News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club

By Barbara Bailey

Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Club is offering a free seminar on Life Styles on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Everyone in the Community is welcome to attend this seminar that will give us valuable information on how to choose a place to live, when we decide to finally sell the house. It is nice to know that we have local people who have the expertise to assist us in these complex decisions. Refreshments will be served, so grab a friend and come out in the afternoon.

Zumba classes are ongoing on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., so grab your enthusiasm and come out and enjoy a session of dance exercise. We have some younger women participating in these sessions. All activities are in full gear at the Seniors Centre and I think we have an activity for everyone. Bridge, Bingo, Bid Euchre, Fitness three times a week, Swedish Weaving, Yoga, Tole Painting, Quilting, Exercise Room, regular Euchre and Line Dancing, Water Media.

The tickets for the Christmas Dinner/Dance are on sale in the office from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the date for this years Christmas bash is Dec. 14.

History of the Poppy: The significance of the Poppy can be traced back to the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. Records from that time indicate how thick Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. Fields that had been barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. During the tremendous bombardments of the war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing the, “popaver rhoeas” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear.

The person who first introduced the Poppy to Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Guelph, Ont., a Canadian Medical officer during the First World War. He penned, “In Flanders Fields” on a scrap of paper in May, 1915, on the day following the death of a fellow soldier. McCrae’s poem was published in Punch Magazine in December of that same year, and the poem serves as inspiration to all of us to wear a Poppy.

Thanks to everyone who wears the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red flower has never died, and the memories of those who fell in battle remains strong.

Let us support our Community by volunteering and shopping in our own towns and supporting our local businesses.

Wear a Poppy and I will see you at the Club!