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TOTT 29 March 2018

14 Talk of the Town

14 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 29, 2018 Commemorating Dias AWALK from Boknes to Dias Cross on March 12 was a very special one for a group from Bushman’s River and Kenton. Kenton resident Ruthell Johnston fulfilled his vision of holding a communion service at Dias Cross on the date that the intrepid Portuguese came on land at that exact spot and served the first communion on Southern African soil in 1488. People from other congregations were invited to join a walking prayer group from St D av i d ’s Anglican Church. Thirty-seven oldies made it to the cross on a beautiful morning – a day when the tide was not too high. Johnston explained that Bartholomew Dias was driven by an obsession to discover the world and set up a BEACH COMMUNION: A group of people from Bushman’s River and Kenton walked from Boknes to Dias Cross earlier this month to take communion there in memory of the Dias expedition route to the lucrative spice trading countries, with a dream of finding the mystical person, Prestor John. The Kingdom of Prestor John was much like CS Lewis’ Narnia, a land of fabulous wealth, where the trees bore multiple crops each year and in it was the fountain of eternal youth. They never found this mythical land and got as far as what is believed to be the mouth of the Keiskamma River before his crew rebelled and Dias was forced to turn back. After a fascinating address by Johnston, the group of walkers took communion and then made their way Cherrywood Nursery 10 Salem Rd, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape Gayle: (046) 648 1732 | 083 280 5876 cherrywoodnursery@gmail.com back to Boknes where five people were ready with warm and cold drinks and delicious biscuits. “They must have been praying hard as despite our ages and physical disabilities, no one needed any form of medical attention,” Ann Greer said. “A truly memorable experience that we hope will become a tradition.” GATHERING VINTAGE PHOTOS: Photographer Corlette Venter in her studio at the Threeways Centre with pictures of days gone by in the background Trading Hours Sunshine Coast Spar: Mon– Fri: 7:30am – 6pm Sat: 7:30am - 5pm Sun 7:30am - 4pm Valid: 30 March - 1 April 2018 | E&OE | Tel: 046 648 1023 | While stocks last SPAR Baked Beans 410g 2 FOR R16.00 Koo Fresh Garden Peas 2 FOR R26.00 Sunlight Hand Wash 2kg R36.99 Each Photographic trip down memory lane in Kenton PIET MARAIS CORLETTE Venter, photographer and owner of The Final Touch photographic agency in Kenton-on-Sea, has been collecting vintage photographs of the area for more than two years and on Friday March 30, she will host her first exhibition. It promises to be a real trip down memory lane with photographs dating back to the 1890s and views of Kenton and Bushman’s River Mouth as only the people who lived in those times can remember them. It starts with only two houses at Bushman’s and a clear view of none whatsoever on the Kenton side. In those days, Bushman’s was the main hub with large crowds of people flocking together, especially for the sports events on New Year’s days. It is striking to see how the Kariega and Bushman’s rivers have changed over time and the photographs will certainly be of scientific value to researchers concerned about the environmental threats to the estuaries. Venter, who grew up in Gauteng and followed a course in photography at Kempton Park Technical College, has been collecting the old photographs for the last two years at least. “It all started when a gentleman called John Lake came into the studio and asked me to scan some old negatives of the Volo shipwreck and family photographs. I couldn’t help being nostalgic and that’s when I started asking around and spending time in libraries to find out about the origins of Kenton and Boesmansriviermond,” Venter said. Venter is one of five sisters and she has fond memories of visiting her eldest sister, Pollos, in Salem. That was also her introduction to Kenton and Bushman’s, where she now lives. Ve n t e r ’s exhibition is expected to attract a lot of attention, especially from families who have been connected to Kenton and Bushman’s for many generations, such as the Butts, the Gardeners, the Forresters, the dominees Hanekom and Strydom and many more. Golden Delicious Apples 1.5kg R17.99 Each Castle Lite 340ml 18pack R154.99 Each Commando Brandy 750ml R109.99 Each

March 29, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 15 Box car racing’s thrills and spills AT YOUR SERVICE: The staff of Build it in Bushman’s River, from left, Chriswell Adams, manager Hein van den Heever, Louise van Heerden, Cameron Arnoldus, Thembisa Sinki Saki, Kholiswa Ntseth, Mariska van Rensburg, Garrick Coetzee, Alton de Bruin and Virgil Fo r b e s NEW AGENTS: Alan Malan (Pam Golding Kenton office) and Leanda Visser (Pam Golding Boknes office) have been appointed as new rental agents in the Pam Golding Rental Division. For all your rental needs in those areas, call on these agents OPEN FOR EASTER: Visit Cherrywood Nursery on Saturday from 8.30am to 1pm and Monday from 8.30am to 1pm to see their wide selection of hanging baskets LOUISE KNOWLES KENTON Primary School hosted one of its most popular events on the school calendar, Kaskardag, on the school field which was transformed in to a racing track on S at u r d ay. There were thrills and spills aplenty and the starting banner across the rugby posts added to the colour and the excitement of the crowds milling about the fields. The tyre-lined racetrack winding around the field passed through a donga under a bridge, over the bridge and down the hill through a mudbath. Fortunately, there was a carwash too – a lawn sprinkler where the kaskars passed by. There was also a pit stop where new members of the team took over the task of pushing the kaskars. Lindsey van der Schyff’s Grade 5 team – Fast and Furious – won the final match in the senior division (Grades 4-7). “The Grade 4s were about to beat us when they went flying into the tyres. We also beat the Grade 7s in two laps,” said 10-year-old Kaitlyn Munro who was part of the 21 children in the Fast and Furious team. In the junior division – (Grade R-3) – Michaeleen Bates’ Grade 3 team, the Turbo Trolls, won the finals. Parents and teachers also competed against each other, with the former Grade 7s joining in the fun. The teachers won the match with teacher Malindi Schoeman driving against ex-Grade 7 pupil, Diaz pigeon season off to flying start with baby auction PIET MARAIS THE scene is set for what promises to be a great racing pigeon season this year for Diaz One Loft, a national pigeon loft based in Bushman’s River Mouth with an intake of 580 birds. “We are excited because this is our tenth year as a national loft and we are looking forward to the coming celebrations. This year we will stage 11 races, the 11th added to commemorate our 10 years of racing,” committee chairman Dr Luiz Pedro said. The season starts with a baby auction on Sunday at the Diaz Country Club on the corner of Alexandria Street and the R72 in Bushman’s. All birds purchased will be entered into the baby race, which will take place during the fourth race of the season, starting from Kokstad. Good prize money can be won and the season lasts until September. “I would like to invite anyone even remotely interested in pigeons to attend the auction. It is a great way for the public to get involved,” said Pedro. Apart from the more professionally-minded pigeon racers, with pigeons entered from PUSHING ON: Former Grade 7s from Kenton Primary School were also allowed to take part in the Kaskardag at the school fields last Saturday. Teammates push Jeandre van Niekerk around the makeshift track in an attempt to get ahead of the others Pictures: LOUISE KNOWLES Dylan Volschenk. “The parents made the kaskars and they are fixed and re-used every year since the competition started in 2006,” said school secretary Di Hutchison. The day-long event is held every second year because it takes so much organising. Funds will go towards lifting, levelling and replanting the playing fields. Local resident Graeme Hutchison was emcee for the day. Local artist and gallery owner Tess Lovemore kindly agreed to give her painting away to the winner of the raffle and spent the day in a tent on the field painting the rural scene with cows. She also painted a treasure map which children could stick pins all corners of the country, there will be several social events. The most popular thus far was the Hospice Pigeon Race last year, organised by the Kenton Rotary Club. “The venue was packed with people dressed up as they would for the Durban July Handicap. Fun bets were placed and all proceeds OVER THE MOON: Savannah Myburg, left, and Kaitlyn Munro of the Grade 5 Fast and Furious team which won the senior final race at Kaskardag at Kenton Primary School last S at u r d a y into where they thought the treasure was hidden. Other events were a police dog show, a tug-o’-war, a potjiekos competition for the parents who also sold potjiekos afterwards and a prize-giving at the end of the day. “We want to thank all our sponsors, local and Port Alfred alike, without whom it would not be possible,” said Hutchison. donated to the hospice in Port Alfred. The Rotary Club’s success has led us to plan more social and charity events in the coming season,” Pedro said. S u n d ay ’s auction starts at 12 noon and the pigeons can be viewed from 10am. The kitchen and pub will be open for drinks and meals. PIGEON PRIDE: Diaz One Loft chairman Dr Luiz Pedro, left, and loft founder and co-ordinator, retired police colonel Errol Vertue, right, with Boeta Pieterse, the loft manager, trainer and winner of last year’s Eastern Cape Pigeon Federation Competition, with one of the baby pigeons up for auction on Sunday

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