Camphill Village West Coast Newsletter - November 2014

Give a Gift

We have 25 residents who do not have families to support them emotionally, financially or socially and we have to actively fundraise to support them.

With your assistance we can continue taking care of them and have the possibly to take in more people with intellectual disability living at risk.

If you would like to help please contact Janine Strumpher (our fundraiser) on +27 (0)21 571 8600 or send Janine an email at
Looking back at 2014
by James Sleigh

And so we find ourselves nearing the end of another year. 2014, Camphill’s 50th year, has been a special year. A year filled with many new developments, challenges and lots of celebrations.

We launched our solar project this year, which we plan to expand next year. This project was short-listed for community project of Africa. We held our talent show, Camphill has Talent, which we will repeat next year, and of course, the big news was our music festival, featuring, amongst others, Valiant Swart and Freshly Ground. Many have asked that we have another, even bigger music festival next year, which we will start planning in the New Year. Then, a month ago, we had our 50th birthday celebration, our barn dance. This was a great success, and thoroughly enjoyed by all. These highlights were wonderful and assisted us in getting much publicity.

However, we must not forget that in between all these festivities and events, our organisation continued, seven days a week, and every single day. Caring for residents, developing skills, milking cows, cleaning houses, cooking, washing, making products, marketing them, collecting money, balancing the books, fundraising for shortfalls, dealing with crises. It is easy for the daily efforts, done with much care and love, to go unnoticed, particularly in a year filled with events such as this one.

We need to stop for a moment and thank all those who have contributed for this past year, but also for the contributions made over the past 50 years. People who have come and gone, but who have left their mark, either in the form of memories, or ideas, inspirations, or though physical things they built or planted. All of this has been woven into Camphill’s richness. We are deeply grateful to all who are here and all who have come before us.

We wish you a safe and restful festive season and look forward to sharing many new developments in 2015.

With Gratitude
by Janine Strumpher

Camphill Village turned 50 this year. We could not have achieved this without your support and we would like to say thank you. How do you say thank you on behalf of 90 people with intellectual disabilities who are being cared for in loving community? How do you say thank you that, not only are they being cared for but they are given the opportunity to live full and meaningful lives?

Words cannot truly express our gratitude to you, and for the role that you play in ensuring the continued existence of Camphill Village – thank you. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to make our 50th celebrations a success. Thanks for your contributions, sponsorships, donations, gifts, time, labour and love.

Destiny allowed me to join Camphill Village this year. I can honestly say I have been truly humbled by my experience. The hearts of the residents, the selflessness of caregivers and young co-workers and the willingness of supporters to contribute is something that I never experienced in the corporate world.

Again thank you for your support. Camphill Village cannot exist without support and we are truly grateful. Know that you are touching lives and making a difference. We look forward to another 50 years.

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world"    Mahatma Gandhi
Interview with Charl
By Antoinette Leeming

Charl du Toit (alias “Charl the Chef”) has been a volunteer in Camphill since September this year.   His advent was fortuitous in that he arrived at the height of the 50th Jubilee celebrations.

He was born and bred in Wellington and has been a qualified Chef for 8 years, working both in Europe and in South Africa, latterly at the Grande Roche in Paarl.   His contribution to Camphill has not just been culinary. He is presently busy with a recipe book which encompasses not just recipes but also the nutritional value of the ingredients, herbs, seasonings etc.  

It also deals with dietary requirements for Hypertensives and  Diabetics, food allergens which may cause eczema and other allergic reactions.   He has been resident at Malachite House and is loved by all the Residents for his calm nature, sense of humour and sense of fun.

Thank you Charl, for the positive contributions that you have made in our Village.
You really have a “Cooking Clue!”    
New oven delivered to Camphill Village West Coast bakery in 2014

Manna from Heaven

We recently received a donation of a new rotary rack oven. The new bakery oven has proven to be a true blessing!

It has given us a substantial "ryes" in production, allowing us to produce an additional 45 loaves per batch,  slicing 40% off our previous running costs and halving our drying time. 

Affectionately named “you biscuit”,  our new oven has shown its sustained ability to produce our much loved Camphill Bakery products better, faster and with gusto.

A big thank you to Apollo Bricks Atlantis for this donation.
A Good Old Tradition

Not as old as Christmas itself, but quite a few hundred years old is the tradition of the Oberufer Christmas Plays. The Paradise, the Shepherds’ and the Kings’ plays belong to the Medieval mystery plays and were performed originally by German peasants in a small village called ‘Oberufer’, near Bratislava.

In  1850s, Karl Julius Schröer, one of Rudolf Steiner’s teachers, discovered the plays and started to collect manuscripts. Steiner himself was so taken by the plays, that he included them in his curriculum for the Waldorf School.

Alongside the Waldorf Schools, the Oberufer Christmas Plays have now spread, in different languages, around the world.

A few years ago we managed to rekindle this beautiful tradition here in Camphill Village. This year our volunteers will perform the Paradise Play on Sunday the 21st of December at 19h00 and a group of children will perform for us a version of the Shepherds Play on the 24th at 17h00 in the Community Center.

Please come and join us for these special events.
Alexander Krafft

Alexander Krafft - Camphill Village West CoastI was born in 1935 in Namibia. The first Camphill I lived in was Newton Dee in Scotland, later on I went to Hermanus before I came to Camphill Village (Alexander joined in 1968).

I only remember that I lived in Aloe, Grange and now in Ferry. I worked in different workshops and always rode my bike to work. After I retired I still rode my bike to fetch our milk. When I got a bit older Ann Momsen became my friend and Sally and Maureen but I always got on with everybody.

I hope I can stay here for ever but I would love to go to Namibia again to visit my sister and my brother.
Last year I was still young but now I am getting old.
Cosmetics Gift Packs

Camphill Village Cosmetic Gift PackIf you’re looking for inspiration for gifts this festive season, Camphill Cosmetics workshop is here to help you out! Give one of our luscious natural gift packs full of our fragrant hand-made herbal products and made with love and essential oils!

Each gift pack contains a 120g bar of natural herb scented soap, a natural deodorant, a mustard bath salt and a nourishing flavoured lip balm.

They are the perfect gift for anyone who loves all things eco-friendly and natural, and of course they are supporting Camphill Village too, the perfect feel-good recipe!

The gift packs are very reasonably priced at R130 each. Delivery within our regular Cape Town delivery area is R30 and the gift packs will also be on sale at our December market on 7th December here at Camphill Village.

For more information

Order yours now!
Tel   +27 (0)21 571 8608 / 8600

Camphill Country Market
Sunday 7th December 10am-2pm

Wrap up the year and get your holiday season off to a good start with a visit Camphill Village West Coast. Our Christmas market is a wonderful day out for the family and the perfect opportunity to find some special gifts for the ones you love.

Kids - Santa will be at Camphill Village on the 7th of December, making presents for all children. Come pop in for a visit and give him your Christmas wish list and you can also make your very own Christmas decorations! Entertainment for the little ones includes face painting and games, as well as exploring the farm on tractor rides.  There will be great food, eggnog and plenty of wonderful treats for mom and dad too!
Browse stalls of jewellery, crafts, books, plants, clothing and much more, visit our cosmetics workshop for luscious natural organic soaps, and products, including gift packs for Christmas.Then there are all our delicious food products. If fresh is what you are after this is the place to be – don’t even try to resist our fresh crusty breads and bakery goods, fresh organic produce and herbs from the garden, and creamy dairy products, just fill your shopping basket with plenty of wholesome goodness. Relax with coffee and cakes and healthy lunches.

Looking forward to seeing you here on Sunday.

Directions & contact details
Directions: From the N1 take the N7 towards Malmesbury, travel approx 35km.
At the sign “R304 Camphill Village / Atlantis” turn left, drive another 4,5km and we are on the left. 
Email or visit 
Contact 021 571 8600 & 8641 on market day  
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