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Here’s to the good By Heather Djunga
“It’s the passion in your heart that makes you live long,” she said, explaining that she had also skydived and ridden in Tiger Moth planes. As she recounted, this Joan Richardson grinned widely as she spoke about her recent debut into modelling. “I wore Milady’s clothes,” she explained, holding up a newspaper clipping showing her in a navy blue ensemble with diamante detail along the neckline. What made Joan’s story so remarkable wasn’t the glitz and glamour of her outfit – rather that she was 97 years old! What’s her secret? With a sparkle in her eye, she related how she had lived a life of passion. “It’s the passion in your heart that makes you live long,” she said, explaining that she had also skydived and ridden in Tiger Moth planes. As she recounted, this was fairly recently. Fully mobile, with just a handy stick to steady her gait, she is a remarkable testimony of how ‘age is just a number’. She also had with her clippings of her time spent cruising the world on an ocean liner for three and a half months, in a ‘phenomenal voyage’ through which she saw ‘every country in the world’.
Joan’s incredible journey through life was shared with tame TIMES from one of a collection of tables at a senior citizen’s tea at the Bedford Centre on Tuesday last week. This is a monthly tea organised by the Bedford Centre Pick n Pay, together with Bedford Centre management, and explained centre marketing manager Nikki Savides Kruger, this was one of the ways Pick n Pay and centre management showed their appreciation for the special residents who had supported the centre for over 40 years, since its opening. Beautiful musical interludes on a grand piano and a stylish tea of sumptuous cakes and sandwiches, sponsored by Pick n Pay, set the scene for great socialising and the sharing of news and PHENOMENAL: 97 years old, Joan Richardson. She is holding a photo showing a stories. memorable experience she had meeting former US president Bill Clinton. Like Joan, the other guests also had intriguing stories to share: “I remember as a kid coming to toboggan down the mine dumps which used to be where Bedford Square now is. We thought we were just the bees’ knees!” Marise Sowersby said. “There was another dump area in Royal Oak Street in Kensington but this was marked as off limits after some kids went missing when the sand caved in. The area was very much a close community then, as it is now, and everyone heard the news.” She said she remembered her mother going shopping down Van Der Linde
Road, Bedfordview at the time: “She would stop at one stand and get the milk, and then at another, and get the eggs. This was before Bedford Centre and the other big shopping centres had opened their doors.” She expressed her appreciation for the centre management and Pick n Pay, explaining that each month, they opened their hearts to pensioners shopping there, and tenants in the centre supported their efforts through bringing ‘surprise gifts’ to the tea. Magdeline Matlala, Pick n Pay customer services manager, said through working with the pensioners she had
become increasingly aware of their importance to the community, in that they had wisdom and valuable insights and stories to share. “As the men and women who have built the community and seen the centre rise to prominence in the area, they should be honoured and esteemed and this tea is just one of the ways we show our appreciation.” Guests are mostly from the nearby St George’s and Arbor Village retirement homes but any pensioner, over 60, is welcome to join for free tea and networking and a great morning out, on every second Tuesday of a month, from 10am to 11am.
‘Move over Today…
Florida!’ The palm trees down Van Riebeeck Ave, outside of landmark De Backery windmill, have been pruned and spruced up thanks to the determined efforts of the Edenvale City Improvement District (ECID).
Oxford Dictionary defines ‘dream’ as a series of sensations moving through the mind of a sleeper. This definition, however, confines the sensations to the sleeper. At some time or another, the sleeper must awaken to birth the dream. History is filled with people who haven’t been afraid to awaken to embrace their dreams. One of the earliest dreamers was Joseph (Genesis 37). His brothers didn’t like him for his dreams and sold him into slavery because of their jealousy. Still, Joseph continued to believe that dreams were important, so much so that he started to interpret other people’s dreams in prison, the success of which gave him the opportunity to interpret the dream of the Pharaoh of Egypt. As a result he was made a ruler of Egypt. Then there were dreamers like Leonardo da Vinci. One of his dreams was to fly. He studied birds to make his dream a reality. Sometimes, entire kingdoms are built on the dreams of men. The Roman emperors dreamed of ruling the world. It is said of the Emperor Caesar Augustus that he found Rome a city of bricks and transformed it into a city of marble. Sometimes dreams are given by God Himself. The Emperor Constantine had a dream in which he dreamt about the Cross and the words, ‘By this sign you will conquer’. As a result of the dream, he changed his entire battle strategy. In the famous battle of Milvian Bridge, his troops marched into battle carrying the Cross and won! Rome, previously a pagan empire, was transformed into the cradle of christianity because of a man’s obedience to a dream inspired by God. The word ‘dream’ is said to come from an old English word which means ‘noisy merriment’ or ‘music’. Isn’t that just what dreams give us… a soundtrack, or music, to our lives? It’s time to start dreaming again. History has shown that men and women who dream can turn hopeless situations into situations of triumph. What is your dream?
HOME SWEET HOME: Edenvale’s renowned ‘palm tree drive’, in a section of van Riebeeck Ave. (Photo from ECID) ECID spokesperson Katy Young told tame TIMES they had had the existing palm trees in Van Riebeeck Ave pruned and cleared as there were many dead leaves which were large, and being heavy, posed a threat to pedestrians or vehicles. “Our motto is ‘Clean, Green and Safe’ and this falls into our vision for the ECID area,” said Katy. “We have also cleaned and put new soil into five places where old, dead stumps were along van Riebeeck Ave and are in the process of planting lollipop trees into these as part of our vision of greening the community.” She said that the Edenvale Post Office garden, recently attended to by ECID, continued to thrive and the security of the fence had made a huge difference to the community. As ECID officials rightly stated in response to the said palm trees’ restoration: ‘Move over Florida!’ Edenvale is ready for big things!
Celebrate the Mandela centenary of birth at Little Eden Little Eden staff and residents have welcomed the community to join them on Wednesday, 18 July, from 9am to 3pm, to celebrate Madiba’s centenary of birth. Residents unable to give of their time are asked to give a financial gift of R100 or any multiples of 100 for every year of Mandela’s life. Those who wish to bring a gift for the residents on the day are also welcome to do so. There will be an opportunity to interact with residents and help them with craft work. For details: Nichollette Muthige on 011 609 7246.
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Opinion piece by Heather Djunga
The work on the Cross is complete. Jesus isn’t going to become more powerful or more able or more willing to heal and restore than He is right now. Maybe you are waiting for tomorrow to reach out, when you are ‘prepared’ and feel stronger. But it’s not about you. It’s about Him and what He has done. How about today? “As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15) Two men were crucified with Jesus. Both were sentenced criminals. One recognising who Jesus was, realised that even though he had completely messed up, the Lord was close enough to hear his request for mercy. As he expressed his faith to Jesus, and acknowledged Him as the Son of God, Jesus told him: ‘TODAY, you will be with me in paradise.” A man lay writhing in pain and heavily drugged in the ICU of a local hospital. A convicted criminal, he was handcuffed to the bed and supervised closely by a Correctional Services officer. He was in ICU because he had tried to poison himself in prison, realising his behaviour had resulted in consequences which he didn’t feel strong enough to face – time in jail. Into these circumstances Jesus reached out to him through an evangelist team which had come to give the Good News of salvation. Recognising the opportunity in the moment, the man gave his situation and life over to Jesus. That same day, his life was turned around. After asking the Lord Jesus to forgive him and come into his life, his eyes shone with hope and he expressed how he felt like someone new. He had embraced ‘today’, realising the importance of the moment. I was privileged to be a part of the salvation team and witnessed this miraculous salvation. A life was changed because a man dared to reach through his shame and pain to the Author of Life. Don’t schedule Him into next week’s diary pages. Don’t put off responding to the promptings of His Holy Spirit. Don’t delay coming into His throne room in your hour of need because ‘tomorrow’ you think you will be more presentable, less sinful, better equipped, or better prepared to approach Him. He welcomes you as you are so decide that today is your day. You can ask Him and seek Him today. You can step out in faith today. You can believe for things to change today. You can see your life changed today. Will you choose to believe that He is the same today as He was yesterday, the same Jesus who shook the ancient cities of Israel with His power and goodness and rose to life from the grave? As the man in ICU did, see the miracle moments of today by faith and reach out.
Intriguing stories from a nature enthusiast The impact of current urban developments on local amphibians and reptiles will be the theme of the next Modderfontein Conservation Society (MCS) evening talk on Thursday, 21 June, from 7.30pm. The meeting takes place in the Modderfontein Town Hall, 1 Casino Road. Speaker Warren Schmidt of Biodiversity Nature has spent time studying these urban impacts at a site just a few kilometres from the Modderfontein Reserve. Author of ‘Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern Africa’, Warren spends many mornings searching for lizards and snakes amongst birders who are trying to spot their targets catching early worms. He avoids generating peculiar looks
of disbelief by pretending to be one of the many birders, rather than a snake fancier. Warren has worked as a Curator of Reptiles at the Transvaal Snake Park and Farm Manager at Kwena Gardens Crocodile Sanctuary. He has enjoyed a lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians and is a long-standing member of a number of herpetological societies. Warren currently works as a photographer, writer and photojournalist. Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting, learn about the MCS and enjoy the presentation. An entrance fee of R30 is charged to help cover expenses. For more information, contact Ellen van Dongen on 011 462 3067 or 082 813 8611, or visit the MCS web page: modderconserve.org.za.
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St Benedict’s grounds to come alive with highland notes
The grounds of St Benedict’s College in Harcus Road, Bedfordview will once again set the stage for the prestigious Pipe Band Gathering on 14 July, from 9am to 4pm. This year marks the 30th anniversary
of the renowned event, which sees pipe bands from near and far gather together to perform breathtaking music. On the same day, there will be highland dancing, a craft market, a beer tent,
and a massed bands display. Entrance is R30 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 10. This 30th anniversary Pipe Band Gathering coincidentally falls on St Benedict’s 60th anniversary.
Tanya shines on stage
Holy Rosary stars acknowledged for excellence Holy Rosary School recently excelled in FEDA (Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts), having entered the festival for the first time this year. FEDA is a prestigious high school one act play festival, celebrating excellence in dramatic arts. Holy Rosary actresses (Taylor Sheffield, Arianna d’Alessio, and Michelle Zongololo), and the backstage crew produced an outstanding performance of “The Mistress of Wholesome”, by Jacob Appel. In this one act comedy script, Gwen, ‘the mistress’, surprises Margaret, ‘the wife’ of Leland, a prominent cardiologist, in their home and holds her hostage. The play was also directed by Matric pupil and actress, Taylor Sheffield.
RISING STAR: Tanya Zhu
TALENTED: The successful cast and team from Holy Rosary School.
Rowers acknowledged for success
Tanya Zhu, a grade 5 learner from St Andrew’s School for Girls, has been awarded 2 trophies for the SASMT Festival for the Advancement of Music. She has won Best Recital (age 10 and under) and the Beverley Green Trophy for Most Promising Pianist (age 16 and under).
Holy Rosary High School recently awarded its end-of-season rowing trophies.
Bus service now available from Green Valley Shopping Centre and St Benedict’s School
Book a Tour today! Independent Girls Day School for Grade 0-12 ROWING ACHIEVERS: Back: Dioné van Gaalen (Afrox Trophy – Best U/16), Winonah Chindawi (Stella Boat Club Trophy – Most Improved U/16), Claire Lourens (Tom Hoskin Trophy – Most Dedicated Junior), and Hannah Raats (Burrowes Trophy – Most Improved U/14). Middle: Jeanne Riemann (Giuliano Family Trophy – Oarswoman of the Season), Georgia Thirlwell (Thomson Trophy – Best Junior Cox), Cassidy McKinon (Malinsky Trophy – Best U/15), Katelyn Young (Cawdry Trophy – Most Improved U/15), and Catherine Ryan (Caryn Sabatier Trophy – Most Dedicated Senior). Front: Daniella Myburgh (Taylor Trophy – Best U/14), Gabriella Lubbe (Gatrell Trophy – Most Improved Open), Simone Correia (Reidy Trophy – Best Senior Cox), and Shannon Love (Holy Rosary Trophy – Best Open).
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Saheti hosts successful Winter Sports Festival Saheti School in Senderwood recently hosted its 14th annual Primary School Winter Sports Festival. The festival is the highlight of the primary school’s sports calendar and this year again attracted a crowd of spectators. Netball results: Winners of the respective age groups: U/9 - Hurlyvale U/10 – Saheti U/11 – Saheti U/12 - Saheti Open gold medal winners – Hurlyvale Open silver medal winners – Saheti Trophy for the best netball school – Saheti Team with most goals scored Hurlyvale U/13
Edenglen High’s netball girls close a remarkable season The Edenglen High School netball players played their final game in the play-offs recently, emerging winners of the league. The talented learners enjoyed a successful season, winning more than half of their games played against various schools. Their most memorable game was against Hoërskool Vryburger High School where all the girls won their games. The teams are hopeful that they will return in the next season playing even better, with the aim of winning all of their games.
Soccer results: Winners of the respective age groups: U/9 - Saheti U/10 – Saheti U/11 – Hurlyvale U/12 – Saheti Open gold medal winners – Bishop Bavin Open silver medal winners – Saheti Trophy for the best soccer school – Saheti Team with most goals scored - Saheti U/12A
SUCCESSFUL: The U/16 netball team from Edenglen High School with coach, Miss Vink.
ACTION: Teams showed their mettle on the day.
Edenvale residents step up
Tennis stars shine at St Benedict’s The 2018 edition of the Keenest of the Keen Tennis Festival was recently hosted at St Benedict’s College, with schools from far and near gathering to compete. Participating schools included St Peter’s, St John’s, Louw Geldenhuys, Redhill, Beaulieu and St Columba’s. The matches were played on a ‘festival basis’ and all participants and managers received a Bennies 60th Year mug as a festival gift in celebration of the school’s milestone year. Results were as follows: Bennies 1 (Marciano Teixeira, Judah Townsend, Thomas Wilke and Ethan Uys) beat Beaulieu (31-5), Redhill (56-16), and Louw Geldenhuys 2 (28-8); and lost against Louw Geldenhuys 1 (19-17). Bennies 2 (Joshua Perry, Nicolas De Keizer, Connor Odgers and Jaryd Cameron-Gunn) beat St Columba’s (22-6), St Peter’s (43-29), and St John’s (21-7); drew against Louw Geldenhuys 2 (14-all) and lost against Louw Geldenhuys 1 (16-12). The Fast 4 Singles Tiebreaker winners
The cold weather did not stop the Edenvale community from gathering together on Saturday for the Walk Against Crime and Colour Run, an initiative organised by local policing and community authorities. The event coincided with the Youth Day festivities happening nationwide. Sergeant Jacob Mashile, Edenvale Police Social Crime Prevention Unit and Youth Desk head, has encouraged the community to support the youth and be proactive in ensuring the community’s children and vulnerable residents are taken care of, through speaking out and stepping up.
TEAM SPIRIT: Players prepare to play tennis.
were: Number 1s: Joshua Perry (St Benedict’s) Number 2s: Judah Townsend (St Benedict’s) Number 3s: Luke Crase (St Columba’s) Number 4s: Lucas Kruger (Louw Geldenhuys) The Fast 4 Doubles Winnners were:
Couple Number 1s: Joshua Perry and Connor Odgers (St Benedict’s), Marciano Teixeira and Judah Townsend (St Benedict’s) and Philip Joubert and Harry Gardner (Louw Geldenhuys). All three couples ended up on 38 points. Couple Number 2s: Thomas Wilke and Ethan Uys (St Benedict’s).
DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION: Peter De Backer and Birgitt Skopelitis.