Palace Result

Palace managed to hang on again last night for another hard earnt point. In fairness Wolves deserved all three points, but we were solid in defense and held our own. Dougie freedman popped up in the 84th minute to haunt his old club with a great goal. Palace's performance was far from good and quite negative at times, the manager obviously thought a draw would be a good result and that's what we played for. Still, a point is a point and this result lifts us to the dizzying heights of 7th from bottom.

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Match report
Manager's Comments

Next fixture: Sat 2nd Dec, home to QPR

Washing Machine

Paula caught Eli attempting to climb into the washing machine this morning but rather than panic she grabbed her camera and took these cute photos of our amazing boy.

This is so much fun

Busted.. "best look cute and I'll get away with it"

A Proud Moment!

There comes a time in a Father's life when his pride in his kids knows no bounds. Today was close to one of those moments when Joel donned his first Palace shirt. This brought a tear to my eye.

We got a few looks in church as Dad was also in his Palace shirt (a birthday present from Jo) so we were resplendent in our 'red & blue'.

That's my boy!


It's been a funny old weekend, Paula was out on Saturday morning with Eli at a birthday party and then again in the afternoon for a practice session with the choir she's in for Christmas (all a bit Anglican!), so I got to spend most of the day just with Joel which was great, although much of my time was spent mopping up poo as Joel isn't too well. I'm not sure where today went, church was great, Sean preached a class sermon about God. How we need more of this type of preaching! But this afternoon seems to have disappeared, although part of it was stolen by the telly as Joel and I watched 'Over The Hedge'. Joel wasn't too sure why Daddy was crying and laughing at the same time, but let's just say that this is a good film which is wasted on kids.

We have some good photos to show for a non-event weekend:

Eli took his first multiple steps on Saturday and hasn't been still since

Our cell group leader gave us 2 trampolines, so we'll take the larger one to the creche in CNP. Both boys adore being on this

"Ahoy there me hearties"

The pirate on lookout duty (he spotted a helicopter)

Eli grows in confidence by the minute

Running & Running!

Wow what a day! Poor Joel is suffering really badly with diarrhoea. We think it might have to do with some dodgy swimming pool water he drank, but it could be any number of reasons. Suffice it to say, we have got through several pairs of pants and almost a bottle of bleach today! The day started with a crash when we caught him literally falling off of the kitchen work top as he was caught in his efforts to self-medicate by climbing up to the medicine cabinet. One hour later, the kitchen was clean but still a bit sticky underfoot - boys!!

On the other hand, our second little cherub(!) is also running. He took his first multiple steps today at a birthday party he went to and since then has been trying out his new skill all afternoon. Now the fun really starts!! He was so funny at the birthday party. He spent his whole time standing eating crisps and then trying for the birthday cake when he thought noone was watching him.

Palace Result

Palace went to Preston for a point and that's what we got after a solid defensive performance which was enough to seal a goalless draw. Iain Turner's 92nd minute save was the only serious save of the match, as both Palace and Preston struggled to create chances. Hudson and Ward were the pick Palace players, along with Kennedy in midfield.

It's funny how a draw this week is a far better result than the 2-0 win last week, but that's really down to the fact that Preston are second from top whilst Barnsley are second from bottom. A point's a point and I'm quite happy.

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Match Report
Manager's Comments

Next fixture: Tue 28 Nov away to Wolves

Emyezweni Christmas Party

We were invited to attend the Emyezweni Christmas Party today, mainly so that Dean could entertain the kids again, but also because we try and support the work as much as possible, although in truth we don't do anywhere near as much as we'd like to for them.

As usual the Christmas party was a lot of fun, Debs, Rach' and the staff really do put a huge amount of work into it and the whole event is brilliant.

The photos tell their own story, so we hope you enjoy them..

Dean juggling clubs (Joel is very proud of his Daddy this week as he appeared at his school to do some juggling and unicycling as they were doing 'Clowns')

One of the kids having a go with some balls

The diablo never fails to impress

The diablo climbing the string - the simplest and most impressive trick

Cat's cradle

Archie having a go with the diablo

Dean with his baby diablo

On his unicycle

Giving the kids a ride

some of them really enjoyed having a go

Some were not so sure

Eli with a 'Mama'

Joel really enjoys Emyezweni

Down to the serious issue of eating

Joel can't believe his luck, seconds of jelly

Rach (left) & Debs who run Emyezweni, they put a HUGE amount of work into the event!

Smiles all around

Some just couldn't tear themselves away from the food

Archie (right) & Friend, Archie and Joel really like each other and often mess about together on a Sunday morning

The Nativity

Joseph & Mary

Joel amongst his friends, waiting for Father Christmas

The anticipation mounts...

And here he is; Father Christmas with present for the kids

Not quite got the politicians touch!

Most were very happy to see Santa

Mountain Biking

I generally manage to go twice a week and sometimes manage three rides. On a Tuesday and Thursday I go with some friends up Sir Lowry's Pass, following the railway servitude road. The ride is great and there is a fantastic stretch of downhill on which we once clocked 75kph!

Mountain biking around here is a brilliant way to exercise as the scenery is superb and the routes available for riding are great.

Here are some of the views from the top:

A panoramic looking over False Bay towards the Cape Peninsula, in the distance on hte right is Table Mountain

The Helderberg from a different angle

This is looking up towards the top of the Hottentots Holland mountains, the house in the middle is a classic example of someone with more money than sense. The house is thatched and that brownish patch behind the house going up to the right is where a fire burnt last summer. If that happens again this year, this house will be destroyed

Joel & Eli

Joel has wanted a helmet for his bike for a long time, so yesterday we got him one which he now refuses to take off! In the evening he wandered into the bathroom still wearing it and said in a hippy type voice: "Wow, it's all green" Oh dear!

Eli loves playing in the dirt (typical boy) and yesterday sat there letting the dirt run between his fingers, each time he did this the wind blew a bit into his face and made him sneeze which just added to his amusement levels

Kids And Crane

As I was driving into Chris Nissen the kids were enthralled by the crane, but as soon as they saw my camera they began posing for me. Once again you can see how beautiful the backdrop to the community is.
For our entire time here we've been striving to network with other agencies and organisations (role players) to ensure a cohesive strategy in Chris Nissen. Part of our desire is too also wipe out any duplication of service into the community so as to strengthen the planned outreaches of the various groups involved. Frustratingly our efforts at building a network have been fairly fruitless and there are a couple of fairly obvious reasons for this. Firstly, besides ourselves as Helderberg Christian Church, there is no other agency or organisation which is in the community on a regular and committed basis. Secondly, the few that are involved in anything consistent are either 'protective' of their little piece or their reaching out to the many cats and dogs by feeding them. That is a whole other issue which needs to be addressed!

Almost on a weekly basis we hear of 'meetings' which took place between the various role players in the community, but Dean is never invited to these meetings, much to the annoyance of some key players in the community. There is one main reason for this; Dean would (unintentionally) embarrass the participants of such meetings as his presence would highlight the fact that these meetings are in fact 'talking shops' and nothing more. All very frustrating!

Yesterday could have been bit of a breakthrough in this area... Dean spent quite a bit of time speaking with the local Christian counseling centre (not for the first time!) about some activities they have planned for early next year. At the end of the conversation, they promised to liaise with Dean regarding their future involvement in CNP which could also benefit our planned Home Based Care Team. Could this be the start of something new? We really hope so. For too long individuals have been doing their own thing and then dining out on the experience, much to the annoyance and frustration of the community.

Please pray that our efforts to network amongst all the interested and active role players would be fruitful so that God's kingdom may be enlarged within the community.

Home Based Care Training

Saturday morning was the start of the realisation of a dream Paula has been carrying for Chris Nissen Park over the past 2 years. In the last 6 months the ladies in her cell group have received 2 sessions of HIV/AIDS awareness training and this was capped on Saturday by a whole morning of Home Based Care training. Over her months of visiting people in CNP it has become all too evident that many of the ladies are in fact doing the job of a home based carer with very little (or no) training, few resources and less than ideal environments. Her dream is to set up a small team (probably 2 or 3 women) who will daily visit the terminally and chronically ill in CNP. These women will be well trained and resourced, hopefully paid a little and most importantly, be full of God and of the Holy Spirit. Saturday served to start down the road of finding out who is really interested and up for the role as well as providing practical education.

Paula was thrilled with the turnout. Nineteen women from CNP attended and all the feedback so far has been positive and full of enthusiasm. The session was led by Nicky Welsh, former member of our church who is moving to be part of a new church plant in Durban. Nicky is very skilled in this type of training and has a real gift of being able to meet women where they are at. We discussed some very delicate and intimate subjects such as preventing HIV transmission, how to wash and dress a dead body and how to help someone to die, in terms of making memory boxes etc. etc.

So, please pray with us that the rest of the dream will be realised next year. We need our church to come fully on board. We need finance to provide the resources that we will need monthly - probably in the region of £100 per month. We would love finance to pay the women and we really need to find the 'right' women ie: those with their heart and motivation in the right place.

Paula welcoming the ladies from Chris Nissen to the training

The ladies with Nicky (front row with flowers) who led the training

Eli At 11 Months

Eli is 11 months old today. Wow, where did the time go?

We can't really express what a sheer bundle of joy he is and what a blessing he is to our family. Joel simply adores Eli and that is clearly reciprocal! We look forward to Eli being able to walk and keep up with Joel, as it looks like they'll have a lot of fun together (as long as Eli leaves Joel's train set alone).


Here's an update on how the garden is looking now that Spring is over and summer is allegedly with us (we say allegedly as it's been raining for 2 days, but it is very warm). The grenadilla bush has simply continued churning out its fruit so no complaints there. It's a pleasure to watch different plants come into bloom at different times. The Aloe Vera has finished flowering and now looks quite plain, whilst other bushes and trees are looking fantastic.

Hope you enjoy our garden as much as we do...

The garden is plagued with moths at present, no idea why but they must be enjoying something there

A grenadilla in full bloom

Two stages of the grenadilla in bloom, on the left is the initial flower which then develops into the bloom on the right before becoming the delectable fruit that is grenadilla

The brushes on the 'Bottlebrush' tree are looking fine just now