Neighbourly Notes – 27 September 2018

NIFTY FOOTWORK: Sha-Loui junior dancers enthralled the crowd at the TotT Heritage Festival on Saturday. Picture: BRYAN SMITH

WHAT a day! The 2018 Talk of the Town Heritage Festival was a huge success last Saturday with over a thousand visitors passing through the gates at the Port Alfred High School to take part in the fun events or simply browse the stalls. Many people said that this was a great day and congratulated Talk of the Town on its best event ever. However, and for the record, this was TotT’s first Heritage Festival, although the paper has been media sponsors in the past. The sales team, led by Mauneen Charter and Anneli Hanstein, did most of the pre-work to the event and began preparations as early as March this year. “This was a lot of work, and I sincerely thank the entire TotT team for the effort they put in,” said Charter. Charter also agreed that it was important to learn from the lessons they learnt putting the event together and would make sure the 2019 Heritage Day Festival would be even bigger and better. With Justin Coltman, the husband of front office administrator Lucille, along with Hayden Hanstein cooking up a storm at the boerewors stand, and Lucille and Primrose Magquntulu serving them to the many customers, they were kept busy the entire day. Jon Houzet, Bryan Smith, TK Mtiki and Adele Steck were manning (and woman-ing) the gate and were probably sore from standing and bending down the entire day. Jess Bohnen is now the candyfloss kid as she wound so much sugar onto sticks that she was exhaling blue sugar on Saturday evening. Anneli and Charter administrated the event and made sure all the stall holders were positioned in the correct places, having broken their backs on Friday afternoon marking out the school sports fields. As an aside, the grass was subsequently mowed and the pair had to repeat the exercise later. Another lesson for next year. Rob Knowles did the talking on the day. Nthombi Msutu was the roving judge at several competitions on the day and also assisted at the TotT stand. Charter’s husband, Peter, did the auction that further increased the coffers for the two charities supported by the event, Sunshine Coast Hospice and Retreat to Eden. Finally, thank you to the school and Laura Guest, to Tali Alexandre and her team, and all our stall-holders and visitors who made the day the success it was. It was a great day and a great event, and everyone should look forward to next year’s that promises to be even bigger and better.

THE Bathurst 4×4 Challenge took place on Saturday, one of my personal favourite events but, unfortunately, I couldn’t attend due to the TotT Heritage Festival. However, if you did manage to get to the Bathurst Quarry you were in for all the thrills and spills of a great motorised event. Jaco van Rensburg supplied photographs of the day, and some are included in this edition. From the reports received, we need to congratulate Difford Keeton for another successful event. What a pity that both this and the Heritage Festival happened on the same day. We need more people to come to our area, but it might have been better if the events were on different day so people did not have to choose one over the other. Just a thought for next year.

HELLO summer is the play by the Port Alfred Pre-primary School on Thursday this week, and these events are always very entertaining so, if you have a friend or family member at the school, pop in a watch. The kids (not to mention the teachers and volunteers) put a lot of work into performances and would really appreciate your support. On Saturday, there is a Fun for Kids event at the Little Theatre on the Wharf and Sunshine Coast SPAR (Kenton) is holding a cancer awareness event at the Red Apple Emporium from 12 noon. And, on Sunday, Father Noël-Jean Creille will be giving another organ recital at the St Paul’s Anglican Church in Port Alfred.

BEST wishes and happy birthday greetings to everyone having a birthday in the week ahead, especially Charles Webster, William Whitham, Dr Dirk de Vos, Breyton Scheepers, Darian Keeton, Jongisipho Matthews, Gill Wansell, James Viedge, Jacques Swanepoel, Martha Voorvelt, Layton Hilpert, Fernando Gallant, Margaret Foulkes, Reay Squires, Megan Hobson, Bronwyn Fick, Donnae Colesky, Peter Beaumont, Sean Cullen, Dennis Laubser, Jenny Henning, Heather Rowe, Chase Dell, Jax Taskov, Gordon Japp, Shaun Wilken, Jim Fox, Pieter Steenkamp, Peter Larkin, Dylan Murray, Melissa du Randt, Wendy Mills, Mark Pauls, Tanya Jacobs, Roy de Wet, Dalene du Toit.

ANNOUNCING their engagement to the Kowie Striders on Tuesday evening, Annamarie Hockley and Charles Joubert plan on tying the knot. We wish the couple all happiness as they make their wedding plans

EVERY success for many more years to follow is the wishes we convey to the following businesses and organisations on another anniversary, especially Feathers Farm, Kwaaihoek Builders, Wharf Street Fruit and Veg. The big news is that petrol is likely to rise by at least R1 per litre at midnight next Tuesday. Now is the time to fill your tank. This is due to international oil price increases, the fall in the value of the rand against international currencies and the fact that South Africa is, once again, in a technical recession. With last year’s in brackets to compare against, the rand was trading at R14.30/$ (R13.53), R18.83/£ (R18.16) and R16.72/ ß (R15.91). Commodities were trading with gold at $1,196.59 per fine ounce ($1,291.13), platinum at $829.00 per ounce ($928.95) and Brent crude oil $81.35 per barrel ($58.80).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are unwell, having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. Sterkte to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Emilene Bruwer, Jenny Groenewald, Rowena Collin.

SINCERE condolences to the family and friend of Michael Padoa who passed away Friday September 21. A celebration of his life will be held at Port Alfred Baptist Church on Friday September 28 at 2:30pm. May wonderful memories of all the good times spent together comfort you through the sad times.

HAPPY wedding anniversary congratulations to Brian and Ann Meyer, Anton and Annelien Gouws, Loua and Devon Coetzee, Jonathan and Jenny Lyn (Tuppy) Timm, Terence and Doreen McCarthy, Calla and Tammy van Heerden, Keith and Lisa Buhr.

THOUGHT for the week: “We fluctuate long between love and hatred before we can arrive at tranquility”.

BEST regards as always,
The Team

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