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Number 2 : November 2003


1. It's festival time again!

Local businesses, the Stanford Tourism Bureau and residents have been working together to make this year’s Stanford Blom & Blits festival by far the biggest and liveliest in the five years of its existence. More people will be actively involved, and many more visitors are expected. ...


The naming of the festival

by Mariana Esterhuizen

Some five years ago on a cold July night, the Stanford tourism committee met at Galashiels Lodge. Once the official business was behind us, a few members gathered around the fire with glass in hand, something sweet to warm the innards. ...


2. Village Victuals

Delicacies from veld and potstil

By Annalize Mouton

Our veld is rich in not only medicinal plants, but also plants that can be used as food or in food and even to make delicacies and alcoholic beverages.


Talking tastebuds

Get slim with great taste

by Anka Esterhuizen, Dietitian ...


3. Its better in the country...

(about weddings) ...


4. Personality of the month

The reigning witblits king of SA

by Maré Mouton

How on earth does one become the National Witblits Champion without ever, ever having tasted your own brew over many years?


5. The Village Gardener, by Tracy Paton

Not all our aliens are unwanted invaders

Patterson’s curse (Echion plantagineum) is that pretty blue plant which is flowering in the fields all around us. It is listed as a category one invader and should be destroyed immediately, before it sets seed.


Recycling is important for everybody

by Angel Kamp of Grootbos

The Birkenhead Recycling Forum was established mid 2002 as a joint initiative between the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, Gansbaai and Stanford Municipalities, Overstrand Herwinning and other interested parties. Its objective is to create awareness about solid waste management and the need for recycling, not only for the value of re-usable waste, but also to save on landfill sites and help protect the environment. ...


6. DR Congregation celebrates 90

The Dutch Reformed Congregation of Stanford celebrated its 90th birthday the weekend of 24–26 October. The programme kicked off the Friday evening with a camp fire, potjiekos and stories on the Commonage. Saturday started with a champagne cruise on the river, followed by the bazaar in the Church Hall and a ride on a mule-drawn wagon through the village. Supper, served by the Okkie Smuts School, was followed by a play written by local resident Grieta van Dyk. Sunday morning Rev Willem Fourie led the service in the church, preceded by a symbolic stacking of stones. Before the service 90 candles were lit in the church, and during the service the Pro Musica choir, led by John Pauw and accompanied by Annalize Mouton, performed. The cornerstone of the current church building was laid in 1926.


A magical evening with angels

For the past two years Mariët Wasserthal has decorated her house and garden at 7 Morton Street with the most delightful collection of angels. ...


7. Marketing of Stanford for bird-watchers

By Anton Odendal of Birdlife Overberg

The previous article in this series focused on the potential of Stanford and environs as a top bird-watching destination. This article will highlight specific BirdLife South Africa projects aimed at the development of avi-tourism, or tourism for bird-watchers. ...


New avian species settles in Overberg

The range of the Southern Grey-headed Sparrow (above) has been expanding southwestwards from the northern and eastern regions of Southern Africa. By 1997 the range extended as far as the eastern boundaries of the Overberg. Recently it was photoraphed in a garden in Stanford, where it has taken up residence. The species can be identified by its grey head blending uniformly into its body.


8. With Mug in Hand, by Andy Mitchell of Birkenhead Brewery

'Beer is good for you'

We’ve all seen the slogan “Guinness is good for you”. The reason behind this advertising campaign was the shortages of food at the beginning of World War II, when the British Government wanted the barley to feed pigs rather than breweries. ...


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Pincusion flower
Skeych of glass containers and 'veldkool'
Lambert and Henriët Badenhorst

Witblits champion Lambert and wife Henriët Badenhorst on their farm

Dutch Reformed church, Stanford, South Africa

The Dutch Reformed Church Stanford celebrated its 90th birthday

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