Winter activities under way

Another curling season is about start at the Barriere Curling Club

The Barriere Curling Club is not just about curling.  The building and activities are controlled by the Barriere Recreational Society.  The building itself is a valuable asset to the community through the many activities that have been held in the Curling Rink such as:  Barriere Senior Secondary graduation ceremonies, larger funerals, flea markets and as an exhibit hall during the Fall Fair.  The Curling Rink building is even more of an asset since the North Thompson Fall Fair Association and Rodeo built the Agriplex last year.  During some of the events held at the Agriplex, the Curling Rink building has been used for meeting rooms and to host larger banquets of up to 500 people.  This past summer and fall, other groups utilized the facility included:  BC Barrel Racers Association, BC Sheep Breeders Association and Provincial Winter Fair.  Larger sized building combinations such as the Agriplex and the Curling Rink are unique to the North Thompson and bring revenue opportunities to the area businesses.

Last year was a very successful year for the Barriere Recreational Society and there are people and groups to thank.  Individuals and groups helped through donations of ‘in-kind, time, and cash’.  The people that helped ‘in-kind and time’ are too numerous to list but the curling rink could not function without all the time, energy and knowledge that these individuals have put into keeping the building and club running at a safe, clean and high standard.  The people and groups that helped ‘in-cash’ that need to be thanked include:  donators for various Bonspiels and youth Jam Can; Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society; Doug Pearson – Pearson Mechanical; Bondar Forest Planning; District of Barriere; TNRD Area ‘O; Province of BC Gaming Grant; and the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association.

Another curling season is about start, which brings an opportunity to meet new people and re-acquaint with old friends. Registration for individuals or a team will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 at AG Foods.  The curling ice will be ready to use by Oct 17 for those wishing to come out and try the sport.  There will be coaching and equipment available from 7 – 9 p.m. for this free community event.  The curling club will also be hosting a Free Fun Night on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. for people of all ages to mix and mingle and once again try out the curling ice before the regular season begins.  Adult leagues will start the week of Oct. 22 and they include:  Ladies on Tuesdays at 7  p.m., Seniors on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Men on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Mixed on Fridays at 7  p.m.  Youth leagues will begin later, so watch for more announcements regarding registration and start dates.

The Barriere Curling Club held their Annual General Meeting on Sept/ 26 and a new executive was elected plus directors.  The executive is: president, Brian Bondar: secretary, Laura Mairs; vice president, Harry Eberts; treasurer, Susan Bondar; and directors, Gary Woodland, Roger Nordquist, Audrey Rilcoe, Barry Thorne, Darin Underhill and Len vanNieuwkerk

The No Host Bazaar is going to be hosted by the Barriere Curling Club this year and will be on held Nov. 17 at the Fall Fair Hall.  The theme for this year is Make It – Bake It – Grow It.  Groups will have the chance to sell items which they have recently made, baked or grown.  If you would like to rent a table please call Audrey at 250-672-9217.

The Barriere Curling Club is also hosting a Spooktacular Bingo on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Legion Hall.  Don’t be afraid to come out and see what is in store for you… just before Halloween.