Weekend Weather

Lets hope for a proper rain storm, we need to fill the dams

Notes from the Editor

 Well, I think we can officially agree that Autumn is here, and with it the beautiful Cosmos flowers on the sides of the road, the golden browning of our poplars, and a stampede of photographers, jostling each other for the best shots of the season. There will no doubt be many tripod related injuries and the pharmacy has taken special precautions to treat people suffering from camera flash related burns. Most photogenic town in the country? Possibly, and the Clarens News takes this opportunity to challenge the country at large to dispute this in open competition. If you take any pics over the next couple of months showing our golden coat, send them to editor@clarensnews.com anD we will forward them to any competitions we can find, and put up a prize for the best one, as judged by you, dear readers.
The Cobra Car Club was on the square last Saturday
And the absolute proof that winter is on its way is that the Coat Shop (Park Wholesalers) has just unpacked a huge container of coats, so hurry on down and help make Clarens the best dressed town in SA (over winter anyway…)

For those of you fasting for Lent, the 17th of March is a special day, all restrictions are off, and you can celebrate at the Clarens Brewery this Saturday and Sunday with our special St. Paddy’s Shamrock Ale at R18 per 500ml.
Internet News – Finally, almost 8 months later, Clarens News has made it to page 1 of Google search for the word Clarens! Ecstatic editor? You bet. In addition to sending out 1500+ newsletters a week to you (beloved readers), the facebook page www.facebook.com/clarensnews had its most viewed post with last week’s News – 1800 people took the time to have a look at it. It’s a demanding baby, but it is really starting to makes its parents proud. From here on in it can only get better, and add more and more value to the town of Clarens.
Another Printed Version? Yes, in time for Easter. If you would like to be in the printed News, or have a story or anything interesting (and positive) to contribute, please send NOW, right now, your ad or article or photo for publication. Remember, Clarens News is for and about Clarens, and depends on the input of Clarensians to really make a difference. Thanks are due to Tannie Nonnie for her letter, and I hope that her concerns can be addressed at the soonest possible opportunity (see below)

In other News:

Ek is ‘n dame van die gemeente, so 88 jaar, maar nie te oud genoeg om hierdie godelose, vliende masjiene mis te kyk nie. Ek het slaaplose nagte oor daai helikopters wat dalk in my huis gaan vas vlieg en ontplof, of nog erger, in ons kerk. Laas week, toe ek mosbolletjies bak vir die agter kleinkinders, wat kom kuier en pragtige doilies hekel, vlieg daar weereens ‘n vervloekte helikopter oor ons rustige dorpie Clarens en land nogals oorkant ons kerk.  Ek het so geskrik, my beseer met die hekelnaald en mosbolletjies plat. Ek het ook so paar weke terug gehoor dat daardie jong man met sy elektriese nuus brief Eish se dat die versekering ons nie sal uit betaal as die vervloekte masjien in ons geboue vas vlieg nie.  Ek is nou te bang om te bak en miskien het ek binnekort nie eers meer ‘n huisie nie. Wat gaan ons doen? Slaaplose nagte sonder mosbolletjies ? Tannie Nonnie

And Finally Challenge to the Clarens Bass fishing community, please go out there and bring the trophy home MASSIVE BASS TOURNAMENT IN KZN What is probably South Africa’s – even Africa’s – largest bass tournament will take place on 18 farm dams in the area around New Hanover, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday March 16. It’s open to all fisherfolk, from novices to veterans. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, to raise funds for the 155-year-old New Hanover Preparatory School, and organisers hope to draw at least 1000 entries. The climax of the tournament is a 40-minute “fish-off” at the main dam where a generous cash prize is offered for the largest catch. Some years ago, a young child won it! Details are on www.newhanover.co.za. For further information, contact Dieter Oellermann on 082-577-9981



Cluny Animal Trust Golf day on May 31 at the Clarens Golf Club We are looking for sponsors for the 18 holes. Sponsorship for each hole will be R1,000.00 per hole which allows you to advertise as you wish on the appropriate hole. We welcome any form of sponsorship either in cash or prizes. The competition will be a ‘four ball better ball’. The entrance is R1,200.00 for 4 players, which includes a light lunch at the half way and Prize giving dinner in the evening.  If you would like to take part in our golf day or require any further information please contact the co-ordinators: JAN SANDER E MAIL ADDRESS; Jansander22@gmail.com  cell number 0782462553 ROSE BAILEY EMAIL ADDRESS; jabailey@nashuaisp.co.za cell number 0828790161, fax No.0866747750


Oh dear, as I write this the Cheetahs are playing the Waratahs in Sydney Great start Cheetahs with a try in the first minute – go Ebersohn. Full time score 27 26 VRYSTAAAAAAAT!!!!! Holding thumbs for the Kings when they host the Chiefs in PE Friday evening at 7pm Bulls continue their overseas campaign against the Crusaders at 8.30 Saturday morning in Christchurch And the Sharks will be snacking on the Brumbies in the Sharktank  at 5pm Saturday afternoon Street Cafe will have rugby specials throughout Saturday evening, including a Richelieu promo tomorrow, a scratch card kit, R24 for double and coke.

Bethlehem Kine



With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino STARS: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio Writer: Quentin Tarantino

And don’t forget their discount days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays To find out times, make bookings etc call the Kine on 0583034333

Live Music and Specials

Street Cafe Specials this weekend Rugby specials always available here, snack platter R120 Also, there will be a brandy special- dbl with coke for R20. Please could you add something about our pool table & darts. And Monday we have Awesome Slipstream as well as happyhour. Artichoke Dion the Souti from Toti Saturday 12 – 3, then Rugby Specials on Chicken Livers, Haloumi, T-Bone, Eischbein and Claudia has an Italian Spinach and rice soup with Parmesan that sounds very interesting. Grouse and Claret Klipdrift brandy promo this weekend Friday and Saturday nights, funky prizes and giveaways

Friends Restaurant Slipstream Friday night and Ben Dover on Saturday, Rib burger special Clarens Interiors Biggie Best specials, mirrors, cushions, patchwork quilts, hurry on down Bon Appetit Expect a few treats from Valerie at her new premises behind the Brewery this weekend (you can click HERE for updates as I get them)

Coming Up


23 March 2013 @ 18h30 : Dennis East & Mike Slavin making music @ The Courtyard Restaurant R80,00 Contact Merri Mills 0828510131 – almost sold out!!!! 24 March 2013 @ 12h30 : Dennis East & Mike Slavin making music @ Millpond House, donations to The Clarens Village Conservancy. Bring a picnic + drinks! Contact Merri  Mills 0828510131

Clarens Festival of Dirt

5-7 April 2013. Clarens X-Treme will once again be hosting this dirty weekend. The Mountain Madalas # 1 hosted by Enduro Mag will start mid morning on Saturday after the 40km mountain bike trail ride which leaves St Fort at 6am. If that is not enough, come and enjoy a 3km or 10km trail run on Sunday. Bring the whole family to St Fort for an action packed weekend with loads of entertainment for visitors and locals.

The Fouriesburg annual 4×4 day will be held on the 27th of April.

This is an event not to be missed! It will be a fun day for the whole family. David Exley our very own 4×4 guru, will be designing the routes surrounding Fouriesburg. We will have a live band and entertainment for the kids. Please phone Nelis on 082 959 8120 or David on 082 820 0403 for more information.

The Sandstone Gorge in Ficksburg has their Steam Heritage Festival

which runs from the 4th to the 12th of May this year, and promises historic trains, a Sherman Tank, vintage tractors and dozers, as well as a Model T Ford grain truck, all of which are in operation and function in conjunction with the agricultural nature of the area it inhabits. Well, maybe not the Sherman tank (I hope), but all the rest.

2013/05/04 MTN National Marathon #4 Clarens Clarens Freestate
2013/05/05 Nissan National Half Marathon #4 Clarens Clarens Freestate

31 May Cluny Animal Trust Golf Day at the Clarens Golf Club AFRI SKI – it’s almost that time again – July 11 – July 14 A ski slalom and giant slalom race 4 children , juniors, seniors and masters. For accomodation and details contact Stephan at Gone skiing 0861754669 Ski racing is a fun way to improve your skiing.

Video of the week

TED talks have some of the finest minds in the world, talking right out of the box, this week we feature Amy Cuddy, in the hopes that Clarens can have the best posture to fill their beautiful new coats and welcome the wonderful visitors. At the very least it might change your life – “Fake it until you become it” http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

The Dog Lovers

So they bought you And kept you in a Very good home Central heating TV A deep freeze A very good home – No one to take you For that lovely long run – But otherwise ‘A very good home’. They fed you Pal and Chum But not that lovely long run, Until, mad with energy and boredom You escaped – and ran and ran and ran Under a car. Today they will cry for you – Tomorrow they will buy another dog. Spike Milligan 1970 – from Small Dreams of a Scorpion


Ornithological Notes:

If you are not completely blind-sided by the imminence of Easter, you may be interested to know that you have exactly 170 shopping days left to buy gifts for your nearest and dearest, before Christmas.   Be warned; for a number of totally inexplicable reasons, the economy needs you to spend every last cent you have and enter the great, wide world of debt as soon as possible.    So you might as well have some fun doing it.   For now, your attention should be focused on matters of far greater gravity than painted eggs and small children snapping at your ankles, demanding money and chocolate.   For starters, there is the small matter of winter’s stealthy approach and the strong possibility that you could be frozen to death in your car on the way to the shops.   Before June. ….

Clarens Village Conservancy

What to do in the event of a Structural fire, click on the image above. And the RECYCLING CENTRE is in dire straits, desperately in need of someone to supervise the Centre and organize pick up of material. Without someone helping this project may well collapse.