Members of the LBHS thought it would be of interest to our community to look back to the days when the first steps were taken for the building of the Village Hall some 40 years ago. Reading through the archival pages made us aware of the "Angst" amongst the pioneering villagers. As our village is on a similar path with the exciting and awesome new facility, we can learn from the past and know that "Change" is the only constant that happens.
We hope you enjoy this narrative from the Seagull, then put together by the village clerk and "The Mayor and Aldermen" of the day.
The word townhouses to most Lions Bay residents meant a ten-letter word in the late 60’s. According to Frank Smith, Lions Bay’s first superintendent, the site where the townhouses stand today was the works site for the Logging Company in the 1950’s. A shed 30 – 40 feet long stood on the property where equipment was stored and maintained.
A proposed gas station was next in line for Lions Bay’s future; but along came Johnny Funk, the builder of the townhouses. They were simply named. “The Cedars”. Ten strata townhouses were built close to Harvey Creek, the remaining property was supposed to be developed into a Japanese-style garden or a swimming pool. (pretty fancy idea) Soon the builder ran into financial difficulty and decided to put up ten more units.
I have just returned from Campbell River where the Federation held their 90th Anniversary Meeting on May 3-6, 2012.
The BC Historical Federation is the umbrella organization for over 300 members with 114 of them being Historical Societies.
Lions Bay Historical Society is a member.
Representatives of over 50 societies attended this year with all meetings being held in the outstanding Campbell River Museum.
During Thursday, workshops were offered on ‘How to Self Publish’ and ‘The Care and Maintenance of Photographs’, the latter being most necessary as so many photographs are lost due to lack of interest and inappropriate care.
Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website