A SAFE AND BEAUITIFUL HISTORICAL SITE IN TAVISTOCK, ONCE AGAIN!
Refurbishment of the historical stone gates in Tavistock has now been completed by Gilholm Stoneworks. Robin and his son Kyle took great pride and craftsmanship in restoring these gates to their original beauty each step along the way.
Although fundraising had not yet met its need for $50,000 the committee felt that due to the accelerated deterioration of the gates, we had no choice but to have the work done this year. Many of our local businesses, organizations and individuals have generously contributed to this project. If you have not yet had time to consider supporting this local worthwhile community project, we ask that you might do so now or early in the new year. All donations received before December 31, 2016 will receive an income tax receipt for 2016. We currently have 55% of the goal. Those donating $100 or more will be (with their permission) listed on the Stone Gates page of the EZT web site.
Donations can be picked up by any committee member, left at the Tavistock Gazette or the Township office in Hickson. Cheques should be made payable to the Township of EZT and should be noted ‘stone gates’.
Committee members to contact: Shirley McCall-Hanlon - Chair, Brian Bennett, Barb Matthies, Mary Alice Roth, Chris Wiffen, Ron Wiffen.
QUEEN’S PARK STONE GATES DONORS OVER $100
With sincere appreciation to the following businesses, organizations and individuals who have generously donated $100 or more to the refurbishment of the Tavistock Queen’s Park Stone Gates refurbishment project 2016. Your commitment to preserving the historical features of our community is commendable. “Thank you”
* indicates former member of the Tavistock Women’s Institute
Tavistock Dental - Dr. Yong-Kwon Kim
Canada Farm Distributors Ltd -The Sommers Family
Pletsch Electric Ltd
Yantzi Home Building Centre
Sherrill & Alan Calder
Tavistock & District Historical Society
Bill & Wanda Brown
Ken & Karen Brenneman
Mark & Amanda Brenneman & Family
Browns Women’s Institute
W-S Feed & Supplies Ltd.
Tavistock Gazette Limited
Tavistock IDA Pharmacy
Peter & Avis Francis
Lyle & Susan Rozendal
Paul & Joan Bartlett
Blain & Katherine McCutchen
Perry & Michelle Riehl Home Maintenance
John & Vida Mae Innes
Evelyn Hitzeroth & Eric Hitzeroth and daughters - Trudie Hitzeroth Julien and Connie Hitzeroth Ohlman
Martin Mills Inc.
Schultz Plumbing & Heating
McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers Inc.
Harry & Shani Loewith
Ron & Donna Brenneman
Rotary Club of Tavistock
Donald & Jean Porter
George & Heather Stock
Oliver & Grace Brunk
Weicker Total Home Care
Scotiabank Tavistock Staff & Customers
Don & Mary Alice Roth
Princess Elizabeth Women’s Institute
South Easthope Mutual Insurance
Steve & Jane Bender
Herb Wagler Construction Ltd.
Tavistock Memorial Legion Branch 518
Harry G. Wettlaufer
Gretchen Walker (nee Ratz)
Doug & Karen Shirray
Ed & Susan Pellow
Ron & Marian Wilker
Tavistock Golf Course
Dave & Kim Piggott
John & Julie Eidt
Matthew & Mieke Peters
Frank & Kathleen Bickle
Doug & Diane Wiffen
Jeff & Susan Wagner
Anna P Lewis Women's Insitute
Mary Ellen Ruby
Bob & Caroline Routly
Steve & Ruth Cahill
Mike's Selective Cabinets
Wayne & Margaret Herlick and Family
Harvey D. McKay
Roger & Rosanne Bender
Tavistock Agricultural Society
Dave & Lynda MacKenzie
Joan & Bob Rudy
Erie Thames Powerlines
Amkad Metal Components
Bob & Linda Howe
Zehr Home Hardware
Tavistock Men's Club
Following a public meeting (Sept. 2015) of citizens concerned about the deterioration of the stone gates at the entrance to Tavistock’s Queen’s Park, a volunteer committee was formed. This committee was challenged with researching what could be done and what the best option going forward would be. It was determined that restoring the gates would be the best option. We have met with professional stone masons to obtain their professional perspective. The committee issued a Request for Proposals and had five contractors respond.
The decision was made to engage Gilholm Stoneworks. The estimated cost will be $50,000. Government grants and other fund raising possibilities have been researched and applied for but these, even if successful, will not cover the total cost.
Work will begin as soon as the contractor’s scheduling permits (at this point mid August is the planned date).
We are now asking the community for their financial help in fulfilling the wish of the community to have these gates restored.
All donations should be made payable to the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock and indicate that it is for the Queen’s Park Gates. Cheques can be mailed to Queen’s Park Gates, Box 371, Tavistock, ON N0B 2R0. Donations may also be forwarded to any committee member listed below. The township office can accommodate donations by debit (e-transfer not available) or online banking payment, using account number 4622697. Charitable tax receipts will be issued from the township for all donations over $20. Donations of $100 or more will be recognized on the EZT web site, with your permission.
Thank you sincerely for your support in assisting in the restoration of this historical piece of our past.
Shirley McCall-Hanlon, Chairperson
Committee members: Brian Bennett, Barb Matthies, Greg Pye, Mary Alice Roth, Chris Wiffen, Ron Wiffen