"The Moth Snowstorm" by Michael McCarthy.

Reviewed by Anne Montgomery. Part of one review, quoted on the beautiful cover, says "A great rhapsodic, urgent book, full of joy, grief, rage and love, and it is hard to better this description. The author brings to life the sheer wonder of the natural world around us, telling how he fell in love with butterflies when very young, his solitary birdwatching expeditions as a teenager, to the salt flats and marshes of the great Dee estuary south of Birkenhead, and there is a haunting memoir, and tribute to his mother. The main thread of the book is his extensive knowledge, and fascination...Read more

Invitation from Smithfield Art Group

Last week we revealed the sad fact that Bets de Bruyn was about to leave Smithfield. Inevitably, this dynamic sculptor and artist will leave behind some unhappy folk who looked to her for guidance in their efforts to develop their innate artistic talents. An answer is at hand! This is how Bets has responded – and it could have very important repercussions. In her own words: One day while we were discussing my leaving the Free State, the idea of regularly meeting to paint was tossed around and got a positive response. I talked with a few people in both groups, here and in Bethulie, and...Read more

Bets! So Sorry You’re Leaving

Smithfield has been inclined towards the arts for many years. Nobody has done more for this cause than Bets de Bruyn . Sadly her eight-year stay in the Free State is about to end. She leaves next month to live with her daughter in Ballito, on the Natal north coast. Bets is a sculptor, but she is also an artist in the widest sense – and by her definition that means she is also a teacher; the inference being that the passing on of this specialised knowledge is an essential requirement of any artist. Her first move to the Free State was to Bethulie, simply because it was a small town where...Read more

Blougroen-Alg vergiftiging

Alg vergiftiging is tot ʼn paar jaar gelede merendeels in Mpumalanga en die Vrystaat aangeteken. Dit is vir baie boere in die res van die land nog onbekend. Die giftige blougroen-alg (Microcystis aeruginosa) kom in baie damme en vleie oral in Suid Afrika voor. Vergiftiging kom voor wanneer toestande gunstig raak vir ʼn skielike opwelling in die groei van die alge. Stil, vlak water tesame met warm weer skep die ideale toestand vir so ʼn opwelling. Die alg vertoon dan as ʼn groen laag, amper soos groen verf, wat aan die wind-af kant op die water dryf. Wanneer dit vrek en verrot kry dit ʼn blou kleur...Read more

Police Beat

Polmed Health Days- Smithfield. About 100 members of Smithfield Cluster Stations attended the Polmed Health Week at Smithfield Town Hall over two days on the 14 and 15 March 2016. Polmed in partnership with Employee Health and Wellness Unit (EHW) of SAPS have organised health days to motivate members to take responsibility for their health and to meet all service providers on their doorstep. The services are free for all Polmed medical aid members and their dependants. Among the services rendered over the two days were testing of sugar diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV Aids, cholesterol and...Read more

Farewell to Biba's Gallery

by Barbara von Ahlefeldt ~ Biba's Gallery, the significant landmark for Art and Crafts in Smithfield for nearly twenty years, is retiring. As the owner, I am doing the same! We bought the lovely old high-ceilinged Victorian cottage in 1996 - a landmark at the entrance to our town - in order to fill a gap in Smithfield's cultural life. I named it Biba, the nickname for Barbara given me by my godson and his friends in London 50 years ago, and created a Gallery of variety and interest for all. Biba's has been important throughout the years in encouraging the emergence of local...Read more

Police News

By W/O Mphou ~ MEDIA STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER FREE STATE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE. We are starting this New Year with good news. Captain Bradley McPherson was appointed on 1 January 2016 to be the Station Commander of Smithfield Accounting. He started his career 15 years ago at Hofmeyer and his last station was Whittlesea Cluster SAPS in the Eastern Cape. For Support Services, Otto Modipane was appointed Head of Support. He will be leading the Administration Section that includes our Fleet. We welcome them at our Station. Last month we met with Mofulatshepe...Read more

New Blood for Platteland Preview Committee

Strengthened by the arrival of newcomers to the Smithfield community, the Platteland Preview committee has set off with a determination to ensure this year’s event will be at least as good as ever. Still under the firm but relaxed guidance of Irene Swanepoel, the group met at its customary Bowling Club venue on Thursday, and dealt with several important issues. Fully aware that the strength of the Preview lies in the quality of the talent it attracts, the committee decided to set 25 March as the closing date for applications. The process of making the final selection will get underway...Read more


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