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ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – A Company of Fools presents a Torchlight Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet in Longleaf Park at 7 p.m. Pay what you can.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R. J. Kennedy Community Centre 1115 Dunning Road in Cumberlans Village. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market features a variety of localy produced vegetables, seasonal fruits and specialty foods.

THE NAVAN FAIR will take place from Thursday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 13. Highlights the Demolition Derby. livestock shows, and Canadian rockers Honeymoon Suite who will be performing on Aug. 11. Visit


Bearbrook church gets its clang back
By Fred Sherwin
May 31, 2019

Four members of Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook lift a new bell into place in the church’s belfry. The bell was donated to replace the church’s original bell which was stolen last May. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
For the past year, the parishioners at Trinity Anglican Church in Bearbrook have been called to prayer by a small temporary bell. The small bell was put into use after the church’s large brass bell was removed by thieves in the middle of the night last May 21.

The 150-pound bell had been in use for 93 years before it was stolen. Church warden Marilyn Lowe says losing the bell was like losing the church’s soul.

“It left an empty feeling – as if something wasn’t right,” says Lowe.

The church had been searching for a replacement bell for months before the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Chesterville finally answered their prayers with a 250-pound brass bell which is nearly twice the size of the old one.

“It means everything to have it back because it’s always been there since 1925 and the service didn’t start until they rung that bell,” says Lowe.

Other the years, the bell was rung for countless weddings, baptisms and even funerals over the generations.

It took a crane donated by Vars Concrete and plenty of elbow grease to install the new bell. The job was left to four church members who had to build a new base for the bell’s cradle before lifting it into place and attaching the clanger.

The bell will be used for the first time before the church’s annual Memorial Service on Father’s Day.

Unfortunately, the man whose job it was to ring the bell for more than three decades won’t be there to hear the new bell. Francis Coburn passed away on May 1 at the age of 97. Instead, his widow Bertha will likely be invited to take part in the ceremony.

In order to protect the bell from suffering the same fate as its predecessor, the church plans to build a cage inside the bell tower to keep would-be thieves at bay.

The old bell disappeared without a trace and was likely sold as scrap metal. Trinity Church is part of the Bearbrook, Navan and Blackburn parish which includes St. Mary the Virgin Church in Blackburn, and St. Mary’s Church in Navan.

The first Trinity Church is thought to have been built in the late 1850s. The original building was a simple wooden structure that also served families from the nearby communities of Vars and Canaan. The first service in the present building, a baptism, took place on Jan. 13, 1900.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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