Hibberdene Happenings: Academy matrics can take a bow

Well-known Hibberdene residents Tommy and Nancy Allan were absolutely delighted to make the acquaintance of their first great-grandchild Emma de Wet in Stellenbosch recently.

Happy New Year to all residents – may it be a healthy, happy and prosperous one, with many blessings. Your scribe spent Christmas with her sister and family in Estcourt, enjoying a few visits to Meander and Berg resorts and it was the perfect antidote for recovering from a rather stressful stay in hospital.

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New Year’s Eve seemed to be a little less noisy than previous years, but perhaps it was your scribe’s imagination. The New Year’s weekend saw the engagement of her grandson, Steven, well-known to many from his childhood visits to Hibberdene, to lovely René Moore of Newcastle. The couple plans to marry in November.

Excellent results

Hibberdene Academy’s ‘Class of 2017’ is to be congratulated on its 100 percent pass rate in the recent matric exams. Well done to all pupils and staff members on this wonderful achievement.

Other good results achieved were those of Elmari van Rooy, past pupil at Suid-Natal High and Kirsten Willemse of Sheppie High.

Both pupils obtained Bachelor degrees, with Elmari obtaining distinctions in Life Orientation (LO) and English (second language), and Kirsten in LO and Afrikaans (second language).

Off to school

Little ones starting school for the first time are wished well for their school-going years. Two younger members of your scribe’s family due to take this huge step are great-granddaughter Leonie, who can’t wait to do her homework every day, and great niece Emma, who is a bit worried that she won’t have ‘enough brains’ to deal with school!

RIP Kayla

Herald staff were shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Kayla McKenna, a victim of the horrendous house fire in Mtwalume recently.

Kayla had spent a week doing work experience at the Herald during October and had endeared herself to all staff members.

Wasted time

Your scribe and family spent a wasted two hours-plus at Durban station recently, seeing family members off on a Greyhound bus trip to Cape Town. Due to leave at 11.30am, the bus eventually departed at 2pm, a most unsatisfactory situation.

A similar delay was experienced last August when visitors had to endure a one and a half hour delay on a trip to Newcastle, also on a Greyhound bus.

Panic over

One would have thought the crown jewels had gone missing, judging from the public’s reaction to the temporary disappearance of the ‘Wally’ collection box at the Spar recently.

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The box had been removed to effect temporary repairs to it and was returned as soon as possible, hardly warranting the irate phone calls to your scribe’s home over the New Year weekend.

Capable hands

Reverend Martin and Nicole Beukes are spending a few weeks visiting family and friends in the UK. The church services have, however, been left in the capable hands of Reverend Allan Wright and Pastor Michael Steenkamp.

Extreme weather

And, speaking of overseas, your scribe’s nephew in America, Ryan Woodley, who recently relocated to South Carolina from California, is finding the weather unbearably cold, with the east coast experiencing freezing weather and snow during the last week or two.

Sad tidings

Well-known resident Merle Mundell, succumbed to her illness recently and was remembered at a well-attended service in the Methodist Church.

‘Tant Sarah’ Lubbe died at the age of 90-plus and Claudine Claasen, who had spent weeks in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, died shortly after being transferred by ambulance to the ICU of a Gauteng hospital.

Brian Barker’s brother Deryck died suddenly in Durban and Chris Joubert also lost his brother Nick recently. Sympathy is extended to all families concerned.

Happy wishes

Belated birthday wishes go to Ivor Krish (2nd), Johnny Hook and Sue Powell (3rd), Liz Arkley, Ambi Pillay, Phyllis Michaelis, Elizabeth Liebstein and Brian Porteous (8th), and Fred Petzer-Moore (9th), with Anita York (11th) and Estelle Quinn (14th) celebrating this week. Anniversary wishes go to Debbie and Rod Fletcher and Anita and Geoff York (5th), and Heather and Barry Jones (9th), with belated wishes going to Margrit and Charlie Smith for December 30th. With the neighbourhood news kicking off in the Bonus this week, do not forget to keep Lizzie busy with all things Hibberdene.

 

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