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TOTT 5 April 2018

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10 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook April 5, 2018 N E I G H B O U R LY NOTES E-mail Rob Knowles at or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday FROM Sleepy Hollow to a hive of activity, the area around Port Alfred and Bathurst has seen a massive influx of visitors over the Easter period thanks to the Royal St Andrews Hotel (RSAH) Amanzi Festival that began last Friday and will continue through to this Sunday, along with the Bathurst Agricultural Show to take place at the Bathurst Showgrounds this w e e ke n d . RS AH Amanzi Festival has been a great success this year, and aims to become the premier water-sport festival in the country. From the enthusiasm shown by competitors, this is highly likely in the next few years. The festival continues until Sunday with international surfing taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plus, there are lots of things to do at West Beach and Kiddies Beach to keep the entire family entertained this w e e ke n d . THE Bathurst Agricultural Show, now in its 110th year, is on this weekend and, with new and exciting events to look forward to, will probably be the best yet. The show committee has done an outstanding job of organising the event and, this year, and despite the VAT increase, the price of admission remains the same. From cattle auctions where some of the best animals in the country will be up for grabs, to a horse derby, from floral art exhibitions to the latest farm machinery; from the singing cowboy to police displays, the Bathurst Agricultural Show has it all. Added to this there are plenty of food stalls, beer (and other alcoholic drinks) tents, all providing their own brand of entertainment, the Bathurst Agricultural Show is another of those “places to be” this weekend. There are also a number of other activities taking place this weekend, so read our Diarise This section below for more i n fo r m at i o n . THE Ndlambe council meeting last Thursday was another marathon affair – as though, knowing they would be on holiday over the long weekend, the SWIMMING CLUB: Port Alfred swimming team, from left at the back, Saffron Tweedie, Kate Tinley and Emily Beatt, and front row, Scarlett Tweedie and William Beatt at the Marina Mile last Friday Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES councillors felt it only fitting to extend the meeting until after 3pm. It was at this meeting that mayor Phindile Faxi expressed exception to an article I wrote on Ndlambe Municipality not aptly supporting a tourism capacity-planning meeting last month, calling the report “tabloid journalism”. He was making a point of stories being sensationalised to entice more readers. He also complained that the municipality had not had the opportunity to respond. However, Talk of the town is always willing to publish any reasonable response to any of the articles we write. But the problem is far more serious than just upsetting the mayor. Tourism is one of only two industries in this area. We do not have car manufacturing plants as do our two closest metropolitan municipalities, or an existing fishing industry (this is a sore point with many of the victims of the Department of Agriculture, forests and fisherieswithdrawing commercial fishing licences). We rely on farming and tourism as the two staples in our community and therefore any activity that will help improve tourism and create more jobs must be taken seriously by the municipal officials and councillors alike. At the meeting last month the mayor and other officials were apparently busy with more pressing matters. This is unacceptable in a depressed area such as Ndlambe. Surely there had to be more councillors available than mayoral stand-in Ray Schenk to attend this critical meeting. Perhaps this was tabloid journalism (we are, after all, a tabloid), but the intention of the article was to point out a problem to everyone. We cannot allow tourism to die or even remain stagnant or the area will die. We need to get involved, particularly when we have internationally-acclaimed events such as the Bathurst Show taking place this weekend, and when teams from Australia, and individuals from around the world come to compete here in Port Alfred in the Amanzi Festival. We need to do a lot more to attract visitors and competitors, and we need the support of tourism bodies and therefore need to attend these types of tourism events. If that upsets the administration then so be it. MAY everyone having a birthday in the week ahead enjoy a very happy one and lots more happy years ahead for all, especially, Anthony Vivier, Jovan van Aarde, Ragel Fleischack, Elbe van Heerden, Annelize Averill, Luke Oosthuizen, Robyn Clayton, Grace Kloppers, Georgie Shelver, Linda Buchanan, Barbara Matthews, Bernard du Plessis, Jenny Moodie, Wendy Gregory, Beauty Matomela, Darrel Botha, Bradley Ford, Malcolm Cock, Georgie Neumann, Jean Rodgerson, Anne Roos, Danica Kukard, Hannah Charter, Ronnie Slaughter, Eve van Rooyen, Brian Burnette, Colin Purdon, Morgan Hunke, Lara Heny, Jean Wright, Charlene Palmer, Alroy Taai, Diana Lardner-Burke, twins Kate and Rachel Grimbeek, Brian Meyer, Lynette Wilson, Jandré Terblanche, Charlene Foster, Melissa Bowles, Jenre du Plessis, Jacques Hilpert, Karl Badenhorst, Derick Bamber, Bianca Steenkamp, Abenathi Stuurnman, Gerhald Scholz, Rachel Kohler, Shireen Hilpert, Ragel van der Merwe, Rose Daweti, Taylor Biggs. CONTINUED success and best wishes for many more to the following businesses celebrating another anniversary, especially Volcanik (Biscay Road), 2nd Best (Campbell Street) and Port Alfred Service Centre THE VAT increase has certainly had an effect on prices in the shops already, and the increase in the petrol and diesel prices has and will continue to have an effect for the foreseeable future. That there was no allowance made for income tax cuts in personal tax to match inflation increases can mean an additional burden. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the Rand was at R11.91 to the Dollar (R13.81), R16.73 to the Pound (R17.25) and R14.63 to the Euro (R14.73). Gold is trading at $1 346.46 per fine ounce ($1 252.43), platinum is at $936.46 ($963.50) with Brent crude oil at $67.18 per barrel ($54.85). SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, who are having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. "Sterkte" to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Dot Fetherstonhaugh, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Mark Price. MAY your love and happiness continue as you celebrate a wedding anniversary to all couples enjoy such, especially Dave and Arlene Young, Burg and Arleen Naude, Warren and Trish Solz, Bruce and Kelly McNicol, Alfred and Jacqui Weyer, Jan and Raymond Pearson. THOUGHT for the week: “To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a sound body”. The Team DIARISE THIS OUR ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR APRIL, MAY and JUNE Please e-mail or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum opens on the last Saturday of each month – 9am-12 noon – Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port Alfred. Alzheimer SA East Cape Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month at 3pm at Brookshaw Home at 9 Donkin Street, Grahamstown. The Support Group is for family, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or any form of Dementia. Contact Dr Heather Rauch 081-350-8079 for information Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday, rain or shine, at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery, Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm. Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter. Book with Anne (046) 675-1976 or 083-719-4950. Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday. For more information please contact David Brewis on 076-457-3218. Bring your tools and layout in and enjoy the creative atmosphere and free coffee at Bcreative Scrapbooking, Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Available weekdays and Saturdays. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book. Builders and contractors networking on the first Thursday of every month at Diaz Country Club in Bushman’s River Mouth. Starts at 6pm. Open to builders and contractors of Bushman’s River Mouth, Kenton-on-Sea, Boknes and Port Alfred. For more information, contact Built-it Bushmen’s River Mouth on (046) 622-3158. Duck Pond Morning Market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm, between Burksies Coffee Shop and Penny Farthing restaurant. All stallholders welcome. Contact Wendy 081-347-9562. FAST (Forum for Astronomy, Science and Technology) meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Port Alfred Ski-boat Club at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. Please contact Shirley Marais on 082-928-8671 for more i n fo r m at i o n . First Port Alfred Scout/Cub meetings. Every Friday at the Girl Guide Hall, from 3pm-5pm. Visitors welcome. For more information, contact Dot Fethers on (046) 624-3192. Kenton Garden Club meeting second Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. For info visit w w w. k e n t o n g a r d e n c l u b . c o . z a Kenton Pub Quiz – 6.30pm – first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Teams of four to six. Inquiries: Walter Grisdale, (046) 648-2440. Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall. Enjoy breakfast and browse the stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home produce. Knit and Knatter Crafters club at Holly House, every Wednesday at 9am. All welcome. Contact Kathy on (046) 624-4452 for further information. Kowie Auctioneers – monthly auction every last Thursday of the month at 35 North Street. Entries for the auction need to be in on the Tuesday before the auction. Viewing day prior from 2pm. For more information call Colin Maclachlan 083-521-3623. Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public h o l i d ay s . Lower Albany Historical Society meets 3rd Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips. Call Avonne on 083-473-6823 for details. Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046) 624-2945 for more information. Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month on a Thursday afternoon. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733. M OT H S – Old soldiers never die – calling all ex-servicemen “Ou Manne” and their ladies for a get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12 noon and the MOTH Hall (behind the Ski-boat Club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 or 084-983-8550 for catering purposes. National Sea Rescue Institute practices every Wednesday at 5pm. Night Scrapbooking classes every fortnight at BCreative Scrapbooking Supplies at Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Wednesdays from 6.30pm-10pm. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book your spot for the next class or for more information. Saturday morning and weekday scrapbooking classes also available. Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly offering a monthly DVD from leading artists. Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Netty (084-584-6629). Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls available. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. Inquiries: Rod Wilson at: 082 375 2968 or 046 624 5671. Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now at the Lodge on Albany Road (the Old Vic Hotel). Meets every Monday and Thursday – 1.15pm for 1.30pm start. Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred Police Station at 2.30pm. Port Alfred Floral Art Group (PAFAG) meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at 2.30pm. For more information please phone 082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). All welcome. Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club. Richmond House Museum and Music Room. Private non-profit museum est. 2007. The building (1948) is a replica of the Castle, and the displays trace 175 years of owners and alterations. No admission fee, but donations welcomed. Tours by appointment only: 082-456-7437. Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday and Sunday from 9am with a variety of home made delights, “egg-cellent” free-range eggs, honey, biltong, droewors as well as its very popular morning breakfast. Contact Desia Holmes on 083-589-0765 for more information. Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market, the first Saturday of every month, from 9am-4pm. A true art and craft market. Only handmade items available by our local crafters. Large selection of goods. Scottish Country Dancing at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7pm. For more information please phone (046) 604-0478. Sunshine Coast Women’s Forum meets every fourth Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park at 2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Muriel MacGregor on (046) 624-1963. Tap dancing classes at Red Leaf Nursery by Belinda Prince on Mondays and Wednesday. For more information, contact Belinda on 073-251-2076. The Riverside Ramble: a new self-guided tour (map R10 from Sunshine Coast Tourism or Kowie History Museum) of historic Wharf Street and Van der Riet Streets. U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome. Thursday April 5 Amanzi Festival – ALL DAY – Skatepark, fencing, trampolining and rowing machines at West Beach; jumping castle at Kiddies Beach. Kiddies Beach – Parent/Child towing competition from 9am to 10am. Three-legged race from 10am to 11am. Bucket race from 11am to 12 noon. PA Art Club – 9am – DVD morning, Don Powis Hall. FA ST – 2.30pm – Port Alfred Ski-boat Club. Peter Grist will be speaking about the importance and role of the annual SciFest in Grahamstown, filling us in on some of the lectures he attended, some of the interesting and important people he interviewed, and some of the latest developments in science globally. Amanzi Festival music at the tent in the West beach parking lot – angie z from 8pm till close. Friday April 6 Amanzi Festival – ALL DAY – Skatepark at West Beach, jumping castle at Kiddies Beach. International surfing competition at East Beach - 8am to 4pm Amanzi Festival music at the tent in the West beach parking lot – Jayms from 8pm till late. Saturday April 7 Amanzi Festival – ALL DAY – Skatepark at West Beach, jumping castle at Kiddies Beach. Kiddies tube race at Kiddies Beach - 9am to 11am. International surfing competition at East Beach - 8am to 4pm. Ladies’ Night at Tash’s Craft Bar. Starts 7pm and ladies enter free until 9pm. Best of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Entrance R40, students R20. The Port Alfred Ski-boat Club will be hosting a party next Saturday evening, from 6pm, to celebrate the extensive renovations that have taken place over the past year. There will be lamb on the spit, live music and the party is open to club members and the public. Amanzi Festival music at the tent in the West beach parking lot – angie z from 8pm till late. Friday April 6 to Sunday April 8 Bathurst Agricultural Show – Lots to see and do for the whole family. Animal husbandry, cattle auctions, horse riding, dog show, baby competitions, fun fair and lots to eat and drink, plus live entertainment. Sunday April 8 Amanzi Festival – ALL DAY – Skatepark at West Beach, jumping castle at Kiddies Beach, 8am to 4pm – N at i o n a l surfing competition at East Beach. Canoe race at Kiddies Beach - 8.30am to 9.30am. Sunday April 8 Amanzi Festival – ALL DAY – Skatepark at West Beach, jumping castle at Kiddies Beach, 8am to 4pm – International surfing competition at East Beach. Canoe race at Kiddies Beach - 8.30am to 9.30am. Tuesday April 10 Government Schools Open Thursday April 12 PA Art Club – 9am – Painting together. Kindly phone (046) 624-4484 or (046) 624-4564 for further details. Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562. Thursday April 19 Friends with Compassion - caring for those who are mourning a loved one. Presbyterian Church Port Alfred, at 3.30pm. All welcome- Join us for a cup of tea and a chat. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562. Food and wine pairing – 7pm – Continental Restaurant and Deli in Kenton-on-Sea. R250 per person. Bookings essential – call (046) 648-1153. Saturday April 21 Aromatherapy workshop – 9am to 1pm. Cost is R400 for a morning of learning, handouts, tea and snacks and a blend you will make. Phone Cindy on 083-593-8543. PA Art Club – 10am – St James Hall. Painting abstract figures with a live model. Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 Flute recital at St Paul's Church - Father Noel-Jean Craille, a very well-known organist from Caltizdorp and Graaff-Reinet and newly retired to Port Alfred, teams up every year with an outstanding young musician (now Stellenbosch student) Daniel Brodie, from East London. They will once again present flute and piano/organ works on both days at 3pm. Tickets at R85 obtainable from KNA (includes tea an eats afterward in the church hall). Thursday April 26 PA Art Club – 9am – Month-end social, library and DVD exchange. Bring paintings for review and enjoy tea, coffee and snacks. St James Hall. Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562. Thursday May 3 PA Art Club – 9am – DVD morning. Don Powis Hall. Saturday May 5 Settlers Park Fete – 8.30am – Don Powis Hall. Something for everyone, from a wide selection of stalls to pancakes, curry and rice and fresh produce.

April 5, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 11 Bathurst Show feature New feel to the Eastern Cape’s most prestigious agricultural show EVERYTHING is ready to go at the Bathurst Agricultural Show, the province’s oldest running agricultural show and one of the most prestigious events on the South African agricultural c a l e n d a r. B at h u r st Agricultural Society (BAS) – organisers of the event – president Danny Wepener, is delighted with the programme changes and the spirit of the many volunteers and assistants who m a ke the show possible each year. “Without their support, we would not be able to bring the show to the public each year, and I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who helps, as well as the thousands of visitors who pass through the gates each year to visit us,” he said. Candice Marshall, the convenor of the equestrian events at this year’s show, was given a special mention by Wepener at the final meeting of the Bathurst Agricultural Show executive committee. “Candy has done a superb job in reformatting and bringing even more excitement to equestrian events at this year’s show, and we want to thank her for her efforts,” said Wepener, whose sentiments were echoed by those present including Bas lady president Pam Elliot t. This year’s show offers greater entertainment and excitement (lawn mower races, quad bikes and much more), new stalls, great food and, of course, a great family at m o s p h e r e . So, whatever else you plan to do this weekend, visit the B at h u r st Showgrounds and enjoy the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the Bathurst Agricultural S h o w. RIDING HIGH: Debbie Apple approaches one of the fences on her horse, Pickles, at the equestrian show jumping event at a previous Bathurst Show If you’re looking to stay for a bit longer than the weekend, then contact principal of Independent Proper t y Consultants (IPC), Gill Turner. Turner opened the Bathurst office in 2008 and, ten years later, IPC is the leading estate agency in the village. The Bathurst office is situated next to the Pig ‘n Whistle and is managed by Turner’s sister, Jacqui, who has her NQF4 and PPRE certificates in real estate. Apart from sales, PIGGY’S SCRATCH: On your way to the Bathurst Show? Pop into The Workshop Art and Craft Gallery to tickle Piggy’s chin – a painting by Marieke du Plessis – and see what else takes your fancy Bathurst Show 6th, 7th & 8th April 2018 SALES / SERVICING / PARTS Polaris and Linhai Quads Puzey Motorcycles & Scooters Servicing of all makes of Quads, Bikes, Scooters and Accessories Email: / 7 Third Avenue, Walmer, PE Tel: 041 581 1716 Tel: 041 581 2471 World of Quads and Bikes 061 240 3754

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