Bancroft Legion comments on Bancroft Fitness’ reopening

A couple of weeks ago, The Bancroft Times reported on the reopening of Bancroft Fitness at the Royal Canadian Legion building, branch 181, in downtown Bancroft. Subsequently, both Lynn Watson, the Legion’s public relations officer and Larry Shatraw, the Legion’s president commented on the reopening, saying that they thought it was a wonderful thing for the Legion and for the community in general.

Watson told Bancroft This Week that personally, she thought that Bancroft Fitness using the Legion building’s hall was a great partnership and was an extension of the Legion’s ongoing commitment to the community.

Shatraw also thinks it’s a great thing Bancroft Fitness has leased the space.

“During these COVID-19 times now, you can’t rent to anybody, like having any dances to make any money, so that’s the way we’ve got to make money,” he says.

Bancroft Fitness was initially started by Dr. Carolyn Brown down in L’Amable almost 20 years ago. As a collaboration with the Bancroft Community Family Health Team since the summer of 2019, Bancroft Fitness has the ability to coordinate with members’ health care providers if they so desire. It is also a not-for-profit gym meaning that all funds generated are put back into the gym for programs and equipment. The revamped gym will be opening up at the Bancroft Legion building on Feb. 22.

Bancroft Fitness came into the arrangement to lease the Legion Hall because the Legion rented out the space to the BCFHT for their COVID-19 vaccination clinics, and then when BCFHT asked if they could use the space for Bancroft Fitness, Shatraw agreed.

“They’re doing a good thing and they’re fixing it all up, and giving us a good lease program. We’re really happy about it,” he says.

Shatraw says Bancroft Fitness has signed on for a five-year lease, with an option to extend it for another five years. He says that some of the Legion members will be signing up to join the gym, including himself.

“Yeah, a few of them are interested, because they’ve got good prices,” he says.

Those prices for memberships at Bancroft Fitness will be $30 per month for unlimited usage, $20 per month for students and seniors, and when a yearly membership is purchased, they will provide a discount of one month’s charges. Access to the gym 24 hours a day, seven days a week can be had for an extra $5 per month. Day passes are also available.

Shatraw says that Bancroft Fitness has everything that Legion members and the community could want in terms of gym equipment and classes and they’re happy to have them there.

Jocelyn Jan, the executive assistant at the BCFHT, says that work is ongoing leading up to Bancroft Fitness’ grand reopening on Feb. 22 and that the new signage was installed on Feb. 4.

“We are very happy with [the signs], No real updates to share. Just finishing painting, getting things in place and cleaning.”


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