Monthly Archives: March 2015

27 March, 2015

The Clarens Village Nature Reserve

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I’m sure that every Clarens resident would agree that that The Clarens Village Nature Reserve is a real asset to Clarens.  We are so lucky to have a team of dedicated rangers to protect and maintain this very valuable “little piece of heaven” .   It doesn’t however just happen.   It takes hard work and commitment, as you will see when you read the Reports sent in by head ranger Damien Coulson.    Click here to find out what the rangers have been up, news on the new trail, and the on-going battle against aliens.


Writing is a dangerous occupation?

It seems that writing should now be seen as a dangerous occupation.   Even expressing an opinion could be seen as being prevocative enough to invite violence.   And if you think that this sort of thing could only happen in France or the Middle East, think again.   The recent attack on Zainub Priva Dala in Durban proves that even in South Africa, one needs to be extremely careful.   And where is this going to stop.   Clarens News shared a post from the Books Live blog http://sapen.bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/03/24/open-letter-from-pen-south-africa-violent-intimidation-of-writers-must-not-be-tolerated/ on our facebook page.   The blog starts off with the following:

On Wednesday March 18 author, Zainub Priya Dala was violently attacked as she left her hotel during the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. A woman driving alone, she was harassed by three men who forced her off the road, cornered her, held a knife at her throat, smashed a brick in her face, and called her “Rushdie’s bitch”. The day before she had been asked about writers she admired: Salman Rushdie’s name had figured on a long list of others. People walked out in protest.

We at Clarens News hope that you will agree that every South African citizen has the right to their own opinion, although clearly there are some who don’t agree.

(And to think that in last week’s news we celebrated Human Rights and Storytelling Day.)


Word Riders visit Clarens

DCS  Word Riders 1

Word Riders were in Clarens last Sunday, and met with Alan Goodson (Dihlabeng Christian School) along with 5 of the Dihlabeng Christian School grade 7 pupils; Pontsho Koti from Clarens Combined, as well as two other principals from local farm schools.    

The Word Riders are a group of Christian motorbike enthusiasts who travel to different parts of South Africa annually for Bible Distribution.

Along the route, the Word Riders distribute Bibles among school children who cannot afford a Bible of their own. These Bibles are made possible by the Bible Society of South Africa’s Bibles for Grade 7 learners project as well as by funds raised by the motorcyclists themselves.   You can follow the word riders experiences on their blog: https://wordriders.wordpress.com

For more information about the Bible Society of South Africa, visit  http://www.biblesociety.co.za


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Trifolium burchelianum
Damien1-100x100Article and photograph by
Damien Couson
Head ranger Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Leguminosae (Pea or legume) family.

Trifolium burchellianum (Wild Clover in English, Wildeklaver in Afrikaans and musa-pelo in Sesotho) is a creeping annual herb growing to a regal height of just 200mm. For something so small it manages to scale to incredible heights of around 2800 m A.S.L., and enjoys moist grassland and grassland-rock ecotones. This tough little herb has a wide geographical distribution, ranging from the Western Cape through to the equatorial regions of Africa.

As the name Trifolium implies, the leaves of this herb are arranged in 3’s (tri = 3 and folium = leaves).T. burchellianum differs from a very similar species – T. africanum in that the former has broad leaves and pink florets, whilst the latter has narrow leaves with almost red florets. Their distribution does overlap so look closely, as what may appear as a single subspecies could possibly be 2.  T. burchellianum is one of only 2 subspecies that are indigenous to Africa.  Read more


EVENTS

28 March 2015
Clarens Country Market


28th March 2015
Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians 


29th March, 2015
Natalie Chapman at The Grouse and Claret
Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour.


Wyndford Holicay Farm

30 March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Wyndford Holiday Farm

 

 

 


2-12 April, 2015

Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show.


 

3-6 April, 2015

Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery
An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

 


3 April, 2015
The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret 

 

 

 

 

 


jamming

3-6 April, 2015

Jammin n Ting

Rustlers Valley

 The festival aims to promote the best of African and African inspired music as well as providing guests with a welcoming break from the urban lifestyle. 

4 April, 2015
Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)
Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride
This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift” .


  4th April, 2015
Flea Market Clarens Square


 

Josie Field

10 April, 2015

Josie Field in Rosendal

Rosa Theatre


11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day.


 

  18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.


 

 


Classifieds
Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.

Writing is a dangerous occupation?

It seems that writing should now be seen as a dangerous occupation.   Even expressing an opinion could be seen as being prevocative enough to invite violence.   And if you think that this sort of thing could only happen in France or the Middle East, think again.   The recent attack on Zainub Priva Dala in Durban proves that even in South Africa, one needs to be extremely careful.   And where is this going to stop.   Clarens News shared a post from the Books Live blog http://sapen.bookslive.co.za/blog/2015/03/24/open-letter-from-pen-south-africa-violent-intimidation-of-writers-must-not-be-tolerated/ on our facebook page.   The blog starts off with the following:

On Wednesday March 18 author, Zainub Priya Dala was violently attacked as she left her hotel during the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban. A woman driving alone, she was harassed by three men who forced her off the road, cornered her, held a knife at her throat, smashed a brick in her face, and called her “Rushdie’s bitch”. The day before she had been asked about writers she admired: Salman Rushdie’s name had figured on a long list of others. People walked out in protest.

We at Clarens News hope that you will agree that every South African citizen has the right to their own opinion, although clearly there are some who don’t agree.

 

Trifolium burchellianum

Trifolium burchelianum

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “bi-Weekly Plant of Interest”. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Leguminosae (Pea or legume) family.

Trifolium burchellianum (Wild Clover in English, Wildeklaver in Afrikaans and musa-pelo in Sesotho) is a creeping annual herb growing to a regal height of just 200mm. For something so small it manages to scale to incredible heights of around 2800 m A.S.L., and enjoys moist grassland and grassland-rock ecotones. This tough little herb has a wide geographical distribution, ranging from the Western Cape through to the equatorial regions of Africa.

As the name Trifolium implies, the leaves of this herb are arranged in 3’s (tri = 3 and folium = leaves). T. burchellianum differs from a very similar species – T. africanum in that the former has broad leaves and pink florets, whilst the latter has narrow leaves with almost red florets. Their distribution does overlap so look closely, as what may appear as a single subspecies could possibly be 2. T. burchellianum is one of only 2 subspecies that are indigenous to Africa.

Leaves are hairless, 3-foliolate, broad (25 X 20mm) and wedge or heart shaped and very finely toothed. The floret head (approx. 30mm) is held aloft a stalk of around 70mm and is clustered and pink/purple. The flowers are small, often measuring less than 10mm. Flowering: Dec-March. Uses:

Food:

Our rangers report using this herb as a light snack as kids. The flower head is predominantly eaten and has a cabbage-like aftertaste – not completely unpleasant. It could make for an interesting decoration in some food dishes such as pasta or even a curry. Livestock have been seen grazing this species as an almost favourite food-source.

Traditional Uses:

Reportedly, T. burchellianum has been used in traditional medicines – it can be chewed, infused as a tea to combat heart ailments, it has diuretic properties, helps induce sweeting and cleansing and is used in the treatment of sore throats.

Ecology

The fragrant flower-heads are frequented by insects such as butterflies during the summer season. It may also have a role as ground cover in relatively well-shaded areas.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for T. burchellianum is listed as of Least Concern.

Click here for more information on plants in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

March 21, 2015: Equinox, Rights and Storytelling

Equinox

Today – March 21 – is the Equinox – a day when, to quote Wikepedia, the sun’s disk crosses the horizon directly in the east at dawn and directly in the west at dusk.   An event which is important enough to dictate the date of Easter.   Christian churches calculate Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March Equinox – and the official church date for the equinox is March 21.   (So now you know why Easter dates change from year to year.)


 

Human Right’s Day

Today is also Human Right’s Day, which is linked to the Sharpeville events in 1960.   This is however not just a day for reflection on what happened in 1960, but also to celebrate our Bill of Rights, in terms of which everyone has a right to life, equality and human dignity – summed up as follows:

 All persons have a right to citizenship and security. Persons and groups are entitled to freedom of assembly, association, belief and opinion, and expression. They have the right to demonstrate, picket and petition; everyone has the right to be free of forced labour, servitude and slavery.
All persons have a right to privacy and to exercise political rights; all have a right to access to information and just administration action. They have rights when arrested, detained and accused, and must have access to courts. Protected rights include a healthy environment; housing, health care, food, water and social security.
All have a right to freedom of movement and residence and of trade, occupation and profession. In the workplace everyone has a right to engage in trade unions and labour movements.
Anyone has the right to purchase property anywhere, and to a basic education.
They have a right to language and culture and communities; and not least, freedom of religion and belief.

The Bill of Rights also specifies the rights of persons belonging to cultural, religious or linguistic communities and the rights of children. In addition, there are specific laws to safeguard women and protect children.  


World Storytelling Day

Today is also world storytelling day – a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling.   The theme for 2015 is “Wishes”.   The message:  Dream big and let everyone know about your plans.   I can’t think of anything nicer than sitting around a dinner table and sharing stories with friends and family.   Happy story telling everyone.   (And yes – we think it’s OK to tell a tall story or two – but why wait for World Storytelling Day.  In fact we think you should tell stories and make wishes, and tell stories about your wishes at every opportunity.)


 

Craft in Clarens:  Just getting better and better

We stopped in at the Martie Lotz hall to see how the crafters were getting on.   I can hardly believe they’ve learnt so much in such a short time.   John and Laurette – here with Ifa Lethu – are certainly inspiring teachers.   Next week the crafters will be concentrating on their business skills.   We are certainly looking forward to seeing these talented artists go from strength to strength – and to see more of their craft on offer in Clarens.

Click here to learn more about Ifa Lethu.


 

Arts Centre at Tshepong in Kgubetswana

Some years ago CCIA (Combined Churches in Action) has erected a beautiful hall on church premises in Kgubetswana. Its main users are the 200 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) (Bana ba Hlokang) who every weekday after school receive a nutritious meal. Later in the afternoons a host of educational activities take place in and around the hall.
Because we envisaged it as a place of excellence and expression of love the name TSHEPONG (Place of Hope) is apt, and it stuck. Tshepong also houses the Counselling Centre, and provides the venue for many community activities.
One of our exceptional projects is a Ballet School, but the problem was the lack of proper facilities. Through hard work and generous donations we succeeded to add to the Tshepong complex a new building we call the Arts Centre. Here not only the Centre Ballet School can be housed (in state of the art facilities), but also the Music department, as well as a room for the finer arts. Children can here receive tremendous empowerment through quality development.
On Tuesday 10 March this Arts Centre was officially opened. A large number of guests could share in the wonderful display of the talent of singing and dancing. The attached photos will indicate something of the joyful atmosphere.   (Article by Dons Kritzinger)
Click here to find out more about Combined Churches in Action (CCIA)


 

News from CRA

CRA:  Water Testing –  Recent water testing arranged by the CRA reveals that our water is still safe for drinking.   A further test will be done in approximately two weeks’ time.  Incidentally, the Municipality regularly have the water tested.

Water Supply:  With regard to our water supply, the Reservoirs are now full –the pump station was not fully operational but with the assistance of a CRA Committee Member, the Municipality has fixed numerous problems that have plagued the system.

Street Numbering:  A reminder that you should by now have your new street number displayed on your property for ease of access to Emergency Services.  To correct some misunderstandings:

Stand or Erf numbers do not appear on most GPS systems. In other towns and cities one can input a street number to the GPS and you will be guided to that property.  In the absence of a GPS, a property is found by using the logical street numbers  running sequentially with odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the other. The current difficulty experienced by tourists, visitors, couriers  and most importantly our emergency services where time is crucial, to find a specific property when stand numbers are not sequential has proved to be a major problem over the years in Clarens.  Many will also recall the numerous meetings and discussion regarding the problem of proliferation of non-standard signage to guide visitors to accommodation or business. If all residents, property and business owners do not cooperate by changing to the new municipal street numbering we will soon have even greater confusion for our inhabitants and visitors.  Refer to your municipal rates account to get your correct street number.

Thus it is to your benefit to have your new sequential, logical street number displayed on your property.

Upcoming Event:   There will be a Mayoral Imbizo in Clarens on March 21st  to which all the wards from the various Dihlabeng towns have been invited.  This will be held in the Clarens Stadium and  is the culmination of a series of Imbizo that have been held throughout Dihlabeng since 28 February.

Information supplied by Pat Raubenheimer:  Chairperson, Clarens Ratepayers Association
Phone: 058 256-1123


 

EVENTS

21 March 2015
Clarens Country Market
Cluny Farm Goats Milk products will be on sale tomorrow at the Clarens Country Market and every Saturday thereafter for the duration of the season (summer).  See you from 10 am onwards.


24 March 2015
Blood Drive
Protea Hotel
Step up and donate blood – you could save a life! 

 


21 March 2015
NG Kerk Golf Day22 March 2015
NG Kerk Spitbraai 

 

 

 

 

 


23-26 March 2015
Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop 

 

 

 

 


25 March, 2015
Clarens Garden Club
This month the Clarens Garden Club will be learning all about rosehips – followed by lunch at  The Rose Hip Restaurant. 

 

 


28th March 2015
Clarens Life-Style Cook OffSpecially for Vegans and Vegetarians

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

29th March, 2015
Natalie Chapman at Friends 
Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour. 

 


2-12 April, 2015Stars of Sandstone
A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show. 

 


 

3-6 April, 2015Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery
An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition. 

 

 

 


3 April, 2015
The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret 

 

 

 

 

 


4 April, 2015
Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)
Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride
This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift” . 

 


  4th April, 2015
Flea Market Clarens Square

 

 

 

 


 

11 April, 2015
Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  18-19 April 2015
Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens
Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let.
Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

 

CRA Newsletter: March 2015

CRA:  Water Testing –  Recent water testing arranged by the CRA reveals that our water is still safe for drinking.   A further test will be done in approximately two weeks’ time.  Incidentally, the Municipality regularly have the water tested.

 

Water Supply:  With regard to our water supply, the Reservoirs are now full –the pump station was not fully operational but with the assistance of a CRA Committee Member, the Municipality has fixed numerous problems that have plagued the system.

 

Street Numbering:  A reminder that you should by now have your new street number displayed on your property for ease of access to Emergency Services.  To correct some misunderstandings:

Stand or Erf numbers do not appear on most GPS systems. In other towns and cities one can input a street number to the GPS and you will be guided to that property.  In the absence of a GPS, a property is found by using the logical street numbers  running sequentially with odd numbers on one side and even numbers on the other. The current difficulty experienced by tourists, visitors, couriers  and most importantly our emergency services where time is crucial, to find a specific property when stand numbers are not sequential has proved to be a major problem over the years in Clarens.  Many will also recall the numerous meetings and discussion regarding the problem of proliferation of non-standard signage to guide visitors to accommodation or business. If all residents, property and business owners do not cooperate by changing to the new municipal street numbering we will soon have even greater confusion for our inhabitants and visitors.  Refer to your municipal rates account to get your correct street number.

Thus it is to your benefit to have your new sequential, logical street number displayed on your property.

 

Upcoming Event:   There will be a Mayoral Imbizo in Clarens on March 21st  to which all the wards from the various Dihlabeng towns have been invited.  This will be held in the Clarens Stadium and  is the culmination of a series of Imbizo that have been held throughout Dihlabeng since 28 February.

13 March, 2015: The Cosmos are back

The Cosmos are back

Cosmos in Clarens

The Cosmos is back – a sure sign that we are nearing the end of summer.  We trust that everyone has had a lucky Friday 13.   We certainly feel lucky just to be in Clarens


Clarens Caps

Clarens Recycling Centre

Rolf Schlub:  

I have now sold the second 100 Clarens Caps and the proceeds of R 3400,  this time goes to Evon Els from the Clarens Village Conservancy (CVC)Recycling Project.  My thanks go out to Maureen, Dean and Jenny from Maluti Tours and Ronel from Clarens Grocery who have sold the caps in their shops.Evon is a Volunteer CVC Committee member who runs the Clarens Recycling project, collects waste from the town, keeps the place clean with a couple of guys and does this tirelessly always with a smile on her face.  It is therefore that I feel that Evon deserves this recognition and support. I hope that I have made a small contribution to her efforts.

The Clarens Village Conservancy would like to thank Rolf for his support of this very worthy project. Without the tireless efforts and commitment of Evon and her team, we would not have one of the most successful volunteer recycling projects in the Free State. Thanks to the concern and generosity from Rolf, we can keep the team committed and motivated. Rodney Wainwright (for CVC Committee)


TOYOTA OWNERS BE WARNED!

 

Residents and visitors to Clarens should be aware that a criminal syndicate is targeting Toyota vehicles in the Eastern Free State.  Several of these have been stolen in Clarens over the last few weeks and we don’t want yours to be next!  If you own a Toyota or have guests or friends who own one, please ensure that the alarm is properly engaged and that the vehicle is parked safely and securely in the evenings and at night, ideally behind a locked gate or in a lockable garage.

 

The Clarens Community Police Forum is undertaking an initiative to place Warning leaflets under the windscreen wipers of every Toyota which enters Clarens, via the good hands of the Police Forum’s Reservists.  In the event that your vehicle is tampered with or stolen, or you see another Toyota being broken into, please report the attempted theft or theft to SAPS on 058 256 6000/6001/6002.  Alternatively, call the Duty Officer on 082 4668904.

 

Clarens has a well-deserved reputation as one of the safest towns in South Africa.  Please be vigilant and share in the task of keeping Clarens crime-free and the safest destination in the country!

Please note – the thieves concerned are a well-organized crime syndicate which is operating throughout the Free State.   Both the local and provincial police are doing everything they can to put a stop to this.   Sadly, Clarens is not immune to this type of criminal activity.


 

Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Kniphofia thodei baker

Damien Coulson

Article and photography by
Damien Coulson
Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve<

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Asphodelaceae (Red-hot Poker) family.

Kniphofia thodei Baker (Thode’s Poker in English and Leloele in Sesotho) is perennial monocotyledonous herb growing to a towering height of just 500mm. Unlike many other species of the Red-hot Poker genus, this little guy enjoys a bachelor’s solitary existence including freedom from group tyranny and peer-pressure. One will need to prepare a backpack to find our hero as he prefers “hanging-out” on moist high-altitude grassveld mountain slopes at up to 2750 m A.S.L. He is also an endemic to the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR), making him even more interesting…and don’t all bachelor’s lead interesting lifestyles?

Photographed on the steep slopes near Titanic Rock and our Sky-Contour Trail, this individual was no easy find (as is any decent bachelor) and may at first glance be misidentified for several of the more prominent of the Red-hot Poker genus in the area.   Read more


 

Dihlabeng Christian School

Dihlabeng Christian SchoolAutumn Fair It’s the Dihlabeng Christian School Autumn Fair this Thursday, and as you can see from the poster – there will be a lot on offer.

Click here To find out more about the School.

And while you’re on the web, have a look at their facebook page  .   As you can see from the photos below they’ve been having lots of fun – and I’m sure they’re all learning a huge amount in the process.

Dihlabeng Christian School

 

Dihlabeng Christian School

Dihlabeng Christian School


Looking for the laundry?

The Clarens Laundry room has moved too the back of the old Cranford Inn parking area in Larola.

Phone: Yolndi Storbeck: 082 855 3473


EVENTS:

Clarens-Country-Market1618453_361809250627472_967076778_n-300x225 14 March 2015

Clarens Country Market

Cluny Farm Goats Milk products will be on sale tomorrow at the Clarens Country Market and every Saturday thereafter for the duration of the season (summer) Feta. Cream Cheese and Plain Yoghurt will arrive tomorrow. See you from 10 am onwards 


Maluti antique

14 March 2015

Legends of Yesteryear

Maluti Auto Club

Bethlehem Showgrounds


Simon Silcock

15 March 2015

Garden Picnic Party

at Millpond House

This will be a good time to catch up with other Clarens residents.   (I think everyone is going to be there.)

 


BLOOD DRIVE 16 March 2015

Blood Drive

Protea Hotel

Step up and donate blood – you could save a life!

 


Dihlabeng School fair

19th March, 2015

Dihlabeng Christian School Autumn Fair

 

 

 

 


NG Kerk

21 March 2015

NG Kerk Golf Day

22 March 2015

NG Kerk Spitbraai

 

 


 Richard Rennie 82

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop

 

 


the-rose-house

25 March, 2015

Clarens Garden Club

This month the Clarens Garden Club will be learning all about rosehips – followed by lunch at  The Rose Hip Restuarant.

 

 


CLARENS COOK-OFF

28th March 2015

Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians

 

 

 


Natalie Chapman

29th March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Friends 

Natalie Chapman is a proud ambassador and Board Member of Epic Foundation.  Natalie will be at Friends as part of her 90 Days, 90 Towns, 180 Gigs fundraising tour for Epic Foundation:   Click here to  find out more about her tour.


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2-12 April, 2015

Stars of Sandstone

A large collection of Heritage items from 2-ft narrow guage locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, aircraft and military vehicles are brought to life during the show. 

 


 

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3-6 April, 2015

Yvette Art Exhibition: Robert Badenhorst Gallery

An opportunity to view Yvette’s art work and to meet her.   Yvette will be paining outside the gallery during the course of the exhibition.

 


 

Hip Replacements

3 April, 2015

The Hip Replacements:  Grouse and Claret

 

 

 

 

 


 

Festival of Dirt

4 April, 2015

Festival of Dirt   (Enduro bikes)

Enduro World Mountain Madalas Ride

This year’s event will take place at “The Old Mill Drift”

 


 

Clarens Square IMG_0002

4th April, 2015

Flea Market

Clarens Square

 

 

 


SPF golf day

11 April, 2015

Clarens Sector Police Forum, Kia and Radio Maluti Golf Day.


 

Ashburton MTB

18-19 April 2015

Ashburton National MTB Series – Clarens

Clarens hosts #3 of the Ashburton National MTB Series: an exciting 7 leg  National marathon mountain biking series spanning 6 South African provinces.

 

 


Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website, especially if you have property to let. 

Browse around – you’re bound to find something of interest.

 

Kniphofia thodei Baker

 

 

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Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. This week we’re focusing on a member of the Asphodelaceae (Red-hot Poker) family.

Kniphofia thodei Baker (Thode’s Poker in English and Leloele in Sesotho) is perennial monocotyledonous herb growing to a towering height of just 500mm. Unlike many other species of the Red-hot Poker genus, this little guy enjoys a bachelor’s solitary existence including freedom from group tyranny and peer-pressure. One will need to prepare a backpack to find our hero as he prefers “hanging-out” on moist high-altitude grassveld mountain slopes at up to 2750 m A.S.L. He is also an endemic to the Eastern Mountain Region (EMR), making him even more interesting…and don’t all bachelor’s lead interesting lifestyles?

Photographed on the steep slopes near Titanic Rock and our Sky-Contour Trail, this individual was no easy find (as is any decent bachelor) and may at first glance be misidentified for several of the more prominent of the Red-hot Poker genus in the area.

The leaves are narrow, recurved, around 5 mm wide by 300-400mm long, blue-green, soft to the touch, with slightly coarse or toothed margins. The inflorescence consists of a single dense spike of tubular and hanging measuring approx. 70X40mm, grading from orange apically, to yellow-white below. Flowers measure a mere 20-30mm in length. Flowering occurs from spring-early summer (November to March). Uses:

Gardening

This solitary Poker would make for a highly attractive garden ornamental, especially in areas of partial shade with moist, well drained soils. Red-hot Pokers hybridise readily with wild specimens, making Id in gardens particularly difficult.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for K. thodei is listed as of Least Concern.

 

Click here for more information on plants in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Click here for more information on the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Damien1-100x100Article and photography by Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

5th March, 2015: It’s all happening in Clarens

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival

The Clarens Craft Beer Festival

Come rain or shine – the Clarens Craft Beer Festival just seems to get better and better.  This well-organised event has become recognized as probably the best craft beer festival in South Africa. What, you may ask makes this festival so special.   Well, for a start, all the breweries represented at this festival have their brewers on-hand to talk about their craft.   And, probably equally important, access is limited to ticket holders so that everyone can enjoy the space without being swamped by hordes of people.   Then there’s also excellent food and good music all set in what must be one of the prettiest villages in the country.   What more could you ask for. 

Have a look at the Clarens Craft Beer Festival facebook page:  loads of photographs and interesting news snippets.


Clarens is Art

Clarens is Art

Clarens is lucky enough to have young entrepreneurial artists continually creating a great vibe and excitement around the art-scene. Ism-Skism certainly added to the atmosphere over the beer fest weekend painting up a storm at the On The Square Centre.   On your next visit to Clarens be sure to pick up a map of the Art Route  you’re bound to find something to your taste at one of the many galleries in town.   You should also take a look at the Galleries page on the Clarens News website:   http://clarensnews.co.za/listings-category/art/galleries/


Ifu Lethu in Clarens – nurturing the creative spirit

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Ifu Lethu are still here in Clarens working with 60 young artists and crafters from Clarens, Phuthathitjaba, Bethlehem, and Fouriesburg.  

Clarens News stopped in at the Martie Lotz hall to see how they were getting on, and found everyone hard at work.   Ifa Lethu will be in Clarens for another two weeks and we can’t wait to see the results of all the training, advice, and encouragement being given to the local artists and crafters.  

Click here to find out more


Attention all Toyota owners

Your car is in demand!   A Toyota was stolen from outside a guesthouse in Clarens last weekend, and there was also an attempt to steal a second Toyota.   It seems that the Toyota thieves are back in Clarens.   If you have a Toyota please ensure that it is properly secured and in a safe place.   Guest house owners should also warn their guests, and do everything possible to ensure that these thieves don’t get away with another one.


Plants found in the Clarens Village Nature Reserve

Crinum

 

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Damien Coulson

Head ranger: Clarens Village Nature Reserve

 

Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’re focusing on a member of theAmaryllidceae (Bulbous lily) family.

Crinum bulbispermum (Orange-River Lily in English, Vleilelie in Afrikaans and Lelutla in Sesotho) is a perennial bulb of up to 900mm tall, usually observed at moderate altitudes of 1600 m A.S.L. in damp areas such as wetlands and streams. This plant occurs from the Western Cape – Limpopo. Crinum has its origins in the Latin Krinon – Lily, whilst bulbispermum means “bulblike seed” or “bulbous seed”.   Read more


Garth Lezard in Clarens 

Garth Lezard

Garth Lezard is a Global Endurance Humanitarian Adventurer, who passed through Clarens a few days ago (March 3rd) on day two of his mammoth journey which will combine motorcycling and running/trekking through 24 countries and 6 continents.   

My passion for global travel, endurance sports, photojournalism and Leonard Cheshire Disability Homes has lead to many adventures which I have documented over the years.My official capacity as a public figure was confirmed when I was voted in at the Annual General Meeting of the Queensburgh Cheshire Home, as ambassador for the charity in 2012.Prior to this my role was focused more on raising awareness and not on fundraising.I now use my Global Endurance Humanitarian Adventures to raise both awareness and funds for the charity.

We’ve been following him on twitter – and see that he has already made the Botswana border !   Garth told us that he intends to come back to Clarens at the end of his journey – which he thinks will be in about three year’s time.

Bon Voyage Garth.

Click here To find out more about Garth


Looking for the laundry?

The Clarens Laundry room has moved too the back of the old Cranford Inn parking area in Larola.

Phone: Yolndi Storbeck: 082 855 3473


EVENTS:

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7 March 2015

Clarens Country Market

Cluny Farm Goats Milk products will be on sale tomorrow at the Clarens Country Market and every Saturday thereafter for the duration of the season (summer) Feta. Cream Cheese and Plain Yoghurt will arrive tomorrow. See you from 10 am onwards 

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7th March 2015

Surrender Hill Marathon

For further details visit the Bethlehem Marathonklub website

 

BACHARACH

9th March 2015

Burt Bacharach with Cat and Simon

What the World Needs Now, Say a Little Prayer, Do you know the way to San Jose……….

Gostos Restaurant will be serving cheese boards, pate and stunning desserts.

Arts Centre

10th March 2015

Official opening of Art’s Centre pf Tshepong

Centre Ballet School, Bana ba Hlokang choir, products of the children’s Art School.   The event will be combined with the (short) AGM of CCIA.

Maluti antique

14 March 2015

Legends of Yesteryear

Maluti Auto Club

Bethlehem Showgrounds

Simon Silcock

15 March 2015

Garden Picnic Party

at Millpond House

BLOOD DRIVE

16 March 2015

Blood Drive

Protea Hotel

Step up and donate blood – you could save a life!

NG Kerk

21 March 2015

NG Kerk Golf Day

22 March 2015

NG Kerk Spitbraai

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie 82

23-26 March 2015

Richard Rennie “Paint With Me” workshop

CLARENS COOK-OFF

28th March 2015

Clarens Life-Style Cook Off

Specially for Vegans and Vegetarians

Natalie Chapman

29th March, 2015

Natalie Chapman at Friends

Classifieds

Remember to have a look at our Classifieds page on the website. If you’re going to Johannesburg on Sunday, David Groenwalt is looking for a lift.   And there are some gorgeous dogs looking for a forever home – as they say:  who ever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never owned a dog.  Go on……take a look, you’re bound to fall in love.

 

Crinum bulbispermum

CrinumGreetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts.  This week we’re focusing on a member of the Amaryllidceae (Bulbous lily) family.

Crinum bulbispermum (Orange-River Lily in English, Vleilelie in Afrikaans and Lelutla in Sesotho) is a perennial bulb of up to 900mm tall, usually observed at moderate altitudes of 1600 m A.S.L. in damp areas such as wetlands and streams. This plant occurs from the Western Cape – Limpopo. Crinum has its origins in the Latin Krinon – Lily, whilst bulbispermum means “bulblike seed” or “bulbous seed”.

Photographed in close proximity to our Spruit hiking trail, this lily is unmistakable and beautiful to behold. Closer inspection of the flowers yielded a faint yet pleasantly sweet scent. Sometimes confused with the River-Lily Crinum macowanii, they can be told apart by looking at their anthers. Those of C. macowanii are black whilst those of C. bulbispermum are not.

The leaves of C. bulbispermum are long (appr. 450X40mm), flexible, gracefully arched and basally sheathed. The inflorescence is born on a stem of height almost equal to leave length. The flowers are tubular and narrow to a stalk of 110mm in length. The tepals measure 100X30mm. When viewed as a whole the flowers appear wilted. The flowers are white to off-pink with a pink-red keel. The fruit are 70mm in diameter and tipped by a ring-like structure. Flowering occurs from spring-early summer (September to December).

 

Uses:

Gardening

This moderately sized herbaceous bulb would make for a highly attractive garden ornamental, especially in areas of partial shade with rich moist soils. It is a fast growing and relatively resilient plant that grows readily from seed.

Traditional uses

The bulb is used medicinally to treat a wide assortment of ailments including colds, rheumatism, varicose veins, is said to reduce swelling and is used in the treatment of septic sores. It is also used during the delivery of babies and reportedly stimulates breast milk. The Sesotho believe that it can be used as lucky charm protecting against evil entering into their homes.

Conservation Status

The SANBI conservation status for C. bulbispermum is listed as Declining. This plant is threatened by development, but most notably through uncontrolled over harvesting for medicinal purposes.

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