Umtamvuna Views: Noel joins the elite club

Umtamvuna’s latest nonagenarian Noel van der Merwe (second from left) was crowned 'queen for the day' by dear friends (from left) Gil Drop and Jeannette Offer and her daughter Antoinette Heath, who flew up from Cape Town.

NOEL van der Merwe of Port Edward recently joined the ‘elite’ club where her friends have been members for years – the exclusive ‘over eighties club’! Noel celebrated her 80th birthday with two gatherings of friends and family.

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The first was a tea party last Wednesday and the second was a braai with live music last Saturday. Noel’s daughter Antoinette Heath flew up from Cape Town to celebrate the special occasion and her eldest son Francois and his wife Paula opened their home for the party.

They organised the food, live entertainment and great hospitality and Noel had a wonderful time dancing, drinking and being merry!

Caught in the storm

Rina van Schoor, who owns the ice-cream parlour at the main beach, has been very worried about her daughter Tania Schutte, who is presently living and working in Key West, Florida.

Sarah Marshall-Smith (left) and owners of Port Edward’s Saverite store Tracy and Bernard Mc Donald enjoyed Noel van der Merwe’s 80th birthday party last weekend.

The area was in the direct line of the devastating hurricane Irma and in her last communication she said that residents were battening down their homes as strong winds gained momentum. The storm and wave surges have caused enormous damage already, included wrecking the luxury Caribbean island belonging to Sir Richard Branson.

Fun day

De Nova Lodge on the Old Pont Road will be hosting their annual Heritage Fun Day and Mini Market on Sunday, September 24. Gates open at 11am and there will be food and craft stalls, a white elephant stall and braai fires.

Braai packs will be on sale and families are welcome to come along and spend the day around the pool. Prospective stall holders can contact Sarah Levin at 083 5035056.

Good job

Leisure Bay resident and ‘superwoman’ Vanessa Murray recently spearheaded a clean-up project with bands of volunteers embarking on regular litter-runs.

An enormous amount of rubbish has been collected from beaches, roads and bushes around town. As well as picking up rubbish, almost twenty snares were lifted over just two days off Torquay Road alone. Well done to all dedicated volunteers.

Clean up

There will be a coast clean-up initiative this Saturday (16th), and all interested and concerned residents are invited to join the effort to collect as much litter as possible along the shoreline. Please meet at 9am in the parking area between Kidds Beach and Peter Pan Beach. Bags will be provided.

Note the numbers

Residents are reminded that they can be proactive with regard to barking, roaming or dangerous dogs, too many animals on a property and animal carcasses.

Noel van der Merwe’s granddaughters Lily and Ruby van der Merwe (middle) and family friends Mollie and Freddie Marshall-Smith (left and right) loved the Hawaiian theme for the 80th birthday bash.

Contact the Protection Services control room at 039 6825555. The Lower South Coast SPCA can be contacted in connection with ill treatment, sick or injured animals and abandoned or stray animals. Their number is 039 3120962 or 039 3173362.

In remembrance

Your scribe remembers the horrific events of September 11, 2001, and the question often bandied about is: ‘Where were you when the Twin Towers fell?’

It was such an unimaginable occurrence, with such devastating results, that most people, all over the world remember exactly what they were doing on that fateful day. May we never forget the destruction and loss of life that a handful of fanatics inflicted on thousands of innocent people! All news to Philippa.

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