Last night just after 20h30 an intense weather phenomenon struck end of Main Road and lower Vlei Street. This single event was very short lived and very localized. It seems to have struck the area with all the subtlety of brick through your patio window. While the rest of Greyton received and good amount of mainly wind it was nowhere near the scale of the localized event.
Many trees were uprooted and several very old oaks were completely destroyed. Several properties were damaged in this extreme wind, but luckily no injuries were reported. Amongst the damage were several vehicles that had all their windows smashed by flying debris. Residents in the area reported that the direction seemed to come from ENE as opposed to the usual north westerly direction.
TWK was on the scene at first light this morning with several teams to clear blocked roads. Ryn Alsman of Twk informed me that they had been busy most of the night clearing roads and structures before moving onto Greyton.
After nearly two years of delay TWK has decided to renew the lease for the Greyton Gun club. With this renewal the club has been able to commit substantial resources to its revival and upkeep. For a start the property has been fenced to keep out stray animals that over the years have caused considerable damage and most of the old installations have been replaced under the watchful eye of Guy Emslie. Also, many thanks Gemma Downing for repairing the little af dakkie, vandals had damaged the side walls and this was replaced with corrugated iron. It is also prudent to mention that the club will also now be used by law enforcement for practice when not in use by the members.
The first shoot on the new instillation started promptly on the 1st of June 2019 in near perfect conditions. This was a member’s only shoot not open to guests or visitors so as to work out any problems in the new layouts. After a few minor adjustments the range was ready to go and shooting got underway. Most participants made a good start on the very technical range with unfortunately the middle stands being the undoing of many a good score. Members elected to have lunch on the range which made for a pleasant change. Only one round of 50 English Sporting was shot in the afternoon before the range was closed. Morning shooters we joined in the afternoon by Philip Howe of Industrial Cartridge and Douglas Legg who top scored on 37/50.
Of interest there will be a member’s invitation event held by Guy Emslie on the 10th of July at the family farm just outside Greyton. This only open to all paid up members. If you have not yet been notified please contact the Chairman for details. ‘H.Saurma-Jeltsch’ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next clay shoot will be on the 29th of July at 09h45. The competition with be Greyton DTL 50 and English Sporting 50. You may shoot each discipline 3 times with best score on each to count. Prizes will be awarded.
The Greyton Gun Club is a designated shotgun club specializing in Sporting and Trap shooting only. The Club was founded in 1998 by the late Christopher Sedgwick and employs three staff. The Club is located outside Greyton on the Road to Riviersonderend on what were the grounds of the Greyton Women’s Pistol Club. Recently Greyton Conservation and its partners have cleared the final area of alien vegetation. This has left the site quite bare, but once the felled trees are cleared planting will commence with indigenous replacements.
Interested to see who was voting for whom. Here are the provisional results.
DA: National / Provincial 749 783
ANC: National / Provincial 231 201
EFF: National / Provincial 29 17
FF+: National / Provincial 27 17
ACDP: National / Provincial 24
COPE: National / Provincial 4 4
GOOD: National / Provincial 13 13
ZACP: National / Provincial 5
ACO: National / Provincial 4 3
ICOSA: National / Provincial 1
ASC: National / Provincial 2
AIC: National / Provincial 2
ATA: National / Provincial 1
UDM: National / Provincial 3 2
IFP: National / Provincial 2 3
ACD: National / Provincial 1
ATM: National / Provincial 2 3
Greyton has got to be one of the best spots in SA to vote. The polling station is located in the old Morvian Hall just adjacent the public library. There is easy parking but most people nearly always walk and the IEC officials have a smile. They are made up of many well know personalities from around town. Even the political parties stationed outside the voting area always seem to be in a festive mood much detached from their national leaders.
It is also worth mentioning that there almost never seems to be a que and even when there is a small one it is a great chance to chat and catch up. The polling station opened on time this morning and will remain open until 21h00 this evening. It will be interesting to see if the cooler weather and chance of rain has an affect on numbers.
This Sunday parishioners were blessed with a few drops of rain as they walked through Greyton celebrating Palm Sunday. For some reason it seems that it rains more often than it should statistically over the Easter weekend in the Cape.
Long range forecast for the weekend indicate that this year it may be no different, it will certainly be a chilly one at best. Initial indications are the Greyton is in for a busy weekend. Census info indicates that Greyton’s population rises to its highest of the year over this period. A large portion being visitors and guests. With this in mind it should also be a bumper market so get there early if you don’t want to be disappointed.
This morning Heuwelkroon and Boschmanskloof residents blocked the main road before marching to the Greyton TWK municipal offices to hand over a memorandum of demands which was received by municipal officials. The protest was to highlight community concerns over the increasing size of Madiba Park, a new informal settlement adjoining these two communities. A recent increase in crime in the area has been blamed on these residents. Furthermore, residents have been angered by suggestions that Twk Municipality will supply these residents with houses and services prior to the original residents of the area who have been waiting for 20 years.
The memorandum handed to TWK this morning requires a response within 7 days to address the outstanding grievances of residents. Failing this more action is planned by unhappy residents. Marchers dispersed and went about there business just before 9am returning the situation to normal. It is prudent to note that much hype was made about this event by ill-informed Greyton residents resulting in business and schools being closed without due cause. The scenes was attended by local SAPS and POPS members.