Team “A Better St Philips”

Team “A Better St Philips” is looking forward to welcoming a large group of volunteer’s tomorrow morning (Sat 6 April) to clean-up and beautify St Philips Church and grounds. It’ll be a little chilly so dress warmly!

We had our final planning meeting yesterday and then went shopping!

Thank you to John Campbell and Pick n Pay Grahamstown for their donation of a voucher! Food and drinks will be served to all helpers.

Planning notes:
8:30: Welcome and Prayer. Commencement of work.
10:30: Arrival of SAC/DSG tractor-trailer to cart away bagged rubbish. Tea and Fellowship.
12:30: Lunch and Choir in the Church.
13:30: Arrival of Cindy Deutschmann (Makana Revive) to cart away more bagged rubbish.
15:00: Afternoon Tea.
16:00: Prayer and Close.

Thank you to SAC/DSG and Cindy Deutschmann / Makana Revive. An anonymous donor is sponsoring a Skip. A friend of Nandi’s donated R60 to buy fruit for the volunteers. Thank you all.

A special thank you to Colin Meyer and Makana Brick SA who have donated 200 black bags and 30 pairs of gloves!

What to bring:
– Love
– Black bags
– Garden rake, spade, fork etc.
– Laughter
– Gloves
– Raincoat
– Friendship
– Water – for you and others.

– No-longer-used-clothes – it’s COLD and winter is coming – to be donated to the St Philips Church Fingo Village Community Fund.

Or just bring yourself.

There’s no obligation to work the entire day. Every bit helps. Nicola Byers Art, as example, is joining for an hour and donating rake, black bags and gloves. Thank you Nikks.

Given Faxa and his Oatlands Park team will pick litter and then cut grass. Looking forward to a neat and trim grounds for Sunday service and first batch of out-of-town visitors on Sunday afternoon. A group of prospective SAC/DSG parents for 2020 while their children enjoy their East Cape Experience at the schools.

See you tomorrow at St Philips Anglican Church, Fingo Village.

St Andrew’s College
The Diocesan School for Girls – Senior School


Before moving back to Grahamstown in Oct 2017, Graeme was a bank executive based in the big smoke and craziness of Joburg. He has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School, and attended an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered by INSEAD (The Business School for the World!) in France.  

Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. It’s simple. He says, “Grahamstown is a microcosm of South Africa. If we can’t get this place to function properly then the whole country is stuffed. Many of the troubles we experience as a country today have their roots here in Grahamstown. it is here where black and white people first engaged in conflict on the African continent. It is here where 9 wars of dispossession over 100 years took place and virtually destroyed the amaXhosa nation. But we are where we are. I don’t have a British passport and the boat-trip back to where my ancestors came from is exorbitantly expensive. Furthermore, this is my home. I am a son of Africa. We must work together to redress the injustices of the past and move as one into a brighter future.”

Graeme is an avid historian, writer, vlogger and public speaker. Like and follow the Facebook page. Join him on a tour. Contact him. He would love that.