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It is impossible to do justice on one page to the catastophic wildlfires that have devastated the Garden Route. In Greater Knysna alone, between June 7 and 14, they displaced thousands of people in 12 Knysna suburbs destroying 600 formal homes, 264 informal homes, damaging 327 houses and severely affecting 90 businesses, many of which may not recover.
They ravaged rural communities and their environs converting fynbos to desert landscape, plantations to wastelands and nature reserves to dust and ashes.
The response to these calamitous events set in motion the writing of this page that focuses on Sedgefield's Community Volunteer Contribution. The disaster itself is very ably covered in all its gruesome spectacle by countless Youtube videos and facebook pages. My page however, is about how the Sedgefield community rallied to support those in the front lines of the disaster.
An academic and a sportsman, Sydney Press decided to forego his bursary to the University of Cape Town and went into the job market at the age of 16.
Within a few short years he proved he had what it takes to be a successful businessman. He became a captain of the Retail Sales Industry when at the helm of Edgars he opened more than 430 stores countrywide during his 47 year tenure with the company.
In the 1980's a vast number of concerned citizens were outraged by the news that the Outeniqua Divisional Council had plans to develop a township called Swartvleistrand on the Swartvlei Peninsula across the estuary from Sedgefield.
Aided and abetted by State President, PW Botha, the plans had been in the pipeline for over 30 years until being made public in 1983.
In spite of vociferous objections from conservation bodies, the Sedgefield Ratepayers, the Swartvlei Campers and some private individuals, the development looked like a done deal....EXCEPT a few courageous extraordinary people determined to take on the State.....
Sedgefield Bowling Club is situated on the Island - a place boasting well-kept greens and gardens, a chorus of birdsong and an abundance of slow town tortoises.
Bowls is a game for all seasons and a sport for life.
It provides companionship, competition, physical activity and mental concentration - all qualities reflecting a healthy state of mind and body.
Sedge Mobile Meals, a charity that was an invaluable resource for other local charities such as Masithandane and The Living Cornerstone, was on the point of closing in August 2014 when local resident, Jim Mitchell stepped in and rescued it.
The demand for its meals had grown to such an extent that it had outstripped the ability of the charity to supply them and it was functioning with a growing negative bank balance that couldn’t continue.
Some major fundraising and resourceful management tactics were necessary to put the organisation back on its feet again….Understanding the charity’s importance, Jim undertook to do that and by rallying support from local businesses and residents re-invented it and Slow Town Mobile Meals was born….
Although Sedgefield Lions celebrated its 30th birthday in June 2016, they are part of an organisation that is going to be 100 years old in 2017. It all began in Chicago in 1917 when Melvin Jones, a 38 year old business leader encouraged his local business forum to reach beyond their business issues and use their talents to better their communities.
It was an idea whose time had come. The businessmen agreed and went to work with a will. So much so that today Lions Club International has over 1.35 million members and more than 46000 clubs in over 200 countries. They are essentially groups of people that work among and serve the communities where they live – at grass roots level which is why, as an organisation, the Lions have been so successful.
These days Peter Cazalet can be visited at the Village Art Gallery in Main Street where literally hundreds of fascinating sketches of stage sets and costumes for ballets and operas are stored.(among his and other local artworks)
They are evidence of his successful working life as an international theatrical set and costume designer.....
The Living Cornerstone consists of a number of houses where people suffering from Alzheimers can find a safe haven.
Local philanthropist, Gilda Scammell discovered there was a great need for such homes while involved in her former organisation Sedge Mobile Meals.
She discovered and was advised of many confused and lonely Alzheimer sufferers when delivering meals to needy folks in the community. Having to go to work and not being able to pay for a carer, family members had to leave the insecure and mentally unstable person to fend for themselves although they were not able to do so.
In many instances, people living with an Alzheimer sufferer do not understand what that person is going through and the 24/7 care they need as their situation deteriorates.....
Work has begun on repairs to the railway tracks of the defunct iconic Outeniqua Choo Tjoe route that used to run between George and Knynsa. Assisted with private funding, the project is being driven by Classic Rail. To create some revenue, it is anticipated that the initial re-opening will commence with an exciting ‘Dinner’ Train.
Beginning at Knysna Station, a slow meandering journey over the Knysna Lagoon with a few short stops in strategic places will enable passengers to enjoy breath-taking evening views of the estuary and town while partaking of a sumptuous 5 course meal. A Class 32 Diesel locomotive will pull 4 dining cars to accommodate 168 guests. The turn around point will be Keytersnek Siding, a mere stone’s throw from Belvidere.
The count down is on ..to Sedgefield's much anticipated annual Slow Festival. With family fun for everyone, this year promises to be the best yet.
Get your program to check out the events. Along with the old favourites, there are several exciting new ones.... like our own version of "The Amazing Race", the Lakeside Lodge Chocolate Egg Extravaganza and the Pilipili Standup Paddle Race.
So make sure you don't miss out and join in this year's fabulous Easter fun time to feel the vibe of this friendly laid-back community that love doing it the old-fashioned way!
Andy Nortje’s youthful interest in raptors has developed over the years to the extent that he now provides a place of refuge for injured birds in the hope that they can be rehabilitated.
Many birds of prey have been given another chance at life because of his rehabilitation facility.
An off-shoot from this is an Owl Awareness Project he conducts on Saturday mornings from the Scarab Market outside Sedgefield.
With the help of a human – imprinted Spotted Eagle Owl that cannot be released into the wild, Andy educates interested people about owls - how they benefit the environment and correcting the harmful myths and inaccurate perceptions of them.
Over this weekend, starting this evening, the 2nd annual Celtic Festival in our part of the world, is kicking off in Knysna with the pre-event Ceilidh at Blend Restaurant in George Rex Drive.
Tomorrow, Saturday is the vibrant lively street parade with all the bands competing in the street march competition. It's great entertainment for free.
Competitions that include, Highland games, Scottish Country dancing, Piped bands, solos and drumming, continue through-out the day at Loerie Park.
The day ends with the Sundowners Celtic and Blue Grass Concert for which tickets must be purchased preferrably beforehand due to their high demand....
Rhythms Riding in Sedgefield is a school with purpose.
It came into being when Chenda Parkin determined to rescue unwanted horses by giving them a home with a plan and vision to rehabilitate re-educate and rehome them.
In her own words, she is dedicated to building understanding between people and horses.
There is plenty of opportunities for beach and rock anglers, dingy and deep-sea fishermen to participate in recreational fishing along the Garden Route.
Permits should be obtained from SANParks, Cape Nature or the local Post Office.
The proceeds from the 2015 Leisure Island Festival that takes place over the weekend of 7-8 November will give support to six well known and deserving local charities,
Knysna Animal Welfare Society,
e-pap children's feeding scheme,
Vermont Old Age Home,
Hands and Hearts Centre,
Steenbok Nature Reserve.
This fabulous festival is made possible by Sotherby's International, the founding Sponsor and many local companies and organisations that offer their services for free.....
There will be lots to do, see and enjoy for folks of all ages...FUN for EVERYONE -so don't miss out...!
It's Melomania time in Sedgefield and there's only 3 nights left to get your melodrama fix for the year-all for a good cause of course! Seven local charities will benefit from the money raised this year.
There are still some tickets left for the nights this week 1,3 & 5 Sep.
They can be purchased from Lemon and Lime Video and Toy Shop in our local Pick 'n Pay Centre. Call in or tel: 044-343 2465 or email: email@example.com
Don't miss out on an evening of fun and laughter.
Earthworms are made up of 90 to 150 muscular doughnut shaped segments lying side by side. They breathe through their skin, have 5 hearts and a circulatory system. There is also a brain, nervous system and several hundred kidney type organs.
Each earthworm has both male and female organs and abilities so when they mate both parties lay a cocoon of eggs. These hatch in about 3 weeks.
They have a digestive system that includes glands for neutralising food and a crop and a gizzard with stones for grinding it.
Earthworms are killed by inorganic fertilizers and are adversely affected by pesticides and over-tillage. Intensive agricultural practices have led to the depletion of good soil structure i.e.minerals and healthy micro organisms.
Everything that passes through the gut of an earthworm is coated with beneficial microbes and bacteria. Compost that earthworms make has up to 10 times more nutrients in it than ordinary soil...
The upstairs Seabreeze self-catering Apartment is ideally situated for holidaymakers in a secure gated complex overlooking the Swartvlei lagoon.
Its’ central position allows visitors to enjoy an early morning stroll or run along the lagoon or to take a pleasant walk to any of Sedgefield’s amenities.
The apartment is modern and has an easy layout for comfortable living. It can sleep a family of 6 and yet a couple on their own would also enjoy the space. A minimum 5 night stay is required to book this unit.
The Fresh Start Project in Smutsville not only helps to clean up the environment it also provides the means for young children to empower themselves by exchanging the recyclable items they collect for useful products in their local Swop Shop.
Basic items such as school stationery, toiletries, reading books and toys such as balls and bicycles are sadly considered luxury items in most of these children's households.
The Knysna Hope Spot is one of five designated marine – based conservation areas in South Africa that has come about through oceanographer, Dr Sylvia Earle’s vision and drive to increase the protection of our planet’s blue heart, her oceans.
The beautifully illustrated photographic book supported with well-written cameos by known conservationists, researchers, journalists and adventurers with intimate knowledge of the sea is a “must have” publication.
Illustrated by numbers of keen South African photographers, extracted from thousands of submissions, it was launched to coincide with the formation of South Africa's first five Hope Spots.
For those who want to understand and participate in local efforts to establish greater awareness in how to treat one of our most important natural resources – water – our oceans. It is an insightful gem.
As Dr Earle says, “No blue, no green!” The health of humanity is connected to the health of our oceans.
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Visit Liz and Basil at Shop 10, Sedgefield Centre
Open 10am-7pm (winter)
10am – 8pm (summer)
New releases, Imports, Cinema Nouveau, Playstation 2, Old Films etc. There are Happy Hour promotions from time to time.
Discounts for Senior Citizens.
Nightly hire of DVD players.
Arrange Contracts or pay cash.
Some retail therapy is available.
EVERY DAY AT THE SHOP. SATURDAYS AT THE MARKET. FOR THE BEST PIES IN TOWN TRY THE STEAM WHISTLE STOP SHOP!
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Visit SEDGEFIELD CLASSIC CARS
next to the N2 Highway
Try their delicious coffee and eats in the Carfee Shop.
Browse the Memorabilia Store
Walk through the yard of beautiful vintage cars.
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