On Saturday the 29th November, we were treated to a beautiful carols by candlelight event, held at the Grootendorst home in Melsetter Road, Lovemore Heights.
Every year we are blessed with beautiful light displays provided by the Grootendorst family, each year bigger and better than the year before.
This year a special ‘Grand Illumination’ was arranged, with the Eastern Cape junior Children’s Choir adding their special musical expertise to the evening, under the baton of Hanlie Young and accompanied by Lilian Zeelie on the piano and flute.
The lights were officially turned on by our resident, award winning Estate agent, Kobie Potgieter. Five minutes into the extravaganza, Eskoms plans to put a dampener on the evening were foiled, as Warwick Dickie, Managing Director of Cherry Industrial, was at the ready to save the evening with a sponsored generator.
With elves and father Christmas in attendance, the Grootendorst family have become known for their generosity and spoil our community every year with the lights and sweat treats from their Grootendorst Bakery. Each year passersby have enquired where they could leave a donation and each year they are told that the family put on the display for the community and that it is better to give than to receive. This year Henk and Lila were alerted to a family in need. Tristan, was born on the 22nd April, 2014 with a medical condition called micropthalmia, which has a number of associated conditions. (Read more about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenz_microphthalmia_syndrome ) He will have to undergo a number of operations and hence it was decided that if the public appreciate what they see at the Grootendorsts’ house, they are welcome to make a contribution by putting a donation in the post box, so that an impact can be made on the lives of at least one Port Elizabethan family, this festive season.
Our newly elected, Ward 1, Councillor, Rob Wylde, was instrumental in organising the road closure with the assistance of Superintendant Bacon from the Traffic Department. The service delivery which we received from our men in blue (Traffic Department), was superb – they were punctual and ensured the safety of all of the residents who had gathered across the street. We are also extremely grateful to Atlas 24, who have a dedicated patrol service (DPS) in Lovemore Heights, who ensured the safety of our homes and our residents whilst the Carols by candle light were underway.
If you missed the superb evening, you still have plenty of time to view the Christmas light spectacular –
The Grootendorsts lights will be on every weekend from the 29 November, 2014 from 20:00 – 22:00 (Fri-Sun) and from the 18th – 25th December, 2014 lights will be on every evening from 20:00 – 22:00
Special thanks to Glen Meyburgh, Imagio productions, for his photographic contribution; Chris (Pleasant meats); Billy (Metro Electrical); Clinton and Bernice Warren (Chipkins bakery), Mark and Zelda (South Bakels); Prominent Paints; Radio Kingfisher; Ray Fischer; Renaissance Construction; Rob and Marlene Wylde; Stan and Mandy Levinson (Controlbox); Stephen Moore (Atlas DPS); Graham and Sandy (Transworld); Walter and Martina Grootendorst and Willem and Vossie (Postman Pat)
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