Thursday, September 22, 2022

Britannia-GWAC City Council Candidates Public Forum, Monday, Sept 26th

There's a City Council Candidates Public Forum, Monday, Sept 26th.
It's jointly sponsored by Grandview-Woodland Area Council and Britannia Community Centre.
Hope you can make it. Tell your friends/neighbours!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON NON-MARKET HOUSING [Beginning June 19, 22, and 24 - On Zoom]

About housing on the Britannia Community Centre campus, I personally feel that so much housing is being built or is planned for other parts of Grandview that there shouldn't be any housing on the precious little bit of public land that we have in Grandview. We already have way less than other Vancouver communities. 
But if we are forced to see some housing on the campus, it definitely shouldn't dominate the site — a few truly affordable rental housing units, managed and owned by Brit, not very high, might not infringe too much on the public nature of the site. Anyway, this is a big concern and issue. It's been debated for years at Britannia and I hope you consider participating in this "conversation". By doing so, you'll let the City know how you feel.

PS - Apologies if you received more than one of these reminders.



The Britannia Renewal Master Plan identifies opportunities to locate non-market housing at the renewed Britannia site. 
Help us understand opportunities and concerns relating to this by sharing your thoughts at one of our online events: 


Community Conversations: Non-Market Housing 


On Zoom by link
Or call 7789072071
Saturday, June 19, 10 am - noon 


Tuesday, June 22, 2 - 4 pm 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 844 2837 4784
Passcode: 282588


Thursday, June 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Meeting ID: 823 9181 6558
Passcode: 560897


In fall 2021, partners will be facilitating more Non-Market Community Conversations that will include initial discussions on height, density and the potential number of units of non-market housing. 



Contact the Britannia Society website, the Information Centre at 604-718-5800 (ext. 1) or for more details. 



Friday, May 14, 2021

Big Neighbourhood Plant Sale on Sunday!


Sunday, May 16th, 11:00-3:00

Behind 1122 Semlin Dr. on Rose St.

 Cash only! Please bring exact change — $1, $2, $5, $10 — and bags/boxes to carry what you get!
 Please mask up and keep your social distance!
bedding & veggie plants, annuals, ornamentals, perennials, houseplants, gardening magazines!

Proceeds to GGC. For more info about Grandview Garden Club, e-mail or visit our website at (although we haven't used it much since COVID began). Also, since COVID, members have been meeting on Zoom. Let us know if you'd like to join us.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Work party in the Greenway at 3:00!

Monday, April 20th! Pandemic work party in the Greenway at 3:00!
I might be a bit late. We're leaving soon to walk the dog at Crowley Park, which is a 2-hour endeavor. But I will be there with a couple of leaf bags and a key to the cupboard.
BYOT (Bring your own tools … if possible).

Thursday, March 26, 2020


Although Figaro’s store is closed due to Covid-19, they have their plant lists up and ready for ordering and pick up. Check out the link below.

Let's do what we can to help keep Figaro's afloat.

Click on "New this week"...

Also, please note, the East Vancouver Garden Tour for 2020 is cancelled. We usually have it on Father's Day. It's our one fundraiser for Britannia Neighbours, and the proceeds go to buying plants and supplies and to paying people to water and pick up litter in the Napier Square Greenway. Luckily we have a bit of cash in the bank as a cushion. So watch for the Tour to happen next summer.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Work party today, Wednesday, 3:00...

Howdy Britannia Neighbours,
It's unusual, but Monday was gloomy and rain was in the forecast. It didn't materialize, but we'd already decided not to have a work party Monday. Today looks pretty good. Let's meet — at two-metre-plus intervals — at 3:00 for an hour or so.
It looks like the Kettle's SEED program is suspended (for now? permanently?) so we need to take responsibility for litter pick up.
Also, we thought we had someone lined up for the watering, and that is now not happening as well, so we may need to do that as well over the summer.
Both are relatively safe, solitary tasks, so maybe it's not such bad news.
See you at three if you can make it. No need to RSVP.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Work party in the Greenway today, 3:00

It's going to be a beautiful day… I think working outdoors will be safe in our new "social distancing" universe. Let's meet at 3:00 in the Greenway today (March 16) and see what needs doing.

Monday, March 09, 2020

First Work Party of 2020!

We had a delightful work party today at which we dead-headed all the hydrangeas and raked the pathways and a few of the beds. Janet repaired some of her fences. Bea Miller, the Arts and Culture Programmer at Brit came out to help us for an hour or so. And Rocco Cillo, who works in the Accounting Department at Brit stopped by to say hello. He recently took two fantastic Greenway photos of the moon through the trees with the glowing coloured lights that he shared with us. Thank you, Rocco!

First work party of the season, 3:00 today

Hi folks,
Looks like it will be a splendid day. Daylight savings! Sunshine! It's not exactly WARM yet, but let's inaugurate the 2020 season with a work party today (Monday, March 9th) at 3:00. Bring work gloves, secateurs, etc. if you have them. If not, come as you are. I'll have leaf bags. We've got rakes.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Fwd: Reminder: 2020 GWAC AGM Meeting

GWAC Annual General Meeting, Saturday March 7, 2020
View this email in your browser

 GWAC Annual General Meeting 
2:30, Saturday, March 7th, 
Canucks Family Room

GWAC will report on the year's activities & hold elections to to form a new Council.  

Call to order & establish quorum
Council Introduction
Approval of minutes of 2018 AGM
Directors' Report
Treasurer's Report
Transportation Committee Report
 Election to Council
We encourage all residents to consider standing for election to the Council.  If you care about: 
  • our neighbourhood & our neighbours,
  • proposed changes & their possible impacts,
  •  ensuring concerns are addressed;
  • and wish to consider new ideas and initiatives for Grandview Woodland, 
    this is your opportunity to do so!  
Together in 2020/21 GW can achieve a meaningful and equitable neighbourhood to meet the demands of a growing City, but only if its residents are involved. You do not need special qualifications to stand for election only that you care about the future of Grandview Woodland. We encourage all community members to consider becoming a part of the Council, to represent its interests to the City and beyond. 

** In order to stand for election, or to vote on the election of Directors it is necessary to be a resident of GW and a registered  member of GWAC.  if you are not already registered as a member you may register  at the meeting as a  member by  signing in with your name, street address and email address;   A sign-up table will be available at the front door to enrol new members and supply your ballot.  Please consider coming a bit early to avoid a line-up.

To find out more, contact

Michael Kluckner
A Century of Planning in Vancouver:
From Bartholomew to City Plan

Over 90 years ago Vancouver hired Harland Bartholomew & Associates to create Vancouver's first city-wide plan, providing a template for the ambitious young city that was poised to amalgamate with two neighbouring municipalities to become the modern City of Vancouver. Automobile-oriented transportation and industrial growth were priority considerations.

Author, and Grandview Woodland resident, Michael Kluckner will explore what was implemented, what worked and what did not, and track more recent changes in legislation and development, such as the vision for False Creek, condominium living and the push for compact communities in both the city and the region.
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Monday, March 02, 2020

March 2, 2020!

Hello Brit Neighbours,
We had planned to have our first work party of 2020 today, but the hour-by-hour forecast for the day is rain-rain-rain, so let’s start up next week if the weather is fine.
Please write “work party, 3:00” in your calendar for next Monday; I’ll also send a reminder on Sunday evening or Monday morning next week to people I have on my mailing list. Work parties are always “weather permitting”.
Cheers and let’s hope for a good year in the garden.
Also, please do let me know if you would like to be on our mailing list to hear about Brit Neighbours work parties.
Cheers and happy spring.

Monday, December 02, 2019

No work party today!

Hi all,
No work party today!
Too wet, too cold. We don't have *very* much to do down there. Let's try again for next Monday and see if it's dry enough to scoop up the last few piles of leaves (that we raked up last week).
Or maybe we can just pick a nice day when a few of us can get together for a half-hour or so.
Final winter tidy-up!
Happy December!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Work party tomorrow, 2:00! And ... The new plaque!

Hi all,

We will have one final work party for the season, weather permitting, tomorrow (Monday, Dec 2). Note that it starts at 2:00. We'll just be working from 2:00-3:00. See you then! Thanks for all your dedication over the year.
We'll get back to work again when the weather warms up a bit (Feb/March?) and the bulbs start sprouting!

The "Margaret Mitchell Plaza" plaque commemorating the dedicated and accomplished Margaret Mitchell was installed on Friday in the little bed near the "living room" area of the greenway.
We can continue to call our greenway the "Napier Square Greenway" or just "Napier Greenway" or even just "Greenway".


Monday, November 25, 2019

Work party today in the Greenway, 3:00

A 1-hour work party today for getting up the final leaves and planting the rest of the tulip bulbs. Bring rake, bulb-planting tools, kneeling pad. I'll bring leaf bags and my leaf blower and over 100 tulip bulbs!
See you at 3:00!
3:00-4:00 — it gets too cold and dark to work later than 4:00. This could be our last work party before spring!! Please do come!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Maybe... Work party in the Greenway tomorrow at 3:00

Hi folks,
Maybe... Work party in the Greenway tomorrow at 3:00…
Let's play it by ear. The weather forecast seems to indicate that it will rain tomorrow starting around 4:00. If it's nice, or nice enough at 3:00, let's do it. We still have a big bag of bulbs to plant and lots of leaves to rake up and bag.
If it's already rainy and wet by 3:00, let's try again for next week.
If you can make it, bring a trowel for bulbs and a rake for leaves (if you have). I'll bring bags.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Work party tomorrow, Remembrance Day, 3:00!

Hello Brit Neighbours,
Please join us tomorrow in the Greenway at 3:00. We have leaves to rake up (and lots of leaf bags!) and we have 200 bulbs to plant, thanks to Liz Nowatchin and the Green Streets program.
Hope to see you then!

Monday, November 04, 2019

Leafy work party today at 3:00

Leafy work party today at 3:00.
Yes, indeed! Today will be nice and dry. We will rake for an hour or so at 3:00 today. Do join us if you can make it. Bring your leaf rake if you have one.
See you there.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Work party on Monday, Oct 28th, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
There will be lots of leaf-raking and -bagging to do on Monday and it's supposed to be a nice dry weekend, so the leaves won't weigh a ton and be wet enough to tear the leaf bags.
Early announcement!
Plan to come!
Bring a rake if you have one. If you don't, we have spares.
We also have lots of leaf bags.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Work party today, 3:00, BUT weather permitting...

It looks as if it will be a wet one all day today. If, however, it's dry enough, there are leaves to rake and bag.

If it's still cold and wet at 3:00, fugget about it.

But don't fugget to VOTE!

Monday, October 14, 2019

No work party in the Greenway this afternoon!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Monday, October 07, 2019

Too cold and gloomy for a work party...

Even if it stops raining, everything will be wet and soggy. Let's not have one today.
Anyway, the English-language debate is on at 4:00.

Also, please note there's a GWAC (Grandview Woodland Area Council) meeting tonight and the topic is REACH Clinic and it's new "Urgent Care Centre", opening soon.

If you live in East Vancouver, REACH is your Community Health Centre

REACH is expanding and will soon be opening an Urgent Care Centre, available to anyone, even people who aren't presently REACH patients. Find out all about that and other REACH services and programs.

We'll have a panel from REACH and Vancouver Coastal Health — including Nicole LeMire, the Executive Director; Colleen Fuller, the new president of the community-elected REACH Board; and Andy Day, a representative from Vancouver Coastal Health — to let you know what's happening at REACH and to answer all your questions.

Monday, October 7th at 7pm

Britannia Community Centre

Learning Resources Centre ("LRC", below library)

Penny Street

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Mon Oct 7), 3:00

Weather permitting. If it's cold and rainy, not.

Monday, September 30, 2019

It's a perfect day for a work party!

Howdy Brit Neighbours,
We'll have a work party in the Greenway today (last day of Sept) at 3:00. We've got bulbs to plant and there are acorns and leaves to rake and bag up.
Hope you can make it. If you have them, bring your kneeling pad and trowel for bulbs and your leaf rake for acorns and leaves!
See you later.

Monday, September 23, 2019

No work party today ...

Too wet and cold. With any luck we'll see you all next Monday! Stay tuned.

Work party today in the Greenway?

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Will we have a work party today in the Greenway? Maybe! Let's say it depends on the weather… If it's raining at 3:00, let's cancel, but if not, let's do it.
If you have them, bring your rake, your trowel, your gardening gloves, a kneeling pad.
We've got tons of leaf bags, thanks to the Green Streets people who dropped them off last week.
The leaves are starting to come down off the oak trees… and acorns!
And we have more bulbs to plant.
Happy first day of fall!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Work party today (Sept 16), Greenway, 3:00


The Green Streets Program Coordinator, Liz Nowatschin, has offered to drop off a lot of bulbs for us, and leaf bags and gardening gloves and trowels and, weather permitting, she'll drop by with all this gear this afternoon at 3:00.
So if you are able to come to a work party today, we will need your help to plant loads of bulbs in the Greenway (and guarantee a spectacular bloomin' spring).

Plus, it's the beginning of raking-oak-leaves season, so we can do that until Liz arrives. If you have one, bring your own leaf rake. If not, we'll have a few.

Please join us if you can! No need to RSVP.

Happily, we've had lots of rain lately, so no watering is required. Many thanks to Sarah Wall for the fantastic and reliable job she did watering all summer. It was pretty dry, but thanks to Sarah, everything survived and thrived.


Monday, September 09, 2019

Work party today at 3:00 (provided the weather clears up and it's nice)

If the weather clears up sufficiently, there will be a work party today in the Napier Greenway, 3:00. Come if you can.

Monday, September 02, 2019

No Work Party today! Happy Labour Day!

Hi folks,
Paul's away. Eric's away. Sarah's doing a fine job of looking after the watering. There's not too much to do in the greenway (aside from dead-heading the hydrangeas, which we can easily do next week). So let's not have a work party today.
Enjoy your sunny day off!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 today!

Do join us if you can!
There's not too much to do these days — a bit of extra watering, weeding (especially those pesky baby oaks), pruning, tidying up.
Sometimes someone brings a few plants to put in.
If it's too hot, we quit a bit earlier than 5:00.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Work party this afternoon, Aug 19th, 3:00

Hi. Unless it's raining, we'll have a work party today at 3:00. Come if you can.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Important work party today (Monday Aug 12) in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
There was quite a bit of trampling damage done to the plants in the Greenway last week when a film crew used the space as a film location. They've apologized and, to make it up to us, have donated nine pretty nice plants, which we can put in this afternoon. They're in my yard now, but I'll take a few down in my wheelbarrow at 3:00 and, once others have shown up, I'll zoom home again with the empty wheelbarrow and fetch more.
Come if you can! Bring a shovel if you have one.

Examples of the new plants (hydrangea, nandina, weigela, fern, etc.)

Monday, August 05, 2019

Work party today, 3:00

I know a few people are unavailable today, but let's have a little work party today at 3:00. Maybe just 3:00-4:00? Tidy up, weed, prune, pull out baby oak trees, etc.
Sarah's back (yay!) so we won't need to water.
Come if you can.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday July 29, 3:00!

Hello Brit Neighbours,
We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday July 29, 3:00.
Hope you can make it.
At least one big activity will be watering!


Here's Zadie helping out two weeks ago!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Work party tomorrow, 3:00!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
It'll be a hot one, but we will need to water. Sarah's away for a week (July 22-29). Watering will be nice and cool.
Hope to see you Monday, July 22, 3:00 or so.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Work Party tomorrow (Monday July 15), 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
There will be a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00. 
There are potentially a few new people who will be joining us. 
Do bring any gardening equipment you have that you'd like to use — secateurs, rake, trowel, kneeling pad, gardening gloves, weeding bucket, etc. — and I'll bring leaf bags. Eric always brings a wheel barrow and some larger tools.
We're always done by 5:00 or earlier.
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Work Party in the Greenway, Monday, 3:00

Hi. We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00.
I won't be able to make it (celebration of life for a friend who died recently), but it will go ahead unless it's really pouring rain at 3:00.
Go! It's fun!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Happy Canada Day! No work party July 1st!

No work party in the Greenway on Canada Day! A day off! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Work Party, Greenway, tomorrow (Monday Jun 24), 3:00

See you then. Weather permitting. If it's actually raining, cancelled.
Otherwise, yes!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Work Party in the Greenway, Mon June 17th, 3:00

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow afternoon (Monday June 17th, 3:00).
Hope you can make it.
The Brit Neighbours' East Van Garden Tour was today and was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who helped out with it. We're [almost] a well-oiled machine!
A fun day and we made enough money to support our needs for the year.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Work party today (June 10th) at 3:00!

Come if you can.

And, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to get your tickets for the East Vancouver Garden Tour, this coming Sunday!
And check out the Britannia Neighbours plant sale, behind 1122 Semlin Drive, at the Great Grandview Garage Sale on Saturday, too.


Tuesday, June 04, 2019

2019 East Van Garden Tour, June 16th!

Get your tickets now! Just click on the link below and you can buy your tickets online at Eventbrite ($15 per person + a small service charge from Eventbrite...)

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 tomorrow (June 3)

June! Hope you can make it tomorrow — weather permitting, as usual — but it sounds like it should be pretty nice.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Work party today — Monday, May 27th — 3:00, Greenway!

If you can make it today, we'll have a work party. 3:00.
It's perfect weather!
Neither Paul nor Christine will be able to make it today, but we should be able to muddle through without them for one day!
Pease do come if you can. No need for RSVP.

Monday, May 20, 2019

No work party today...

Too cold and wet!
See you next week!

Work Party today, 3:00, Victoria Day, weather permitting...

Hi Brit Neighbours,
It's a bit gloomy out there this morning, but if it's not raining at 3:00, let's have a little celebratory work party.
Come if you can. No RSVP required.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Work party tomorrow in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi. Please join us if you can, tomorrow (Monday), 3:00 in the Napier Greenway.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Work Party Next Monday (May 6) at 3:00...

Please join us next Monday, weather permitting.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Work party tomorrow, in the Napier Greenway, 3:00

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
It seems pretty likely that the weather will be nice tomorrow.
Come to the Greenway at around 3:00 (Monday, April 29) and we'll have fun, tidy it up, trim and rake, weed, etc.
If you have tools, bring them.
If not, we have some.
Cancelled if the weather's terrible.

Here are the big pile of "veggie mix", our Eric, and Stephen, the fellow who delivered the soil two weeks ago. It's all spread in the beds now!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Work party in the Greenway Mon April 22, 3:00

Come if you can!
Cancelled if raining at 3:00. Although it does look like it might rain all day!

Here are Eric ... and Steve, the fellow from It's About Thyme, who delivered the pile of veggie mix to the Greenway last week. We had great turn-out for the work party and dealt with all the soil by about 4:30.