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December 2022

Dear Glyder

Welcome to the Summer edition of the Glyder. We hope you enjoy it
In this issue:
Christmas Message from the Chair

Dear Glyde-In Member

On behalf of the Management Committee and the Staff of Glyde-In, I am pleased to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas means different things to many people, but for most it is also the ending of the year and the beginning of another year. For Glyde-In, it is the closure of a very successful year. However, there was a small drop in membership during the year - and I think this may be due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. I’m pleased to report that our programme is back to normal and we’re keen to welcome back anyone who may have let their membership lapse.

Well, when Christmas is over, the family has left and you are waiting for Term 1 to start, what are you going to do with yourself? You’re in luck! Glyde-in is putting on another Summer School. Two weeks of interesting things to attend or things to do. This includes an in depth look at the life and times of that wonderful trail-blazing Western Australia woman, Edith Cowan (I’m really looking forward that presentation). I hope I will see you at the Summer School.

Best wishes,
Gordon MacNish (Chair)
Glyde-In Sail on "STS Leeuwin"
Thanks to Terry Mercer for this report

Twenty ‘Glyders’ joined a number of other guests for a wonderful sail on this lovely sail training ship at ‘B’ Shed on Fremantle wharf. There was a bit of a wait to board and then a bit more waiting while the crew got organised and then we pushed off mid-morning on a lovely sunny day with a moderate breeze blowing.

The vessel motored out through the moles and then turned into the wind and slowed for the sails to be hoisted, this being done by a mixture of young volunteer crew and visitors ably organised by the senior professional crew members.With sails set and motor turned off we headed out towards Rottnest in a stiffening breeze with the Leeuwin behaving impeccably.

Visitors were offered the opportunity to climb the rigging, take the helm (under the watchful eye of the captain) and go below to explore the facilities. This latter included a galley which produced a continuous supply of excellent finger food for the rest of the trip.

About two thirds of the way to Rottnest we turned about and set sail for home and, after lowering and stowing the sails and rigging, the engine was re-started and we motored back to the berth. It was a wonderful trip and so impressive to see the professional crew and young volunteers operating this fabulous vessel which we are so lucky to have in Fremantle.

Whale Watching
Thanks to Adrian Morris for this report

I heartily recommend this whale watching tour! I think we were incredibly lucky with the weather. On the way out it was a real experience to see  Fremantle Harbour and Perth City from the boat as it gave a very interesting view. There were several tankers on the way in and out, so lots of shipping transport to see. As we came to the whale watching spot, we were truly blessed to find so many pods of whales in the area - maybe the whales heard that a group from Glyde-In was visiting!! I must say the commentary from the crew was so helpful and informative, giving a true insight on the behaviour of the whales. It was a stroke of luck that the sea was so calm and peaceful, making all the whales calm and peaceful too. At one point three females with their calves were within ten metres of the boat and when they seemed to get tired another group took their place - it was a truly magical experience. On the way back it was fun to come back to harbour and see the port. Overall it was a fantastic experience - well done for booking it! 

Cycling Group
Thanks to Brenda for this report

Our Glyde-In Monday cycle group led by Gordon MacNish has enjoyed many wonderful journeys and adventures this year.  In December we located a magnificent Giant at Subiaco Theatre Gardens.  The Giant Bille Bob is lost and has become separated from his other five Giant friends in Mandurah.  Thomas Dambo from Denmark is the creator of the Giants, his larger than life creations are made from recycled wood and have been put around the world, this is the first time his Giants have appeared in Australia.
Summer School 9th-22nd January

Once again Glyde-In has the answer to the long hot summer - Summer School! 

There are a number of multi-day talks focusing on particular subjects. Hilary Silbert will present a series of sessions covering the life and achievements of Edith Cowan, Australia's first female parliamentarian. 

Fausto Butta will present 4 talks covering art and politics between the two World Wars. 

Ruperto Nunez will present 6 sessions on Indian Philosophy and Digby Hill will offer 4 sessions of singing. There are yoga courses, mindfulness meditation and a movement class called "Biodanza". 

There is  a single session talk covering WA's Defence Heritage, while 84 year old Faye Day will bring us tales of her solo travel adventures. In another session a psychotherapist will explain hidden meanings in photos. 

There is also Nordic walking and Mahjong. 

For the artistically inclined there is Japanese and Chinese brush painting, and Lynn Christison will show us how to make those beautiful hanging baskets you see at the Glyde-In. There is also Bookbinding and Japanese Floral Art. 

Out and About takes you to the Art Gallery and Guildford and a cruise on the Swan River. 

French and Spanish courses are available and of course there are a selection of computer sessions.

For a full programme or to book on line, click here. Of course you can also phone to book in on 93393964. The office is open 9am--3pm until 23rd Dec and then will reopen on 3 January. 
Volunteers' Christmas Party

Volunteers and tutors celebrated the end of the year and Christmas with a lovely afternoon tea last Tuesday. Entertainment was provided by the wonderful Glyde-In Singers, led by Digby Hill. After a number of impressive pieces the choir then led carol singing, which everyone could join in.

Delicious fare was provided by members of the Committee and Sandra ably orchestrated the event, assisted again by many volunteers.

Congratulations everyone on another successful year. 


Glyde-In members have been supporting Amnesty International and CARAD, the Coalition for Asylum-seekers, Refugees & Detainees, for  several years with food donations. CARAD is a small, local not-for-profit group.  Its Foodbank is for people seeking asylum in Perth, all of whom are without income or welfare support.  Members have been extraordinarily generous.

Since the COVID-19 crisis, life has become even more difficult.  These people rely entirely on CARAD’s Foodbank program for fresh and non-perishable food, toiletries, household cleaning items, etc.  CARAD is stretched tight. We are always looking for gifts of long life milk, rice, pasta, tinned food, spices, tea, coffee, oils, or detergents, shampoos, toothpaste etc. Just drop them off at Glyde-In and we will do the rest. 
Glyde-In Community Quilting Group-6 years on
Thanks to Lyn Hurley for this update

Our enthusiastic group of ladies meets on the second Monday of each month (apart from December & January) where we get the sewing machines buzzing, cut & sort fabrics, show & tell what we have completed at home & discuss the unending block designs & quilting techniques.

In 2017 a group gathered on a Thursday evening for 2 hours mainly to plan & discuss projects. There are 10 ladies who were from this original group plus 7 more who have since joined. When the new Garden Room was built Sandra Bantoft suggested that there be quilts hung there as a display & to soften the reverberation.Now each term we have a display of quilts for you to enjoy. These quilts are donated to charitable organisations.

This year we have been supporting CARAD who have requested bed-size quilts for each family. We also send other quilts to the West Australian Quilters Association (WAQA) for distribution. Twelve quilts have been donated so far & 24 Christmas place-mats. All the fabric is donated but we need to purchase the wadding. We hope you enjoy our quilt display when you visit the Garden Room
Highlights from Term 4

Perth Urban Farm

Peter Woodward - My Blues Journey

Hilary Silbert - Edith Cowan

Swan Valley Tour

Andrew Crellin - Old Money

Alex Muraviev - Ukraine

Laksa Burra - Spirit of the Night Sky

Maureen Flynn - Voice to Parliament



Anyone for a walk??
One of our members, Dianne Hunter,  has suggested we start a walking group to do some walks south of the river in different locations, meeting somewhere at a coffee shop, doing an hour's walk and then finishing with a coffee. This format would provide an opportunity to  explore different locations. 

Is anyone interested in joining such a group? 

Dianne would like someone to help lead the group. She already has a list of suitable walks south of the river.  

If you think this could be for you give the office a call on 93393964. 
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