Events Diary | April 5 to April 10

2008-04-04 00:00


6 am-9.30 am. The farmers' market every Saturday, selling fruit, veg, flowers, eggs and more. Inquiries: Mike at 082 886 0687.

7 am-11 am. The Karkloof Farmers' Market, a fresh produce market, is located 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road. Access is gained off the D507. The Karkloof Farmers' Market runs every Saturday morning.

Goods on sale include fresh produce from local farmers as well as breads, biscotti, cheese, plants, flowers, ready-made meals, pickles, preserves, nougat, brownies, nuts and lots more delicious goods. There is a jungle gym and pony rides for the children so it is a wonderful morning out for the whole family. Inquiries to Andrea at 082 820 8986.

8 am-11.30 am. Breakfast at Lion's river farmers' market. Proceeds go to the Midlands Crisis and Trauma Centre in Howick. Inquiries to Rex at 082 771 6653.

8.30 am. The Sharks game will be broadcast live on the big screen at Pegasus Country Pub. Inquiries: 083 532 4415.

9 am-10.30 am. T'ai Chi classes at the Hadca Centre, Old Main Road, Howick. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

9 am-noon. The Pietermaritzburg SPCA Book and Record Room will be open at the SPCA grounds, 235 Woodhouse Road. Plenty of bargains at our stalls selling good quality used clothing and linen and white elephant, and, for gardening enthusiasts, a lovely selection of indoor and outdoor plants. Join in for refreshments in the tea garden. Inquiries: 033 386 9267.

9 am-noon. Every week the model trains in HO Gauge run. Come and watch or run your own at the old goods shed, Hilton Station. Phone to ensure the staff are at the station. Inquiries: 033 344 1742 or 082 470 4898.

9 am-noon. The Salvation Army and Pietermaritzburg Corps and Hope Hoodwill Centre hosts a "select a bargain" - white elephant, books and toys at 52 College Road.

9 am-2 pm. Craft market opposite the city hall.

9.30 am. A bowls clinic at Allan Wilson Bowling Club is held for new bowlers . Bowls are provided and flat shoes must be worn. All welcome. Coaching can be arranged at other times with Peter Ñ phone 033 346 2553.

10 am–4pm. Open Wilderness Trails Weekend at the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, featuring guided and self-guided trails, indigenous gardening talk by Elsa Pooley, a wildlife talk by Garth Carpenter, and eciting night walk, storytime and many other attractions. Inquiries to Darlene Bond at 082 933 5036 or Merrywyn Pieterse at 072 1478247. Entry is R20 per person.

10 am. CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers) and the Inland Branch of the Botanical Society are planning to visit the Crane Foundation at Nottingham Rd. The property is currently under review for stewardship. A wetland is home to a pair of breeding wattled cranes, and there is quite a large expanse of grassland. It is quite late in the season, but we are hoping to catch some late flowering species to supplement the existing list. The crane foundation building also has an interesting display on crane conservation. Information on CREW and its activities will also be available. Meet at the gate at 10.00am and spend a few hours looking at the grasslands and wetlands. Bring a picnic lunch which we will enjoy at the crane foundation next to the dam, or visit on of the many excellent local restaurants. Phone Isabel Johnson at 082 921 3118 for directions, or if you need or can offer a lift.

10.30 am. I.C.W.P - an informal walk for both developers and environmentalists will take place at the old Polo Field site, opposite the Showgrounds. All welcome to explore the remaining undisturbed wetlands, plants, animals and birdpark Meet behind the new Macdonalds eatery. Inquiries 033 342 4088 or 072 745 8906.

2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

¥ 2 pm. The Ramblers' Club of Pietermaritzburg invites people interested in hiking to join them in walking the hills of Pietermaritzburg and its environs. Interested people should be reasonably fit and may contact Francois at 033 344 2754 for further information.


6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Darvill. Leader: Gordon Bennett. Inquiries: 033 386 5555.

9 am. Maritzburg Oval arts and crafts market at Alexndra Park. Inquiries: 082 774 5493.

10 am. Model Steam Train rides at 78 Rudling Road. Contact Theo at 072 143 3032. Trains and grounds available for birthday parties.

10 am–4pm. Open Wilderness Trails Weekend at the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy, featuring guided and self-guided trails, indigenous gardening talk by Elsa Pooley, a wildlife talk by Garth Carpenter, and eciting night walk, storytime and many other attractions. Inquiries to Darlene Bond at 082 933 5036 or Merrywyn Pieterse at 072 1478247. Entry is R20 per person.


¥ 9am-noon. Bring some yarn and needles, crochet if you like. There is no tuition, but free advice is given to all by all. You don’t have to be WILD, exactly, but it probably helps. R25 per session. For further details phone 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

¥ 5.30 pm. Yoga in Hilton. Phone Moira at 084 555 9320.

¥ 5.30pm - 7pm. Beginners T'ai Chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

¥ 6.45 pm-8.15 pm. Weekly meditation classes at the Emalphethelweni Centre, 5 Leinster Road, Scottsville. Inquiries: Kathy at 033 346 0403 or e-mail:


¥ 9.30 am-11 am. Stoncraft After 9 Club at the Maritzburg Golf Club, from 9.30 am. Cost: R 25 (including tea). Talks by Mandy Tyrer, a self defence instructor, and Pearl Houghting on how drugs almost cost her son his life. Booking essential – contact Moya at 033 346 1490 by noon on April 7.

¥ 9am-noon. Introduction to Watercolours and Inks with Penny Forder. Introducing colour and paint to the landscape. Learn the basic skills and techniques of the traditional watercolourist as well as new approaches to the landscape using coloured inks and drawing. Minimum six students. R260 Macs members and R300 non-Macs members for three sessions. Book by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.


¥ 9am for 9.30am. Stonecroft Ministries - After 9 Club - Women's morning meeting to be held at the Maritzburg Golf Club. Mandy Tyrer, a self defence instructor, will advise us how to defend ourselves in dangerous situations. This will be followed by a talk by Pearl Houghting who has first hand knowledge with a child addicted to drugs. R25 inc. refreshments. Booking essential: phone Moya at 033 346 1490.

¥ 9am-1pm. Tuesday Painters Tutor: Jinny Heath. The class will undertake specific technical and formal problems in one-day exercises. New students should have some art background. Limited number of students can be accommodated. R340 MACS members and R395 non-Macs members for four sessions. Bookings essential for this course - book early if you want to take part by phoning 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

¥ 1.10 pm-1.50 pm. The South African Society of Music Teachers presents a free lunch-hour concert at the Tatham Art Gallery, featuring Sandra Breschi's recorder ensemble - these schoolchildren will play music ranging from Baroque to present day. Inquiries: 033 394 1818.

¥ 2 pm. Maritzburg Croquet Club invites people of all ages for a game of croquet, every Wednesday and Saturday. The lawns are in Alexandra Park opposite the cricket Oval. Mallets can be borrowed from the club, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Inquiries: Tim at 033 502 0101 or Viv at 033 396 3661.

¥ 5.15 pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening in the Anglican Cathedral. All singers welcome.

¥ 5.30 pm-7 pm. Intermediate and advanced T'ai Chi classes at the Lexden Scout Hall, Hosking Road. Contact Nico at 082 825 7412.

¥ 7.30 pm. Diabetes South Africa hosts its monthly open meeting in the Epworth School Hall. Speaker: Mr Schifflers on "Caring for the diabetic foot." For further information: 033 346 0934.


¥ 7 am-10.30 am. Market at Alexandra Road (opposite police station). Fresh veg, fruit, honey and crafts.

¥ 9am-noon. Art Club – an interactive group. Work in medium and level of choice. All welcome. R25 per session. Phone 033 386 2795 or 033 386 6500.

¥ April 9. Holiday painting and drawing class for children eight to 12 years. Inquiries: 033 342 1638.

¥ 10 am. The Hayfields Haymakers meet every Thursday in the Lutheran Church in Bester Road, Hayfields. Weekly sessions start with a cup of tea or coffee at 10 am, followed by a talk, demonstration, bingo or music. Lunch is served at noon, costs R20 and needs to be booked by 11 am on Wednesdays at 033 344 2322. If you would like to know more about the group contact the secretary, Shirley Smith, at 033 386 2126.

¥ 10 am. Free guided tours of Fort Nottingham Museum from Thursdays to Sundays, with 39 brands of old English crockery and other antiques for sale. Inquiries: 033 266 6246.

Coming Soon

¥ April 10, 7 pm. KZN Birdlife hosts an indoor meeting at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife headquarters in Queen Elizabeth Park (please note change of venue). Presentation by Philip and Ingrid can den Berg (postponed from winter 2007) – “The Sky’s the Limit”.

¥ April 12, 10 am. Karin Makin from Peters’ Gate Herbs will be speaking on Kitchen Gardening at the Natal Witness demoonstration gardens in Alexandra Park. She will cover vegetables, fruit and herbs. Talk starts at 10am in the Witness Demonstration Garden in Alexandra Park. If you bring a copy of the Witness advertisement the entrance fee is R5. If not entrance is R10. Tea and refreshments are for sale after the event.

¥ April 12, 8 am-noon. Msunduzi Hospice Book Shop will be open at 200 Zwartkop Road, Prestbury. Contact Elise at 033 344 1560 for more details.

¥ April 13, 6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Queen Elizabeth Park. Leader: Mike Spain. Inquiries: 033 347 2797.

¥ April 16, 6 pm. Howick Birding Group hosts an evening meeting - the club will be showing the DVD 'March of the Penguins' at Goldfields Education Centre, Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. Tea/coffee and registration from 5.30 pm. Costs: BirdLife Members R5 per person, all others R10 per person.

¥ April 16. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Pensioners Day - all pensioners welcome for half price entry fee. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

¥ April 19, 8 am. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Photographers Day - all keen photographers half price. Bring your cameras, walking shoes, hats, creativity and a picnic. Tea and cake will be on sale. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

¥ April 19, 8.15 am-noon. Interested in walking the old pilgrimage trails to Santiago de Compostela in Spain? Come to a Camino workshop at the Bergthiel Museum. R20 includes refreshments. Bring a tin of food/bottle of oil/packet of flour/sugar or something to donate to Oakford Priory. Contact Sylvia at 031 267 2059 or 083 474 8086 or email for more information.

¥ April 20, 6.30 am. KZN Birdlife hosts a morning outing to Botanical Gardens. Leader: Adrian Ogilvie. Inquiries: 033 347 1685.

¥ April 21, 6 pm for 6.30 pm. The Winning Women After 5 will meet at the Dave Mayo Centre, Howick High School. R60 includes supper, all welcome. Tonight's theme is "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" with Stella Pretorius of uSisi Designs, who has a flair and passion for home and fashion, and Nomfundo Moelfe - a popular motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Inquiries to Nora Levang at 033 330 6426 or e-mail

¥ April 26, 8 am. Karkloof Conservation Centre hosts a Cubs and Scouts Day - young nature enthusiasts can come and explore the bird life on Gartmore Farm. A bird guide will be on duty to guide walks. Come in your uniform and pay half price. Inquiries: 033 330 2992.

¥ April 26. Come cycling and learn bike maintenance on a weekend workshop in the KZN Midlands. Retreat to the Midlands armed with a multi-tool, and let Andre the bike whiz (former mechanic for Morewood’s International Racing Team) teach you not only to diagnose, but remedy those irritating creaks and groans. Hosted on a country farm- there is also tubing, hiking & plenty of outdoor activities. Contact Sarah Colvin at or 033 343 1564 or 084 240 7277 or visit

¥ April 27. Juicy Lucy Classic Mid-Illovo Off-Road Cycle Challenge - a bike race caters which for all levels of fitness. The Juicy Lucy team are encouraging participants to take advantage of the many view points and opportunities for rest and recuperation along the route. The 40km course runs, in part, within the Gwahumbe Game Reserve and riders can enjoy breathtaking vistas and spot game such as giraffe, rhino, zebra and antelope. Info on or phone Brett at 082 572 4522 or Lyall at 083 661 7654.

¥ April 30. Howick Birding Group hosts a morning outing to 'Gilboa Vlei' at the top of the Karkloof. Meet at Umgeni at 6.30am to arrange transport. This is

an area where a bird check list is needed. Leader Eve Hughes - phone 033 330 2723.

¥ May 4, 10 am-4 pm. Music in May - music has been arranged in the historic garden at Baynesfield Estate. There will be the usual selection of delicious food on sale and a craft market with quality goods. Entrance fee: R10 per adult and R5 per child under 12. For further details phone Eleanor Schofield at 033 251 0001. The Umgeni Vintage Train will be coming out from PMB station. To book this contact Robbie McGregor at 031 303 3003 or 082 353 6003.

¥ May 16, 7pmThe Hilton Food and Wine Fair happens again at the Hilton Hotel. It is in aid of the Hilton Pre-Primary School, and is once again sponsored by Hilton KwikSpar and the Hilton Hotel. The Hilton Hotel Ballroom and Foyer will be decked out with an assortment of Food & Wines from selected Wine brands, exotic cheeses and even some Whiskey tasting. The tickets are R75 and are available from Hilton KwikSpar and Hilton Pre-Primary. This is a Hilton Social Calender event not to be missed.

¥ June 6, 5 pm. Founders Day reunions: the following reunions will take place on Founders day various venues around the school: 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003. Thereafter all will join the Old Boys' dinner in the marquee from 8pm until late. Inquiries: Liz Foster at 031 277 1500. The midlands contact is Peter Southwood who is trying to update the database for future notifications about events at the school and the possibility of a Reunion in Pietermaritzburg in the near future. He can be contacted at 033 343 4803 or 082 298 0491.

Faxes to 033 355 1122, e-mail: or phone 079 887 5347 before noon on Wednesday.

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