This is a working relationship with the communtity
of Village Heights,
The City of Cape Town adopted Village Heights for a legacy community
as part of
What and where is Village Heights Community Centre.
It is a registered NPO. Situated in the Lavender Hill area at the end of Military Road and close to the Rondevlei Nature Reserve.
It has a number of skills development and upliftment projects for the local community run by local community members. It works with many other organisations, local and international, and also individuals to help further its aim.
Who we are.
It is a voluntary organisation with a small membership. At our last AGM the following were elected to the governing body;
Some of the Organisations we have working partnerships with.
Some things we need.
Contact Gavin Lawson. or 021 705 5224.
The Village Heights Community Nature Garden.
Marijke Honig set up a Facebook page for the Community
Have a look at this
Click on the photo below for the link.
At the the workshop in October 2014
in the Seawinds Community Centre ideas were drawn from
This is the current plan for the
area which came from the planning process above. The plan is
Loubie Rusch makes lekker
tasting food / kos from indigenous plants that grow all around us.
Wild Asparagus (veldkool) delicious raw or cooked.
See Loubie's very interesting FB page here.
21/12/2015 - Today we went vegetable harvesting. updated 11/01/2016.
Today we picked about 12 large onions.....
....and a bunch of carrots too.
19/12/2015 - This was the
last Marina Market before Christmas. It was drizzling today when
Our display today. We did sell a
few more items. We were very pleased with the outcome
Veronica busy knitting another zebra.
17/12/2015 - The knitting group is
working for the last Marina market before Christmas. There are more new items.
Snowmen and Father Christmases.
The snowmem lined up and waiting to be taken to the Market on Saturday.
This is what the Nature Garden area looked like before the fire.
The valuable sword grass bursting into flame and a resident rushing in with a bucket of water.
11/12/2015 - The day after
the party the children who come to the library and playpark were each
A group photo of the Projects
Abroad team with the children and the helpers at VH.
There were balloons and tennis balls given to each child. And the soap bubbles were lots of fun.
10/12/2015 - The Christmas Party is provided by the Projects Abroad volunteers.
The first children to be served at the Christmas Party.
10/12/2015 - A fire broke out in Die Gat and the residents managed to put it out fairly quickly
A fire was started in the reserve
area opposite Die Gat. The residents managed to put
There are beans nearly ready for harvesting in the vegetable garden.
Tomatoes are nearly ready.
The onions are doing very well too.
The Christ Church,
Constantia - Uncle Rob dropped off a surprise today. Clothes and other
There were games and puzzles for the children who attend the VHCC library too.
09/12/2015 - A visitor came and did some Christmas shopping today and took away a whole box of presents. updated 11/01/2016.
Sonja with the visitor and the items sold.
05/12/2015 - The Marina da Gama Market on Saturday.
Renee at the table of hand made craft items for sale.
03/12/2015 - The Christ
Church, Constantia regularly donates food hampers to VHCC for distribution to
community members. These are some of the people who received a Christmas hamper,
the others were not available when the photo was taken.
Some of the happy recipients with their hampers.
The Christmas hampers come in a very useful plastic bucket.
Edward watching Renee sewing the head of the angel to the body.
30/11/2015 - Sharon and Brian came to visit today. It was Sharons birthday and she was requested to come and fetch a birthday card and present at VHCC.
The girls with Brian.
28/11/2015 - Today we went off to the Marina Market to see if we could sell some of our handmade crafts for the Christmas trees or for presents.
Sonja and Renee setting the table up.
Look at all the wonderful, creative and colourful things to buy for Christmas time.
27/11/2015 - The production line has been in full swing this week.
Look at all the Christmas things we have made to sell before the
day! Place your orders and
19/11/2015 - The knitting class was in full swing today. Christmas zebras are are on the production line this week. We also replanted the areas where the ground covers have been stolen from the tyre forest.
Replanting at the tyre forest on 17/11/2015 in the rain.
The knitting and sewing class has moved into the creche building.
This beetle came walking into the
library this afternoon. It is a carrion eating
12/11/2015 - There was
activity in the vegetable garden. Deens team were building and the
The interns from the City of Cape
Town ERM's Special Projects team with the help of the
Bernie issued pens sets and
various items for school use to these boys who will be
These items were part of a large donated
consignment collected and brought by the touring schoolboy
Worthing Rugby Football Club
from Sussex, England when they came to visit VHCC on 30/07/2015.
Veronica and Sonja rolling off
balls of wool for the next items they are going to make.
Renee signing out books to new
children visiting from 2nd Avenue in Village Heights.
07/11/2015 - The Knitting and
Sewing Group were excited to attend their first outlet sales opportunity. They
wanted to see if anything would be sold. They did very well and managed to sell
over R400 worth of goods.
Gerrard and Joan Wigram helping to man the table at the Marina da Gama craft market.
Veronica and Bernie working away at additional items for sale.
Renee filling up the toilet roll hanger for display purpose.
05/11/2015 - The Knitting and
Sewing group is working overtime generating the items
The production line is running like a well oiled machine.
The gardens are blooming.
It was Guy Fawkes Day today and these boys were having some fun taking the "guy" out of Mr Fawkes.
29/10/2015 - There are a
number of Projects Abroad volunteers at VHCC helping to level off the floors and
build the walls. They had planned to make lunch today.
The Projects Abroad volunteers
decided to make lunch for the children today. The adults
The Village Heights knitting class is helping Santa Klaus make presents for Christmas.
22/10/2015 - There are a
number of vounteers from Projects Abroad at VHCC currently, so Deen
Volunteers from Projects Abroad working on the steps leading down to the play park.
The courtyard floor is being sloped towards the drain pick up point.
This is what we were making today in the knitting class with Joan.
The library had 2 more shelves moved in against the back wall during the week.
15/10/2015 - There was taxi
violence in the Vrygrond and Seawinds area for the past few days and this caused
a lot of disruption to many hundreds of peoples lives and daily activities in
Pastal colours were selected for these hanger covers.
Bright contrasting colours were selected for these hanger covers.
Horizontal stripes in the Rasta colours.
08/10/2015 - The knitting class and sewing class continued day with a visiting teacher from New Zealand.
Joan and Penny discussing the pattern to make.
Feeding the children. Prospur
Kwikspar, Plumstead donate bread rolls every week
Here Bernie is seen handing out bread rolls to the children in the playpark.
The Pollsmoor Outreach Programme
donates porridge in dry form to VHCC for
The children taking turns to fill
the buckets from the hosepipe. They had to give each
01/10/2015 - The knitting
classes started today with Joan Wigram as the teacher. There were
Joan discussing what they will be making with these test squares. There were lots of exciting things discussed and the knitting may be incorporated into a collage with fabrics for cushion covers.
There were knitting classes taking place in other places too.
Ashwin and Edward planting seeds in a box today.
30/09/2015 - Today there was
a large group visit from Village Heights to 3 vegetable gardens in Gugulethu and
to the Centre where the distribution of the weekly fresh produce boxes are
packed for transporting to various outlets for the fresh produce.
Rob Small from Harvest
of Hope Abalimi addressing the group visiting one of the gardens in Gugulethu.
10/09/2015 - Today it was raining with a constant drizzle. Edward had just finished planting the seedlings donated by Abalimi Bezekhaya visitors Lizwe and Bridget.
Inspecting the new vegetable beds.
03/09/2015 - Today was Arbour
Day at Village Heights. Also on the go later was a lunch at VHCC
The tyre forest being planted on
Arbour Day by the residents of Village Heights.
Loubie Rusch preparing and
demonstrating how to cook indigenous vegetable meals.
Some of the invited visiting guests at the sit down lunch at VHCC.
Two little spring flower maidens.
27/08/2015 - There has been
lots of preparing for the Arbour Day next week at Village Heights.
Edward pointing and saying "Look the door is on the library office, we finally did it."
Gwen or Aunty Gwen as she is
known has achieved the reward for the dedicated work
And to follow she also received
this certificate from follow on training.
The girls doing a homework project in the library after school.
Bernie and Tanya with a couple of the books in the library donated by Biblionef SA.
20/08/2015 - There have been planning meetings for the Arbour Day planting. Discussions for the funding proposal and more this past week.
Removing the covering strips for the doorway. Bernie giving her input.
Edward and Geniel discussing the best way to modify the doorway.
The remaining tyres have arrived for the "tyre forest" in the Nature Garden.
13/08/2015 - At the Village
Heights Stakeholders meeting today at the Rondevlei Nature Reserve,
Stephen Granger Chairman of the Village Heights Stakeholders meeting introducing the agenda.
11/08/2015 - Today we held our AGM in the library at 15h00.
Waiting for all to be seated and checking the agenda.
Nearly ready to start. Some light hearted banter amoungst the participants.
Some new members were elected to the
Exco at the meeting with the core members being reappointed. New plans and
direction were briefly outlined by the Chairman Bernadine Thomas. Follow up
planning meetings will take place next week. The Gift of Hope doors closed at
the end of July after 5 years. New doors will be opening through the new vision
for VHCC. The next VHCC Stakeholders meeting will take place at Rondevlei Nature
Reserve on 13/08/2015 at 09h00.
The minutes will follow and be available here.
06/08/2015 - Today it was sunny and very warm in the afternoon, a contrast to last Thursdays weather.
This is the sign made by the Worthing Rugby Football Club members who transformed the vegetable garden last week.
This vibrant hand print was made
on the library wall by one of the children at VHCC a few years ago.
Tanya and Bernie cleaning up and moving shelves and books in the new look library.
The office was used to store the
books while shelves were
Meanwhile the wall glass bricks are going in by the Projects Abroad Team.
30/07/2015 - Today was a different day at VHCC. The touring schoolboy Worthing Rugby Football Club from Sussex, England came to visit.
The centre spread of their official programme.
See more..... updated 31/07/2015.
23/07/2015 - The Villa
of Village Heights. Projects Abroad volunteer Stephen Bouma made
The Projects Abroad team were busy today.
What are these elephants doing in the library?
A small flock of 15 Common Waxbills visiting the vegetable garden.
18/07/2015 - B.E.N. (Bicycle
Empowerment Network) donated 20 bicycles to individuals and
Sonja Pithey the CEO with Megan
Pringle the Fundraiser introducing Nathan to the audience and
17/07/2015 - Village Heights
at Zerilda Primary School with a number of organisations
The Projects Abroad team digging
the new vegetable bed. They removed grass, rubble and
16/07/2015 - Dancing classes continue.
Everybody getting into step.
15/07/2015 - Nathan took his Eco Buddies from Village Heights and went to the False Bay Environmental Education Centre today. They learned about animals, reptiles and many other things in the Nature Reserve.
The Eco Buddies who were visiting the FBNR EEC today, seen at the Zeekoevlei eastern shore.
09/07/2015 - There was plenty
of activity with children in the playpark and the library for knitting classes
Lil van Ryneveld at the last class she gave at VHCC on 02/07/2015. All at VHCC will remember you.
This teddy was having a rest from all the fun and playing today.
02/07/2015 - School holidays, plenty on the go at VHCC this winter holiday.
Nathan with some Eco Buddies he
has just brought back from the CTEET school holiday program
Carmen, Lil and Bernie busy working on the patterns.
Projects Abroad volunteers
Caroline and Jess adding finsihing touches to the cooking area they
Rubbish dumped in the street
because a dissatisfied person did not agree with the new contract
Some of the younger guys joined in the dancing today.
25/06/2015 - When I arrived
there was a practise session on the go, learning the moves which
VHCC was paid a visit by the Citys Health Inspector Zezile Mqhayi and Mrs Beula from the Retreat Day Hospital on 24/06/2015. Edward is receiving the bags.
Tanya holding up the water bag
delivered by the City's Dept of Health.
18/06/2015 - Lil van Ryneveld's Crochet and Knitting Class continued today.
Carmen, Bernie, Jody, Koekie and Lil busy as bees.
The childrens art class bibs were washed and made a colourful washline.
11/06/2015 - Look what Nathan was doing on the 07/06/2015 the Peninsula Paddle 2015.
Nathan on the right with the
Manager of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Joshua Gericke (in the middle)
Nathan on the Black River near the Rondebosch Golf Course near Sybrand Park.
Nathan with a young student on
the City of Cape Town Sports and Recreation Departmentt,
Well done Nathan.
28/05/2015 - Look who came to
visit the front garden at VHCC a few weeks ago. Bernie said "We woke
The Dwarf Cape Chameleon in the front garden ...and another one today, trying to keep warm in the sun.
The shrubs in the vegetable garden are about to flower. The Iceberg Rose is flowering.
Aloe. Osteospermum hybrid?
Just some of the flowers in the front and side gardens flowering at the moment. Well done Edward!
Lil van Ryneveld and Tanya discussing her jersey in progress.
While waiting for Nathan to arrive I
spent about 15 minutes overlooking the wetland area and beyond into the
Rondevlei Nature Reserve to see what was to be seen.
21/05/2015 - Lil's Crochet
and Knitting class continued today. The last module of the Abalimi Workshop
Lil explaining the next step of the pattern to Tanya with Carmen listening too.
Mabel reading the instruction for her pattern.
Gwen adding the trim to her shawl.
Carmen with her jersey she is knitting.
Tanya progressing with her jersey.
Koekie showing off her "designer crochet bag".
These were some of the notes from
the Abalimi Workshop from yesterday.
The next challenge is get motivated
and grow the vegetables required for their
14/05/2015 - Nathan graduated this week and is now the appointed Community Liason Officer for CTEET in the broader Village Heights area. He has completed a 10 month training programme with another 2 months to go with practical training. Congratulations and well done Nathan.
The frogs have been visiting. The other night there was a Clicking Stream Frog in the lounge. Also a large Leopard Toad was removed from inside the house a week ago. The Clicking Stream frogs are still calling from the wetland in the middle of the day. Seen flying near the western bounday of the fence this afternoon were a Pied Crow being chased by a Peregrine Falcon. They were flying loops and circles with the Peregrine calling loudly.
This "teddy" had been
washed and was drying in the little bit of warm sun
Inside the library these girls were reading books. They are regular visitors to the library.
The story about the kitty.
Quietly sitting in the corner reading on the floor.
This is not a posed photograph.
Look who came to visit us inside.
Beeeg Mamma a Western Leopard Toad. "She came into the
07/05/2015 - The VHCC
together with Projects Abroad decided to assist the Zerilda Park Primary
after a visit to the school by Bernie earlier this year.
Zerilda Primary School Principal Mrs Engeldoe in the centre dressed in black. All the volunteers from Projects Abroad and VHCC are not in this photo.
See what we have achieved ..... new 20/05/2015.
07/05/2015 - The VHCC library
has had a makeover. Edward and Ashton have repainted the inside.
Nathan and Ismail are on their graduation camp in the Cedarberg this weekend, which is part of their CTEET training course.
The new colour scheme for the library. Smart hey!
30/04/2015 - There is wall painting going on at VHCC this last week into between everything else that happens.
Matilda Zigante Projects Abroad and her friend painting the detail to the new wall decoration.
23/04/2015 - The Crochet and Knitting classes continue to produce good work. They are being held on Tuesdays while some of the participants attend a skills develoment workshop.
Edward and Ashton are working with
Deen and his Projects Abroad team at Zerilda Primary School
rebuilding the playground for the children. This is a community colaboration
with Projects Abroad,
The children waiting for their parents to fetch them from the creche.
The wall of the Creche building has been painted over as there are some new ideas going to happen.
02/04/2015 - Today there was
a special visitor to Gift of Hope. Who was it? The Easter Bunny came from a far
away land to visit the children at VHCC. And the Easter Bunny brought all the
good children a gift. And... some excitement and fun too.
The Easter Bunny in disguise.
The children with their Teddy's.
28/03/2015 - Today 3 taxi
trips took VH community members to the False Bay Nature Reserve
Some of the hundreds of participants on the Birdathon 2015.
26/03/2015 - This week has been a busy week at VHCC.
There were 2 days of Abalimi Bezekhaya Garden Worhshops this week. And other activities.
See some photos of the outcome of the workshops below.
The garden at Marlene's house. The vegetable bed is being prepared for planting.
The crochet and knitting classes continued today. See below.
Tanya showing the progress with the jersey she is knitting.
Then there was a sad and poignant farewell to two of Deen's Projects Abroad team today. See below.
The children saying goodbye to a tearful volunteer.
19/03/2015 - The knitting and
crochet classes continued today. They are all progressing very well and
Gwen and Tanya busy. Tanya is knitting a jersey and Gwen is making place mats.
Lil van Ryneveld demonstrating what looks like an interesting pattern.
The plan for the Community Garden in the library.
The neighbour broke down part of her fence again, so Edward is making a separate fence for VHCC.
The garden needs a wind break to protect it from the SE wind.
The little ones have just woken up and are putting their shoes on and having a snack before going to play.
These two were quite happy to sit and watch the others at a distance.
12/03/2015 - The 2 volunteer student teachers from False Bay College (Muizenberg) continue to come and help do their practical year at the Gift of Hope creche.
The overhead powerlines are being
replaced in Village Heights as the electricity supply has been very unreliable
and disruptive since the shack fire last year when the cables were badly burnt
be the flames.
The vegetable garden has been doing well, tended by Edward.
The Kale is doing well.
The onions and carrots also looks good.
Some of the tamatos have been harvested.
In amongst the vegetables he has planted dahlias and evening primroses.
A number of evening primrose shrubs are planted to divide and space the vegetable varieties.
A single head.
A double and maybe a triple head.
Jean Williams from Biblionef is coming to visit the Library later today.
10/03/2015 - The City had an
information sharing day at Village Heights. The Fire Brigade truck came and the
crew spent the afternoon there. It became stuck and had to wait to be towed out.
This gave a larger part of the community a chance to see the people and the
truck and hear about what they do.
There has been trouble in the general area which has disrupted "normal" community activities.
26/02/2015 - The Projects Abroad team are working. Deen and his team have put on the roof sheeting and are plastering the walls inside. There are 2 volunteers from France and 1 from Germany working here currently.
Plastering up the gaps.
And chipping the dried cement off the floor.
The roof sheeting on.
Bernie has received a few book
selves from the Vrygrond Library,
12/02/2015 - There have been no visits to VHCC this month due to the ongoing violence in the nearby areas. Not an easy or pleastant time for many families in the area.
27/01/2015 - The crochet class is producing some excellent work.
It is also a very busy time of the year with the new Gift of Hope children
settling into the routines.
Maureen modelling one of her new caps.
The wetland still looking good
after the cleanup, even with the howling SE wind which brings all
22/01/2015 - Going through the new books for the VHCC library.
In a rare quiet moment, Bernie was going through the new books donated by Biblionef.
19/01/2015 - Visitors from
the Kingston University, London came to visit and participate with
the community, co-hosted by the City of Cape Town, Biodiversity Management
And afterwards they all had lunch. Bernie and her team making and serving the meal including many of the local community adult members who helped with the cleanup.
Then the Kingston University visitors went to the False Bay Ecology Park to see what is happening there.
The tyres have been drilled with
holes so that the rope can be threaded through
18/01/2015 - Biblionef
has donated 50 new books for various age groups, mostly in the Afrikaans
language. The balance in English.
Jean Williams, the Executive Director of Biblionef with the box of books for the VHCC library.
09/01/2015 - The Friends and Neighbours of Village Heights, 2014 Newsletter by Jessica and Stephen.
07/01/2015 - The Seawinds Clinic in
Military Road serves the broader Lavender Hills and Seawinds
One of the many mosaic finishes applied to the building.
How you can help? Zandvlei Trust is helping.