A full house was on hand at the historic Fort Langley Community Hall for the AGM on April 28th. We said goodbye to three directors who are leaving after many years of dedicated volunteer service: Ellen Worrell, Kay McComish and Sharon Johnson. President Fred Pepin described them as, “outstanding community volunteers”, thanking them for their time, knowledge and friendship. We also welcomed three new directors to the board: Margo Harrison, Tom Hammel and Jim Foulkes.
Faces of the 2017 AGM — some of whom are retiring from the LHS Board of Directors. Kay McComish wasn’t able to attend, but we thank her too!
The LHS membership adopted updated bylaws, received a quick tour of the new LHS website, and local historian Warren Sommer took us inside his recently released book, Canucks in Khaki. There was also a special Tribute Table to honour the late Bays Blackhall, a proud CN Station “Railroader” and contributor to countless community organizations. R.I.P.
One day after the W.A. Wilson Memorial Tree was re-dedicated by the Langley Heritage Society and Township of Langley, someone used a tractor to knock the tree down. Two new signs marking 96th Avenue (Brenda Alberts Way) were also wrecked, and tractor tires gouged the boulevard. By Tuesday afternoon the crushed sapling had been cut and removed by TOL crews and a new sapling was planted on Wednesday morning. Signage has also reappeared. Thank you to the Township for their speedy work. More details on the ongoing RCMP investigation HERE.
Bays Blackhall was a dedicated volunteer with the Langley Heritage Society for 37 years and served with countless community organizations. She was often found regaling visitors at the Fort Langley CN Station that she helped save, scooping cranberries for visitors to the annual Cranberry Festival or publicly campaigning for Langley’s heritage and the arts. Bays recently passed away at age 86. A gathering will be held on April 30th ( 2 – 4 pm) at the Fort Langley Community Hall, where she spent 45 years as a volunteer. Her contributions to community are immeasurable; she will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.
Bays Blackhall. Always digging in.
Some of the community groups she helped (by no means a complete list):
Founding member of the GVRD Parks Committee
Fort Langley Community Enhancement Committee
The Friends of the Fort, Fort Langley National Historic Site
The Fort Langley Legacy Foundation, Douglas Day
Langley Heritage Society
Derby Reach Parks Association
Fort Langley Community Improvement Society
Langley Centennial Museum
Langley Community Music School
Langley Pony Club
Fraser Valley Eco-Museum
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Fort Festival and Summer Strings
Langley Arts Council
Vancouver Public Aquarium
Canadian Arthritis Society
Vancouver Speech and Hearing Society
Horse jumping judge at 1976 Olympics
Fort Langley Summer Fair & Grande Prix
GVRD Landfill Project […]
The broad leaf maple that stood at the corner of 96th Ave (Brenda Alberts Way) and Glover Road for almost 100 years was recently cut down because of disease. It commemorated the sacrifice of William Arthur Wilson, killed in action at Passchendaele in 1917. Now a new sugar maple sapling has been planted and re-dedicated by the Township of Langley and Langley Heritage Society.
Langley Heritage Society president Fred Pepin, historian Warren Sommer and piper Colin Barrett helped with the re-dedication on April 23rd, along with Township Mayor Froese and councillors. LHS board member Tom Annndale is also pictured at the shovel ceremony. New sugar maple saplings have also recently been planted to honour Alfred William Trattle and Jesse Wright who were also killed in action during the Great War. The Arthur Thomas Johnston Commemorative Tree still stands at the original site of the Milner Methodist Church at the corner of 216 Street and Glover Road. Community Arbour Day continued at Hudson Bay Park where saplings were planted in memory of Nadia Cooper, Brenda Alberts and Donna Passmore.
Given a chance, kids love to discover and share their knowledge of heritage. The second annual Langley Heritage Fair was held April 21st at the Fort Langley Community Hall, sponsored by Langley Heritage Society, Langley Centennial Museum and School District #35. About 300 students created projects with broad themes about Canada’s heritage — immigration stories, sports heroes, profiles of family members who served with Canada’s military and women getting the vote. The winners will now advance to regional and provincial competitions. More photos in slide show at bottom of page.
Congratulations to the winners:
Ocean Vinaev (Richard Bulpitt)
Most original topic: Pull factors that bring people to Canada
Presenter – Hilary Ruffini
Frances Portento (Dorothy Peacock)
LHS Award for Best Presentation: Derby Reach
Presenter – Fred Pepin
Makayla Groves (Langley Meadows)
Curator’s Choice Award: Katzie First Nation
Presenter – Kobi Christian
Jacob Edwards (Dorothy Peacock)
Docent Award: A Teacher’s Story
Presenter – Melissa Clark
Liam Brennen (James Kennedy)
Artistic Achievement: Inukshuk
Presenter – Angie Quaale
Serena Choo (Richard Bulpitt)
Educator’s Award: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Presenter – Lindsay Pollock
Sacrifice and Sorrow: Langley and the Great War of 1914 – 1918. For full details: Langley Centennial Museum
A commemorative banner of Sergeant Alexander Eugene Ross hangs outside the Langley Centennial Museum. He was killed in action, January 1918. Part of a Langley Remembers series for the Sacrifice and Sorrow exhibition.