The Fish Eagle June 2022

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Flame Lily Foundation<br />

Cape Peninsula Branch<br />


Flame Lily Foundation — Cape Peninsula Update<br />

This year, Flame Lily Foundation<br />

— Cape Peninsula has changed<br />

our regular Meetings on the second<br />

Tuesday of every month at<br />

10 AM at the Methodist<br />

Church hall in <strong>Fish</strong><br />

Hoek to <strong>Fish</strong> Hoek<br />

Bowling Club<br />

on the second<br />

Wednesday of<br />

every month.<br />

This is a more<br />

friendly environment.<br />

Members of<br />

FLF-CP continue<br />

to enjoy our monthly<br />

teas. We enjoyed<br />

a special Easter tea,<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

13 April, with an Easter bonnet<br />

competition. Last year we were<br />

averaging 40 members attending<br />

our monthly teas. Possibly<br />

as a result of the changed<br />

day and venue, so far<br />

this year we have<br />

averaged between<br />

20 to 30 members<br />

a meeting. Our<br />

welfare committee<br />

have phoned<br />

members on our<br />

data base. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

have also phoned<br />

members on their<br />

birthdays and this has<br />

been appreciated.<br />


We had a tremendous response to our commemorative events and<br />

delicious meals held at Rhodes Cottage where the Founder, Cecil<br />

John Rhodes died 120 years ago, on 26 March 1902. We helped<br />

arrange that a British South Africa Company flag flew from<br />

the flagpole. <strong>The</strong> gardens were beautifully landscaped by<br />

Gabriel Brown in preparation.<br />

FLF-CP held a commemorative supper on<br />

the Friday 25 th and visitors were invited<br />

to a special lunch on the Sunday<br />

27th March. Rhodes<br />

cottage, Veranda,<br />

Courtyard and<br />

garden<br />

w e r e<br />

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filled with visitors and there was a tremendous<br />

atmosphere of appreciation of<br />

our heritage and the many improvements<br />

recently made to the cottage and its environment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event was positively reported<br />

on with prominent pictures in the community<br />

newspaper, the Echo.<br />

We also designed and produced a<br />

Memorial Plaque for the Honourable Ian<br />

Douglas Smith to be installed at Saint<br />

James Retirement Hotel where Mr. Smith<br />

passed away.<br />

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“How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every<br />

field be withered? Because those who live in it<br />

are wicked, the animals and<br />

birds have perished.”<br />

Jeremiah 12:4<br />

<strong>The</strong> 5 landscape photographs were taken on Saturday, 3 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Over a year after the devastation caused by the 18 April 2021 fires Rhodes Memorial Restaurant has still not been rebuilt.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> 18 April 2021 wildfires in Cape Town which devastated the<br />

Rhodes Memorial Tea Garden, Mostert’s Mill, the oldest windmill<br />

in the Southern Hemisphere (which Cecil John Rhodes had purchased,<br />

restored and donated to the people of the Cape) and the<br />

Jaggers Library of the University of Cape Town was a particular<br />

focus of our concern and investigative journalism. As members of<br />

Friends of Rhodes Memorial, we produced articles and presentations<br />

on the Wildfires in Cape Town which were also presented to the<br />

Reformation Society and University of the Third Age (U3A) and led<br />

to many radio and TV interviews internationally.<br />

We have also been in regular consultation and negotiation with<br />

SAN Parks to restore the Rhodes Memorial Tea Garden and regain<br />

public access to Rhodes Memorial. We have also offered and mobilised<br />

teams of volunteers to assist SAN Parks in the restoration of<br />

the Rhodes Memorial area.<br />

page is well supported: https://www.facebook.com/<br />

Flame-Lily-Foundation-Cape-Peninsula-805198409856520/<br />

We have initiated and maintain the Friends of Rhodes<br />

Memorial Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/<br />

Friends-of-Rhodes-Memorial-111929737319843/<br />

We are also maintaining and updating the RASA FLF website:<br />

https://flf-rasa.co.za<br />

Yours for keeping the flame alive<br />

Dr. Peter Hammond (Chairman)<br />

Flame Lily Foundation<br />

PO Box 74 Newlands 7725<br />

Cape Town South Africa<br />

peter@frontline.org.za<br />

We continue to receive historic books, pictures, flags and other artifacts<br />

for our Rhodesia Heritage Library at Livingstone House.<br />

Our Rhodes and Founders Luncheon will be held on Wednesday,<br />

20th July at 12 noon, Barracuda, Recreation Road, <strong>Fish</strong> Hoek.<br />

We are planning our annual church Remembrance Service on<br />

Sunday 1 PM, 6 November at <strong>Fish</strong> Hoek Methodist Church and<br />

an End of Year Braai 6 PM Thursday15 December at Livingstone<br />

House, Rondebosch.<br />

Information and Communication<br />

Our <strong>Fish</strong> <strong>Eagle</strong> Magazines and Rhosarians can be read online, or<br />

downloaded and printed from the RASA website: https://flf-rasa.<br />

co.za/rasa-cape-peninsula/<br />

Our Flame Lily Foundation — Cape Peninsula Facebook<br />

“So little done! So much to do!”<br />

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Lewis, Angela and Jean worked wonders for the Cape<br />

Peninsula Branch of the Flame Lily Foundation in<br />

their dedicated years of service over two decades; all three being<br />

Founder Members of FLF-CP.<br />

Lewis Walter, Angela Walker and Jean<br />

Bowen-Davies met once a month for a<br />

‘night out,’ normally at a local restaurant<br />

where they enjoyed not only good food<br />

but banter about any subject you can think<br />

of, from Flame Lily to Rugby … but you can easily guess what the<br />

main ingredient of the meals was … it starts with ‘R’ and ends with<br />

the letter ‘A!’ That was their great, dedicated passion.<br />

ANGELA was the first to so sadly leave us. She passed away, after<br />

a protracted illness, at the Constantiaberg Medi Clinic. I was fortunate<br />

to spend a little time with her the night before her untimely<br />

passing; precious times I will always treasure, as do her daughter<br />

Alice, granddaughter Marion and sister Val who remained with her<br />

to the end.<br />

Angela, in her role as Treasurer / Secretary / <strong>Fish</strong> <strong>Eagle</strong> Editor and<br />

‘Everything Flame Lily,’ she handled with aplomb, patience and a<br />

sense of English humour we all deeply appreciated — she was a pillar<br />

of strength in assisting me those difficult days in the Chair, including<br />

her role as co-editor of the B.S.A. Police Magazine, the ‘Outpost.’<br />

She was a wonderful hostess, and the luncheons and dinners we<br />

shared at her cosy ‘English garden’ home in Welcome Glen (that’s<br />

exactly what it was [and still is] amongst friends and colleagues who<br />

always sat down to a magnificent Sunday Roast, or enjoyed a pukka<br />

Rhodesian braai.<br />

Angela’s ashes have given rise to an emerging tree planted in a small<br />

‘garden of eden’ on the grounds of the Monkey Valley Resort in<br />

Noordhoek, a place she dearly loved and shared with us all.<br />

R.I.P. Angela.<br />

LEWIS Walter, a Gentleman and a Scholar from Internal Affairs in<br />

Rhodesia, was a man among men.<br />

He kick-started the Cape Peninsula Flame Lily with four people<br />

and built it up with a dedicated team (Jean and Angela) of ‘Rhodies’<br />

who drew in many supportive members over a twenty year period.<br />

Lewis and I, along with Skatie Fourie, also got the Friday mornings<br />

‘FunnygaLore’ Club off the ground and what a success this proved to<br />

be! A relaunch is very much on the cards.<br />

Lewis’ passing was most unfortunate — he died alone in his bedroom<br />

after an unexpected and sudden heart attack and was only<br />

found to be ‘missing’ when he failed to answer his door to attend<br />

our Friday meeting — what a shock to lose a real Rhodesian Buddy<br />

we all so admired and respected.<br />

As in the case of Angela, we all sorely miss his hearty laughter and<br />

wonderful dry sense of humour, including his clipped British cum<br />

Rhodesian accent, his ‘Matabeleland’ shorts and socks and his many<br />

‘rescue’ cats and guinea fowl inhabiting his home and grounds.<br />

R.I.P. Lewis<br />

Last, but not least is mention of the departure to greener pastures of<br />

JEAN Bowen-Davies who has served the Cape Peninsula Flame Lily<br />

for 14 years. Jean is shortly closing the doors of her rambling, rustic<br />

Noordhoek cottage to join her daughter Cherry and son-in-law,<br />

Douglas, in the Bredasdorp farming district of the Western Cape,<br />

leaving her free to remain a Western Province rugby fan!<br />

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Over the many years Jean — in her role as our Welfare Officer,<br />

has cared for and supported our elderly members by gracing their<br />

homes with gifts of ‘all sorts’ to brighten their day and care for them<br />

in times of sickness and ill health — she knew our Flame Lily community<br />

so well: their likes and dislikes, their best kept secrets, their<br />

families, even their pets, by name.<br />

Jean’s raffles will remain legendary for many years to come — she<br />

tirelessly sold ticket by Flame Lily ticket in every conceivable place<br />

you may care to name, particularly the <strong>Fish</strong> Hoek Library where<br />

she was almost part of the furniture. Jean was not amused when it<br />

was suggested she peddle her raffle tickets in the bar at the Western<br />

Province Rugby ground! Whatever Jean raffled, mainly sponsored,<br />

was always in great demand, despite it taking an hour to find the<br />

winning number, year in and year out!<br />

Boot sales were always Jeans pride and joy — donations covered all<br />

the tables she could muster in various localities, and, as a ‘Saleslady<br />

Supreme,’ she amassed very sizable takings to endlessly fill the FLF<br />

coffers — donations crowded many rooms in her home en route to<br />

the marketplace, yet unbeknown to her we secretly christened her<br />

cottage the ‘S.S. Rhodesia [Container Line Ltd!]’<br />

We are losing an exceptionally talented and dedicated once committee<br />

member aka ‘Florence Nightingale’ (Jean is a qualified Rhodesian<br />

Nursing Sister) to a new home not too far from the slopes of Table<br />

Mountain, and we wish her all of the very best for the future in her<br />

ninetieth year with the sincere hope of an invite to her ‘100’ which<br />

is not really that far off! Good Luck and God Bless, Jean.<br />

Tony Rozemeyer<br />



<strong>June</strong><br />

3 Mary Morgan<br />

5 Michele de Gersigny<br />

6 Pat Graham<br />

18 David Anderson<br />

21 Stephanie De Haas<br />

22 Jane McClean<br />

28 Gael Baldwin<br />

July<br />

1 Guy Geddes<br />

1 Lynette Stockil<br />

2 Phillipina Bekker<br />

3 Joan Bosch (Turning 96)<br />

5 Albert Massyn-Cruywagen<br />

9 Shirley Begley<br />

15 Skatie Fourie<br />

17 Eve Anderson<br />

19 Rob Micklesfield<br />

30 Hugh Capon<br />

31 John Fold<br />

August<br />

1 Steve Bardwell<br />

1 Frances Truswell<br />

4 Helen Granville<br />

5 Dr John Taylor<br />

6 Sue De la Rosa<br />

7 Margie Richards<br />

7 Michelle Van der Walt<br />

13 Tricia Elvin-Jensen<br />

17 Ruth Ashton<br />

17 Marjorie Bentley<br />

17 Geoff Southey<br />

24 Eleanor Des Fountain<br />

24 Brenda Murrell<br />

30 Vivian Bezuidenhout<br />

30 Eric Lawrence<br />

September<br />

1 Norman Ely<br />

8 Hazel Shaul<br />

9 Joan Fry<br />

12 Liselotte Jucker<br />

14 George Stuart<br />

17 Jenny Rivett<br />

18 Dave Swanson<br />

20 Chris Smith<br />

20 Bill Phillips<br />

20 Kathy Curnick<br />

22 Nigel Lea-Cox<br />

23 Larry Bowen-Davies<br />

25 Stanley Browne<br />

28 Philomena Ward<br />

29 Maureen Fivas<br />

29 Maureen Mason<br />

30 Alec Murray<br />

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“Greater love has<br />

no one than this: to<br />

lay down one’s life<br />

for one’s friends.”<br />

John 15:13<br />

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“We will remember them!”

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