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    Volume 123 | DECEMBER 2015 | Stanfords monthly newspaper | R14


    Tasting Room open 7 days a week

    Happy holidays!


    COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Taken by Karen McKee at the Stanford Stumble WHAT'S ON

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    Every Wednesday, Graze Farmers Market, 09:00 12:00, get your fresh veggies at Graze Restaurant.

    Every Saturday Morning Market, 9:30 12:00, home-made and home-baked goodies from the heart! Every Wednesday, mini bazaar, 10:00 12:00, NG Church Hall. Arts & crafts, homemade food. Vendors welcome R20 per table. Setup at 09:00. Contact Veronique Olwagen for more details 082 550 5099. Thursday, 3 December, The Royal Oke Restaurant opening atSir Robert Stanford Estate. Open for breakfast and lunch, Thursday to Monday, 8:30 16:00. Bookings on 028 341 0647. 11 December SEC Music Workshop, Peasants Lounge Bar, 14:00 16:00, SEC Music Open Mic Sessions with Reinhard from Wild Lettuce, Peasants Restaurant, 19:00 00:00 R30pp. 12 December SEC Music Workshop, 11:00 13:00, 15:00 17:00. SEC Stomp at Birkenhead Galley and Brewery: Concert at 18:00 at the Birkenhead with tickets available at the door. Riders Connection, Nomadic Orchestra, Retrodizzy and jpson. 12 December, Stanford Animal Welfare Society: Music on the Lawn, 18:00. 13 December, Stanford Street Festival, 10:00 16:00.Fun for the whole family with local food vendors, wine and beer garden, street entertainers, and local Christmas shopping. You will find gifts and surprises for all your favourite people, including yourself as Queen Victoria Street is pedestrianized for the day. Don't miss the Stanford Dip Skateboard Race plus rides and live music to suit everyone's tastes. 15 23 December Opwipwinkel / Pop-up Shop at The Butterfly Centre, 083 530 4968. 16 December, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, 15:00Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Gansbaai Primary School in Blompark with conductor Brandon Phillips. Entrance is free. 16 December, Grootbos Orchestral Performance of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, 18:00. See page 18. 16, 17, 18 December, Stanford Players Show, See page 18. 19 December, Birkenheads Alive Christmas Concert with family entertainment from 12:00 till late. 19 December, Sunset Christmas Market will be on a Saturday. Village Green, 18:00. 26 December, Boxing Day Cricket, Village Green, 07:00 21:00. Potjiekos competition participants can enter on the day. Any interested food vendors please contact 082 213 0512 to book a spot. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Stanford Tourism is running the bar. 31 December, New Year's at the Barn, Springfontein Wine Barn 3 January, Louise Carver and Watershed gig at Stanford Hills 5 January, Stanford Conservation 'Who Strangled the Sushi Chef?' Stanford Tourism Office 09:00 11:30. Family fun for teams of maximum four. You will be given clues (Amazing Race style) that will take you on an expedition course through the village.Enquiries & tickets, tel 028 341 0430. Sunday, 10 January, Beloftebos Summer Sunday PicnicsRelax under the oaks. Live music. Mouth watering food. Booking essential: Corneli de Villiers, or phone 072 111 9380.


    Friday, 4 December, Hermanus First Fridays Artwalk,all local galleries remain open until 20:00 with special art sales. 11, 12 December, Gabrielskloof Favourite Things Market

    10 23 December, Gansbaai Christmas Market,NG Church Hall.

    16 December, Pringle Bay Fynbos Market, 09:30 15:00Community Hall.


    SUN 20&27 DEC. 11AM TO 3PM.




    MONTHLY CONTRIBUTORS Jennie and John Chancey, Suzanne Francois-Rossouw, Andrew Herriot, Mike Horn, Olga Koorts, Emma Kriel, Karen McKee, Martin Ranger, Bryan Robertson, Naas Terblanche, Wanya van der Walt, Tania Weich and James Yeats.

    Editorial Contributions & Disclaimer Editorial contributions are welcome and should include top quality photos where relevant. Articles will be printed under the contributors name or an accepted nom-de-plume if the full name and address is provided. All contributions are voluntary and not paid for. The editor reserves the right to edit, amend, abridge or reject any article. Opinions of contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editor. Copyright All material in this issue is copyrighted, and belongs to The Really Famous Publishing CC unless otherwise indicated. No part of the material may be reproduced without prior permission. Published and printed by The Really Famous Publishing CC.

    ed's notes

    EDITOR Phil Murray 082 667 0619

    ADVERTSING & LAYOUT Sandra Slabbert 079 523 8453

    ACCOUNTS Michelle Hardie FACEBOOK




    Music on the Lawn eat, drink and be merry!Great food on sale. Music by Andrew Herriot and

    Gerry Fourie. PLUS: Special performances by The

    Ballarinas and The Barking Trio

    Saturday 12 December from 18:00. Entrance R20 eachVenue: Castle Herriot, Adderley Street, Stanford.

    Bring own drinks glasses rugs swimming costumes

    All welcome - proceeds to Stanford Animal Welfare

    Summer holidays will always hold a place in our hearts. Long after leaving school, the idea of the end-of-year holiday is enough to make grown-ups leap and frolick down the street, do rolypolys down grassy slopes or plunge into the river fully clothed. Matriculants have waited for this holiday their whole lives, and business owners spend months planning how to make the most of silly season.

    Stanford has an excellent line-up in December. Please don't forget to support the Rotary Bags of Love project (News and Updates, page 8) and other charitable events. Our What's On calendar will be your essential December Fun Guide don't miss out on these adult and family events. Read about toadlet rescue on the early morning streets of the village (News and Updates, page 6) and about the mysteries of frog navigation. James Yeats reviews a brand new Ridley Scott movie for those who like to kick back in the holidays (Screen Talk, page 19) while Bryan Robertson reminds us of the perfect marriage of simple ingredients (Kitchen Talk, page 15).

    Our School Talk pages are filled with photographs of award winners and hardworking children. Well done for finishing your academic year on a high note, and may your holiday recharge you for the adventures of 2016. Dr Olga Koorts takes a light-hearted approach in Vet Talk as she tries to pin down cat personalities.

    Team River Talk wishes all our Christian readers a wonderful Christmas holiday, and to those who find this time of year difficult, we wish you peace and comfort.


    news and updates

    WARD COMMITTEE FEEDBACKMeeting held on 12 November 2015

    STANFORD PROPERTY SALESThree properties in Stanford were issued with a sale certificates in November. These figures include name transfers.

    There has been much said about the river and its users. Please allow me to put the situation into perspective for potential users and inform everyone of the current status quo in order to encourage safe usage on the water over the approaching busy period. KRAB (Klein River Association of Boating) is tasked by the Overstrand Municipality with access control to the river via the Du Toit street slipway, and ensuring orderly behaviour on the river, as well as the licensing of craft using the river. The entire municipal area from Melkboschkraal Nature Reserve up to the R43 road bridge, including the Du Toit street slipway and the area at the bottom of King Street, is a designated no wake, dead slow area for power boats. All motorized water sport is prohibited. This will be stringently controlled by KRAB to ensure compliance. Transgressors will be stopped and warned, and in terms of KRAB`s mandate, repeat offenders run the risk of having their river licences permanently withdrawn. Please note that jetskis are totally banned from inland waters in the Western Cape and will not be granted licences or be allowed to launch. New signage will be erected on both sides of the river on the municipal boundary to reinforce the dead slow, no wake areas. New padlocks and keys will be fitted to the launch area to prevent a small minority of users who historically have keys, but do not buy licences, from launching. The hut and the boom will be manned by uniformed security guards during peak periods to check licences and assist users. There will be no vehicular access to the launch area without permits. All motorised craft will have to display the lime green 2016 numbered permit on the left hand side of craft to enable easy identification of those transgressing the rules printed on the back of their permits. KRAB will have boats available on the water to deal with complaints and behaviour issues, and will be assisted by SAPS and Law Enforcement where necessary. We would like to remind river users that in terms of national legislation, ALL craft whether motorised or not, must keep to the right hand side of the river at all times. This is absolutely vital to ensure the safety of all. The river is one of the biggest assets of the town, and is for the safe recreational use of all. The committee cannot be everywhere at once, and we welcome input from the public and river users, whether in the form of legitimate complaints, or questions and comments. I wish you all a pleasure filled and safe boating season on the river.Clive Pearce, Chairman Klein River Association of Boating079 766 4900

    KRAB and the leisure use of the