Main Street in Bishop’s Mills has been the place for local residents to gather (at a safe distance) on Monday evenings to ring bells, whistle, or clap hands to say ‘thank you’ to essential front line workers in our community.

For the last few weeks, the bell at St. Andrew’s United Church has been ringing out, thanks to custodians Mervin and Joan Robinson. They are joined by residents from the Village, and a few from the surrounding area, to create a grateful noise thanking those working to keep the rest of the community safe – doctors and nurses, emergency workers, plus cleaners, store clerks, and others working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hashtag #TogetherWeCanDoIt is a reminder that we’re all in this together.

The sound of the 114-year-old church bell can be heard for miles around, and was used in the past to alert the community of danger, such as a fire in the Village. The tiny hamlet of Bishop’s Mills is located in the southwest corner of North Grenville, and has a population of just over 100 people.

Members of the Bishop’s Mills Community Association hope to continue this new tradition on Monday evenings until the end of May. Come out and join us.


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