Eastern Cape Provincial Dugout


East London District Dugout

EXCUTIVE FOR 2023 – 2024

Old Bill Robin Fourie, Wee Bill Walter Beck, Adjutant Brent Davis and Pay Bill Ray Glover


Golf Day to end the year off.

Gonubie Shellhole ended 2023 in style at Gonubie Golf Club.  While golf may not be everyone’s cup of tee, blokes and gals ironed out the dimples, as wood be expected of old soldiers and the unsung heroines who support them.

Festivities concluded with enjoyment of the club’s always excellent catering.

Gonubie Raids Buffalo-Dixie – 10 Oct 2023

The orderly Buffalo-Dixie meeting on 10 October was, with due forethought and premeditation, hijacked by Gonubie Raiders.

As the raiders included Gonubie Top Table, half East London District executive and two ex District Old Bills, it was clear that heavy artillery was the order of the day.  The Shellhole sheltered from the salvo by remaining seated.

Buffalo-Dixie executive was arraigned before a drumhead court martial.  Charge: That the meeting was being held without a charter (GSO 2.1.1).

The B-D OB gallantly sprang to the defence of his Shellhole and, acting on his own initiative, moved to the wall where the charter is displayed.

In an unexpected twist, the Buffalo-Dixie charter had been replaced with the Gonubie charter.  The raiders expressed amazement at this aggravation of the crime, but decided against adding to the charge sheet.

The accused were found guilty and sentenced to remaining on the executive for the next 2 years.

Their nefarious purpose accomplished, the raiders successfully exfiltrated to the bar.

Farewell to a Legend – 4th October

On the 4th of October 2023 we said our last farewells to a legend. There was a big MOTH contingent, and even though I am a MOTH myself, I chose to represent SADFA, as Butler was a honorary member of the association.

Elize Rodgers.


Video Clip of the Funeral  Farewell to Moth Butler

Tin Collection 16 September 2023

Gonubies annual  tin collection for MESCA and it was a huge success with lots of laughter and healthy banter


SAMVO’s Bush Hat Day competition

MOTH Butler van de Vyver was entered into SAMVO’s Bush Hat Day competition by Rag Bill MOTH Elize Rogers,  “I’m not sure if my photographic skills won him the 3rd prize, or his good looks”.

3rd Prize – MOTH Butler van de Vyver


From Godfrey Giles

20 August 2023

At the Gonubie Shellhole meeting of Sunday 20 August 2023, Gonubie OB Robin Fourie presented Moth Butler van de Vyver with a trophy made by Hexagon Shellhole.  Gonubie raided Hexagon  May 2022 and Hexagon returned the favour in November 2022.   Butler turns 103 this year.

Gonubie OB Robin Fourie presented Moth Butler van de Vyver with a trophy made by Hexagon Shellhole. MothButler turns 103 this year.


Moth Errol Frohbus was inducted at the meeting of Gonubie Shellhole on Sunday 20 August 2023. Old Bill Robin Fourie officiated

Sunday 9 July 2023

Installation of the Gonubie Executive by Henry Sutherland

21 May 2023.

MOTH Geoff Liddle was inducted at the meeting on Sunday 21 May 2023.
The meeting was followed by the customary braai that invites spouses and visitors into the camaraderie of MOTH.

Friday 26 May 2023 is the Golden Wedding anniversary of Geoff and Carolyn Liddle.  Now that is TC MH SM!

Birthday Boys February 2023

This last Sunday, 12th February was Gonubie Moths monthly meeting. For the occasion Viv Bezuidenhout collected Old Dalian Butler van der Vyver (left in pic) who turns 102 years old on the 26 February and his next door neighbour Viv Schroeder who celebrates 92 years old, on Wednesday the 15 February.

These Moths were collected from Butler’s house in Gonubie in a 1948 Limo that was used for the past State Presidents.
On arrival at the MOTH meeting the Moths formed an arch and guard of honour for these legends to walk through.
After the meeting Mr. Bezuidenhout drove them home again .

So very kind and thoughtful to spoil these two senior birthday boys in this very special way!


MOTHS Butler van der Vyver 102 & Viv Schroeder his neighbour 92.


Gonubie Shellhole treated MOTH Ray Heuer to a surprise 80th birthday braai at their September meeting

Monthly Meeting – 11 September 2022

At the Gonubie monthly meeting on 11 September 2022, the blokes recognized two stalwarts of the Shellhole. Mesdames Anna-marie McKay and Melody Call. For selfless and superb contributions to the blokes and the Shellhole premises for the past few years.

Meeting  – 14th of August

MOTH Chris Maroulis was installed as S/Major of Gonubie Shellhole on Sunday 14 August 2022. Old Bill Wayne McKay officiated

Monthly Darts 27 July

On 27 July 2022, Gonubie Shellhole held their monthly Darts Evening. Great fun, delicious eats and sparkling company, with Gonubie determinedly remaining District Champions.

Inductions 10 July

At the Gonubie Shellhole meeting on Sunday 10 July 2022 Paul Pierskalla and Elize Rogers were inducted into the Order.

East London DOB Brent Davis inducted the incoming executive:

Old Bill Wayne McKay; Wee Bill Dennis Call; Adjutant Robin Fourie and Pay Bill Ray Glover.

Gonubie Shellhole Turns 60.

On Friday 8 October 2021 Gonubie Shellhole had 100% attendance as the Blokes (and Gals) celebrated the 60th anniversary of Gonubie’s charter.

Congratulations on a magnificent achievement

Back L-R: Adjutant Robin Fourie; Craig Taylor; Sean Harrington; Kevin Gaffney; Walter Beck; Claude Hundermark; Chris Maroulis; Viv Bezuidenhout, Wee Bill Dennis Call Front L-R: Pay Bill Ray Glover; District Old Bill Brent Davis; Butler van der Vyver; Old Bill Wayne Mackay; Viv Schroeder; Ray Heuer

 Moth Butler van de Vyver turns 100

Congratulations to Moth Butler – 100 year old, member of Gonubie Shellhole.



Congratulation from MOTH GHQ – National Chairman – click to view

The Celebrations

MOTH, Legionnaires and members of Amatola Commando met on Saturday 27 February 2021 to celebrate the centenary of World War 2 veteran, MOTH and former RSM Amatola Commando, Butler van de Vyver (born 26/02/1921).

A guard of honour was formed and Happy birthday was piped by members of East London Caledonian Society Pipe Band.  East London District Old Bill, Ray Glover, congratulated Butler on reaching this milestone and Gonubie Shellhole Old Bill, Dennis Call, presented a commemorative tin hat.

Lt-Col Malcolm Cock presented Butler with the Day’s Orders and requested all present to sign.

At 1100 a helicopter hovered just above ground level in salute, ascended in tribute to those called to higher service, and descended in farewell before flying away.

The formalities concluded with the piping of the national anthem.