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March 2016 - Issue 20
A Newsletter introduction with a difference—Improved site for our famous Bokkie
The mound on which Bokkie stands is in need of urgent repair as due to weathering over 30 years it has become a safety problem.
The opportunity will be taken to rebuild it on an improved position which will be in full view when entering the main gate. This position will also cause no obstruction to cars entering the road from the main car park opposite the security office.
Bokkie is a cherished part of our history. Donated by the Earl of Leicester and his wife Vera, who were early residents at FGV. The Earl was always grateful for the years he spent here in later life.
Bokkie is a typical Cape Grysbok found mainly in our area of the Western Cape. I have so far been unsuccessful in discovering who the sculptor was. My wife and I even visited Robert Leggat at his Bronzefields foundry near Plett. He is famous for many wonderful sculptures including the Dolphins gracing the circle at the end of Marine Way. Robert was unable to help, but suggested when we move Bokkie, we could find a name on the underside. If one is found, we will inform residents.
Our entrance gates, designed and made by Professor Cecil Luck who died at FGV in July 2008, are another of our FGV legends.
Enjoy the newsletter.
John Lamb – House Committee Chairman
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