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TOTT 22 March 2018

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12 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 22, 2018 A dying trade Retired Breeden still applying an expert hand to timepieces BOB FORD ANYONE needing a wristwatch or grandfather clock repaired or serviced in Port Alfred may already be familiar with Settlers Park’s Gavin Breeden. But he is no ordinary specialist in his field as through sheer determination, he has overcome a lifelong disability of not being able to walk properly. Breeden was born and educated in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and was already mechanically-minded from a young age. And so it was in 1969 that he left school and joined a local firm of watch and clock-makers and repairs. “I liked mechanical things and watches and clocks were the easiest for me to do,” he said. He explained that in those days there was no apprenticeship available to him and he worked under a qualified clock-maker from Scotland for three years. He also read and studied as many books on the subject as he could to improve his knowledge. Once he had gained sufficient experience, Breeden joined the then Rhodesian army as an instrument technician outside Bulawayo where he moved up to the rank of sergeant. During the five years he spent in the army he met a man who also repaired clocks and watches and was able to increase his experience in his favoured field. While in Bulawayo, Breeden’s one responsibility was to attend to the town hall clock and to ensure that it was always on time. The reason for this was The most famous clock he once repaired was a marble one presented to King George VI of England that the local buses relied on the clock’s accuracy to set out on their daily trips. “But one day I made a mistake and the buses went off earlier than they should have, which resulted in some confusion,” he said with a smile. The most famous clock he once repaired was a marble one that had been presented to King George VI of England. Once Robert Mugabe had become president of Zimbabwe, Breeden resigned from the Rhodesian army and moved to Johannesburg, where he worked for a company that specialised in repairing and fitting all types of instruments. After 25 years, he “retired” to Port Alfred. “I liked the town and always said this was where I wanted to be,” he said. It also meant that he was again able to concentrate on watch and clock repairs and, as far as he is aware, is the only man in the area who is still prepared and qualified to undertake this. As a result, he repairs clocks and watches from far afield. Breeden has seen big changes in his industry over the years as there are few people left who are prepared to undertake the mechanical work required on older pieces. He no longer has a lathe and what would have taken him 30 minutes to do now ends up in a two-day job to make parts by hand. He has obviously worked on many different types of clocks and found the most workable ones were the old mechanical clocks used for pigeon racing. The biggest change he has seen over the years is battery operated clocks and watches being introduced to the market. “And I don’t like them,” he concluded. Breeden has lived in Settlers Park for eight years. MECHANICAL MIND: Gavin Breeden with an old clock he is repairing Picture: BOB FORD SUDOKU - WIN A COFFEE AT THE MALL VOUCHER Name:................................................................................................... Tel No:................................................................................................... SOLUTION TO LAST WEEK’S SUDOKU WIN A VOUCHER FROM PAPER NAUTILUS RESTAURANT & TASH’S CRAFT BAR Name:......................................................................................................................... Address:....................................................Tel No:...................................................... Winner of last ăPhil Taylor ă E.R. Dalldorf Winner to please from prize.

March 22, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 13 CAREERS Q&A: Port Alfred High School pupils, Logan Hurn, left, and Alicia Labuschagne chatted to San Soucis owner, Delene Hawkins, about possibly studying towards a career in health and beauty at the Rotary Careers Day held in the school hall last week. Several members of the Ndlambe community gave of their time to chat to pupils in an informal manner about a range of careers from entrepreneurship to real estate. Several pupils said they had found it to be invaluable and hoped that this will become an annual event PAHS pupil scores 16 tries in six games R U G BY Port Alfred High School’s Grade 7 pupil, Kamva Zweni ran rings around opponents in what can only be described as delightful play during the Frans Erasmus U13 Rugby Festival hosted by Hoërskool PJ Olivier in Grahamstown last Friday and Saturday. The 16 tries he put on the scoreboard in the six games played over the two days went a long way in cementing PA H S ’s successful campaign. Scores were as follows: PAHS 65 – Oatlands Prep 5, PAHS 10 – Völkskool 10, PAHS 15 – PJ Olivier 10, PAHS 25 – Setlaarspark 0, PAHS 10 – Cradock Primary 30 and PAHS 35 – Fort Beaufort 0. PAHS played six games, winning four, losing one and drawing one. Other notable PAHS players included Asenathi Ndinisa, eight tries in six games and Kaine Heny, six tries in six games. The PAHS School U14 boys team travelled to Port Elizabeth to participate in the Andrew Rabie Rugby Day where they were defeated 42-0 by Pearson High. NETBALL The U13A netball team attended the annual Frans Erasmus U13 Netball Festival over the weekend. They played four excellent games, losing two, against De Vos Malan and DSG and winning two against Fort Beaufort and Setlaarspark. CHESS The PAHS senior chess team played against Victoria Girls High School (VGHS), winning the encounter 11-5. SWIMMING The PAHS swim squad wrapped up the season with a solid set of results and were awarded various medals by headmaster Clive Pearson at Monday’s assembly. Connor Bessinger won a second place at the NMBA 4th B League Gala. Will Beatt brought home two-thirds and two firsts at the B League Gala, two silver medals at Interdistricts gala, representing Albany Schools and two silver medals at the Top 8 gala. Matthew Pienaar bagged two bronze medals at the Interdistricts Gala. Scarlett Tweedie earned a silver and a gold medal at the Interdistricts gala and a gold medal at the Top 8 gala. Emily Beatt placed third at the B League gala; brought a silver and a bronze medal home from the Interdistricts gala and a gold medal from the Top 8 gala. Saffron Tweedie won a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle at the Top 8 Gala and a gold medal at the Interdistricts gala. TENNIS The PAHS girls’ second team lost by three games to the VGHS second team. The PAHS U11 girls lost in their encounter against the Kingswood College U11 girls. Special mention must be made of Lily Heny and Scarlett Tweedie who both won their singles and doubles matches. The PAHS boys’ team comprising Lou Coetzee, James Campbell, Thomas Stanford and Luan Hannekom won their section in the Thiart Tennis Academy tournament played in G r a h a m st o w n . HOCKEY The Kingswood College U16C team proved to be the better players in their Makana League match against the PAHS U16 boys team; Kingswood won 3-0. A R C H E RY The PAHS archers travelled to Gonubie to participate in the Buffalo Interschools Archery Competition. Results were as follows: Junior girls: Tamsyn de Vos – gold for 3D and gold for bullseye. Senior girls: Jade van Staden - silver bullseye, Sarah Ford – silver 3D, Donlee Neely – bronze bullseye, Nicole Nkiwane – bronze 3D; Senior boys: Ross Elliot – silver bullseye and bronze 3D. Certificates were handed to participants at assembly. D E B AT I N G PAHS hosted Kingswood College, Ntsika Secondary School and DSG for an afternoon of debating last Friday. The PAHS senior team beat the DSG senior team and the junior team lost narrowly, also to the DSG team. Kingswood College won both their debates Ntsika Secondary School. The Grahamstown debating league is in the process of establishing itself and PAHS looks forward to the fixtures. PROUDLY PAHS: Taking part in the Top 8 Gala Parade in Port Elizabeth last Saturday were, from left, Emily Beatt, Will Beatt, Connor Bessinger, Scarlett Tweedie and Saffron Tweedie. The swimming squad did well returning home with a clutch of medals. Pride of place went to Saffron Tweedie who was invited to take part in six different races covering all four strokes BIG SPLASH: The Port Alfred High School foundation phase pupils ended their gala last week with the traditional ‘Big Splash!’ where everyone sat around the pool and did their best to kick as much as possible GET YOUR GOGGLES ON: Port Alfred High School Grade 3 pupils, twins Lilli and Kate Weeber, in front, Sarah Riddin and Michael Chingoma couldn't wait to get going with their science experiments at the recent Grahamstown SciFest EVERY THURSDAY SPECIAL - 2 Burgers & Chips for R99 IT’S SO COLD! Port Alfred High School Grade 6 pupils Amahle Funde, front, and Shanalea Delport recently got to chilly grips with their natural sciences outside classroom lesson wherein the class made ice-cream to learn about various processing methods ON TOP OF THE GAME: Port Alfred High School tennis pupils, from left, James Campbell, Thomas Stanford and Lou Coetzee were all smiles having won their boys 10 years and under section at the recent Thiart Tennis Academy team tournament held in Grahamstown. Missing from this ‘awesome foursome’ is Luan H a n n e ko m

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