Tim Bull

Grocott's Mail - - OUTSIDE -

Come for a walk or run

The lo­cal Rap­portry­ers Club with Hoërskool PJ Olivier will host their 22nd an­nual 5km fun run on Thurs­day 26 October at 5.30pm (regis­tra­tion from 4.30pm). All pro­ceeds will be do­nated to a project that aims to im­prove the Gra­ham­stown city centre. You are en­cour­aged to come along and sup­port this event – and en­joy new views of Gra­ham­stown that you may not have seen be­fore.

The en­trance fee is just R20 for adults and R15 for schol­ars. Gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship means that there are lots of spot prizes as well as prizes for the fastest, and medals for the first 100 fin­ish­ers. The funds raised will give the Gra­ham­stown Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion start-up funds for a plant­ing project. GRA mem­bers will plant in­dige­nous plants, mainly aloes, at high pro­file lo­ca­tions such as High Street, to­gether with rocks and cob­bles, to make at­trac­tive hard­wear­ing fea­tures. The project will be ex­panded as more peo­ple are in­spired to help make a dif­fer­ence.

Come along in fancy dress, bring chil­dren in bug­gies, your friends and family. It’s for all ages, all com­mu­ni­ties, schools, busi­nesses and res­i­dents of Gra­ham­stown, gath­er­ing for the ben­e­fit of Gra­ham­stown and hav­ing fun to­gether. More info http://bit.ly/2gRJi5l or con­tact the or­gan­iser Jou­bert Retief on 046 622 3322 / 082 829 8409 or Tim Bull on 076 289 5122.

Heads up for re­cy­cling

The Masahlule Project has agreed with Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to make door-to-door col­lec­tions for your re­cy­clable waste. It’s sim­ple really: put your clean and dry re­cy­clable plas­tics, met­als and pa­per in a clear or orange bag - and they will be col­lected along with your reg­u­lar rub­bish. Start­ing in Novem­ber, the Masahlule truck will go ahead of the mu­nic­i­pal rub­bish truck. Look out for info pam­phlets which will be dis­trib­uted soon. More info Simpiwe Ng­congo 063 513 6921.

WESSA Gra­ham­stown Branch

Some heart­en­ing news on the heronry from Lynette Rud­man, who says: "I was thrilled to see the herons back at our heronry at the air­field just out­side Gra­ham­stown this af­ter­noon (13 Oct). It is a site that has been used for many decades by them and last year they did not breed there at all be­cause all the Eu­ca­lyp­tus trees around there were chopped down.

They all fled the area and this year I was hop­ing they would come back. I have been mon­i­tor­ing that site all year and had lit­tle hope that they would be back un­til this af­ter­noon when I saw at least seven nests with herons stand­ing on them. I am go­ing to mon­i­tor them very closely and make sure that no one chases them away again.

I have the feel­ing that there are peo­ple that are try­ing to dis­cour­age them from breed­ing there be­cause of the noise Nikki Köhly: n.kohly@ru.ac.za, 046 603 7205 Tim Bull: tim­o­th­y­bull05@aol.com, 076 289 5122 Jenny Gon: j-gon@in­tekom.co.za, 046 622 5822 Nick James: nick­james@in­tekom.co.za, 082 575 9781 Philip Ma­chan­ick: p.ma­chan­ick@ru.ac.za, 046 603 8635.

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