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N Friday 11th April at 9:30 for 10:00am the Howick uMngeni Museum will be hosting a fascinating speaker on an even more fascinating subject. The original art work in the photograph will be on view and the owner Tim Farina will tell us the intriguing story of Mary Linwood’s self-portrait. This is an opportunity to see the work before it leaves for London in May. The portrait has been requested for an exhibition at the Tate Britain - “The House That Jack Built: British Folk

Art� - which opens on 10th June 2014 and will run until 19th October 2014. Tim Farina who has done

extensive research on the creator of this beautiful 18th century needlework, has documentation showing its provenance (where the work originated and how it came into his family) and how Miss Linwood from humble beginnings was to become the most celebrated needlewoman of her age. This is a compelling story of the 1770s, and the role of Art, Women and Collectors. It is also about the value of people’s skills in the digital age and the role played by museums and academics in revealing more about human nature and the

world we live in. The Friends of the Howick uMngeni Museum (FoHuM) are very grateful to Tim for agreeing to share this treasure during what promises to be a most interesting talk. Please ensure you book with Hilary on 033-239 5721 or vickht@ iuncapped.co.za, or the Museum - Claire on 033-239 9240 or museum2@telkomsa.net The cost to FoHuM Members is R12 and Non Members R25. So ‘save the date’ - Friday 11 April 2014 at the Howick uMngeni Museum. Tea from 9:30 to 10:00am.

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E are well into 2014 and are looking forward to another year at Greendale House, caring for our beloved residents and interacting with their families and friends. Our facilities remain in good hands with contractors looking after meals, gardens, cleaning and laundry to a very high standard. Our maintenance staff do a fine job. Nursing staff are dedicated women who work tirelessly to ensure that residents are well cared for and we ensure that they receive regular hair and nail care so that they look their best. Socially, residents are cared for by our Occupational Therapist. We have activities, exercise, movies, parties and music on a regular basis. Those residents who are able, are often seen reading to or visiting those less able, in a caring and loving way. Residents are quick to smile and always ready for a chat. In March, Lesley Bisschoff,

the outgoing Manager Nursing Services, took over the post of cottage care and satellite clinics. Karen Selby has been appointed as the Manager Nursing Services. All bases are covered for the most part – the Lions Club kindly run a tuck trolley; church ladies do flowers; the library is done by volunteers. Thank you to all these members for giving their time to us. However, we do fall short in some areas, such as in the sewing department, with small projects like making pillow cases, cushion covers, and mending. We need someone ideally who can work from home. Also, wheelchairs and walkers always need attention and furniture gets scratched and scuffed, needing a little love and attention! Any help from the community on a voluntary basis would be very much appreciated. Our ongoing work with the elderly continues and we thank you for entrusting them to our care.

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TWO Howick youngsters are set to represent the country at an international ball room dancing competition. Brian Booth and Sbonga Magubane, who dance under the colours of uMngeni Dancing Club are set to savour the sights of Moscow in Russia. The competition gets underway in October. The partners’ feat follows a rigorous process which included provincial and the national competitions where they emerged victorious. The duo will be joined by another couple from Cape Town who have also been chosen for the competition. “I’m extremely happy in having achieved this milestone. This has always been my lifetime goal,� said the former Injoloba High School pupil.

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isitors to the popular Howick Falls are complaining that the Gorge Walk to the bottom of the waterfall has now been closed for several months. Volunteers of the Friends of the Falls organisation who welcome visitors at the view site report that hundreds of people have complained to them because they are prevented from walking to the bottom of the falls as the path is badly overgrown and in need of maintenance by the uMngeni Municipality. A few tourists have ignored warnings and ventured down the

Gorge Walk without advising anyone. This is a situation which could lead to tragedy and criticism in the media. The entrance to the Gorge Walk is at the abandoned Bush Golf kiosk which for some time has been inhabited by vagrants, and there are no notices to advise that the attraction is closed. An FOTF volunteer suggested that signs advertising the Gorge Walk be taken down until such time as the pathway is open again. Recent heavy rain in the catchment area caused Midmar Dam to overflow in February,

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the youngsters off the streets. “It also builds a dancer’s individual confidence,� said Booth. He urged other youngsters to be involved in extracurricular activities. For Magubane, representing the country signifies a “once-in-alifetime opportunity.� Magubane, a pupil at Howick High School said she hoped that they would bring back honours from their sojourn. “I‘m very excited but I’m well aware that the competition will not be smooth sailing,� said Magubane. Magubane’s mother, Philisiwe Hlophe said: “I feel very proud of my daughter. She has never disappointed me. I have never received negative reports on her. My daughter takes part in numerous activities at school,� said Hlophe.


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ith the heavy rains we have been experiencing in the Midlands in the past week or two, the uMngeni River’s water volume has increased tremendously with the result that our beautiful river has become extremely strong and dangerous. On a recent Sunday evening someone stopped on the bridge below Midmar Dam Wall to view the river in all its magnificence, and spotted a little dog clinging to a grass covered rock in the fast flowing river. SPCA Field Officer, Michael Mkhize received the emergency call and immediately contacted the SPCA Operations Manager, Dudu Abraham. A plan of action was quickly formulated and Dudu rushed to the scene whilst Michael fetched another experienced SPCA Field Officer, Jabulani Mshengu. Upon arrival at the scene, Dudu saw the terrified Jack Russell on the rock about 2 metres from the Bridge. Dudu managed to get the soaking wet dog to look up at her and kept speaking to her. The dog never took her eyes off Dudu. Emergency Services were called to assist with the rescue. They responded immediately never hesitating even when told it was a dog that needed saving. In the meantime Michael thought a basket might work so when he returned to the scene with Jabulani they brought a laundry basket and a rope. The basket was thrown as close to the little dog as possible. The first attempt was unsuccessful, the second attempt was a little closer but the angle was wrong and the third attempt was beside the dog but she avoided it. They felt that Emergency Services would be more successful in a rescue but as it was getting dark and raining quite heavily, the SPCA team decided to keep on trying until Emergency Services arrived. On their fourth attempt they manage to scoop the shivering little pooch into the washing basket and as quickly as possible, hauled her up praying that she wouldn’t panic and jump out of the basket.

Had she jumped into the river, she would have been washed down stream and drowned. The relief of having achieved what seemed impossible overwhelmed Dudu, Michael and Jabulani and the three of them just stood for a few moments in a group hug. What an absolutely amazing rescue! Dudu described how “We popped the soaking wet, petrified little dog into our SPCA van and rushed her back to our Kennels, where she was given food and water and a warm bed.� Emergency Services, who by this time were at the river, were then advised that the dog was now safe in our care. The next day, the lucky dog was checked by the SPCA vet who estimated her to be eight months old, in good condition and unsterilized. The only injury the vet found was a bruise on the side of her head, probably caused by her fall into the river. She was henceforth dubbed “Miracle.� Quick thinking by SPCA staff and a plan cleverly executed saved little Miracle from certain drowning. Well done to the team. Until next time, take care. Tess Fernandez, PRO/Fundraiser for uMngeni SPCA

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Famous Easter Oratorio to be performed during Holy Week

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ESIDENTS of the KZN Midlands will have a unique opportunity to hear the much loved Easter oratorio known as Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ during Holy Week. Two outstanding Pietermaritzburg soloists, namely John Butler (bass) and his son Andrew Butler (Baritone) have been invited to take the part of the narrator and Jesus respectively in the ‘Crucifixion’ and Beverley Bailey will accompany a choir of 40 at the organ. The only public performance in Howick will take place in the Howick Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday (6th April) commencing at 2.30p.m. So popular is Sir John Stainer’s composition that it was recently re-scored for orchestral accompaniment, but it was originally an oratorio for choir and organ. The Howick Choristers will perform this demanding work under the baton of Dr John Tungay, founder Director of Music at the Drakesnberg Boys Choir School. The ‘Crucifixion’ is a dramatic narrative of events from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Cross. Composed in 1887 it includes Stainer’s most famous piece, the a capella anthem “God so loved the world” John Stainer was a major driving force in the improvement of church music in the latter half of the 19th century, first at Oxford where he was both Master of Magdalene College Choir and organist at St. Mary’s University Church, and later

John Butler, well-known bass from Pietermaritzburg who has accepted the Howick Choristers’ invitation to perform with them during their Holy Week performances in Howick and at the Wesley Methodist Church in Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg.

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Sunday 30th March: Howick Hindu Cultural Association meeting at 3:30pm. Venue: Howick West Prayer Association, 15 Divine Road. All community members are invited to attend. Tuesday 1st April: Midlands Forum meeting at Howick High School at 10:00am. The speaker will be Graham Bailey, Headmaster of the SA Jockey Academy which is internationally respected as a progressive and professional institution. Graham and his staff accept young people who have to conform to strict physical criteria. Most of them have little, if any, equestrian experience but, after five years of apprenticeship and having achieved a matric certificate, these same young people are ready to face the rigours of the horse racing industry. Graham’s power point presentation will lead you through the process and highlight the roles that are played by teachers and specialists and the level of dedication that is required to become a jockey. The meeting starts at 10:00 and ends at 11:15am. Please do not insult the speaker by leaving early. Thursday: Weekly meditation classes at Yellowwood Café, 1 Shafton Road 5:30 to 6:30pm. Classes are R30 donation to gov. reg. non-profit org. Learn to transform your fear, anxiety and insecurity and connect with your inner potential for peace and happiness. All welcome. For information phone 031-764 6193 or email info@meditateindurban.org

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race College held its annual Inter-house Gala on Monday, 24 February. Pupils participated with much enthusiasm and nine records were broken on the day. Sinai once again walked away with the winning trophy, with Ararat in second place and Carmel in third place. Ararat won the spirit trophy. The senior Victor and Victrix Ludorum recipients, Conrad Lilje and Jocelyn Perry, have graced the winner’s podium a number of times over the last five years at the Inter-house

Galas. Conrad, who swam for CANSA on the day, received his fourth Victor Ludorum trophy and Jocelyn Perry her fifth Victrix Ludorum trophy – a remarkable achievement for both of these swimmers. Congratulations are also due to the Junior Victor and Victrix Ludorum winners, Ross Clelland and Ruth Taylor. Grace College wishes to thank St Anne’s for the use of their facilities and also extends thanks to the event organisers, pupils, staff and parents for making this year’s Gala a memorable one.


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