Joy Wicks Honoured

Joy Wicks honoured at St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks honoured by St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks with her Honorary Life Membership Certificate and the painting of the St Francis Bay Lighthouse which was presented to her on behalf of the SFB Bowling Club by Toby Haring.

Joy Wicks, a long standing member of the St Francis Bay Bowling club, was made an Honorary Life Member of the Club on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Current President Peter Talbot presented her with a certificate to the effect.

Past President, Toby Haring, who has known Joy for many years, thanked her for her over 22 years of membership and loyal service to the club. She joined the club in 1995 and is currently the second “oldest” member of the club. She and her late husband Bernie were both good bowlers and Joy’s name can be found on many of the club trophies. She also competed in out of town competitions in Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay and the “All Cape”.

Joy, with her warm and friendly nature, has served in many capacities and was a competitor, selector, catering convenor, book sales lady during tournaments, and could turn her hand to anything wherever she was needed. She carried out her duties with efficiency and always with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble for her.

Toby, after his tribute to her, presented her with a farewell present from the Club. It was a painting of the Cape St Francis Lighthouse, specially painted for her and sponsored by fellow bowler Christine Chapman.

Once the formalities were over everyone enjoyed the “Mug of the Month” meal together and people were able to say their farewells to Joy.

It is not only in bowling that Joy has been a prominent member of the community, but in Cape St Francis where she lived. For the past eighteen years she chaired the Cape St Francis Tea Group which performs a vital function of making newcomers to the area welcome and drawing them into the local community.

This is not only a friendship group but one that raises funds for charity. Their main fund raiser of the year is always the Cuppa for CANSA soup function for Hospice in which they raise a considerable amount. This involves a huge amount of work well before the time in making soups to freeze and as well as making a variety of hot soups to sell on the day and into the evening. It is also a sociable event which draws people from the surrounding towns.

Apart from the soup function the group spends many mornings knitting squares and making blankets for different charities, needy institutions, for old people and under-privileged mothers with newly born babies. All of this has been under the leadership of Joy Wicks. She will be sorely missed in the community. All her friends and co-workers send her off with lots of love and wish her the best of luck in her move to Port Elizabeth.

Photo an article by Yvonne Bosman


Great Morning Market

Successful St Francis Morning Market

The monthly morning market, Saturday past, turned out to be a rather festive occasion in spite of the somewhat earlier inclement weather. The early rain gave way to what turned out to be a rather lovely day in spite of a rather fresh westerly wind which seemed to invigorate both the Sea Vista Marimba Band recently returned from their successful performances in China and the group of young Sea Vista dancers.

Dancers at St Francis Morning Market

The dancers, led by an exuberant young Dutch students visiting South Africa and working with Talhado Children’s Haven, danced to the music of the Marimba band that seemed a lot more energised since their return from their international travels. Or was their energy maybe the presence of the young dancers as one of the audience suggested? Whichever, it truly was a delightful performance that attracted a large audience including a large contingent of overseas tourist. Let us hope the band and dancers become a regular attraction at the monthly market.

Among the stall holders was a display stand manned by St Francis Bay Neighbourhood Watch who were in attendance for a “Recruitathon”.  Barry Wilde, who took the initiative and established a Neighbourhood Watch in St Francis Bay, says: “I was highly delighted with our first ‘recruitathon’. Our visibility at the market was good; people came to the stall, asked questions, and showed an interest.”

“We could still do with more volunteers to do patrols. As it also takes a lot of money to equip a patrol, donations from those who for some reason cannot patrol, would be most welcome. Ladies, we need you too as you often have sharp eyes.”

Back to the market!

Whether using the area within Legends pub was because of the weather or has become a permanent feature of the market, let us hope it stays as it really does add to the ‘cosiness’ of the indoor stands. The area incorporating Pedal & Spoke, St Francis Brewing Co and Legends really fits the market perfectly and there is no doubt all three businesses benefit from the exposure of the market on their doorsteps. Well done to the organisers.

Talking of markets, there is a ‘Food Market’ at Olive Tree Junction this coming Friday from 6:30pm. Apparently the first of these evening markets held last month was a huge success so see you all at Olive Tree on Friday 3rd March for food a few beers or glasses of wine and some good music.


To join NW is easy. There is NO fee but just a commitment to do one two-hour patrol each week.

The few stalwart volunteers who do Neighbourhood Watch duties need your support in sharing the load of patrolling. Keep our village safe. Contact Barry Wild on 082 367 9947 or on

Neighbourhood Watch Recruitathon St Francis Bay