Author Archives: Stuart Stark

Society launches campaign to buy Ross Bay Villa – December 10, 2014

VICTORIA NEWS ARTICLE Society launches campaign to buy Ross Bay Villa by Tammy Schuster – Victoria News posted Dec 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM Broken-windows covered with plastic, walls brown with filth, and an overgrown yard strewn with garbage and old cars. Once dilapidated and set for demolition in 1999, today Ross Bay Villa is […]

Times Colonist article – December 4, 2014

Society out to save Ross Bay Villa CARLA WILSON / Times Colonist December 4, 2014 Photograph By ADRIAN LAM / Times Colonist Supporters of Ross Bay Villa are mounting a fundraising campaign to pay off the historic building’s mortgage and take ownership of the restored Victoria property. The Ross Bay Villa Society needs $74,000 to […]

Ross Bay Villa launches Ownership Campaign!

See our ‘Welcome’ page for the current progress of the Campaign! The Ross Bay Villa Society has been given the opportunity to buy Ross Bay Villa to ensure its future preservation. We have to raise $130,000 to pay off the mortgage and transfer ownership – from the Land Conservancy who are in financial difficulties – […]

General Meeting and Potluck Picnic – August 23, 2014

The summer General Meeting of the Ross Bay Villa Society – for members and volunteers – was held at Ross Bay Villa on August 23, at noon.  A short business meeting was held, where Simone Vogel-Horridge, the president, reported on progress since the AGM in March. Membership is up to 80; and Charitable Status has […]

Old Cemeteries Society “Leechtown 150th Anniversary” event

The Old Cemeteries Society is honouring Peter Leech, who was a member of the Royal Engineers. Sunday, July 13th, 2014 12:30 pm to 3:30pm Ross Bay Villa – 1490 Fairfield Road The British Columbia Historical Association erected this most impressive cairn at Leechtown in 1928, using the stones from the ruins of the fireplace and […]

Ross Bay Villa Society wins Heritage Award!

Award of Merit! On May 6, 2014, at the historic Auditorium at St. Ann’s Academy, the Ross Bay Villa Society was one of the winners of an “Award of Merit” from the Hallmark Heritage Society. This prestigious Award “for the meticulous restoration of 1490 Fairfield Road” [Ross Bay Villa] was accepted by president Simone Vogel-Horridge […]

Annual Report – 2014

Press Ross Bay Villa Society – Annual Report of Directors to the Membership  by Society President Simone Vogel-Horridge Presented at the Annual General Meeting held on March 29th, 2014 in the Dining Room at Ross Bay Villa Since our incorporation as a society in January of last year many things have happened. Looking back I can […]

The Drawing Room Mirror

Ross Bay Stories The ornate, gilded, overmantel mirror in the Drawing Room at Ross Bay Villa has a history of its own. The Drawing Room Mirror – Image courtesy of Toad Hollow Photography Mr. and Mrs. Gyles donated the impressive mirror for the Drawing Room. Mr. and Mrs. Gyles had a wonderful 1890’s heritage house […]