PLACE: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
DATE: Saturday, 29 November 2014
TIME: To be confirmed

This month’s visit will be to properties in the the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus. The outing will include a visit to the historic Karwyderskraal farm, which belonged to the redoubtable Ella Gordon. Her vernacular cottage is currently being restored.  The farm also contains her well-known horse graveyard and a number of interesting outbuildings.
Numbers are strictly limited to the first 25 people to sign up for the outing.
Please email Kathy at: with your names.
Start time and details of the outing will then be emailed to those who have signed up!
Bring: picnic lunch
Contact on the day:  Kathy Dumbrell: 0824609899

This is our last outing for 2014. Our first outing in 2015 will be in February. Remember to diarize the third Tuesday of every month for talks at the Athenaeum and the last Saturday of the month for the outing.

In this, the Vernacs 50th anniversary it has been wonderful to realize that a number of the founder members are still a part of the Society today. In particular we would like to salute three Vernacs who celebrated their 90th birthdays this year.
Firstly on the 27th May, our President, Mary Floyd, celebrated her 90th birthday. Mary had been instrumental in the founding of the Society along with her late husband, Hugh. She has always promoted and supported the endeavours and ideals that James Walton so eloquently set out as the aims of the Vernacs. We are honoured as a Society to have Mary as our President.
Her birthday was followed by Gwen Fagan on the 25th September. Gwen, along with her husband Gawie, has featured large in the conservation and restoration of our architectural heritage and her knowledge and enthusiasm for our historical gardens has resulted in a doctorate and a book on the historical roses of the Cape along with a number of historic gardens being recreated.
Jean Parker, the owner of Altydgedacht near Durbanville and another founder member, celebrated her 90th birthday at a special party at the Durbanville Town Hall on the 4th November. Jean’s enthusiasm for vernacular architecture and our agrarian architectural heritage is embodied in the way in which Altydgedacht has maintained its historic environment despite the encroaching suburbia.

Our congratulations and thanks to those active and energetic 40-year old women who were so instrumental in getting the Vernacs off the ground 50 years ago. We look forward to celebrating your centenaries!

A thought for 2015
VASSA has turned 50, which is a remarkable achievement for any society in the 21st century. As part of the mandate laid down all those years ago we said that we would examine and record our much-threatened vernacular heritage. This we do through our talks and outings, and very importantly, through our measuring and recording projects.

As members of the Vernacs we need to consider the role that each of us will play in making this all happen. We desperately need you all to become involved in carrying out these activities. It cannot simply rest on the shoulders of a few overworked members.
VASSA needs you!