This is a working relationship with the communtity
of Village Heights,
The City of Cape Town adopted Village Heights for a legacy community
as part of
What and where is Village Heights Community Centre.
It is a registered NPO. Situated in the Lavender Hill area at the end of Military Road and close to the Rondevlei Nature Reserve western border.
It has a number of skills
development and upliftment projects for the local community run by the local
volunteer community members. We works with many
other organisations, local and international, and
Who we are.
It is a voluntary community organisation with a small membership. At our last AGM the following were elected to the governing body;
Gavin Lawson is a volunteer
Zandvlei Trust member, training and advising the administration of the VHCC
organisation as a ZVT project together with the above people and others.
Some of the Organisations we have working partnerships with.
The Village Heights Community Nature Garden.
Marijke Honig set up a Facebook page for the Community
Have a look at this
Click on the photo below for the link.
At the the workshop in October 2014
in the Seawinds Community Centre ideas were drawn from
This is the current plan for the
area which came from the planning process above. The plan is
Loubie Rusch makes lekker
tasting food / kos from indigenous plants that grow all around us.
Wild Asparagus (veldkool) delicious raw or cooked.
See Loubie's very interesting FB page here.
26/08/2016 - We had the 3rd Upcycling Waste Workshop with Amy today.
Washing the bottles before starting to work with them.
See more ..... to follow.
25/08/2016 - Today was warm
and sunny with no wind after early morning fog over the whole Peninsula.
Here is our "new"
knitter, after starting one test squares
See more..... updated 26/08/2016.
Dumping which took place over night.
The variety of junk dumped is
building material, broken disued domestic items, kitchen
Projects Abroad volunteer plastering the walls.
See more ..... updated 30/08/2016.
Hard at work in the library doing homework.
See more .... updated 30/08/2016.
18/08/2016 - Today we
continued wit knitting in between all the other activities on the go.
Veronica with 2 baby caps she
made in yesterdays knitting class.
We are knitting gloves now.
The last of the 22 Projects
Abroad volunteers in Deens building team are leaving today and going
16/08/2016 - Today the 3rd Projects
Abroad Nutrition Workshop took place. The mothers learnt
The Eco Buddies making different kinds of flutes from some discarded plastic pipe.
See more ..... updated 25/08/2016.
The footprints of the babies were taken today to stick into their workshop books.
See more ..... updated 25/08/2016.
12/08/2016 - Today we had the
2nd Upcycling Waste Workshop at VHCC a project
Here is some of our group today after we finished making a "sample tree".
See what we did .... updated 30/08/2016.
11/08/2016 - Today a group of
the Eco Buddies were playing with a ball in the play park while
Some deft foot skills being show there.
.... and suddenly the ball was dancing off under another pair of feet going in circles.
.....twisting and turning........
06/08/2016 - Today Saturday
we had the Dignity Campaign Workshop run by Meagan Ruiters
Our group today at the end of the Workshop.
04/08/2016 - The volunteers were still arriving and others leaving. It rained hard again on Tuesday so the Nutrition Workshop was cancelled. Wednesday was a public holiday for the municipal voting elections, so there was no knitting class. There is enough stock to go to the Marina Craft market this Saturday. We also have a Dignity Campaign Workshop on Saturday afternoon for the ladies.
Projects Abroad volunteers from
Switzerland and Luxembourg
The cabbages growing very well in the vege garden.
The young children having fun with a squirt bottle filled with water.
"Look its empty ..... I must fill it again."
It is a constant battle to clear
the junk just dumped next to the VHCC playpark. There is a formal
31/07/2016 - The Monthly Report for July by the Chairman. updated 13/08/2016.
28/07/2016 - Wow what a storm we had on Tuesday all day and night. Spent Wednesday clearing up the water paddles. The Nutrition Workshop had to be cancelled because the creche building was flooded. 5 Projects Abroad volunteers were leaving us today. The knitting is progressing with some new items.
A group photo of volunteer
Projects Abroad Building Team leaving today. 2 from the group will be
These are the bright colourful caps and scarves that Berny and Veronica have been making.
21/07/2016 - This week the
children went back to school. And it was still very busy at VHCC.
"What is going on here?"
See what was happening .... updated 29/07/2016.
A Princess from a story being painted on the wall in the creche by the Projects Abroad volunteers.
On another wall in the creche the continent of Africa in the spotlight. It is having some details filled in.
The boys cooking the lunch for all.
14/07/2016 - The Projects Abroad volunteer team building a wall today.
The little ones also wanted to help build!! Seen shovelling the cement over the wall to the builders.
14/07/2016 - Veronica is busy knitting more lions.
Veronica with her knitting basket.
Today was the last day for a number of the volunteers who will be returning to
A Projects Abroad volunteers group photo with the children in the playpark.
Today there was a game on in the courtyard. The Projects Abroad volunteers
The game is to eliminate the
opposing team members till the last person standing wins. It is
Today was the second Nutritional Workshop at VHCC for mothers and babies from
Deborah Talbot is a
Nutrition Project Manager with Projects Abroad and a Registered Dietition
12/07/2016 - The Projects Abroad volunteers playing with the children and they were given lunch too.
To day was a busy day at VHCC!!! Plenty of activity on the go today.
Melanie Stewart conducting a vegetable garden workshop.
The Projects Abroad volunteers having fun with the kids.
Projects Abroad volunteers making food for everyone at VHCC today.
Projects Abroad volunteers building.
Berny going through a box of childrens books donated by Patty Hardy.
Catherine came all the way from
Camps Bay to support the knitting group.
These children have filled these
2 bags with litter removed from the wetland and surrounding area.
30/06/2016 - The Monthly Report for June by the Chairman.
It is mid year school holidays. This week 5 children from VHCC attended the
Ciao! Buon giorno! The Italian
Boys are in town.
Julie and Berny testing at the sewing machine. Julie is making epiletes for her childrens uniforms.
The giraffes are multiplying at VHCC, "a good conservation programme is being developed here."
The toolbox for the Upcycling Waste Workshop and some of the tools we will be using.
The soccer goal post plastic
joints are broken. They are made from ABS plastic and are too
Where to find replacements? They should possibly be made from polypropolyene, which is flexible.
Today was the first Nutritional Workshop at VHCC for mothers and babies from
Deborah introducing herself and her assistant to the class today.
30/06/2016 - Botsoc member
Melanie Stewart and her husband came today and delivered a load of
29/06/2016 - Projects Abroad - Cyris is leaving us today to go back to Australia. He has been coming to work at VHCC for 3 months.
Cyris standing with his legs crossed listening to Deen thanking him for the wonderful time spent at VHCC.
Here he is holding the baby in
pink along with other volunteers from Italy and the USA. Some
28/06/2016 - The
came to visit VHCC today. Meagan Ruiters came to visit and introduce herself
and the campaign to the ladies to explore the subject requirement in the VH
Help by sponsoring a Dignity Day. See the website above.
Demonstrating a menstrual cup.
It was established that there is a
definite need in the Village Heights area for this discussion,
23/06/2016 - "J.A.M porridge goes down a treat". "Die pap sjmaak lekker!" they say.
Veronica handing out bread rolls
supplied by Prospur Spar Super Market, Plumstead
VHCC has signed a Charter with a number of role players in the Village Heights
The signed Village Heights Charter.
09/06/2016 - The knitting group were busy and Joan had made a very pretty sample cap. Veronica was busy producing some for sale at the Market.
The second cap being knitted by Veronica. What beautiful colours!
Also on the go was the repair an addition to the upcycled waste tree experiment. A hot gun was borrowed and available for the afternoon. So a group got stuck into modifying and repairing the tre stem. It was relocated to another part of the vegetable garden out of the way. The test is to see how it endures the winter elements until Amy returns for the next Workshops in August.
Some of the plastic material picked up in the Village Heights wetland and stored to modify the tree.
05/06/2016 - The
Peninsula Paddle from Muizenberg to Milnerton via the waterways
Ismaail, Levi and Gellil at the
start just after 07h30 paddling at Zandvlei.
31/05/2016 - The May Monthly Report by the Chairman.
Between 12/05/2016 and 09/06/2016
photographer was not able to visit VHCC, so there
12/05/2016 - There was news
that a donation from The Church of the Good
Shepherd - Protea
Some of the warm winter jackets
being worn for the photograph with Rev.Tyers in the centre.
Joan is hiding away behind Edwina.
We thank the congregation of The
Church of the Good Shepherd - Protea very
much for this well
07/05/2016 - Marina da Gama Craft Market today.
Berny at the table with all the
goods for sale. Please support the knitting group by purchasing
06/05/2016 - After school
today the young girls wanted to make flowers for Mothers Day.
The flowers we made for our
Mother's Day on Sunday. The late afternoon sunshine is
05/05/2016 - Today was a
school holiday in the general Lavender Hill area. The local Christian
So the play park and the library was full of activity.
So what were they doing?
Sitting in the warm autumn sun outside the library, quietly engrossed......
.....playing a card game.
03/05/2016 - Today was the
first of four Upcycling Waste Workshops funded by the
Making parts of "the tree. What tree?".
30/04/2016 - The April Monthly Report by the Chairman.
27/04/2016 - Today was a
public holiday the everyone had been looking forward to going hiking
On top of the world with Cape Town way below.
26/04/2016 - Today the Projects Abroad team, Wynberg
office, with their Director Peter
The Projects Abroad team Wynberg office visiting VHCC.
21/04/2016 - Take a closer look at what is growing in the back garden of a house in VH.
Veronica took this photograph of
a grenadilla vine which is about 1 year old. It is being trained
Just shows what can be done.
20/04/2016 - Visitors to VHCC today.
Who could they be?
19/04/2016 - The tyre forest
has been vandalised! Someone in the community cut the big branches off.
The children helping to plant some pruned branches from the VHCC vegegarden trees.
18/04/2016 - The VH children using the library to do their school homework.
The little ones watching the older boys doing their homework in the library.
16/04/2016 - Birdathon at
the False Bay Nature Reserve. ZVT sponsored the transport of the VHCC
The children lining up for a turn
to look through Simon Fogarty's telescope on the Information
14/04/2016 - Lots going on as usual at VHCC this week.
What is happening here?
What is Jan Vathjunker (Kulu
Manzi Foundation) doing
outside the Grassy Park Pep Store
.......and what is Jan doing outside the Lavender Hill High School Hall?
07/04/2016 - The Projects
Abroad team made a big pot of vegetable stew for everyone
The level has gone down quickly. Got to leave some for the others arriving a little later.
31/03/2016 - The March Monthly Report by the Chairman.
31/03/2016 - This week has been busy. Pride of Table Mountain walk with Sharon on Saturday, a soccer derby on Easter Monday, some nearby houses burnt down on Tuesday and all were helping there. And it is still school holidays with all the children who are very active.
These animals are going to a movie tonight in Muizenberg at the Masque Theatre!
The kids were having some fun with their druming session in the playpark.
There was 1 x bongo drum, 1 x 25
litre paint drum and a 5 x litre paint tin
23/03/2016 - This is National
Water Week and school holidays. 15 children from VHCC
The poster advertising the play at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg.
20/03/2016 - The Sunday
soccer continues. Stephen Granger came to see a match with some
The VH Street Swingers team in orange tops and VH New Age team in the yellow tops.
17/03/2016 - The school holidays are about to start and the playpark is busy.
Ziema started knitting this week and made these coat hanger covers.
Deen and his Projects Abroad team members are building.
It is school holidays tomorrow and the boys are already having some fun.
Wayden holding his school report, he did very well this term.
10/03/2016 - There were very unpleasant
shootings between the gangs fighting in the area last week.
Jan Vathjunker came to visit today. He spent some time with Bernie going over
some ideas and
Bernie and Jan in discussion
planning and working out what could happen. Bernie showing Jan
Veronica working on a Zebra. They were busy yesterday making handbags too.
There are a few small children coming to the Centre, so the Gift of Hope is running again.
These brothers enjoy reading
books and come to the library regularly.
09/03/2016 - On Wednesday the sewing and knitting group continued.
A teapot cosy which has some orders attached. "Can we or cant we? Of course we can!!"
06/03/2016 - Sunday afternoon Soccer at Village Heights.
Senior Ladies against the Junior Ladies soccer match. There were 3 other age group matches played.
05/03/2016 - Bernadine and Veronica went to the Marina Craft Market today.
Veronica setting up the table at the Marina Craft Market.
29/02/2016 - The February Monthly Report by the Chairman.
25/02/2016 - Plenty going on at VHCC today.
Sharon brought some colourful material today.
What are all these bottles doing
Reusing and Recycling bottles in the process. The lessons being taught here are learning about and taking care and responsibility for the natural environment next to our play ground.
See the photos below for 23/02/2016 when the Environmental Resource Management interns came to visit.
The weights all lined up neatly for todays practise.
The work bench where the weights
are still being made. The bottles are filled with sand.
All the soccer and netball team
players had to bring a set of bottles from home. There were a few
24/02/2016 - Joan's knitting classes have changed to Wednesdays. We are making lions now.
This is the sample made by Joan, next to a real cousin image in a library book.
24/02/2016 - We have got a netball hoop made from a car tyre and some planks.
Netball practise today.
23/02/2016 - The Citys ERM interns Allie and Nicola came to visit today.
Ismail was teaching the children
to use the weights they have made from plastic bottles filled
The children were asked to come
to VHCC after school in their school uniforms today, so that
18/02/2016 - As usual there is plenty going on at VHCC.
Ismail is sporting a new cool hairstyle.
A Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly (see
this link) catepillar larvae has grown quite large eating
This little wasp was really checking out
the catepillars. Many wasps prey on catepillars or
The little ones were putting a jigsaw puzzle together on the floor in the library.
"We dont need help we can do it by our selves" they said.
The knitting classes have changed to Wednesdays. This week we did coat hanger covers.
The hangers all came from the
recycling project down the road at Sonja's house.
Some multicoloured wool was tried. It has a crochet pansy flower too.
17/02/2016 - Netball practise took place today in the playpark.
The senior players train the
younger players after all school homework has been completed.
17/02/2016 - Bernie attended
a Table Mountain Fund workshop at the Zandvlei Nature
Boitshekwane Kgantsi (Maki)
presenting the funding proposal documentation and explaining
Sharon McCallum, Chairman of ZVT and Mark Arendse, Zandvlei Environmental Education Manager.
Cherry Giljam (Friends of Park Island at Zandvlei), Bernie and Edwina listening and making notes.
11/02/2016 - Joan Wigram's
knitting class continued today. The Projects Abroad surfing activity
February has been a very hot
month and today Joan Wigram brought a swimming pool
The library was busy this
afternoon. School homework completed is a prerequisite to be
Veronica knitting a new batch of coat hanger covers. All the previous hangers have been sold.
Easter time is soon, so a sample
Easter Bunny with real sweeties in the basket was
06/02/2016 - The table which
Bernie setup at the Marina da Gama Shopping Centre market.
Valentine Day was the theme which is this coming weekend.
The coat hangers sold out with an order placed for more.
04/02/2016 - The teams photo with the tops worn by most of the members for the sports teams. This is part of the sports gear donated by the Kingston University team last week.
The teams all together some were missing so the adults stood in for the photo. The orange bibs are the netball teams. The yellow tops are the senior soccer teams. The dark blue and red tops are the junior soccer players.
Veronica with the front and back parts to the Valentine Day doll she is making.
The romantic cushions.
One of the dolls being sewn up.
31/01/2016 - The Monthly Report by the Chairman of VHCC.
28/01/2016 - The Kingston
University, London students came to visit today. They stayed for lunch
Stephen Granger addressing the
Kingston University visitors after lunch just before they all went
21/01/2016 - There are some of the big five animals appearing in and around the Rondevlei Nature Reserve.
Giraffes in light and dark shades.
Veronica sewing the giraffe up just before the stuffing goes in.
14/01/2016 - Starting the new year.
There is an elephant in the room!
Bernie and Veronica picking green beans for supper.
07/01/2016 - Starting the new year.
The tyre forest has survived the Christmas period so far, including the howling wind and heat.
The VHCC vege garden has been producing a variety of things to eat.
The area burnt on the 17/12/2015 has recovered quite well.
How you can help? Zandvlei Trust is helping.