Monthly Archives: August 2020

HERITAGE LIVES: Holy Trinity Church, A Long-Time Part Of The City’s Faith Community

Main entrance as seen from Division Street, 1905. (Supplied photo)

By Terry Hughes

Our postcard dated 1905 shows the “Church of England ” known today as Holy Trinity Anglican Church in its original form on Division Street, for which it abandoned its original location in the Irish Ward on Smith Street. This postcard image bears little resemblance to its present appearance.

/File photo

In 1912 a bell tower and new entrance were constructed. A beautiful window of the Holy Mother replaced the main entrance to the interior and provided a location for the baptismal font.

The interior of Holy Trinity gives off a warm and comfortable feeling. Colourful stained glass windows telling the Biblical story enhance the walls along with rich panelling throughout. The archway at the end of the nave as you approach the altar has some handsome carvings. Here, the choir benches and organ are located along with the pulpit and the place where the gospel is read.

The altar is enhanced by a beautifully carved image of the Last Supper and cross where the Eucharist is celebrated. A railing still exists at the place where people receive the host and wine.

And looking down on his place of worship, a magnificent image of Jesus Christ is seen.

While attending Holy Trinity, the clergy who ministered to the parish during that time reflected a variety of what the Anglican community refers to as high, middle and low church. Canon Davis was a fired-up and emotional speaker and you never fell asleep during his sermons. In contrast, Father Harold Bagnall was more ‘high’ church and offered a less radical approach to his ministry. Archdeacon Hill was somewhere in between. 

The service begins with a procession led by a person referred to as the crucifer carrying the cross followed by the choir and priest. Don Reilly often headed that procession as crucifer. Playing the organ was long-time choirmaster Harry Cawthorn who worked with the senior members and boys at eleven o’clock service while the girls  were involved at the ten o’clock service.  

The addition of the gymnasium in 1968 (parish hall building) expanded the services that the church offers to the community. In the present day, the monthly fish and chips dinner, served in that space, has become very popular with a huge following in the community.

Editor’s note: This should not be read as a complete history of Holy Trinity, whose storied presence here goes back to 1857. The original Holy Trinity on Smith Street was opened in 1859, and the move to the current site was made in 1878.

Next: Bonus column, Heading back to school after summer holidays in the ’40s.

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(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading. His opinion column, Heritage Lives, appears on the blog once or twice monthly.)

Chambers’ Corner Revisited

When Pierre arrived he stepped into a frenzied, pushing, emotional crowd, trying everything to get a hand on him, or an autograph, a picture and often even a firm kiss. In the days before motor-drive cameras I was lucky to capture this perfect kiss. Note, we can see just one camera held by a spectator, today there would be dozens. (Tribune photos by Bob Chambers)

By Bob Chambers

This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, will present some of his photographs from that era ……

This Chambers’ Corner is about the excitement concerning the campaign for Prime Minister by Pierre Trudeau in 1968.

It’s hard to believe it was 47 years ago. I decided to stay completely away from the fray during the current federal campaign, but now that the dust has settled here goes. The fever, this time, over Justin (Pierre’s eldest son), was bland compared to the “Trudeaumania” of the late spring and early summer of 1968. Yes it was practically the only word used by both Liberals and others, to describe the pandemonium that surrounded the man when he came to town.

Here are two of my pictures of the scene, taken just days before the June 25th election, at a rally for all Niagara area Liberal candidates at Fairview Mall in St Catharines.

Oh, and a quick quiz. Who is Canada’s youngest PM?

Imagine a politician of today having their face printed on girl’s mini-skirts. Well, here’s Don Tolmie, the well-liked Welland lawyer looking for his second term as an MP. I think the Trudeaumania girls were all from Welland.
We jump ahead two years to my favourite picture of Pierre Trudeau. I took it in 1970, also in St. Catharines, at the Third World Rowing Championships. Just a face in the crowd, but he exudes charm, warmth, confidence and class. And believe me I’ve never voted Liberal in my life.

AND… who is Canada’s youngest PM ?… 39-year-old Joe Clark, in 1979. OK, he turned 40 the next day, but still much younger than 44 year-old-Justin, or his 49 year-old-father.

Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970

Your comments are invited and appreciated by the photographer/author. Comments can be posted on the blog.

Editor’s note: Chambers’ Corner appeared on the blog a few years ago as a recurring feature, this submission in November, 2015. It is presented here unchanged. The series has been rebranded Chambers’ Corner Revisited and appeared at the request of readers. This is the last in the series. 

Armed Forces To Hold Training Exercise In The Rose City

WELLAND – The Canadian Armed Forces will be conducting a physical fitness training activity on Welland’s Recreation Corridor, near the Welland International Flatwater Centre, on Aug. 29, Sept. 13, and Sept. 19. 

Soldiers will participate in the training between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., while wearing full camouflage attire, carrying gear, and moving canoes. A military presence will be on-site during the exercises. 

For more information on the Welland Recreation Corridor’s amenities and future projects, visit For more information on the City of Welland, visit welland.

(Source: City of Welland public service announcement)

‘Made in Welland’ Website A Welcome Sign For Investors

WELLAND The City of Welland’s Economic Development Department launched a new, easy to navigate website today. The new Made in Welland website offers accessible, user-friendly information that includes economic resources, community assets, and offers tools that entrepreneurs need to start and grow a business. Prospective developers and investors can also access pertinent information—such as lucrative incentive grants and valuable community assets—including academic and industry partnerships in Niagara.

The new Made in Welland website is an invitation for potential investors across the globe to discover why Welland has become a manufacturing leader in Ontario. With quick accessible tools on Made in Welland’s homepage, prospective investors now have information at their fingertips on Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing, Business Services, and Sport Tourism.

“A website should make a good impression with quality information because it’s where potential investors or prospects will start their relationship within a community,” said Dan Degazio, General Manager, Economic Development, Recreation and Culture. “The new website was created in house, which makes it easier to update with timely information that investors want and need.”

The new Made in Welland website is a reflection of Welland’s growing manufacturing industry. For more information on the city’s economic development profile and how to build a successful business in an industry leader city, visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

City Re-opens Facilities, Expands Rec And Culture Services

Good news for market-goers effective this Saturday. Details below. /File photo Joe Barkovich

WELLAND The City of Welland is re-opening more facilities and expanding services that keep people active, social, and connected to their city. The following facilities will offer modified or expanded services:

Welland Farmers’ Market

  • Will expand to include both buildings, and outside vendors on Aug. 29, 2020
  • Farmers’ Market hours will remain 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings
  • Patrons are reminded to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings

Welland Community Wellness Complex (WCWC)

  • Will open on Aug. 31, 2020, for modified programs and services
  • A new online version of the Wellness Guide will launch Aug. 28, with online registration beginning on Sept. 3
  • The city’s program roster will grow in 2021 as more programs will become available with the winter program session
  • Members are reminded to practice physical distancing and wear face coverings

City of Welland Main Arena

  • Will open its doors to user groups on Sept. 8, 2020
  • The arena will have strict public safety Return to Play protocols in place to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 and create a recreational space where participants feel comfortable and safe
  • Recreation and Culture Ambassadors will be on-site to perform temperature screenings at the facility entrance and assist with hand sanitization and Return to Play procedures
  • Spectators are not permitted in the arena due to provincial guidelines allowing a maximum of 50 people indoors; however, one parent or caregiver per child is allowed to enter with the child during registered ice-time
  • Everyone entering the facility, from age five and up, must wear a face covering when not on the ice 

“We’re confident that our Return to Play procedures will create an environment where people feel protected and can enjoy themselves,” said Richard Dalton, Manager of Recreation and Culture. “It will be great to have our members back at WCWC, expansion at the Market, and also see people having a good time out on the ice in the coming weeks.”

For more information on Welland Recovery, Moving Beyond COVID-19, visit

(Source: City of Welland news release)

Scribbler’s Column: Hey, What’s In A Name?

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

WELLAND – I’m sorry, but I’ve forgotten your name.

I can’t even say, ‘It escapes me for the moment,’ because it would be a lie. Truth of the matter is: I haven’t been able to recall your name for some time.

Nor can I try, embarrassingly, to shrug this off with an excuse like, ‘I’ve only known you a short while’, hoping this would mitigate the circumstances. No. The truth is: you’ve been part of my life for years. About 15, give or take, I’d say. Shame on me! 

I’ve no problem with names of your neighbours. There’s Stephen’s Big Purple, Electron, Peace and Heaven’s Eye, to name a few. But yours? I can’t remember. There, I’ve said it again. Is it any less painful this time around?

Adding insult to injury, I looked through my garden diary the other day hoping to find the entry related to your arrival in that space. It would have provided details about you, including your name. In this case, especially your name. But there isn’t one. Could I have forgotten to record this info? Shame on me, again!

So, I’ve decided to post some recent photos of you. Just you. All by yourself. Hey, you deserve it. You’ve earned your place in the sun. I’ve never seen you look so beautiful as now! I’m sure there are plenty of rose admirers who would love to see you, even without knowing your name. 

Hey, what’s in a name? It’s your beauty they will remember.

(Scribbler’s Column is a new column on the blog.)

Chambers’ Corner Revisited

The Tribune’s T.N. Morrison, left, interviewing star of radio, stage, screen and television, Jack Benny at the Skylon. (Tribune photos Bob Chambers)

This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, will present some of his photographs from that era …… 

By Bob Chambers

Found the print. Ran in the paper August 13, 1969. Taken in the lounge of the Skylon, you can see the view of fields (yes, farmland then) outside. Tommy has pen in hand. He’s typically dark-suited and bow-tied. I wish I knew what Benny was saying ….. gee, I guess I could make up almost anything now, nearly 50 years later.

For another view from the Skylon, I’ve included a picture of one of my favourite models of that era (1967 – 70ish). The contrast shows how the clothing worn by older men, like Mr. Benny (75 at the time) and Mr. Morrison (he was 61), would not identify the year, or even the decade (but possibly the century) that the picture was taken in, whereas Lesley Walker’s attire puts her image in the late 1960’s for sure. 

Lesley, from Fonthill, was an amazing model because of her dancing and acting ability, along with her extensive wardrobe.

 – Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970

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Editor’s note: Chambers’ Corner appeared on the blog a few years ago as a recurring feature, this submission in March, 2016. It is presented here unchanged. The series has been rebranded Chambers’ Corner Revisited and is appearing at the request of readers. It appears on the blog Wednesdays. (Apologies, yesterday’s scheduled publication was delayed.)