Thursday, June 15, 2006

We now have a Britannia Neighbours Web site -- -- so anyone on the Internet who wants or needs to can find us using Google. We also have a Britannia Neighbours e-mail address, which is

Hello Britannia Neighbours!

We had a brief meeting on Tuesday night (June 13th) -- attended by Eva, Jane, Helen, Pat, Penny, and Jill Smith.

We started with a list of news items, which I'll just rattle off here briefly: I wrote to Terry Dixon requesting ladybugs for the aphids in the oak trees and she forwarded my request to the appropriate department.
We have running water IN the greenway now! What a blessing!
We've been planting and beautifying the greenway in preparation for Super Saturday (June 17th) and the Commercial Drive Festival (June 18th). One last little tidy up will happen on Saturday morning (June 17th) at 10:30 ... for a quick weeding and to plant a few more plants.
Last Saturday afternoon our most enthusiastic planter was Claire, Helen's daughter. She planted impatiens and a pink silk rose, which is still doing fine!

One of our three new metal trash cans is missing. We are hoping that it wasn't stolen for the metal.

We need it! The amount of trash in the middle-most trash can is shocking now. It overflows! Terry Dixon is looking into this for us too.

We are in talks with Terry and Spring Gillard and metal artist Davide Pan about the possible construction of a sculpted bike rack (possibly including a clock tower) for the greenway.

Meanwhile we have gotten contracts signed by artist Victoria Oginski and Rajinder Bagga (of Sweet Cherubim) to get the panels done for the windows of Sweet Cherubim.

Jill Smith (Secretary of GWAC) was a guest at our meeting to tell us about her ideas having to do with the greening of Venables/Prior Street. Very inspiring! We may get involved by sponsoring a small project to "green" the north entryway to Britannia at Cotton and Venables, a rather grim area now. It could really do with some beautifying!

Cheers, Penny

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Please note! This Tuesday's Britannia Neighbours meeting will now take place at 8:15 instead of 7:15! Pat has another meeting beforehand; Jill Smith is coming as a guest; and we want as many people to attend as possible.
So 8:15, Tuesday, June 13th. This is the last Britannia Neighbours meeting before the Garden Tour, as well, so we have a bit of business to take care of.
See you then! Penny

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hi Britannia Neighbours,

A couple of announcements:

Pat and Eva and I went to Jones Nurseries in Richmond yesterday and spent the $100 gift certificate we won as a doorprize at last fall's Greenways Garden Party at Van Dusen. We were going to get a small ginkgo tree but we didn't like the specimens available so we got a few very nice shrubs instead and came back to the greenway and planted them.

Saturday afternoon we are going to go to a Marine Drive nursery to buy a few flats of impatiens, and we'd like your help planting them, probably at about 3:15 on Saturday afternoon in the greenway.

Also, our next Britannia Neighbours meeting is next Tuesday (June 13th) at the Britannia Info Centre, 7:15.

We have singed contracts with Victoria Oginski (artist) and Rajinder Bagga (Sweet Cherubim) to have Victoria paint panels to adorn the Sweet Cherubim windows. They will hang safely inside Sweet Cherubim and face the greenway. Coming soon!

Also, we have running water *in the greenway now!