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Work starts at Franschhoek Theatre site

Roof cleaning requires careful balance.

Supporters of the Franschhoek Theatre (old Screening Room) will be happy to learn that the project is moving ahead and work has commenced on the first stages of the project.

Contractors have started removing some of the trees that are in the way of the planned addition and others that block the view of the existing centenary library building from Akademie Street will soon follow suit.

Franschhoek students win provincial model UN debate

Luvo Gcuku, Anaïs Masson, Ross Gauntlett, and Zenande Tunguntwana excelled at the South African Model United Nations.

On Saturday, 12 August, two students from Bridge House School, Anaïs Masson and Ross Gauntlett, and two students from Franschhoek High School, Luvo Gcuku and Zenande Tunguntwana, took part in the 2017 SAMUN debate at the Western Cape Legislature. The team represented Kenya in the debate with the theme, “Were reparations necessary for colonialism?”  The Franschhoek team did the valley proud by coming out tops in this keenly contested competition.

Sidwell Yarrow: New La Petite Ferme chef

New La Petite Ferme Chef, Sidwell Yarrow

La Petite Ferme is a Cape Winelands tourism institution. With accommodation, a restaurant and boutique winery it has been offering many a seasoned traveller the complete winelands experience. The secret behind La Petite Ferme’s many successful years is the ability to re-invent itself and keep delivering a relevant and high quality product to each visitor while still keeping its welcoming and heart-warming hospitality at the core.

Where the big dogs are

The interior of the Big Dog Cafe shows off industrial materials.

As I walk through the glass doors of the café on a wintry July morning, droplets pattering on the paved walkway, I feel as though I have strolled into something very, very special.  On entering I am greeted by the dark, alluring scent of freshly ground coffee beans, with wisps of vanilla silking through the air.  At the counter to my left a barista is bustling, working magic.  Water droplets condense on a carafe with lemon water.  The smell of something decadent from the kitchen.  In the garden a willow tree blows listlessly in the wind.  But inside, it is warm, welcoming and friendly. Michael, the owner, is even more so.

“I want my office back”, says mayor

Mayor Gesie van Deventer now has an office in Franschhoek. In the photo above she is pictured with her PA Carmen Saville (standing) while in conversation with a visitor.

Stellenbosch mayor, Adv. Gesie van Deventer, now has an office in Franschhoek.  The Mayor spends the first Friday of every month in Franschhoek. Upon taking office in August 2016, Mayor van Deventer realised that taking frequent meetings in the boardroom of the municipal buildings is not ideal. She needed an office space where she can work and receive appointments in a professional environment.

Groendal gets a new library

Construction on the new Groendal Library is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Groendal residents have had to make do with their, admittedly, fully-equipped container library for the past decade. The container library was donated to the community in 2007 by Exclusive Books Reading Trust. Now they can look forward to the opening of a fully-fledged library of their very own.

Roll out the barrels!

Barrel rolling champions Marchelle Johnson and Keanu Rhode in action at the DSTV Franschhoek Bastille Festival.

The DStv Franschhoek Bastille Festival on 15 and 16 July, was Franschhoek’s 24th Bastille Festival. On the Saturday the weather was wet and wintery and although the village stalls were poorly patronised, rain did not stop play at the marquee.

Rickety Bridge’s Foundation Stone Range

This experimental craft range, which winemaker Wynand Grobler particularly enjoys making, is adorned with a creative, eye-catching label reflecting Wynand’s innovative approach to the three wines. The blends are constantly evolving, being tweaked by Wynand every year. Although they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the intricate label, designed by the talented Fanakalo team, may make you wonder at what’s within. Chances are that you’ll like what you find!

Boschendal white wine best in SA

Boschendal’s Appellation Series – Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and ultimately the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC).  Additionally, Boschendal was awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 at the IWC and to add to these impressive awards – it was also announced that Boschendal has garnered Gold at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) for its Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2015.

La Petite Colombe set to open soon

La Petite Colombe promises a surprise or two...

As one era ends another commences.  With The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français having closed recently La Petite Colombe will take its place from 1 August.  La Petite Colombe is a new partnership between the Leeu Collection and the proprietor chefs of La Colombe, Scot Kirton (Eat Out Chef of the Year 2015) and James Gaag.

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