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August 2019

Dear Glyder
Welcome the autumn edition of The Glyder. for 2019. We hope you enjoy it. 

In this issue:
Enrolment Day

It just keeps getting better! On enrolment day last week day 320 people made 890 enrolments. We took $29,000, about $5000 more than the corresponding term last year. This was largely due to the revamped bus trips. Of course there is still time to enrol in a lot of activities.
For instance:

Internet Safety for Kids  with  Kris Metcher, Thursday 5 September – a good talk for grandparents to learn more about what kids are looking at online and when to step in.
Exploring Mars  with Katarina Miljkovic, Wed 11 Sept 2pm. Katerina is the only Australian researcher on NASA’s team behind its latest Mars expedition 
Photography, fun & easy with Mick Dixon. 3 Thursdays  &  3 Saturdays 1-3pm in August.  Thursdays are in-house here, Saturdays are on photo-shoots nearby.   This is for cameras (not phones) – you’ll learn a lot and Mick will help you take the photos you’d like to take.
Painted pots with Lynn ChristisonFriday 20 September, am or pm. Hand-painted ceramic pots make a great focal point in the garden, on the patio or indoors.  Lynn  will teach you to paint easily on a curved surface in your choice of colours and style, and then seal the surface.  A terrific gift or something rather special to keep.   
 Out ‘n About:  Most bus outings are full.  There are spots left only for 2 trips:
  • Woodman Pt Quarantine Station (Wed 14 August).
  • the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin (Thurs 3 Oct).
 Good body care.  Make your own natural products for good skin:  Anni Schmotter will teach you to make quality body-care products that smell fabulous.  Two sessions – Saturday 21st September (especially for mums, make baby-care lotions too) or Tuesday 24th
 Skype, with Kris Metcher, Thursday 15 August.  It lets the world talk!  In this small group class, learn how you can make free calls the world over.  Come and discover Skype, set your account up and start talking. 

To see the full programme click here and remember you can book on line. 
Garden of Memories

A Garden of Memories - why do we have one? You may or may not have wondered about the Garden of Memories at the front of the Garden Room. In brief it is a garden of native plants planted in memory of loved ones of Glyde-In members. I will tell the story of how it started.

In 2005 the Thursday Walkers lost a treasured member, Jeannette Greer, and it was the brainchild of Laura Webb to dedicate part of Glyde-In’s garden for members to plant a native plant in memory of a loved one. In 2006 a group of volunteers – Kit, Heather, Wendy, Bonn, Laura, Jono, Jan, Anne, Ann, Kay, John, Del, Kathy, Marie, Nell (later known as the Garden Gnomes) - started work on the grassed area in front of the old art shed.
Group donations were received from the mah-jong players and the Thursday walkers. Advice was given by Alex Wilson, the then-Council-Rep for Glyde-In, who was studying horticulture at the time, about which plants native to the East Fremantle area we should choose. A list was prepared. Glyde-In members were approached to select a plant from the list and the plants were then planted by the Garden Gnomes in the newly-created garden beds.

The Garden of Memories was opened at Glyde-In’s 25th anniversary party on 27 October 2006. The tree fern was planted in the pot donated by the Thursday Walkers. It has a story, told in the words of Jeannette’s son Stuart Greer:

In 1997 the family, Scottish and Australian, was travelling through the Dandenong Ranges, which had suffered devastating fires. The family was chatting about the beautiful tree ferns there. From the back seat, his mother remarked that ‘tree phones’ were indeed a wonderful idea in an emergency. She had heard ‘tree ferns’ as ‘tree phones’ in Scottish, and assumed the trees had emergency phones in them. She approved! Hence after Jeannette’s death, her many Glyde-In friends decided that a tree fern be planted in her memory. It was the catalyst for our Garden of Memories.

The mosaic birdbath, made by Sandra Bantoft, a good friend and Maureen McCavanagh  was unveiled. The round table and chairs were made locally and donated by Fremantle Ports.

The Garden flourished. Over time some plants have perished and new ones planted as members or their families requested a spot.

The plants that survived the 13 years are the cystis, eremophila, myoporum, gaura, rosemary and blue salvia, and last but not least, the tree fern.

When the new Garden Room was built, the garden was greatly reduced in size. As many plants as possible were rescued and replanted. Now the time has come to replenish the Garden of Memories. The Garden Gnomes will draw up a list of native plants suitable for our East Fremantle conditions and purchase them. If you would like a plant to be placed in the name of a loved one please leave your name with Ann Reeves during August. We have to do some groundwork first and hope to be ready to plant in the second half of August.

Jan Machin.

Our gardens are a special part of Glyde-In for many reasons.  They provide a warm welcome to the Centre, outdoor seating areas front and back, and always healthy potted plants are for sale at ridiculously low prices. Flowers fill the float-bowls at the front door.  And the gardens always look especially splendid for enrolment days.  Behind the scenes is a continual watering roster, and regular mulching, pruning and plantings.  Who’s behind all this hard work and artistry, members frequently ask.  It’s the Glyde-In Garden Gnomes, pictured left to right:  Lynn Christison, Kay Stella, Ann Golder, Win Little, Gordon MacNish, Jan Machin and Jono Farmer (and John Golder, not pictured). 
Les Cotter

And who keeps the Centre beautiful on the inside, members also ask. It’s Lesley Cotter, pictured. After her two visits each week it seems a magic wand has been waved over the place to make it clean and shiny. Even the cup handles line up. It’s easy to tell she is also an artist (in pastels and in sculpture). Les has been with us for several years now, and is one of Glyde-In’s most prized people.

Trip to Penguin Island

Great day out on our visit to Penguin Island except for the weather but we soldiered on through rain wind and hail, we brave Gliders . We had a lovely lunch at the Swinging Pig Hotel and lots of camaraderie.  The day was enjoyed by all.
Glenda Burns, member and volunteer Out'n About host.
Browse, Buy and Sell

Our first computer course is up and running. "Browse, Buy and Sell" is checking out good shopping/selling websites like Facebook Marketplace, E-Bay, Gumtree, Buy Nothing and Freo Massive. Who knows what bargains will be found! It’s a lot of fun as tutor Fay Gerhard gives the low-down on how to browse and bargain online. The picture shows participants Carol Coleman, Carol Harrison, Stephen Holtz, David Kelly, tutor Fay (standing) and Maria Rico.
Drawing for Fun

Peter McIntosh has just begun teaching our ten-week sketching course on Mondays, with 11 keen participants. The first session focussed on drawing the human hand, and the group is sketching their own palms as they learn contour and shading. There are first-timers and old hands (so to speak) in the class. Peter is an art teacher and artist, so they’re in good hands.
New Look for the Glyde-In

 The original building at 42 Glyde Street, in which Glyde-In still stands.  We’re going back to weatherboard!

We’re delighted to announce that the Centre is about to undergo a face-lift!   We will have a fresh new look when the exterior walls of the cottage will be replaced with weatherboard, similar to the Garden Room. We are excited because it will take the cottage back to its original look when it was built in the late 1800s by Frank and Maria Peterson.  The story of Glyde-In, including the history of the cottage itself, is on our website,, and gives a good insight into the origins of the Centre.  The story was put together by a group of volunteers including John Black, a descendant of Frank & Maria.

This work will take place partly during the October term break and then in December.  The Town of East Fremantle is funding the renovation, and our Jono Farmer is project manager, determined that the work will not unduly disrupt our programme of activities. 
Glyde-In Makes the News

The Glyde-In recently made the news in the Herald newspaper. It focussed on the volunteering aspect of the Glyde-In, which is the heart of our centre. 
Glyde does Guildford
We had a fabulous visit to Guildford in July. The train delivered us to Stirling Square where we met Barbara Dundas, the local authority on the history of Guildford. She showed us St Matthew's Church and talked about the history of the square. We were treated to the most amazing morning tea by members of the church parish; I'm told Barbara herself was responsible for the incredible array of delicate cakes. 

From there we did a quick walk down to the historic boat landing on the river. The boats used to  deliver goods from Fremantle and take wool and wheat from Guildford to Fremantle. Then it was over to the old gaol which served as a convict hiring depot once transportation was introduced in  the 1850s. Beside the gaol is the original cottage from the Taylor family, who lived there with at least 9 of their 13 children. Apparently Mrs Taylor had 26 pregnancies!!

Our heads spinning with dates and facts, we walked along to the Rose and Crown Hotel, the oldest continually operating hotel in WA. We had a delicious 2-course lunch amidst much chatter and laughter. After lunch we were free to wander through the garden centre, the pottery, and of course the revamped Guildford Hotel This hotel was burnt down several years ago, and after much public intervention has been restored in a very interesting style.

By then it was time to take the train back to the coast. It's a delightful way to travel - the same train taking you all the way. It seemed very appropriate for us to connect Fremantle and Guildford once again. 

It turned out to be a very auspicious day for Guildford as it received listing on the State Heritage Register on the very day we were there. 
Some Highlights of Term 2

         A blustery day at Penguin Island




  But smiles all  round

Bed and Breakfast-Guildford style


Visit to Kaarakin Cockatoo Conservation Centre
Love your Pantry
Then eat your Pantry - Mah-jong Christmas in July

Phone 9339 3964 for bookings.
Entertainment Books Available

The latest Entertainment books are now available.  You can purchase a hard copy or a digital version. They are great value at $70 containing vouchers with savings on everything from fine dining to coffee, to vineyards and posh accommodation, boat trips, concerts, much more.  And it is a fundraiser for Glyde-In. 
New time slots

We now have courses and talks available after hours. They are highlighted in the programme with  a yellow star. There are several computer courses, some art classes and some talks and outings offered  in evenings or on weekends. 

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