Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Celebrations

Holy Spirit Anglican Church invites you to join in these Christmas celebrations:

  • Sunday, December 19 - 10 am - Christmas pageant - a fun presentation of the Christmas story. 
  • Saturday, December 24 - 7 pm - Christmas Eve service followed by festive refreshments in the hall.
  • Sunday, December 25 - 10 am - Christmas Day service.

All are welcome (and we really mean that).
The church is at 27123 River Road, the brown church on the left as you go uphill on 272nd.
Lots of parking behind the church.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Weightlifting at the Whonnock Post Office

Come and get your parcels please? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Congratulation Whonnock Weavers and Spinners

This year’s Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild’s annual open house exhibit and sale was as usual a roaring success. It seems that every year there are more people attending, looking at all that beautiful craftwork. One runs into old friends every year and standing in line to pay offers a great opportunity to socialize. Since many years we go here “just to look,” and we never leave  empty-handed. Congratulations to all who tirelessly volunteered and produced. After 36 years the event is still as fresh as it was right in the beginning. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The 11th hour

Guided by Tom Brent and Phil Johnson, about a hundred of us gathered at Whonnock Lake Centre and remembered those who gave their lives for our country and others who died in war.
Whonnock Elementary students Allora Martin, Anjali Rutledge and James Launder recited their own poems.   
A simple ceremony without politicians and fanfare – much appreciated by all.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Strange happenings

Betty at the pumpkin roll
Suggested reading: Mike Lascelle’s article, “A conspiracy of orange” in The News of November 4 (page 20)  about the “strange things happing of late” in your neighbourhood. Click here for for a digital version of the article. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Starting with the fall 2016 issue the guides of what is called now the Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture will be available for download on this blog.  
Under the item Local Links in the right-hand column click on 
"Arts & Recreation Guide." 

Information about Whonnock and Ruskin leisure programs NOT coordinated by Parks, Recreation &Culture are listed in the right-hand column as well.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumkineers in action for the 7th year!

On October 25th the Thornhill pumpkineers  celebrated their 7th fun fall event with the traditional pumpkin roll followed by a glorious potluck dinner in the evening. Here they are ready at the start line. It went all downhill from this point onward. Thanks to Betty and Klaus and all the volunteers. Photo by Mike Lascelle who was the official photographer. Click on picture to enlarge. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

In memory of Bruce and Reta Hughson

The Whonnock Foundation gratefully acknowledges a donation of $5,000 by the daughters of Reta and Bruce Hughson in honour of their parents.  
Bruce and Reta Hughson made Whonnock their home from 1945 to 1992. Bruce died in 1997 and Reta on August 31st, 2016.   
They loved their 10 acre property on the corner of 272nd and 104th Avenue and raised their three daughters there. 
Later in life they moved into Maple Ridge and then Reta to residential care in Vancouver but they always called Whonnock home - it held such a special place in their hearts.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New Whonnock Notes

Two new Whonnock Notes will be available at Sue's starting some time next week. They are sold at practically the printing cost.

No. 22 – "In Memory of Those Who Fell" is about the 10 men whose names are remembered on the 1921 plaque now at Whonnock Lake Centre. Picture above. Join us there on 11 November at 10:30 am .

No. 23 – "Letters From Mahonia Ranche 1888–1895." The Kirby siblings only moved to Whonnock in 1911. The letters tell us about the pleasures and hardship of pioneer life in South Langley.

Click on the titles to open and download free digital versions of these Whonnock Notes!
Go here to find digital versions of all Whonnock Notes published since 1996.

Open house ! Don't miss it.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall issue of Whonnock News is here!

Last week the Whonnock Community Association mailed more than a thousand copies of Whonnock News to residents of East Maple Ridge.

Click here to read or download a digital version of the newsletter!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Congratulations Brian Malfesi and RCKC team!

"Brian Malfesi brought home top honours in the national kayaking competitions in Nova Scotia this week.
Malfesi and five other kayakers from the Ridge Canoe Kayak Club travelled to Dartmouth, N.S. for the Canadian championships this past weekend, and according to communications officer and proud father Mike Malfesi, the team had a “good showing.” Click here to read the article in MR&PM Times

hello body. love the way you feel

A mother and daughter team -- Val and Amy are starting up yoga and dance classes in Whonnock at the North Fraser Event Centre at 272nd Street and 100th Avenue. 
Click here for their Web site were the classes and schedule are listed and where you can read what it is all about: wellness, body positivity, and building connections with the people around us.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Imagine -- there is no water!

Become part of a formal request that Tantalus Labs’ commercial water licence be either declined or made restrictive in such a way that it will have no negative impact on neighbouring wells. 
Their application is putting our communities at a too great of a risk for our water supply.

Click here to read more! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thornhill did it again!

Today the Thornhill people and their friends competed enthusiastically in a relay pumpkin race on Whonnock Lake. The Atlantic team was declared the winner although they used some unconventional techniques. A rich potluck lunch followed the hilarious event.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Visit of Bishop to the Anglican Church in Whonnock

Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Whonnock was filled for the visit of the Right Reverend Melissa Skelton, Bishop of New Westminster on June 19.  Click here for photos.
Bishop Skelton conducted worship, chatted over lunch with parishioners, conducted a Q&A session, and led parish members through a review of goals, resources and needs. 
The beautiful and historic church is one of only a handful of country churches among the 58  parishes of the Anglican Diocese which stretches from the Sunshine Coast to Hope. 
Bishop Melissa was a corporate executive before being called to the ministry, serving in parishes in the US (most recently in Seattle) before being elected Bishop just over two years ago to oversee the congregations in this Diocese. 
In recognition of Aboriginal Sunday, the parish presented her with artwork donated by local artist Bill Parry.  A sign for the Memorial Garden  was dedicated in honour of the late Bud Hjorleifson, long-time member of the parish.  Holy Spirit defines itself by its mission statement, "Open Minds, Inquiring Hearts, Diverse People on a Spiritual Journey".  
Our worship services are Sundays at 10 am. and all are welcome.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Ruskin Community Hall Association would like to invite all Ruskin Hall friends and neighbours to our annual Potluck Dinner and Silent Auction.

BIDDING / DOORS OPEN:   5:00 p.m.
DINNER:                                6:00 p.m.
BIDS CLOSE:                        6:45 p.m. sharp

At this time, the Association is looking for auction donations.  We are looking for items that are (near) new, or in good usable condition. Please call Dan Dohogne at 462-0316 to arrange for pick up or drop off no later than Saturday, June 4th.

Each year, a great time is had by all at this event.  It is only through your generous support at events such as these, that our venerable Community Hall continues its existence after more than 90 years.

We hope to see you there, and please, invite your friends and family to join us.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


The Whonnock Community Association held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 19th.  The meeting was chaired by Sandra Rossington (president) supported by Helmi Braches (secretary) left and Noreen Woods (treasurer) right.
Sandra and Helmi will stay on in their present positions this coming year. Noreen resigned having served the WCA for many years. Mary Blackstock will replace her as treasurer. Phil Johnson will continue as vice-president.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thornhill welcomes Mayor and Council

The evening at Thornhill Hall was a great success. It was a full house of enthusiastic citizens. Thanks to Betty and Klaus for organizing and the representatives of our local government for joining us for the event. Click here to see some pictures!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter everyone!

No unhappy faces at this year's Hunt!
Click here to look at the pictures,

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Whonnock News Spring issue is here!

Click here for the latest issue of Whonnock News.
Whonnock News is published twice a year with financial support of the Whonnock Foundation.

YES, the Whonnock Community Association has invited the Easter Bunny to do what he always does: make kids happy! Be at Whonnock Lake Centre on Sunday, March 27th. The hunt starts at 1:00 sharp rain or shine!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Congratulations !

Betty and Klaus proudly announce the birth of their new TAPS website that that they were able to launch with the help of RBC Blue Water Grant and the fantastic skills of web designer Pascal Bouchard. Click here to have a look at the site and let them know what you think of it: <>