What’s happening right now in Clarens – Specials, Events and Attractions

4th Edition 02 August 2012When farm boys get bored

Weekend Weather Forecast

Our warmest weekend in ages, last Monday we were down to -10 at sunrise… a real feel low of 3 will be bliss

Notes from the Editor

 Ornithological Update
Clarens News (21 July 2012) reported that a very cute but demented woodpecker had bent its beak trying to bore a hole into the new MTN mast on the square.    Hundreds of letters and emails of concern followed, expressing concern about this concussed visitor to our treetops.    Clarens News can report that local veterinary hero, Cat Barker, has fitted a prosthetic beak to ‘Woody’ and that he is back trying to burrow his way into the  local network.    Stay connected for further news on this heart-warming tale, and send donations to the Cluny Animal Trust to cover the cost of Woody’s titanium pecker

August and the winds are chilling us to the bone, are we alarmed? No, and No again. We are very excited that the toyshop has a range of kites with which you can celebrate the adventures of the Xtreme paragliders, Ollie and Detmar – see pictureAnd talking of pictures, congratulations to Richard from Patcham Place who won the XLNTPhoto contest hands down, and not through group choreographed SMS campaigns either

Apologies to Carol who will now have to take over kitchen duty at Patcham Place while the resident chef (Richard) goes for a slap up brekky at Xlent Cafe. Maybe you should join him for coffee at Highland Roastery AND a beer at the Brewery.

Mosaic Photo Competition

As for this month’s photo competition, the MOSAIC photo comp, we have a new first prize from Mosaic Pizza, of dinner for 2. I personally reccommend the biltong and feta pizza, but it will be your dinner entirely. Good luck to all, and please don’t forget to voteClarens AutumnCigar smoking ApacheInsert Woman Driver Joke hereWhen the coffee wears offWhen the coffee wears off

Also exciting on the photo front is this pic from the Ash River White Water competition held recently in Parys, with this beautiful story from Jennie Dallas



White Water Training based in Parys hosted a wild White Water Competition on the Ash river near Clarens on 28 July 2012 where slalom poles have been erected on the turbulent waters gushing from the tunnel of the Lesotho Highlands water project, for paddlers to train and test their skills while improving them, even as the men’s kayak teams fight for gold medals at the Olympics on London’s slalom course.
The Lassie type dog watching the paddlers seal sliding into the calm waters from a 2metre high bank to begin racing through the myriads of slides, drops, holes, huge wild white water waves and turbulent water for the next few hundred metres, doing specific exercises between slalom poles for points in the competition, and not knowing of the strong currents and the rapids around the corner, the friendly excited dog also slid down the bank.
Realising the strong current had him in its grip, the dog desperately scrabbled its doggy paddle to try to avoid being pulled down the first slide into the deep hole of turbulent water looking panickedly over its shoulder at the fearsome sight it was heading to, as Daniel Barnard, a guide for REAL adventure in Parys waiting to start his competition, shot into action racing towards the dog with no hope of catching him before the first rapid did.
As the dog surfaced from the first hole and wild water wave, Barnard used his extensive 15 years of skill to align himself next to the dog in the turbulent currents and scooped him up on to his lap while working his paddle to control the playboat.  There was no other course but forward into the next turbulent rapid and the dog watched with panicked eyes as they headed into the next waves where Barnard skillfully eddied out into the calmer water at the first opportunity and delivered Lassie to dry land where he was bundled into towels and a warm car parked in the sun to calm and warm him.  A half hour later a very happy smiley dog was wagging his tail very happily once again well aware of the close call with nature he had just been lucky enough to miss – had Barnard not been in the water and ready to go at the right time.
Barnard also successfully won the third place podium position in the overall MoustASH Fest competition after all the points for the wild water runs were tallied while Hugh Du Preez of White Water Training in Parys achieved the first place and Deon Breytenbach from Hoedspruit was second place winner.
Jennie Dallas
For Gauteng Canoe Union
082 857 857 1
Oddly enough, as though in keeping with a theme, the dog turns out to belong to none other than Xtreme Ollie himself, and I say oddly because there is no mention of him on the winners podium, (technically I would have to suggest that the dog, Fuzz, would actually have come third, making Barnard come forth…) There will be a prize for the best caption, possibly a tandem ride on the front of Brandon’s kayak…

Clarens Village Conservancy

The AGM is scheduled for August 15th at 5pm at the Methodist Hall. If you are not already a member you will still be welcome, and we all promise not to ask you why you haven’t joined yet. Meantime here is the link to the newest trail on the Conservancy which leads up to the iconic Titanic rock, Toni Walters had this to say: The newly opened Titanic Walk offers spectacular views over Clarens. Start this 2km walk in Naauwpoort street (just past the last house.) This is a moderately easy walk until you get to the final climb to the top of Titanic, which is a bit scarey and not recommended for inexperienced hikers. (The Conservancy are planning to install a rail along this section of the walk at a later stage.) The walk is however, still worth doing, even if you leave out the last section.  A new map showing all the conservancy walks is to be released soon, but in the meantime here is the path as shown on Google Earthclick on the map to go their webpage


Please remember this is the time of year when fire is the biggest risk to our area. We ask anyone seeing a fire of any sort to please phone Rodney Wainwright on 0836807770 immediately.

WORKING ON FIRE is a community development program facilitated by volunteers in the area. To find out more, please go to http://www.workingonfire.org/ and if you see anything burning phone Rodney on 0836807770
Elemental energyPLEASE NOTE: From the beginning of August it is closed season in terms of open fires in the Eastern Free State. With high winds, warm temperatures and dry bush all around we ask all our readers to be especially careful this year


Last night saw almost 50 locals (Clarensians or Clarenites?) gathered together in a voting and vetkoek frenzy at the Brambleberry Restaurant at the Golf Club. Slippery fingers and tiny phone buttons led to some amusing moments, and congratulations to Sighal who won the Bingo competition. Tonight there will be Chicken Curry at Brambleberry again CLARENS, FINALIST IN KWELA & RAPPORT TOWN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION


VOTING ON SUNDAY     –  Cafe XLNT at 18h00 (Willows Country Life Centre) Snack Platters
Voting at THE GROUSE AND CLARET on Monday 6 August at 18h00 . Chicken Curry and Rice and a roaring fire. Please bring your phone/s and flexible thumbs – sim cards and air time provided.
This will be the last night of voting so please lend your support in making Clarens  the TOWN OF THE YEAR!
    SMS CLARENS to 33157 @ R1.50 per sms – Max 30 per cell number.
See you all there!


Adventure of the Week

Unfortunately the Xtreme boys were too busy getting high off Mount Horeb to organize an adventure of the week this week, see top photo of the paragliding adventurers. In the meantime we call your attention to the very top pictures of what farmers in other parts of the world do when they get bored Top



1st September.Are you up to the challenge of cooking an amazing potjie and taking the floating trophy from Garth Brook? There’s no entry fee. You bring along everything you need to cook us a potjie of food, including your heating, and serving spoons and a starch to soak up the gravy (bread, rice, pap, etc) unless your potjie has starch included. All this and your time and expertise make up your donation to Cluny Animal Trust. We then sell tickets for the food by the portion to raise funds. Easy and fun! Please contact us at info@clunyanimaltrust.za.org to tell us that you will be participating. Thank you!http://www.clunyanimaltrust.za.org/  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cluny-Animal-Trust-PBO-No-930039295/216618095031530

Regional News

Bethlehem Airshow 1st September: go to http://www.bethlehemflyingclub.co.za/air-show/ to find out more about what promises to be a great event.

Craft Market

Clarens handmade craft market on saturday 4th and sunday 5th of august. Behind Valley Cats on Church Street side. Come and have a look at what locals have on sale, and purchase a unique handmade gift. We will have crochet items, household decor, kiddies toys, photographs and a few bits and bobs. All made with love from us locals:)


Golden Artist Colors – Workshop Written by Valerie Daniel Nicky Thomson and Karen Dennyschene have recently returned from Slovenia where they underwent extensive career development training in Golden Artist Colors. Golden Artist Colors was founded in 1980 by Sam Golden who saw the potential of creating new acrylic materials to meet the growing faster and freer painting styles for artists. The beauty of these acrylics is that they do not dry as quickly as the normal run of the mill. The workshops are for advanced artists as well as beginners. I (a beginner) had the joy of attending a workshop inJohannesburg last week and was so impressed by the vast range of pure pigment colours and techniques. The paints are exceptionally smooth and buttery in consistency. We had such fun trying out the fluorescent and phosphorescent shades painted on to various pastes, gels and even fine glass beads. The happy participants took their paintings home and we all agreed that they would make delightful gifts. The general consensus was that we cannot wait for the next workshop. With the majority of people now concerned about the environment it was good to learn that the company has a deep concern for the environment and they take the impact of their products very seriously.They will be holding workshops in this technique here in Clarens, here are some pieces of their work.

Explore and create with the world’s most versatile medium through:
 Multiple techniques,
Mixed media,
Paint applications and use of colour to enhance your artistic skills. ALL WELCOME FROM BEGINNER TO ADVANCED

DATES: 24th – 28th September 2012
CONTACT: Nicky on 082 882 4791



Latest news from the Clarens Golf Club

Pink Ball Golf Challenge
Date: 15 August
Members: R50 Competition Fee
Guests: R150, competition fee included.
Format Explained
To play Pink Ball, use teams of three. Each team has a hideous, bright pink ball that rotates among players. Player 1 uses it on the first hole, player 2 on the second, and so on.
Keep the overall net score for the pink ball separately, and a prize is given to the team with the best pink ball score. If a team loses the pink ball, it’s out. If all teams lose their pink ball, the team with the highest number of holes played wins. IPS applies to each individual player. top

Clarens Shops

It’s Heeltyd Speeltyd at the Kids Korner in front of the TOYSHOP Clown shows, Jumping Castles, EntertainmentAnd as the shadows lengthen what could be better than a good book?First thing in the morning you can find the Clarens locals congregating around the fresh roast smell ofSomething to nibble on or fill a picnic basket withAnd with a quiet drink (or a noisy one with friends)And while you’ve got the courageThere’s no need to dress up special, but if you want toFor that special Something you’ve been searching for everywhereClassic Free State design and bric a bracHandmade Knives of distinctionAnd if you don’t make a turn past the Blanket Shop the Ladies will never forgive you…Clarens RocksTop

Clarens Restaurants and Pubs

Best Biltong and Feta Pizza in townGreat steaks, live music and KareokeCozy pub atmosphere and delicious pies with a restaurant sectionFine food, booking highly reccommended – Steak Talliata is amazingClementinesBreakfast and Play area – great breakfastsValley CatsFor a truly XLNT breakfast (as featured in last week’s edition, and a prize in the photo comp)DeliciousFor a great Clarens MealThe HighlanderTop

Clarens Accommodation

Luxury Self Catering on the Golf Estate, themed around Herman Charles Bosman and quality home from Home experience Call Toni on 0824493321Artists workshops and amazing B&B experiencesThe Golf Estate has many options for a great stayGolf VillasHome cooked breakfast and top quality servicePatcham PlaceWhen style is everythingKalmFor big groups and conference facilitiesMaluti Mountain LodgeTop

Clarens Property

You only live once - We'll show you where...  In Clarens, Fouriesburg, Rosendal, Ficksburg, Harrismith and Bethlehem

Lee Green Mobile: +27(0)83 285 4625 Tel. +27(0)58 256 1439Lee.Green@engelvoelkers.comLOGO

Fine & CountryTop

Clarens Adventures

White water rafting, Abseiling, Quad biking and so much more Have you got what it takes to call Ollie or Detmar? Click belowClarens XtremeTop

Clarens Tours

If you’re going to AfriSki, Khatse Dam or anywhere else off the beaten track, trust Dean to drive you round the bendMaluti FootprintsOr you can pack the kids off for a tour while you share that romantic weekend awayLife skills through nature.Hiking ,navigation,geology,discovering dinosaur fossils and fly

fishing in Clarens and Golden Gate.Plus a photographic workshop on basic composition
and landscapes which will enable the youth to take great pictures whilst enjoying the
activities of the day including:

           Game & Bird Viewing
           Discovering dinosaur fossils
           Overnight in Caves
Contact Nico at www.drakensbergventures.co.za or 082 725 8944 for more
information Top

Clarens Services

Medical Issues “Please note that Chief Professional Nursing Sisters, Henriette Hohne and Antoinette Earle of Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens are now situated in the Clarens Medical Centre, (opposite Protea Hotel), Corner Main and van der Merwe Street, Clarens. 24 hour emergency service, on cell numbers 082 327 1035 and 083 236 1293.” “Does anyone have an old laptop computer and printer that they no longer use, and would like to donate to us, if so please contact Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens on 082 327 1035 or 083 236 1293.”Pharmacy – Gareth has just moved into the new center (which is lovely) call him on 058-2561852 for any medical advice, chronic and acute medication. CLARENS HOME MANAGEMENT SERVICES Professional Cleaning and Management Services:- We will look after your guest house or home:- ·        Cleaning ·        Home Monitoring ·        Occasional Services ·        Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning  (Winter special R10/m2)

Please phone Jean or Carol 0832850021/0795020783 Info@chms.co.za

CLARENS DESTINATIONS Accommodation/Activity bookings:- ·        Diary Keeping – no charge ·        Key Holding – no charge ·        15 % commission on bookings ·        14% commission – guest houses for which we hold the diary and do cleaning.  Includes Meet and Greet/Lock Up

www.goclarens.co.za Tel:  (058) 256 1542/1622 clarens@bhm.dorea.co.za Ansje’s housekeeping and laundry service – The upkeep and maintenance of your guest house. I do the pre and post clean on your guest house for your peace of mind that your customers will enjoy their stay. I also service various restaurants laundry. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or ansjesteyn@gmail.com Pro Cut Clarens – problem and/or unwanted trees on your property? I render a professional tree felling service to the Clarens community for the last 15 years. Contact Ansje Steyn on 0824289242 or ansjesteyn@gmail.com Special now on firewood. R40 per bag and braaihout R12 per bag ROALD NEL PLUMBING – QUALIFIED PLUMBER For Professional Plumbing Installation,  Repairs & Maintenance In & Around Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux GEKWALIFISEERDE LOODGIETER Vir Professionele Loodgieterherstelwerke & Dienste In & Om Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux Roald: 083 578 5370

Helen’s Landscaping Landscaping, design and implementation of any garden requirements. – Helen Boucher – 076 574 3433 Kids Parties Call Knot the Juggler on 0824493321 for clown shows, jumping castles and party treats top


For Sale:    SunBeam Foot Spa R100 – Phone Deon 083 782 1940
For Hire:    3L Bakkie (with tow-hitch) including driver and fuel. Trailers towed for free.  Per km rate from Clarens plus tolls.  Phone Deon 083 782 1940 Crystal Healing, Spiritual Inspiration and Tarot readings as well as courses, contact Jacqui now on 0834375250

For Sale: Honda Deputy 125cc scooter (ANF125), including helmet, padded biker jacket (M), rain suit and lock. Most reliable scooter ever. Great runaround.  Low mileage. R7500.00 Call Chris 083 419 3538 “Chief Professional Nursing Sister available to “live in”, to care for elderly or ailing person at night.  Please contact Paballo’s Nursing Care @ Clarens on 083 236 1293.” Top


Clarens Police Station 058 256 6000
058 256 6001
Paballos Nursing Henriette Hohne 082 327 1035
Antoinette Earle 083 236 1293
ER 24 Ambulance 084 460 7007
084 460 7023
Dihlabeng Fire Department – Structural fires 058 303 5161
Clarens Fire Association – Veld Fires
Rodney Wainwright 083 680 7770
Dave Green 082 957 0739
Elliot Flight 082 897 6347
Stephan Delport 083 822 1053
Ralph Burls 082 800 8821
Tsepiso Mosia 071 079 1332
Clarens Municipality
Office Hours 058 256 1411
After Hours Michael Molaba 079 538 6887
Elias Vilakazi 076 368 9733
Simon Lekota 082 515 1250
Community Organisations Chairpersons
Clarens Ratepayers Association
Pat Raubenheimer 058 256 1123
Kgubetswana & Clarens Village Conservancy
Rodney Wainwright 058 256 1037
Eben Mofokeng 073 952 8720



Some very interesting info about dinosaurs and Bushman paintings in the area can be found at http://www.openafrica.org/route/Clarens-Route

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