Light up Christmas

Reader Berenice Kilfoil says Light up Christmas

A letter received fro reader Berenice Kilfoil suggests we should light up Christmas in St Francis

Light up Christmas in St Francis

“Yes the season has begun in St. Francis. But is it really Christmas

All the holiday makers who stream into St. Francis have left towns and cities blazing with Christmas lights, and decorations, carols being played over Public address systems. Beautiful large Christmas trees in shopping centres and parking lots. Fairy lights and baubles everywhere.

Then you arrive in St. Francis Bay and wonder if they even think of Christmas beyond the ringing and ching ching of cash tills . With the exception of the Spar and the Spar Centre who all make a stunning effort. The shop shelves and racks are groaning with newly arrived goods, which have been arriving in St. Francis for weeks before “the season.

Frantic staff and owners unpacking and getting ready for “the season” But sadly not one box containing Christmas decorations, or fairy lights or strip lights, or baubles. Imagine our lovely Village buildings with strip lights, lighting up the gables, Fairly lights wrapped around the lovely palms on St. Francis Bay. Lights along St. Francis Drive What fun it could b e if there was a charity competition set up for the ‘holiday makers’ to vote for the best decorated retail outlet, or restaurant etc. maybe different categories. ????

All over the world Christmas decorations become tourist attractions and canal houses are in competition with each other to decorate their holiday homes. Nightly Boat trips to see the lights. Villages and town where people visit just to see the lights, then stay on for a meal or a drink. Amazing Christmas markets! Google Mandurah in Western Australia. I am sure they have a section showing their amazing Christmas lights on the canal houses.

I wrote to Santa asking him to send some Christmas decorations and lights to The Village in St. Francis Bay, The Port, even the Cove. I wonder if he received my Letter ????

Merry Christmas

LAMP perform for Prime Timers

LAMP perform at Prime Timers Christmas Lunch

LAMP performing at Prime Timers lunch Dune Ridge, St Francis

L.A.M.P performing at Prime Timers lunch Dune Ridge, St Francis

On Saturday 3rd December, 37 Prime Timers enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Dune Ridge Country House. A delicious traditional lunch was served and happy members sung festive carols between courses accompanied by Cedric on the piano.

Everyone was treated to a superb performance by choir members from L.A.M.P. Lighthouse Art and Music Project, their excellent voices and timing was faultless and appreciated by everyone.

A lovely surprise hamper was won by Gill Davidson and of course no Christmas celebration would be complete without Santa with his sack of gifts.

The Christmas lunch brings an end to a very successful year for Prime Timers. In January subscriptions are due and more new members are joining this successful social club for retired people, lots of great events are planned for 2017 including an away trip to George. The trip in April includes 3 nights in an excellent hotel and 4 daily excursions.

For details on membership phone Paulene Hardy. 084 7897801 or 042 2940301

Might Men in Sea Vista

Mighty Men service in Sea Vista

Mighty Man Breakfast at 6312 Restaurant St Francis Bay

Migty Men breakfast at 6312 Restaurant at Port St Francis

Over last weekend of 3rd and 4th December, a men’s weekend in St. Francis Bay, with guest speaker Arno van Niekerk who is a seniour lecture / economist at the university of Free State. He is also a speaker at the Mighty Men conferences with Angus Buchan. The purpose of the weekend’s event was to bring men of all colours, languages and cultures together to build a relationship and unite to build our Rainbow nation on a Biblical foundation.

The weekend started off with a men’s breakfast at the 6312 restaurant at St Francis Port at 6312 restaurant which was attended by well over 70 men across the racial spectrum who enjoyed a great start to the day. The days’s events closed with a men’s service in a marquee erected for the occasion next to the Shekinah Church run by well Sea Vista’s well known Andrew Vena who was the catalyst in organising the event.

The weekend ended with a Sunday morning service which included both men and women in the congregation.

Andrew said his aim was to continue with these typeof services an to eventually bring the Big Mighty Men with Angus Buchan to St. Francis Bay.

Arno van Niekerk and Andrew

Arno van Niekerk and Andrew Vena at Saturday service at Shekinah Church