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Township of East Zorra-Tavistock


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.        


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 

Doris Gladding*

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 

Raymer Financial 

Brian Bennett

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.

Janet Hegde 

Corrie Schreuders

Harry & Shani Loewith

Ron & Donna Brenneman 

Rotary Club of Tavistock 

Mike’s Valu-Mart 

Tavistock Veterinarians 

Marg Hilcox*

Donald & Jean Porter 

George & Heather Stock 

Wallace Steinman

Oliver & Grace Brunk 

Weicker Total Home Care 

Scotiabank Tavistock 

Scotiabank Tavistock Staff & Customers

Don & Mary Alice Roth 

Princess Elizabeth Women’s Institute

South Easthope Mutual Insurance

peopleCare Tavistock

Steve & Jane Bender

Herb Wagler  Construction Ltd.

Jean Houghton* 

Zehr Automotive

Tavistock Memorial Legion Branch 518 

Harry G. Wettlaufer 

Gretchen Walker (nee Ratz) 

Tavistock Opti-Mrs.

Heinz Riedel 

Doug & Karen Shirray

Ed & Susan Pellow

Ron & Marian Wilker 

Tavistock Golf Course

Anne Matresky*

Dave & Kim Piggott 

John & Julie Eidt

Matthew & Mieke Peters

Frank & Kathleen Bickle

Doug & Diane Wiffen

Jeff & Susan Wagner

Barbara Matthies 

Shirley McCall-Hanlon 

Anna P Lewis Women's Insitute 

Sonia Wagler

Kathy Rosenberg

Mary Ellen Ruby

Schultz Automotive

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

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