Update Nov 11, 2018
The Hensall Legion Remembrance Banners were installed in time for Remembrance Day.
Please take a moment to check them out. There is one outside the Legion and 3 others on the South side of King Street in downtown Hensall. Lest We Forget.
Travel back in time with information on the Hensall Heritage Banners.
Click the link to take you to a page will give you a brief write-up on a specific banner. If anyone has any further information to add, please contact HensallStreetscape@gmail.com. We would appreciate any contributions.
Update Sept 19, 2018
Hensall Streetscape Committee Continues to Advocate for Village Improvements
(Hensall) A committed group of volunteers who live and work in Hensall continue to advocate and work for positive changes in our village. The committee works with partners to improve the visual appeal of the village and improve quality of life for its residents and business owners. We have a few subgroups that work on specific projects. These projects are successful because the community comes together to make them happen!
One project the committee has been working on is the Historic Hensall banners. The committee applied for and received a community improvement grant from the Municipality of Bluewater. We also secured generous financial donations from local sponsors to match the grant funds received. All of the sponsors will be identified on the banners.
A subgroup of the committee designed, obtained quotes, and secured vendors for the creation of the banners. You will soon be able to go through Hensall and see the banners along King street. You can see samples of the banners on our committee’s Facebook page (Hensall Streetscape Committee – HSC). Each banner has a picture that captures an important piece of Hensall’s history. We will be adding details to this website to read more about the stories these pictures tell. We would also like to recognize the help from the Municipality of Bluewater for installing the banners.
Another subgroup project is the 4-H barn quilts. After the Hensall 4-H Barn Quilt Achievement Day, the Hensall Streetscape Group asked if the 4-H club would consider making a large barn quilt for a downtown building that was empty. One turned into three 4′ x 4′ barn quilts that were displayed at the 150th Hensall Fair.
From Mary-Lynn McDonald, 4-H leader, ‘the first is called “Canada’s Largest Inland Grain Terminal” and represents the grain that comes into the three elevators in town denoted by the different elevator leg colours. Hensall gets a lot of beans but we chose white beans because Hensall is also the “White Bean Capital of Canada”. The Goderich Exeter Railway take commodities to the port at Goderich and trucks take containers to other processing facilities and ports where Huron County products go around the world. The second one is “4-H Proud” based on the 4-H motto. The third one is “What Makes Hensall Home” highlighting community places and groups. They made a great backdrop for the stage and will be soon installed downtown so take a look next time you’re in Hensall!’
Having come up against some obstacles in getting these three quilts installed where we originally planned, we are closing in on an alternate location. Other projects of interest for the committee include dog park, heritage lighting and tree/green space plans for the village. Subgroups would welcome new members. Please share your skills, talents, and time with the committee. We can achieve so much when we work together!
The Hensall Streetscape Committee welcomes new members who are interested in advocating for and improving our community. We will be posting our next meeting when we have set the time.
Together, we can build stronger, more vibrant Hensall and improve the quality of life for people who live and work here. Be a part of the change!