Lightning strikes Greyton Power.

Marius Redelinghuys of TWK checks the Kloof Street line for impact sites.

On Sunday afternoon the 9th of Jan 2022 there was a thunder and lightning storm in the area. Greyton received good rain but unlike Genadendal didn’t have flooding again. Genadendal was not so lucky and there were several areas of localised flooding, many of these were the same as last month.

The power is still out in the top half of Greyton as Municipal and local crews struggle to identify damaged overhead lines. A substantial impact site in Park Road was repaired this morning. Should they fail to detect the rest of the faults half of Greyton will be without power again tonight. The municipality has undertaken to bring in addition assistance if it is not solved by afternoon.

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Sight and sound power the Greyton and Genadendal dirt fighters clean up today.

On the move, Nikki Jackman and the Dirt Fighters

This morning the Genadendal contingent of the a local clean up initiative and the writer were in for a real treat led by Nikkie Jackman of “The Up Organization. Within a few seconds of the participants putting on their Secret Sunrise head phones faces lit up in amazement. The wholistic music and dance program with tailored play list allowed happiness and a real sense of purpose fill everyone.

Secret Sunrise headphone hand out.

This morning’s initiative involved parents, teachers and learners from local schools in a community led initiative to clean up some of our beautiful surrounds that are suffering from a litter problem. This has been amplified by recent heavy rains in the area which caused severe damage and flooding. Clothing, protective equipment and food were sponsored by local business and this is the first of several such events. Sadly, the weather was not the best but plenty of enthusiasm by all chased away the light rain and cool conditions.

Getting started with Nikki all the participants have their gloves on.

The UP organization will also be entertaining the Greyton contingent with the same routin later today. It was founded in 2003 by Nikki and has helped more than 2000 children this year already, bringing light and hope to those who need it most in the Overberg. Nikki can be seen performing her one person play this Saturday at the Greyton market. Also make sure to look out for her as host in new exciting national project which we hope to see on our screens shortly. For more info about the Up Organisation email upliftmentprogramme@gmail.com.

Parents and teachers look on with their own dance moves.
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Cry me a river, Greyton Floods.

Red Cross Vehicle making its way down Vigne Lane in heavy stream.

This afternoon at approximately 16.30 heavy rain started in Greyton and by 18.00 many streets and properties had suffered damage. The rain was signaled by a small amount of thunder but nothing unusual. An estimated 150mm fell during this initial period and it is still climbing.

Corner of Justice and Vigne

A resident who has lived in Greyton since 1981 said that this is the worst she has experienced.  She also said that there was a lesser event in 2008 and 1998. Lower Vigne Lane and Oak Street seem to have suffered the most damage as water moved through this area, cross roads like Justice were under 30cm of water.

Kloof Street

On initial inspection the distribution of water seems to have been uneven as Mays Lane was relatively lightly affected compared to adjacent streets. With such a large amount of water in such a small amount normal gutters and storm water systems were quickly overwhelmed. More rain is falling at the time of writing this, now no doubt adding to those suffering. The Municipality reports that it is bringing sand bags from Caledon.

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5th Greyton Artwalk this weekend.

The show will start at 13h00 on the Friday the 19th and all exhibits will close at 14h00 on Sunday the 21st of November 2021. It is a full program and our artists have been preparing for months.

We are very proud to once again be associated with this special event. It provides a unique space allowing so many artists from different mediums the opportunity to exhibit. As always, we hope that you enjoy this event taking the time to investigate all that it offers.

There are some new exhibitions and demonstrations that should be on everyone’s list. This year sculpture will be displayed in Art Centre 2 which will be a tented instillation on the grounds of the Dutch Reformed Church. Art Center 1 concentrating on painting and drawing will remain in the Hall. This is always a good spot to start your ArtWalk.

For more info click on the link below.

Greyton Artwalk 2021

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On the Range in October : by Douglas Legg

Mike Smith far left, 75 Birthday shoot at the GGC with family and friends.

This Saturday there was a full day of shooting at the GGC in spite of the rough weather conditions. A moderate westerly wind and intermittent light rain kept shooters on their toes. In the morning members and guests of the GGC gathered to shoot two ranges of American Field Sporting and ATA Trap. Guests for this shoot came from Rooiberg and Hermanus Gun Clubs. We also had a visit from James Sedgwick who has not been shooting for the last three years while he waits to get a new gun.

Shotists weigh up the tough AFS layout.

In the afternoon the range was booked for a very special party. Mike Smith, father of Amanda Davis from Oak Street spent the afternoon with family and friends enjoying some shooting. It seems at 75 Mike has not lost his touch making light of work of many of the targets. In fact, showing up family members with style. After getting use to the layouts it was decided that there would be a little competition. Which turned out to be the highly of the day!

Hubertus Sauma (Chairman GGC) with James Creswell

In a do or die shoot out for first prize James Creswell squeezed out Peter Davis for the win. Afterwards family and friends celebrated with a few drinks and snacks. James Creswell received a rubber chicken as first prize. The chicken came complete with the official GGC sniper’s logo which is rarely awarded. As it would have it I am very pleased to assure members that this rubber chicken is actually part of a set. The second in rather striking azure may be on offer as a prize later this year for the annual memorial shoot if approved by the chairman.

H. Brand tackles the bouncing bunny.

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Greyton and the surrounds are a sight to see this weekend.

This weekend Greyton and surrounds have put on a show to remember. The mountains are covered with snow and fields are patchwork or bright yellow canola fields highlighted by emerald green surrounds.

We have also had plenty for rain and closer to to the mountains you can hear and see the cascading waterfalls. If you are thinking of venturing out for a walk make sure you pack in the boots and a good jacket. Also night time temperatures for the next few days are forecast to be some of the lowest this year.

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Greyton takes a huge leap with a win in “Dorp van die Jaar” Kwela Channel 144

Actual on show footage take in studio. Well done all!

Against some very tough odds Greyton has won the 11th edition of Kwela 114 “Dorp van die Jaar” town of the year. Pam Golding Greyton is very grateful for the invitation from Chris Cloete (who guided Greyton’s successful campaign) & GTA for their invitation to assist in its promotion. His total dedication, perseverance and determination paid off.

This year’s competition was very tough and a wise man would not have backed the littlest town from the western cape. Greyton enjoy much publicity from the this event one of the most notable will be an add run on Channel 144 for a whole year!

The win will also be linked to some exciting new initiatives by Kia that will be announced shortly. Organizers are hoping to incorporate some existing events in the promotion for the next year. Many thanks to all who supported our town on a fantastic journey.

Chris Cloete and Douglas Legg of PGP with the big add cheque.

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Snow turns the mountains around Greyton into a wonderland.

Two days after a heavy cold front passed over the Western Cape, Greyton and the surrounding mountains are looking stunning. It is is ice cold but crystal clear and the views go on for ever. The sky is also the deepest shade of blue.

The snow arrived late this year but makes up for in depth and scale. Good news for all gardeners as the slow melt from this fall will keep Greyton’s lei water running well into the summer.

Picture taken on the old cape road next to the RSE river.

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Greyton Wins the Western Cape round in “ Dorp van die Jaar 2021”

Filming for “Dorp Van Jaar”

This Sunday it was made official on DSTV Channel 144 KyKnet Greyton was announced as the winner of the Western Cape. Greyton will now compete nationaly for the title of “Dorp van die Jaar. It seems that a lot of residents and visitors agreed by voting in the competition.

After all the votes were counted Greyton beat Onrus and De Doorns for the provincial title and a chance at the national crown. It will now go to a final run off which starts on the 12th of July and voting will only be open for 5 days. So get ready for the big one.

Video insert on Greyton.

How do I vote for Greyton in the next round? From the 12 July SMS Greyton to 33157 as many times as you can. SMS are charged at R1.50 each.

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GREYTON GUN CLUB OPEN AGAIN

John Ramsey first time visitor and new arrival to Greyton.

For the first time in over a year the GGC was open for shooting on Saturday. Guests and visitors were greeted by some very long grass and even longer targets. Or so it seemed after a year of not shooting. The turnout was great and a visiting team of shooters came from the Hermanus Gun Club, many for the first time.

Long grass and event longer targets greet members and visitors on equal terms.

The format for the day was 50 English Sporting re-entry and, in the end, best scores out of 100 were taken by the Chairman. Both the winner and the runner up were from Hermanus with Koos Smit on 55 and Saul Dos Santos on 51.

Of special note was the super mini challenge on the first stand of the blue course for which a bottle of wine was on the offer. This target was not for mortals, but wine in these times seems to have unlocked super natural powers with four of the first five detail members hitting it. Which was 180 degrees against the standard of shooting on the day. Xandre Groenewald, Andre Groenewald, Koos Smit and Hoffie Brand made easy work of it.

Jamal Salem from Kuwait takes on a fast crosser.

The next shoot will be held at the end of April and we will be shooting Sporting for a Fitasc Rules event with the best round on each discipline to count. Each range may be shot no more than twice. For more info contact Hubertus on 072 877 1106.

For scores go to Greyton.co.za

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