Erin is well-known by patrons of Hebron Haven where she has sung for years, Erin previously taught drama studies at Grace College, went to Carter and Laddsworth before that.
We dropped by to visit Kathryn, Erin's older sister by two years. Kathryn is an avid rock climber who does not miss an opportunity to practice her skill, she gamely climbed the large camellia sasanqua tree in the garden at home to pick us some fresh blooms, thanks Kathryn. This freelance journalist recalls the first time she became aware that Erin had a great voice, was when they were about 8 and 10 years old, they were on a family road trip when the sisters were singing together in the backseat and Kathryn remembers being asked to hush, while Erin was encouraged to sing.
Kathryn applauds Erin's talent and the way she has easily adopted the entertainment scene, lapping up the crowd, enjoying the make-up sessions and above all the singing, despite having flu at the moment!
Kathryn reflected that it's as though Erin is 'living in a musical' since being in Idols, whenever they chat on the phone someone can be heard singing in the background. For a drama graduate, who has sung publically for 8 years this is living a dream.
You will enjoy reading Kathryn's blog, The Bloggery of Fourie, where she chats about Erin's departure to Idols, back in April. Creative talents are not lacking in the Fourie household, Tristan, Erin's brother plays the guitar and has a band.
Pam and Derek Fourie are away in Botswana at the moment but we hope to catch up with them soon and hear their thoughts on Erin's growing stardom.
Meanwhile we hope that everyone in Hilton will be voting for Erin Fourie, sms 13 to 37400. Keep Hilton's songbird in the Idols house because she rocks!
Pictured above is Erin with news staff from YOU magazine.
Below is Erin, looking like a rockstar!
Article published 14th August 2011
Running alongside the story of St Anne's is that of the school's Chapel - the spiritual life of the girls being revered as a fundamental element of the ethos underlying the school's success. From humble beginnings on the Hilton campus, the Chapel was dedicated on 01 November 1911 on All Saints Day and has undergone two extensions (one in 1954 and, more recently, in 2007) to cater for the growing number of girls at the school. The fixtures within the Chapel, and indeed the Chapel itself, is a result of the support of St Anne's girls - young and old, staff and friends of the St Anne's community; and honours those who have made a meaningful impact on the school in its 134 years.
Most notable among the fixtures are the windows that are an attractive feature of the building, as well as symbolic of the values that are inherent in the school, and take expression within the Chapel walls. These, too, bear tribute to important members of the St Anne's community and are donations and beautifully-designed donations, gifts and heartfelt additions to the structure.
The celebration took place in the form of a morning chapel service in the presence of Bishop Rubin. Geraldine Wildner was also present to unveil the plaque on behalf of her late husband, Karl Wildner, for the design of the Chapel extension. The Chapel was decorated with flower arrangements portraying the Annunciation, Nativity, Pentecost, Resurrection, Loaves and Fishes, Trinity and Crucifixion. The building was truly alight with prayer and song in veneration of the history of the school and its Chapel.
Photographs and article supplied August 2011.
Their indigenous garden is a testament to the respect they share for nature. Besides occasional tidying the native plants have been left undisturbed to enjoy their habitat with little sprucing, except for the stern cutting back a certain adventurous freylinia bush receives each time it is cheeky enough to make an attempt to obscure the sumptuous views.
Rooms with a View at Kwanyoni says it all, the Mantis Room, the Cabin and the Reservoir room all gaze over the Umgeni valley across to the Karkloof mountains in the distance. A stay at Kwanyoni offers homespun comfort and if you book the Reservoir room, conversation.
The Reservoir room is an interesting concept; it was not built for the name, but is, in truth a reservoir that has been converted into a comfortable bedroom and en-suite with Rooms with a View at Kwanyoni's trademark vista, accessible from the bed and verandah. You will certainly leave armed with a story worth sharing at dinner tables in the future. How many of your friends have spent a night in a reservoir?
Rooms with a View at Kwanyoni is the solution for visitors to Hilton who want to escape their bustling schedules knowing all modern amenities are a few minutes away. Breakfast, lunch or dinner is available in Hilton or you can visit a deli and the Viney's will set up an outdoor picnic for your mealtime. After which you can take a walk around the garden or stride out and clock up a few kilometres exploring the extended property.
For accommodation in Hilton visit Rooms with a View at Kwanyoni soon, let the big sky full of fresh country air fill your lungs, while your mind is calmed and your soul soothed with a hint of a simpler life.
Pictured above to the right 'Enjoy your picnic baset in comfort' and 'Resorvoir room construction'
We are pleased to share the images in a slideshow depicting Dad's enjoying time out of their own environments with their children, it is obvious that bonds are fortified, children are uplifted and parents are entertained by the effort put into these regular events. We applaud Laddsworth for their focus that reaches beyond daily school life and thank you for sharing with the Hilton community.
Photographs below supplied. Photographer:Keri Maxfield
Gathering skills as a journalist, a farmer's wife teaching at a rural school where her language abilities found her drawn into a variety of negotiations amongst the local community, Desiray Viney mediated during 1994 conflicts in the Greytown area, went on to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is now bringing a host of REAL communication skills and talents to local business.
REAL Communication Consulting - Research Educate Analyse Liaise - is offering a brand new tool for research, developed in response to the explosion of small businesses and global communication. This specialized tool tracks the benefits and effects of your communication. You can contact Desiray to understand better how this tool can steer your business communications.
Beyond this unique research tool, Desiray's services include staff training, consulting to communication managers, facilitating workshops on better communication and can effectively manage your business's reputation building.
Hilton is fortunate to be home to a communication and media specialist of note, one who can style more effective communication between both 'customer and business' and 'management and staff'. When you are looking for a communication expert, support local and give Desiray Viney at REAL Communication Consulting a call.
Desiray Viney will present a Feature snippet at our HiltonVillage.co.za Business Network Meeting tomorrow.
Published August 2011
The Director of Music at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, David Orr, returns to the midlands perform with popular saxophonist, Jeff Judge. Orr was previously on the music staff at St Anne's College in Hilton and the organist at the Anglican Church of Ascension.
The concert will feature solo music, popular Baroque pieces such as J.S. Bach's famous 'Air on the G string' arranged for soprano saxophone and organ, plus improvisations on well-known hymns and folksongs.
Orr and Judge have given over 20 performances together in the last six years in many major South Africa centres. They have also released several CDs. The concert is to raise funds for work on the Church of the Ascension's organ, a 1956 German-Romantic organ by Laukhuff installed in the church in 2007. According to Orr, it is 'one of Hilton's greatest musical assets.
On Friday, 22 July the St Anne's girls were given an informative lecture on Hydraulic Fracturing or Fracking, as it is generally known. From an environmental perspective, this is something of a lesser known evil. It is, however, a most disturbing and widespread practice by big oil companies and gas corporations around the world.
This scourge was brought a little closer to home by Craig Elstob and Nick Rivers-Moore, who showed the girls the Petrol Association of South Africa's map of proposed sites for this gas extracting method. Talking about the Karoo in particular, the girls were shocked that the intended areas extend through the Drakensberg and as close to home as Howick. An informative movie entitled Gasland showed how fracking has devastated the environment and the families who live in the areas around these pumps and drill sites. The primary concern is the contamination of our water with a potentially lethal, yet certainly toxic, chemical cocktail that is a by-product of the process. The girls have been enlightened through this informative talk, and will no doubt rally around the lobby groups to add voices to this worthy environmental and social cause.
News item and photograph supplied, thanks to St Anne's, a local private girl's school in Hilton.
Pictured alongside are Craig Elstob and Nick Rivers-Moore.
This website, HiltonVillage.co.za will celebrate its first birthday in September and we will be doing some revamps, housekeeping and dusting away of cobwebs. If you have any suggestions or comments beyond those prompted by the survey, we really would like to hear them before Wednesday the 17th August 2011 so we can consider them as we finalise the websites look and feel for the next year.
Representatives from Argilla, The Antique Rose, Forever Roses, CG Carers, Harcourts, Nicolson's, Jeffares and Green, Howick Hospice, Honey Fashion Accessories, REAL Communication Consulting, Avidity Real Estate, Cherri Forsyth Life Coach, Maypers Bed and Breakfast, Wise Eye, Stepping Stones Bemer Centre, Niche Website Solutions, Sportron and eZali Beauty are amongst those in the photographs, all having a fun time networking and enjoying Lindsay's delicious snacks. Thanks Lindsay, we had a fun time. Lynn's long-lasting roses from Forever Roses were eye-candy on the tables and Antoinette from Honey Fashion Accessories displayed items from the Honey Ultimate Collection. Our featured speakers were Lynn from Forever Roses and Desiray Viney of REAL Communicaton Consulting.
Pictured here: Soccer action at the festival
News and photograph submitted August 2011.
'We had a 99th Birthday party at Purple Pear Cafe on the 9th of July. I have attached some photographs of the day and the decor at Purple Pear Cafe for an example of what we can do with functions. We do bookings at Purple Pear Cafe for day or evening functions. We love doing themed evenings and have already booked a few high teas (croquet and all),hens parties, kitchen teas, 50ths with live bands, djs and lots of fun and not to forget a couple of family birthdays and reunions.
Our Chef will customize a special menu for you and your FANTASTIC function. We also cater for children and can organise children's entertainment so that you and your family can relax and enjoy your evening/day at Purple Pear Cafe.
If you need anymore information please do not hesitate to contact me on 0332344469.' said Zara.
Jes has turned her devastating story into one of hope, teaching an important lesson in the strength of spirit combined with the right attitude in achieving success and overcoming pain and difficulties. Her candid recollection of the events, together with her young age made her a figure the girls could easily relate to, and the impact of the message was that much stronger.
Jes has set up the Jes Foord Foundation, aimed at raising awareness and providing support to survivors of rape and abuse.
News submitted and photograph supplied.
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Pictured alongside are (L-R) Keagan Thomas, Keaton Bottriell, Tyrone Searle, Mike Ryan (Captain), Jarryd Edy, Chris Saunders, Matt Lauryssen, and Thomas Hattingh.
Women weave potent threads into the daily life of their families, which often stretch out to strengthen the community, quietly and gently contributing to the greater good all around. For Women's Day, instead of thinking nobody notices all you do, take charge and applaud yourself by making time for a pleasurable pursuit!
All women deserve to stop and honour their greatness. Make a plan to keep your reserves fuelled with an invigorating or uplifting treat for Women's Day.
Choose an activity that boosts your spirits, maybe a fun brunch at Lindsay's with the women friends who keep you positive, a ladies dinner at Nicolson's, a long walk about Hilton's lanes with a group of your best pals or a fabulous spa session at one of Hilton's top notch beauty spots.
eZali Beauty have grand offers available at the moment such as the Friday Special for August which is a 75 minute full body aroma massage ONLY R165.00. Contact Now to book.
eZali's other select specials for August are displayed below.
Grace College matric pupil, Adrian Gorny, played in an ITF (International Tennis Federation) tennis tournament in Namibia during the July school holidays and gained world ranking points. He is now eligible to participate in major tennis tournaments around the world. Grace College wishes to congratulate Adrian on this outstanding achievement and wishes him well in living out his passion for tennis.
Picture alongside Adrian Gorny (Grace College Matric Pupil)
News and photo supplied August 2011
News of bike race supplied by Cowan House.
Congratulations to Paige Phillips and Katy Polkinghorne who were both selected for the South African U16 Hockey Squad after their IPT tournament during the holidays.
News and Photograph supplied by St Anne's Diocesan College July 2011.
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