LINDY SOTHERN will be celebrating her 90th birthday on 2nd June 2019. She moved from Maxhaven a few years ago to live in community with her son Phillip, daughter-in-law Elizabeth and grandson Stuart in Blairgowrie. Other than not being able to drive and read so well with weakened eyesight, she is very much the Lindy we have always known and loves meeting and chatting with everyone when she comes to church. This has become more rare, though, as she is dependent on lifts. To contact her or visit, please phone the office and Celia will give Phillip’s number.
JACQUI WHITE moved at the beginning of April 2019 from north to south Joburg. Her flat in Linden, where she had lived for a long time, inseparable from her two little dogs, is well-known to generations of children who received painting classes there. Now Jacqui and her dogs have all gone into retirement, sadly into different homes. In her new home Jacqui is with eight others, which makes it more like an extended family. Still adjusting, she nonetheless has started geometry and planetary seal drawing sessions with everyone, as well as initiating Easter celebrations. She certainly knows how to ‘make something of nothing’, being the creative artist and teacher she is. She expresses her gratitude toward the community members who helped her with the move, which would not have been possible without them. It was good to see her on Good Friday. Her new address is: 20 Holmdene Rd, South Hills, at KweziZola.
ROSA HODNETT, here with her granddaughter Megan, who has a special place in her heart and daily life. Even though she has had to reduce her radius of activity step by step, nudged on by signals the physical body sends, Rosa retains her inquisitive probing mind, and will not be stopped from sewing and to continue embroidering new, ever more challenging projects, all the while ensuring the garden flourishes under her directive. She has made the words of Gandhi ‘The Seven Blunders’ her evening contemplation, fascinated how each sentence leads to deep insights applicable to world events and daily life. “One has to really think about them!” She lives in her own flat with her son David’s family in Fourways Gardens and will be celebrating her 85th birthday on 19th May 2019.
ROSWITHA GROTH, born 14th February 1933, with her husband Werner (died 2006), were part of the Camphill movement in Scotland. When Renate Sleigh, who had already moved to South Africa in the 1960’s with Julian, said to her: “it is easier to find Christ in South Africa than in Europe. Traditions fall away and you have to find Christ from within and the cosmic Christ in your work”, she struck a deep chord in Roswitha’s heart. To find and serve Christ was her calling. So, the Groth’s decided to have a look and came to South Africa. Quickly it was clear, apartheid was not going to work for them, so they travelled further north into Botswana, one of the ten poorest countries in the world at the time.
To their surprise, circumstances converged to give them a starting point outside a village between Lobatse and Gabarone, a run-down abandoned farmhouse. They returned soon thereafter with their nearly five small children and began to take in mentally disabled children as part of the family, financing themselves. Rankoromane School for disabled children was founded in 1974.
In the 1980’s the need to extend opportunities for the children led to the founding of Motse Wa Badiri (Village of Workers) for adults and finally Legodimo (Paradise) for youth.
From the beginning to this day, the Children’s Service and Youth Service (as given by Rudolph Steiner) are celebrated every week in Setswana by a dedicated group of teachers; The Act of Consecration of Man has also been celebrated from the outset 3-4 times a year by a visiting priest from Johannesburg. We are each other’s closest neighbours. Roswitha retired from the school after Werner died, and moved to Mokolodi nearer to Gabarone into a cottage close to her children. She is still active in giving spiritual backing to the school and always is there for the Act of Consecration. The school and Roswitha are well worth visiting if anyone ‘happens to be in the area’.
Where are they now?
Members of our congregation move away from Johannesburg. Whenever they visit us they feel immediately at home. In part this is through receiving our monthly newsletter. We too would hope to remain connected through these posts and learn something of their lives and where they are now living.