3rd Edition – 26 July 2012

3rd Edition 26 July 2012

Weekend Weather Forecast

It’s gonna be hot by day and cold by night, bring sunscreen and warm clothes, or visit the Blanket shop when you get here

Notes from the Editor

Clarens’ years of virtual wilderness are drawing rapidly to a close, with the MTN tower broadcasting 3G internet signal all over the village and the newest offering in that department – Internet SA – presenting its options on Tuesday evening at Cranford Hotel. With high speed broadband and various data plans they aim to provide the residents and visitors to Clarens with full connectivity and an entirely state of the art internet experience. Good luck to them, it’s about time somebody provided an alternative to the major providers, and especially beneficial to those of us based in virtual publishing. In the meantime Verne deserves a special mention for her supply of uncapped internet over the entire square, at a very reasonable rate. To find out more about local wifi, call her on 0835104906.

It is with bated breath, oscillating mood swings, bloodshot eyes and a high temperature that we look forward to the opening of the soon to be established medical center. Now you can have your kids treated for colds and flus as well as scraped knees and still be back in time for the second half of the rugby game, or maybe wait til Tuesday if it’s really serious

New medical centre opposite Protea Hotel corner van der Merwe street Docters – Dr Reed and Dr Stallenberg comes to Clarens Tuesdays and Thursdays call 058-3033748 for an appointment. Physiotherapist – Annemari Ackerman call 0844967382 she is available every day on appointment. 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.

I had the pleasure of joining Rodney Wainwright and his team of dedicated troops in burning a firebreak on the Clarens Golf Course today, here are some of the images I had the pleasure of capturing – the perfect control they showed over the elements was almost marred by an idiot photographer standing in front of a wall of flame, singing Johnny Cash songs as the flames got higher and higher. PLEASE 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
Rodney gushes with enthusiasmElemental energyAll in hand

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

If your business would like to be listed or is already in this issue and wanting to be in forthcoming issues, please contact me to get rates and other offers on editor@clarensnews.com Also, if you know anyone who would like to receive this newsletter, guests from your guesthouses, diners at your restaurants, friends who like to know when to come and visit, please forward this to them, or send me their details to add to our database. FACEBOOK – We have a page specially for community updates and notification, so please visit http://www.facebook.com/ClarensNews  and hit LIKE to stay in touch

Bands of Clarens
We are all very excited about the new Rooibaart album currently in post-production, it apparently went very well in the recording process, and we eagerly anticipate hearing what the boys have been up to.

News Offers

So exciting, we are more than half way there, and now it’s time for the final push. They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the following fine restaurants are offering free meals to everyone who is up for making this dream a reality. CLARENS, FINALIST IN KWELA & RAPPORT TOWN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

REGIONAL WINNER / STREEKSWENNER SMS campaign commencing on 29 July through to 7 August at 12 noon. Bring your cell phones – as many as you have; Bring your friends and their cell phones – as many as they have; Choose where you and your friends will rendezvous to help with this campaign. A simple complimentary meal is offered at each location, drinks and beverages will be for your own account. Loaded sim cards will be provided so come and make this a fun event spread over the week.

Sunday 29 July 2012 18h00 Artists Café Soup and Rolls
Monday 30 July 2012 18h00 The Courtyard Curry and Rice
Tuesday 31 July 2012 18h00 Vito’s Soup and Rolls
Wednesday 1 August 2012 18h00 Brambleberry Vetkoek and Mince
Thursday 2 August 2012 18h00 Kgubetswana Hall Soup and Rolls
Sunday 5 August 2012** 18h00 Café XLNT Soup and Rolls


Xtreme Adventure of the Week

For an in Clarens experience come and try Clarens Xtreme’s special offer for the week. Come and enjoy our Twin Slides of 150m each. The Longest Zipline in the Eastern Free State.



The two slides cross a little valley in the Village between the willows and the water. 10% Discount This week only.

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XLNT Photo Competition

Happy snapper? Professional SLR operator? Cell phone photographer? Please send us your Clarens related pics, whether you live here or having a great weekend, we want to see our town through your eyes. Top images will be published, and the best pic will win a voucher pack entitling them to a free beer at the Brewery, a cup of coffee at Highland Coffee, and breakfast at the very amazing XLNT Restaurant and Coffee shop (please see my pic – not strictly an entry, but still a damn good brekky). AND African Adventures www.africanadventures.co.za is wanting to feature us (Clarens) for the next 3 months building up to the Centenary, and are looking for cover photos for their magazine. Do you have what it takes to take the credit for a cover?

Venus before sunrise - Toni Walters

Mouth watering with fresh baked bread

Richard from Patcham Place shot this one, and a littler birdy told me he is soon to rename his B&B the Clarens Sunbird

Venus Before Sunrise

Tyla and the Henn's Tooth - Craig

Clarens Sunbird

That Dam Wall - Jaco-Ben Vosloo

Tyla and the Henn’s Tooth

That Dam Wall

Bobbing for apples in mealie meal

St Fort Family House 1898 Ladies and Gentlemen, Dames en Here, start voting now by emailing me at editor@clarensnews.com Top


COOKING FOR CLUNY is coming up soon, on the 1st of September. Let’s make this an even better event than last year. You know how it goes: There’s no entry fee and you could win the floating trophy. 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!

Regional News

Bethlehem Airshow 1st September


To find out more about this have a look at http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112460902/paleontologists-uncover-worlds-oldest-dinosaur-nesting-site/


Nicky Thomson and Karen Dennyschene have recently returned from Slovenia where they underwent extensive training as educators for the “Golden Colors” painting techniques.    

They will be holding workshops in this technique here in Clarens, here are some


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