The New Simon’s Town Community Flag

SIMON’S TOWN COMMUNITY FLAG

For 90 years and until 1996 when the Simon’s Town municipality became part of a Greater South Peninsula, the municipal flag containing the registered arms (see below) of the town flew over it. In 1996, the arms and flag were transferred to the Simon’s Town Historical Society.

When STADCO assumed control of Jubilee Square and the Jetty to operate on behalf of the Cape Town Metropole, permission was granted to them to fly the old flag on Jubilee Square as an identifying symbol.

New Flag

Because of the intricate design, the cost of replacement flag became too expensive and it was felt the formal device was not recognisable to most residents or visitors. In fact it was supposed to be based on the arms of Simon van der Stel after whom we are named but was later discovered to be those of his son Willem Adrian who was discredited after his term of office!

It was thus decided to design a new and more representative, but heraldically correct, flag that would not only be flown on Jubilee Square but would be a community flag that any business or resident could share and would promote pride in the community and be a unique identity for a community that still sees itself as a town rather than just a part of Cape Town.

This process took a year with the major community organisations such as the ST Civic Association, the ST Business Association, the ST Historic Society and the ST Community Police Forum being approached for comment and approval.

The flag has now been flown with the National Flag on Jubilee Square since July 2015.

Top two cantons form Municipal arms while anchor represents Navy influence and presence with Roman Rock light as unique symbol.

Due to a number of requests, these flags may now be ordered through the STADCO Office on the Square and are available in two sizes; Standard (180mm x 90mm) and Storm (90mm x 60mm) – prices on request). In addition, bumper stickers and small fridge magnets displaying the flag are available at the STADCO Office for R10-R20 depending on size.

As the flag belongs to the community, businesses (including guest houses) can order their own stock to sell, direct from the supplier.

It is hoped that this simple flag will promote a greater pride in the community, promote the town and even contribute to our economic activity.

New Flag

 

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St George & the Dragon Festival Simon’s Town 2015

Great news!! Following the success of last year, the St George and the Dragon Festival will be held on 17 and 18 April 2015 in the village of Simon’s Town.

The festival kicks off with a Medieval Feast in the Town Hall on Friday evening the 17th April. Music is by ‘Out of the Blue ‘ , Bill Knight, and “Hatchetman”.  Dress is Medieval.

Saturday the 18th sees a host of events throughout the town, and we challenge you to be bored for a minute!!! The festival has a strong family focus, and will delight children of all ages. Children’s events will take place at the Foundry Gardens, and the line-up is: Minni Mo interactive reptile show, Hoola Hoop competition, Face Painting, Craft Table, Dragon Egg Hunt, Dress up, Jumping Castle, and Cupcake Decorating. Music will be by the young violinists from the Masi Music Outreach.

The live music line-up on Saturday is fabulous; Steve Van, Jamie Jupiter, and Tim Parr are lined up, and food is by Saveur.

There is all day entertainment on Jubilee Square; three live plays will be presented; the story of ST George and the Dragon, the Story of the Blue Dam, and the Black Smith Comedy show. Watch a fencing demonstration, have fun with the stocks and apple dunking, and enjoy more live music, There are over 40 food, craft, and art stalls on the square and surrounds.  Bric-a-Brac stalls can be found along St George’s street and the Great St. George’s Bake Off will be held at The Lord Nelson Hotel.

Meet the artist Lynton Levengood at the Modern Dragon Art Exhibition upstairs at the Meeting Place Restaurant. Ollava Scuba will offer trial diving lessons at Long Beach, and there is a Canoe Water polo display at the jetty at midday.

Parking is available along Main Street, at the Library Hall area, at Wharf Street, the Yacht Club area and at Cole Point. Please go to the festival Facebook page for more info : https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeDragonFestival  For enquiries call 083 406 2001, or email weezypat@gmail.com.

This is a community, non-profit event that will be supporting the NSRI, Volunteer Firefighters, and Happy Valley Shelter. We hope that you will come and have fun with us !!! Banquet 2 Modern Dragon

Simon’s Town welcomes spring 2014 with a music festival and fun activities.

Simon’s Town welcomes spring this year with a festival of music; the weekend of the 19th to 21st September sees a variety of musical performances, from classic to jazz and rock, presented at various venues in the village, and adding to the festive vibe will be music from youth groups, an art exhibition, and a craft market. There are specials on accommodation and food; the village unites to welcome friends and visitors; come and see why we are so fortunate to work and live and play here. Go to the Music Festival facebook page pagehttps://www.facebook.com/simonstownmusicfest  for giveaways and prizes, details on the programme and ticket sales.

And the town continues to celebrate during the week that follows; a Braai Competition is held on the jetty on Heritage Day 24th September: are you the 2014 champion? For details and to enter (only R30), mail Nicky at nixwerks@gmail.com or call in at Larijworks or phone 083 9779 182.

On Saturday the 27th, the Side Walk Saunter, a fashion show with a difference, takes place from 2-3pm. Shops taking part in the fashion show will have models strutting their stuff and handing out specials and discount vouchers to passers by. This will be an interactive and vibey show; be there. For more information or to participate contact Louise 083 406 2001.

On the Saturday morning, the Methodist Church Bazaar features stalls, games and bargains.

The Simon’s Town Music Festival 2014

This year sees the launch of the Simon’s Town Music Festival . 

This festival is being organised by conductor & composer Steven van der Merwe and a team of enthusiastic volunteers,and is supported by the Simon’s Town Business Association, SBA, the Simon’s Town Amenities Development Company, STADCO, and the Simon’s Town Civic Association.

On the weekend 19 to 21 September 2014, Simon’s Town extends an invitation to all to join us for a weekend of music, from classic through jazz to rock..

Three days of world class musical acts, combined with the village’s local attractions and activities, will be sure to keep friends and family happy, inspired, busy and engaged, and you are encouraged to stay for a night or for the weekend.

Go to the festival website for all the information, including links to the facebook page, and detail on where to buy tickets. www.simonstownmusicfest.com

Spring will be celebrated through various activities in the week following the music festival weekend.

 

Xmas in July Dinner Dance

The Simon’s Town Country Club invites everyone in the community to join us for our annual Xmas in July evening. Music is by Francois Martinelli, who is well known in the area, and we dare you to try and sit still!!

The menu is:

Butternut Soup

Roast Turkey & Gammon, all the yummy goodies & veg.

Christmas Pudding and Custard.

The cost is R145 per person; absolutely great value.

Contact the club on 021 786 1233. Xmas July 2014

 

Coastal Law Enforcement

Successful law enforcement on our coasts require speedy response and effective cooperation between various agencies to close gaps in coverage at sea.

MarineLawEnforcement2This was the case in early July when suspicious activities were noticed on the water in the vicinity of the naval harbour wall. Prompt action and good liaison meant that the SA Navy, SAN Parks, SAPS Water Wing and the Institute for Maritime Technology were able to work together to successfully identify and apprehend these suspected perlemoen poachers.

In the future we will also have the City’s Marine Law Enforcement Unit based on the Simon’s Town coast, so that our threatened marine resources will be increasingly well protected.

Suspicious activities at sea can be reported to:
021 596 1999