Luxolo choirs

 

Luxolo Intermediate School participated in the South African Schools Choral Elimination Programme which was held in Somerset East on 25th April.

The school participated in three categories or age groups. The first was infants, which is Grade R-Grade2. This group sang a Western piece called “The Ash Grove as a Welsh Traditional”, conducted by Ms. N. M. Holmes.

The second category was for foundation or Junior phase, Grade 3 and 4. They rendered an African piece “Siyikusasa Le AfriKa”, by Themba Madlopha under the conductorship of Mrs N. Kwini.

The third category is the Intermediate Grades 5-7. They sang a beautiful African piece, “Shizedze”, by DC Morivadi, conducted by Ms N. Cetyiwe.

As for the results, the schools have not yet received the score sheets from the Department of Education. The principal and staff  are very proud of this wonderful milestone that the school has achieved, as the last time that the school participated in such an event was 34 years ago. They would like to thank the educators and parents for their support and understanding in implementing the vision that they have for for the school and community, but more especially each learner.

SPCA visit to Aberdeen

 

CARE Aberdeen invited Graaff-Reinet SPCA to give an educational talk to some of the learners of Luxolo Intermediate School on Tuesday 24th April. SPCA representative Hillary Chaplin, together with her assistant Jean Pieterse, gave a very interesting presentation to the grade 3 learners, concentrating on how to care and handle pets. The children listened attentively, and it is hoped that they will spread the word and help educate the rest of their families on this vital aspect of pet ownership.

CARE hopes to give educational talks at Kamdebo Primary and Aberdeen Full Service School in the near future. These visits will be conducted by CARE volunteer Manfred Hansen, who assists Maureen MacAndrew with daily animal welfare work.

After leaving Luxolo School, the SPCA team had a successful dipping and deworming programme for the local township dogs and puppies. A total of 121 animals received this vital treatment.

CARE has a charity shop, run by MacAndrew, at 8 Andries Pretorius Street, where many bargains can be found. Proceeds from sales go towards veterinary expenses for township animals. Donations of household items and bric-a-brac are needed so that this sterling work of helping sick and injured animals can continue – please clear out your cupboards!

Karoo wedding

The beautiful spacious garden and clear sunny weather on 31st March were perfect for a joyous Karoo farm wedding, when Megan Jean, daughter of Dickie and Colleen Ogilvie from Aberdeen, married O.J., son of Otto and Yolande Moolman from Loerie.

The lawn, with all the covered hay bales, was reminiscent of the weddings of Megan’s aunts and uncles, as well as her own christening, all so many years ago. This set the tone for a very happy gathering of family and friends from far and wide, all delighted to be present to wish the couple every happiness as they start their life together.

Megan arrived, looking so beautiful, on the arm of her father, to join O.J. under the arch of greenery where he was waiting with Ds Louw and the bridesmaids and best men. After the most important part of all weddings, everyone gathered around the bread tables, laden with home-made breads, butter balls and a huge variety of spreads.

There was a great deal of laughter and “catching up” for the rest of the afternoon, until everyone moved to the barn where so many friends had spent days setting up the décor, tables and kitchen. Metal horse cut—outs made by Lohine and Charles Fitzhenry were admired by everyone, and added a really special touch.

Speeches and toasts to the grandparents and parents started the evening festivities, followed by the most important toast to the bride and groom by Ina-Lize Senekal and Gerhard du Toit. The main meal of steak, chips, and vegetable bakes was then served and enjoyed by all, before the beautiful cake was cut by the bride and groom.

Megan’s godfather Neil Thomson and his daughter Lyn were responsible for the music, which started with a swing and went on later than any of the guests could actually remember!

Garden and Social Club go bowling

 

Aberdeen Garden and Social Club enjoyed a social meeting last Thursday at the Aberdeen Bowling Club, where the novices present were introduced to the game, and everyone enjoyed a braai together afterwards. There was an excellent turnout, with 16 Club members and three guests, supported by seven members of the Bowling Club.

After the normal admin notices, members were welcomed to the Bowls Club by host Tony Dardis.

He divided all present into four teams, with each team made up of a mixture of novices and members of the Bowling Club who could explain how the game is played.

Initially rolling the bowls on the wet grass took some effort, but gradually, as the sun dried out the grass, the players had to adjust to the strength needed for rolling as the bowls were moving much more quickly. All the teams played six ends, and then the players took a very welcome tea break.

Dick van Wyk then lit the fire and the social part started in earnest. Some enthusiastic members returned for a second round of bowls while the meat was cooking.

 

The members enjoyed a lovely lunch in the club house and left quite late.

 

The purpose of this meeting was twofold: to introduce members of the Aberdeen Garden and Social Club to the game of bowls, as the Bowling Club really wants more people to join. Secondly they wanted a day just filled with fun and at the same time learning a new skill.

The members of Aberdeen Garden and Social Club would like to thank the Bowling Club for having them and wish them all the success needed to grow into a big club once more. Instead of green fees, the visitors made a donation.

Local designer dresses students for Nqweba matric ball

Nqweba Secondary School in Umasizakhe held their Matric Ball on 27th March, and the venue of the Panorama Guest House in Graaff-Reinet proved to be ideal for the function.

The guest speaker was Mr K Wildschut from the local Department of Education District Office, and a representative from the school ‘s governing body, Miss N Menzi, also spoke some encouraging words to the matriculants.  Zenande Nocanda replied on behalf of the learners.

The theme for the evening was “sassy and classy”, and the venue interpreted this just as the students wanted.

Ten of the 57 learners were dressed by the designer Intombi Stoann, originally from Aberdeen but now based in Port Elizabeth.

Successful past pupil

Teachers and pupils of Aberdeen Secondary School are very proud of one of their past learners.

Davéne Sedras, daughter of Dawid and Helen Sedras, was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa recently. She was admitted in the Grahamstown High Court on 20 March 2018.  Davéne matriculated in 2007 from Aberdeen Senior Secondary School and went on to study a Baccalaureus Legum – LLB Degree at the then Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (now NMU).   In her first year of studies she got a Golden Key invitation. Membership to this prestigious award is limited to the top 15% of degree students, from all disciplines, who have completed at least one year of study. The university identifies these students as meeting these high criteria and wants to give recognition.

In April 2015 she graduated and started her Articles of Clerkship in August of the same year. She started and completed this at the private firm Liston Brewis and Company. Davéne believes that hard work eventually pays off, and will always be grateful to her parents, family members and everyone who had an influence on her life, for believing in her and words of encouragement when days seemed dark.  She is a firm believer that nothing worthwhile comes easy.

Feast of rugby

 

Aberdeen Rugby Club is hosting the Cape Town Warriors on Friday and Saturday, and there will be a feast of games for spectators at the Showgrounds on both days.

Local primary schools will also be involved, with a coaching clinic for school players at the showgrounds on Friday morning from 9am. This will be the Cape Town team’s way of giving something to the community, and there is already great enthusiasm from the schools involved.

On Friday afternoon, the first match will be between Kamdeboo Primary School and Aberdeen Full Service School, followed by Aberdeen Secondary School against Aberdeen Rugby Club’s B team. The afternoon will finish off on a lighter note, with ladies’ and men’s sevens games.

There is a full afternoon’s play on Saturday, kicking off with Aberdeen’s first reserves against the Cape Town first reserves. Next it is the turn of the “old men” –with Aberdeen Veterans playing Hampshire Veterans from Graaff-Reinet. The climax to the weekend, when the A teams meet, will be at 4pm.

Spectators are very welcome at all the games, with a nominal charge of R10 for adults, R5 for children, and R5 per car. The Aberdeen Rugby Club is very grateful to all those who have sponsored the tournament –too many to mention individually, but very much appreciated by all.

 

Garden and Social Club visit Greenfield House

The Aberdeen Garden and Social Club held their March meeting at Greenfield House in Aberdeen, home of Graham Ashington and Daniel Louw. The weather played along, being overcast for most of the morning with the sun coming out only by lunch time. Members appreciated the privilege of being in this luscious garden, which as always was in immaculately condition.

The meeting was very well attended, with the bonus of a very special guest, Johanna Konig, one of the founder members of the Aberdeen Garden Club.

Graham Ashington gave the members some details about the renovation of the house and his current work-in-progress, explaining that renovation of such an old building never stops. Several members drew on his experience and asked questions on building and renovation, as most also live in old buildings. He also spoke about the irrigation system they installed for the garden from their borehole, meaning that they use very little municipality water.

Dan Louw gave an overview of the lay out of the garden, with the succulent area, palms and the vegetable garden. He pointed out very special and rare plants in each area.

The members then dispersed, some doing a tour of the house with Ashington, looking at all the items they have collected that fit in so well with the house. The rest toured the garden with Louw, who gave interesting information on different plants and shared knowledge on the soil and water in Aberdeen.

Everyone then came together for tea and cake which the members provided in abundance, ending the morning in a most becoming way: high tea in a tropical garden!

The next meeting will be on 5th April at the Aberdeen Bowling Club, where non playing members will have the opportunity to learn the skill of bowling, and afterwards end the morning with a lunchtime braai.

Cocktail party at Aalwynhof

 

Last Wednesday, Aalwynhof Home for the Aged hosted a cocktail evening to thank all those who have supported the Home over the past year.

The management and board would like to thank all those who have given their time to arrange functions for the residents and as fundraisers, as well as those who regularly donate meat and vegetables. Cash donations have also been gratefully received from many supporters, both local residents and from further afield.

Manager Rene Jongkind is also very grateful to those who have supported the fundraising functions during the year

Walkers for Aberdeen charities

A group of friends who started walking for exercise earlier this year have made great strides. Usually the three ladies walk about 4km, four days a week, and as a challenge one suggested that they should walk out to Waterkloof farm one Sunday for breakfast –a distance of about 21km!

After some discussion, the date was set for 11th March, and as an incentive, they decided to raise some money for charity at the same time. “Botter Ossies stap vir Aberdeen” was born, and as they could not decide which of the many charity groups in Aberdeen to raise money for, they decided to let each sponsor choose where their money would go.

The ladies are all well known in the town, and they were amazed at how much sponsorship came in, with only a few days’ notice. Hannelie van der Westhuisen, who runs the Kamdebo Padstal, Umelda van Rensburg from Superstore and the Aberdeen detective office, and Debbie Barnardt, formerly of Aalwynhof and the NGK office, gathered a total of close to R15 000 between them, in less than a week!

The ladies started off at 6am, and experienced a beautiful sunrise at the 3km mark. When they reached the 5km mark, Christelle and Toesie Slabbert refreshed them with coffee, bananas, water and a small chocolate.  All went smoothly and about 200m before the 10km mark their Slabbert supporters showed up with some more water. Anrihet Marx was the group’s back-up support and put out water every 2km next to the road. Anrihet and Jan-Hendrik Jordaan of Tuin Kaffee sponsored the water and bananas.

By the time the ladies had completed 15km, the sun was beating down, and they encountered a few strenuous uphills. The last 5km proved to be a battle, both mentally and physically, but with the support of each other, and the knowledge that they were raising money for others, they pushed through and arrived at Waterkloof at about 10:30 to be greeted by Suzaan Lategan with a delicious breakfast.

The causes that will benefit include soup kitchens, churches, animal welfare and the elderly. The walkers would like to thank those who helped on the day, as well as all those who so generously donated towards the Aberdeen charities.