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screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-10-00-pmIt is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Douglas Stewart Gillespie of Clyde River. Doug was an active community member, having served as councillor for 8 years and then Chair of the Clyde River Community Council for the past 11 years. He was very proud of Clyde River and all the great things that had been achieved over the years. And he was also proud that we had a website to broadcast all the good news to our larger online community, including his Gillespie cousins.

Clyde River was his home place and he spent his early days at Clyde River School. He grew up on the Bannockburn Road, nearby his current home that he and Thelma built after they returned from New Brunswick and where they raised their three children Ryan, Amanda and Mark.

Doug was a Clyde River booster. He helped found and promote (and peel apples) at the annual Apple Pie Festival. He made a point of having Council recognize and celebrate achievements of community residents by presenting plaques, sending cards and adding news to the website. He led the campaign to have Emily Bryant awarded an Order of Prince Edward Island. He encouraged Council to support the production of the History and Stories of Clyde River book.

As Council Chair, he oversaw the formation of the Friends of Clyde River which is actively preserving and promoting Clyde River and Island history. On behalf of Council and the community, he made many contacts with government regarding issues such as road safety and turning lanes, signage, infrastructure proposals, emergency preparedness – all in the interest of keeping Clyde River the safe and attractive community it has always been.

Doug regularly attended Burnside Presbyterian Church where he was a member and had served as one of its trustees.

Doug was very proud of his family and his Gillespie heritage. He would always be ready to tell the story of the mineral that was discovered by his ancestor Frank Gillespie in 1922 in Alaska – story here. When Vivian Beer came across a poem that Frank had written about his PEI home, he sent it to his niece Patricia Murray who translated it to a song and performed it at a Concert in the Park held at Murchison Place Park. He was keen to celebrate his dear daughter Amanda’s accomplishment of receiving her Bachelor of Education, story here, and helped us connect with his wife Thelma when she took her adventure in the North, story here, and share his visit from Gillespie Cousins, story here.

On behalf of the community, we wish to offer our condolences to his family. We will continue to champion our community in his memory.

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Burnside Church Shed

Burnside Church Shed

Jane Von Bredow sent this photo of the Burnside Church shed. The picture was given to her by Bertie Hyde and she thinks it may have been from the 1930s. We welcome your comments offering any further clues from this photo and memories/stories passed down to you about the church shed.

Jane recalls her memories of the shed:

“I would dash through the shed quite often on hot, bright summer days en route to get something at the store or to get the mail, as it was a convenient shortcut from the Murchison Garden. When you entered, it was dark at first, coming from the bright sunshine and refreshingly cool. During the nesting season, the many barn swallows that nested there would be irate at the intrusion and would swoop down on me. I wasn’t really frightened by them but they were very persistent and I usually ended up hurrying to get away from them.” Jane Von Bredow

Jane also came across a clipping from The Guardian archives:

When at Clyde River corner one cannot fail to notice the well-equipped horse-shed the people worshipping in the Presbyterian Church have erected to shelter the horses used in conveying them to the house of God. Worship within the sanctuary can be better enjoyed when one knows the dumb animals, man’s good friends, are being sheltered from the wind and storm. Last winter the heavy snowfall and storms wrecked the old shed causing it to break under the weight of snow which engulfed it. The progressive spirit of the people of this place has been shown in erecting a new one, which is larger and better built than the old one. There is a higher pitch to the roof so if we had a repetition of last winter’s storms, the snow could not lodge on the roof and cause damage to the building. Its dimensions are about one hundred and twenty feet by thirty with a good driveway through the building. (The Guardian, March 3, 1924)

Thanks, Jane, for finding this nugget of history. The photo also gives us a glimpse of the Clyde River Road.

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Central Parish Presbyterian Churches will once again be hosting a fundraising lunch at the Riverview Community Centre in Clyde River on Sunday, November 10th, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The meal will include chilli, biscuits, cake and ice cream along with tea, coffee and milk. This is the same home style meal that they serve at the soup kitchen. Peanut butter and jam with biscuits is available as an alternative.

Invite your family, friends and neighbours and show your support for this great cause. Admission by donation. Proceeds will go to the Soup Kitchen Ministry.

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The Burnside Women’s Morning Out Group will be holding an indoor “New to You” Yard Sale on Saturday, October 5th, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Clyde River’s Riverview Community Centre.  Some of the proceeds will be going to Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Riverview Community Centre. The event will happen rain or shine.

For more information about the sale, please contact Millie Kikkert at 675-3061.

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Park Painting

Painting by Millie Kikkert

Local artist Millie Kikkert is selling tickets on her painting of Murchison Place Park. The proceeds will be split evenly between Burnside Presbyterian Church and the Clyde River Community Centre.

Tickets are $2 each and the draw will be October 19th, 2013. To purchase a ticket/tickets, please contact Millie at 675-3061.

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Clyde River Presbyterian Church offered a takeout dinner today further to pre-selling over 300 dinners along with a few extras today. When I dropped by to pick up my dinner, I saw Alex Dixon handing stacks of packaged dinners to a stream of customers from the back of a refrigerated trailer donated by Lowther’s Refrigeration parked at the side of the church. Inside in the entry, Betty Watts and Fred Kikkert were in charge of collecting tickets.

Three options were offered including lobster, black forest ham, and a children’s meal of chicken fajitas and nacho chips. A dessert was included with all dinners.

Kent MacPhee told me that a great group of volunteers decided to take this on for the first time this year. He and Donalda Docherty were in charge of ticket sales and others were great to promote the dinner as well. Volunteers were busy preparing the dinners over the past days in the church kitchen, led by Thelma Gillespie.

My meal included lobster out of the shell, potato salad, coleslaw, jellied salad, bread roll and dessert. Kent said that all the fixin’s were made from scratch. I noticed a nice extra touch where they included a tea bag and a mint.

There was also a little message included with the dinner that offered a thank you and a notice where they plan to repeat this event again next year on June 14th, so mark your calendars. The meal was so delicious that I am sure they will have great success next year. Money raised goes to the operations of the church.

Congratulations to all for a great team effort. Everything was so well presented and organized, and the food was great!

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Central Parish Soup Kitchen Ministry offers a heartfelt “Thank You” to the approximately 100 people who came out today to support their ongoing work. Just over $500 in donations were received which shows what a caring and active community we have in and around Clyde River.

They had some chili left over as well as some biscuits and cake. When they were cleaning up, a Dunedin family dropped by to ask if they could purchase some leftovers, so they went home with a full meal.

Coordinator of the Soup Kitchen Ministry Kerrilee York said, “We had many great volunteers who made the event possible, including those who worked at the event and those who baked, and some did both! These volunteers see what needs to be done without asking and go to work.”

If any of you who did not have a chance to attend would like to support this important work, please contact Kerrilee York at kerrileeyork@gmail.com.

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