- Are you ready to join our motivated group? The University of the Third Age (U3A) caters to people of a so called “mature age”, from about 50 to 90, who are still eager for more knowledge and a zest for listening to cultural and motivational talks. U3A Meet on the second Thursday of each month at 9.30am. The cost is R10 per visitor and R5 for members. This is for the monthly general meeting, after which there is a speaker, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. On the third Thursday of each month, there is a current affairs meeting at 10am, with a speaker. Both meetings are held at the St Andrews Croquet Club hall in Bunkers Hill. Do come along and swell the numbers. Call (043) 738-5090.
- The East London Branch of the Diabetic Support Group meet at the Regent Hotel’s Terrace Room from 2:45pm to 4pm for an awareness talk on the first Saturday of every month (February to November). No entry fee and we encourage all to attend. Please join us for refreshments after the talk. For more inquiries, call Vrooda Makhan on 083-708-0489.
- Masithethe Counselling Services (formerly LifeLine) will be hosting a “Rape and Domestic Violence” support group on the first Thursday of the on the month at 11am. It takes place at the centre at 3 St James Road, Southernwood. For info call (043) 722-2000 or 084-091-5410 (WhatsApp).
- The East London slot car club will have racing every Thursday evening from 7pm. Come and see the little miniature slot cars on a new repainted 42m track. For further information, contact Hennie on 082-448-3221.
- The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve is a must for those who love beautiful places, river views, a mangrove swamp and forest walks. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy sitting quietly in the two bird hides watching blue duikers and birds at the birdbaths and eating seed. New members of Nahooners, which supports the reserve, are welcome to join and are given a gate key that allows them to visit 24/7. The reserve is off Beaconhurst Drive. For inquiries, phone Celia on (043)735-1833.
- If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Gonubie Community Policing Forum, please contact Dewald Knoetze on 082-822-1035.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Gonubie meet at the Baptist Church in Watsonia Crescent at 7.30pm. Contact Jan on 082-850-6918.
- Jamie and Rory, Devon performs at Legendary Fridays at Legends Showcase, 42 Stewart Drive, Berea today. The pub opens at 4.30pm with live music on show. Next week (December 29) Brian Daniels takes the stage for the final Legendary Fridays show of the year.
- Come party tonight away on EL’s best dance floor at Comrades Club, with live music by Quentin from 8.15pm. Eat and drink from 6pm at bargain prices – booking essential. Entry R20. Call 083-255-3468 before 2pm for table bookings.
- There will be a 80s Disco Party in aid of Guardian of Hope Place of Safety (for abandoned babies) at Legends Showcase in Berea at 7pm. Tickets at R100 (including a burger) are available from Lee Gold Music or the Guardians of Hope house (2 Willasdale Drive, Bonnie Doon). For info call Legends at (043) 721-2794.
- Go and dance to live music by Roy, Jack and Carin at Seavale Community Hall from 7.30pm. Cover charge R20 per person. Bring own food basket. Bar available. For tickets phone Shirley at (043) 781-8021.
- The Floradale Fine Art offers a new exhibition, titled Sizzling Summer and work of the highest quality will be on display. The exhibit is open and runs until December 31.
- Yellowwood Forest Christmas Market.Go do your Christmas shopping in the Forest in Morgan Bay from 9am. The perfect place to enjoy a social, catching up with locals while doing your grocery shopping. Lovely farm fresh veggies, eggs, home bakes, plants, herbs, toys, books and much loved second hand goodies to buy, or just pop in for a meal or tea in the open air tea garden while the kids enjoy the treehouse and trampoline. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. Yellowwood also have a shaded campsite and cozy cabins and cottages available.
- Dance through the ages at Gonubie Farmers Hall with country, Boeremusiek, sokkie and pop music provided by Ian H. Party is from 8pm till late and entry is R30. Lucky draw prizes up for grabs. Bring own bar, with snacks on sale. For info call Jenny on 083-948-1141. There will be another dance on January 6.
- Country Dance with live music by Time is Tight from 8pm till late at the East London Bowling Club. Entry is R25. Cash bar open. To book a table or for info call Gladys 083-968-1069.
- The Centenary Tennis Club hosts social tennis every Saturday from 1.30pm. All welcome. For more info call Maurice 082-676-9708.
- The Gonubie Saturday flea market takes place every Saturday morning in front of the municipality from 8am to 1pm – weather permitting. All stalls and car boot sales welcome. For inquiries please contact Glenda on WhatsApp or call 082-714-3390.
- The Lavender Blue Pineapple Walk takes place every Saturday morning at 6.30am (weather permitting). Meet Yvonne in the Lavender Blue parking lot every Saturday at 6am for a lovely walk and enjoy breakfast afterwards. You will be taken on a 10km circular walk past farms and along farm roads.
- Teainthetrees have a market on the first and last Sunday of the month from 9am to 2pm. all arts, crafts and home produce welcome. Only R50 to have a stall, all welcome to set up from 7.30am onwards. Any inquiries contact Kate 072-611-2367, www.teainthetrees.com
- The Esplanade Flea Market (in front of Osner Hotel) now on every weekend weather permitting from 8am to 2pm. All stalls welcome.
- Exercise classes for senior citizens every Monday and Thursday from 8.30 to 9.30am at St John’s Ambulance, St George’s Road. For information call Nookie (043) 726-1100.
- The East London Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, founding group, meets at The Catholic Church Hall in Caxton Street, Quigney at 7.30pm every Monday. Contact Morris 073-870-4486 or Pieter 082-094-0959.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Kayser’s Beach Group meets at the Chapel Hall at 7.30pm. Contact 082-714-9400.
- If you are living with someone who is drinking, and this is affecting you, there is help available for you at the Al Anon Family Group Meeting held at Cambridge Methodist Church Hebbes Street every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Contact Elsie (043)721-0483.
- Alcoholics Anonymous Cambridge Group meets at the Methodist Church, Hebbes Street, Cambridge, at 7.30pm. Contact Jumbo on (043)741-3685.
- The pipe band meet at 6.30 at Hudson Park High School music block. Tuition given. For bagpipes call Robert on 082-897-8571 and drumming: Stephen on 082-560-0247.
- The EL Bridge Club welcomes all who wish to play “Duplicate Bridge”. Provision has been made for new players to begin at a “starter table” in order to be guided in the use of bidding boxes. Come along with a partner on any Tuesday and/or Saturday at 1.15pm to the Berea Gardens Dining Hall. Call Jean (043) 735-4893 or Karen 082-856-0400.
- Narcotics Anonymous meet every Wednesday and Friday from 7pm-8pm at St Nicholas Church, Pell Street, Beacon Bay. Call For details call 082-796-3699.
- Scottish dancing classes every Tuesday 4 to 5.30pm at Ham’s Club in Selborne. Instruction given to beginners. No experience required, All very welcome. Information: Nookie (043) 726-1100.
- The Beacon Bay Bridge Club is looking for players interested in playing social bridge every Tuesday and Friday between 1.30 and 4.30pm. They meet at the Eden Worship Centre at 10 Coad Road, Beacon Bay. For further information contact Olga on 083-650-6653 or Heather on (043) 748-1465.
- There are times you just need someone to talk to, to laugh and meet new people. Masithethe Counselling Services are hosting a Live, Love, Laugh Support Group to create a space where people can meet, be themselves and talk about issues that are affecting them, spread awareness, educate and encourage each other. Masithethe (formerly LifeLine) will provide the space and facilitate the process. This support group is open to all. To be held every third Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Masithethe Centre at3 St James Road, Southernwood. For more info call (043) 722-2000 or WhatsApp: 084-091-5410 and Facebook.
December 15 to January 3
- Master fine art photographer, Marlene Neumann will have an exhibition of her latest black and white photographs called “Food for the Soul” at the Centre for Photography and Light at 8 Kent Road, Vincent. Open Monday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm and entrance is free. For more information call 083-321-3391.
December 30 and 31
- Dance through the ages at Gonubie Farmers Hall with country, Boeremusiek, sokkie and pop music provided by Ian H. Party is from 7.30pm till late and entry is R40, kids under 11 free. Lucky draw prizes up for grabs. Bring own bar, with snacks on sale. For info call Jenny on 083-948-1141.