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2007 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW hosted by the Western Cape

No show can be undoubtedly good. Utopias portray states of natural poorness or goodness. People committing acts in obedience to law or habit are not being moral. As voluntary action always turns, with repetition, into habit, morality is only possible in a world which is constantly changing and presenting a fresh series of challenges. No show is therefore absolutely good, but some are better than others. We in the Western Cape are faced with such challenges. Many previous shows staged around the country have set high standards with serious expectations. We hope to surpass all expectations and to stage a magical experience for all. So let the magic carpet ride begin…

The 61st NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW will be hosted by THE WESTERN CAPE. The show will be staged inthe heart of the Breede River Valley at KLEINPLASIE Show grounds, in Worcester, from the 3rd – 7th JULY 2007.

 YOUR HOSTS will be…
 President Fadiel Hendricks
 Vice-President Otto Steinhöfel
 Secretary / Treasurer Yassiem Khan
 Show Secretaries Koos & Erina Marais
 Show Manager Johnny Renda
Assistant Show Manager Koos Botha
Trophy Master Donald Bland
Judges Officer Edu le Roux
Additional Members Petal Renda, Tracy Barnard, Redgie Fester, Ken Garrod, Gerhard Swart, Nak Smit, Daniel Bierman, John de Jongh and Zaid Abrahams
 and undoubtedly, all the members of the Western Cape Fancy Pigeon Club.

Word of Welcome: From the Desk of our President

As the wind gently blows down the slopes of Devil’s Peak, the Cable Car sways gracefully towards the white clouds that tablecloth Table Mountain. The dassies salute the setting sun as it is casts long shadows over Robben Island. Across the waters of Table Bay comes the cries of seagulls announcing the arrival of fresh shoals of Snoek.

It is against this backdrop that our predecessors – devoted fanciers like us – came together in April 1943 to form the SA Fancy Pigeon Club – and laid the foundations of SAFPA and the WP Fancy Pigeon Club.

Today, being 2006, and as President of the Western Cape, I, Fadiel Hendricks, would like to extend a personal invitation to all members of SAFPA and their families to make every effort to attend our show. We pledge to make your experience not only memorable, but also unforgettable. I have a great team of dedicated people who will leave no stone unturned to make your visit awe-inspiring and exciting.

The Show Committee has put together, for this 4 day event, a comprehensive programme which includes, inter alia, a variety of outings /tours, braai’s and entertainment. The Prize Giving Function, which will be held in the Worcester Civic Centre, should not be missed. This will surely be a momentous occasion for all of us.

Special arrangements, including very low ‘once off’ rates for SAFPA members, have been made with the Protea Hotel Group, the Fairy Glen Game Reserve, local schools and guest houses.

At this early stage I want of record a special word of thanks to all our Sponsors. In our next report on the Championship Show details of all our sponsors will be published.

To avoid disappointment I urge you to make your reservations early. Ensure that your entries are sent through on time with the necessary fees paid upfront. Enter as many birds as you can. We need to impress our International Judges not only with the quality of our birds, but also with the number of birds we put on show.

And finally, come to the fairest Cape for a pigeon extravaganza like never before.

Worcester

Worcester, the capital of the Breede River Valley, is nestled between the majestic Du Toits, Slanghoek, Hexriver, Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges and verdant valleys. It acts as a shopping and business centre for the entire valley and surrounding area. Seated in the biggest wine-producing district in the country, it has 24 co-operative and 3 private wine cellars on the Worcester Wine Route, as well as 2 brandy cellars.

The town has an impressive cultural heritage, and the museums provide a glimpse into its colourful past. The famous Architectural Walking Route through town is a unique experience.

Worcester has much to see and experience, it is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is ideally situated to explore the surrounding towns, vines and valleys – a real eco-destination with magnificent scenery and abundant attractions. From here you can visit very interesting towns like Tulbagh, Ceres, Robertson, McGregor, ortake a tour around the KWV Brandy Cellar or Kleinplasie Complex. Then there’s the hospitality, friendliness and the food.

For the lovers of Fauna and Flora, you could start off with a visit to the famous Karoo Botanical Gardens, a garden set in 144 Ha of natural, semi-desert vegetation and 10 Ha of landscaped gardens. Get to know the rare plants of the drier regions of South Africa, some of which are on the verge of extinction, whilst enjoying the abundant bird life.

The Institute for the Blind was established in 1881 and is the oldest organization of its kind in South Africa. It provides comprehensive care for all aspects and needs of the visually impaired persons throughout their entire life, offers highly specialized education and training and provides supported employment.

The Institute for the Deaf was also established in 1881. visitors are invited to come and see how the haring impaired are trained.

Kleinplasie

The Complex comprises the Agricultural show grounds, an Open Air Museum, restaurant and wine cellar, as well as the Reptile World. The Kleinplasie Living Open Air Museum buzzes with activity all year round. Here one can experience tobacco-twisting, candle-making, witblitz distilling, jam-cooking, sheep-shearing, raisin-making and much more. This is a must to experience.

Brandy Route

Brandy is undoubtedly South Africa’s favourite spirit, with over 50 South African trademarks found in the market place. Distilled from only the finest grapes and left to be matured in French Oak Barrels for at least three years, South African brandies have the reputation for outstanding quality. The Worcester region is the country’s most important brandy producing area, with Worcester being the home of the world’s largest brandy cellar, KWV Cellar and Olof Berg Solera Cellar.

Being over 330 years old, the South African brandy industry is rich in tradition and history. The South African Brandy Route incorporates ten brandy cellars, notably the KWV Cellar and the Olof Berg Solera Cellar which is situated in Rawsonville. KWV Brandy Cellar – is the largest of its type in the world and is situated in High Street, Worcester. Visits include a demonstration of the cooper’s art and a visit to the giant maturation cellars.

Winelands

The Worcester Winelands include the Worcester district as far as Wolseley, Slanghoek and Hex River Valley and stretches as far south as Villiersdorp and covers the Nuy Cellar to the east. The district is the largest and one of the most important wine-making areas in the country, producing close to 25% of South Africa’s total volume of wine and spirits.

Other Attractions

Enjoy the 4x4 drives, tractor rides, mountain biking, hiking, canoe safaris, fishing, rock-climbing, yachting, speed boating, waterskiing, sail boarding, gliding, horse riding and many more..

The Kagga Kamma (‘Place of the Bushmen’) is situated amongst the rugged beauty of the Cedarberg Mountains. This is the home of the last remaining Bushmen, who will share with you their age old skills and traditions.

The Breede River Fruit Route offers cherries, apricots, peaches, apples, pears and grapes, all available to be picked.

History

In 1818 Lord Charles Somerset instructed J H Fischer ( magistrate of Tulbagh) to identify a suitable area for the establishment of a new Magisterial seat. Fischer was so impressed with the area of present day Worcester and its geographical setting that he recommended it to Somerset. In 1820 the area was declared the Worcester Magisterial Area, after the loan farms Roodewal and Langerug were obtained from the farmers. The Marquis of Worcester, brother of Lord Charles Somerset, gave Worcester its name.

The Drostdy Building (a national monument), one of the oldest buildings in the town, was built in 1823 as home for Captain Charles Trappes, the first magistrate of Worcester. Today it houses the Drostdy High School, having been used as a school hostel since 1946.

Church Square (a national monument), was used by the church since 1819. Over the years it was used as show grounds, grazing ground for cattle (until 1936), parade ground for the ‘Volunteer Rifles’ and as sports ground. The 1st rugby match was played here in 1822.

Accommodation

Koshuis akkommodasie

Hoërskool Worcester Gimnasium [Sentraal geleë en ideale slaapplek vir diegene wat bymekaar wil wees, saambraai, ens.]

Die Skoukomitee het ‘n besonder bekostigbare tarief met die Hoerskool beding. Die skool bied kwaliteit fasiliteite teen ’n billike tarief van R65 p p p n as ’n pakket, met ontbyt ingesluit.  Bring asb eie beddegoed en handdoeke saam!!

Kontak persoon: Christa Swart (van die W.K. Sierduifklub) 072-911 1195 (s) 021-981 9002 (w) 021-9800 (f)

Karavaanpark

Karavaanstaanplek op Kleinplasiegronde vir 40 karavane met dienspunte beskikbaar reg langs skousale. Toegeruste ablusieblokke.

As u eie karavaan bring is die Staanplek: R30 per nag – moet aan W P Sierduifklub betaal word.

Huur van Karavane by:  Strand Caravan Hire Tel: 021-853 2226 of 082-422 4251

Aflewering & verwyderingsfooi:  R500

Huurkoste:  R140 p.d.

Gasverbruik - koste vir week:  R65

Tref asb reëlings vir lewering/ bespreking met Strand Caravan Hire

 

† Fairyglen Game reserve

Brandwacht Area

Chalets

023-3478933

R400 per chalet p.n.

Please note: A once off rate has been negotiated for SAFPA members for the duration of the Show. Approximately 30 chalets will be available with certain chalets sleeping up to 4 persons. This is 5 star accommodation in a prominent game reserve!!  IF YOU SNOOZE YOU LOOZE!!!!!

Gastehuise

 

Naam

Adres

Chalet / Gastehuis

Tel /Sel

Prys

Arden Guest House

Sutherland Straat 57, W

Gastehuis

023-347 7899

R150 p p

Aan de doorns

R43 na Villiersdorp

Gastehuis

023-3421402

R230 p p

A T K V Goudini Spa

R101 na Rawsonville

156 Chalets

023-3443013

± R500 per chalet p.n.

Church Street Lodge

36 Church Street, W

21 Stylish en suite double rooms

023-3425194

R350 p p

Cumberland Gotel

2 Stockenstrom Str. W

Hotel

023-3472647

R520 p p p n

Damas

Brandwacht straat, W

Gastehuis

023-342 1477

R200 p p

Fairbairn B & B

Fairbairnstraat 72, W

Gastehuis

023-3421777

R150 p p

† Fairyglen Game reserve

Brandwacht Area

Chalets

023-3478933

R400 per chalet p.n.

Esperance Farm Stay

R60 na Robertson

Gastehuis

023-342 1416 /  083-236 3013

R200 p p

Klipheuwel Cottages

N1 to De Doorns

Gastehuis

023-357 9703

R100 p p

Linga Longa

77 Meiring Street, W

Guest house

023-3476822  /  082-3750250

R170 p p

Masterview B & B

22 Masterway, W

Guest house

023-347 7037

R200 p p

Mataniah

8 Durban Street, W

Guest house

023-347 7777 /  084-94 11732

R180 p p

Nekkies Lake Resort

Op pad na Rawsonville

17 Chalets

023-342 2909 

± R450 per chalet p.n.

Nooitgedacht

R60 to Robertson

Guest house

023-342 1284 /   083-260 6493

R150 p p

Aan De Hoek

h/v Fairbairn & Russelstr

Gastehuis

023-3426085

R200 p p

Sunshine Haven

Fairbairnstraat 2, W

Guest house

023-3474469  /  083-6549237 

R130 p p

Sonnevanck

Meiringstraat 28, W

Gastehuis

023-3477786

R200 p p

Ster G-Huis

26 van Arkel, W 

Gastehuis

073-3838466  /  082-6615818

R120 p p

Uitvlugt Guest House

3 km from Worcester

Guest house

023-341 2621 /  082-658 2397 

R200 p p

Xaba Home Stays

24 Busa Street, W

Guest house

023-3462710  /  073-9456574

R100 p p

Zwakala Home Stays

122 Van Zyl Avenue, W

Guest house

023-3474678  /   072-3427039

R125 p p

Conclusion

It is important to note that special efforts will be made to obtain the professional services of International Judges – this will ensure the highest standard of judging – an objective assessment of the best birds in this country – measured against the best in the rest of the world. Ons weet dat dit uiters moeilik is om ‘n span op sy tuisveld te klop, daarom het ons in ‘n gees van sportmanskap die speelveld gelyk gemaak – mag die beste duiwe wen!!

We promise to make this the show of the century – a show to savour and to remember – ‘n onthou skou!! A better environment, scenery, setting and hospitality will not be found on this continent… die snoek is reeds bestel (‘Soles’ vir Julian), die wynvate is vol, die tafels is gedek en die pryse en toekennings staan gereed –

Ons nooi u hartlik na die 61ste Kampioenskapskou.

Kom geniet die gasvryheid van die Kaap en die Boland – die hart van die Wynland!!

Researched and Compiled by: Fadiel, Koos Marais & Yassiem,

Note: The following information will be included in the Jan/Feb edition of the Magazine:

  • Entry form for Show;
  • Show Programme;
  • List of Judges;
  • Meetings of Specialist Clubs;
  • Street map of Worcester;
  • Particulars of Sponsors;
  • Important information [including Dignitaries for formal opening of show; details of wine auction; conditions applicable to auctioning of birds and other rules to be enforced at the show]

 

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