On 4 and 11 August AJ Bethke and the Rhodes University Chamber Choir appeared on TV (Kyknet), singing in the Eastern Cape heat of the “Varsity Sing” competition. At the end of the second programme their supporters were overjoyed to hear that they had gone through to the next round. (To hear one of their songs, click here.) “Reality” TV being what it is, the programmes had actually been recorded weeks in advance, and the choir members were all sworn to keep their success a secret! The following evening there was a chance for Grahamstown to hear the RUCC in the flesh, when they repeated their moving anti-rape programme “Light from Darkness”. Their beautiful singing was matched with poems and testimonies. We wished them well as they set out at the end of August for their annual Choir Tour, which this time took them to Namibia.
Congratulations to the marimba band of Amasango Career School, on coming first in the marimba section of the schools’ arts competition held recently in Uitenhage. This qualifies them to go through to the Provincial competition in East London. Congratulations also to Ilse de Vos, now in Matric at VG, on obtaining a Silver in the English Olympiad. Bayanda Mthetho, one of our junior choristers, was a member of the Graeme College Grade 7 team, which won the Eastern Cape semi-finals of the Astroquiz competition on 22 July. Not only that, but he also reached the final round of the Grd 7 district Mental Maths competition. Kaede Bridger and Tristyn Burger each won the ‘best speaker’ award for their respective grades in a competition between VG and Graeme College. Congratulations to them, and to their proud parents Rodney and Mandy Bridger, and Ronaldo and Michelle Burger. Much hard work was rewarded when Nceba January received his B Com. Honours from Regent Business School in Durban. Well done!
The Seniors’ Tea held on 13 August was for the first time organised by the Cathedral Student Ministry team, with contributions of food from members of the parish. The Core Team of students plus friends were kindly and efficient waitrons. Among the ”friends” was Lutho Zono, who was a member of the Cathedral choir when she was in junior school. She is now in Matric at Kingswood. There was even live entertainment: Kutlwano Kepala and Anelisa Kelemi (both RUCC members) sang a duet, and Anelisa followed up with a solo, a song in Xhosa about a bird. Right on cue a pigeon which had strayed into the Hall flew up to perch on a beam, and coo an accompaniment. The seniors were encouraged to keep their brains active with a two-part quiz. First they were tested on their knowledge of the Anglican Prayer Book services by the students, and then Claire Nye Hunter brought out her recorder and piped snatches from hymn tunes. The tricky part was the teams had to recall the first lines of the hymns, when they might only be given a few bars from the chorus.
Thelma Neville very much regretted that severe pain from a pinched nerve in her back prevented her attending the tea, but she kindly sent a cake in honour of her 100th birthday, which was cut on her behalf by Millie Armitage.
Jeanette Hodgson gives thanks for a successful operation to deal with a haematoma, which happily has cured her numbness. Paul Pillay is recovering well from back surgery. Marian Jayes travelled to KwaZulu-Natal to be with her mother, who was having an operation on her foot. Richard Brooks has also had an operation, and is back at work. He has now stepped down as Chancellor of the Diocese of Grahamstown, after many years of faithful voluntary service as one of the diocesan lawyers.
Our prayers are with the Mvula family, after the death of Wellington Mvula, for many years a faithful member of the 07:30 congregation. We give thanks for his life and witness. Our sympathies go also to Mama Noncedo Ntlali and family following the death of her cousin, Jola Ndlame.
Margie and Geoff Antrobus went to Cape Town to be with their son Richard and daughter-in-law Megan at the time of the birth of their daughter Emily Jade on 29 August. Congratulations and best wishes to all the family.