Joy Wicks honoured at St Francis Bay Bowling Club
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