A Wintery Autumn Festival

A wintery Autumn festival

Hi Everybody,We have loads of warm activities including lots of gluhwine lined up for our wintery #autumncelebration this weekend! If you have not booked yet for the various wonderful happenings around the village, please consult the programme of events at the www.hogsbackgardens.org.za site or keep checking the Facebook stream here https://www.facebook.com/hogsbackcelebrations  .  We will keep it updated with …..updates….

Keep warm and shall we hope for snow??
— Maggie Verster

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Hogsback Village Cleanup

Next clean up in May

Dear Hogsbackians,

Our next clean-up of the village is scheduled for May 17th and 18th.,
Wednesday and Thursday. Chris Everton of Rance Timbers has been even
more generous this time and will definitely loan us two trucks, Craig
Els will personally supervise two teams and will ensure that they will
be here on time.

In a meeting with these two role-players we have devised a plan to
organize this clean up even better. May I ask all the people who have
donated their labour so generously and will do so again to get in touch
with me. We will be organizing work teams in blocks and therefore have
to have a very good idea who will be taking part and what their skills

In the meantime, Chris will organize his trucks to pick up cuttings
along the Main Road and carry on cleaning on the Forestry side whenever
he has got labor available.

Besides making our village beautiful again, attracting tourists and
facilitating safe walk ways for our local population, we also need to be
mindful of the heavy snowfalls which have been predicted for end
June/beginning of July.
As you know this is the time where young wattles bend under the weight
of snow, making traveling on the roads almost impossible, and likely
electricity cuts difficult to repair, as access becomes extremely
difficult. This we all have experienced a couple of years ago, when
some of us were without electricity for seven days.

Please can I appeal again to all tourist product owners and landlords
along the Main Road to help as generously as they did before.

Thanks once again

Monika Hof
082 836 7414
Hogsback Garden Club

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Hogsback Clean – up Campaign

Hogsback Clean – up Campaign

Dear Hogsbackians,

Our planned clean-up of the village went quite well, besides a couple of hiccups much work was done and the village looks a bit more attractive to host our visitors this weekend.

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people without whom this operation would not have been possible.

Craig Els for organizing the “Working For Fire” team, Chris Everton of Rance Timbers and Nadia Schenk for loaning us two tip trucks for two days. The hospitality owners: Peter Colivas from “The Edge” As always Peter, you are a rock. Graeme Sinclair, Hogsback Inn, you are a star, being there when I thought we could not get things right.

I could not help but have huge admiration for Denise from Kings Lodge, she worked the entire day pulling weeds and clearing debris. Viv Lodge from May Lodge, who so generously gave us her wonderful gardener Vuyani, Dan from “Away with the Fairies”, your Samson and his sidekick were amazing. Shane from Terra Kaya send workers. Clive Morcom gave us a hand and loaned us equipment and labor, Joanne Tressidar helped for some time, and Lynda Delport loaned us her incredible Anele, who swung his brush cutter for eight hours without one single complaint, also Gordon Johnson who loaned us staff to clear around his intersection and of course Etienne Paroz, who cleared the corner of Summerton and Main Road the day before, because he was leaving Hogsback the next day and wanted to make sure that he brings his side. Peter Walker and his brother-in-Law Nick were also of great help.

I have to mention one person especially, Diane van Der Walt, whom I had not met before, worked tirelessly, organized a section of the clearing with great efficiency, used her bakkie to transport rubbish away and simply was a huge help.

On top of all of this, on my many trips up and down the road, I met Jeanette Dick, Deidre Bowker and Liz & Ron Kidson. None of them had laborers, but actually were working themselves. My great admiration to these gentle people, who are the core of Hogsback and hopefully will set the tone for our village still for many years to come.

My thanks equally go to the many landowners who used this opportunity to give their verges an extra sparkle, saving us the effort to clear them ourselves.

If I have omitted anybody from my list of wonderful people who assisted, please forgive me and don’t withdraw your help for the next clean up. We will continue organizing these events, hopefully monthly or even more often, until Hogsback is a beautiful village again which we can all be proud of.

Monika Hof
Hogsback Garden Club
082 836 7414

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Maundy Thursday Service – breaking of bread and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday Service – breaking of bread and Easter Services

Come and join us for a breaking of bread service at St Patrick’s Chapel on Thursday.
Service time 5-6pm
All are welcome
PS You don’t have to have your feet washed!

Other services

Good Friday Friday 14 April 12 noon – 1:30 pm, St Patrick’s Chapel

Easter Sunday 16 April –
– 8am St Patrick’s Chapel, Holy Communion
– 10am St Patrick’s Chapel, Family Service

Revd Liz Thomas

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