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TOTT 29 March 2018

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10 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 29, 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 IT’S an action-packed weekend over the Easter holidays with the Amanzi Festival beginning tomorrow and continuing with non-stop action throughout the weekend and, through the whole of next week and the following weekend (when the Bathurst Agricultural Show begins). If you are a swimmer, a runner or you own a jet ski, you are invited to participate in some of the great events planned for the weekend including an 8km trail run, the Marina Mile swim, or the jet ski races at East Beach. AND, if you prefer your sports while sitting down with a cooldrink and a sun hat, then why not go to East Beach on Sunday and Monday, as well as to West Beach for the rest of the week to watch some of the best water sports action we have ever seen in this area? If you’ve got kids, then Kiddies Beach will have a plethora of activities for the children to do in a safe and supervised location. But ladies and gents, please remember that it is illegal to drink alcohol in open public places, and that includes the beaches. If you take any drinks or bottles onto the beach (hopefully, just plastic and no glass), please pick up after yourself and use one of the many bins that will be scattered around the area over the period. OH, and finally on this subject, thank you to all our visitors for coming to Port Alfred. We know you might have chosen anywhere to spend your Easter break, so a sincere thank you for choosing Port Alfred. We hope you enjoy your stay and come back to visit us next year when the Amanzi Festival will effectively be in its third year and with even more entertainment. ALTHOUGH the Amanzi Festival will take first spot in a lot of diaries this weekend, don’t forget there are plenty of other events happening in the area. Firstly, there’s the Alexandria Easter Football Tournament at Derric Mbele Stadium in Alexandria.from today to Monday April 2. And then tomorrow, there is an SPCA fundraiser dinner at Lara’s Eatery in Bathurst. ON Saturday there’s a lot of things happening, including the Kleinemonde Morning Market, Rotary Bargain Hunt, an Easter Egg hunt at Red Leaf Nursery, cupcakes being sold at the Rosehill Mall by hospice in aid of cancer, a potjiekos competition at Route 72 Saloon, as well as auditions for the Coastal Talent Competition at the Little Theatre on the Wharf. AND possibly the biggest event of them all (I’m BORN FREE: Young and energetic, Colonel Lizette Zeelie's grandson, Liam Zeelie, ran the parkrun on Saturday allowed to say that because I write Neighbourlies) – Unorthodox Jukebox Volume 2 will be performing at Ta s h ’s Craft Bar at the Small Boat Harbour on Saturday evening. What a great way to end a Saturday, a great show with music from the ’50s through to the ’70s with me, Rob Knowles, Scott Harvey, Melissa du Randt and Sasha Badenhorst. It’s a great venue, fabulous entertainment (a completely unbiased opinion, by the way), fantastic food and brilliant atmosphere (are there enough superlatives there? – Just come, you’ll enjoy it). FOR more details on these and other events, see our Diarise This section below. IT has to be said, but the ball tampering incident at the third test match played at Newlands this week by Australia has apparently just scratched the surface. After worrying whether KG Rabada would play the week before, now we have three new Aussies coming out to replace captain Steve Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft who were all sent home. The riders in the Two Oceans Marathon, also taking place this weekend, have asked the trio’s replacements to please bring out some more sandpaper to help them repair bicycle punctures, but requested finer grain as the stuff they used on the cricket ball is a bit too coarse. BIRTHDAY greetings, congratulations and good wishes to everyone celebrating a happy occasion in the week ahead, especially Sally-Ann Phillips-Page, Joy Geard, Vicky Kleynhans, Okkie du Plessis, Christopher Phillips-Page, Jami Weeber, Jay-Leigh Taai, Hein Barnard, Scala Booi, Leon de Waal, Dorothy de Reuk, Noeleen Pretorius, Megan van de Merwe, Brendan Marais, Eloyse Meinzer, Anthony Gill, Roxy Simes, Kiki Hughes, Michelle Bowles, Maureen Spearman, Lance Parker, Eve Dombai,Vince McDuda, Shireen Hilpert, David Cooke, Daniella Swanepoel, Beryl Pancoust, Joyce Harrison, Charne Boshoff, Ashley Riddin, Fred Tyson, John Ball, Tamsanga Ntantiso, Max von Paul, Amy Wilmot, Kim Snyman, Ntia Sylianou, Wendy Cock, Linda Buchanan, Reuben Hayes, Tosca Spenceley, Ann Engler. E V E RY success for many more years to follow are the wishes we are conveying to the following businesses and organisations on another anniversary, especially KTP Kitchens, Sports ’n All and Red Leaf Nursery. IT’S not a good sign that the price of Brent Crude has shot up by around $5 per barrel this week, as Brent Crude affects petrol prices, which affect transport costs and therefore the cost of food on the shelves. With VAT increasing by 1%, this is not good news for consumers. But Moody’s has kept the South African credit rating at investment level (just), so we will have to wait and see what impact all this has on our economy and the value of the local currency. With last year’s figures in brackets for comparison, the currency was trading at R11.70 (R15.05) to the dollar, R16.55 to the pound (R21.65) and R14.50 to the euro (R17.03). In the commodities department, Gold was trading at $1 337.13 per fine ounce ($1 238.94), Platinum was trading at $947.20 ($946.50) per ounce and with Brent Crude oil at of $70.11 ($39.60) per barrel. 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 and Mark Price. SINCERE sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Keith Kolesky, who suddenly passed away recently. May happy memories of wonderful times together comfort Lyn, Karen, Michelle, Grant and families at this sad time in your lives. The funeral will be held on Thursday April 5, at St Paul’s Anglican Church at 2pm. CONGRATUL ATIONS and best wishes for many more years of happiness to all couples enjoying another anniversary, especially Jedd and Tania Reid, René and Eileen Denis, Jimmy and Julia Jamieson, Glenn and Jennifer Henning, Eric and Dawn McQuillan, Juan and Candice Pretorius, Gordon and Katie Japp, Graham and Merrilee Strachan, Reegan and Wouné Muller. THOUGHT for the week: “Harmony makes small things grow, but lack of it, can make great things decay”. BEST regards as always, The team. DIARISE THIS OUR ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR APRIL, MAY and JUNE 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. There is usually a speaker followed by discussion and tea. Contact Dr Heather Rauch 081-350-8079 for information and to get on to our mailing list. 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. w w w. a n n e s b i r d i n g . c o . z a Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday. For more information please contact David Brewis on 076-457-3218. Or e-mail d a v i d b re w i s 7 7 @ g m a i l . c o m 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, groups welcome. 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. Jams, pickles, secondhand books, cakes, quiches, secondhand clothing, crochet knitting, plants. 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 at or 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. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome. Enquiries: Walter Grisdale (046) 648-2440. Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30am-10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall. Enjoy breakfast and browse the stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home produce, including quality meats, vegetables, pancakes, frozen meals, quiches, bread, rusks, gingerbread houses, home baked cakes, doggy treats, candles, gifts and more. 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 or Peter Charter on 0 8 2 - 5 6 9 - 3 478 . 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 third 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, or John Moss on 082-829-5484 for more information. Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562. MOTHS - 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. To join the NSRI visit the base in person to undergo an evaluation. 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. Bookings are required. Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving excellent tips and guidance on how to draw and paint. 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. Enquiries: Rod Wilson at: 082-375-2968 or (046) 624-5671. See our website at: w w w. p a b c c . c o . z a 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 third 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. P r i vat e 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. ‘Classics at the Castle’ classical/jazz concerts check press or w w w. fa c e b o o k . c o m / r i c h m o n d h o u s e m u s e u m m u s i c 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 March 29 Full council meeting – 10am – council chambers, Campbell Street. PA Art Club – 9am – Month-end social, library and DVD exchange. Bring paintings for review and enjoy tea, coffee and snacks. St James Hall. Thursday March 29 to Monday April 2 Alexandria Easter Football Tournament at Derric Mbele Stadium in Alexandria. Thirty-two teams expected to take part. The draw for matches will take place on March 25 at Alexandria. The winning team will get R25 000 and gold medals, second place will get R10 000 and silver medals and third place will get R5 000. The entry fee for teams is R1 500. For further information contact Mashibo at 078-437-1303 or Ndzaba at 073 - 217 - 7501 . Friday March 30 SPCA fundraiser dinner at Lara’s Eatery in Bathurst, 7pm. R175 per head, includes two-course meal and live music by Joe van der Linden. All profits go to the Port Alfred and Ndlambe District SPCA. Bookings essential – call 071-307-1019 or 079-843-4212. Friday March 30 to Sunday April 8 Amanzi Festival – Nine full days of sporting events to make this the Eastern Cape’s premier watersport festival with surfing, world tour bodyboarding, swimming, rubber ducks, jetski racing, family tube races, a trail run, trampolining and more. Saturday March 31 Kleinemonde Morning Market – 8.30am-10am – on the lawns adjacent to the Kleinemonde Community Church. This market will replace the normal first Saturday of the month market. Rotary Bargain Hunt – 9am – Port Alfred Civic Centre parking lot. Everything marked at friendly prices. Anything and everything for sale. Anyone who wants to donate items can contact Dave on 082-453-2618 or Heather on (046) 624-2075. Red Leaf Nursery – Easter Egg Hunt. Bring your kids to Red Leaf Nursery to get involved in the Easter Egg Hunt. Little kids (under five) starts at 10am and older kids from 11am. No charge but donations accepted for NSRI, Port Alfred. Sunshine Coast Hospice Cupcakes for Cancer at the entrance of Rosehill Mall. Please support this fundraising venture by baking cupcakes for sale. Contact Zelda or Angela on (046) 624-4107 if you are able to assist. Potjiekos competition at Route 72 Saloon from 12pm. First prize R1 000, second prize R500, third prize R300. R25 meal tickets available for potjies. Music and party all night. All welcome. Coastal Talent Competition auditions – from 9am-5pm – Little Theatre on the Wharf. Lovely prizes for the top 16 selected performers to showcase their talent in the final contest being held on April 4. Unorthodox Jukebox Volume 2 –7pm–Ta s h ’s Craft Bar at the Port Alfred small boat harbour. Singing, dancing and comedy, featuring Scott Harvey, Sasha Badenhorst, Rob Knowles and Melissa du Randt. Tickets at R130 per person includes a choice of a beef or chicken burger with chips. Thursday April 5 PA Art Club – 9am – DVD morning, Don Powis Hall. Saturday April 7 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. 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. Get to the Bathurst Agricultural Show, the oldest and largest agricultural show in the Eastern Cape. Tuesday April 10 Government Schools Open. Thursday April 12 Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm-5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

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