Friends Of Ye Olde Towne Hall


When the Ailsa Craig Town Hall was no longer needed for the Clerks Offices and Council Chamber it became a community centre where smaller groups could meet on a weekly or monthly basis. This is a listing of regular activities taking place during 2017/18


Fitness — 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Call Julie Jongeneel — 519-294-6786


► CraigActive for active Retirees meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from September to May.  Now reaching it’s tenth anniversary, this fun group meets at 11:30 am for social time.  Soup and sandwiches are served at noon.  On the second Tuesday of the month we show a movie, and on the fourth Tuesday we usually have a guest speaker.Programs have included travel talks, local authors, astronomy, ecology and nature talks, healthy living.

Contact Ye Olde Towne Hall – 519-293-1060


Fitness —  Call Julie Jongeneel — 519-294-6786

Girl Guides— 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Call Brooke Bax— 519-963-4733 .For girls ages 9 to 11Guide Units meet once a week, usually for two hours In Guides, girls start developing leadership abilities by making decisions about Unit activities, learning to organize events and teaching each other new skills. The Guide program includes activities that deal with cyber-safety, anti-bullying, self-esteem, health and fitness and environmental sustainability. Guides also have opportunities to take a stand on issues important to them and to make the world a better place through community service projects such tree planting and volunteering at local food banks – while still having tons of fun.

Activities include:

Helping at a local food bank

Starting a book club

Planning a tree planting project

Learning about online safety

Working on our anti-bullying challenge

Planning a spa night

Camping under the stars

Creating a digital photo gallery


AuSable Singers — 1:00 to 3:00 pm Spring and Fall

The AuSable singers, a committee under the auspices of the Friends of Ye Olde Towne Hall, started in 2010 with thanks to a New Horizons for Seniors Grant.  The choir is now under reconstruction.  Please watch our site for updates.


Scottish Country Dancing — 7:30 to 9:30 pm Call Bob Watson — 519-232-9695

Scottish dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages and from many cultures. There is no need to have Scottish ancestry.

There is an expression that “The music tells you what to do.” We usually dance to music from bands comprising accordions, keyboard, drums, and sometimes fiddles. Other times pianos or bagpipes get us moving. Jigs and reels are fast lively dances while elegant strathspeys and Scottish waltzes are slower.

In an evening’s dance, you dance with many partners. The protocol is to choose a new partner for every dance — and it’s proper for ladies to ask men. So, you don’t need to bring your own partner. We usually dance in lines with sets of 4 couples, although some dances have a different formation. When the music starts, you bow or curtsey to your partner then go through a series of patterns which vary for each dance. In all but the most formal balls, someone briefs the dances to explain what to do before the music starts. Often, the dance is walked through during the briefing to further help you learn the dance.