Spring is in the Air
This photograph was taken by Mary Walker from the Glen Reenen side of Golden Gate and features as the cover picture of the 2014 calendar produced by and sold in aid of Cluny Animal Trust. Calendars can be purchased at The Gallery, Clemintines Restaurant and the Old Stone Bottle Store, in Clarens. Alternatively they can be ordered from Katherine on 0827886287, Jan on 0782462553, Helen on 0582230918 or by email to email@example.com .
The Golden Gate National park celebrates its 50th anniversary as a National Park on 13th September. It’s history does however go back much, much further. Our photographer Mary Walker, inspired by the beauty of the area, has written a fascinating article on how the Golden Gate landscape was formed. Click here
Spring Art Festival
Readers will remember the call by the Clarens News to visit their local galleries and celebrate the first of many Spring Art Fairs to come. This year’s inaugural Fair is of course still on and runs through Sunday 8 September. Posters are up everywhere and brochures are available by the hundred, so there is no good reason for locals (and visitors) not to invest their children’s inheritance in fine artwork. A reference map is also available to guide buyers and art aficionados around the town’s Art Route.
Ten members of the Clarens Galleries Association are participating in this first Spring Art Fair and have opened their galleries to admiring crowds. Johan Smith’s gallery (No.9 on the Art Route) features his own oil paintings, as well as hand-made glass by David Reade and paintings by guest-artist Este Mostert, who will be painting in the gallery for the duration of the Fair.
The Enslin Vorster Gallery (No.2 on the Art Route) will feature an exhibition of Enslin’s miniature paintings and sketches; Merle Vorster will exhibit smoke-fired ceramics and the guest artist in residence will be Raymond Andrews.
Peter Bonney (No.10 on the Art Route) presents an exhibition of recent paintings and guest artist Sarah Northcote will be working in the gallery, together with flamework artistPeter Lampshed, who will demonstrate his flamework sculpture.
The Helen Claassen Gallery (No.8 on the Art Route) exhibits her acrylic work and Helen will be available to share ideas and do demonstrations.
The Blou Donki Gallery (No.5 on the Art Route) will exhibit the work of many well-known artists, and paintings, photography, glass and bronze works will be on show; Anton Gericke will be the guest artist in residence.
Peter Badcock-Walters is exhibiting nearly 100 illustrations from the Illustrated Bosman, as well as his southern Africa militaria drawings (Faces of War and Images of War) and wild life paintings, in the Sheepshed Gallery (No.7 on the Art Route); he will be available to talk about his work over a glass of sherry.
Tina de Beer (No.14 on the Art Route) is presenting an exhibition entitled ‘Visions and Reality’ in her Gallery, where visitors will be welcome to watch Tina paint and discuss her work in pen and ink and acrylics.
Artist Loezytha will present ‘Pege’s Art’ (No.12 on the Art Route) and give demonstrations over the period of the Fair; she will do portraits live in her studio from photographs and the theme of exhibition will be ‘Hope’.
Carla van den Berg will be hosted at The Gallery (No.13 on the Art Route) and she will exhibit her popular and whimsical work in pen and ink and acrylics.
The Clarens Art Guild will be exhibiting group work in the Protea Hotel (No.6 on the Art Route) and paintings by 16 local artists will be on display, in various media and styles, catering for a wide range of tastes.
Apart from this, several more artists and galleries in Clarens will support the Art Fair with exhibitions, demonstrations and talks. Amongst these are Richard Rennie (No.15 on the Art Route), Simon Addy and Lyn Hoyle (No.1 on the Art Route), Artefunto (No.4 on the Art Route), Robert Badenhorst (No.11 on the Art Route) and the Wine & Art Gallery. So whether you are an admirer of the creative process, an aspirant art buyer or simply someone in need of a glass of wine and conversation, Clarens is the place for you this week.
In fact, it’s the place for you, every week!
Notice from the CVC
All residents, business owners and ratepayers are encouraged to attend an important meeting to update and involve the community in some very important developments in the Clarens area. These issues affect every resident in the Clarens area.We will be sharing how we have utilised your taxes and contributions during the last year to contribute to improving our community. We will also be discussing some future plans for the following year which will require your participation. These initiatives require your involvement to be able to be sustained and we urge that your minimum contribution is to at least attend the meeting and provide your input.
Venue: Clarens Methodist Church Hall Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 16:30
Golden Gate National Highlands Park
There is to be a birthday celebration at the Meriting picnic site on Friday, 13th September, 2013.
Starting at 10.00am.
For further information please contact: Gloria Ngobeni on 058 255 0933
Arbor Week in Clarens
Arbor Week was celebrated in true Clarens style on Wednesday, 4th September, 2013. Children from Clarens Primary, Clarens Combine, and Dihlabeng Christian School, the Working on Fire team, the Clarens Village Conservancy rangers, and Clarens municipal workers as well as your news hound from Clarens News (and even a few of the local cows) amongst many others, all turned up to celebrate and plant 37 liquidambers on the verges of the Dihlabeng entrance into Clarens. These trees will certainly brighten up that entrance into Clarens in the years to come. (Only hope I live long enough to see it.) And isn’t planting for a better, brighter future what Arbor week is all about? Read more
Clarens Fire Association – Working on Fire
THIS IS FIRE SEASON
and everyone needs to be on the alert and well prepared.
- Ensure that you have fire suppression equipment available for our staff (water hoses, fire beaters, knapsacks, etc.)
- Ensure that your staff are aware that they may not light fires in the open.
- Ensure that your guests are aware that there is a ban on all open fires.
- Ensure that everyone knows who to contact in case of fire.
Why not print out Important Numbers from the Clarens News website and stick them up on your fridge door – or where everyone can see them.
Keeping our town crime free is everyone’s responsibility and all crime should be reported to the police station.
- Charge office – 058 256 6001 and 058 256 6002
- Officer on duty – 082 466 8904
- Station Commander – Capt Mohale – 082 419 7094
In an effort to co-ordinate crime statistics The Sector Police Forum also ask that anyone who has not received a case number for crimes reported to the police to please contact the Sector Police Forum. ( Johann Lehman on 083 447 9925)
The SPF does a huge amount of work, keeping our town crime-free. The village is divided into blocks – each with a SAM (Sector Area Manager.) Residents are more than welcome to contact their SAM to report potential suspicious behavior whereupon the SAM will follow it up with the SAPS. Click here to find out more about the SPF
Department of Agricuture: Project on Vegetable growing
Letter from Tsepiso Mosia
I would to thank everyone who participated in our meetings on 28 August 2013.It was such a success even our guest Thabo Olivier was impressed by the community,different stakeholders and Clarens Primary School learners and teachers.
Please encourage your servants to come and register and grow their own vegetables.This project is for the entire Clarens community rich or poor, black or white.
Lets work together as a community and destroy this poverty.Remember to prepare your soil now and keep it suitable for planting.Seedlings and seeds will be provided at end of September – beginning of October 2013.
Department Of Agriculture & Rural Development FS
Phone: 0710791332 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant of the week: Chrysanthemoides monilifera
Greetings to all our Village plant enthusiasts. Welcome to this weeks’ “Weekly Plant of Interest”. We’ll be looking at a shrubby species that many of you who have ventured out onto our trails will no doubt have noticed, and whose importance will soon become apparent.
Chrysanthemoides monolifera subs. canescens
or the Bush-Tick Berry (commonly known as Bietou or Boetabessie in Afrikaans, or ntlou-ea-lekhoaba in Sisotho), is a succulent bushy shrub of up to 2 m in hight. Monilifera is derived from the Latin for necklace (it refers to the arrangement of the fruits on the plant). The word canescent is the Latin for grey. Read more
Golf Club News
(Information posted to the Golf Estate newsletter by Francois Schoeman)
Phone: 058 256 1385
Forthcoming Golf days at The Clarens Golf Estate
September 28-30 National Junior Club Championships
October 11 Jordania Primary Golf Day
October 19th CTF Golf Day
October 24th BMW Golf Day
October 26th CFA Golf Day
December 7th Clarens Open
The Clarens Garden Club News
The Clarens Garden Club had a chance to see where some of those gorgeous veggies on offer at the Clarens Farmers Market every saturday are grown. On the 28th August Jessie van der Berg hosted the garden club at Davelsrust Farm. A most interesting morning where Jessie showed members around the garden, explained some of the permaculture principles behind the garden’s layout and talked about how everyone on the farm strives to live a sustainable lifestyle. We all finished off sipping tea and tucking into the scrumptious eats (all made on the farm using farm produce) on the sandstone house verandah. A very enjoyable – and inspiring – morning… Click here to find out more about Clarens Garden Club
Oh, the joys of travel: A week free of twitching and wrestling with an intransigent keyboard, a change of altitude and diet, and new faces untaxed by the stresses of life in Clarens. Miles of open highway, strangely unblemished by potholes; thousands upon thousands of Rands-worth of petrol stops; villages after towns, mostly unremarkable but some delightful and quite instructive in terms of competitive tourism.
But the greatest delight, believe it or not, is returning to this quaint settlement on the Maloti Route. Yes, it’s true. The grass is definitely greener in Cape Town, but the cars were floating in floodwater, so perhaps that’s a self-solving equation. Hermanus was gorgeous and testimony to effective Provincial administration and the value of foreign investment. Plettenburg Bay was, well, short of water, but the floods were close behind me and closing fast. Heading north, the Karoo was simply grand once Prince Alfred’s challenging Pass was conquered, as was Graaf Reinet, fourth-oldest of South Africa’s towns and looking every inch (millimetre?) the stylish centre of early exploration. A voyage of discovery, one way or another, and an expanded sense of what the country has to offer. Read more
Denzel and Hensie – provide the musical entertainment in Clarens this weekend. Playing at the following venues:
Grouse & Claret: Friday 6th September. 8.00 pm onwards
Street Cafe: Saturday 7th September 12.00 – 3.00pm
Artichoke: Saturday 7th September (after the rugby)
Rugby Fixtures: 7 September 2013
Always something happening in Clarens. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track…
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Note from the editor
The new Clarens News website is coming along very nicely and should soon reflect our dynamic town. And being that Clarens is such a dynamiic town, the website will keep on growing and changing. We do however welcome all comments and suggestions. email us: firstname.lastname@example.org