Chilterns ramble benefits Trust

Chilterns walk

The Chilterns walkers near Chequers

The big day out in the Chilterns this Summer was a great success for all who came along.

Warm, sunny weather provided excellent conditions for the event, which included the options of a long walk or a short one, followed by a braai/barbeque.

Several of our Trustees and a handful of UKZN UK Trust supporters were made welcome by the organisers, Steve and Tonia Bowley, whose Thembisa Trust backs community projects in KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to mingle with the Thembisa Trust’s supporters and to have enjoyed Steve and Tonia’s hospitality.

A couple of dozen people took part in the long walk, led by Steve. Starting near Wendover, Bucks, the ramblers stopped at the Boer War memorial on Coombe Hill, with wonderful views across the countryside to the North and West. Passing through shady woods, they emerged near the Prime Minister’s official country residence at Chequers, before going on to lunch in the garden of The Plough at Cadsden (the pub where David Cameron’s daughter once was left behind accidentally by her parents).

Walkers at The Plough

Frank Kantor (Trustee), David Woodward, Andrew Gregory, Kev Harris and Roger Smith (Trust Chair) at The Plough at Cadsden near Chequers

The other group enjoyed a shorter walk past lakes near Steve and Tonia’s home at Tiddington, Oxfordshire. Everyone then gathered in the garden of their home for food and refreshments.

A presentation was made on the work of the Thembisa Trust, providing help to some desperately poor communities. The charity’s patron, the actress Dame Janet Suzman, made a short speech praising its work.

Some money was raised for the Thembisa Trust but the UKZN UK Trust also benefited from donations which came in from well-wishers who sponsored members of our group on the walks.

Tonia and Steve Bowley

Tonia and Steve Bowley

We are very grateful to Steve and Tonia for inviting us to join them on what was a very good, very sociable and enjoyable day. Please see www.thembisatrust.org for more information on their charity.

If you wish to express your backing for those supporters of the UKZN UK Trust who did sponsored walks, please make a donation.

Alumni are invited to a big day out

Chilterns footpath - picture by Des Blenkinsopp (c) (via geograph)

A summertime social gathering is being organised in Oxfordshire for Sunday, 27th July 2014, involving optional walks and a barbeque/braai.

The event is being hosted by Steve and Tonia Bowley, whose Thembisa Trust backs community projects in KwaZulu-Natal. Alumni and supporters of the UKZN UK Trust are invited to attend what is expected to be a fun day and a rare chance to meet up.

** Please RSVP by 11th July by email to info@ukznuktrust.org or by phoning 07968 142671. **

Option 1. DAY WALK – THE CHILTERNS (led by Steve Bowley). Please advise if you wish to join this walk.
Circular walk near Wendover, including Chequers Estate and Boer War Memorial (10 miles max).
Meet 10am at Tiddington Village Hall (A418 at OX9 2LY). Share transport to start.
Lunch stop – The Plough at Cadsden OR bring packed lunch.
Come prepared: Footpaths are slippery in wet weather so wear good footwear and bring a waterproof. Arrive back at Tiddington at 4pm for BBQ.

Option 2. AFTERNOON LOCAL WALK (Families welcome).
Meet at 3pm at Tiddington Village Hall (on A418 at OX9 2LY).
Weather permitting, the route will be through Ferndale Woods – or else via the lake (2 miles).

BBQ: Ferndale, Tiddington OX9 2LQ – 4.30-8.30pm.
Tickets: £12/adult, £6/u10; food and soft drinks included; beer/wine for sale. Raffle; plant sale.

The event will provide the opportunity for a little fund-raising for both charities as those taking part in the walks are being encouraged to obtain sponsorship from friends and family for the charity of their choice.

If you can help the UKZN UK Trust in this way, please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com and set up your own fundraising page for the event following the simple steps on the website:
• Select “Start fundraising (Create your page)”
• Select “Organised events”
• Enter “UKZN UK Trust Walk” and select “Next” (tick box if necessary)
• Follow the instructions to fill in the details on a simple form to create your page
• Email friends and family to encourage them to use your page to sponsor you.
All funds raised go straight to the UKZN UK Trust’s bank account.

Alternatively you can donate directly to the Trust via the Virgin Money Giving site or you can give cash or a cheque to UKZN UK Trust Chair Roger Smith at the event.

Girls’ ‘wizard’ show grips SA House guests

The Durban Girls’ College Choir and Orchestra circumvenDGC concert at South Africa Houseted Harry Potter mania on London’s Trafalgar Square to stage a well-received concert at South Africa House in aid of the University of KwaZulu-Natal UK Trust.

About 100 people attended the event on July 7, the highlight of a fortnight-long tour to the UK and Ireland. But performers and guests were unable to get into South Africa House via the main entrance because of the crush of Potter fans outside and had to find their way in through a side entrance. The girls – many of them Potter fans themselves – were given a wonderful albeit brief grandstand view of the wizardry going on on the Square from an upper window before they had to prepare for their concert.

The choir and orchestra performed a varied programme over an hour, including a unique “collage” of traditional African song and dance. Some numbers required audience participation, including waving the arms and ululating, or joining in beside the piano to sing with the choir. The guests took part enthusiastically. The choir was conducted by Ronel Perks, the orchestra by Teb Brian and piano accompaniment was by Kim Siedle.

DGC, established more than 100 years ago, has a rich performing arts heritage and includes luminaries such as the late Elizabeth Sneddon among its former pupils. Its choir performs regularly within the local community, including with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Richard Cock in the Playhouse Theatre, Durban, last year.

The school encourages music as a subject up to matric level and DGC girls selected for the choir’s tours have a very high singing standard. See the school’s website at www.dgc.co.za for more information.

Proceeds from donations to the Trust as a result of the concert are expected to run to around £500, with some donations still to come in.

Full house for girls’ concert

The South Africa House concert by the Durban Girls’ College Choir in aid of the UKZN UK Trust is now fully booked, with 100 people expected to The DGC Choir singsattend.

The Trustees are delighted by the excellent response to the event, which takes place on Thursday, July 7. Please note that no tickets will be available on the day. We regret any disappointment this may cause.

The choir will perform a varied programme over an hour, including a unique “collage” of traditional African song and dance. They will be accompanied by Ted Brien, Kim Siedle and Ronél Perks. The event will be a highlight of a two-week tour by the choir to the UK and Ireland.

DGC, established more than 100 years ago, has a rich performing arts heritage and includes luminaries such as the late Elizabeth Sneddon among its former pupils. Its choir performs regularly within the local community, including with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Richard Cock in the Playhouse Theatre, Durban, last year.

The school encourages music as a subject up to matric level and DGC girls selected for the choir’s tours have a very high singing standard. See the school’s website at www.dgc.co.za for more information.

For further information about the concert, or if you wish to be placed on a reserve list for seats, please e-mail the Trust at: info@ukznuktrust.org

There is no charge but donations to the Trust are requested.

Success for ‘Trust Artists’ exhibition

Admiring ceramics at the Private View

Admiring ceramics at the Private View

The London art exhibition in aid of the UKZN UK Trust had a glittering launch when its Private View was attended by around 80 alumni and Trust supporters.

They gathered at the Milton Gallery at St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JT, for the official opening in November of the mixed-media event, entitled “Trust Artists”. It was a very sociable occasion, with those attending having a marvellous opportunity to enjoy the art and have a chat over a glass of wine.

The exhibition included painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics by about 20 professional artists living in the UK or South Africa. Among the artists in the UK were: Jenny Franklin, Susan Rosenberg, Jonathan Keep, Jill Orpen, Anna Alcock and Carola Gordon.

Juliet Armstrong from the University’s Department of Creative Visual Arts in Pietermaritzburg collated work from artists in SA for the exhibition. These included: Ian Calder, Jinny Heath, Terry King, Walter Oltmann, David Walters and Vulindlela Nyoniare. Work from the Ardmore Pottery, the brainchild of Feé Halsted-Berning, was also exhibited.

Some of the crowd at the Private View

Some of the crowd at the Private View

The work sparked a lot of interest among those attending the Private View and purchases were sometimes fairly brisk. When the final figures came in in January, it turned out that a sum of  £1,321 was raised for the Trust’s bursaries for needy students.

The exhibition ran until 8th December. The Trustees are grateful to fellow Trustee Penny Holmes for her hard work in making the exhibition happen and to everyone who helped with the arrangements. Thanks are also due to the school for hosting the event – and to those who visited the exhibition and supported the Trust by buying works of art.

Updated: April 11, 2010

‘Trust Artists’ exhibition to make a splash

Susan Rosenberg

Susan Rosenberg (c)

The UKZN UK Trust is inviting alumni and supporters to visit a London exhibition of art by graduates of the University – and if possible help provide funds for the Trust’s bursaries for needy students by buying a work of art.

The mixed-media event, entitled “Trust Artists”, is taking place at the Milton Gallery at St Paul’s School, Barnes, London SW13 7RR. It will be open from November 11 to December 8, weekdays 9am-5pm.

The exhibition will include painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics by about 20 professional artists living in the UK or South Africa. Among the artists in the UK are: Jenny Franklin, Susan Rosenberg, Jonathan Keep, Jill Orpen, Anna Alcock and Carola Gordon.

Juliet Armstrong from the University’s Department of Creative Visual Arts in Pietermaritzburg has collated work from artists in SA. These include: Ian Calder, Jinny Heath, Terry King, Walter Oltmann, David Walters and Vulindlela Nyoniare. Work from the Ardmore Pottery, the brainchild of Feé Halsted-Berning, will also be exhibited.

The exhibition’s Private View will take place on Wednesday, November 10, between 6.30pm and 9pm. Please contact us if you need an invitation.