P.O. Box 366, Plumstead, 7801 Tel: 021794 7464 office hours only                                        E-mail:                             Cell: 084 366 2069 only on day of outing
   All the bookings are done through the secretary, Pat Benbow-Hebbert. PLEASE take note that Pat works on a part time basis – please phone the office in the mornings only (Mon – Fri 08:30 – 13:00). Should there be
    no reply, please leave a message on the answering machine. Pat will return your call asap. Bookings made via the email on will be appreciated.
   The Foundation is not responsible for any injuries or loss incurred during outings. Members and their guests take part at their own risk.
   Requests for concessions on outings could be discussed with Pat in confidence.
   Banking details: ABSA Wynberg Branch Code 632005. Account 38019980011 Savings Account Simon van der Stel Foundation. Please state your name in reference column.
   Cheques, as definite confirmation, must be forwarded immediately after booking. Failure to do so will secure a booking for other people on the waiting list.
   Only a limited number of people can be accommodated per outing. You are therefore advised to book early. Cancellations will only be credited if 1 week (5 working days) notice is given in order to enable the
    secretary to notify people on the waiting list.
   Take note of the cell number given above. Please make use of this service to establish whether an outing will proceed in case of inclement weather or to get directions if needed. Remember this service is only available
PROGRAMME OF OUTINGS:                           JANUARY – JUNE 2012

Saturday 28 January 2012 at 14:30. Liesbeeck River Walk. R50 pp. Difficult wheelchair                              Saturday 10 March 2012 at 10:00.              SA Astronomical Observatory. R70pp. Bring
access. Limited to 30.                                              Co-ordinator: John Muir.                       juice/water & a hat. Limited to 40. Mostly wheelchair friendly. Co-ordinator: Janet Steer
One of Cape Town’s hidden secrets. Once one is away from the bustle of the Main Road this is                       A well-illustrated lecture and walk-around tour of 19 c buildings will be given by Brian Warner
a tranquil shady walk along the river. John will explain some of the history concerning the river                  on the early history of the Observatory (c 1820), discussing mostly the astronomers of the 19
and point out places of interest. Note: Bring hat, sunscreen and water. Parking: Parking                           century. Much of the lecture will be about non-astronomical aspects, including artists, the
garages at Checkers Shopping Centre and Pick ‘n Pay. Meet: next to the flowers sellers                             earliest photography, the magnetic observatory and invention of the air conditioner. Meet: At
opposite the Rondebosch Fountain. Duration: About 2 hours.                                                         the auditorium. Directions: At the traffic light on Liesbeek Parkway turn into Observatory Road
                                                                                                                   then 2nd left (first left is the River Club). Sign in at security who will direct members to the
                                                                                                                   parking. Duration: 2 ½ hours.
Saturday 4 February 2012 at 09:30. Bovlei outside Wellington.             FUNDRAISER R100
Pack own picnic. No Wheelchair access. Limited to 40.             Co-ordinator: Ian Pretorius                      Saturday 17 March 2012 at 14:00. Visit to Groot Constantia. R70pp. Limited to 30.
The Bovlei outside Wellington is a very important cultural landscape as it contains the densest                    Wheelchair friendly.                  Co-ordinator: Anlen Boshoff          Curator Wieke van
concentration of Cape Dutch houses and related structures within an agricultural setting. This                     Delen will take us on a tour of the Orientation Centre, Homestead and Cloete Cellar. The farm
area is as yet little affected by modern intrusions. Willem Malherbe, co-author of “The Cape                       dates from 1685 when the land was granted to Simon van der Stel. Its Orientation Centre uses
House and its Interior” will be our guide. We will visit, amongst others Welvanpas (where the                      panel, object and archaeological displays to give an overview of the farm, including slavery.
Voortrekker leader Piet Retief grew up), Nabygelegen (cellar tour and glass of wine),                              The Wine Museum exhibits wine storage and drinking vessels from antiquity to the early 20th
Groenfontein and Onverwacht. Meet: 09:30 at Wellington Museum, Church St, Wellington.                              century. The Homestead with its exhibition of furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass and
Directions: If you enter Wellington from the R44 (Champagne St), at T-junction turn left into                      copperware, provides an insight into the life of a successful 18th to late 19th century Cape
Piet Retief St, turn right into Church St (at historic DR Church) and continue to the museum.                      farmer. Directions: From Constantia Main Road, turn at the High Constantia shopping centre
Note: a map and information on proceedings will be handed out at the museum. Duration:                             at the sign indicating Groot Constantia. Meet: at Orientation Centre. Refreshments:
whole day.                                                                                                         Restaurants and wine tasting facilities on estate (own account). Duration: 2 hours.

                                                                                                                   Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 10:00. Guided walk: Green Point Urban Park, Fan Walk and
Saturday 25 February 2012 at 10:00 Lecture & walking tour UCT Hiddingh Campus.                                     Prestwich Memorial. R50pp. Wheelchair access. Café at Prestwich (own account)
R60pp. Limited to 40. Not wheelchair friendly.                         Co-ordinator: Janet Steer                   Limited to 30.                   Co-ordinator: Ian Pretorius           Learn more about this
The 100th anniversary of Hiddingh Hall and Library was celebrated recently. This complex has                       important public open space which goes back as a grazing area of the Khoekhoen - later of
served as a venue for musical, theatre, art events and social functions. It's Library, UCT's first                 Van Riebeeck - to a declared commonage. Hear about military fortifications, lighthouses, a
specially-built space for this purpose, once held the whole of the university's book stock but                     vlei, racecourse and military and Boer prisoner-of-war encampment. We will also discuss the
now serves Art and Drama specialisations. Andrew Lampbrecht who has an association with                            role Environmental Interpretation (display boards) can play in creating greater awareness &
the library stretching back two decades, will present an illustrated talk on this fascinating                      appreciation of our heritage resources. The outing will be concluded with a guided tour of
building and the myriad people who have worked here as researchers, students and librarians.                       Prestwich Memorial. This memorial garden, visitors centre and permanent exhibition was
After the lecture there will be a walk-around visiting the main buildings of this historic complex.                developed for the re-internment of the remains from unmarked graves that were discovered on
Directions: Turn off Orange St at the Rheede St traffic light into the UCT campus. Security at                     a construction site in Prestwich St. Meet: at Green Point Park South Gate. Directions: Take
the boom will direct to the parking. Meet: under the trees directly opposite the Hiddingh Hall                     Helen Suzman Blvd pass the stadium circle, pass Vlei Rd and turn right into Bill Peters Drive.
building. Duration: 2 ½ hours.                                                                                     Park at P10 (at the entrance to Virgin Active Gym). Note: Bring hat and water, this is a long
                                                                                                                   walk as you have to walk back to your car afterwards. Duration: 2 ½ hours.
Saturday 21 April 2012 at 09:30 for 10:00, Day visit to Tulbagh. R230pp.                                 Saturday 26 May 2012 at 14:30. Documentary DVD: Slaveship Mutiny.                  R80pp incl.
Tea,coffee&cake/wine tasting & snacks & picnic incl. No Wheelchair access. Limited to                    refreshments. Limited to 50 people. Wheelchair friendly. Co-ordinator: Mariette Pitlo
30.                                           Co-ordinators: Hans Fransen & Andrew Jones                 During its rule at the Cape the Dutch East India Company heavily depended on slave labour.
A guided tour of selected houses in historical Church Street, guided by Hans Fransen: the                In 1765/6 the slaver Meermin sailed from Cape Town to Madagascar to buy slaves. On the
house where the painter Christo Coetzee lived and had his studio (tea/coffee and cake will be            way back some of the 140 slaves revolted, with fatal results for many on board and the loss of
served here); the double-storeyed town house Monbijou (now Anthony Silberberg’s antiques                 the ship off Struisbaai. Dr Dan Sleigh and Piet Westra, who hope to publish a book on the
gallery), gabled Ballotina (once the home of Dr. Mary Cook) and the former Drostdy where we              Meermin shortly, have done the research for this dramatic documentary. They will provide as
will taste wine and have a picnic (included) – three of these over two centuries old and                 short introduction and lead a discussion after the film show. The DVD was produced by a
attributed to architect Louis-Michael Thibault) – as well as the farmstead of Klipfontein, one of        Cape Town based firm and has been well received by television viewers in the United States.
the most unchanged and picturesque in the entire Cape. Directions: From the N1 take R44 to               Venue: SA Centre for the Netherlands and Flanders (previously Huis der Nederlanden) 4
Wellington, just before Wellington turn left into R44 (Hermon Rd) and continue through                   Central Square, Pinelands. Directions: From the N2 take the M52 off ramp (Raapenberg
Nuwekloof Pass, turn left to Tulbagh, left again at T-junction. Church St is first on left. Meet: at     Rd/Forest Drive) to Pinelands. From Forest Drive turn left into Forest Place, right into Central
parking lot opposite the Earthquake Museum, Church St, Tulbagh.                                          Ave and continue to 4 Central Square, Pinelands. Duration: 2 hours.

Weekend of Friday 11 & Saturday 12 May 2012. Weekend away Olifants River Valley.                         Saturday 9 June 2012 at 14:30. Arthur Elliot – the American photographer who taught us
Cost R1 475pp sharing. A few singles at R1 850. 50% deposit on booking.                                  to look at Cape Dutch. R80pp incl refreshments.              Limited to 50 persons. Wheelchair
Full payment by 16th April. No refunds after 4th May. Limited to 30 persons. Advise on                   friendly.                                                           Co-ordinator: Andrew Jones
booking if Vegetarian option is required. Co-ordinator: John Muir.                                       It was an American adventurer, Arthur Elliott, who during the beginning of the last century was
An attractive and often forgotten corner of the Western Cape with stunning scenery. Meet at              so impressed with the beauty of our Cape Dutch homesteads that he made it his life’s work
the Wheat Museum Mooreesburg for a tour and tea and scones. We drive to Die Ou Dorp on                   recording it with his glass-plate camera. Not only are the thousands of his photographs kept at
the Citrusdal side of PiekeniensKloof Pass for a light lunch, tour and the restored village and a        the Cape Archives of extreme documentary value, they also betray a deep feeling for the
walk to see Khoisan Rock Art. We then visit the Baths – a hot mineral water spring and have a            ambiance of the old Cape of a century ago. Hans will tell us about this eccentric man, and
guided tour of the resort and see the Victorian Stone building. We will spend 2 nights at the 3          show us slides of some of his most notable work. Venue: SA Centre for the Netherlands and
star Citrusdal Country Lodge. Dinner will be at the hotel. After breakfast we will visit the             Flanders (previously Huis der Nederlanden) 4 Central Square, Pinelands. Directions: From
Citrusdal Museum before driving 4 persons per car past Clanwilliam up the Pakhuis Pass,                  the N2 take the M52 off ramp (Raapenberg Rd/Forest Drive) to Pinelands. From Forest Drive
through magnificent rock formations to the grave of The English Soldier and also Louis                   turn left into Forest Place, right into Central Ave and continue to 4 Central Square, Pinelands.
Leipoldt’s Grave. After lunch in the town, we will walk down Park Street to see some old
buildings before visiting the Old Goal Museum which has an interesting history. Dinner will be           Saturday 30 June 2012 at 14:30. Illustrated Talk: The Influence of English Architecture in
in Citrusdal and on Sunday you leave after breakfast. Includes: 1 morning tea, 2 lunches, 2              Paarl. R80pp including refreshments. Limited to 50. Wheelchair friendly.
dinners, 2 nights B&B accommodation, entrance charges, guides and donations. Drinks to                                                                                    Co-ordinator: Andrew Jones
your own account. A detailed program will be sent out before departure.                                  Jozef Smit, a practicing architect based in Paarl, will present a lecture on buildings in Paarl
                                                                                                         which were influenced by English Architecture (Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian). Many
Saturday 19 May 2012 at 10:30, Spier wine farm outside Stellenbosch. R50pp. No                           Cape Dutch buildings at that time were altered to conform to these styles. Note: The next
Wheelchair access. Limited to 35 persons.                               Co-ordinator: Hans Fransen       programme will contain an outing visiting the actual buildings discussed in this talk. Venue: SA
Today, Spier is perhaps best known as an entertainment centre where one can stay, wine &                 Centre for the Netherlands and Flanders, 4 Central Square, Pinelands. Directions: From the
dine and buy African arts and crafts. Underneath all the glitter, it remains one of the Cape’s           N2 take the M52 off ramp (Raapenberg Rd/Forest Drive) to Pinelands. From Forest Drive turn
most interesting old farm complexes. Established well before 1700 as one of the first farms on           left into Forest Place, right into Central Ave and continue to 4 Central Square, Pinelands.
the Eerste (“First”) River, it still retains fine old buildings from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.   Duration: 1 hour.
It has no fewer than 21 gables, which must surely be a record for the Cape and even has
provided the name for a wine recently launched. Hans will guide us through all this.
Refreshments will be available for own account. Meet: at Spier, car park near hospitality
centre. Directions: Take N2 and turn off onto Baden Powell Drive (R310) and continue 8 km
towards Stellenbosch. Spier is on the right.

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