Your Wardsville Annual Report 2010

Wardsville Bicentennial: 1810 – 2010.  Honouring the settlers who suffered during the War of 1812 – 1814

thru fabric, film, paint and pen

January 19, 2011

Volunteer Tally – approximate

Number of hours tracked  = ~2500
Number of quilters = 20
Total artisans who painted barn quilt blocks = 146
Glencoe District High School artisans = 15
Mosa Central School artisans = 30
Heritage Spedialists = 33
Musicians = 38
Artists = 11
Organizers and Local Partners = 86
Barn quilt sponsors = 12
Total volunteers approximately 325.  (See Attachment A for detailed tally.


Wardsville’s 200-year celebration goal was to build community pride and put Wardsville back on the map.  Another goal was to kick off the Commemoration of the War of 1812 -1814 (which does not officially begin until 2012).  Wardsville celebrated its past, its present, and the future. It was a thrill to have a government sponsor who demanded that we involve our local artists and artisans in our community and it was the perfect time to commemorate local history and heritage.

Mr. and Mrs. George Ward established their homestead at the request of the British government in 1810.  War was imminent.  The eventual conflict was a terrible disruption to settlers’ lives. Wardsville’s Bicentennial honoured the role that the citizenry played in the War.

Volunteers invested 2500 hours into various projects this year. See attachment A for a table showing the number of volunteers, artists, sponsors, and groups who engaged with the project.   Volunteers:
·       stitched the 30-block George Ward Commemorative Quilt which won second prize at the International Plowing Match in St. Thomas.
·       painted thirty 8’ x 8’ replica Barn Quilt blocks
·       produced a video, Barn Quilt Tour by Crocodile Productions
mounted the 30 quilt blocks on barns and important buildings throughout Wardsville area
·       attracted “kith and Kin” to the village for a rich musical and historical experience on Father’s Day weekend, June 18 – 20, 2010
·       hosted a re-enactment about George Ward and pioneer life in 1810 by Shaymus (Doug Ferguson) and friends.  The re-enactors set up a camp featuring trading post, farm, potting studio, and military encampment of Royal Scots and local militia.
·       hosted the first ever reunion of the Twin Valleys Community & School (1972-1984) which was attended by 80 alumni and their family and friends.  See testimonies below.
·       held a Free Open Air Jam Session at Dave’s Cafe featuring many acts, Dave’s hamburgers, and Bicentennial Funnel Cakes
·       other downtown activities:
TCCU Wardsville community credit union dressed to the nines and in serious business mode.
o      Wardsville Museum with Curator, Ken Willis, and Wardsville interpreters.
o      Wardsville firefighters displaying the brand new Rosenbauer 2010 tanker.
o      Crossroads Bistro serving pizza, subs, fresh cut fries, and burgers.
·       photographed the Photo Legacy project:
o      two professional photograhers, David Chidley and Larry Merrin photographed over 50 groups in a special studio over an 8-hour period
o      John Kendall documented the Wardsville Bicentennial celebrations start to finish on Father’s Day weekend
·       sponsored the 10-minute video “Walking Wardsville” directed by Cara Spooner and Rabyniuk
·       hosted reunions for the Ward descendants and the Lutchin family
·       held a volunteer appreciation event at the Made on Earth Art Gallery in August.
·       presented plaques to all the super volunteers who worked on the barn quilt project
·       held an evening premiere at the Wardsville United Church in early October when the various artistic endeavours thru fabric, film, paint, and pen were shown

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Wardsville Bicentennial June 18-20

Mark June 18-20, 2010 on your calendar.

This is the year that every resident of Wardsville, villager and rural, will join together on Father’s Day to celebrate “kith and kin” – family, friends and forefathers.

Family Reunions The Wards are coming.  Twin Valleys Community & School is having a big reunion.  The Lutchin family is supporting the Legacy photo and memory project. Why not plan your family reunion in the village of Wardsville too?  Everything will be organized; your family and/or friends just have to show up.

Wardsville Bicentennial Celebrations Focus on Kin Day Weekend: June 18-20, 2010

Last year’s Duncombe Rebellion 1837 theatre and dining experience was such a hit that we are going to repeat the pattern: raise a big tent on Thursday, decorate the tent and start the music on Friday, really celebrate and dine on Saturday, hold a church service on Sunday, and pack up the tent on Monday.

Wardsville Communicators met Sept 8, 2009.

We had a good meeting: planning for Mr. Wards’ becentennial and KinDay 2010.  Special welcome to Karen and Elaine who have recently moved to the village. 

Denise and Eleanor have taken on a Barn Quilt project.  

A photographic project is in the works.

Ken Willis is working with the drama department to see if we can write and produce a dramatization of Mr. Ward’s story. 

Anyone thinking about getting involved please call Denise or Mary with your ideas or skills.

Your Wardsville community association forms Jan 19th

Forty citizens joined together Jan 19th at the St. Johns Presbyterian Church to form a community association, “Your Wardsville”.  


It was a very special evening on the eve of President Obama’s inaugueration.  He has challenged all of us to roll up our sleeves and do a little more to make our communities and our planet a better place:  

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.  – President Obama, Jan 20, 2009





Minutes for meeting to form Your Wardsville: June 19, 2009

Minutes for a Meeting to form the community association: Your Wardsville

St John’s Presbyterian Church, Wardsville
January 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: March 23/09 @ 7:00 p.m. Masonic Hall 


Vance Blackmore,Mary Simpson, Ken Willis, Liz Kersten, Nina Hurdle, Eleanor Blain, Wilbert Blain, Denise Corneil, Donna Oag, Jason Houde, Steven Sitler, Crystal Dobson, Angie Holman, Art Long, Louise Long, Terry Willis, Vergie Julak,. Sandra Svendsen, Lorna Svendsen, Paul Svendsen, Carol Webster., Rosemary Cranney, Janice Moniz, Marius Van Gemert, Liesbett Van Roosmalen, Sandra Svendsen,Wilbert Blain, Lise Landsborough, Janice Moniz, Fred Copeland, Gloria Copeland, Richard Golden, John deVries, Cheryl deVries, Don Nisbet, Todd Trojand


Larry Willis, Alma Sitler, Grace McGartland, Bob Davis, Sheila DeVost, Marty Peterson


Denise Corneil


    • 7:00 Welcome
    • Remarks from facilitators, Mary Simpson and Denise Corneil.                                                                         Proposed structure and principles for working together.                                                Nomination of Presiding Chair Vance Blackmore 
    • Mr. Blackmore informed the group that the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex would likely be able to provide liabilty insurance for  certain community activities. Southwest Middlesex would also recognize Your Wardsville as a community association and SWM would likely be able to issue tax receipts on Your Wardsville’s behalf.  Details to be figured out.
    • 7:10
      • 1. Moved by Mary Simpson and seconded by Ken Willis, to accept Constitution.  Carried.
      • 2. Moved by Ken Willis and seconded by Nina Hurdle to accept by-laws for Your Wardsville.  Reviewed by all in attendance. The only concern was for a proposed joint Directorship to be held by a couple, Donna Oag and Jason Houde, on the board. The reason  for this action is to encourage young adults with family, jobs and or businesses  to participate in community organizations. One vote to be shared by the couple as only one spouse will ever be able to attend a meeting.   The Board will try this arrangement and if it does not work, the policy will be abandonned.
      • 3. Elect Officers and Directors – Ken Willis, Chair, Nomination Committee
      • Slate of Nominees President- Mary Simpson, Vice President -Eleanor Blain, Secretary- Denise Corneil, Treasurer- Liz Kersten, Directors -Donna Oag and Jason Houde (Shared position one vote), Bob Davis.  Moved by Janice Moniz and seconded by Marius Van Gemert to accept the slate as accepted.  Carried.  
      • To fill the seventh and remaining Directorship, Rosemary Cranney nominated Nina Hurdle.  Carried. This is the official board of Your Wardsville.                              
      • Ex-officio Director Non-voting.  To ensure good communications, the Board of Directors intends to add one ex officio seat to the Board table for a representative from SWM.
      •  4. Ken Willis affirmed and thanked volunteers, committee heads, and all “Communicators”.  
      • 5. Denise Corneil explained the membership form and the volunteer form.
    • Recess to celebrate. Filled out membership and volunteer forms.
    • 8:30  Operations: meeting of the Communicators and Members
      • 1. Kin Day Plans: Up-date from Ken Willis, Mary and Denise
      • 2.Duncombe Days: Play about the Rebellion of 1837. Motion: Moved by Vance Blackmore and seconded by Nina Hurdle: To support and go forwards with the play and theatre about Dr.Duncombe being planned for June 20, 2009 as part of Kin Day. Budget should bring in excess revenues to support the administration costs of Your Wardsville. Carried.
      • Mary described the  play regarding The Duncombe Rebellion-1837. Wardsville has been asked if we would like to hold the play in our community because  Dr. Duncombe slept in Wardvsille at George Ward’s Inn  on his escape to the USA. Dr. Duncombe was escaping to save himself from being hanged. 
      • 3.First Impression Team: focus for this coming year. Report from Paul Svendsen
        • What is First Impression. How we want others to see us?
        • Area Branding, Logo. motto, trademarks to be developed.
        • Banner, Flower Pots, Entry Signs
        • Questionnaire to be developed and all community members asked for their input re: community branding. There will be a drop off box at the library for a questionnaire.
      • 4. Closing comments form all attending. Dreams and aspirations. Key words -hope, potential, energized, encouraged, creative, library, more people, love Wardsville, encouraged, hopeful, baseball, revitalize, positive energy, artist. Cresting the hill, Wardsville resembles the magical village of Brigadoon.
      • 5. Acknowledged all the hard work of citizens, volunteer and committee leads.
    • 9:30 Adjourn for action.