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Stuart and Leigh greet PnP

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage purchased the ‘Co-op’ in 1997. This photo dates from the mid-1990s.

Stuart Downie and Leigh Courtnage laid down the reins as owners of the PicknPay Franschhoek stores in May 2018, after 21 busy years in the Franschhoek retail sector.

Their retail journey together started in 1996, when their paths crossed at the then Franschhoek Verbruikers Ko-operasie in the centre of the village, or the ‘Co-op’ as everybody knew it.  They purchased the business and, in 1997, established the Village Supermarket.  In 2003 they joined the Pick n Pay family. A Pick n Pay Liquor store was added to their business in 2009 and a Pick n Pay Daily store in 2010.

Celebrating 15 years of physiotherapy in Franschhoek

The Claire Horn Physiotherapy team: Claire Horn, Villene Alderslade, Bronwen Talbot, Tracy Prowse and Alishia Jafthas.

Claire Horn and Associates Physiotherapy is celebrating fifteen years of “Physiotherapy in Franschhoek” this year. We are now 4 physiotherapists – Claire Horn, Villene Alderslade, Bronwen Talbot and Tracy Prowse – and have 3 treatment sites: Franschhoek, Pearl Valley and Bridge House School. Alishia Jafthas, well known to many of you, is our office manager and handles the phone, accounts and all of us!!

Little Tags Make a Big Impact

Sister Prinsloo (Cloetesville Clinic), Menushka Buddhu (Occupational Therapist) and Ronell Solomons (Bridge House School) with Thobani Menze and his mom, Portia Menze, at the handover of wheelchair number 4.

Bridge House School started working with Bread Tags for Wheelchairs in March 2017. Since linking up with them they have been able to secure wheelchairs for two local disabled persons. In late November 2018 they doubled that number.

The third recipient of a wheelchair bought from the sale of bread tags and bottle tops collected at Bridge House is Lenie Martinus. Martinus had a stroke which left her without the use of her legs and only partial use of one arm. As if that weren’t tragedy enough her husband and daughter died in the same year, leaving her with only her 25-year-old son as her caretaker.

The big cheese

FLTR: Georgie Visser, Petrina Visser and Rob Visser with Dalewood Cheesery’s recent bevvy of awards. Photo Credit: Andrew Gorman

Dalewood Cheesery is perhaps not that big a business but they compete with the best and they score big. Regularly. At an understated celebration on the farm recently the owners Rob and Petrina Visser hosted some important people who handed over the latest awards. Big ones.

Franschhoek Theatre: There is light in construction tunnel

Franschhoek High School head boy Luvo Gcuku ceremonially received a cheque towards the Franschhoek Theatre project from Uncorked band members (FLTR) Nick Davies, Rowan Smith and Reg Lascaris.

The Franschhoek Theatre at Franschhoek High School is steadily becoming a reality. Construction has practically been completed and interior fit-out is progressing at a pace. A very welcome R12 000 donation towards the project was received last month from local band Uncorked. It was their performance fee from the Bastille Festival and the generous band members passed it on to facilitate the completion of the project. They ceremonially handed a cheque to the school’s head boy, Luvo Gcuku, at the theatre on the school grounds.

In another theatre-related happening there was great excitement among the Grade 11 learners at Franschhoek High School when their tourism teacher, Miss Steynberg, took them for a look-see to the building site on the school grounds where their archive was being transformed into the Franschhoek Theatre.

They loved being so close to the construction action and strictly followed building site safety measures. Some of them had spent time in the building when it housed the library and others had been to the old Screening Room at Le Quartier Français. All of them were excited about the idea of movie screenings and other entertainment right there in this familiar, but repurposed building.

GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse

GlenWood is home to some of South Africa’s hidden wine gems. One of these is their maiden vintage Grand Duc Noblesse – a noble wine indeed.

New uniforms for FHS first netball team

Amy Kleinhans (left) and Alrishka Macaskill (right) with the FHS first netball team in their new uniforms.

Franschhoek High School’s first netball team is going into the netball season with brand new uniforms thanks to the generosity of Terbodore Coffee Roasters and a little help from local resident Amy Kleinhans.

Amy’s housekeeper, whose daughter plays for the team, approached her to help find a sponsor for new uniforms as their old ones were in a dire state. Amy approached Michael Macaskill and the team at Terbodore Coffee Roasters and they immediately came on board as the anchor sponsor for the new uniforms.

On 24 April the team and their coach met with Amy and Alrishka Macaskill to enjoy a coffee at the Big Dog Café and to show off their new uniforms. Their coach says the new uniforms are motivating the team to do well this season.

Spoil Your Loved One At Allée Bleue This Valentines

If you want to spoil your loved one this year on Valentine’s Day you have three options at Allée Bleue!

We can whole-heartedly recommend the Picnic-on-the-Go in the beautifully manicured gardens at this Franschhoek Family Estate! Create your own love nest in a private spot for the two of you and glam it up with cushions, throws, picnic blankets and themed accessories to impress your other half.  We’ll provide the lavish love-themed picnic basket and the bubbly whilst you enjoy the sunset.

Alternatively the serviced seated picnic experience, the  Chicnic in our Picnic Courtyard should tick all the boxes – and it means you can just arrive to a setting ready for romance and save your energy to seduce.

The Picnic on the Go costs R675 for a basket for two whilst the Chicnic goes for R690.  Both picnics include a bottle of wine and a selection of hand-crafted chocolate truffles.   From 17h00 till 20h30.  Latest arrival at 18h30.  The Valentine’s Picnic basket menu’s are available on our website.  Bookings at the “Book Now” button on www.alleebleue.com

For the more traditional experience, Chef Gordon Dovey and his team had fun creating a romantic 5-course menu for Valentine’s dinner which features some favourites to share.   Start off with a  welcome drink and then treat yourself and your beloved to an evening under the stars (weather permitting)and food to impress.   Cost:  R385 pp.  Menu available on our website.  Bookings:  info@alleebleue.com

New Chaîne des Rôtisseurs member

Chef Nicolene Barrow received a certificate of appreciation from Allison Rutowitz, Head of the Ambassador Programme of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, after they held their year-end function at the Orangerie Restaurant.

Nicolene Barrow, executive chef of Le Lude Estate’s Orangerie Restaurant, is one of the latest members of the international gastronomic society La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Membership of this prestigious society is by invitation only.

Nicolene, who trained as a chef in Europe, plied her trade at the renowned Le Gavroche Restaurant in London before setting up the Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude.  Here she presents French cuisine with a contemporary twist, combining “the purist, disciplined approach of the European masters with a hint of individual, modern creativity” to create dishes that look as good as they taste.

“It is not only a huge honour to be invited to become a member, the local chapter also held its year-end function at the Orangerie Restaurant”, says Nicolene “that made it an even bigger honour for me. It is always nice when one’s peers recognise your efforts.”

La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs was founded in Paris in 1950. It is based on the traditions and practices of the old French royal guild of goose roasters.

Since its rebirth, the society brings together professional and non-professional members from around the world who share in the “spirit” of the society and who appreciate and enjoy wine and fine dining. The international headquarters (Siège Mondial) remains in Paris.

The organization is represented by its 24000 members in 80 countries around the world. In South Africa there are six regional chapters (called bailliages).

Proteas of The Valley Campaign Honours Local Women

The inspirational Proteas of the Valley ladies for 2018 were: From left to right, bottom to top: Simone Pheko, Carol Lakay, Linda Neethling, Lea Coetzee, Marizaan Bredenkamp and Cathy Sias. Mariëtte Jacobs, Moira Adriaanse, Christinne Sonne, Jacqueline Abrahams, Nolubabalo Magocoba, Carin Venter and Annina Marais. Wendy Claasen, Shevon Brymer, Simone Killian, Songelwa Sicuku-Mkita, Aletia Grundling and Jennifer Arendse. Nandi Myburgh, Karin Keys, Alvira Kleinhans, Nomhle Lucy Mbenenge, Elzabé Broekmann, Leigh Reabow, Erica Seas and Esmarelda Patton. Not pictured: Lenie Borrings, Henrietta Scholtz, Mia du Preez and Siena Charles.

August is National Women’s Month and Valcare will once again be honouring the fierce females who make the Cape Winelands a better place. Those inspirational women who flourish and flower despite difficult, dry and harsh circumstances – just like proteas.

We’re talking about the hope carriers, the impact champions and the change agents. The grandmothers, mothers, wives and daughters. The business women, social workers, teachers, entrepreneurs, nurses, volunteers, teachers, administrators and creatives. Every woman who is flowering beautifully where she has been planted.

Between 3 June and 9 July 2019 community members are invited to identify and nominate these women that are somehow making a positive impact in the lives of others; from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington and all the areas in between.

To nominate, please go to www.valcare.org.za/proteas-of-the-valley to complete the online nomination form or collect a printed form from the Valcare office in 10 Verster Street, Paarl, during their office hours.

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