Local upcoming events

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Archaeology is happening all around us, everyday!

The new feature exhibit at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology explores how and why archaeology is done in the province of Ontario through artifacts, maps, tools, and interactive displays.

Visitors will learn about how archaeological sites are discovered and excavated, and what happens to artifact collections once they are recovered.

Please join us for the exhibit opening here at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology on Thursday, February 13th at 7:00 pm

Brescia University College

Brescia University College will host Tampon Tuesday in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart, Virgin Radio, CTV and the London Food Bank

At the first Tampon Tuesday event in 2020 on Tuesday, February 18, Brescia will host a special Tampon Tuesday saluting Women in Agriculture! Our guest speakers on February 18th will be:

  • Laura Bowers, Producer & Industry Relations, Burnbrae Farms
  • Lisa McLeod- Owner, McLeod Water Wells
  • Sally Van Straaten- Owner, RJ Grain Elevators
  • Rick Van Laeckie- CEO & President of Horizon Seeds
  • Cara Finn-Executive Director of Middlesex Economic Development
  • Morgan McTavish- Agri-Food Manager, Western Fair District
  • Brescia’s Vice Principal & Academic Dean, Dr. Lauretta Frederking

Admission: 1 box of menstrual products
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Brescia University College, Academic Pavilion main floor

Medway Creek Open House

You are invited to join our staff and the Friends of Medway Creek on Tuesday, February 25 as we explore all the amazing projects that have gone into helping Medway Creek improve on water quality and forest conditions.

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Medway High School, 14405 Medway Road, Arva

The purpose of this Open House is to update the community on what has been going on and gain feedback from you on other types of projects you feel are needed to help our local environment.

We have speakers lined up to present on topics such as interesting wildlife in the area, tree planting efforts, how we’re using innovative approaches to removing phosphorus and learn how you can get involved.

There is still so much to do! This Open House has been designed for both urban and rural residents so whether you are a politician, farmer, landowner, city resident – there is something to learn and be a part of for everyone!

Please see the flyer for details. Feel free to pass this along to others that have an interest in Medway Creek.

Brescia University College celebrates International Women’s Day

Please join us for the annual Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture with Maude Barlow, Brescia’s 3rd Chancellor

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Brescia St. James Building Auditorium

A Canadian author, activist and well-respected leader, Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates and numerous awards recognizing her commitment to social justice and environmental activism. Maude is the Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, supporting the human right to access clean water. Brescia welcomes its neighbourhood friends to join us for a memorable evening; admission is free.

Neighbourhood News and June Events

Busy day across campus may cause delays – Tuesday, June 4

Western officials are urging the campus community to use a bit of caution – and maybe some alternative routes – as a busy Tuesday, June 4, nears.

From 6-10 a.m., University Drive Bridge, along with the intersection of Perth, Middlesex and Lambton Drives, will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic.

The east side of the bridge will be closed west of the entrance to the Medway parking lot. The bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

With more than 4,000 people expected to attend an event, the Medway, Talbot, Middlesex and Visual Arts parking lots will be reserved for event participants until 10 a.m.

London Transit buses will be re-routed in the morning.

Starting at 8 a.m., TD Waterhouse Stadium will host the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) Elementary Track & Field Meet. Hundreds of local athletes, family members and fans will descend on the south side of campus for the annual event.

Huron Flats and South Valley parking lots will be used for this event, but will remain open to the campus community.

Orchard Park P.S. Fun Fair

The annual Orchard Park Fun Fair will take place on Thursday, June 6th starting at 5:30 pm with a BBQ. The event is rain or shine.

Councillor Squire’s Community Meeting – Wed, June 19

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19th starting at 7 pm at King’s College in the Vitali Lounge. Councillor Squire is asking you to RSVP at psquire@london.ca or call 519-661-5095. Topics will include transit and community safety. Representatives from London Transit and the Police Community Oriented Response Unit will attend.

Reminder: Annual BBQ and AGM, Thurs, May 23

As a reminder, the Ratepayers annual BBQ will be this Thursday, May 23rd, at Orchard Park Public School starting at 6 pm, followed by our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7:30.

If you can help with clean up and take down right before the AGM, it would be appreciated. Just drop by the grill and let the cooks know you are available.

Anyone interested in serving on the Executive should contact Sandy Levin. We are also looking for someone to take minutes of the meeting. Let us know if you are interested – paper and pen provided!

The AGM will include speakers from the City’s Age Friendly Initiative, Salthaven, our City Hall report from Councillor Squire, and an update on the park and housing development at the former Sherwood Forest School site.

Mid-February Neighbourhood News

Sherwood Forest Park

The meeting to discuss options for the new park amenities has been rescheduled to April 3 at 6:30 pm at Orchard Park P.S. You should be receiving a letter inviting you to the meeting and where to provide comments if you cannot attend.

London Transit Open House

The LTC will be removing the bus service from Lawson and Wychwood. It still hasn’t made a decision on the re-routing of the service thru Whitehills and down Wonderland to Sarnia. There will be a public consulation on Tuesday, Feb 19th, at the Central Library Stevenson Hunt Room from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Community Meeting on Unsanctioned and Unsafe Street Parties

All public agencies in the City of London involved in public safety, health care, education, and student life are very concerned about the unintended consequences of unsanctioned street parties which have occurred in near campus neighbourhoods. As a result of the most recent event on Broughdale Avenue in September 2018, a task force has been working on a variety of policy matters related to legislation, by-laws and internal policies. This group includes representatives from the City, London Police Service, Western University Administration, and Student Union who specialize in policy matters, and on-campus student programming. If any changes to City By-laws are proposed, Civic Administration will present them to the Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) by April 2019.

In an effort to engage the public in the discussion about solutions, a community meeting will be held:

Date: February 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sir Frederick Banting High School

Family Day at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Monday, February 18. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Activities free with museum admission.

  • Try hand drumming and share traditional stories with Mi’kmaq storyteller Nina Antoine-Ogilvie;
  • Explore musical history with a visit to Lend an Ear to the Past: An Archaeology of Sound in the feature gallery;
  • Build your own musical instrument.

Engaging with the City Workshop

Take charge of your city. Learn how to navigate City Hall, and participate in council and committee processes.There will be a workshop on March 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at London Public Library, Crouch Branch, 550 Hamilton Road. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighbourgood-workshop-engaging-with-the-city-tickets-53692105533

Neighborhood News


Thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ. We had great weather and hope all of you had a good time meeting neighbours and enjoying the sunshine. Welcome to all the new members and thanks too for those of you who renewed your membership, including some who renewed again after a hiatus. Memberships can still be sent Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers, c/o 65 Rollingwood Circle, N6G 1R1. The cost is only $10 for the year per household.

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