McGregor Tourism Newsletter April 2019
The month of April always starts with April Fool’s Day. We trust that you will have a fun-filled day that will set the tone for the month ahead. Please make your way to McGregor to enjoy what we have to offer.
We had a busy month – the highlight helping to man our “Paying it Forward with Love” stall at the Robertson Wedding Fair. Mario Steve (one of our new interns) and willing helper, Sarah-Lee Coetzee, joined in the fun with Shirley and Jenny.
This month marks the 30th birthday of McGregor Primer Skool and we invite you all to celebrate with us. The school will be “Open” to the public on Friday 5th April from 11am to 1pm. Your hearts will be warmed to see the great things that are happening at present under the principal, Mrs Jonita October Philander. You will be amazed to see the new library donated by AVBOB, the new classrooms, computer room, science lab etc. The classroom tours will be followed by a few speeches and then we will join together to sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a slice of birthday cake!
A new support group called “Friends of McGregor Teachers and Youth Workers” has recently been formed in McGregor. The vision and mission of this group is to support Early Childhood Development, primary and secondary teachers, schools and youth workers, and enhance teaching/training capacities and abilities within the McGregor community. The objectives are
1. To provide financial and organisational support to teachers, preschool teachers and youth workers.
2. To identify opportunities within the community that will enhance broad educational and training abilities and individual growth.
3. To promote greater parental and community involvement and support for schools in McGregor and nearby farms.
For more information or to offer financial support please contact David Magner, the chairman of this new organisation: firstname.lastname@example.org / 082 922 7791
Next #McGregorMagic monthly presentation is by the Curator of #KarooDesertGarden – Tuesday 9th April from 17h00 at Le Bonheur (the home of Martyn and Jenny Johnson, 60a Meul Street). Werner Voigt of #SANBI shares his knowledge about indigenous trees & long held beliefs associated with them. He is a friend of #McGregor having instated the outreach garden at the church hall opposite the Tourism Office… After his talk & updates on the #Festival, you are welcome to bring your own bottle & chat from 18h00. He is supporting the event in many other ways….
A very exciting bicycle handover event will take place at the Tourism Office on Tuesday 12th April at 11am. This event, sponsored by Cape Winelands District Municipality will be attended by dignatories representing a number of different government and municipal departments. The bikes have been donated by the Western Cape Arts and Sports and will be officially handed over by DCaS’s Minister Anroux Marais; CWDM Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, and Minister Alan Winde, the MEC for Community Safety. Max Menzies will receive the bikes on behalf of The McGregor Young Warriors. An interesting fact to note regarding the bike handover of these particular 20 bikes as that the recipients will be mostly women & residents of McGregor who work at various businesses along Voortrekker Road. Mario & Mandall (our intern & bike technician) will be doing follow-up interviews in six months’ time with all new owners, to establish how the bikes have had an impact on their lives”
The end of April is the target date for 200 BMX bike handover taking place at the community centre. This will be MYW’s largest number of bikes given out in a single day. The bikes have been branded in our race team colours of blue and yellow and been shipped out to SA from China of course……….details of day to follow closer to the time.
Although Michael is offering a smaller programme than usual at Wahnfried this month, it is a great one – so please come along if you would like to see the following:
Wednesday 10th @ 5pm: Film – Breathe
Friday 12th @ 5pm: Film – A Night to Remember
Sun 14th @ 4pm: Filmed Opera – Norma (Bellini)
Fri 19th @ 4pm: Filmed Oratorio – Missa Solemnis
Sun 21th @ 11am: Filmed Concert – Symphony No 2 The Ressurection (Mahler)
Temenos Retreat has a range of retreats and workshops this month as usual. Please click on the Diary details. A new exhibition called In Full Flight is now on in the beautiful Temenos Gallery too for art lovers to enjoy.
A new shop opens in Voortrekker Street this month:
Made in McGregor
The community shop for the Village where you can get your daily foods: delicious home made meals; fresh fruit and veg; eggs, bread and butter and jams as well as
much, much more.
Open from 1st April from 9 am – 3 pm daily
except Thursdays. Sunday open from 10 am to 1 pm
From the second week in April, prospective participants interested in participating in the Shop, are welcome to present their ideas.
Meg and Steve are organising the most amazing artists and events ‘at the Courtyard’ every weekend. Make sure you are friends with them on Facebook to get the hot-off-the-news info so that you don’t miss out.
Well that’s it for this now folks! Please share this newsletter with your guests, family and friends. A summarized print-friendly version perfect for inserting into guest information folders is available too. Please send an email to Shirley and Rhowena and they will email one to you.
Hope you have an awesome April!
PS Here I am on duty in the Tourism Office thanking everyone for the tops and tags that they donate for The Sweethearts Foundation. Please keep them coming! It takes 450 kg Tops = 1 standard adult wheelchair and 50 kg Tags = 1 standard adult wheelchair and our goal is to make at least one wheelchair for a McGregor resident.