Christmas Time in Wingham

Christmas season is officially on in Wingham with the annual Lighting of the Lights at Cruickshank Park on Nov. 17.

Several people were on hand for the 6:30 lighting sponsored by the Wingham BIA. The BIA would like to thank North Huron Public Works, the Wingham Firefighters and the United Church choir for their assistance and participation. The choir leads the gathering in singing Christmas carols. Also a thank you to Dave Wallace for the sound system and special thanks to Tharon Riley as the lead on this event for several years now, along with some volunteer assistance. After a welcome from the BIA chairperson, Wilma Hiemstra said a few words about the reason for the season before the carolling began.

Remax Realty was onhand serving hot chocolate and cookies to the crowd. Someone referred to the event as a “Hallmark moment”.

Merry Christmas everyone. And don’t forget to shop Wingham!!

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Community Cash (BIA Bucks) on Sale

The Wingham BIA Board has approved a sale on Wingham BIA Community Cash, commonly referred to as BIA Bucks.  There is a 5% discount on the purchase of BIA Bucks through November to December 24..

Great for Christmas bonuses to employees. Great for stocking stuffers.
The benefit to the community in that the BIA Cash gets spent in Wingham.
Purchase BIA Bucks at Libro Credit Union in Wingham. Sales is on now.

The following conditions apply to this sale:

  1. The sale only applies to purchases of full booklets.
  2. A booklet valued at $200 can be purchased for $190.
  3. Coupons are in a mix of $10 and $20 denominations.
  4. The purchase must be made between Nov 1st to Dec 24th, 2023.
  5. The maximum amount that can be purchased under the sale is:
    1. $4000 per business
    2. $600 per individual
  6. There is a limit on the amount being sold and when that limit is reached, the sale ends.

BIA Bucks should be redeemable at all Wingham businesses except for chains like McDonalds, Tims, Pioneer etc. Business owner takes coupons to Libro for full reimbursement.

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New Benches Have Arrived

The purchase of new benches for Josephine Street was approved at the BIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in March with $30,000 being allocated for the benches in the 2023 budget. These benches will be placed where the existing benches are located.

A subcommittee researched and put out RFQ’s (request for quotes) to various Canadian suppliers. Classic Displays in Mississauga was selected by the Wingham BIA board to supply the new benches. The actual cost for the benches came in at $20,000 + HST.

The new benches have a slightly higher seat height and an extra arm at the 1/3 – 2/3 split to make it easier for anyone to sit down and get up from the benches.

The North Huron Works Dept will be installing the new benches in the spring of 2024. We look forward to these beautiful new maintenance free benches replacing the old ones!

The old benches will be refurbished and then installed along the Wingham Community Trail, replacing benches that are deteriorated, and/or providing additional benches along the trail. The $30,000 that was budgeted for the new benches included an allocation of $5,000 for refurbishing the old benches.

The BIA Board

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