A HEAD’S UP
Talks happen on the third Tuesday of a month, at the Athenaeum in Newlands. All are welcome, free of charge
Outings happen on the last Saturday of a month (usually). Members only

JULY TALK
DATE & TIME: Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 20H00
VENUE: Athenaeum, Newlands
SPEAKER: Nigel Amschwand

TOPIC: Delving in the archives!
Nigel has had a great deal of experience doing research in the archives.
He will speak on how one uses the archives and therefore accessing the fascinating trove of information that is to be found there.
But like all searches for information, one needs to know what questions to ask, what the potential sources there are.Whether you are wanting to do some serious research, or do some genealogical investigation, or perhaps looking for answers to the history of your own property, Nigel will be showing the way of accessing the incredible mine of information that is available, if you know how to look for it.
Nigel gave a talk at the recent VASSA Workshop on researching in the archives which he has used for his writings.

JULY OUTING
DATE: SATURDAY 23 JULY 2022 (note the date!)
TO: RAWSONVILLE/WORCESTER AREA
CONVENORS: Celeste Scholtz-Burger, assisted by Yvonne Reynolds

We meet at DE OUDE MEUL restaurant at the exit of Du Toitskloof on the road to Rawsonville at 9 a.m., and will depart at 9.30 a.m. sharp.
Arrive earlier if you want coffee and please use the restroom before we depart.
Directions: As you come out of Du Toitskloof mountains, turn right at the sign “Rawsonville” (where the weigh bridge for trucks is situated). Drive down this road for about 2kms until you see the restaurant on your right. De Oude Meul is part of Du Toitskloof Cellar.

We will visit four farms, namely, Klipdrift (now La Bri Guesthouse), Rouxbyn (formerly Hartbeesrivier), Bosjes (formerly Bosjemans Valley), and finally, Olifantsberg (formerly Aan de Breederivier).
At Bosjes we will gather in the now world-famous chapel for a talk on the history of the farm.
We will then walk to their Die Spens restaurant at 1.30 p.m. where Celeste has organised a lunch of soup and sandwiches at R80 per head. This is bound to be a great experience as the gardens are also worth a stroll.

Please book your place with Pat Kramer: studio@iafrica.com by Tuesday 19th July.
Because the cost of petrol has made these trips to the countryside expensive, please let Pat know if you are willing to offer paid lifts to fellow members or if you are prepared to be a passenger.
Send your name and suburb  and she will connect drivers with passengers.
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A GENTLE REMINDER … VASSA’S RULES!
VASSA outings usually take us onto private properties, even into private homes.
This is a special privilege which we must respect. This list of rules may seem onerous, but it is necessary when dealing with a large group of people that everyone is aware of what is acceptable and what not.
GENERAL
Only paid up members may attend the outings. (Visitors to pay the annual price of membership to attend the outing.) Strictly no children and no pets. Wear Vassa name badges with correct colour tag.
ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Sign the register on arrival.
On arrival stay close to the leader so that the host can be introduced.  Do not wander off before the introduction.
On departure, gather around the leader to thank the host.  Do not leave before this.
If you have to leave before the end of the outing, inform the outing leader so that they do not wait or look for you.
ON THE PROPERTY
Do not engage the host in private conversations and recollections while everyone else is milling around.
Before taking interior photographs, check with the outing leader that this is okay. Do not post photographs of the interior on Facebook – this is a security risk.
Do not touch anything – do not pick of porcelain to check maker’s mark, do not take books out of bookcases, etc.
Do not open closed doors.
Do not sit on the furniture.
Do not use the toilet without asking the host’s permission.
Do not take plant slips from the garden.
Switch off cell phones or at least put them on ‘silent’.
Do not use the privilege of an outing to organise private business arrangements or return visits with the host.
Do not voice negative – or personal – comments to other members while on site.
LIMITING NUMBERS
Vassa outings are usually open for all members to attend. However, certain outings may not be able to accommodate a large group of people, in which case numbers will be limited to a first come first served basis.  A contact email address is always provided in the newsletter.
If you cannot attend, let the organiser know so that someone on the waiting list can attend.

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BE AN EARLY BIRD AND … BOOK FOR SEP NOW
Book your place on the Vernacs Away Weekend!  
Read all about it here: Fynbos Notice 
Space is limited. So sign up now!

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2022 SUBSCRIPTION FEES
VASSA’s year starts in March 2022
Rates are being held at previous years’ fees.
Single member R250
Family membership R400
SACAP accreditation membership R500

Click here for HOW TO JOIN / PAY

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NEWSLETTERS
Editors Pat Kramer and Antonia Malan produce informative missives – see below.
They are always on the look out for items for the newsletter …
So if you have been anywhere, are aware of any newsworthy item or have photographs or anything to share, please do so. Send your contributions to: studio@iafrica.com.

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