About Savannah Shellhole
Savannah Shellhole was formed on the 4th of September 2002. The Shellhole is as a result of a merge between Dan Pienaar Shellhole and Old Rifle Range Shellhole. Both these shellholes had many years of experience and were well known and supported in the MOTH community. The merge saw a new name being MOTH Savannah Shellhole, remembering Operation Savannah 1975 which took part in Angola, a battle remembered by 3rd generation Moths.
We Pride ourselves, in being a Shellhole whose members are on average younger than most other shellholes, but more important, extremely committed to the MOTH and the various functions held, especially MOTH Parades and supporting Cottage functions, enabling them to raise funds. The small shellhole of less than 30 Moths, is involved at all levels within the Order, eg Cottage Managements Schemes, District Executives, Province Executives and the National Executive. Members also represent the MOTH as trustees on the National War Fund.
We have a very soft spot for our elder Moths who were involved in the building of our Order and our Shellhole. We are however very aware that we need to get younger blood into the organization if the Order is to survive.
Savannah Executive Members
|Year||Old Bill||Deputy Old Bill||Adjutant||Pay Bill||Sgt major|
|2002-2003||Richard Wilson||Ron De Roche||Stan Brown||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2003-2004||Richard Wilson||Ron De Roche||Edwin Welkin||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2004-2005||Richard Wilson||Ron De Roche||Jimmy Frieslaar||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2005-2006||Richard Wilson||Ron De Roche||Jimmy Frieslaar||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2006-2007||Ron De Roche||Richard Wilson||Jimmy Frieslaar||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2007-2008||Ron De Roche||Richard Wilson||Jimmy Frieslaar||Andy Boden||Huey Frieslaar|
|2008-2009||Ron De Roche||Richard Wilson||Jimmy Frieslaar||Andy Boden||Gavin Holz|
|2009-2010||Ron De Roche||Jimmy Frieslaar||Gavin Holz||Andy Boden||Mauro Scaramal|
|2010-2011||Jimmy Frieslaar||Ron De Roche||Gavin Holz||Andy Boden||Mauro Scaramal|
|2011-2012||Jimmy Frieslaar||Gavin Holz||Greg Van Der Merwe||Andy Boden||Mauro Scaramal|
|2012-2013||Jimmy Frieslaar||Gavin Holz||Greg Van Der Merwe||Trevor Scrimgeour||Craig Schambrook|
|2013-2014||Jimmy Frieslaar||Gavin Holz||Greg Van Der Merwe||Trevor Scrimgeour||Craig Schambrook|
|2014-2015||Jimmy Frieslaar||Gavin Holz||Richard Wilson||Andy Boden||Craig Schambrook|
|2015-2016||Gavin Holz||Jimmy Frieslaar||Robin Starkey||Rory Barnes||Craig Schambrook|
|2016-2017||Gavin Holz||Robin Starkey||Mike Ribi||Rory Barnes||Trevor Scrimgeour|
|2017-2018||Gavin Holz||Robin Starkey||Mike Ribi||Rory Barnes||Geoff Lathy|
|2018-2019||Gavin Holz||Robin Starkey||Bruce Green||Rory Barnes||Geoff Lathy|
|2019-2020||Robin Starkey||Rory Barnes||Bruce Green||Gavin Holz||Geoff Lathy|
The Shellholes Old Bills of the Order
|Peter Coltman||1997/ 1998|
|Stan Brown||2003/ 2004|
|Andy Boden||2016/ 2017|
The Shellholes Certificates of Merit awards
|Peter Coltman (Old Rifle Range)||1963|
|Peter De Villiers (Old Rifle Range/Dan Pienaar)||1999|
|Ron De Roche||2007|
Roll of Honour
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Over the many years the shellhole has held many fund raisers and socials. Functions include:
- Golf Days – at Glenvista
- Dinner Dance
- Beer Fests,
- Open Days,
- Raids to other shellholes, including 80th, 85th and 90th Anniversary of the MOTH.
- Christmas Tree for Children – No cost to the Children
- Dickie Fritz End of year Fete and Parade
- Inter District Sports Day
- Attend most parades in the area
We hope to continue with these activities, and more, for many years to come. The highlight of these events is the support from all the members.