THEY are alive and well, living and laughing, travelling and belying the words of an old jingle, “Forceful fifties, serious sixties, sacred seventies, aching eighties.” They are the Nifty Fifties, an initiative started in 2000 by the present chair-lady, Margaret Crouse, to motivate fifty-year olds and older to continue socializing, enjoying one another’s company, and retaining their dignity as active and worthy members of society. The present chairman is John Botha. The club, though originally initiated by Margaret, a member of the Methodist church, stretches beyond the boundaries of church doors. The original number of 60 members has grown to a whopping 350 active middle-aged and elderly people. Members regularly undertake ventures like short tours, social gatherings, outings and an annual fashion show.This year was no different, and the fashion show was presented in the Methodist community hall on Wednesday13 September at 14:00. The two categories were smart and casual, and ladies of the club acted as models. The show was sponsored by Milady’s for the first two years, and after that by Foschini.The ladies who jiggled around on the carpet in a feisty manner were: Daphne Brown, Joey Chapman, Sandra du Toit, Jill Pope, Des Cordeiro, Ria Borlaise, Vivian Kelly, Loretta van Eeden, Sandy Young, Jennifer, Jacoby, Anne-Marie Hattingh, Leana Melville, Mariette Schreuder, Maggie Hattingh and Erelda Loubser. With them were three gorgeous kids, Milan Purin, Mia du Toit and Daniel van Heerden.Some of the latest fashions were shown, no-one seemed to have the jitters, and even the little ones turned out to be great models. Everything was done in a relaxed atmosphere, and a great time was had by all. Towards the end some names were drawn and guests received sponsored hampers. Tea and cake were served.The hard work was worth the while, since over a hundred tickets were sold. The nifty fifties are up and about and looking forward to some great activities in time to come.