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