Coffee and history in Bristol

Norway Bay Bristol Historical Society members Barb Mahaffy, Connie Twolan, Pat Vail, Joann Gulliford, Bonnie Beveridge, Barb Poirier, Jan Eastaugh and Nancy Crain posed with just part of the selection of historical items they had on display at their coffee party held July 26. (DP)

BRISTOL – The Norway Bay Bristol Historical Society (NBBHS) held a coffee party Wednesday morning, July 26, at the Jack Graham Community Hall. The event has traditionally been held on the last Wednesday in July including a baking, jewellery and used books sale with funds donated back to the community. After a two year hiatus, due to Covid, this year the entire focus was on heritage and history.

“We are really thrilled that the event went so well,” enthused NBBHS president Bonnie Beveridge, who estimated that 75 people came out to look at the displays, peruse the numerous binders the society has covering many of the historical significant properties and sites in the area, as well as to chat and enjoy the refreshments.

The NBBHS works to foster an appreciation for the history and heritage of Norway Bay and Bristol by undertaking activities and projects that create awareness and encourage the preservation of Norway Bay and Bristol heritage. This includes

collecting, compiling and archiving information on the cottages, families, commercial establishments, farms and other landmarks in the area for public use as well as conducting fundraising activities to assist in the achieving the objectives of the society. The archives of the NBBHS can be accessed at the Bristol Municipal building during regular office hours. Their book, Norway Bay and Beyond, is also still available and provides a picture of the settler history of Bristol from the mid 1800’s up to 2010.

A Norway Bay Cemetery tour is planned for August 9, 10 am, with Gary Graham as guide. To keep up with Norway Bay Bristol Historical Society activities you can join their group on Facebook or contact Bonnie Beveridge at

– Deborah Powell