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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tara Lynne White

Tara Lynne White nee Bradfield passed away at home on the 11th April. Gathering at 20 Hodson Ave Alex Park at 11am on Friday 17th April. Friends welcome.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Protests at University

There have been reports of big crowds protesting at the University near Churchill Ave. so please take care if you have to go near that area this afternoon

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lunch - Meg Coates Palgrave

Meg’s lunch this coming Sunday – 15th March 2015.


By now you should all be aware of the program but in case you’re not ........


The timetable for the day will be;

10.00 - 10:30 am: assemble at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant

10.30 – 11.45 am: Walk in the garden, led by Meg – be prepared -  bring your hat, sun tan lotion etc.

12:00 noon:  speeches and presentation to Meg

12:45 pm: Lunch

There are no events organised for the afternoon.


There will be beer/cool drink and wine glasses at the venue.   Bring your own tumbler with you should you need one for you own drinks. Wine will be supplied.


If you have a story (or reminiscences) to relate  about Meg, let’s have it by email or else you can tell the story during speech time at the venue. We would like to use these contributions to Meg’s life for Tree Life too!







Les passed away on Tuesday afternoon at home after a long fight, bravely borne. He will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Hillside, Bulawayo, on Monday 16th at 3.00pm.

No flowers by request. Donations in lieu to Island Hospice, Bulawayo.


Car breakins

There seems to be another couple of Tsotsis going around the Northern Suburbs breaking into cars. I heard of 2 separate incidents that, apparently, happened at about 8am today (Wed 4th) in Vainona - both from Moms that were dropping kids off at school and only away from their cars for 3 or 4 minutes.


I have also been in touch with senior police officers today about the matter and they have asked me to stress that these incidents must be reported to the nearest police station as soon after the event as possible. Please make sure you have a recent copy of Ndeipi on hand – either in the cubby hole of your car(s) or next to the home phone. The contact telephone numbers for all of the local Police stations are on the back inside page of Ndeipi. Ensure that you are given a Reports received number for future reference.


My golfing mate tells me that if you leave your window unwound just a couple of centimetres it is much harder to break! In the meanwhile please be extra careful to not expose valuable belongings in the passenger side of your vehicles

Keep your eyes wide open at all times. Mike G


Reader’s Comments below.


Shame, Roseanne what an awful experience my husband having gone through the same thing some years ago at the intersection of Lobengula and Douglas Roads in the Industrial sites, Harare.  Although it was broad daylight he never carried his briefcase in the back seat of the vehicle, but just this once he did!  A reminder to ladies with handbags and gents with briefcases, get into the habit of double locking (if possible) your possessions in the boot of the car, this way no-one will see what you are carrying on the inside of the vehicle.  Remember too, the network by way of cell/mobile phones advises the thief you are on your way!! With your precious possessions clearly visible.  So you end up being an easy target come rain, hail or sunshine!   Ex police woman



So sorry for this woman’s loss, but she was lucky it wasn’t worse.  These guys are not only desperate to acquire a few bucks, but they have hours and hours during the day to plan this sort of heist.  And she’s right when she says it ALWAYS happens just the ONE time you forget to be careful.  A similar thing happened to me late 2012 -  my 2 dogs were very old and deaf (obviously a known fact) and my domestic workers go off for lunch between 1pm and 2.30.  The one was actually away on leave.  A guy had been casing my property for days, I suspect, and had figured out that he could just lift the electric gate off its track and shift it enough to squeeze in.  He was in and out of the house in about 5 minutes – we were having  lunch on a side verandah.  It was the ONLY time I had come home and thrown my bag on the bed instead of putting it well out of sight  -  the bag was still on the bed, and nothing really important to me had been taken, other than all the cash from my wallet.  Very slick, quick and clever.  Investigations showed that my domestic workers had no involvement.


Lesson we learned :  Make sure there is no way your gate can be pushed even slightly open or lifted.  AND make sure you get alert dogs before the current ones get old and deaf!! L.  An alert dog is one of the best preventions if you are around to hear it barking, but also totally useless if it just barks all day at anything and everything as many suburban dogs do.

Death Notices

Death notice: William Robert Esmond Coxwell; The death occurred on Thursday, 26th February,  at his home in Somerset West, South Africa, of William Robert Esmond Coxwell; father of Susan and the late Simon, husband of Aletta and brother of Chris.   Email:    Lyn  0772 247 647.


Death notice: BAYLEY, Bobs, (aged 92) passed away peacefully at Fairways on 3 March 2015.  She will be sadly missed by Robin & Jenny, Win & Richard, Val & Rob, Tommy, and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Private cremation.  For details of memorial.  Phone 04-490373 : 0712 218 501 : 0775 389 258


I have just received a text from a friend who said there have a spate of robberies involving a lady driven Toyota Raum without plates. Sometime ago in Avondale the lady bumped a certain guy's car slightly from behind and when he got out to see the damage the passenger guy then got out holding an electronic taser and threatened to electronically shock him whilst that was happening the lady driver was busy searching the vehicle for any valuables.  Please be on the look-out especially on quiet roads and areas.


Last night as I was leaving tin roof an African gentlemen followed me to my car, I ignored him and got into my car, he got in the other side and begged for a lift home as his friends had apparently deserted him and his car wouldn’t start, in hind sight there is a million things I should have done, but I didn’t.  Long story short he ripped my handbag and phone away from me when I stopped on the road to let him out and threatened to stab me etc if I didn’t let go.  Along with all my personal effects he made off with my Samsung S4 mini and my handbag with all my cards (bank, medical aid, ID, drivers licence etc) if anyone comes across any of these please contact 0772308300 or Highlands police station.  Name on the cards is Leanne Murray.  Many thanks


Now that Geoff has got over the shock of the brazenness of the robbery, he has asked if people in Marondera be given a description of the bag itself, as it is very distinctive.  It is a black backpack-style holdall, with several side pockets, and the words “Wines of Austria” printed in white along the back.  His notebooks, of which there are two, are A4 in size, and contain the notes he took on his course and needs for his exam in June.  Again, if anything like this is recovered, please could they contact 0772 240130 (Alison) or 04 744070 (the house) to let us know.  He returns to England tomorrow, but if they are found, we can arrange for them to be returned to him.  Thank you and kind regards, Claire Holman