Beeton to celebrate its heritage: Aug. 20

August 15, 2017   ·   0 Comments

Sunday August 20th is going to be a great day of celebration in Beeton.
The highlight of the day will be the Heritage Celebration in the community centre at 1:30 p.m. Jim Rutherford, John Gould, Wayne Carleton, Warren Holmes and Larry Gould will each receive the Jim Milligan Memorial Award for contributions to the village. In the 150 years of Canada, and the 100 years of NHL there are very few small towns in Canada – and even less so in Ontario who can lay claim to having had five NHL players.
Adding to an already exciting line up of guests at the celebration in the community centre at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday August the 20th is John Boyce who was named an American Athlete of the year in the mid 1960s.
Front Porch Harmony will be sharing their musical gifts at the heritage church service at 10 a.m. in the park. This talented group of ladies from the Tottenham–Schomberg area, led by Helen Mabee are well known for their beautiful harmony.
Life 100.3 Christian Radio’s announcer Cody Marshall will also be present at the service.
In 1952, the senior hockey team from Beeton won the village’s first Ontario championship. The excitement of this achievement will be relived for this team and their families as each player will be honoured. The great majority of these players will either personally be there, or will have family members present. Players from the 1954 Junior D Ontario championship team and the 1956 Senior OHA Ontario championship will also be honoured.
In the 1960s Beeton’s only true dynasty was a group of young boys who became men while winning seven Ontario Baseball championships as bantams, midgets, juveniles and juniors. The manager of these teams was John Rutherford. The coach was Bruce Gould. Both of these men will be honoured as they are inducted into the Beeton Sports Wall of Fame.
Meanwhile, the annual “Meet Your Neighbour” picnic will be happening in the Beeton Park. The park is a great setting of the heritage of Beeton with the gates commemorating the village and area’s contributions to Canada’s war efforts.
Inside the gates are displays honouring D.A. Jones, Kate Aitken and the founder of the picnic Jim Heath. There is also the heritage of the Kate Aitken’s Agricultural Hall built in the early 1890s.
The grounds are the home of the annual Beeton Fall Fair celebrating its 161st birthday in mid-September. The lawn bowling greens, the tennis courts, and the ball diamonds all are a significant part of the village’s great sports history.
The day in the park will begin with a great out door church service beginning at 10 a.m.
Those who are attending the service are reminded to bring their chairs.
For further information please contact Ron Pegg at 519 924-3538 or e-mail or Pat Cranston at 705 436-1347.

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