St. Andrew’s Celebrates Canada Day 2023


by Sylvia McConnell

with photos by Lorne Bailen


Wellington celebrated a warm Canada Day on Saturday, July 1, 2023, and St.Andrew’s Anglican Church was ground zero for this annual street party!

The festivities commenced early with a grand parade featuring our warden, Evelyn Sprigings, playing the bagpipes. And that wonderful sound, so evocative of the Scottish roots of the County, was followed by the Ukulele Float, led by our own Keith Norris and his fellow musicians from the Wellington on the Lake Association. 


Other groups taking part in the parade were, for example, first responders, fire fighters, paramedics, a veteran’s group, Rotary members, and officers of the OPP. It certainly made for a colourful and fun spectacle.

Meanwhile, the Wellington Market across the street from St. Andrew’s was in full swing with members of our church helping out by selling peameal bacon on a bun. At the same time, the church’s What-Not Shop Saturday morning sale was taking place on our front lawn. Two young women of the County were given permission to sell their craft jewellery on our lawn, bringing even more buyers to our sale.

This wonderful and very muggy July morning was followed by a lunch with refreshments on our lawn, featuring sandwiches made by St. Andrew’s ACW.

Next year, we will dream even bigger and perhaps have our own float as we did in past pre-pandemic years!

A big thank-you to everyone who helped organize and everyone who volunteered to help on this wonderful occasion.