About the Bay Roberts Fifty Plus Club

Bay Roberts 50 Plus Club

Bay Roberts 50+ Club
261 Water Street
Bay Roberts, NL A0A 1G0
Telephone: 709-786-5255

The 50+ Club is a well organized and well run community group which supports activities for individuals in the municipality of Bay Roberts who are fifty year old and over. 

Executive

Mr. Eric N. Mercer, President; Vice President Mary Tucker, Sect. Margaret Bradbury make up the current executive. They hold regular organizational meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.

Formation and Membership

The 50+ Club was founded in 1996 during a meeting in the former Bay Roberts town council chambers at 261 Water Street. The group had met in various locations before this particular meeting. When the town council office and chambers moved to their current location at the Western Union Cable Building, the former office building became available for the 50+ Club. The organization currently has seventy-five members who reside in Bay Roberts and surrounding areas.

Program

The club maintains an active program that serves the needs of both the membership and the community at large. 

Regular Weekly and Monthly Program at the Club Rooms

[Which is open to members of  the general public]
The club hosts darts each Monday afternoon, euchre[card game] each Tuesday night at 8 pm, 120s[traditional Newfoundland card game] each Wednesday night at 8 pm, a crib [card game] each Saturday at 1 pm, and an afternoon tea and bake sale on the third Thursday of each month. They also hold periodic community breakfasts.

Fifty Plus Afternoon Tea
Fifty Plus Afternoon Tea

During the summer, activities extend to their outdoor deck and include barbeques, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and dances.

Around the Town Activities.  

Group members participate in activities such as bowling, water aerobics and walking which take place at other locations around the town.

Community Breakfast with Chomper
Preparing Community Breakfast with Chomper.

Special Town Events – Klondyke Days, Festival of Lights and Winter Carnival

The 50+ is an important participant in the town’s special events program, providing activities for residents, visitors and tourists of all ages. They participate in the Holdin' Ground Festival and Klondyke Days during the summer.

The Club usually sponsors a Community Breakfast which is held at the Bay Roberts Lions Club.  Most years, they also sponsor an afternoon tea and bake sale

Festival of Lights [held from November 28th to January 6th]

They hold a Christmas Raffle on three consecutive evenings, an afternoon tea and bake sale, community breakfast, and a Christmas lights tour (a bus picks up those who want to participate at the 50+ building. They also assist the Bay Roberts Lions Club with their annual Santa Claus Parade.  They fill approximately 600 loot bags which are given out to children who line the parade route.

Winter Carnival [held last week in February – first week in March]

The Club usually sponsors a Community Breakfast which is held at the Bay Roberts Lions Club.  (Last year they sponsored two!)

Organized Trips

The 50+ Club offers organized trips for members. Some locations they have visited in the past include Gros Morne National Park, Trinity-Bonavista area, Woody Island, and St. Pierrre-Miquelon. Those members who do not attend large trips often attend outings to St. John’s, dinner theatres, etc.

Relationship with Other Community Organizations

This congenial group boasts a very good relationship with the Town of Bay Roberts and the Bay Roberts Lions Club. The 50+ Club holds a working relationship with these other parties and it often caters during various functions held at the Bay Roberts Lions Club. They also offer their club rooms for meetings of other organizations including the Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Institute and the Quilters’ Guild, particularly "The Pigeon Inlet Quilters' Guild".

 


In Memory of Mrs. Loretta Mercer, who was so involved with the Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Institute
and the Baccalieu Quitlers' Guild, and "The Pigeon Inlet Quilters' Guild.

Loretta Mercer
Loretta Mercer

Mrs.Loretta Mercer, who was a supporter of the Holdin' Ground Project and a member of the "Pigeon Inlet Quilt Committee" passed away on November 13, 2009. The Baccalieu Quilters Guild Show in Dildo in June was dedicated to her memory. "She had a real passion and talent for quilting and taught us so much," explained Betty Didham of Whitbourne, chairwoman of the Baccalieu Quilters Guild. "She was often the life of the guild and is greatly missed by all of us. Dedicating the show in her memory is our way of honouring her contribution and friendship."

 


Thank you to NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS Human Resources and Sikills Development Canada