“DECLINING MEMBERSHIP CANCELS ODD FELLOWS CLUB, HALL”
Aylmer – The Aylmer Odd Fellows Lodge #94, established in town in 1872, has disbanded and sold their hall on John St. North (just past the railway tracks) due to declining membership. According to President Randy Corey the building was purchased by Ruby’s Restaurant in August and the members, there are only 14, are joining the IOOF in Harrietsville this week. (Belmont also has an Odd Fellows group). The ‘sister’ organization, Rebekahs, ceased meeting a few years ago. The Aylmer Odd Fellows purchased their John St. ‘Temple’ in the mid-1960s after the major downtown fire in 1965 levelled their meeting room (above the present Mennonite Furniture Gallery). Aylmer Odd Fellows were active recently in Camp Trillium Cancer Camp, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and scholarships at EESS.
“FULL GOSPEL CHURCH NEARING COMPLETION”
Aylmer – Sometime soon this winter the Aylmer Full Gospel Church is hoping to have more room for an ‘over-Full Gospel’ congregation. The church, which began in the 1940s here when they purchased and renovated a house on Talbot St. East, is nearing completion on a new building just behind the present one. According to Pastor Peter Barbour the present membership is at 140 persons and the church is “crowded”; the new church will have room for 240. The church has also bought two adjacent properties in case of future expansion. Work on this project began in July 2008 and is under the supervision of Baribeau Construction of London, which also built the Springfield Baptist Church. The old church will be demolished for additional parking.
SCHOOLS BACK! REPORT= “Immanuel Also Hit By Declining Enrolment”
Aylmer – Immanuel Christian School, Caverly Road, is also, like the public education system, trying to weather the challenges of declining numbers. According to Principal Nancy Robinson, Immanuel’s enrolment of 88 students is the “lowest in years”; the drop had been gradual for several years but this year witnessed a sharp change from 114 students last year. As a result the school reduced staff by half a position – there are 10 teachers. About 80 % of Immanuel’s graduates will go to London Christian School. Unlike the public system, bussing changes were not an issue this fall as the school runs its own transportation system. And Immanuel busses still cover a fair distance bringing in students from Tillsonburg to Belmont to Yarmouth Centre to Port Bruce.
EESS SPORTS REPORT:
Friday Football Results =
Senior- EESS 19 Tillsonburg 9; Junior – EESS 41 Tillsonburg 12
Record: Sr. 2-1; Jr. 3-0
Next Games = Oct. 20 at College Ave., Woodstock