news - july 2014

Basketball Club · Get Registered!

The Basketball season is coming around quickly. The Gidgegannup Basketball Club provides a sporting and social outlet for players of all ages and is strongly represented in the HRBA competition playing at Mundaring on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Opportunities are available for players, coaches and team managers. Registration forms are available on our web page.

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Progress Association · Newsletter July 2014

Newsletter July 2014..

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Experience Gidgegannup · Newsletter July 2014

Newsletter July 2014..

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Playgroup · Newsletter July 2014

The Small Farm Field Day has been and gone for another year. The playgroup mums produced lots of yummy cakes, slices, hot tea, coffee and toasted sandwiches. They also ran a raffle with five prizes given to the following people:
1st - Kylie
2nd - Brooke Beswick
3rd - Jenny
4th - Mary Munro
5th - Ian Lyon

Playgroup would like to thank all the supporters who donated items and vouchers to go toward the prizes: Tantrum Body Rox, Mundaring Pharmacy, Gidgie Hardware, Hire & Nursery, Gidgegannup Bakery, Gidgegannup Newsagency, The Laughin Barrel & Noble Falls Tavern, Gidgie Grog, Mt Helena Tavern, Parkerville Tavern, Gidge Hairdressers, Felicity’s Garden, Heaven Scent Dog Grooming, Breadwinner Bakehouse, Geja Valley Contracting.

Playgroup is held at the Gidgegannup Agricultural Hall on Monday & Wednesday from 9 till 11 am during the school term. Everyone is welcome with children between 0 and 4. The first session is free and we have very low fees for the term. Lots of fun toys, bikes, puzzles and art & craft activities to keep everyone occupied.

So come along, have a cuppa and give Gidge Playgroup a try. For more information, please ring Kylie on 0417 873 136 or Louise on 0408 928 940.

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Recreational Club · Around the Club July 2014

Well another month has rushed past and Football is well and truly underway at the Gidgegannup Recreation Club, with Auskick on Saturday morning and then year 3-4 and the 5-6 teams competing on Sunday.

It is truly an amazing sight to see Percy Cullen Oval full of the youth of Gidgegannup running around proud in their Bulldog Jumpers. Add in the big boys strutting their stuff in the afternoon and it makes you glad to be from Gidge.

The girls also are visible training on the courts during the week, preparing for the netball competition on Saturdays at Mundaring.

The Primary School also hosts football carnivals on a Friday at the oval as well. It is good to see the oval and courts being able to cater for all the players. Gone are the days when there was a swamp along the retaining walls and the kids were catching tadpoles and frogs there.

Well the moment has arrived. After what seems like an eternity, the first event to be held in the new Pavilion is to take place on Friday the 18th of July when the Senior Football Club hold their annual Quiz night. Now this year presents a magic moment to be able to see the inside of the new facility for all the community and take a chance on winning a prize or even take out the major trophy. This is definitely one to mark on the calender.

Full marks to the City of Swan for the work over the last month as new plants have arrived, together with some new chairs and the installation of the grass trees.

While there is still a way to go to have everything completed we are now open for business. Over the next couple of issues I will be able to provide details on people becoming members of the Social Club and the opportunity for people to book the various facilities for all sorts of events.

As always stay tuned for the next instalment of the growth of this amazing facility for all of Gidgegannup to use and enjoy.

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Football Club · Newsletter July 2014

The Bulldogs have completed a successful first half of the 2014 Hills Football Association season, and are still yet to taste defeat. Although sitting 2 games clear atop the ladder, the boys know that with the way the ladder stands, a couple of losses could see them miss out on finals all together, so there will be no taking the foot off the pedal in the latter half of the season.

With injuries to key players, the opportunity has arisen for a few of the younger players to step up into unfamiliar roles. Ben and Tom Edland are just two such examples. Being thrown into the ruck and key defensive roles in their first season of football, the boys are taking to their work like a duck to water. Others to have had a good start to the year include Sandy Bent and Sean Nagle, whilst the aged care facility we’ve been running in the forward line has seen old aged pensioners Aaron Brown, Stephen Kelderman, Jamie McMahon and Justin Pitt all kick bags of goals.

It is also great to see club stalwart Brett Cassidy back around the club. He’s even managed to fit in a sneaky game or two to extend his club games record. It might be time for Aaron Trew to pull the boots on again to regain the record.

The club also extends its warmest congratulations to Pete and Lainy Grundy on the birth of their son Michael, and Aaron and Kiri Brown are on the birth of their son Harley. It’s great to see the next generation of Bulldogs are happy and well!

The Gidge Football Club annual quiz night is being held on July 18th at the newly completed facilities at Percy Cullen Oval. Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start. There are fantastic prizes on offer, so make sure you are a part of this great night. Tables of 6 can be booked by calling Allan Lockwood on 9574 7104.

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Football Club · Quiz Night

This year the Gidge Football Club will be holding it's annual Quiz Night on Friday 18th July at the Rec Club, Percy Cullen Oval. Bring your own supper, but the bar will be open (tea and coffee available).

Questions will focus on a general knowledge of Australian sports (particularly football), current affairs and general knowledge (like mythology and proverbs).

Get a team together and book a table.

Enquiries: Allan on 9574 7104.

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Football Club · Gidge Plates

There is a possibility (but not certain) that the Department of Transport will manufacture more of the series two plates (number first), if 20 or more plates are ordered and preliminarily paid for. The final cost has not yet been established.

More information in the next Gidgegram, or let Allan know on 9574 7104.

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Craft and Spinning Group · First Meeting

First meeting Thursday 31st July 2014, 1-4pm, in the Landcare Building at Gidgegannup Showgrounds, Old Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup.

At the first get-together, we will have a spinning wheel, plus a weaving loom. This group will be open to anyone who would like to do all sorts of craft.

It is not exclusively for spinners. Some of the crafts that will be represented include knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking and gardening. We would like people to learn or continue with the craft that they are doing.

Do come along and be part of this new group, and tell us what you would like to learn, or just come and have a cuppa. A table will be set up with a small amount of items (to start with) for sale.

Our get-togethers will be weekly, starting from 31st July 2014. If you can't make it that date, then try the next Thursday! We will be looking forward to meeting you.

A donation of a gold coin would be appreciated towards the cost of afternoon tea. All ages and genders are welcome.

Any enquiries to Carolyn on 0427 194 525.

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Community Website · Newsletter July 2014

The Gidgegannup Community Website - - is now in its 11th year.

Just a reminder that Business Directory renewals are due from 1st July 2014. This, and donations from user groups is our only income. Reminders and Invoices for renewals will be sent out from 1st July 2014.

The community website is an important part of our community and we hope you are happy with it. Please let us know how we can improve it by sending us an email.

If you wish to subscribe to updates on the website a message for you: We have installed new mailing list software which should make it easier for our website visitors to subscribe to our email notifications. Each email that we send out will include an "unsubscribe" link and a link where you can change your email address. Click here to subscribe.

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 12 August 2014 at 7.00 pm at the Recreation Club. The agenda is as follows:
  1. Minutes: Confirmation of Minutes of Meeting held on 13 August 2013
  2. Treasurer’s Report and Accounts
  3. Chairperson’s Report
  4. Election of Committee Members
  5. Any Other Business
  6. Closure of Meeting

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Experience Gidgegannup · Rainy Small Farm Field Day

300 mm of rain in the last month! No wonder the Small Farm Field Day copped it in the wettest May for nine years. Just the second time in seven years and by the sound of it everyone had a ball anyway. Congratulations to the organisers who are putting on a wonderful event which is growing every year and providing a showcase for Agri producers and growers in Gidgegannup and the surrounding Hills area.

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Friends of Gidge Reserve · Bushwalk

The Friends of Gidge Reserve will be holding a bushwalk on Saturday the 5th of July at 9am.

Anyone interested in our local environment is encouraged to come along and enjoy the surrounds of Gidge Reserve. Gidge reserve is on the Perth side of the village, where Percy Cullen oval is located. Please meet at the fireshed.

Contact Bill on 9574 6191 or Bob on 9574 6039 for further details.

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Toodyay Road Liaison Committee · Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride

At this year's Gidgegannup Small Farms Day, road safety advisors Karen White and Cliff Simpson of WALGA's RoadWise program were available to talk about road safety matters. At the request of the Toodyay Road Liaison Committee, RoadWise were present with a display and competition on Safe Speeds.

It is a myth that by lowering the speed limit, there will be a significant increase in travel time resulting in being late and in fatigue. Recent changes to the Toodyay Road speed limits will put no more than 2 minutes extra on the travel time from Toodyay to Perth under normal conditions. We know there are not enough passing lanes on Toodyay Road, but remember, to overtake on double white lines is illegal, and not only puts you at risk, but also every other road user. Patience is a virtue!

Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids.

If you are travelling at 65km/h through the 60km/h speed zone at Gidgegannup, and a child runs onto the road 45 metres ahead, do you think you will stop in time? The answer is no, you would hit that child at 32 km/h. If you were doing 60km/h you would stop (just!) Low level speeding, where people habitually travel at 5km/h over the limit, can be just as dangerous as excessive and inappropriate speeds.

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City of Swan · Gidge Drop-Point Library

Established in May 2014, the Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library was created to service the needs of Gidgegannup's rural residents.

Whilst the Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library does not have it's own collection of titles, it does offer the following services:
  • Library Membership registration
  • Requesting, issuing and returning items
  • Access to the library catalogue and City services online
  • Access to the internet via a public access computer
Contact Bullsbrook Community Library (see link below) for more details regarding the services available at the Gidgegannup Drop-Point Library.

More info..

City of Swan

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