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Camphill Village Westcoast Newsletter – Sept 2014

Camphill Village Country Market 

Sunday 5 October


An unforgettable family experience!

Come and experience the best that Camphill has to offer at our incredible country market on the 5th of October 2014.
Come and enjoy the great food, family entertainment and wide variety of stalls in the crisp clean air and sprawling grounds of Camphill Village West Coast. 
Kids games, face painting, playground and tractor rides will thrill your little ones  providing a safe environment for them to enjoy the day.
Our wide selection of freshly prepared foods & coffee shop will tickle your taste buds and our range of stalls are always a treat with plenty of bargains to be found. 
If fresh is what you are after this is the place to be. From our own amazing selection of herbs and fresh produce grown right here at Camphill to our dairy and bakery products made to perfection there is something for everyone. 

Camphill Village West Coast – Come experience it! 
Directions: From the N1 take the N7 towards Malmesbury, travel approx 35km.
At the sign “Camphill Village” turn left, drive another 4,5km and we are on the left. 
Email: or visit 
Contact: 021 571 8600 & 8641 on market day  

Music Festival

Wow, what a fantastic day our Music Festival was. Camphill really rocked!
Some of our residents, together with about a thousand visitors, danced to the music all afternoon, and others sat back and enjoyed the vibe, which was relaxed and happy.
The market stalls sold a fabulous array of treats, snacks and lunches. Kids old and young had fun getting feathers in their hair, face paint and flower garlands in true festival spirit. Volunteers from sponsors Itron, gave a hand all over the festival; from food stalls to parking.
The music flowed non-stop from 1pm onwards, opening with a rousing chorus from the Camphill choir and a solo from Bart followed by the professionals, starting with Bart’s brother Greg Kentgens. MC Alvon Collison kept everything running smoothly and filled in the time while the next band was setting up with a song, a joke or awarding a prize of a bottle of wine to lucky member of the audience.
Ras Kerry’s Cheety took to the stage with his accomplished reggae, followed by SillyBoi, Tasha, Che-V and CeeJ all talented musicians from an empowerment program facilitated by Vision Records in Atlantis. Then The Bootleggers Blues Band got the dancing going with some old blues favourites and new. No Pressure from Riebeek Kasteel played their own songs next, and then it was time for Valiant Swart to come on stage and gather the audience closer with his well known modern Afrikaans ballads.
The light was fading as it was time for the final headlining act, Freshlyground. Picnics and food stalls were abandoned as everyone gathered around the stage and enjoyed the dynamic sounds and energetic stage act. There was much dancing and singing along and Freshlyground weren’t allowed to go without an encore, so it was 7pm by the time the music faded out and we all gathered up picnic blankets and baskets, with the beats still echoing in our hearts.
For more about the event read the lovely blog post by Rene of Soul Sessions
or see our Facebook page
Thanks go to so many people who made this wonderful celebration of Camphill’s 50th anniversary possible.

Our 50th Birthday

On the 25th of October, we will be celebrating our 50th birthday. This will be a party for residents, families, friends and donors – and a chance for us to thank all for the support Camphill has received over the last 50 years.
The event will be a barn dance, held in the evening of the 25th and we plan to make it lively and fun. We will send out invitations within a week, but please diarise the date. We look forward to seeing you.

CTSO Comes to Camphill

by Peter Henochsberg 

It was a wonderful windfall for the community when the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra came to perform at Camphill on 15 September. As part of their community outreach and education programme, the forty seven piece orchestra graced our stage in the community hall – not only the stage, but part of the floor as well, it was so big.
The sections of the orchestra were introduced to the community and neighbours who visited and we got to learn about the string, brass, woodwind and timpani sections. The various instruments within each section gave the audience a visceral experience of each instrument’s unique sound. Various well known classical pieces were played, but the versatility of the orchestra was demonstrated when they also played theme tunes to well-known soapies, movies and some jazz and swing.
The highpoint of the event was when four residents were allowed to conduct the orchestra. This was great fun and those who waved their batons wildly caused the orchestra to speed up and those who were more sedate, caused the orchestra to slow their tempi.
The hall was packed, the audience was receptive and a great time was had by all. This really was a close encounter of the nicest kind.

"Dairy" Exclusive to Wellness

by Rozelle Meyer 

"Our delectable cheeses and yoghurts are on the shelves at Wellness Warehouse"

On Saturday, 30 August 2014 Wellness Warehouse Kloof Shoppers got to experience a taste of Camphill  Village Dairy variants such as Sweet milk Cheese and Cumin cheese which is 100% Hand Crafted by our Cheesemaker as well as the Labneh.
Our familiar customers glowed to see Camphill promoters, David Curitz , Rozelle Meyer and Craig Du Preez promoting with inspiration the delicious yoghurt range, from Low Fat Yoghurt to Full Cream Yoghurt and the Honey Yoghurt.

David Curitz said, “It feels great to see how much shoppers love Camphill Village products on the shelf and to see customers support and purchase our products through Wellness Warehouse”

As the Wellness Warehouse Marketing Day promotion progressed so did general awareness of Camphill Village Dairy Products grow too. Samples of fresh dairy products enticed and tantalised the palates of many customers.
Our delicious dairy variants can now be purchased at Wellnesss Warehouse stores all around the Cape as well as their new store in Flamingo Square Table View.
The fridges are loaded with our fresh and organic dairy range.


by Ninja Giessler 

I came to Camphill when I was 19 years old, on the 9th of April 1985. For once I was quicker than my twin sister who was born before me but came to Camphill only in September 1986.
The first house I lived in was Acacia House and I worked in the morning in the Kindergarten (now the Coffee Shop) and in the Pottery in the afternoon. I worked in the pottery for quite some time but changed my morning work after a few years to cooking, first in Orchard then in Pine Close.
Later on I work the whole day in the Spinning workshop. It was very difficult in the beginning but I pushed myself until I got it and then everybody liked my wool because it was so even.
On the 24th of November 1994 I changed to the Dairy where I work till today. It has been 21 years now.
In 1987 I started to serve in the Chapel because I thought it was really interesting and I still like it.
I go horse riding and have piano lessons once a week. I really like it and it does me so much good.
When Judy and Aron got married in the hall, all single Ladies had to stand in front of the stage when Judy threw her bouquet and I caught it. Camphill is my home. It is good to go away for a break but I like coming back.
Now I only have one wish, I really would like to do a computer course.

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