Cathie’s Column: Open Weekend at historic Eryldene

ENJOY historic Eryldene House and Garden’s first Open Weekend of the year this Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15 at 17 McIntosh Street Gordon from 10am to 4pm.

One hundred and four years ago in April 1914, Mr and Mrs Waterhouse and their first son Gordon moved into their newly-completed house, Eryldene, in Sydney.

So began a lifetime of creativity and scholarship which culminated in the work of art we know as Eryldene today – a place recognised as one of the nation’s most important heritage properties.

Stroll through the exquisite garden ‘rooms’ and take a guided tour of the Waterhouse home. The Waterhouses raised four sons and lived at Eryldene until the death of the Professor in 1977.

The house was designed by visionary architect William Hardy Wilson and Prof E.G Waterhouse created the internationally-acclaimed camellia garden.

Professor Waterhouse was also influential in the worlds of art, design, architecture and linguistics and during his life, Eryldene became an influential hub for the exchange of ideas.

The Garden Cafe will be open for light refreshments. FREE entry for members of Eryldene Trust, NT and HHA; $12 non-members; $10 concession; $5 children (6-15yrs); $30 family.

Eryldene Sunday Afternoon Teas from 1pm: cost $25 adults; $12 children (6-12yrs). Enquiries 9498 2271.


Best Easter Hats for Ivy and Marguerite

LADY bowlers at North Ryde RSL shared some Easter joy during a fun Easter Hat and Bunny Bowls day recently which included Turn Around Triples in the morning. Pictured is Ivy Hitchens – one of the two Best Easter Hat winners along with Marguerite Burkett.

Several other ladies also created weird and wonderful hats. President Anne Richardson thanked all those who came along and shared in a fun day.


Singers required for Mixed Choir

Macquarie Chapel Presbyterian Church is inviting all interested in singing to join its mixed choir.

The Chapel is looking for singers with potential, not necessarily expecting them to be accomplished singers when they join.

All that’s required is some previous music experience, enthusiasm and commitment.

The choir forms an important part of life at the chapel and provides its singers with a chance to develop their voices and musical skills.

As part of the choir, members will sing most Sundays at the 8:30am Service, and will also be able to perform on special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and at weddings.

Singers receive FREE, first rate musical and vocal training from an experienced, professional musician, learn to work together as a team and develop their self-confidence in a disciplined environment.

The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.

For further information contact Chris Czerwinski, Director of Music, who would be delighted to meet with any interested singers for an informal audition: [email protected] 0452 557 695; alternatively you can contact Bruce Goudge: [email protected] 0412 579 160 or Rema Gnanadickam, Choir Committee representative: 0418 651 220.


Accent Strings @ Lane Cove Music Concert

Lane Cove Music present their next concert on Tuesday May 1 in

Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove (behind Post Office) at 8pm.

Concert features Accent Strings with violinists Leo Kram and Jane Stanley, Daniel Williams (viola) and cellist Emily Palethorpe performing music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Massenet and Bizet among others.

Cost $25 at door, children admitted FREE. Enquiries 9428 4287 or 9427 4651.


Computer Tutors needed for seniors

Computer Pals for Seniors at West Ryde need new tutors for its classes in the rooms of St Columbs church in West Ryde.

They’d like to hear from anyone who has some knowledge about using computers, has a sense of humour, and can spare an hour or so per week. Each class has a maximum of four students – Beginners, Beginners Refresh, Internet, Ipad-Iphone-Android, Photo Organisation and Windows 10.

Computer Pals for Seniors will hold its AGM on Wednesday May 16 in St Columbs Church at 2pm. If you’d like to join the committee contact the group by email: [email protected] before May 9 and a nomination form will be sent to you.

For more information, view new website:

If interested to volunteer as a tutor or to join the club, contact Margaret 9874 2645 or Warren 0417 221 603.


Foundation Cup Golf Day

SIR Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation presents its 6th annual Foundation Cup Golf Day on Thursday May 24 at Concord Golf Club on Majors Bay Road Concord.

Participate in the Harvey Norman Invitational golf tournament and enjoy a special day at one of Sydney’s most prestigous golf clubs whilst supporting an important and worthwhile cause.

Breakfast served at 7am before player briefing and move to tees for shot gun start at 8.15am.

Buffet lunch and drinks in clubhouse from 1.30pm.

Cost $990 for teams of four includes breakfast, on-course drinks, lunch and prizes while this year by popular demand CARTS will also be provided to all players and included as part of the standard registration fee.

The Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation is a charity established in 1999 to assist people in urgent need of transport to meet their medical and health needs.

For enquiries and registration details contact Vince Del Zio on 0411 644 530 or email: [email protected]


Ryde Family History Group

Family History Group of Ryde District Historical Society meet this Saturday April 14 at Willandra, 770 Victoria Road, Ryde at 10am.

Speaker is Jane Eales on “Secrets, Spies and Spotted Dogs.”

Adopted, Jane talks about discovering that her birth mother was a British spy. Visitors welcome. Enquiries Christine 9809 7783.


Sydney’s Underworld from 1920-1930

Michael Duffy will talk about ‘Sydney’s Underworld 1920-1930’ when Macquarie branch of National Seniors Australia meet next Wednesday April 18 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 12 noon.

The branch offers the opportunity to over-50s of a place to meet and enjoy thecompany of people of a similar age group. Social outings

to interesting places and venues provide members with good company. An active walking group also offers interesting walks.

New, and returning, members are welcome. Enquiries Carolyn 9874 7129 or 0409 719 813.


Champagne High Tea at Carisbrook House

AS part of the Australian Heritage Festival, Lane Cove Historical Society is hosting a Champagne High Tea on Sunday April 29 at Carisbrook Historic House Lane Cove from 1pm to 4pm.

This year’s High Tea at Carisbrook offers the traditional, delectable British Empire afternoon tea treats that have been enjoyed by generations – ever since Queen Victoria forgot about her waistline.

There’s a complimentary glass of champagne and live music too from the Jim Middleton/Bob Bellini Duo.

Enjoy a wander down to the bay through the lovely gardens and take yourself back to the 1880s in the wonderful period rooms of the house itself.

Cost is $25 per person all inclusive. Sit and relax while you take in the ambience and enjoy the delightful music provided
by Jim Middleton and Bob Bellini.

Carisbrook Historic House is located at 334 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove with plenty of parking at the end of Waterview Drive.

All proceeds will go towards the continuing maintenance of Carisbrook House, which is run solely by the volunteers of Lane Cove Historical Society.

Bookings essential Enquiries 0418 276 365 or email [email protected]


Friends Art Group demonstration

Friends Art Group’s next Art Demonstration is this Friday April 11 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at 10 am.

Well known artist Yvonne  Langshaw will paint a Mixed Media Landscape and talk about her painting.  Visitors welcome – fee $5. The group meets every second Friday and has just under 50 members.   If interested phone committee member Rosemary Keegan 9807 5382 or email:  [email protected]


Your Chamber of Commerce Meets

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888.

EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting May 14. Enquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221.

GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting April 17. Enquiries secretary Maria Zappia o401 158 307 or email: [email protected]

WEST RYDE: Enquiries President Nora Etmekdjian 0417 699 955.

DRUMMOYNE: Meet first Wednesday each month. Next meeting May 2. Enquiries Secretary Alex Elliott 0438 774 323 or Vice President Paul Harcombe 0438 089 900.


Chess Group for seniors

Hunters Hill Seniors Chess Group caters for those who wish to participate in social chess on a regular basis.

Expertise isn’t required for these informal and social sessions. Group meets each Wednesday afternoon at Ironwood Company Coffee House, 102 Woolwich Road, Woolwich – adjacent to the Woolwich Pier Hotel from 2pm to 5pm.

Anyone thinking of joining the chess group should contact Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services’ reception on 9817-0101 or email: [email protected]


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