Calendar of Events

Meeting Place

St. John's Stone Church at 87 Carleton Street,
Saint John, New Brunswick


General Meetings ~ 7:00pm, Stone Church, 2nd Thursdays in October, April
Christmas Banquet and Bring & Buy Auction ~ 6:00pm, 2nd Thursday in December; location to be announced
Annual Meeting ~ 7:00pm, Stone Church, 2nd Thursday in June


Annual Loyalist Day Banquet 15 May

The New Brunswick Branch of the UELAC held its annual Loyalist Day Banquet at the Union Club on Germain Street on the evening of May 15th, 2008. The guest speaker was Mr. David peters who spoke on the Black Loyalists. Mr. Peters is a descendant of Thomas Peters who immigrated to Nova Scotia with the Loyalists as a free Black and who subsequently immigrated to Africa (Sierra Leone) where he died." His talk described in detail the experience of growing up black both in that era and his own.

Many songs were sung; ably led by Ruth Lesbirel and with her brother Don Flewelling on piano.

A delicious salmon dinner was enjoyed by all.
Photos courtesy of Stephen Lesbirel.

Left: NB Branch President Stephen Bolton and banquet guest speaker Mr. David Peters.

Top: The head table at the Loyalist Banquet, L-R Mr David Peters,
Stephen Bolton, Nadine Bolton, Mrs Peters.

Loyalist Day May 18th, 2008

Loyalist Day was observed May 18th and the Branch took the usual role of organizing this 225th anniversary celebration. We met in the front of City Hall at 3 PM where the Proclamation was read by the Town Crier Mr. Dennis Knib. Mr Jim McKenzie acted as master of ceremonies. The Union flag was raised by Saint John's new Mayor Mr. Ivan Court and Branch President Stephen Bolton. May 18th also marks the 223 anniversary of the incorporation of the Charter of City of Saint John - Canada's oldest incorporated city.

The crowd was then lead by DeLancey's Brigade to market Slip for a ceremony at the Loyalist Rock. The group sang "My Own Canadian Home" led by Ruth Lesbirel. Saint John mayor Ivan Court and Branch President Stephen Bolton addressed the crown; both emphasizing how rich and important Saint John's cultural history was.

Absent, and missed, this year was George Teed. This long term member of the UELAC passed away a few months ago.

Since Loyalist Day fell on Sunday this year, Branch members attended the morning service at Trinity Anglican Church on Germain Street.

A highlight every May 18th is the noon 21 gun salute. Saint John has the honor, unique among Canadian cities, of firing a 21 gun salute in the absence of Royalty. Branch President Stephen Bolton inspected the 3rd Field Artillery Unit after the salute.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Lesbirel.

Frances Morrisey inside Trinity Church

The 3rd Field Artillery Unit atop Fort Howe

DeLancey's Brigade leads the Loyalist Day celebration form City Hall to Loyalist Rock.








Rev David Edwards leads the Loyalist Day observers in prayer. Mayor Court is to the left.











Col. Neil McKelvey addresses the Loyalist Day group beside Loyalist Rock.











Mayor Court cutting and distributing Saint John's birthday cake in the atrium of Market Square.


13 May Loyalist Church service at Trinity Church in Saint John.

Outside Trinity Church: L-R Stephen Bolton (in DeLancey Brigade uniform), Nadine Bolton, Frances Morrisey, Jim McKenzie (NB Branch President), Sylvia & John Watson

18 May - Loyalist Day. Click here to view the activities page (PDF).

Inside Trinity Church: L-R Jim McKenzie, Sylvia Watson, Rev. Lloyd
Lake, Roy Carson, George Teed, Nadine Bolton, Eric Teed, Frances Morrisey,
Stephen Bolton, John Watson


6 April, 7 p.m., meeting, Stone Church
14 May, 10:30 a.m., Loyalist Church Service, Trinity Church, 115 Charlotte Street (use Germain Street entrance)
18 May, 10:30 a.m., Loyalist Day Ceremonies, City Hall Plaza, 15 Market Square
18 May, 6:30 p.m. Loyalist Banquet Union Club, 125 Germain Street
8 June, 7:00 p.m., Annual Meeting, Stone Church

12 October, 7 p.m., Stone Church. The next meeting of the United Empire Loyalists' Association at St. John's (Stone) Anglican Church Hall at 87 Carleton Street, Saint John, on Oct.12 at 7pm. Don Flewelling will be speaking on Loyalist Studies taught to Elementary school children in our area and a short PBS video on the Loyalists will also be shown.

16 December: The New Brunswick Branch Christmas potluck supper was held on December 16th, 2006 at the Stone Church Hall, 87 Carleton St., Saint John. Click here to see photos from this event.


22 September, 11:00 a.m., King's Landing, Kingsclear, NB, main entrance
13 October, 7 p.m., meeting, St. John's (Stone) Church, 87 Carleton Street
* There will be no meeting in November *
8 December, 6 p.m. Christmas Dinner and Bring and Buy Auction, location to be announced