SKURWEKOP COMBINED OUTSPAN Robertson 26 April – 01 May 2018
We arrived at Skurwekop just on 3pm on Thursday, 26 April. The wind was howling across the vineyards, and
those that had already set up their camps were struggling to keep their awnings and tents from blowing away!
After some contemplation, we decided to set up camp on the diagonal, thus keeping the wind at our back for the
rest of the weekend. It was wonderful to see such luxurious grass for a change, and there were beautiful
trees dotted around offering shade from the sun.
More Trekkers arrived over the course of the rest of the afternoon, and well into the late evening. Each arrival was
assigned a site at the office, so there was no choice about where to park. Fortunately, we were all assigned sites in
close proximity to one another. Bev Houghton and family from Laager 3 parked behind us when they arrived later
in the afternoon. Well done to Bev for towing out all that way in the rain and wind.
Thursday evening was relatively quiet, with everyone relaxing and doing their own thing.
On Friday, the rest of the motley crew arrived and set up camp on their assigned sites. Les & Marieta were parked
behind Bev, and Wayne & Vanessa – with Lauren & Cambell, were parked opposite us.
Some then went off wine/champagne tasting (everyone got a 10% off voucher from Skurwekop for Rooiberg
Winery), others went exploring elsewhere. By the late afternoon, the park was humming with the sounds of
chatter and laughter, as everyone sat around enjoying the sunny weather. But soon the wind came up again and
had everyone scampering off to find warmer clothes and shelter. Most braaied again, while some did potjies.
Soon the cold started driving people off to bed.
Saturday was much of a repeat of Friday. I joined Wayne, Vanessa for a card game at lunch time, and we had a
thoroughly good time calling each other names in turn as we lost hands! Those of you who have played the “pass
the card” game before will know how that goes.
There was an NAGM steering committee meeting held at 3pm, and it was great to have all four hosting Laagers
represented. In the evening, there was a communal braai with each Laager providing salads and breads to share.
The conversations flowed with the drinks, and laughter was as abundant as the food. It was a great evening all
round (even though some of us went to bed early to escape the freezing night time temperatures!).
A combined Indaba was held at 11am on Sunday morning. Vanessa, in her capacity as PC and host for the
weekend, welcomed all present – with a special welcome to those members of Laager 5 who had travelled down
from George to participate in the weekend’s festivities. Derek Sinden then followed with a prayer.
In terms of the NAGM, Vanessa reminded everyone that sponsorships and donations are still needed, especially for
the various meals, as it is hoped that we would have sufficient goods and/or funds provided that members – both
near and far – would only need to pay for site fees. We have managed to achieve this in the past and hope to do
again this year.
Site fees are confirmed at R225.00 per night per site.
She reminded the Chairmen that both she and the National Body President need to be advised of the new
managing committees elected at their next AGM’s. She also noted that the Laagers would then be required to put
forward nominations for Provincial Chairman. After a short discussion, it was agreed that Vanessa should retain
the position for the coming year, and also that the NAGM steering committee remain unchanged to ensure
Each Chairman then took turns to advise the dates of their next AGM’s, and to hand out spoons and fines.
Dave handed out spoons as follows:
Leighton (L21): For having a very neat, tidy and shiny set up resulting in “camp envy” from Dave
Etienne (L5): For arriving late on Thursday night with a caravan/trailer so fascinating in its design that it
shook Dave from his slumber
Angela: For inciting excessive consumption of liquid refreshments during Saturday afternoon’s card game
Wayne & Vanessa: Chief spoon - For only arriving on Friday afternoon instead of Thursday evening due to
other commitments, thereby depriving us of their company
It has been proposed that the next combined outspan be held in March 2019, where there is the potential for a
long weekend from 21 March 2019. The proposed venue is Jongensfontein in Stillbaai. However, the Chairmen of
all Laagers are to obtain feedback from their members around the following factors:
Distance they are prepared to travel;
Preference for a normal/long weekend; and
Cost of venue
There being no other business to discuss, Vanessa declared the meeting closed.
Everyone then wandered off to their vans, and those of us that were leaving on Sunday set about having a lunch
time braai and then packing up before starting the long trek home. Les & Marieta stayed on Sunday night, only
leaving on Monday.
On the whole, it seemed everyone enjoyed the weekend – even though the ablution facilities down our end of the
park were not adequate for the number of people there.
APOLOGIES All of us who weren't there.
BIRTHDAYS HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Marieta for the 22nd May ! Wishing you a lovely day
and safe travels and a super time with family in Scotland .
NEXT OUTSPAN CHAPMAN'S PEAK 25th-27th May (AGM) R300 p weekend
Please remember to bring gate deposit R200 and also Annual Fees R100 per family.
Now is your chance to vote in your new committee and suggest any thing you would
like us to do for future Outspans. The outgoing committee will provide curry mince
for the evening meal. Please bring your own rice and favourite tsambals.
FUTURES Possibly Yzerfontein 15th-17th June. We will book . Deposit reqd.
Oosterwaal Langebn July 27th-29 th
Van Zyl's 24th-26th August
Mountain Breeze 28th-29th September NAGM
HOPING TO SEE YOU ALL AT CHAPPIES SCOTTY