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Plans for Smithfield's 2017 Platteland Preview

As the planning for the fifth Platteland Preview starts in all earnest, the team took a break to celebrate the success of the 2016 Festival. The lunch was hosted by Willie and Irene Swanepoel. Perfect weather, amazing food, hospitable hosts and great company made for an enjoyable afternoon. The team is already in the process of applying for another grant and sending out applications for plays. We are sure the standard of plays will continue to improve as does the popularity of our delightful Preview held at the end of June each year.Read more

Congratulations Dolores

by Zaza Pieterse ~ Our dear friend Dolores Prinsloo celebrated her 85th birthday with a scrumptious tea party at Serenitas in Bloemfontein last week. What a landmark! Although she left Smithfield five years ago, we still consider her to be an honorary resident. She took the lead for many years and in many ways as very much part of our community. It was, therefore, an honour that our Smithfield contingency could be part of the life and soul of the lovely party. We so enjoyed every moment of the occasion, especially the sincere and moving contribution by her grandchildren, with songs and...Read more

New Look Biba's

Flags are flying, banners are up and Hazell is seen on Biba's stoep proudly admiring her new sign which introduces the wide range of what she hopes to sell. With a week to go to the opening of the New Look Biba's it's all go indoors as well. Once inside, one of the rooms is being devoted to the launch of local artist Lynden Lund's exciting Black and White exhibition on Saturday 17th at 11 a.m. The large central room, full of action, is being set up with really interesting decor, tables, shelves, cupboards and masses of different goodies to buy. Do yourselves a favour, visit...Read more

Biba's is Back!

by Barbara von Ahlefeldt ~ A delightful young entrepreneur- Hazell Schoeman - an artist who now lives in Smithfield, visited me a few weeks ago and asked if she could reopen Biba's. An exciting thought! After a long conversation about her interesting background and what she'd like to introduce in Biba's, we "struck a deal" as they say in the movies! So, here we go - announcing the arrival of Biba's Spring Exhibition, which opens on Saturday, September 17 @ 11 am with a Black and White Exhibition by our well-known local artist, Lynden Lund in a different theme. Join...Read more

Steve Ashley performs at the Bowls Club

The Smithfield Bowls Club is in desperate need of funds to restore the bowling green. With the worst drought in 30 years and no or very little municipal water in the last ten months, not much of the bowling green remains. In an attempt to raise much needed funds, the club recently invited Steve Ashley to perform at a concert. Steve is a former member of the Staccatos, known as one of the most successful bands in South Africa. Their version of “Cry to Me” proved to be one of South Africa’s most successful singles ever, remaining 38 weeks on the charts and earning a double...Read more

Smithfield Chimes Again

Smithfield’s old church clock has been silent for far too long. Chiming the hours, month after month, had been something of a tradition we all relied on as a matter of course. Fortunately our town still boasts community-spirited souls who are quite happy to find space in their diaries and get their hands dirty in the interests of the little old town. So it was that Marco Heymans and friends decided it was high time to do something about bringing the sound of the clock and the chimes back to Smithfield, which had been sadly missed for far too long. Thanks to a lot of hard work in very...Read more

New Cluster Commander for Smithfield

Colonel Ngoma Shadrack Guma has been appointed as the new Cluster Commander of Smithfield from 1 July after the former Cluster Commander resigned. Personal Colonel Guma was born in Fauriesmith and went to Tshwaranang Primary and later attended Wongalethu Secondary in Bethulie. He married and has five children. He describes himself as a quiet and a reserved person and someone that does not bother anybody. “I also don’t like unnecessary fights but enjoy fighting if it’s for the benefit of SAPS”. Unity and togetherness is what he preaches. Experience with SAPS Colonel...Read more

Valiant Swart Discovers Smithfield

By Martin Booyens ~ What a privilege to have Valiant Swart and his band in our own town, no need to travel to Bloemfontein or any other city to be able to experience such formidable musicians. The Red Barn, our own community hall, was used for the show and proof once again that the venue is suited for music, art and drama productions. The small, intimate atmosphere also added to the amazing experience, with music that included folk, blues, a bit of jazz and country. The band has established itself over the years and appealed to old and young in the audience. At times it was difficult to stay...Read more

Smithfield's New Art Gallery

Maintaining Smithfield's reputation in the field of art, Martin Booyens has opened a new gallery in Buckleys with an exhibition by A'nari Lategan, details in the accompanying announcement...Read more

A Successful Platteland Preview 2016

By Martin Booyens ~ Our Platteland Preview committee is always keen to get started on its feedback session as each year’s programme ends. The meeting is considered vital as the first step in planning for the following year. This year was no exception and so the 2016 committee went into session on 4 July, immediately after the end of another successful preview. Their aim is to see what lessons could be learned which would help in their planning for 2017. Not only is it useful to learn from any mistakes but the impressions and experience gained from committee members themselves as well...Read more


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