Goshen Community Groups

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture was active in the area represented by Kevin Beckers at the Agriculture office in Antigonish.  In the 1950’s the Agricultural rep. For Guysborough County was Ross Burrey. The Ag.Rep.  organized meetings to educate farmers about varieties of cereal grains, livestock diseases, and horse/cattle health.

Goshen-canning-team-192914-H was also active in the community. In 1929, the canning team of Mary Cameron and Chrissie Sinclair, represented Goshen 4-H at the provincial exhibition in Halifax.

Mr. Lloyd Sinclair recalls 4-H field days held at the local school where they would display their cattle circa 1940.

Bertha Sinclair was a 4-H leader from the 1950’s onwards.  4-H events and activities included: public speaking, garden club, calves, and entertainment programs.  Bertha Sinclair was given an award for 8 years of service to 4-H in 1967.

Other 4-H leaders in the 60’s and 70’s include: Beatrice Nichols, Katherine Kennedy, Joyce Feltmate, and Bessie Sinclair.


Canadian Girls in training-CGIT- was a faith based group – through the united church at Loch Katrine and Locharbour. During the 1950’s, Lois Hattie, was leader of CGIT in Goshen.  The group raised money for charitable missions based in Halifax.

For more about the CGIT (Canadian Girls in Training) click here or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Girls_in_Training

Baby Bands circa 1938- connected to United church held in Goshen school- chance for mothers of small children to get together.  An organized activity, wife of Minister Gordon Tupper, of united church.

Babby Band 1939

Babby Band 1939


The Junior Red Cross

As the War ended, the Red Cross Society turned their focus to health and prevention of disease. The number of CRCS branches grew to include the new Junior Red Cross in 1922 and Visiting Homemaker Service in 1925. The Canadian Junior Red Cross guidelines were taught in classrooms across the country, instructing children on healthy living, citizenship and promoting an understanding of other countries. The Junior Red Cross was blended into the regular CRCS in 1987.   For more information on the Canadian Red Cross click here.

In Goshen the Junior Red Cross raised money to help in the war effort.  Students wore a Red Cross pin and teachers may have used the project as a means to discuss the countries involved in the war.  Junior Red Cross meetings were held on Friday afternoons- from 2-3.  The Goshen Red Cross made things to sell for money to be put into the national Red Cross fund and sewed things like quilts and knitted.