Green Briar Community Centre

Content for the newsletter is a little scarce this week.  If anyone would like to share information, humour, pictures etc., please email them to

The Community Centre Officer Team is looking for new members.  If you are interested in being a member of the Board, please contact the office. 

There are no further updates at this time as to when the activities at the Community Centre will be resuming. 
Briar Hill Community Centre

Based on the recent announcements by the Province, Golf Courses have been given the green light to get ready to open.
Many of you have already submitted registrations/cheques but as you know we have asked those not yet registered to hold onto their forms/cheques. We want to ensure we are "ready to go" and since the clubhouse remains closed we are putting a drop box on the front porch of Vic Steane, our Captains home, effective immediately. Please fill out the registration form (on the website with a cheque for $50  (payable to NMGA) and drop off ASAP to:
36 Via Amici, which backs on to the 3rd hole of Briar Hill course.
Rest assured we will update you, and the website when we have definitive opening info/details - we look forward to seeing you out on the course sometime soon.
Your NMGA Committee


Night Fever                    May 15, 2021

Western Swing Band     June 12, 2021

Genius and Soul            July 24, 2021

The Blazzing Fiddles   August 28, 2021 (note date change)

These are only tentative dates and will be confirmed later.


The End of Season Dinner for The Ladies Wednesday Night Euchre scheduled for June 10, 2020 is cancelled.


 I'm having a quarantine party this weekend! None of you are invited.
We are just two to three weeks away from learning everyone's real hair colour.
All these people are worrying about a baby boom in the next nine months. Two days of homeschooling should nip that right in the bud!
Just saw a burglar kicking his own door in. I asked him, "What are you doing?"....He said, "Working from home."
If you thought toilet paper buying was crazy, just wait until 300 million people all want a haircut appointment at the same time.
All I can think about now when I'm watching any TV show or movie is how everyone is standing WAY too close together.
The Department of Health is looking to hire couples married seven years or more to educate people on social distancing.

Grocery shopping has become a real life version of Pac-Man. Avoid everyone, get the fruit, and take any route possible to avoid conflict.

This is like being 16 again. Gas is cheap and I'm grounded. Geez.

My wife and I play this fun game during quarantine. It's called, "Why Are You Doing It That Way?" There are no winners.

When we come out of this and I ask you where you want to eat, I do NOT want to hear, "I don't know." YOU HAD 90DAYS!

Can't wait until this is over so I can go back to social distancing on my own terms.

Just bought six pounds of cheese. Won't need toilet paper now.

My car probably thinks I died.

It's been a blessing being home with the wife for three weeks now. We've caught up on everything I've done wrong for 35 years.

If your parents are over 60 and want to go out ... FORBID THEM! If they complain and say, "But everyone else is doing it", tell them, "You're not everyone." IT'S PAYBACK TIME!

Hormel Foods made their first batch of SPAM in 1937. With everyone out shopping and hoarding food, they have announced they will be making their second batch later this week.

If you believe that the NHL will be playing hockey in two weeks, raise your right hand. Now slap yourself with it.

Due to my isolation, I finished three books yesterday. And believe me, that's a lot of colouring! 

Anyone else getting a tan from the light in your refrigerator?

I'm concerned that when all this Covid stuff is over, I won't have any excuse for my anti social behaviours.

Green Briar Community Centre

April 30, 2020 April Showers bring May Flowers

There is a link to the Briar Crier on the Community Centre website.  www:// or you can go directly to the Briar Crier through this link.  www://  The magazine will only be available on line until further notice.
Submissions for the newsletter can be sent to the office.

At some time in the future, the Community Centre will host an Artisan Fair.  Artisans in the Community are welcome to submit their names.  Three have come forward thus far, thank you.  If you sew, knit/crochet, paint, sculpture, flower arrange, wood work, make jewellery etc., email your name to the office!

The Board of Directors for the Community Centre will be asking for nominations later in the year.  Anyone interested, please submit your name to the office.  One nomination received thus far, thank you.


Green Briar Community Centre April 23, 2020

The wildlife is making an appearance again with the world being a quieter place.  We have a resident Bobcat somewhere in the river valley.  It was seen on Riverview Road in the past week by a resident.  Be careful with small pets.

We hope everyone is keeping safe.  The Community Centre will remain closed until further notice but when we do open we will be sure to take precautions.  
We plan on having an Artisan Fair and now would be a great time to work on some projects to sell at your table.  Those interested in having a table should request one through our email or phone and leave a message.  Masks would be a great project for those that like to sew. Acceptable patterns for masks can be found on line. We might be using them in the future to protect each other from any kind of virus, cold or flu like symptoms. Get creative! Please let me know if you would like to make some and sell them at the Fair.  If you are into baking, then we may have a bake sale at the Fair too, freeze a few goodies to donate if you can.  
There will be a Pancake Breakfast sometime this Spring/Summer, whenever it is safe. The Sugartones have said they are ready when we are.  I have enough supplies for 80 people and if we don't have a breakfast I will be eating pancakes etc. for a year! 
Please keep in touch through our newsletter. We will share your  jokes, words of inspiration or a short story.  
Time to think about volunteering at our Community Centre. We are looking for Board members for our next year, event coordinators and committee members (New Years party), and we welcome new Event ideas. Look forward to hearing from you.
Remember that as the weather improves and we get outside, we must remain vigilant in distancing ourselves from others. We should not become complacent as there is talk about a second wave of the virus. 
Looking forward to when we can get together again. 

From your Community Centre Board. 

CONTACT Community Services has launched a program called Seniors’ Check-in & Chat in response to Covid-19  and  I am hoping  you could help get the word out about the program.

The purpose of the program to help isolated seniors feel connected to their community and to help them get the resources they need while staying safe. Our volunteers will make regular scheduled calls to seniors to check-in and see how they are doing and to help them navigate getting groceries,  medications or other help they may need.  To sign-up, or get more information seniors can call 705 435 4900 ext 215.

NMGA update - with the latest extension of the Declaration of Emergency by our provincial government we will not have any additional info on the Course Opening until approx. May 12th. Using the “ Click for the latest Updates “ tab, on the right side of the home page on our website at . you can stay updated.

As the club house remains closed to the public, please complete and hold on to your registration forms/cheques until further notice.


Below is a link which is updated daily  

The FCC, FTC and the FBI have been listing common scams on their websites, so if you receive a text, email or phone call that seems suspicious, it's a good idea to check and See if it has been reported already.
The agencies offer these tips to protect yourself from scams:
Don't respond to calls or messages from unknown or suspicious numbers.
Even if the number looks legitimate, scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into responding. Keep in mind that government agencies will not call you to ask for personal information or money.
Do not give your username, password, date of birth, Social Security number, financial data or other personal information over email, text message or phone.
If you're being pressured to share information or make a payment immediately, that's a red flag.
Don't open attachments or click on links in text messages or emails from sources you don't recognize.
Verify web addresses and type them character-by-character into your browser.
Check for common misspellings or wrong domain names in a link. An address that should end in ".gov" might end ".com" instead.
Do your research before donating to a cause or a charity. Call or look at its website to verify that it's legitimate. And never donate in cash, by gift card or by wiring money.
If you get a message from a friend that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren't hacked.
There are no products that have been proven to treat or prevent Covid-19 currently, so ignore any offers for products that claim to do so.
You can also filter or block messages from being sent to your phone again, either through your phone settings, your wireless provider or a call-blocking app. If you get unwanted messages, you can report them as junk or spam and also register a complaint with the FCC, FTC or FBI.

CNN's Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez contributed to this report.
Link to read full article

New Tec Connects - Virtual Fitness & Activities 
The Town of New Tecumseth continues to be here for our residents, and we are adapting to the changing times and needs of our community as a direct result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  As such, we launched our New Tec Connects Program to support the evolving needs of our residents and our community as we work through this difficult time.  The New Tec Connects Program now includes virtual fitness and activities as well as partnerships for grocery delivery and food drives. 
As a result of the current situation, we are unable to provide fitness programming in traditional ways, so we have been developing the virtual fitness and activities component of our New Tec Connects program which focuses on opportunities for families and individuals to interact virtually. These activities can be viewed on the Town's website here: To assist with physical activity, the Town of New Tecumseth's Parks, Recreation & Culture team has put together a variety of short fitness videos to help our residents remain active and keep your mind and body moving. Please visit the Town of New Tecumseth's YouTube channel and our Virtual Recreation playlist for more and be sure to subscribe to receive notifications of new class additions.
Please check back weekly as we continue to add new videos and activities to keep you moving. If there is a video or type of class that you would like to see, please email us at We appreciate your feedback and continued support.


The NLGA executive has been monitoring the current restrictions of the golf course due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As the way forward still remains unclear, we have suspended the start of our season until we are permitted to play on our course again. We have cancelled our Opening Day Scramble and Luncheon, scheduled for May 5th. Additional events planned for May are on hold for now. Please check our website regularly for updates. If you have not yet registered for either our 9 or18 hole league, please consider joining us! We are all looking forward to a fun season of golf....and we would love to see you when we start swinging the clubs again.


With the latest extension of the Declaration of Emergency by our provincial government we will not have any additional info on the Course Opening until approx. May 12th. Using the " Click for the latest Updates " tab, on the right side of the home page on our website at . you can stay updated.
As the club house remains closed to the public, please complete and hold on to your registration forms/cheques until further notice.