JUST a reminder of the current Talk of the Town ES Young Photographic Competition. We are in full swing, with some lovely entries coming in so far. TotT has selected three weekly winners since the start of the competition with another two weeks to go. The winners of each week will be judged against each other and stand a chance to win the grand prize of R2 000, which will be announced on August 17. See the TotT website on www.talkofthetown.co.za for more information.
TODAY, July 27, the Proteas take on England in the third test match at The Oval in London. Hopefully with the return of Kagiso Rabada, South Africa can take the lead in the four-match series as the scores are now level.
ALL eyes were on the 23-year-old American golfer Jordan Spieth this past weekend at the Open Championship. Spieth won his third major and became the second youngest person, behind Jack Nicklaus, to win three majors. Credit must go to South Africa’s Branden Grace for making history at the tournament for shooting the first ever round of 62 at The Open.
SUPER Rugby semifinals this weekend should be well worth the watch when the Crusaders take on the Chiefs at 9.35am, and the mighty Lions take on the Hurricanes at 2.30pm. Both games are on Saturday. The Currie Cup is in full swing, bringing more action-packed local ruby this weekend.
ON a local front, make your way down to the Port Alfred Country Club on Saturday to see local youngsters perfect there aim in archery. Archery is a growing sport in the area, with more and more locals’ showing interest.
IF anyone knows how to throw a party then it is the Port Alfred Lions Club. Join members of the club on Saturday evening and party for a good cause. The event is a fundraiser for the Lions who do a great deal to support the community. A fivepiece band, the Beanie Rebels, will play all your favourites through the decades. The jol starts at 6.30pm at Port Alfred High School and will go on till late.
CONGRATULATIONS to the four St Andrews College rowers and their coach who have all been chosen as part of the SA junior squad who will compete at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania from August 2 to 6. I’m sure these young men will do South Africa proud, as well as their school and the Eastern Cape. All the best!
STOP for a moment and go back to yesteryear, back to 1820. Just short of 200 years ago, on July 25, the Nottingham party finally arrived at their destination after boarding the Albury in Liverpool in early January. A long and arduous journey was now behind them. These settlers arrived at Clumber, their new home. There was no hope of them returning to England as none of them had funds to do so. It was a case of finding new skills as workers of the soil, a task they were ill equipped to do. After offloading the wagons they were left to their own devices. “It seemed very lonely to us when the wagons went away and left us all alone among the thorns and bushes, ” said a young Elijah Pike. And his sister, Rosa, recalled that she found her mother sitting on a box and crying, afraid of the wild animals that could devour them. But the Nottingham party showed resilience and it was later recorded that when the crops failed in successive years, and even after a disastrous flood in which nearly everything was washed away, the party stood firm. Unlike other groups, which fragmented, the majority of the Nottingham party remained intact and showed a determination to succeed despite all odds. – an extract from the Clumber Church website. Port Alfred and surrounds, with its historical context, remain celebrated and reflected upon for generations to come.
HAPPY birthday greetings to everyone having a special day in the week ahead. Congratulations especially to Phillip Smith, Johannes Loots, Awie Gretton, Billy Woods, Ann Hulley, Mattie Wood, Grace Pearce, Dagma Rampf, Lyndon Bartlett, Barbara Wesson, Patrick Atkinson, Brenda Thomas, Tim Dold, Renee Vroom, Kittie Joubert, Doreen Dold, Jean Jacques French, Maureen Thierson, Alex Gordon van der Merwe, Richard Legg, Athol Canny, Glenn Henning, Neville Henley, Athalie Elliott, Lenard Smit, Tania Adams, Eileen Denis, Peter Thorp, Dion Rieger, Greg Reed, Khanyisa Daweti, Gary Bull, Wilma Kruger, Michael Austin, Charmaine Botha, Wendy Coetzee, Mitchum Haupt, Claude Cockcroft, Terri Harrewyn, Bruce Steele-Gray, Kei Macgregor, Rob Pringle.
BUSINESS anniversary congratulations and every success for your continued success to Coastal Spares (PA), Jumbo Store (Grahamstown), PA Kenrich Motors, PA Cement Products, plus 110 years of Scouting in the World this year.
THE rand has fluctuated considerably over the last few weeks, but has basically retained its value against other international currencies. The latest news of corruption does not seem to have caused major problems as yet, but it’s early days. With last year’s figures in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R13.07 to the dollar (R14.30), R17.01 to the pound (R18.72) and R15.20 to the euro (R15.75). Gold was trading at $1 244.34 per fine ounce ($1 322.50), platinum at $930.20 per ounce ($1 098.10) and Brent crude oil at $50.59 per barrel ($ 42.67).
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, Ben Kember, Barbara Tee, Brenda Shelton.
OUR sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Myrna Keet , who passed away Saturday July 15, especially her husband, Rodney. A memorial service will be held at the Port Alfred Catholic Church on Wednesday August 9 at 11am. May the wonderful memories left behind sustain you at this very difficult time.
SYMPATHIES and condolences to the friends and families of Ken Jolly who passed away Saturday July 22. He will be sadly missed by his children Jeff, Tom and families.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kenton Primary on their up and coming Diamond Jubilee where the school will host a weekend of fun and entertainment celebrating 60 years of fine education on the Sunshine Coast.
WEDDING anniversary congratulations and best wishes for many more to all couples celebrating another year together, especially David and Lisa Lawson, Juan and Julie Bessinger, Bob and Gay Ford, Neels and Erika Snyder, Bevan and Linda Edwards and Dale and Leonie Wepener.
THOUGHT for the week: “Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles.”
BEST regards as always,