News Snippets of St Francis news, events and information

Very often we have small news snippets of interesting information or important news or events that we really need to be telling you about. Because these news snippets are too short  for a full article we tend to omit then it in favour of longer news articles. Short news snippets from around and about St Francis will feature on this page.

The Art of Living happiness

The Art of Living happiness program level 1

Live every day with abundant Joy, Purpose and Confidence

The centre piece of the Art of living Happiness program is a unique and profound breathing technique.

A practical tool that restores body, mind and spirit into its natural rhythm of being, the Sudarshan Kriya has positively transformed millions and millions of lives. Its uniqueness is not only in its performance, but also in its formation as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar emerged with the Sudarshan Kriya after a ten – day silence period.

Along with Sudarshan Kriya, other powerful breathing techniques, yoga and meditation taught in the interactive sessions of the Happiness Program.

It is all that you need for an experience of happiness like never before

Come and join us at The Studio for the last 6-Day programme.

Dates: 6 to 11 June
Times: Tuesday to Friday 18h30 to 21h30 – Saturday: 14h00 to 19h00 –  Sunday: 09h00 to 14h30
Cost: R850.00 (Regular) – Pensioners & Full Time Students R500.00 –  Repeaters R0
Venue: The Studio, The Old Village Centre (above Verandah), 10 Blairich Bldge, St Francis Drive

The price goes up to R1100.00 at the beginning of July so join us now.

Call to book:

Susan: 082 601 3559

Stella: 072 144 6175

Living happiness


Night of the Proms

St Francis Prime Timers at Night of the Proms

On Sunday,   28 Prime Timers left St Francis for their annual buffet lunch at the Humewood Hotel Summerstrand.  The lunch was exceptional as usual providing a vast selection of  delicious fare.  After the members had wined and dined they left the hotel and drove to the Feather Market for The Last Night of the Proms.

The members settled in their seats with their programmes and coloured streamers ready to celebrate with Richard Cock conducting The Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is always a very special charity event which includes dancers,
several choirs, soloists, Caledonian Pipe Band, and the  full orchestra entertaining  with music to suit everyone.

Prime Timers is a social club for retired people and details for membership can be obtained from Paulene Hardy 042 2940301      084 7897801.

Prime Timers Night of the Proms

Prime Timers enjoying lunch at Humewood Hotel, Port Elizabeth before Night of the Proms

Night of the Proms

St Francis Market Day

It’s Market time again!! Join us on Saturday morning for all your fresh produce, funky gifts, tasty treats and a cuppa with friends and family.

St Francis Market

Dogs Poisoned

Dogs Poisoned in Port area

Port St Francis resident Sian Hamilton-Browne submitted this heart breaking account of her dogs being poisoned in the Port area. Whilst this may not be the case in this instance dog owners dhould be aware that in the past this was a commong practice used by criminals in their planning to rob homes so be aware and alert – just in case.

“Saturday evening we arrived home to one of our worst fears – our dogs were viciously poisoned (poison was identified as Temik otherwise known as 2step and disguised in viennas).  If it wasn’t for Dr Barker’s quick assistance we would have lost both dachshund pups, heartbreakingly our little Louki consumed the bulk of the viennas  (this was shown in the autopsy) possibly dying minutes before we got home as it’s quick acting.  Our bully and ridgy are fine however traumatised.  Little Odin is healing well.

Please – please – check your garden every morning before letting your babies out, notifying neighbours and your security company of any suspicious behaviour.

We live in the Port area, fully walled with alarm system.  Changes will be adopted in respect to vigilance,  additional lighting (as we don’t have adequate street lights in our road or garden), security and urgent plea requests for plot clearing surrounding us and the area.

The only thing of value in our property is our animals.

Thank you to all who supported us and shown concern”.

Neil and Sian Hamilton-Browne

Reports on Two-Step being used to poison dogs

Dogs poisoned with ‘two-step’

Dog-poisoning plague hits city

Treatment rationale for dogs poisoned with aldicarb (carbamate pesticide)

Better late than never

Better late than never – King of the Kromme results

Greg Louw, the “Bay Bullet”, in a time 1hr 44min is the 2017 “KING OF THE KROMME”, winning R1500, plus 12 months bragging rights, and his name engraved on the beautiful trophy … again! This is the first time in 11 years that we have a two-time winner! Local up-and-coming Phil Smith took second place, narrowly beating East London’s super-fit veteran Hennie Roos, both 4min behind Louw. Another local, 14 year-old Graydon Mitchley, was the first junior, performing exceptionally well for his age, and was not far behind in 5th place, just behind experienced Josie Williams, who hadn’t been well. Another top paddler, Richard Von Wildemann, didn’t fire on all cylinders this time, and was well back.

There was also a 12km short course, plus a 1km under 10 and under 12 guppy race. Entry fee of R75 included a sumptuous Quaysyde meal. As usual, Carbonology supplied a paddle valued at R2500 as a lucky-draw and another one for the juniors, thanks Jason Goedhals and Hein Van Rooyen!

This annual race started and finished at Quaysyde on the Canals at 10am on Easter Monday 17 April 2017, and wound up the beautiful Kromme and Geelhout Rivers.

Thanks Sacha Park for the photos and videos. Thanks also to Dave and Marie Louw, Ingrid Staples, Gail Brooker, Alicia Vorster (registration/time-keeping), Pete King (turn buoy and safety boat), Phil Niven (safety boat skipper), and Catherine Mitchley (safety boat vice-captain).

King of the Kromme results


67 Blankets

67 Blankets for Talhado Montessori School

What joy! Thanks and gratitude were abundant at Talhado  Montessori School when all the children received a beautiful hand-knitted warm blanket courtesy of a small group of ladies in East London who call themselves the Nanny Knitters.

The project was the brain child of Jean Hempel whose daughter-in-law is Cathryn Hempel the school’s headmistress. The Knitters took up the project for their 67 minutes of community service for Mandela Day. The 67 minutes turned into 67 blankets for the children of the school.

 67 Blankets for Talhado Montessori School

Thankful Mums Khanyisa Sibanga and Lindelwa Sibanga with little learners Anold Sibanga, Ntuthuko Sibanga and Aluncedo Vephu

Thanks to these wonderful knitting Nannies who put a lot of energy and thought into this very kind gesture these children will be very warm this winter.

Article and photograph – Lynette Aitken


Get-a-Fix Health Bar - St Francis Bay

Feeling a little off colour this past week I strolled into Get-a-Fix health bar in search of one of their pick-me-up drinks that Sacha Park had introduced me to some months back.  Situated in the Village Centre, Get-a-Fix along with some other businesses in the centre had to close for a couple of months while the thatched roof was replaced with a new shingle-look roof that Wattle & Daub seem to be installing more and more of in St Francis.  Well now that the roof is almost complete, Get-a Fix is open again and if you haven’t yet tried their fare you really should pop in for a healthy awakening.

When Get-a Fix opened in the Spar Centre a couple of years back I thought it just another juice bar selling smoothies, milkshakes and fresh juices and never ventured in. Their move to Village Shopping Centre made them a neighbour of Sacha’s “Studio” and it was during a visit to the Studio that I was introduced to some of their magic. Certainly they sell smoothies and juices but there is a lot more to what they offer.

Rather than try and explain what Get-a-Fix offers rather do yourself and your health a favour and pop in and have a chat to Lyn about the different health food and drink options they offer and that you can make up at home as they also sell the natural ingredients to the health food options they offer on their menu.

I spent about an hour chatting with Quinton and Lyn about all the different natural health products they sell and whilst I am enlightened, maybe I would prefer to have it all in a readable format so I can better absorb what is a rather intriguing subject. To this end St Francis Today is introducing a weekly column from next week where well known fitness guru Nadine Lahana of NRG2GO will be keeping readers abreast with health and fitness tips and no doubt will touch on some of the natural foods that Get-a-Fix offers.

Get-a-Fix also offers a range of delicious frozen take-ways for those nights when you really don’t feel like cooking. And yes they are delicious and as you would expect – healthy meals!


Prime Timers

Prime Timers visit Birdsong Farm

Following their 3 night away trip to George they still had their monthly outing to Birdsong Farm this past weekend. This was a
relaxing happy day which everyone appreciated after a  busy trip.  At the kind invitation of Hans and Ulla the Prime Timers brought their chairs, picnics and drinks and enjoyed a lovely sunny day on Birdsong Farm.

The weather was perfect, the members moved from one group to another chatting and sharing food, enjoying the scenery and the social event.  Hans took parties of members for game drives through the farm where several species of buck were grazing and sweet Laura the donkey even tried to get a lift back in the vehicle which gave members plenty of amusement.   The farm with it’s mountain scenery was a perfect setting for a perfect day,

Prime Timers social club for retired people enjoy regular monthly outings, lunches, concerts, picnics and social get togethers,  membership details available from Paulene Hardy  042 2940301……..   084 7897801

Prime Timers at Birdsong Farm

Dr Kaz visiting Dune Ridge

Dr Kaz, (MBChb MF Hom) from Durban, is visiting Dune Ridge Country House

Dr Kaz

Dr Kaz, (MBChb MF Hom) from Durban, is visiting Dune Ridge Country House on May 11th at 5.30 pm to talk to Moms, young and old, about the subject of: ‘Healthy Mother – Healthy Children’.

‘Dr Kaz, a qualified GP, combines traditional medicine with alternative health practices to bring physical, emotional and spiritual levels into balance and create all round good health.

Her talk about healthy mothers raising happy, healthy, well adjusted children, promises to be fascinating.

Canapes and Champagne will be served. Tickets cost R150 from Kouga Print.

All funds go towards sterilizing the dogs and cats of Sea Vista.

Dun Ridge Country House

St Francis Animal Rescue


Prime Timers George Outing

Prime Timers Away Trip To George

21 members of Prime Timers Social Club  have returned from their 3 day trip to George. With perfect weather the happy members enjoyed the wonderful stay at George Lodge International, a first class hotel with first class service. The food and wine was great the company excellent.

Members shared cars and petrol  and started their annual trip by arriving first having at Redberry Farm, the table was laid ready with scones, strawberries and cream. From there the happy throng checked into their hotel, and regrouped for drinks and dinner in the evening. After breakfast the next day they arrived at Outeniqua Transport Museum, enjoyed  the classic cars and steam trains etc and finished with a 2 hour train ride and commentary  through the mountains and tunnels of the Outeniqua Mountain Range. The following day members were guests at a wonderful wine estate where they were taken on a cellar tour, before they sat down to wine tasting and a super lunch. Their last port of call was Wild Oats market at Sedgefield en route home.

If you would like details of Prime Timers Social Club, if you enjoy regular affordable outings with new and old friends Give Paulene Hardy a call on 042 2940301…… 084 7897801.  The club has become a great success with members not just locally but from Jo’burg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Prime Timers Away Trip To George