Bridge Club AGM and Christmas Lunch

The Bridge Club of St Francis Bay held their AGM on Friday 4 December, followed by a morning of Bridge and a scrumptious Christmas Lunch at the Links.

We had an excellent turn out of 18 tables (72 players).

The committee for 2016 was elected:

President – Geoff Ellis
Vice President – Roger Lea
Secretary – Judy Beck
Treasurer – Theonie Kirton
Members – John Boonzaier
Ron Bridge
Melanie Heinamann

Awards:

Club Teams Competition held at the end of March:
Jill Marsh, Shirley Nicholls, Penny Ashdown & Marion Hayes

World Wide Simultaneous (WWSIMS)Bridge-awards

In June the club took part in WWSIMS (World Wide Simultaneous) Bridge for the first time.
The winners were Penny Ashdown and Marion Hayes who not only came 1st at the Club but were 1st in RSA and 60th World wide.Monday Club Points:
1st – Judy Beck (791)
2nd – Theonie Kirton (711)
3rd – Wendy Rosser (533)Friday Club Points:
1st – Shirley Nicholls (782)
2nd – Jill Marsh (708)
3rd – Una Moolman (593)

The Fellowship Trophy was awarded to Wendy Mackenzie.

Bridge Club Luncheon at St Francis Links

Bridge Club Luncheon at St Francis Links

Talhado Children’s Haven

Talhado Childrens Haven began in 1998 in the Greater St. Francis Bay area and the Haven or “Speel Kliniek” as the children call it, sees to the educational, nutritional and emotional needs of some 400 children ranging in age from five to 15.

“Our mission: “ Rather build the Child than repair the Adult”

merry-Christmas

A scene from our Graduation Nativity Play, produced by our wonderful Music Teacher, Natasha Brown

Dear Friends

Another year has passed and we are busying ourselves for what is promising to be a very exciting year ahead for us at the Haven.

2015 has proven to be a year for many changes and developments at the Haven, the most exciting of which are currently taking place with the support of Kouga Wind Farms. Improvements are being made to the school with extensions to the toilet blocks, a new roof over the southern classroom block, a fully upgraded kitchen and electrics, including all new appliances, a slab on top of the kitchen to provide for future second storey for media centre in the near future and improved playground facilities!

Media Centre Talhadi Chidren's Haven

The media centre staff, The busy bees below are Llewellyn Baadjies, Leigh-Ann Mofu, Jenny Suter and Ricardo Jantjies busy registering the books for the library – thank you Kouga Wind Farms!

And as if that were not sufficient our generous benefactors also donated 900 children’s books for our library – 300 each in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. We are over the moon with these extremely developments and are looking forward to 2016 with great excitement. Thank you very indeed Kouga Wind Farms!

And what a busy year it has been!

We appointed a full-time librarian. Leigh-Ann Mofu, who joins Llewellyn Baadjies in the library and media centre, has already had a wonderful impact on the children. She is seen below introducing two of our young learners to the new Misdela Dolls. Little Mivuyo Zono and Sinexolo Sotafile are seen herewith Leigh-Ann Mofu who read the story of Missdela to the girls.

Leigh-Ann is using these lovely dolls to help her teach the Haven’s little girls to love and respect themselves and each other.

Leigh-Ann is using these lovely dolls to help her teach the Haven’s little girls to love and respect themselves and each other.

The story goes that Missdela (named after Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela) lives in a rural village with her grandmother who teaches her honesty, hard work and obedience. Missdela also learns Respect for Self, Others and the Environment. She loves listening to stories on the radio and reading books. Missdela also sings the Thula Thula song.

Steel Band player, Dean Kalo

Steel Band player, Dean Kalo

One of our original Steel Band players, Dean Kalo has joined us at The Haven to provide coaching and lessons for our current steel band players and those who are keen to learn. So we are certain our popular band will continue to play at local events for some time to come.

Our Montessori classes have been a great success under Afrikaans teacher Virginia Brown and Xhosa teacher Laurika Coetzer and we aim to continue to grow this wonderful teaching medium in the future.

Another introduction has been our support for the Revup Christian outreach to youth of Sea Vista. We provide meeting facility for weekly ministry and monthly educational get together. Most recently covered post school options including bursary application process and how to keep a healthy body with correct nutrition.

Many events and outings took place during the year to keep our young learners both informed and entertained.  One of the more popular being the celebration of birthdays at our Media Centre!  Kristine Johansen and her husband, Jan Bjerved, from Norway, offered to pay for birthday presents and a cup cake for those children attending our Media Centre.  Each month we draw up a list of birthdays and when the children attend the Media Centre or Library, they are presented with a birthday present and cupcake! Most of our children have never received a birthday present before so this is a new experience for them and they are thrilled!

dentistOn the health care front we had a visit from Tony Yeoll, a retired Opthalmologist who is a resident of St. Francis Bay, together with the help of his wife Mary,  Estelle Bruwer , Optician at Humansdorp Hospital and Samantha Stedman and Cindy Main from Essilor S.A., spent the day testing the eyesight of our Grade 0 and Grade R pupils  on World Vision Day

And a little later in the year we had St Francis Bay dentist, Dr Michael Jones come to talk to the children on how to take care of their teeth. This event was organised by the Grade 6 learners at St Francis College and their teacher Cathryn Hempel as part of their history studies on democracy and children’s rights.

Perhaps the highlight of our year was participating in the wonderful event staged for the inauguration of the Kouga Wind Farms. Our children took part in the opening ceremony with singing and dancing and our steel band players provided the music. It was such a wonderful day out for the children with an opportunity to get up close to those enormous wind turbines.

Wind-farm-launch

FashionThe annual children’s fashion evening in September was as popular as ever and a great fundraiser for the school organised by the teachers and parents. Well done everyone!

beach

Children’s Day on 29 May was celebrated with an outing to Cape St Francis beach organised by the staff at Cape St Francis Resort. The children had such fun playing team games and enjoying the special treats laid on for them. A Big thank you to the Resort!

SANCCOB

Another big thank you must go to Lilian Baker and FOSTER, and to SANCCOB for the continued support of the FOSTER Outreach programme. Also, a heartfelt word of thanks to Little Venice for organizing transport for our pupils to the Wild Side, free of charge!.  In all, 212 learners, 11 educators and 10 adults participated in 9 excursions since the beginning of 2015. Wow!

The Ukupha ladies group in St Francis once again out did themselves with wonderful shoebox donations for each child at the end of this year. These shoebox presents bring such joy to these children who would ordinarily enjoy very little for Christmas. Thank you ladies!

elephants

The annual Haven Outing in December saw our children and staff heading down to the Knysna Elephant Park. What an experience this was for everyone coming up so close to these gigantic and wonderful creatures. A lifelong memory created in these young minds. Well done to the staff and parents who worked so hard to fund this important event.

The end of our year is always marked by our Graduation ceremony for both those learners moving from Grade 0 to Grade R and those of our learners who will graduate to “Big School” next year.

This year we were treated to lovely singing and a wonderful Nativity play – a scene from which was chosen for our Christmas card this year. The children really excelled and our dignitaries and parents alike were all charmed!

Photo: Lynette Aitken

Our Learner of the year for 2015 was little Yaseen Madatt seen with his parents Muneerah and Moegamat – Photo: Lynette Aitken

Our Learner of the year for 2015 was little Yaseen Madatt who has graduated from Virginia Brown’s Montessori Class. He will attend Sea Vista Primary next year. He is seen below with his proud parents Muneerah and Moegamat. Well done Yaseen – the future looks very bright indeed for you.

And our final snippet of news is that we are once again thrilled to hear that past learner Thandolwethu Njena who received a scholarship to attend the prestigious St Francis College, has been promoted to Grade 6 next year. Despite the fact that she lives in very poor circumstances and has had to cope with overwhelming family problems, she has managed to keep up with the class average and we are very proud of her indeed.

We owe a huge thank you to our Norwegian friends Ingvild and Svein-Erik Stiansen who donated a whopping R50 000.00 on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Our heartfelt thanks to you both and every good wish for your continued happiness together.

And finally. a vote of heartfelt thanks to our regular sponsors Talhado Fishing Enterprises and others who donate on a monthly basis, without which we would not be able to offer the quality of education and upliftment we do, to our vulnerable children. You are the best and make Management’s work so much more easier!

The generosity and warmth of our sponsors, donors and our local community never cease to amaze us and we are so thankful to you all for you ongoing support.

We know that 2016 will be a challenging year for us financially as we face increased running costs of around 40% over the past year. We have big plans which include building up our after care facility to offer more help and guidance for senior school learners and those need to access some sort of tertiary education or skills development. A big challenge indeed which we know we will be able to meet with a little help from you – our loyal friends and supporters!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE!

We thank Him for all His many blessings this year and we trust Him going forward to 2016.

 

SANCCOB Penguin Holiday Festival:

SANCCOB Penguin Holiday Festival: 20 – 29 DECEMBER 2015

FESTIVAL WISH LIST 2015

We need your help with the following:

Golf Day, Saturday 26 December:

  • 3 x Meal Vouchers (each should be two vouchers for two people – 4 ball competition)
  • 10 x bottles of shooters
  • Items for raffle (snacks, clothing, golf related, wine)
  • Monetary Donation toward the Player Gift Packs (Total: R4500)

Koos Kombuis Performance, Sunday 27 December:

  • Monetary Donation toward Koos Kombuis Performance Fee (Total: R4500)
  • Monetary Donation toward Stage sound and lights (Total: R1500)

Wendy Oldfield Performance, Monday 28 December:

  • Monetary Donation toward Wendy Oldfield Performance Fee (Total: R5000)

Gerald Clark Performance, Tuesday 29 December:

  • Monetary Donation toward Gerlad Clark Performance Fee (Total: R5000)

Hotdog Stall at SANCCOB Centre:

  • Tinned tamato and onion mix
  • Tomato sause/ Mustard Sause /Chutney
  • Serviettes
  • Margarine

3 x Raffles at other events:

  • Snacks (biscuits, biltong, nuts, dried fruit
  • Preservatives (jams, marmalades, pestos, fruit & veg, etc)
  • Wine/Wiskey/Brandy
  • Clothing and accessories: caps/t-shirts/keyrings/bags/books/magazines/calendar
  • Vouchers (beauty/meal/experience)

We need these items by no later than 19 December 2015 – so please confirm whether you’d be able to help us out of one or more of the above listed items.

Many thanks and regards,

Louanne

Louanne@sanccob.co.za / 083 874 3067

Residents Association Chairman to stand down

Nigel & Lynette Aitken

Nigel & Lynette Aitken

After serving four years on the St Francis Bay Residents Association, the past two years as Chairman, Nigel Aitken will be standing down at the upcoming AGM to be held at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club on the 17th December at 17h00 (5:00pm). All residents are encouraged to attend, especially those homeowners who are not permanently resident in St Francis but are here for the holidays.

At the last meeting held at St Francis Links last month, new committee members Wayne Furphy and Chris Gray spelt out a very comprehensive and well put together presentation on a 5-year plan for St Francis Bay. They will again be presenting this plan at the upcoming AGM and no doubt will have either fine tuned it or added to it, for it is likely they would have received feedback from the community. So even if homeowners were present at the previous presentation,  it should be interesting to hear their ideas again.  Certainly some of those who attended the initial presentation will have had time to digest the content of the plan and will have formulated pertinent questions and possibly some ideas to add to those already on the table.

In short, every homeowner should attend even if it does take you away from your holiday routine for a couple of hours. To quote Aitken “The future of this town is in our hands” .

One would hope that Aitken will remain available, and that the new committee will call on him if necessary, to assist, particularly in the immediate future for no doubt his experience in dealing with the powers that be in both the KM council as well as those in Provincial Government in Bisho. would be invaluable.

Below is a copy of Aitken’s  “last newsletter” as Chairman.

Hi Folks

 As this is my last newsletter before standing down as Chairman, as well as being a committee member I would like to thank all of those people who have been so supportive over the last four years.

 There has been great activity in St Francis Bay with the filling of potholes, the slurrying of part of St Francis Drive as well as the cutting of grass verges and the general tidying up of our beautiful town.  Unfortunately, it appears that DEDEAT will still not give us permission to fix up the access to the beach at Ann Avenue but we will keep trying to the bitter end.  Most of the other accesses as well as the public toilets are in the process of final renovation.

Your Residents Association has written to the Provincial Road Authorities requesting additional signage at the temporary causeway over the Sand River.  They have promised to put up additional signage, however, the request for lights have been turned down as for the last two years these temporary structures were vandalised.  We gather that the contract still has not been awarded so work will definitely not commence until, at the very earliest, the end of January 2016.

After the visit in October by DEDEAT to meet with the Joint Beach and Spit Committee a number of issues were raised that required our environmentalist, Frank Silberbauer, to address which have now been responded to, but because of the timing we have requested an extension to the agreed finalisation date to protect ourselves from having to re-apply which would be a costly exercise to say the least.  Our understanding is that DEDEAT has accepted this request.

The handing over to the new St Francis Bay Residents Association Committee has progressed well and a presentation was given by members of the new committee on 25th  November at which they outlined their Five Year Plan.  This presentation will be repeated at the AGM once all the other formalities have been addressed.  It is very much in your interest to attend the AGM and give your support to their proposals.  The future of this town is in our hands” .