4th Annual Colchester Book Fair Coming Soon

Partner Charity: Colchester/East Hants Canadian Mental Health Association
 
Sale Dates: May 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Location: Truro Mall, 245 Robie St.
 
Collection Points:
Masstown Market
Trunk 2, Masstown
 
Sobeys
68 Robie St, Truro
985 Prince St, Truro
 
Truro Mall
245 Robie St, Truro
 
Feeds n Needs
50 Juniper St, Truro
 
Fundy Appliance
178 Pictou Rd, Bible Hill
 
Truro Farmers Market
15 Young St, Truro
 
For more information on the sale, or to ask a question, email bookfair@biblehillkinsmen.ca or call 902-895-4533 or visit facebook.com/bhkinsmen
 
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.

Donations!

The Bible Hill Kinsmen recently presented the Slate Youth Centre with a donation of $3,000 as part of the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair. The group was our partner this year and helped make the event another huge success.

Pictured, from left to right, are Slate Youth Centre Director Crystal Crossan-Zak, Tanner Altenkirk, Emma Crossan, Peter Altenkirk, and Kinsmen Book Fair Committee Chair Stephen Hamlin.


Also, as our kin year has come to an end, we’ve also made a number of other contributions to other local groups for various initiatives set out by the club:

  • Bible Hill Canada Day Committee – $500
  • CEC Safe Grad Committee – $1,000
  • Challenger Baseball Program – $500
  • Hal Rogers Endowment Fund – $500
  • MS Supercities Walk – $1,000
  • Truro Homeless Outreach Society – $1,000
  • Slate Youth Centre – $3,000
  • Truro Boys & Girls Club – $1,500

In all, that puts our donations in 2017-18 at $34,980! Again, we thank you, the community, for supporting our events throughout the year and helping to ensure we meet our objective of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”.

Kinsmen Report: June 2018

2018 MS Walk at Douglas Street Recreation Centre.

The current Kin year has come to an end with a number of events and activities for members of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill over the past two months.

Our annual pork chop dinner was held at the end of April, and is a fun event for our members. We appreciate your continued support and appreciate all of the feedback. It sounds like everyone enjoyed their meal!

Then, of course, we get to the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair. With generous donations from the community and a partnership this year with the Slate Youth Centre, we were able to transform a room in the Truro Mall into a haven for booklovers. A lot of preparation goes into this event, but it’s worth it to see the community come out in search of some good reading material. Whether it was just a handful or a few bags, it’s fair to say a lot of people walked away happy.

We were called upon to help with the MS Walk in Truro on May 27th at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. From all accounts, the event was one of the most successful in our area, and we were once again proud to be able to lend a hand.

The Thrill of the Grill Eggfest was held on June 16th in Upper Onslow, presented by Warmth by Design. Our members were on hand running a beer tent, and also held a 50/50 draw.

Kinsmen and Kinettes from across the region converged on Acadia University in Wolfville earlier this month for our annual District Convention. It’s a chance to meet like-minded community volunteers from other clubs, set goals and a vision for the future of District 7 (which our club is part of), and of course enjoy the fellowship that comes along with it.

The Sackville Kinsmen/K-40 hosted the Annual District 7 Golf Tournament just last weekend at the Debert Golf Club. The Bible Hill Kinsmen sent five members, and while we didn’t win, it was a great afternoon of golf and fellowship. This is just one of the regional events held throughout the year.

With all of that said, we do have a few announcements coming and donations to give out. Stay tuned for those.

And as another kin year comes to an end, we look ahead to 2018-19, which means meetings starting again in September. To that end, the club held elections for a new executive. John Spears will serve as president for the third time. The rest of the executive is as follows, and congratulations to each:

  • Vice-president: Mark Thibedeau
  • Secretary: Glen MacKenzie
  • Bulletin Editor: Stephen Hamlin
  • Treasurer: Allison MacDonald
  • Registrar: Drew MacGregor
  • Risk Manager: Brent Pettis
  • Membership and Awards Director: Geoff Hamlin
  • Communications Director: James Faulkner

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill meets 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 president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is the Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Kinsmen Report: April 2018

Hello from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! April is flying by and we’re excited about a pair of big events coming up.

The first is our annual pork chop dinner. Tickets are $10 and the meal includes a pork chop (obviously) and a baked potato, as well as coleslaw, a roll, and a slice of apple pie. The dinner is pick-up only, and will be available at the Bible Hill Village Hall on Pictou Road from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 4th. For more information or for tickets, contact one of our members, email porkchop@biblehillkinsmen.ca, or call 902-957-2754.

We’re also very busy getting ready for the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair during Mother’s Day weekend. The two-day sale will be held at May 11th from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on May 12th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., both days at the Truro Mall, in a space near the lotto booth. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to Slate Youth Centre, as well as local groups and organizations supported by the Kinsmen.

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. Books will be sold by weight again this year, with hard and soft covers priced separately.

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, the Truro Farmer’s Market, and Slate Youth Centre. 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 bookfair@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

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 president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is the Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair Coming Soon

Book Lovers Rejoice! Preparations are well underway for the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair. Proceeds from this event will go to Slate Youth Centre and local groups and organizations supported by the Bible Hill Kinsmen. The two-day sale will be held at the Truro Mall this year, and have a number of collection points throughout the area.

Dates:
May 11, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Truro Mall, 245 Robie St., Truro

What we’re collecting:
Books, Puzzles, Games, DVD’s, CD’s, Vinyl, and Comic Books

We appreciate donations but are unable to accept:
Technical Manuals, Encyclopedias, Textbooks, Magazines, VHS Tapes, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Editions

Contact Info:
bookfair@biblehillkinsmen.ca
902-895-4533

Collection Points:
Masstown Market
Trunk 2, Masstown

Sobeys
68 Robie St. Truro
985 Prince St., Truro

Truro Mall
245 Robie St. Truro (Box near the Lotto Booth) 

Shur Gain Feeds ‘n Needs
50 Juniper St., Truro

Fundy Appliance
178 Pictou Rd., Bible Hill

Truro Farmers Market
15 Young St., Truro
 
Slate Youth Centre
883 Prince St., Truro

2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair Donation

A cheque presentation for $2,000 from the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill was held at the Colchester VON’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Pictured are Truro Deputy Police Chief Jim Flemming, Kinsmen member Stephen Hamlin, and Colchester East Hants VON Community Board Treasurer Robert Fulton.(Submitted photo)

The 2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair was a big success last month, and the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill was recently able to present a cheque for $2,000 to the Colchester East Hants VON, the main benefactor of the event. Kinsmen member Stephen Hamlin attended the group’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on the club’s behalf, and also received a Certificate of Recognition for the club from the VON.

VON Canada Coordinator Donna Verheuvel presents a Certificate of Recognition for the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill to member Stephen Hamlin. (Submitted photo)

The remaining money raised by the book fair will be distributed throughout the community to various groups and organizations supported by the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill.

Kinsmen Report: May 2017

Greeting everyone from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

May is nearly gone, and what a busy month it’s been for our club. Most of our attention went toward the 2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair. Held at the Truro Mall this year, the response from the community in the lead up to the event was overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who donated items. It was interesting to have books sold by weight instead of individual prices, but overall it made for some fantastic deals and a lot of happy book lovers! We were blown away by the lineup before the doors opened on the first day of the sale, and once again say thank you to everyone who stopped in.

Proceeds are going to the Colchester East Hants VON and other Kinsmen initiatives. We’ll release information on the donation to the local VON very soon.

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill was honoured this past month to have a visit from Kin Canada National President James Doerr. A few of our members showed him around the area, pointing out some of the projects Kinsmen have contributed to over the years as well as local landmarks.

As a part of that visit, Truro Mayor Bill Mills joined Mr. Doerr and a handful of our members for the official unveiling of a sign in Victoria Park, recognizing the long history Kinsmen have in developments there. Currently, our club is in the middle of a five-year, $25,000 commitment for playground upgrades.

The play area was built by Kinsmen in 1952 with swings and other equipment. Modern facilities, such as the swimming pool, were built in 1959 with the support of a number of local groups. The Dr. Jim Vibert Trail, dedicated after the prominent Truro surgeon, was established by the Kinsmen in the 1970s.

More recently, the playground and baseball diamond saw major upgrades in 1994 and 2000, when washrooms and new playground equipment was installed. That work was partly funded by the Truro Kinsmen. A joint effort between the Kinsmen and the town led to the addition of the water spray park.

We’re looking at wrapping up our Kin year at the end of June, with a new executive elected ready to lead the way once our meetings resume in September. The club holds 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 president@biblehillkinsmen.ca.

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair a Huge Success

The 2nd Annual Colchester Book Fair has come and gone, and what an amazing two days!

The lineup was huge last Friday in preparation for the first day of the sale, with people packing the sale location in the Truro Mall to load up on reading material. We were open for just three hours that night, but you kept all of us busy trying to restock the tables, as well as processing the sales.

Saturday, as the second day of the sale last year, was a much slower pace but no less steady. Sales were brisk, and our club members saw more than a few people return to see what else they could find. Things picked up again at 2 p.m. that day as the bag sale closed out the final two hours of the book fair. There were so many more books this year, meaning the deals just got even better.

We’re crunching the numbers, and will soon announce the donation we’ll be making to the Colchester East Hants VON. The remaining books are going to the Colchester Community Workshops.

Thank you to everyone who made a donation, whether it was time or something for the sale, to the Truro Mall for the space, and to everyone who stopped in to pick up a book or two (or a dozen). We’re just putting a cap on this year’s sale, but already can’t wait for next year!