Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Paul Roux Residents Forum Chairmans Report January 2013


 Well, 21 December 2012 came and went and the world did not end. However, as so many people found 2012 a difficult year in many ways, 2013 can for many signify a new beginning. 
As Chairman of the Forum I would like to suggest that our resolution of the year be that we continue to all reach out to each other; young and old, new comers and old-comers, English and Afrikaans, rich and poor, visitors and residents because as I have said before – there is strength in unity, and our Vision of creating a beautiful village here is worth all of us playing a part.
Lets try and:

·         Do unto others as we would have them do to us

·         Respect each other as we respect ourselves

·         Judge not lest we be judged

·         Where there is strife, let us sow peace.

 With gratitude to Dominee Hennie Smit, many of us joined the NGK for their Christmas service and it was a wonderful celebration, all of us fellowshipping together – and so good to see so many people from the Forum in attendance. It was a spirit filled and joyous occasion.
New Years Eve saw a coming together of all parts of the community of Paul Roux, when the largest gathering we have had in years got together to enjoy one another and dance the night away. Again a sign that the movement to become ONE Paul Roux is really taking off.
The generosity of some Forum members continues to blow me away;

Anthony and Leslie Hawley donated 6 fans to the Bowling Club - Anthony, through his company Lighting Be, then donated 44 street lamps to the Village to cover the whole of Joubert street with Energy efficient street lighting which Council can monitor later to see the power savings which will be substantial. 18 have already been installed. They have also donated lights for the bowling greens. Wow guys!

Then hats off to Ruben Evans who secured 1000 trees for us in the Re-greening project and 100 trees were given to each school for planting and the rest are being planted in the camp adjacent to the N5 road and also some along the fence of the cemetery. Huge thank you Ruben.

In our attempts to beautify the village we will be embarking on several projects:

Hartmut and Rosemarie Schutze have donated dozens of awesome squared off 1,6 m poles of hard wood. We felt that it would be wonderful to create a nice white washed fence from the country shop down ( with relevant gaps for cars and driveways of course) past the Pensions office / Ons Trots down to past the sandstone house above the small side road. The relevant creepers and flowers would be planted here as well to increase the appeal of the main Entrance to Paul Roux. If and whn more become available, we will continue with this theme. Huge thank you to the Schutze’s.

We are also looking at ideas to improve the entrance of the Village from the N5 down the near the Rock, in line with our Vision to be attractive as a country eco tourist destination.
Good news is that Paul Roux is a registered Conservancy and now we can start getting formal assistance in restoring our wetlands and protecting our environmentally sensitive areas.
 Some forum members have clubbed in to buy paint so that the Maluti Furnishers Building can be repainted as it is a terrible eyesore. Cedric has offered to have the grounds cleaned up, grass cut, etc and to provide the labour to paint and so this building should look a lot better soon.
Left over paint will be used to touch up other buildings that need to be cleaned up.
It’s been great to see how many people have been working so hard in their gardens, all doing their bit for the appearance of the village – Its amazing what clean pavement gardens do to the appearance of a road n- I don’t know about you, but I think the village was beautiful over the Xmas and New Year season.
May 2013 be the start of a whole new life of energy, joy and enthusiasm for all of you.

 God bless you all.

Dr.Richard Lewis

The evenings are absolutely beautiful at the moment. Nice to see that there are a lot more residents out walking, etc.

And good summer rains continue to fall bringing out the best in gardens.

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