Vavenby News: Firefighters host Christmas dinner

Vavenby Volunteer firefighters ( VVFF ) held their Christmas dinner at the fire hall on Saturday, Dec. 8

Blackpool fire chief Garry Ruston (l) and his wife Sharon enjoy taking part in Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department's annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 8.

The Vavenby Volunteer firefighters ( VVFF ) held their Christmas dinner at the fire hall on Saturday, Dec. 8. The delicious turkey dinner with three different pies to choose from for dessert was attended by approximately 28 people.

After dinner fire chief Sean Dawson first thanked the cooks Barb Pennell and Jaimie Greene and then handed out a couple of special awards. Larry Reiter received one for best attendance and Jaimie Greene for firefighter of the year. Dawson was presented with a fire chief appreciation gift. All of the firefighters received gifts of recognition. The firefighters and members of the board were given lawn chairs as well.

A game followed. A name was pulled out of a hat. That person chose a wrapped gift from under the Christmas tree and opened it. The next person chose a gift and then, before opening it, had to decide if he/she would keep it or “steal” someone else’s. The game continued in this fashion until everybody had two gifts. It was a lot of fun with shouts of laughter and moans and groans from everyone.

Youth group visits Kamloops

The Clearwater/Vavenby inter-church youth group Y2C went to Kamloops on Dec. 8 to do Christmas shopping. The 30 – 40 teens and adults left Clearwater at 10:30 a.m. on the Clearwater Baptist bus and returned home at 11:30 p.m.

The first stop was Aberdeen Mall where they shopped for six hours. After three hours, however, some did leave to go to the theatre to watch the movie Playing For Keeps.

Y2C ended the day by going swimming at the Canada Games Pool. Everybody had a good time. One teen said it was an awesome trip.

Christmas in the Village

The Vavenby Christian Church held its annual Christmas in the Village to an overflowing church on Sunday, Dec. 9, with people from Little Fort to Avola present.

It started with the singing of favourite Christmas carols. For the song Silent Night Marie Visser, affectionately known by all as Oma, and her daughter Mary Vollans sang the first verse in Dutch. When everybody sang Go Tell It On the Mountain Ron McRobert played an instrument called a strum stick. Valerie Gerber read a story called The Man Who Missed Christmas. He was a Scrooge-type person in personality and he accidentally locked himself in the vault of the bank where he worked. No one missed him on Christmas day. It made him realize he needed to change his life.

After the story was a comical play put on by Vienna, Seth, and Isaac Moilliet, Arial and Jessica Greene, Samantha Stein, and Debra Mundy. A video was shown next to show how people have changed the actual events of the first Christmas.

The video was followed by preacher Ian Moilliet’s sermon and then a delicious luncheon was enjoyed by all. There were nine tables set up to seat the approximately 60 people present.

Stein and Woodman wed

The VCC was filled again on Wednesday, Dec. 12 with approximately 40 people who came to witness the wedding of Lorraine Stein and Mickel Woodman. Stein’s daughter Samantha was maid of honour, niece Mercedes Flegel was the flower girl, nephew Dayton Flegel was the ring bearer, and Seth Moilliet was best man. Woodman played the guitar and sang the song My Heart To You as Lorraine walked down the aisle on the arm of her father-in-law William Woodman. After the ceremony was the potluck dinner. A whole room was needed for the desserts alone. It was a beautiful wedding and to add to it William Woodman gave a speech welcoming Lorraine into his family.

System causes water problems

The town of Vavenby has had problems with its water system this past week. One day a lot of residents had very low water pressure and Alligham’s Trailer Park had no water at all. It was all due to a malfunction in the system.

The water monitoring system failed which meant that the water pumping had to be manually maintained.


The town was put back on a temporary boil order due to the low levels at the reservoir which caused high turbidity. A technician from Vernon was brought out to work on the system and it is now operating satisfactorily. The boil order is no longer in effect.



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