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Our Term 2 enrolments are most successful. It is rewarding for our staff, tutors and volunteers to see their work appreciated by so many members. Covid restrictions eased just in time for Term 2 enrolments, so class sizes can return to normal and masks are no longer mandatory. Even so, we will continue with prudent safety measures including furniture cleaning, providing hand sanitiser and running air purifiers. Our Government has dropped the mandatory vaccination policy, but as our members have all complied with this requirement, we expect no immediate change.

We recently lost a much-loved member in Gordon Whitmore. Gordon MacNish has written a fitting eulogy for this publication. I would like to offer my condolences to his family and friends. Gordon's funeral is at 10.30 am, Wednesday, 4th May at the East Chapel, Fremantle Cemetery. We hope you can attend.
Please enjoy Term 2 and stay safe.
Mal Christison

Another successful enrolment day; we were twiddling our thumbs by 9.30am! A combination of efficiency and on line enrolling!

As usual some courses booked out and others still have vacancies. As the trip to WAAPA was so brilliant last year, we've scheduled another, but don't yet have enough people to make it happen. So gather your friends and book now. Thursday 12 May. 

There are also spots left in the Araluen trip  on Thursday 19 May. 

Nik reported that the Melville theatre production last term was sensational  so why not give "Firebringer" a go on Sunday 15 May?

For the more serious, Ruperto's Jung course still has spots. 

We can now take full numbers for talks, so the following still have vacancies:

AS1 Painting Memories (Mon 9 May, 9am)

AS4 Stairways to Heaven (Fri 13 May, 9am)

AS6 The Beginnings of Modern Art (Tues 17 May, 9am)

AS8 Marine Plants of the Perth Region (Fri 20 May, 2pm)

AS9 Research of Paternal Heritage (Mon 23 May, 10am)

AS11 The Bunting Quest (Mon 30 May, 10am)

AS12 Do’s and Dont’s of …Drugs (Tues 31 May, 9am)

AS13 Town Talk (Wed 8 June, 9am)

Please note that  AS2 Child rights and the UN has been cancelled. 

There are spaces in most of the computer courses. 
 To see our full programme,
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Remember you can book on line, in person or by phone. 
Terry Mercer - a long time volunteer

Terry with the lectern he made for Glyde-In
 The Glyde-In Community Learning Centre is such an appropriate name for this wonderful organisation with which I have been involved since around 2005.My wife, Jane Lidbetter, was instrumental in me joining Glyde-In. She was teaching art classes there as she still does and told me about this lovely organisation in East Fremantle so I toddled off to have a look and see what went on there. I found a small cottage in a lovely garden exuding charm and friendship. Some places one enters for the first time require effort and persistence for you to become known and join in, Glyde was just the opposite and I found people to be friendly and welcoming from the very first time that I walked through the front door. Our quaint little logo sums it up perfectly. The range of talks, classes and speakers was (and still is) superb and it didn’t take long for me to participate in many of the activities.

I also became a member of the Monday cycling group and in, I think 2008, I was asked to consider standing for the management committee which I did and was subsequently elected. I have run a few classes and talks including the making of Photobooks, digital photography and electric bicycles. While I am also involved with the Fremantle Men’s Shed and Camera and Woodwork associations,Glyde-In has become a substantial part of my life and I have been happy to volunteer and assist the running and improvement of the centre in a number of ways. I have helped at Enrolment days since well before computers were involved, I used my welding and woodwork skills to assist with the building of the rear deck, I have done a number of woodwork projects including our lectern and I have produced Glyde’s cards using my own photographs.

I am just one of many volunteers who, along with a fantastic staff, help to keep this place at the top of the tree. The desktop publishing of our quarterly programme after Jacqui, Nicky and others have done all the hard work is now one of my jobs so if you find a ‘typo’ it is probably down to me. It is hoped that I can continue to help at Glyde-In for a while yet and can only say that I have got much more out of my involvement than I have ever put in.

April 2022
Ed note: Jane and Terry met when they were both in a singing group called "A Capella Go". They found they had common interests in singing and jazz, although Terry has never convinced Jane of the merit in motorcycles.   (I'm with you there Jane). They married in 1996 and moved to Beaconsfield in 2003, where they continue to be very happy, Jane swimming at South Beach, and doing her art while Terry still busies himself at Glyde-In and the Men's Shed. 

Vale Gordon Whitmore
The Glyde-In community was saddened to hear that Gordon Whitmore had passed away the 22nd of April 2022 after a long illness. He was at home, surrounded by his family.
Gordon was actively involved in Glyde-In. He joined in 2010, resigning in 2020 due to deteriorating health. Gordon was honoured by Glyde-In with a framed certificate of appreciation. During his time at Glyde-In, he participated in the Thursday Walking group, Bush Walking group, French language class and several Cycling groups. Gordon attended many talks, was always a helper on enrolment days and on many other occasions when help was needed.
He was elected to the Management Committee in 2012, serving until 2020. During that time, Gordon was Treasurer for four years and, in 2017, was awarded a “Celebrating Voluntary Treasurers” “certificate by the Town of East Fremantle.
For about 4 years, until he had to retire for health reasons, he organised and led the Glyde-In Monday cycling group. He took this group to many interesting places. Members loved his unusual sense of humour and his complicated long winded funny stories. When we – oops – when he got us lost, the ride suddenly changed to an “adventure”. In the first photo you can see Gordon in his cycling gear, with his trademark wicked smile. The other photo shows the Monday group at the, of course, well-earned coffee break, with Gordon second  from the left.
While Gordon was at Glyde-In, there were two Gordons (Gordon W and Gordon M) in most of the above activities. Gordon W always claimed that he was the “Good Looking One”, which caused much amusement and was probably true. Sadly, that other Gordon now has no competition for that honour. 
Rest in peace Gordon W.
Gordon M (Gordon Mac Nish) (Thankyou to Terry Mercer for the photographs.)

Ed note: Gordon was a keen bushwalker and 2012 he joined a fabulous trip to Austria, which, although not organised by Glyde-In, had many Glyders on it.  Thanks to Nell Shaw for the memories below. 

Please note Gordon's funeral is 10.30am Wednesday 4th May at the East Chapel Fremantle Cemetery. Everyone is most welcome to attend. 
Adventures from Out and About

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback from their trips. Keep it coming!
Our Out and About programme continues to offer some wonderful trips to all sort of places, many of which you cannot get to yourself. Thanks to everyone who wrote in a little about their Term 1 outings. These photos should inspire you to book a trip!

Rottnest Island Tour: 16 Feb: The tour departed Fremantle at 9.30am, with tour guide David Oliver providing plenty of information on the history of the island. Although it was a very hot day, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Hop-On-Hop-bus had plenty of seating and we toured the whole island, including Parker Point, before we broke for lunch. Some members went swimming, shopped and ate at different restaurants before we met up again at 2pm for a tour of the settlement area. We then had free time of about an hour before assembling at the ferry pier for a departure at 4.30pm.” Barry Ross.

Bather’s Beach Sculpture Tour, 23 Feb: A lovely evening down at Bathers in Fremantle! The weather was perfect, the sunset stunning and the artist-led tour by Mikaela Castledine was good fun and very interesting.  We enjoyed Stephen (Castledine)’s company on the tour as well, giving us some background info on how Sculptures is set up and funded. The evening ended with a very pleasant gathering for canapes and drinks.

State Library Tour, 24 Feb : The library tour was very successful and was conducted without any issues.  John Hughes, the library tour guide, was very knowledgeable and kindly answered the many questions raised by the members. The back of house areas that we had the privilege of touring revealed an enormous amount of material that is mostly accessible by any member of the public only via the library website. Everybody made their own arrangements for lunch after the tour. A great morning out.” Barry Ross. (Due to demand, two more tours have already been booked for Term 3!)

Optus Stadium Tour – and Little Ferry cruise, 16 & 30 March: “Everyone enjoyed the Optus tour on 16th March!  This being my first time as a Glyde-In “Shepherd”,   Mary Watson kindly went into Perth on the train with me and we walked down to Elizabeth Quay together.  Our group of 10 boarded our Little Ferry,  a small electric ferry and  therefore very quiet on the river with no fuel fumes!  Our skipper sailed slowly up river, giving an excellent commentary on the passing scenery.  At Optus Stadium we were met by Rocco, tour guide “par excellence”.  We were taken through restricted areas of the stadium,  Eagles and Dockers change rooms, press and coaches boxes; we dipped our arms in the ice baths and viewed the physio rooms, stood on the hallowed  turf and tried the luxury seats in the corporate boxes.  Grounds surrounding the stadium are magnificent and Rocco said they went a long way to the facility being voted the Best in Australia.  We then enjoyed a leisurely sail back to Elizabeth Quay by lunch time and we each went our own way to have lunch or go home.” Bronwen St John-Stephens.

“The Optus Stadium tour on 30 March was great, starting with the electric ferry! The stadium is fantastic, even for those who are not football – or even sports – fans. Highlights were the function rooms (for the wealthy!) and the number of toilets. Even empty, one can imagine the excitement and atmosphere when the stadium is packed.” Mary Watson.

National Hotel Tour & Lunch, 3 March: “A visit to the notorious National Hotel, which opened in 1887, is well worthwhile. A group from Glyde-In enjoyed a private tour of the magnficently restored, heritage listed hotel. The owner, Karl Bullers, told stories of deaths, fires and extraordinary things that happened in this iconic Port City Hotel over the years. His commitment to and passion for the restoration project was obvious. At the end of the tour we were treated to a tasty lunch, good service and excellent company – an brilliant finish to the day.” Kerry Donovan.

New Norcia Museum and Art Tour, 9 March: After an early start, we enjoyed the delicious delights to be found at the Bindoon Bakery. On arrival at New Norcia, we were introduced to the Monastery and the Chapel, which held a treasure trove of history in the simple art work on the walls. Our guide was very informative, witty, engaging and ensured that the experience was special for us all. After a delicious light lunch at the New Norcia Hotel we were able to explore the hotel at our leisure, before heading on the final stop, the Visitors Centre.The Museum was full of very interesting artefacts, photographs, artwork, history, and extended to the analysis of the flora and fauna of the area by renowned botanists. A delightful day, enjoyed by all!” Tess May.

“A lovely day out - morning tea en route was great and the lunch at beautiful New Norcia Hotel was spectacular.   Loved buying the bread the monks bake; best
ever! ”
Marg Flint.

“I enjoyed the trip immensely; loved the grounds....beautiful.  I liked that a young monk took it upon himself to meet us when we stepped off the bus, guiding us down to the main area and that he continued his interaction with us.  Mostly it was listening to the monks who helped us understand their philosophy and outlook on life.  Oh, and let's not forget the chanting - it was awesome!  Thanks for a great experience.” Nola Britton. 

I had an excellent day. Great value for dollar.”  Lesley Robinson.

 "New Norcia is an astounding piece of history of Western Australia and will be preserved for the importance of its provenance regardless of who purchases the extensive farming land that surrounds the village.” Gena Count.

“The trip was fantastic and I’ve raved about it to everyone.  Highlights: the excellent tour guide who told us so much about the town, it’s history as well as the history of the Benedictine monks; learning about the various religious groups involved in its history; what’s happening today in NN; having the bus there to drive us around the town; the excellent lunch at the old hotel; the bus trip there and back   an excellent driver, and a great chance to view our countryside; the visit to the museum and art gallery. All in all, a great day was had by all. How about a similar day trip to the Collie dam...?” Jenny Niesche.

York Overnight Trip, 24-25 March:
Thank you to Julie for coordinating the overnight trip to York.  A lot of homework and organisational and people skills are needed to coordinate a successful Glyde-In program event  and, with Andrew as her Wing man, Julie succeeded - with good humour - to drive the bus and organise the itinerary.”

 Bodhinyana Monastery, 30 March:  “Viveca was well prepared to take the group.  She gave us some background information along the way.  Her enthusiasm was infectious.  Altogether a tranquil and informative day.  I loved it.”  Winn Little. (Another visit booked for 30 June.)

Our talks continue to attract a lot of interest and now finally we can go back to maximum numbers. Here's some highlights from Term 1. 

XR Grandparents

Seven Years of War in Yemen

Our Marsupials

Our Slavery Legacy

Not Always Diplomatic

Eccentric Exercises
Other Activities

Relax and Sing

  Eco Rag Rugs

John and Pat Darby
Thanks to Jono for this piece
One of the first jobs I undertook as a volunteer at Glyde-In when I joined in 2005 was to assist Dr. John Darby, one of Glyde-In’s volunteers, to change the entrance door of the Hartley Arts Shed which was on the same site as our Garden Room. This was a great introduction to the volunteering ethic of Glyde-In. We became firm friends and I was privileged to assist John with subsequent Glyde-In projects that he initiated and executed. There was sometimes some debate on our committee as to whether or not some of these projects were in the best interests of Glyde-In and whether they were cost effective, but it didn’t matter because all the projects were predicated on environmental issues.

Behind the “Green Door” on the right of the cottage, we battled capstone with jack hammer and crowbar to dig a hole to accommodate a large fish tank in which we grew fish. These, when mature, were destined for the table. The main reason for this project was, however, to deliver nutrient packed water to the aquaponics growing beds that occupied the area along the neighbour’s fence. There was an intricate system of plumbing installed and the plastic containers were donated by one of our current volunteer drivers, Tony Bart. The containers were filled with pea gravel into which we planted vegetables and herbs whose roots sucked up the nutrient and thrived. The aquaponics system operated successfully for a few years until the tank, for some unfathomable reason, ran out of water and the fish died….quel domage!

This project was replaced by installing “wicking beds” in the existing plastic containers. The principle of having a water source under the earth used to plant vegetables etc. is well known and we used old bits of tin and other debris over which we laid porous cloth which contained the earth laid on top. Water was delivered via pipes into the bottom of the beds. Sadly, this project withered and died due  to neglect and the beds were removed in favour of what now exists as our garden. One of the original pieces of plastic now forms the planting table under the frangipani tree.

These are just two of John’s many contributions to Glyde-In, an example of an admirable volunteer work ethic.

John served on our Management Committee for a number of years, was our Treasurer for some of this time and was awarded life membership in 2014. He and his wife Pat have been Glyde-In regulars for at least 20 years and still visit for talks.

Thanks John,  Jono Farmer.

Birds in the Garden
Thanks to Gordon MacNeish for this contribution
In East Fremantle on the corner of George and Glyde streets there is the Glasson Park and, next door, the Glyde-In Community Learning Centre. The park, where the local kids play, families have picnics and children have their birthday parties, is a wonderful community asset. Glyde-In, where local adults socialize, rest in the garden, listen to talks, learn a second language, play games, sing in a choir and much more is also a wonderful community asset. However the park and the garden are not solely for people; many birds also use both. The big trees in the park, the bottle brushes, other smaller trees, and a wide range of native plants in the Glyde-In garden certainly bring many birds. Another attraction for the birds is the big old birdbath in the garden; a very popular place for birds to grab a drink or just splash about.
So what birds do we have sharing this space? Well, there is the resident Magpie couple and their four offspring. These birds know local people and feel safe, so they don’t attack anyone. There are Magpie-lark pairs performing their wonderful antiphonal call; the male calls the first half of the call and the female completes the call without a break. There is also a very friendly Willy Wagtail running about catching insects and defending its territory. There are many other birds coming and going. Turtle-Doves drop in cooing and carrying on. White-tailed Black-Cockatoos (Carnaby) arrive when there are gumnuts and other nuts available. Red Wattlebirds regularly work the area and also chase the Black-Cockatoos as these big birds lumber along in the air. There are Singing Honeyeaters with their tuneful songs and the always-tuneless noisy Lorikeets are regulars.  Ringneck Parrots (both 28 and Lincoln) are often seen or heard. And, of course, the noisy Corellas and Galahs come to dig up the lawn or clean up the nuts that the Black-Cockatoos waste.
Then there are the two or three crows always wandering about in the park or garden. They are constantly harassed by the Willy Wagtail, out-gunned in aerial dog-fights with the Magpies and always pestered to despair by little kids chasing them; yet they are still there. These crows love the birdbath in the Glyde-In garden. Recently a Glyde-In member saw a crow dunking a cheese sandwich in the water. Well, a dried out sandwich does need a bit of freshening up! Unfortunately the sandwich disintegrated and the water in the bath became a grey soup of mushy bread and floating soggy cheese; another job created for the hard working volunteers who look after our lovely Glyde-In garden.
So, to finish, a poem for our much maligned Crows.
Mr Crow
Well there you go
Mr big black crow
Such a cocky hoot
In your dark suit
Parading up and down
Smartest bird in town
Looking just every bit
A swell in your outfit
Thumbing your nose
Like all other crows
The consummate bird
But do not be heard
Only one word from you
It becomes clearly true
You're just a loud toot
In a shiny black suit
We love this feedback!

 “I have just completed enrolments for two people, and it’s only 9.01. Your booking site is wonderful. Clear, easy to navigate, with choices of views, fast-super fast really, can do  multiple bookings and pay at the end. I am so pleased with myself too!!!”
Enrolment Day Protocol
Thanks to everyone for obeying the "Enrolment Day Protocol"! Everyone who fronted up to our enrolment  desk had a form filled out for each particpant!
Accolades to the Melville theatre
Nik went to "The Appleton Ladies Potato Race" at the Melville Theatre. She said it as very organised, accessible, parking was easy and the caste dramatic! Luckily there is another production this term- "Firebringer". Book Now!
Welcome to our new office volunteer
Pop in and welcome our latest office volunteer, Kim Branco. She'll be in on Tuesday mornings. In fact she'll be in the spotlight - have you noticed the new LED lighting in the office?
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