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THE FIRE of January 2019
How did it touch your life?

Penny Palmer, who is well known in Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, has moved from Betty's Bay to a retirement home in Pinelands. The Clareinch home is for members of the nursing profession, the profession in which Penny served rising to the position of senior matron.

After retiring to Kleimond and later to Betty's Bay, Penny became deeply involved in conservation; she was secretary to Kobio, an active hacker (and chainsaw wielder), enthusiastic in the establishment of the penguin colony at Betty's Bay and an author of numerous articles in that field. Her most recent article “Botanising on the Dunes of Betty's Bay” published in the December 2013 issue of Veld & Flora won her the Botanical Society's annual award for the best article by an amateur botanist.

It was with great sadness when earlier this year a group of her friends discovered that Penny was no longer able to live alone. Firstly Chris & Judy New and then Peter & Merrilee Berrisford took Penny into their homes: while Merrilee explored numerous possible permanent homes for her, Peter coped with Penny's financial affairs and Judy attended to the immediate medical concerns. Another group dealt with more mundane matters. Altogether a fine example of a caring community working together for another.

We wish Penny a happy retirement.

For a considerable time I have been noticing a certain white glow in the Betty's Bay night sky. At first I thought that someone had installed an unshielded outside light while on holiday, then went back home and left it on to shine forever.

Heading back to the city one early morning after a night of stargazing, the bright illumination of the Caltex garage and specifically the Caltex sign stood in stark contrast to the rest of Betty's Bay, which still lay blanketed in natural darkness. All I could think about for a day or two was the fuel station, which at night seemed so alien. One Caltex sign would not be able to obliterate the whole Milky Way but a few more highly illuminated hotspots could do severe damage to our natural night sky. Even though the chances of getting a response from such a giant company were most probably nil, I wrote an email.

You can imagine my surprise when I opened my inbox a few weeks later.

Hangklip GemeenskapSorgsentrum (Hangklip GSS)
(Reg No 102-000-NPO)

Ons missie is om:

  • Onderlinge sorg en steun aan inwoners in die Hangklip-gebied te bevorder
  • Finansiële steun vanuit die Regering, die sakesektor, godsdienstige organisasies en individue te mobiliseer
  • Voedsame maaltye teen 'n bekostigbare prys aan almal te voorsien met ondersteunde tariewe aan spesiale gevalle
  • Te reël dat basiese gesondheidsbehoeftes aandag kry en hulptoerusting beskikbaar is
  • Die behoeftiges, eensames en geïsoleerdes wat in Rooiels, Pringlebaai en Bettysbaai woon die voordeel van 'n sorgsame, waardige, hongervrye gemeenskapsomgewing te laat geniet.