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2020 is certainly not the year any of us had planned.
We hope that our members and friends continue to remain healthy.
When we held  our last meeting  8 months ago on 12th March 2020,  the world was already somewhat perturbed over the emergence and alarming spread of a new strain of Coronavirus from Wuhan, China. Much was being said about COVID-19 but its impact was impossible to anticipate. Declaration of a worldwide “pandemic”  still seemed like a great plot for a Hollywood blockbuster. 
We could not have guessed that just two weeks later on Friday 27th March 2020, South Africa would be placed in one of the strictest and most draconian “lockdowns” seen in any country in the world.
The full impact of this situation is still unfolding  and is certainly far from clear.
Like many organisations and businesses our society found itself unable to function in any meaningful way.
We usually hold our Annual General Meeting with a “keynote speaker” in November each year.
For the first time since the Society was formed in 1980, the decision has been taken by your committee to postpone the Annual General Meeting.
Our venue at Formosa Garden Village is duty bound to keep residents safe, and understandably remains under strict  “lockdown” regulations.
In addition to this, the safety of our members and guests remains of paramount importance.
The cancellation of all our talks and the postponement of the AGM has meant that our small income stream has come to an abrupt end.
This has had a devastating impact on our finances.
We rely entirely on annual subscriptions, entrance fees and donations to keep afloat.
The bulk of our annual subscriptions are paid in cash at the AGM.

The current situation is unprecedented and we have to say that the future of The Van Plettenberg Historical Society lies in your hands.     
We appeal to all on our mailing list to officially join the society.
We ask our existing members to renew their annual subscriptions.
The annual subscription is R100 per person per annum.
 We are also requesting an additional levy of R100 per person for the coming year .
We will continue to charge a modest entrance fee.
This will be increased from R30 to R50 per person per talk. 

Any additional donation –however small – would be very much appreciated.

At this point we would like to thank those members who have kindly made donations in the past.
A few years ago a very successful fundraising auction gave us a much needed financial cushion.
Those funds have now been depleted.
Our funds are used as follows:
  • Maintenance of our website, other social media and mailing list.
  • Securing a venue
  • Rental of public address system
  • Recording of talks
  • Publicity and adverts in local press.
  • Travel expenses and accommodation for guest speakers when appropriate.
FNB Plettenberg Bay 
Branch code:  21 05 14.
Account number : 624 8729 2262.     
Ref: Subs 2021 

The Society has been in existence for over 40 years.
It came into existence in November 1980.

Among its objectives :

• To collect and collate information about Plett and the area
• To collect and preserve documents
•  Preservation of buildings and sites of historical interest.
•  Identification of places of interest by means of “plaques” 
In addition to arranging 6 talks a year, your committee provide advice and input  to heritage organisations, planning applications, and answer general enquiries from members of the public who contact us via our website.
We keep an eye on our local historical sites and keep a close watch on projects which might have an adverse effect on these sites.
Over the years we have managed to secure a variety of excellent speakers covering a diverse and always fascinating array of topics.
Most of our previous talks can be accessed via our excellent website.  

Only one talk took place in 2020,  which was Len Swimmer’s presentation in March  on “Memes and Memetics” and their role in the development of human value systems. This certainly gave us much food for thought .

We had the following speakers in the pipeline for 2020
May 2020
Graeme Young -  History and Future of the Brenton Blue Butterfly
This is one of the rarest butterflies in the world – it is only found in Brenton-on-Sea and is critically endangered . 
Miraculously it survived the fires which swept through Knysna and the Garden Route in June  2017. 

July 2020
In commemoration of the D-Day landings, David Hall-Green was to present a video on the building of the Mulberrry Harbours  which facilitated the landing of the Allied forces in Arromanche, in 1944.
September 2020
2020 is the bicentennial anniversary of the landing on our shores of The 1820 Settlers.
We were due to have a presentation on this important milestone by Courtney Bradfield. Courtney Bradfield is a direct descendant of a group of settlers known as The Nottingham Party who arrived in Algoa Bay in 1820.
They originated from Nottingham, and surrounding areas in England which were particularly hard hit by the Industrial Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the collapse of the American market.
Traditional trades and skills such as lace making and the weaving of hosiery could not survive and thousands were out of work and facing starvation.
A group known as The Nottingham Party were accepted for an emigration scheme to South Africa and with many other economic migrants from around the United Kingdom, they set sail in 1820 for a better life – landing in Algoa Bay.
Courtney lives in the heart of settler country in the Eastern Cape and has extensively researched the history of the settlers and the tribulations of the times.
It is hoped that these talks will be rescheduled next year.
We continue to have a steady stream of enquiries via our Website.
A lot of these are questions about the modern history of Plettenberg Bay.
There are many people in our town with interesting information, facts and anecdotes about the early days of modern Plettenberg Bay.
One only has to see how many people follow the posts on the excellent Facebook group called “Plett: Back in the Day”.
The Van Plettenberg Historical Society would like to collect historical information and put it together for future generations.

Committee member Paul Scheepers, a long time resident and a former Mayor of Plettenberg Bay is keen to launch this initiative with the help of Colleen Noble amongst others.
Colleen’s husband Clive is our Chairman – and the Noble family have been in this area for over 200 years. 

Please help us save the history of our town.
There is so much information out there - let’s not lose it forever.

Please take a little time and send us copies of your photographs, reminiscences and personal family histories. 

Our email address:

In addition to collating information, anecdotes, documents and photographs we feel very strongly that there should be a museum in Plettenberg Bay.    
We would welcome any suggestions as to the best location for such a venture and how best to proceed.

FNB Plettenberg Bay 
Branch code: 21 05 14.
Account number: 624 8729 2262.     
Ref: Subs 2021  

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