This March Hilton welcomed Avidity, a bright new Estate Agency into the village. Their inviting open office in the Quarry Centre has a contemporary look with a caf?? style seating plan to ensure an intimate and relaxed meeting place welcomes their visitors.
The team, which has a background in marketing developments, is comprised of Alex Beadle, Andrew Morphew and Brent Bragge. These three property focused agents embrace change and are constantly challenging tradition because they have a strong desire to improve the way the real estate industry operates. Their approach is to do business differently to give their clients the edge.
Avidity recognises the need for a more organised contemporary approach to property brokering and has developed a framework that will keep their clients ahead of the pack.
Avidity is energetic and sports a 'can do' attitude which gives their office a vibrant atmosphere. It's a place where you feel things happen. Pictured alongside from left to right are Andrew Morphew, Brent Bragge and Alex Beadle.
The following Hilton boys have been selected for the KZN Midlands Tennis Team: Kathu Nematswerani, Mudiwa Lllobell, Martin Kusel, Ross Jakins and Guy Brooks.
When last did you put on your dancing shoes just because you can?
Too long ago, right!
Dust off those shoes, grab your partner and call Leanne on 079 737 3097 to book. The cell phone is best as lightning damaged the landline at Brookfield Farmhouse.
Autumn has arrived in Hilton! Thundershowers, scorchers and some cloudy days may still interrupt until nearer the end of March when we anticipate the balmy days of my favourite season, 'The midsection of autumn'. A time when one comfortably warm, sunny day merges into the next.
In general this is a great time prepare beds for autumn planting. Prune Tibouchinas which enjoy this every four or five years, Bottlebrushes need reshaping and Bouganvilleas need any new shoots cut as they appear. If you have a prolific Bouganvillea 'Natalia' you can cut the mature flower spikes and hang them to dry, they are fun to arrange later when the winter gardens has less to offer.
You can divide overcrowded agapanthus and strelitzias. Cut back faded perennials. Pull out the old flowering stem of newly planted clumps and fill the gaps with compost. Maintain a regular feeding and watering programme for vegetables. Late bearing fruit trees would like a good feed once their last fruit is picked.
The chaos that is trying to keep up with your Hilton garden in summer is over. If you have no compost heap, now is the time to make one.
Compost will improve any soil type. Heavy soils are improved by separating heavy clay particles and lighter soils are prevented from draining too quickly and given structure. Compost helps retain moisture. It is made from organic material which breaks down into a rich source of food for plants. Dig compost lightly into the topsoil to rejuvenate beds or mix it with soil to be placed into planting holes.
Everyone is looking to ease the effects our lifestyle has on the environment and it's so exciting that the list of what can be added to the compost heap includes fallen leaves, prunings, lawn clippings and spent annuals should be collected, turned into compost and returned to the earth. Household refuse, such as peelings, tea leaves and eggshells are welcome additions to the compost heap.
To create your compost heap, choose a well-drained, partly shaded position close to a water source. Place the compost heap directly on the soil so that soil microbes can move up into the vegetable matter to begin the process. Start with a 20cm layer of rough, twiggy material (sticks and stems) to allow for air circulation. On top of this add a 20-30cm layer of finer garden waste material. Add water if the material is dry. A compost accelerator can be watered in to help speed up the composting process. Keep adding material and accelerator until the heap is 1.5m high (shoulder height). When complete cover with an old carpet, sacking or even sheets of corrugated iron to retain moisture but to keep out heavy rain. In 6 to 8 weeks the lower section will be ready to use, the heap can be turned over and more material added. Turn the heap on a regular basis. Move material from the outside, inside and from top to bottom. Compost is ready when it is dark brown, crumbly and sweet smelling. Keep the compost heap damp but not wet.
Compost bins can be used for smaller gardens. These are available in different sizes and the same principle applies for layering the material. A shredder efficiently cuts stems into small lengths which are easy to handle and deteriorate quicker. Encourage earthworms which assist with compost making. Wonderful Wormeries are fantastic for farming your own liquid fertiliser.
First runner up was Linda Ambler and Nolwazi Sekotai from Johannesburg won third prize. Well done to Lynne and a big thank you to everyone who made the effort to enter.
We can all look forward to the launch of the new restaurant at Protea Hotel, Hilton - Ellingtons!
Pictured alongside from left to right are Lynne and Linda with Bruce the hotels Food & Beverage Manager.
Activities include a broad range of art and crafts, Boere sports, a Scavenger Hunt, construction as well as water and bubble fun. Give your child the opportunity to meet and socialize with new friends.
At R80.00 per child, including food, this is a seriously attractive option for keeping bored children stimulated in a secure environment. Booking is essential so call 033-3434659 or 033-3435410 to secure the dates that your kiddies will want to attend.
Emil Schwarz who matriculated from Hilton College in 2010 has been selected for the South African U 20 Rugby Squad. Emil who played 1st XV Rugby at school since Grade 10 at Hilton College and who represented KwaZulu-Natal at the U 18 Craven Week in 2009 and 2010. In 2009 Emil was also chosen for the SA U 19 Rugby team who played test matches against France and Namibia. Hilton College is proud of his achievements and looks with interest to his future rugby playing career. Emil is currently a member of the junior Sharks team.
Introducing our Hilton Cares campaign. This is the first in a series of articles which will focus on local people, groups and organisations who humbly work behind the scenes to make someone's life a little easier. Although the challenges faced may seem too big for one to singularly make any impact, in this article we aim to inspire you to get involved in a small way, because it has been proven that each and every single tiny contribution can culminate in a giant shift towards a better future for many.
The first project we would like to draw attention to is Never Neverland Creche.
Some background information has been shared by Jane Evans, 'Zandile has been running the Never Neverland creche since she was 21 years old. She started her education at a local farm school and was selected for a bursary to Howick High. She has always loved children and saw the need for a cr??che within her own community. There are currently 40 children at the creche ranging in ages 2-6 years, many of them are HIV positive. The community of Cedara is extremely poor, there is massive unemployment so there is very little revenue for the creche from school fees. There is also extremely limited funding from the government. The creche can only exist through donations.
Hilton pre-primary has taken Zandile under their wings and every Thursday she attends classes with them so that she can gain experience to pass on to the kids in her creche. Zandile gained her National Qualification in early childhood development. She runs the little school in a most professional manner. Each day of the term is carefully planned for both education and play. Her bookkeeping is meticulous. Each donation that comes in is receipted and the whole operation is completely transparent. She has a board of governors chosen from the community and each financial decision is discussed and weighed up.
Zandile is a strong young woman totally committed to the care of the children. She has organised a mobile clinic to visit the creche once a month so that the kids get regular treatment and screening. She provides a daily meal for each child (and more often than not for the unemployed and elderly in her community too). Zandile also runs a youth club once a week for the community's teenagers. She raises funds through organising cultural functions and jumble sales. She is one of the most inspiring and positive people that I have ever met, nothing gets her down, she always has a big smile and hands out plenty of hugs to her beloved kids.
The next jumble sale is on April 19th so we are looking for donations of food, clothes, kitchen ware and anything else that folk can donate instead of throwing away!
Donations can be left at Hilton Travel at the Lower Quarry.
Entries are unlimited so if you entered last week you can happily try again this week. Visit the shop at The Quarry Centre and hunt down the nugget of the week, there is a clue in the inserted image but we really need you to tell us it's exact location.
Well done Lisbeth, you may just be one of the lucky semi-finalists to be drawn to win an R1000.00 gift voucher, kiddies jewellery party worth R500.00 or a R200.00 jewellery voucher from Jewellery by Diana.
We wish Rowena, Devon, Eve, Lois and Lisbeth good luck in the final draw which will take place after the 1st April 2011. Whose name will be added to this excited handful of ladies?
The next event will be hosted at Brookfield Farmhouse on Saturday 30th April 2011.
Pictured on the right is dance instructor Bronwen Brierly-Fisher with some of her dancers.
Enjoy the slideshow below.
Well done to the following children who achieved well at the recently held KZN Level 1 Championship Gala in Durban.
They are (Left to Right)
Leah Kriel ' Gold 50m Freestyle & Bronze 50m Butterfly
Lauren Knoble ' Gold 100m Breaststroke & Silver 50m Breaststroke
Kay Bilbrough ' Bronze 100m Butterfly
Declan Mc Donald ' Gold 50m Breaststroke & Silver 100m Breaststroke
Julia Jarvel ' Bronze 50m Butterfly & Bronze 50m Freestyle
Well done, Laddsworth is proud of you and congratulations from HiltonVillage.co.za!
The closing date for your treasure hunt entries will be next week, Friday the 1st of April 2011 so get cracking and you may be one of the two semi-finalists Diana is waiting to announce.
Well done to Lois Stephenson.
The slideshow also includes Ilyaas Mayet and Kirsty Gourlay, Patrick Drummond and Catherine Smart, Tebogo Mongalo and Michaelo Richmond, Mitch Harding and Sarah Cannon as well as Alex Platt and Tammy Scott.
Tasha will be at the new Trends & Tastes show at the Durban Exhibition Centre from the 18th till the 21st March 2011. It is a long weekend so why not take an easy meander down to Durban where you can enjoy the splendid display of home ware, demonstrations, food and wine. Drop by the Tasha's Fantastic Fudge stand to say hello to Hilton's very own fudge diva.
Tasha shared a successful recipe with everyone in her latest newsletter and we have published it below for you to enjoy. Tasha recently made it for a group of her sons varsity friends, there was not a drop left. They had already polished off a roast, with potatoes and vegetables before, so this is a definite winner. With winter coming you will want to give this chocolate pudding a try.
DELECTABLE CHOCOLATE PUDDING
1 cup self raising flour (or cake flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder)
1 table spoon cocoa
Half a cup sugar
60g butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
200g fudge, chopped fine
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1 and a half cups boiling water.
Preheat oven to 180. Grease a 2 litre heat proof dish. Sprinkle the chopped fudge at the bottom of the dish. Sift the flour, cocoa into a large bowl, add the sugar. Make a well in the centre.
In a jug, beat the egg; add the milk, melted butter and vanilla essence. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon mix the ingredients until well incorporated and lump free. Pour into prepared dish. Combine the brown sugar and cocoa and sprinkle evenly over the mixture. Gently pour the boiling water over the chocolate batter. Bake for 30 ' 40 minutes or until pudding is cooked ' a cake like mixture will be on top with a chocolate fudgy sauce underneath.
Serve hot with cream or ice cream.
Keaton Bottriell a Grade 8 pupil at Hilton College has been selected by the KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union to play in the SA U 19 National Order of Merit Strokeplay Championships in Johannesburg (JHB 21 March) as well as the SA Stroke and Matchplay Championships at Maccaulvlei (5-9 April). This is a fine achievement particularly since he is still only 14 years old.
Tickets are priced from R120.00 per person and you are welcome to take along a basket full of your favourite snacks. A cash bar will be available. The fun begins at seven on the evening of Saturday the 19th March 2011 so arrival from half past six will be perfect.
You can wear something green or get crafty and put together an outfit that fits in with the theme.
This will be an evening full of FUN, Irish Luck and good times.
Many of the Cowan House past pupil boys and girls spent a fun evening at Cowan House last Friday. They enjoyed playing sport in the Multi-Purpose Indoor Centre and on the school fields. They were able to catch up with each other as well as some of the staff.
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