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Our diary entries are open for December, January and February 2020. Please e-mail houzetj@tisoblackstar.co.za or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum open on the last Saturday of each month – 9am-12 noon – Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port Alfred.

Alzheimer SA East Cape Support Group meets the last Thursday of each month at 3pm at Brookshaw Home at 9 Donkin Street, Grahamstown. The Support Group is for family, friends and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or any form of Dementia. There is usually a speaker followed by discussion and tea. Contact Dr Heather Rauch 081-350-8079 for information and to get onto the mailing list.

Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery, Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm.

Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter. Book with Anne (046) 675-1976 or 083-719-4950. www.annesbirding.co.za

Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday. For more information please contact David Brewis on 076-457-3218. Or e-mail davidbrewis77@gmail.com

Cricket Club – Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Port Alfred Country Club, French Street from 5pm. Contact Rob Nel on 076-394-4067.

East Cape Shotokan-Ryu Karate, Port Alfred – Mondays and Thursdays: 4.30pm for beginners. 5.15 for intermediate class and 6pm for the advanced class. Contact Gary Grapentin on 073-346-0059 for more information.

Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre – Therapeutic and recreational horse riding activities for people living with disabilities. Mondays at 09h30 and 10h30, Wednesdays at 10h00 and 11h00, To book a ride, or find out about volunteering, call Jann on 078-346-5412.

Hockey Club – Practices on Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm at the Port Alfred Country Club, French Street. Contact Chris Pike on 082-350-0900.

Kenton Garden Club meeting second Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. For info visit www.kentongardenclub.co.za 

Kenton Pub Quiz6.30pm – first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome.

Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall.

Knit and Knatter Crafters club at Holly House, every Wednesday at 9am. All welcome. Contact Kathy on (046) 624-4452 for further information.

Kowie Auctioneers – auction mid and month-end Saturdays 10am. at 35 North Street. Viewing afternoon prior. For more information call Colin 083 521 3623 or Peter on 082 5693478.

The Kowie Camera Club monthly meeting, the last Monday of every month (except December) at 7pm in the Settlers Park Retirement Village hall. Herman Groenewald 078- 428-9551.

Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public holidays.

Kowie Striders time trial – every Tuesday at 5.30pm  at the Port Alfred Country Club. Distances of 3, 5 or 8km. Runners and walkers welcome. Contact Sticks Stiglingh on 071-612-7339 or Alan Robb on 082-495-6842

Kowie Striders casual long run from the Duck Pond  – every Sunday at 7am. Runners and walkers welcome. The route will be determined on the morning of the run.

Lower Albany Historical Society meets 3rd Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips.  Call Avonne on 083-473-6823 for details.

Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046) 624-2945 for more information.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

MOTHS – Old soldiers never die  – Calling all ex-servicemen “Ou Manne” and their ladies for a get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12 noon and the MOTH Hall (next to the Ski-boat Club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 for catering purposes.

National Sea Rescue Institute practices every Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI visit the base in person to undergo an evaluation.

Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. Weekly meeting offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving tips and guidance on how to draw and paint. Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Paddy (083-226-5254).

Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invite you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls are available. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. Enquiries: Rod Wilson at: 082 375 2968 or 046 624 5671. See our website at:  www.pabcc.co.za

Port Alfred Bridge Club – Meets at the Eddie Grant MOTH Hall every Monday and Thursday – 1pm for 1.30pm start. All bridge enthusiasts and persons wishing to learn to play bridge are most welcome.

Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred Police Station at 2.30pm.

Port Alfred Floral Art Group (PAFAG) meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at 2.30pm. For more info phone 082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). All welcome.

Port Alfred parkrun, Civic Centre. Every Saturday starting at 8am. Behind the library.

Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club.

Reach for Recovery reaches out to you. The RfR “DITTO” project offers a Breast Prosthesis Clinic every second Tuesday of the month, starting July 9 at Sunshine Coast Hospice, 1 Alfred Road, from 2pm-4pm. Any State Hospital patient who has had a mastectomy may visit the Breast Clinic for a prosthesis fitting and advice.  “DITTO” project aims to assist women to feel confident again after breast surgery by providing them with a prosthesis. For an appointment or enquiries call Cherryll on 072-260-8047.

Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday and Sunday from 9am with a variety of homemade delights. Contact Desia Holmes on 083-589-0765 for more information.

Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market, the first Saturday of every month, from 9am-4pm. Handmade items are available by our local crafters.

Scottish Country Dancing at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, every Wednesday from 5pm-7pm. All welcome. For more information please phone Mary (046) 604-0478 or Audrey (046) 624 3179.

Scrapbook workshops and classes: Bcreative offers monthly workshops, night classes, social classes and a whole lot more. Call (046) 624-3096 to book or for more information.

Self Drive Heritage Map: All the historical sites in Port Alfred, Bathurst and surrounding areas.   Available at the tourism office.

Sunshine Coast Women’s Forum meets every fourth Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park at 2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Tosca Spenceley (046) 624-4339.

U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9.30 for 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.


Thursday December 5

Bathurst Arms – Movie night from 6pm. Call (046) 625-0807

Volo Vikings – Time trials in Kenton-on-Sea


Friday December 6 to Sunday December 8

Sunshine Coast Bonsai Club Show, Port Alfred Girl Guide Hall. Entry fee R10pp. Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sunday 10am to 1pm.


Friday December 6 to Saturday December 7

Standard Bank School Rowing Regatta – Kowie River from Halyards Hotel. Starts 7am to 6pm.


Friday December 6

300 Club – at Port Alfred Country Club. The club draw will take place at the clubhouse at 6.30pm. Please contact Foxy on (046) 624-3537 for more information.

Bathurst Arms – Music Request Night. Call (046) 625-0807


Saturday December 7

Christian Men’s Association breakfast (ladies welcome) – 7 for 7.30am – Tash’s Craft bar. Pastor Justin Ndoro will be speaking on a vision for the Christian Church in Port Alfred and Ndlambe more widely, following two conferences he organised in PA in 2018 and 2019. Suggested donation R45, students/pastors R20.

Rosehill Mall Craft Market

parkrun – Port Alfred parkrun, from the Civic Centre. 8am to 9am.

Engage Art Centre – American Diner Grand opening with Lional Hunt Elvis Tribute Live at Engage Art Centre, Bathurst. 6.30pm ‘til late. Contact:   (046) 625-0109


Sunday December 8 to Tuesday December 31

Kenton Summer Festival – Middle Beach. Contact Tanya (046) 648-2411. 10am to 2pm.


Sunday December 8

Bathurst Farmers Market – Bathurst Village, 9am to noon.

Braai at the Ploughmans – Bring and Braai at the Poughmans, Bathurst.   Contact 082-539-3662. From noon to 3pm. Claude Samuel Live at the Ploughmans, Bathurst from 3pm ‘till late.


Wednesday December 11

Historic Bathurst AGM – the 2019 Historic Bathurst annual general meeting will take place at the Engage Art Centre, Kowie Road, Bathurst at 6pm

Bathurst Arms – Darts night. Contact:    (046) 625-0207. 4pm ‘till late


Thursday December 12

Port Alfred Rock and Surf AGM – 6pm – Round Table Clubhouse. All welcome.

Bathurst Arms – Movie Night. Contact (046) 625-0807. 6pm ‘till late

Volo Vikings Running Club – Time Trials, Kenton on Sea. 5.30pm


Friday December 13

Villiage Bistro, Bathurst – Dirk Jordaan Live at the.   Contact 072-460-4823

Bathurst Arms – Music Request Night. Contact (046) 625-0807 6pm ‘til late

The Loft – Superstition Party. Contact Debbie 082 773 2696 7pm ‘til late


Saturday December 14 to Friday December 31

Barefoot Café Wharf Street – Live entertainment throughout the season.  Contact 082-335-8701. Noon ‘til late


Saturday December 14

Van der Riet Street Market – Entertainment and gifts for all the family. Open from 5pm ‘till late. From food to greetings cards, from drink tasting to live unplugged music from our local musicians, get to the Van der Riet Street Market and enjoy the festivities while you indulge in everything on offer.

The Historic Pig and Whistle – presents Jessie Clegg in concert in the garden from 6pm.

parkrun – Port Alfred parkrun, from the Civic Centre. 8am to 9am.

The Goat Shed – Nathan Smith Live. Contact 082-808-5976 from 8pm ‘til late

Pig and Whistle – Jessie Clegg Live, Bathurst.   Contact (046) 625-0673


Sunday December 15 to Tuesday December 17

Cannon Rocks 50th year Celebration market – Cannon Rocks village10am to 2pm


Sunday December 15
A small book fair at Round The Bend in Bathurst, from 9am to 3pm. Books and vinyl for sale. Interested parties can call (046) 625-0202 or e-mail aesop@fables.co.za

Bathurst Farmers Market – Bathurst Village from 9am ‘til noon

Poughmans, Bathurst – Bring and Braai. Contact 082-539-3662. Noon – 3pm.

The Loft – Unplugged music. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696

The Village Bistro – Wendy OIdfield Live. Contact 072-460-4823


Sunday December 15 to Tuesday December 17

Kleinemonde – The Kleinemonde community will be holding a three-day market including such events as miniature train rides, pony rides, movies on the beach, a family bicycle ride and many other activities, culminating in a fish evening.


Monday December 16

Cycle in the Park – The Cycle Asylum invites kiddies and their bikes to Riverview Estate, Port Alfred, from 9-11am. For details, contact: (046) 624-8358 or 072-727-7382.

Soup Kitchen Fun Run – Kellys Beach, Port Alfred.  Contact:  083-206-0334. 7am to 9am

Graze by the River – Real Ale Tasting with Featherstone Brewery, in the garden. Call Nick on (046) 624-8095 and book your seat R100 pp includes ales. 3pm – 5pm


Tuesday December 17 – Saturday December 21

Craft Market at Rosehill Mall – Contact:  071-950-7654 from 9am to 3pm.


Tuesday December 17

Kenton Methodist Church food fair – 2.30 to 6.30pm – Kenton Town Hall. There will be pancakes, lamb potjie, curry and rice, curry bunnies, hamburgers and boerie rolls, cakes and other bakes, preserves and candy floss. Please join us and buy your lunch or supper. We also invite stall holders to set up under the trees at a cost of R80. Phone Shirley on 084-504-4083 to book your spot. Regrettably no food stalls.

Periwinkle Charity 16th Annual Charity Golf Day at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Shotgun start at 12.30pm. Four Ball Alliance, two scores to count. Prize-giving, auction and supper. R3,200.00 per four ball (supper included – halfway house and caddies extra). Contact Sue Dovey at spdovey@mweb.co.za.

Graze by the River – MCC, Proseco Tasting and launch of Alvi’s Drift new Rose Sparkling with Barrique Wines of PE in the garden from 3pm, call Nick on (046) 624-8095 and book your seat. 3pm to 5pm


Wednesday December 18 to Saturday December 21

The Kenton Art Exhibition in the Kenton Town Hall. Opening of exhibition at 6pm on December 18 and then from 9am – 6pm on December 19 – 21.


Wednesday December 18

Round The Bend Poetry Christmas meeting – 6.30pm for 7pm – Yay Sushi at The Bathurst Arms. All locals, visitors and holidaying poets invited to an evening of poetry reading. Safe parking outside. E-mail Ian Balchin at aesop@fables.co.za or phone (046) 625-0202 for further information.

The Loft – Kiddies Party. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696. 10am ‘til noon. Mexican Music Evening dinner/dance from 7pm ‘til late – Contact Annelie 073-482-3650.

Bathurst Arms – Darts night. Contact:    (046) 625-0207. 4pm ‘till late

Barefoot Café Wharf Street – Live entertainment.  Contact 082-335-8701. Noon ‘til late


Thursday December 19

Sunshine Coast Hospice Carols by Candlelight and Tree of Lights – 6.30pm – Port Alfred Hospital grounds. Bring your own picnic basket and chairs. Carols by Port Alfred Baptist Church worship band. Lights are available at R20 in memory of loved ones or in celebration of life from the Hospice office and at Rosehill Mall on November 29 and December 4 and 13.

Bathurst Arms – Movie Night. Contact (046) 625-0807. 6pm ‘till late

Harry B’s Port Alfred – Claude Samuel Live. Contact 082-468-1416


Friday December 20

Periwinkle Charity 2019 4th Annual Mixed Fours Bowls Event – 2pm – Kenton-on-Sea Bowls Club. Limited to 36 teams of four players – we will allow three extra players per team to swop in. Bookings are non-transferable. R2,000 per team including prize giving braai. Put on your whites and your movie themed hat. To register contact Sue Dovey spdovey@mweb.co.za,

Kenton Methodist Church annual Carols by Candlelight – 6pm in the church. Anyone wishing to picnic on the lawns beforehand is more than welcome.

Kowie Museum – Ant-Ticks at the Museum. From 9.30 to 12.30pm. Contact Marilyn 083-243-5299

The Loft, Bushmans – Kiddies Art Classes. 10am. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696 plus Adult Art Classes from 2pm

Bathurst Arms – Karaoke. From 6pm ‘till late Contact 046 625 0807

BBG’s, Bushmans – Craig Mischief Comedy. Call (046) 648-3762. 8pm


Saturday December 21 to Sunday January 5

The Historic Pig and Whistle – Live Music daily with Claude/Gingi in the garden.


Saturday December 21

parkrun – Port Alfred parkrun, from the Civic Centre. 8am to 9am.

The Loft in Bushmans – Potjie Challenge. 10am. Boere Sokkie from 7pm ‘til late Contact Annelie 073-482-3650.

Silver Leaf Centre, Kenton on Sea – Kenton Night Shift. From 3pm to 11.30pm, Contact 073-641-2906

Poughmans, Bathurst – Bring and Braai. Noon to 3pm. Contact 082-539-3662

Bathurst Farmers Market – Bathurst Village from 9am ‘til noon


Sunday December 22

BBG’s in Bushmans – Shugg Dry.  8pm ‘til late. Contact (046) 648-3762

The Loft in Bushmans – Unplugged music afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.  Contact Debbie 082 773 2696

Graze by the River – Live music with Ant Caplan, playing all the golden oldies and more in the garden at Graze by the River, Port Alfred. Contact 046 624 8095


Monday December 23

The Historic Pig and Whistle – Tribute to Neil Diamond from 6.30pm in the garden.

Harry B’s – Sundowners with Simon from 5pm to 8 pm. Free snacks from 5pm to 6pm

Kenton 100 – Test trail run 10 miler – Contact Shona 082-771-2271. 6am.

The Loft in Bushmans – Bingo evening. 6.30pm to 10pm. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696

Pig and Whistle in Bathurst – Neil Diamond Tribute with Harry Lloyd. 7pm ‘til late. Contact:  (046) 625-0673


Tuesday December 24

Harry B’s – Christmas eve dinner. Bring the whole family along for an evening of live entertainment and great food , from 6:30pm. Cost R180 per person including a three-course buffet. Reservations essential.

BBG’s – Girls Rocking the Road at. 8pm ‘til late. Contact Gail (046) 648-3762


Thursday December 26

Harry B’s – Girls Rocking the road, Tanja Storm and Heather Waters. Tickets R80. Show starts at 7pm. Food and drink specials

Harcourts Sand Castle Competition  – Kellys Beach. 9am to noon. Contact  Lydia 083-452-6347

Kowie Striders 5km + 8km Fun Run – Port Alfred. From 4pm to 8pm. Contact:  Ray Basson 082-568-4378

Bathurst Arms – Movie Night. Contact (046) 625-0807. 6pm ‘till late


Friday December 27

Harry B’s – Sundowners with Simon 5-8 pm. Free Snacks 5-6pm.

Anything that Floats—Bells Corner to Kariega, Kenton on Sea. Noon to 4pm.  Contact Genevieve 071-195-9852

Bathurst Arms – Music Request Night. 6pm ‘till late. Contact 046 625 0807

Tash’s in Port Alfred – Lionel Hunt Live – Elvis Show. 7pm ‘till late. Contact 085-300-0255

The Goat Shed in Kenton – George Town Band. 8pm ‘till late. 082-808-5976


Saturday December 28

Secret sunrise – morning exercise at Middle Beach Kenton.  7am to 8am. Contact Carla 072-554-1336

Kariega Classic MTB and Trail Challenge – 7.15am to 10.15am. Contact (012) 004-0915

parkrun – Port Alfred parkrun, from the Civic Centre. 8am to 9am.

Flying Fish Open Water Swim, Kenton – From 9am to 1pm. Contact (046) 648-2411

Bathurst Ox Braai – live music and more at Bathurst Showgrounds. Contact Brandon 083-382-4927

Anything that Floats – Kowie River.  11am to 1pm. Contact Genevieve 071-195-9852

Kowie Open Water Swim – 1 Mile, Port Alfred. From 2pm to 4pm. Contact:  072 91409791

The Loft in Bushmans – Teenage Disco for 13-16 years.  From 2pm to 5pm. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696

Tash’s Port Alfred – Neil Diamond Tribute with Gary Botha from 7 ‘til late. Contact 085-300-0255

Duck Chowles Harvest Mood – 60’s + 70’s in Kenton Town Hall from 7.30pm ‘til late. Contact 082-466-6598


Sunday December 29

Harry B’s – Sundowners with Simon 5-8 pm. Free Snacks 5-6pm.

Bathurst Farmers Market – Bathurst Village, 9am to noon

Float to Horns Up – from Kariega Beach with after party, Kenton on Sea. 11am to 11pm. Contact Rick 082-772-0716

The Poughmans, Bathurst – Noon to 3pm. Bring and Braai. Contact 082-539-3662

Graze by the River, Port Alfred – Live music with Ant Caplan, playing all the golden oldies and more in the garden. From 12 noon to 3pm. Contact (046) 624-8095

The Loft in Bushmans – Unplugged Music from 12 noon to 3pm. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696

The Bistro in Bathurst – Tony Cox live from 6pm ‘til late. Contact 072-460-4823

BBG’s in Bushmans – Shugg Dry. Contact (046) 648-3762


Tuesday December 31

Harry B’s – Dinner Dance, seafood buffet, live music & bubbles to see in the New Year. R280 per person. Bookings essential.

Tash’s in Port Alfred – Dancing through the Decades. 7pm ‘til late. Contact 085-300-0255

The Loft in Bushmans – Old years Eve Party. From 7pm ‘till late. Contact Debbie 082-773-2696

New Years Jol – Kenton Town Hall from 9pm ‘til late. Contact Nina 072-188-1451

BBG’s in Bushmans – Gordon and Barry.  9pm ‘til late. Contact (046) 648-3762


Saturday January 4

Victory Cup Golf Day – The South African Air Force association will hold the Victory Cup at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club in order to raise funds for needy ex-servicemen and women. Sponsors also required. Contact Rodney Keet on 083-715-1900 or email him on nikkie@telcomsa.netfor more information.


Thursday January 23

U3A Port Alfred – John Forster will talk about “Namibia”


Monday February 10

Healing Horses – Journey to inclusion. International disability activist Chaeli Mycroft will speak at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. Starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are priced at R150 each. Contact Jann Webb on 078-346-5412 for more information.


Thursday February 27

U3A Port Alfred AGM and Marie Pelser will talk about Michael Schumacher.


Saturday March 7 to Saturday March 14

2020 Kowie Toyota Pineapple Cricket Tournament