everything by weight.

There are seven drop-off locations for this year’s sale: Masstown Market, Sobeys on Prince St and Robie St in Truro, the book fair location at the Truro Mall, Shur Gain Feeds ‘n Needs, Fundy Appliance in Bible Hill, and the Truro Farmer’s Market. Donations can include books, puzzles, games, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, and comic books. However, the book fair is unable to accept technical manuals, encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, VHS tapes, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Editions.

For more information on the sale, or to ask a question, email or call 902-895-4533. The Kinsmen look forward to seeing everyone on May 12th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on May 13th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen hosted the Kin Association’s Annual Spring Zone Convention at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro from March 31st to April 1st. Over 15 clubs from across Nova Scotia and PEI attended the convention.  They were able to take part in some of what our community has to offer, along with having an opportunity to meet with other Kinsmen and have discussions on how we serve our community’s greatest need.

This Convention takes place just over the midway point of our Kin Year, which runs from September to June, and helps our clubs continue their focus on any events, whether they be of a fundraising nature or volunteering hours.  It gives the members a chance to meet with other clubs face to face to exchange ideas on fundraising and membership recruitment to name a few. Spring Zone Convention does move to different areas of Nova Scotia and PEI each year, though the Bible Hill Kinsmen look forward to hosting it again in the near future.

We’d love to see you at one of our meetings. The Bible Hill Kinsmen hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.