Community Newsletter

Sparta Community News

Volume 18, Number 1


Sparta’s web site

Special thanks to Grant MacDonald and Jane Walker for the beautiful restoration of the Cobblestone house.

The Newsletter is Back

We have decided to print 100 newsletters and put them in the Village Market for anyone interested to pick up. If you have any news or announcements please let us know so we can include them. It will be published in February, May, August and November. Feedback is always welcomed. We can email it to anyone interested if you provide us with your email. Contact us at or melissa_e_schneider@hotmailcom. Melissa will be taking over the publishing of our newsletter for the February issue.

Christmas Crafters Sale

On Saturday, December 3 there will be a Christmas Craft sale at the Sparta Community Hall, 46272 Sparta Line from 9:00 to 4:00. All items for sale are unique handcrafted pieces. There will also be lunch available for purchase. There will be a silent auction table as well with donated items and some Sparta Public School photos to give away. Please come out and support your Community Society and do your Christmas shopping.

Christmas Decorating Contest is Back

Once again we are sponsoring a Christmas decorating contest with cash prizes. The categories are “Best Light Display”, Best Themed display” and “Most Environmental Display”. Properties within one mile of Sparta in all directions are included. Displays will be judged on December 22 and prizes will be awarded on December 23. Help make Sparta a festive place this Christmas. Prizes are from an anonymous donor.

Food Bank

We have a food bank in the Sparta Community Hall that is open every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00. It is just inside the front door and is available for anyone that needs it. Just come in and help yourself. If anyone wishes to donate items or money to purchase items, you are welcome to drop them off as well. The Stitchers upstairs in the hall will gladly accept your donations to help replenish the non perishable items. This food bank is working in conjunction with the Port Stanley Food bank. We are very thankful for their support.

Community Dances

We will soon be hosting community dances for all ages at the hall with a live band. Watch for announcements on our website and posters in the store.

Sparta Community Web Site

We have a village website that posts announcements and lists all businesses in the village for free. It is open for anyone to share an announcement including specials at stores. If you wish us to post anything for you please email the information to

Scouting News

Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers are all meeting again at the community hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The Aylmer Scouting groups are meeting with them at this time to help Aylmer out. The Beavers had a sleep over at the hall recently and it was a fun time for our youngest group. Scouting is for all genders. Call Pam Helmer for more information 519-775-2265.

Welcome to Rishit Patel

We are happy to have Rishit Patel join our community and run our village market. He and his family have kept the pizza shop going as well as the ice cream parlour in the warm months. It is also a liquor outlet which has proved very popular. We also want tio thank him for allowing us to place our newsletters in the store for people to pick up. Thank you and welcome to Sparta, Rishit.

Thank You

We want to sincerely thank Bob and Barb Burns for their many years of service to our community. They have lived here twenty years and taken a real interest in helping Sparta. They have been very active in the Community Society and the Historical Society. Barb is one of the founding members of the Stitchers Group and also participates in the UCW. Bob has been involved in Heritage Central Elgin and for many years has been its chairperson. They are moving closer to their family and we are very sorry to see them leave our community. We wish them a safe transition and all the best for the future.

Regular Events at the Community Hall

Sparta Stitchers meet every Tuesday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the hall to quilt, knit, crotchet, tat, smock, embroider, etc. Cost is $5.00 per session which is considered a donation and receives an income tax receipt. Come learn a new skill or just bring whatever you want to work on and have a good time visiting with your fellow stitchers. Call Sally Martyn (519-775-2292) for more information or just show up. We are really glad to be back after the COVID shutdown. We are well spaced apart but still have lots of fun

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers

Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:00 Beavers

Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:00 Cubs

Thursday: 6:30 to 8:00 Scouts

Sparta Community Society

Please come and join us for our next meeting on Monday, January 16 at 7:00.

Community Society Executive

President: Pam Helmer (519-775-2265)

Vice President: Barb Burns

Secretary: Yvonne Campbell

Treasurer: Ron Molyneux

Director at Large: Dr. Robert Burns,

The Sparta Community Hall is available for rent. We have a certified kitchen, are fully accessible and air conditioned. The cost schedule is as follows:

Less than 3 hours - $150; Less than 3 hours + alcohol - $200; More than 3 hours - $200 / day; More than 3 hours + alcohol - $250. The basement is also available for rent at a lower price for smaller events. Call Sally Martyn at 519-775-2292 to make your reservation.