The Clovelly Country Club Story

The Clovelly Country Club Story

SHORT HISTORY OF THE CLOVELLY COUNTRY CLUB

The idea of a club history has been in the minds of many connected with Clovelly for some time. Those who recall the Club in its early days when it was virtually a club without a clubhouse, and later, in the immedi­ately pre-War years when things were a little easier, during the War years, the post-War years, the post-fire years and so on, are convinced that Clovelly does have, moreover, a ‘history’ which thoroughly deserves the telling.

The writer of the present one has, indeed, told the Chairman that, although the name Clovelly was formerly nothing to her except a suburban railway station ‘somewhere out Fish Hoek way’, she has since realised that its history, for sheer drama, variety, and as a record of progress against seemingly overwhelming odds, beats that of the Crusades, the Norman Conquest, and the Great Trek.

Naturally she would not have been able to carry out this assignment had it not been for the co-operation of a great many people who gave up their time to tell her about the Club in other days. Pre-eminent among these were Mr I Joelson and Dr E Greenwall, together with a great many past Chairmen and others who had assisted in getting Clovelly on its feet, ladies who had been instrumental in building up the ladies’ bowling and golf sections and, of course, Phyllis and Maurice Bodmer. She was also fortunate in obtaining the co-operation of Westlake Golf Club, which made it possible for her to ‘fill in’ many of the details of the Club’s earliest history which would otherwise have been missing.

Our Club historian, Pat Dickson, says that there is very little to say about her – as yet – as she is a career girl who hasn’t had a career, at least not the one she wanted. She describes herself as being ‘on the run from the teaching profession’, having featured in the latter for eight years, first in her home town, East London, and then in the Cape, before she returned to the University of Cape Town to further her studies.

The purpose of this was to obtain qualifications which would enable her to move from high school teaching into teacher-training, but although she finally achieved this goal in 1972, becoming an instructor in a training ­school under the Administration of Coloured Affairs, the writing of two theses (the second being for a Master’s degree, obtained in 1970), in addition to the unexpected success she enjoyed as a free-lance writer of magazine articles during her post-graduate student days, convinced her that she would rather be a professional writer of business histories than a teacher, instructor, or lecturer in anything, to anybody.

In retailing, one speaks of the ‘target customer’.  In bringing out a history of this nature it is hoped to appeal to two kinds of ‘target readers’: the more senior members who actually lived through this history (and who may quarrel with certain details of the story at times!), and the newer members, who found a ‘ready-made’ club, and may have wondered how it got that way.

Clovelly is the embodiment of a certain spirit, compounded not only of good fellowship and a mutual interest in promoting the ends of sport, but also of a special kind of tolerance, and the determination that was needed in days gone by to maintain this good fellowship and this tolerance.

Other clubs may have their histories, but that of Clovelly, like the club itself, is unique. If therefore, those who have joined this Club since World War II would like to know why Clovelly is as it is, one hopes that they will find most of the answers by dipping into the Short History offered here.

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This post is sponsored by Chas Everitt Cape Town South

Bike Bus from Open Streets on Bree

bike busThe Bike Bus from Muizenberg to Open Streets Cape Town on Bree will take place on the 17th January 2016. Riders will meet at the False Bay train station car park at 9:00am and cycle along main road all the way to town! The total distance is 26km.

Riders will join the Southern Suburb arm of the Bike Bus to Open Streets Bree 2016 at Josephine Mill in Newlands at 10am, and will cycle the rest of the way with them.

Information from Bicycle Cape Town’s Bike Bus page:
What you need to bring
– A bike in working order (take it to the bike shop for a check up if it hasn’t been ridden lately)
– Helmet and lights (if riding at night)
– A lock to secure your bike at your destination
– A pump + tube/repair kit
– A sense of fun and some friends too

* Please note that riders are responsible for their own safety while riding with the group, however one of the best things about the bike bus is safety in numbers. The more people who ride together, the higher the visibility the bike bus has, combined with careful route choice, responsible and alert riding, and the knowledge of more experienced cyclists, a bus can make riding to work pretty safe compared to cycling alone.

Bon Soir

kalk bayUp until now every Bon Soir show has been sold out but tonight 10 tickets are still available. Book quickly! They won’t be available for long.
A stimulating compilation of specialty acts to titillate your senses; UV illusions, optical contortions, strength adagio, comedy sketches and more.  Six multi-talented artists seamlessly boast one unbelievable performance after another.  Strung together with comedic antics and flawless vocals, this slick and sexy show, has enjoyed sell-out runs and rave reviews.  Featuring the famous Big Boys, Ash and Bradley Searle; the power couple that is Lucy and Alex Tops of Bar None fame; and the beautiful and sinuously acrobatic Nadine Theron and Ruby Burton of Another Day. Bon Soir parades some major eye candy and extraordinary skill.  This is a festive feast of a show for the whole family that is not to be missed.

Book here

Yes, it’s shark season again

Warning__Shark_AHEAD_Wallpaper_ot03zThe City of Cape Town wants to make everyone aware of the expected increase in shark activity around the city’s beaches in spring and summer.

White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals.

“However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year,” says Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning.

The Shark Spotters information centre is open daily to the public from 08:00 to 18:00.

Beach and ocean users should keep in mind that the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net was deployed on Sunday.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the summer season.

The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook.

Signage is also displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research visit www.sharkspotters.org.za or the SharkSpotters page on Facebook or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters).

Earthwave Beach Festival for the Whole Family

Muizenberg Surf‘Earthwave Beach Festival’ is an annual event where fellow ocean-lovers come together and attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for ‘The Most Surfers on a Wave’.

This year Earthwave have decided to add another angle, one for the whole family to enjoy; they have gone ahead and registered the GWR attempt for ‘The World’s Largest Bikini Pararde’!

Earthwave have partnered with Good Times Events who will be looking after the Pavilion where there will be entertainment, music, a bar, food, exhibits, prize giving, comedians competitions and much much more.

Diarise the 27th September 2015 for the beach-lifestyle event of the year!

Fill a Bag, Win a Board

It’s that easy to win a surfboard in the Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition. Fill a Tuffy bag with litter collected from your favourite beach and send the evidence to comps@zigzag.co.za, which will put you in line to win a brand new board sponsored by Firewire and Share the Stoke Foundation each month until the end of January 2016.

Chas Everitt False Bay will be keeping stock of Tuffy bags whilst the initiative is running at their Fish Hoek office for those that need them.  Contact Scott Tait on 076 156 2619 for more information.
TuffyAdFind out more about our Tuffy Beach Clean-Up competition – in which you can get rewarded for your good enviro-deeds by winning big.

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Nearly 2000 Sharks Spotted over Decade

Shark Spotters MuizenbergCape Town boasts the second largest aggregation of white sharks in the world and the largest aggregation on the doorstep of a major city.

Having completed ten years of shark research, Shark Spotters recently released a report mapping trends in shark movement in False Bay over the last ten years.

This season saw fewer sharks visiting the waters than previous years, with 142 sighted. Over the last decade, almost 2000 sharks have been spotted. “There is significant annual variation in the number of shark sightings and while we don’t yet fully understand the drivers of shark distribution it is likely a set of environmental variables such as water temperature or biological variables such as prey availability,” explains Shark Spotters research manager Alison Kock.

The average shark sighting lasts 17 minutes, with 77% of the sharks swimming in one direction as they pass through the area. The remaining 23% patrol the area, making at least one circle. Read more

Tiny Shells on the Shore

RescueTwo Oceans Aquarium asks public to be on the lookout for sea turtle strandings.

Each year between April and June, a number of juvenile loggerhead turtles wash up on Cape Town beaches. This year, rough seas and strong winds have been contributing factors in the stranding of these sea turtles. Since mid-March, the Two Oceans Aquarium has already received 20 of these small turtles from as far afield as Knysna and Struisbaai, for rehabilitation. The Aquarium is calling on all Capetonians to keep an eye open for these little sea turtles and to contact the Aquarium if they happen to find one.

What the public should do if they find a turtle on a Western Cape beach:

  • Remove the turtle from the beach
  • Keep it dry and at room temperature – DO NOT place the turtle in water
  • Place the turtle in a container that has ample air holes
  • Contact the Aquarium on 021 4183823
  • Make a note of exactly where the turtle was found

Please note: This advice is only valid for marine turtle strandings around the Western Cape. Should you come across a turtle elsewhere around the South African coast, please contact the local aquarium or animal rehabilitation centre.

Sea turtles are temperate water animals and when they are washed up on Western Cape beaches they are often suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and possibly infection. The Two Oceans Aquarium rehabilitates the stranded turtles and once they are strong and healthy enough, they are sent to uShaka Sea World where they are released into the warmer waters off the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast.

For further information please visit http://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/stranded_turtles_what_to_do or call 021 418 3823