RHODESIAN-ZIMBABWEAN WORLD WIDE REUNION (6-13 NOVEMBER 05) DURBAN
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    RHODESIAN- ZIMABAWEAN WORLD WIDE REUNION - AN OUTSTANDING EVENT

RHODESIAN-ZIMBABWEAN WORLD WIDE REUNION

 WEEKS EVENTS – 6 th to 13 November 2005

 The Shamwari Club – Westville, Durban.

On a wet and overcast Sunday on the 6th November a crowd of Rhodesian and Zimbabweans met at the Shamwari Club to a flag raising of the World Wide Reunion. It started with the airy sound of the bag pipes drawing the crowd towards the flag posts. At attention at the flag posts were three distinguished military members of those forgotten forces of 40 years ago, to raise the flags of this memorable reunion. When the bag pipes ceased, the Southern Rhodesian, Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Flag flew in the overcast sky. The bugler sounded the reveille for the opening of this momentous week. Was it tears in the crowds eyes or the drips of rain drops fall down their faces…….. Lunch was the order of the day and people met some for the first time in many years.

The Monday Video was not very well attended and the usual crowd at the bar was becoming evident.

On Tuesday 8th the "English Pub Evening" was well attended and we were entertained in true English style by Tony Darrell and his band.

On a beautiful early clear Wednesday morning on the 9th a few successful staunch fishermen rallied at the Inanda Dam for the bass fishing completion held by Johnny Green. At 08h30 a breakfast call was held with bacon, wors, eggs and rolls being the order of the day. At that point not many fish had taken to the rubbery worm. On the second session of fishing, these well seasoned fishermen began to catch the large mouth bass but only managed to land one slightly less than a kilogram. Although many large ones got away (same old fishing story) it was an enjoyable day. With a couple of chibulies at cut off time it was a perfect way to finish a memorable fishing day.

Meanwhile at the Shamwari Club the usual gang had met at the SAS corner getting ready for the evening activities. The evening entertainment was a John Edmond Concert, with John Edmond live on stage complimented by a beautiful blonde, which we believe is his wife Teresa. They sang songs of old and songs of new, songs to make you blue and songs to make you clap. It was a nostalgic evening with tears and great joy - an evening only John knows how to make, with over 400 people present.

On Thursday morning the Reunion Golf day was held which was a great success and with entertaining prize giving honoured by the great entertainer Johnny Haswell. In the afternoon John Edmond entertained the pensioners, who came from afar, bussed in so that they could take part in this wonderful reunion. The BSAP Association had a successful gathering at the Tudor Rose Pub in Hillcrest. The usual crowd kept the pub open till the late evening, in their good spirits by drinking them.

Friday the 11th was quite a day. UDI was commemorated both at 1.15pm with John Redfern giving the address after Ian Smith had spoken 40 years ago. In the evening the "Come as You Were" Party was held with a couple of the young ladies dressed in the uniforms from yesteryear – with pig tales and all, there was even an engineer in his camo with stable belt and beret. The evening was a great success with over 600 people being present. The beer flowed and nearly ran out and the helpers had to move that beer from the cold rooms to the bar all night long. Friendships were renewed and the people partied until 3am the next day. Erica and Roy kept the food warm and plenty was served to the troops all night.

Saturday 12th started with a highly emotional "Remembrance Parade" which was well attended by approximately 400 people from all the forces. It was probably the biggest gathering for a memorial service at this plinth, all sides of the forces where represented. With the SAS showing a well drilled, precise and organised service as one would expect.
The lunchtime gathering at the Club was well attended, whilst the Reunion Committee did their thing at the ICC, to ensure that the venue was well decorated, menus, candles, table names etc, were laid out and the final preparation of the big screen was finely tuned. John Edmond setting up his sound system, tuning his guitar, testing the distance of the mike to ensure that he could capture the audience.
"Gala Dinner" in evening saw over 800 people sitting down to an excellent meal, with a starter of line fish, shank of lamb and mango cheesecake. The speeches were exceptional, with Peter Rawson acting as MC and the speakers, Richard Wood who in his exceptionally clever and dry sense of humour spoke on the military; Ann Grant the Captain of the Gold Medal Hockey side spoke on our women and caused a tear or two; Doug Watson on the sports people and finally John Haswell summing it all up.
During the in between of the speeches we saw on the big screen the building of Kariba and scenes from Rhodesia .
John and Mary Redfern were presented an award for their hard work and contributions to the fund raising event to help our elderly; they have been a driving force for many years.
John Edmond was also handed an award for his dedication for bringing Rhodesians together from all over the world and for his fund raising efforts. John Edmond entertained the audience after the speeches with everyone enjoying and jiving the night away.
Team photographs were taken and the RLI tried their best to entertain the crowd with The Saints Go Marching In.

T he Closing ceremony on Sunday 13th was well attended. It was a bit delayed with the flags been lowered to the last post, the bag pipes played the Rhodesian National Anthem. With thanks made and everyone agreed that it had been a great week. The raffle was held for the beautiful map of Rhodesia cake donated by Pet Bester and other wonderful prizes.
Thanks to the hard work of the Reunion committee, the RASA Team and helpers for making this a success momentous week in Durban .

The Archibalds.

 

The Organising team

From Left to Right, they are Back Row:George Archibald - RASA; Eddie de Beer - Shamwari Trust / RASA; Rob Bristow - BSAP - Chairman & Convenor; Peter "Speedy" Morris - RASA; George Galbraith - SAS;

Middle Row: John Guinness - RASA.

Front Row: Johnny Green - Rhod Air Force; Jill de Beer - RASA; Bronwyn Grey - RASA; Chris Driver - BSAP; Liz Archibald - RASA;

The opening blessing and sermon by The Reverend Doctor Geoff Campbell.

CHAPTERS OF OUR LIVES

 

READ: JOSHUA 4:19-24

19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the people of Israel, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, 'What do these stones mean?' 22 then you shall let your descendants know, 'Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.' 23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always reverence the LORD your God."

MESSAGE FROM CHAPLIN 1300 Hrs 06/11/05

Dear Rhodesian friends, I speak to you this day as a proud 3 rd generation Rhodesian.

LIFE COMES TO US IN CHAPTERS!

 

THE RHODESIAN CHAPTER

  • KNOWN AS ‘GOD'S OWN COUNTRY'/EDUC/HEALTH/SPORT/MEDICAL CARE
  • ALL ITS PEOPLES BENEFITED FROM GOOD GOVERNEMNT, LAW, & ORDER
  • IT WAS A GOLDEN CHAPTER: IN FACT TOO GOOD TO SURVIVE WORLD POLITICS!

•  WE ALL NEEDED TO CROSS OUR “ JORDAN RIVER ” IN LEAVING RHODESIA

  • THE TRAUMAS OF WAR & PERSONAL LOSS BROUGHT MANY OF US TO OUR KNEES
  • A 94 YEAR OLD RHODESIAN WIDOW IS HERE/ I KNOW OF HER ‘CROSSING'

50 YRS IN CIVIL SERVICE/REFUGEES TO SA/SON LOST/ WIDOWED/ PENSION STOLEN

  • YET I BELIEVE GOD CLOSED THE BEAUTIFUL RHODESIANCHAPTER (OR HE IS NOT GOD!)
  • BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS NEW CHAPTER OF 2005/6?

 

MY JOB TODAY IS TO BRING A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM GOD'S WORD

READ JOSHUA 4:19 NOTICE THE FOLLOWING:

  • GOD LED HIS PEOPLE FROM ONE CHAPTER TO THE NEXT (MIDST FEAR & DOUBT)
  • THEY ACKNOWLEDGED GOD BY BUIDING A MEMORIAL (AS WE RAISE THE FLAGS)
  • THEIR CHILDREN ASKED “WHY”, AND WERE TOLD NOT JUST OF JOSHUA, BUTOF GOD !
  • THE JORDAN CROSSING SENT A MESSAGE ACROSS THE ANCIENT WORLD-----THAT THE GOD OF ISRAEL WAS FAITHFUL, AND TO FEARED AS WELL AS TRUSTED!

AS WE REMEMBER THE RHODESIAN CHAPTER , WE GIVE THANKS FOR:

THE RT. HON IAIN DOUGLAS SMITH, OUR MILITARY & CIVILIAN LEADERS,

OUR COMBINED MILITARY, BSAP, CID, MEDICAL CORPS, CHAPLAINCY, CIVIL SERVICE, AND MILLIONS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO HELPED TO MAKE THE RHODESIAN CHAPTER UNIQUE. ABOVE ALL, WE GIVE HIGHEST THANKS TO OUR GOD FOR HIS MERCY, LOVE, AND ATTENTIVENESS TO OUR PRAYERS. WE BOW TOGETHER IN PRAYER.

The Reverend Doctor Geoff Campbell.

A very rainy day for the flag raising ceremony.

Catching up with old firends

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Gordon Munro and friend

Felix Bailey - a Shamwari stalwart.

All the way from Canada

SAS boys

Rememberance Parade

Dave Hoskins, Felix Bailey and friends

Jill & Eddie deBeer - "Publicans"

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The way we were..............................................Erica Edward (nee Burgess)

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Tordy King & Billy Grant ............................Bronwyn Grey & Nic Marinos

 

Pete "Speedy " Morris

Friends

Getting the ICC ready.

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Lee Tarr ...Bronwyn....... John ......................Its done!

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Closing ceremony - they are all looking at Rob "smooth operator" Bristow

Lowering of the Flags. One last time.

Shamwari Trust account at Nedbank Amanzimtoti

Branch Code 130627

Account Number 1306 068215

NEDSZAJJ

Kindly place your name on the deposit or payment slip and fax to +27 (0)31 9035630 or email the information to Jill de Beer on edebeer@iafrica.com.

MAP: How to find the Shamwari Club

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