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Newsletter 26th September 2016
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Camphill Village Country Market - October 2016

October Market
Sunday 2nd, 10am – 2pm

by Craig du Preez

Pink teddyCamphill Market is going pink this coming market to show support for cancer sufferers and survivors.    Our venue will be decorated like a pink wonderland, and we will have staff members  in conjunction with a local hairdresser Nadene O’Leary standing by for the brave souls who wish to shave and colour their hair in support.

Our breakfast, lunch and coffee shop stalls will have some great options in store for you this month.   Thinking pink, Camphill’s Sunday Lunch will be smoked salmon or pork back on a bed of savoury rice and salad. We will also be stocking Camphill strawberry yogurt for the event.  Your favorite Camphill coffee shop treats will be decorated with lovely colourful edible flowers. Our regular food vendors will also be there with delectable meals and offerings.

Camphill products to look out for
Our Bakery has been hard at work over the last few months to bring you some new products for spring, including a Camphill Banting bread and two new rusk recipes: Country and Coffee & Coconut. Our cosmetics department has your favourite Camphill creams back in, and a new liquid range, which includes hand soaps, shower gels and shampoos.  The dairy’s famous Camphill yogurt is available at the shop during the market.  As always our garden will have some fresh organic veggies for you and your family.  
Camphill Market has a wonderful mix of natural, home and handmade and country market vendors who always bring interesting and new items including: organic products, wholesome foods, condiments, earthy jewellery, clothing, books, toys and all sorts of home-made products. Lucky Lucy Foundation will be back this month with adorable puppies who are looking for good permanent homes.  Johan will be back with his Old Style Food Truck And Tasty Meals,  not to forget the rest of our outstanding vendors bringing Camphill fans a host of wonderful products.

Jean and TamaraMusic
Our live performance this market will be the entertaining Jean & Tamara  with their eclectic blend of blues, rock and good old classics.

Come and enjoy!

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
Herd of cows at Camphill
Centre for Excellence 2020 Masterplan
by James Sleigh

Our borehole has now been connected to our water tower. This has meant laying a pipeline from the one side of the village to the other and, in the process, we now have a backup of water supply for both sides of the village. This is a great step forward towards our water security, and will enable us to have more water for irrigating pastures and our vegetable gardens.

Our next step is to cultivate new dairy pastures - our immediate aim being to add 4 hectares of Kikuyu for summer grazing, to ensure that our milk production remains high throughout the summer.

The other area of our masterplan we are now focusing on is upgrading our group homes.
Group homes
Masterplan – Houses Upgrade
by Janine Strumpher

Our Managers of Wellbeing, Uli, and HR, Elma, visited all the houses, sat with the House-leaders and compiled a comprehensive list of what is needed in the houses; from teaspoons and TVs,  to maintenance and security.

We have forwarded these lists to some friends of Camphill and want to thank Roy, Allan, Bob and Claire who immediately offered to assist and forward the lists to friends and family.

If you would like to assist or could refer us to a contact person who may be able to assist, please contact me and we can discuss and forward the lists.

Please contact Janine, at
by James Sleigh

Security in and around Camphill is something we are constantly aware of and trying to improve. This week we met with the head of the Philadelphia police, the chairman of the Community Police Forum, the manager of our security company, and the head of our neighbourhood watch. We had a very positive meeting, looking at the most effective ways to tighten up security, and to work closely with our neighbourhood watch and the police.

We are really grateful for the supportive community and are putting together a comprehensive plan to be as effective as possible in terms of security. Security is a complex issue, and needs to be dealt with on many levels.

If any of you have experience in security or would like to assist us in this, please let us know.

Please contact James Sleigh, at
Camphill naturals
Products: Camphill Cosmetics
by Craig du Preez

October Release/ Coming Soon

Camphill Naturals will be releasing their new his & hers range of personal care body products this October in selected stores. Our range of daily use products are made with natural ingredients, infused with healing oils, botanical extracts and essential oils, providing you with precious nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and volatile oils in one quick, easy application.

The first release of the new range will include: face washes, shaving gel, shower gels, shampoos, creams and Camphill packed teas.  

At Camphill Naturals we look to create products that have a positive effect that is more than skin deep. Our products endeavour to combine the best of natural personal care, the power of botanical extracts and the benefits of aromatherapy.  Is your body worth the very best? We think so!

Look out for updates for the selected stores and social media promotions on our website or our Facebook page
Staff training
Products: Camphill Rusks
by Max the Baker

For those of you who have not tried our Country Rusks, you are in for a treat. Look out for our new range of flavours - Coffee, Seeded, all complemented with our Camphill Village delicious full cream yoghurt as one of their ingredients.
Our Camphill Country Rusks will be available at our Camphill Market on Sunday the 2nd October, or from our orders department on 021 571 8600 or
Three Italians
3 Italians following the Yoghurt Trail
by Janine Strumpher

Italians lurv their cheese!

We had a surprise visit from three Italian gentlemen, who reside in Johannesburg. They had tasted our very famous Camphill yoghurt and decided they want to find the source of this wonderful product. "We have never tasted anything like it!" they exclaimed, "and want to start by ordering a 1000 litres a week."

This again highlights the demand we have for our “world famous” yoghurt. They loved the tour and could not decide which was better, our quark or our labaneh. Three Italians, three opinions?
Off The Grid - Camphill Music Festival
Off The Grid Music Festival
by Janine Strumpher

Our annual music festival, is now to be named "Off the Grid". This name was the brainchild of Jo Bell, a family member of one of our residents. This will become the new trendy name and brand of our music festivals going forward. 

Our next step has been to design a logo. After having looked at countless designs and logos, our logo has been chosen. Thanks to the brilliance of Tanya from Urban Essence Designs it is here!

Our Music Festival will be held on the 25th of February 2017. We have an exciting line up of bands building up. Watch the press for more details.
Sandra Naude
by Antoinette Leeming

During her 2-week trial period in Camphill, Sandra already felt an affinity with Camphill and its residents, and officially became part of the Camphill family on the 1st July 2016. Her first task was a very successful stay as a stand-in House leader at Malachite House, when the resident House leader went on leave for 10 days, and she established herself as firm but fair leader. Moving to Aloe House, Sandra began helping where needed in the village, until she was seconded to our Cosmetics Workshop as Production Manager, where she found her niche.

Recently the House Leader of Ferry House resigned, and Sandra is taking her place.   She understands that she has big shoes to fill but sees it as an interesting challenge.   She has spent close time with the Ferry residents and Eastlynne, and is optimistic that she will be able to run the house and give of her best to Cosmetics. She is very excited at having her own house to run, and is looking forward to being a part of the residents’ lives in Ferry and hearing their reminiscences about living in Camphill, with some of them having been here since Camphill’s inception.

Swan Prince
Swan Prince
by Ninja Geissler

The play, which is written by Jeanna Oterdahl, is about a young orphan called Botvid who tries to release the enchanted swan prince. But to release the prince, he has to overcome himself and it takes many years to reach his goal.

We practiced every Monday and Wednesday together with some residents, housemothers and young Co-workers to perfect the play. Under direction from Renate and with beautiful stage settings by Esme the story of the Swan Prince came alive.

We can't wait to see the swans start flying on the 29th of September in the Community Centre.
Milena and Maren
First Impressions
by Milena and Maren

Welcome in South Africa

How are you? How is your Life there? Did you settled already?

These are the most popular questions that we're asked from our friends in Germany. But we can't really aswer these questions, we just want to jump in our new life in South Africa.

But first, hello to everybody! We are Milena and Maren and we are two of the Young Coworkers in our beautiful Village (Some of you might know us yet).

Now we wanna tell you something about the beginning of our adventure:

The first view weeks where really exciting for us. We realised that as we were so tired everyday that we needed more than 12 hours of sleep to assimilate all the new things we learned and explored here (and still we were really tired...). Now we are here since more than one month and our houses become our new families.

But at the beginning, it was the biggest challenge to get into this new life, because it is not in any way like our everyday life in Germany.

The time is running very fast and like nobody's business we are finished with our orientation week and started working in cosmetics and in the garden.Day by day we settle more and more and life became everyday life.

We hope the following year is going to be very beautiful and we can make many exciting experiences with all the people living here.

Greetings and Love,
Milena and Maren
Protective clothing
Thank yous
by Janine Strumpher

AoCC - for your donation to purchase protective clothing for our residents.

Helen’s hearing Aid: Clive from “Lions help to hear”, together with Sheila, offered assistance with the necessary hearing tests by an audiologist; this will help with costs, Izabel & Coenie for your cash donations towards the hearing Aid. Carol who offered a hearing aid, unfortunately we cannot use it for Helen but we might be able to use it for another resident in need.

Neville - for your meaty donation.  We are keeping the credit for some treats for Christmas coming.

Max - for the splendid new mattress and leather shoes.

Sandy and Ronel - for a bag of lovely clothes

How to Donate
by Janine Strumpher

Our PayPal account is now in operation; there are now three ways to donate cash to Camphill Village West Coast.
  1. Our PayPal account is now fully functional if you would like to use this option - Click Here
  2. EFT – Camphill Village Standard Bank Malmesbury Acc: 082 399 204 Branch: 050507 Swift: SBZA ZA JJ
  3. Foreign donations can be made through a NPO in your country and a tax certificate can be issued, please contact Janine to discuss for more info.
NB! Your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE, we would like to thank everybody that supports Camphill, remember without your support we cannot continue the work we do. We provide a safe normal life for people living with intellectual disability.
Sponsor a Resident

by Janine Strumpher

We have embarked on a drive to find a sponsor for each resident who has no family or financial means. Without Camphill Village they would be on the streets where people with special needs are often victims of abuse and manipulation and at risk even within their own families and/or communities.
And without financial assistance we cannot continue providing this place of safety.

Living at Camphill Village West Coast gives people with intellectual disability the chance to live a full, creative and fulfilled life, to develop their abilities and contribute to their community. The life that we take for granted, is for many a gift. However we can only do this when financial support is found for the individuals.

If you can help, or know of Individuals or Companies we can approach please contact Janine Strumpher on 021 571 8600 or e-mail

Take a break from your busy day and watch this beautiful slideshow about life at Camphill -

My School Card
My School Card

Support Camphill Village with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.
Every time you shop at Woolworths, Waltons,, ToysRUs and several other partners, a percentage of the amount goes to your MySchool beneficiaries.

If you don’t already have a card the application form is available on our website here.

If you already have a card, update your profile to include Camphill Village West Coast as one of your beneficiaries.

You can have up to three beneficiaries per card, so can support us at the same time as your school or other favourite charity.

Thank you – every little bit makes a difference!

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