On 12 June 2001, “Ted’s House”, the GLSA Southern Division’s 2nd Masonic Abbeyfield Home for Seniors, was formally opened by the Grand Master, M Wor Bro Ben Lindeque. The home is situated in Rondebosch East and, under the Chairmanship of R Wor Bro Andy van Niekerk, provides a safe and comfortable retreat for 6 Senior Citizens. The small, but very effective, house committee is completed by Doreen van Niekerk, R Wor Bro Chris Barnard and R Wor Bro Alf Rhoodie.
The house is close to a railway station and a small shopping centre and the Willowmead Medical Centre is within walking distance.
To say that a great deal of work went into preparing the Home for its new role, is an understatement. There were considerable changes to incorporate the additional rooms and the house itself now comprises 5 bedrooms, 3 toilets (2 with showers) and a separate bathroom, a well organised kitchen with plenty of cupboards and separate pantry space for each resident, a lounge and a dining area. There is also an outside flatlet with bathroom and shower. The property is surrounded by a security fence and the garden is neat and attractive.
The building alterations were completed under the direction of V Wor Bro Geoff Burchell, with assistance from a number of Freemasons and friends. While it is not possible to mention all the individuals involved, some examples include R Wor Bro Andy van Niekerk and V Wor Bro Chris Barnard who made and fitted all the cupboards, Wor Bro Swenny Crofton who attended to the electrical work and Wor Bro Jackie Wentzel who made and fitted the security fence. Horst Kronenberg contributed most generously and the high quality of the kitchen equipment is largely due to his generosity. To these individuals, and all the others who contributed so much in one way or another, our sincere thanks for a job well done!
The house today is a happy one. Our residents are settled and appreciative and enjoy the life that they are now able to lead.
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