Neighbourly Notes – 29 November 2018

GIVING SPIRIT: The recipients of the now-defunct Benevolence Society met at the Nemato Spar on Wednesday morning where they were presented with vouchers to spend at the supermarket as well as senor Santa Shoeboxes provided by Talk of the Town. Presenting the special Christmas treat was Joy Alston, centre.

UNBELIEVABLE that it is less than a month to Christmas. Hope not everyone is as badly organised as I am, not having bought a single present yet!

IN the spirit of giving, Talk of the Town embarked on a project for the first time this year, dubbed the “Santa Senior Shoebox” by Sue Gordon. We asked the community to contribute towards the contents of shoe-boxes to be given to the less fortunate elderly folk. What an amazing response we have had! Our goal was 300 shoeboxes, and we will reach it – so far we have packed up about 295 boxes, and a lot have already been delivered to their destinations waiting for Christmas Day. Whatever we have over will be handed out at the Port Alfred Hospital on Christmas day to patients in the general ward there. Thank you, Ndlambe folk, to each and everyone who contributed to this project in any way. It is you who have made this become a reality. We have boxes to be distributed from Bathurst to Alexandria – so take a bow kind folk!

TALKING about Christmas, don’t forget the Talk of the Town Gingerbread House Workshop. This is the first time Talk of the Town is spearheading this project. It will be held at the Girl Guide Hall on December 17. The workshop will be split up into two – one for pre-school children, and another for children seven years and older. It will be presented by Jess Marais and will be loads of fun for the kiddies. Each child puts together a gingerbread house and decorates it to their liking, which they take home to share or savour alone. Tickets are available at Talk of the Town, or call Adele Steck at Talk of the Town for more info. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out.

HAPPY birthday greetings, congratulations, and all good wishes to everyone celebrating a birthday in the week ahead, especially Kim Gardner, Marianne Wessels, Louise Carter, Fanna Vogel, Mike Legg, Helen Dell, Jessie Muller, Sally Anne Robertson, Dave Wilson, Mary Brendenkamp, Derick Moll, Leo Rossouw, Malcolm Nel, Lynn Stirk, Solly Faroa, Nola Timm, Diana Tremeer, Piet le Roux, Willie van Gass, Darron Beetge, Nick Donaghy, Tyler van Breda, Jenny Kieck, Candida Oosthuizen, George Bax, Marianne Fryer, Orme Burn, Ilse Wicks, Anita Thompson, Jen Elliott, Mary Lloyd, Ryan Reynolds, John Moss, Deyzel Burger, Declan de la Mare, Jean Brummer, Derek Phillips, Elton Marney, Janine Groenewald, Wanda Kelbrick, Cleo Black, Shauna-Lee Stephens, Podge Wansbury, Dave Young, Carla Fryer, Glynnis Pike, Elsabe Badenhorst, Colleen Thorp, Charmaine Pauls, Kaylin van Heerden, Jenni Schoeman, Mike Warren, Peter Watson, Inge Schlemmer, Isobella Mitten, Shaun Botha, Mark Deenik, Ethne Barnard, Rosemary Cawse, Vivienne Reid, Caleb Bouwer, Pam Wilmot, Lungisile Sinqe-Dili, Marin Hensens, Jade Pauls, Amanda Funani, Janine Collins, Andrea Elliott, Kathy Botha, Adelina Snyman, Dennis Woest, Andy Nel, Beuhlah Meyer and Jane Denton.

CONGRATULATIONS to all businesses celebrating their anniversaries and may you enjoy even more success in the future, especially Pick n Pay Clothing, Lady Biscay Kowie Cruises, Audie Attorneys, Bikes, Boats and Cars, LP Gaz.

WITH last year’s figures in brackets for comparison, the rand is trading at R13.91 to the dollar (R13.65), R17.87 to the pound (R18.29) and R15.80 to the Euro (R16.20). Commodities are trading with Gold at $1223.70 per fine ounce ($1 294.89), Platinum at $843.50 per ounce ($952.20) and Brent Crude Oil at $60.05 per barrel ($63.19).

SPECIAL thoughts and prayers are with all those folk who are not well, having or have already had tests, operations and treatments. ‘Sterkte’ to Roy Potter, Andrew de Vries, Jenny Groenewald, Rowena Collin, Marian Eaton, Mike Hockin, Malcolm Cock and Brenda Shelton.

SINCERE condolences and kind thoughts to the family and friends of Hugh Holmes who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 21. A funeral service will be held at St James Catholic Church on Saturday December 1 at 10am. May you feel the warm embrace of loving memories and hear happy echoes of all the good times and many years you shared together.

WEDDING anniversary congratulations with best wishes for many more happy years ahead to all couples celebrating such an occasion. Many more memory-making years ahead to Gerry and Wanda Loxton, Sizwe and Julia Mvunelwa, Trevor and Melinda Linforth, Basil and Agnes Wormald, Gavin and Annie Muir, Michael and Kathryn Kimberley.

OUR SUNSHINE HOLIDAY edition will hit the streets on December 13, and will be jam-packed with things to do and see over the festive season. Should you wish to advertise, please contact Bryan or Adele on (046) 624-4356. Deadline is on Friday 30 November!

PLEASE SHARE any functions or special events that you have planned for the season with us so we can include this in our Sunshine Holiday, as well as in all the editions over December – yes, we will publish an edition every week with updated events, so don’t forget – send your submissions to asap.

WE hope you enjoy our “Tittle Tattle Live” every Thursday at 7am at the one and only set of robots in town (for now). Jon and Adele are the regular hosts, and sometimes Rob takes a turn. The contents of the paper are discussed in a fun and amusing way while Adele also sells newspapers, together with hubby David. Jon covers news, and Adele the adverts and happenings for the upcoming week. Join us and watch live every Thursday at 7am on our Facebook page. Also, don’t forget to visit our website often at for news, archived editions, adverts, diary and a directory of emergency and other numbers. To advertise on the website you can give Adele or Bryan a call on (046) 624-4356 – affordable and a fabulous add on to your general advertising too, as well as being convenient for anyone who may have missed the print deadline.

THOUGHT for the week: “The world is full of abundance and opportunity but far too many people come to the fountain of life with . . . a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.”

BEST regards as always The Team

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