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Our diary entries are open for May, June and July. Please e-mail houzetj@tisoblackstar.co.za or fax (046) 624-2293 or drop in at 29 Miles Street from 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Tuesday May 30

Crazy about Animal Care – 6pm – Royal Port Alfred Golf Club. A local charity event where all ticket proceeds will be donated to the SPCA.  Entrance fee R50. Three talks: A representative of the SPCA, followed by an educational talk by Dr Leon De Bruyn (Port Alfred Vet Clinic) and then an uplifting motivational talk by Tania Adams ( life coach, business coach and CEO of crAzy always wins).

Port Alfred High School proudly presents the Foundation Phase concert “The Cats of Stone Hill”, 6pm in the school hall. Tickets at the door – adults R20 and children R10.

 Thursday June 1

PA Art Club – DVD at Settlers Hall at 9.30am: The colours of winter.

Saturday June 3

Christian Men’s Association breakfast – 7 for 7.30am – PA Celebration Centre (The Old Vic Hotel). Speaker Sandila Kapela of the Methodist Church will share his testimony and his vision for Christianity in this and the wider Ndlambe area. Suggested R40 donation to cover costs (students R20).

Sunday June 4

Oldenburgia Hiking Club Manley Flats Charity Hike. We will be hiking a circular route of about 13km on the Manley Flats farm, just off the road to Bathurst, about 15km from Grahamstown. Meet in the Pick n Pay car park, Pepper Grove Mall, in Grahamstown at 7.30 for 7.45am departure. Cost: The hike is advertised at R30 per person but since it’s a charity hike and the Sikhululekile community is very impoverished, all further monetary donations will be most welcome. Also bring about R15 for fuel, if you are not in your own vehicle. Bring good walking shoes/boots, suitable clothing for the prevailing weather conditions, sufficient water, food (snacks and lunch), hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, any medications/first aid items you may require. Hike leader: Katja Offerman e-mail oldenburgiahikingclub@gmail.com

Thursday June 8

PA Art Club – St James Hall at 9am: Painting in winter colours. Painting together in the hall.

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

 Friday June 9

Build-a-burger – 6pm – Port Alfred High School clubhouse. Tickets R50 each (burger and chips). E-mail office@pahs.co.za or call (046) 624-2440. Cash bar. A Friends of the School fundraiser.

 Tuesday June 13

Probus Club of the Kowie – 9.30 for 10am – Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club. Our guest speaker is Alan Robb who, apart from holding more gold medals than any other runner, is the only Comrades winner to have completed the run over 40 times.  He will be “Reminiscing about the Comrades Marathon”.

 Thursday June 15

Lower Albany Historical Society meeting – 9.30 for 10am – Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park Village. Rod Hooper-Box will present a talk on “Eastern Cape born Victoria Cross recipients”. All welcome. Contact Avonne 083-473-6823.

Friends with Compassion – Caring for those who are mourning a loved one.  Presbyterian Church Port Alfred, at 3.30pm. All welcome- Join us for a cup of tea and a chat. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

 Thursday June 22

U3A meeting – 9.30am for tea – Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park. Speaker is Len Steinhardt on “It’s a virus – what’s that?”

Memory Book Scrapbook Club – 2pm to 5pm – Presbyterian Church Port Alfred. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.

 Friday July 7 to Saturday July 8

Washie 100 Miler from Port Alfred to East London. Visit the Facebook page Washie 100Miler for updates.


  • Albany Vintage and Classic Motor Club Museum opens on the last Saturday of each month – 9am-12 noon – Hawkins Industrial Park, Alfred Road, Port Alfred.
  • Bathurst Farmers Market – Every Sunday rain or shine at Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Nursery, Kowie Road from 9am-12.30pm.
  • Birdwatching Tours and Three Sisters Saunter. Book with Anne (046) 675-1976 or 083-719-4950. www.annesbirding.co.za
  • Bonsai Club meets once a month on a Saturday. For more information please contact David Brewis on 076-457-3218. Or e-mail davidbrewis77@gmail.com
  • Bring your tools and layout in and enjoy the creative atmosphere and free coffee at Bcreative Scrapbooking, Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Available weekdays and Saturdays, groups welcome. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book.
  • Duck Pond Morning Market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm, between Buksies Coffee Shop and Penny Farthing restaurant. Jams, pickles, secondhand books, cakes, quiches, secondhand clothing, crochet knitting, plants. All stallholders welcome. Contact Wendy 081-347-9562.
  • FAST (Forum for Astronomy, Science and Technology) meets on the first Thursday of each month at the cellar of the Wharf Street Brew Pub at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome. Contact Shirley Marais at shirley@theannouncer.co.za or on 082-928-8671 for more info.
  • First Port Alfred Scout/Cub meetings. Every Friday at the Girl Guide Hall, from 3pm-5pm. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Dot Fethers on (046) 624-3192.
  • Kenton Pub Quiz – 6.30pm – first Sunday of each month at Kenton Bowls Club. Cash bar available. Cash and other prizes. Teams of four to six. All welcome. Enquiries: Walter Grisdale (046) 648-2440.
  • Kleinemonde Morning Market on the first Saturday of every month, from 8.30 to 10am. Kleinemonde Community Hall.  Come and enjoy breakfast and  browse the stalls selling wholesome farm chickens and home produce, including quality meats, vegetables, pancakes, frozen meals, quiches,  bread, rusks, gingerbread houses,  home-baked cakes, doggy treats, candles, gifts and more.
  • Kowie History Museum, at The Old Railway Station, Pascoe Crescent. Open 9.30am-12.30pm Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday/Monday and public holidays.
  • Lower Albany Historical Society meets 3rd Thursday of the month – some meetings in Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, others, outside trips.  Call Suzette on 083-581-5777 for details.
  • Lower Albany Woodworkers’ Guild, meets first Tuesday of each month. Call Brian Edwards on (046) 624-2945, or John Moss on 082-829-5484 for more information.
  • Memory Book Scrapbook Club meets twice a month on a Thursday afternoon. All welcome. Contact Cheryl (046) 624-2733 / 083-556-7562.
  • National Sea Rescue Institute practices every Wednesday at 5pm. To join the NSRI visit the base in person to undergo an evaluation.
  • Night Scrapbooking classes every fortnight at BCreative Scrapbooking Supplies at Shop 12, Rosehill Mall. Wednesdays from 6.30pm-10pm. Call Nicolene on (046) 624-3096 to book your spot for the next class or for more information. Saturday morning and weekday scrapbooking classes also available. Bookings are required.
  • Old soldiers never die  – Calling all ex-servicemen “Ou Manne” and their ladies for a get-together on the first Sunday of every month at 12 noon and the MOTH Hall (behind the Ski-boat Club) for a light lunch and some memories. RSVP MOTHS at 082-537-9033 or 084-983-8550 for catering purposes.
  • Port Alfred Art Club welcomes new members, both experienced or wanting to learn. We meet weekly offering a monthly DVD from leading artists, giving excellent tips and guidance on how to draw and paint. There is also a wealth of experience among our members to share, and excellent workshops and topics to help you develop your painting in all mediums. Come and join our friendly and festive art club.  Contact Jenny (083-292-2650) or Netty (084-584-6629) for more information or join us on one of the listed events advertised in this column.
  • Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club invites you to try your hand at lawn bowls. Free coaching and bowls available every Friday from 16:00. Situated next to the Nico Malan Bridge. No appointment required. Info: Rod Wilson at: 082 375 2968 or 046 624 5671. See our website at:  www.pabcc.co.za
  • Port Alfred Bridge Club – Now at the Lodge on Albany Road (the Old Vic Hotel). Meets every Monday and Thursday – 1.15pm for 1.30pm start.
  • Port Alfred Community Police Forum meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Port Alfred Police Station at 2.30pm.
  • Port Alfred Floral Art Group meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Settlers Park hall at 2.30pm. For more information please phone 082-464-4606 (Hennie de Bruin). All welcome.
  • Probus Club of the Kowie meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Port Alfred River and Ski-boat Club.
  • Richmond House Museum and Music Room. Private non-profit museum est. 2007. The building (1948) is a replica of the Castle, and the displays trace 175 years of owners and alterations. No admission fee, but donations welcomed. Tours by appointment only: 082-456-7437. ‘Classics at the Castle’ classical/jazz concerts check press or www.facebook.com/richmondhousemuseummusic
  • Rocky Ridge Farm Market opens every Saturday and Sunday from 9am with a variety of home-made delights, “egg-cellent” free-range eggs, honey, biltong, droewors as well as its very popular morning breakfast. Contact Desia Holmes on 083-589-0765 for more information.
  • Rosehill Mall Art and Crafters Market, the first Saturday of every month, from 9am-4pm.  A true art and craft market.  Only handmade items available by our local crafters. Large selection of goods.
  • Scottish Country Dancing at Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park, every Wednesday from 5.30pm-7pm. For more information please phone (046) 604-0478.
  • Sunshine Coast Women’s Forum meets every fourth Tuesday in the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park at 2.30pm. Come and join us. Visitors welcome. For more information contact Muriel MacGregor on (046) 624-1963.
  • The Riverside Ramble: a new self-guided tour (map R10 from Sunshine Coast Tourism or Kowie History Museum) of historic Wharf Street and Van der Riet Streets.
  • U3A – Port Alfred Branch meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10am at the Don Powis Hall, Settlers Park village. All welcome.
  • Woodlands Market, every Saturday from 8am-12 noon at Woodlands Cottages and Backpackers, just outside Kenton on the R343 Grahamstown Road. Yummy breakfast and treats, fresh produce, arts and crafts. There is no charge for traders of local arts and crafts and produce – an attempt to encourage and support local tourism and businesses. For more information contact 082-808-5976 or info@woodlands.co.za