Mark your calendars

Summer is finally here, please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the events that will be taking place in Champney’s West this summer

Canada Day 

On the 1st July  Champney’s West will be remembering Memorial Day and celebrating Canada Day.  Details of the programme of events will be posted soon.

Champney’s West Days August 7th, 8th and 9th

As anyone who has ever attended the fabulous Champney’s West days will tell you this is a weekend not to be missed.  Celebrations start on Friday night with the Old fashioned Concert, on Saturday our friends from MUN’s Ocean Sciences Centre will be on the wharf with a touch tank full of marine creatures for you to see and if you are lucky hold and the Grand Finale on Sunday afternoon, the amazing cardboard boat races.

Here are some photos from last year’s event

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Discovering the Discovery Trail – What a Great Weekend

Champney’s West had the pleasure of hosting a number of events run by Dale Jarvis last weekend.  Dale and his team have kindly posted a blog all about their time in Champney’s West and surrounding communities on the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Folklore and Oral History Site.  Please copy and paste this link

into your browser to see what the team got up to in Champney’s West

Here’s one from the blog





What do you love about Champney’s West?

Champney’s West is holding a public meeting at the recreation centre.  You are invited to share what you love about Champney’s West.  We will gather information about historic places, trails, old stories, place names, traditions and local knowledge.

June 11th

7.00 p.m.

The Recreation Centre

Please come and join us

Saving Our Stories – An introduction to Community Oral History in Port Union

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Saving Our Stories – An Introduction to Community Oral History with folklorist Dale Jarvis.
A free workshop organized by the Sir William F Coaker Heritage Foundation, Champney’s West Heritage Group, and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in local history, culture and folklore. It is intended to give a background on how to conduct research interviews, and will give people a chance to try their hand at creating interview questions and to explore the world of oral history! It is free to attend, but you need to register in advance.

Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Factory/Advocate Building, Port Union, NL

Terra Barrett at 1-888-739-1892 x 5 or email


What, and where, is our heritage? Help Map Champney’s West Heritage


Thursday, June 11th, 2015 
7pm – 9 pm
Recreation Hall, Jack’s Hill
Champney’s West


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This June, residents of Champney’s West will start to map out what their heritage means to them, with a little help from folklorist Dale Jarvis.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, our living heritage is rich and diverse. It includes ballad singing, snowshoe-making, accordion playing, knitting, Christmas mummering, berry picking, boat building, and much more. We tell stories, make clothes, shear sheep, and spin yarn. We have a complex knowledge of place, the seasons, and the movements and patterns of animals from moose to cod fish. If we lose these important parts of our living heritage (what we call Intangible Cultural Heritage or ICH), we will also lose important resources that can keep our communities going culturally, economically and socially. But where do we start?

Communities decide which traditions are important to document. Sometimes these traditions are threatened; sometimes particular elders or tradition-bearers will be highlighted. Other communities may record important traditions of everyday life. One first step is “asset mapping” – the process of collecting, recording, and analyzing local information in order to describe the cultural resources, networks, links and patterns of the community. Cultural asset mapping provides an inventory of key cultural resources that can be utilized for future development in the community.

Dale Jarvis, the ICH Development Officer with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be leading a community conversation about historic places, trails, old stories, place names, traditions, and local knowledge. Come for a cup of tea, and tell us what matters to you in Champney’s West. It will be a free and fun community workshop, sponsored by the Champney’s West Heritage Group Inc.

For more info, contact: 

Shelly Blackmore, Heritage Coordinator
Champney’s West Heritage Group
Ph (709)464-2173 Email –
Website –

Raised Fish Garden – Plans Available

We have had so many compliments on our Raised Fish Garden we thought others may like to build their own.

The Raised Fish Garden is 30’ X 8’.  We are looking to sell the plans for $10.00, they will include the drawings, material list, and recommended building techniques.

If anyone is interested in having a pre-built Fish Raised bed it will cost $900 and the purchaser will pay Shipping & Handling.

If you would like to purchase either the palns or the pre-built bed then please contact Shelly Blackmore the Heritage Coordinator at Champney’s West Heritage Group
Ph  (709)464-2173 Fax (709) 464-2631
Email –





Spring Spruce Up Day – A Great Success

The weather was kind to us and we had a great turn out for the Champney’s West Spring Spruce Up Day.

We had teams of who volunteers worked hard to :

  • Clear the roads into and around the community of garbage
  • Clear some brush and tidy the Fox Island Trail
  • Plant the fabulous Raised Fish Garden
  • Work inside the Heritage House
  • And of course feed the hungry workers

Rumour has it we cleared 16 trucks load of garbage from the area !!!

So THANK YOU to all of you for donating your time and energy in to making Champney’s West even more beautiful

Thanks again to Newfoundland Power, Kent, Discovery Regional Services and the Food Security Network for providing funding and prizes