Mother & Daughter High Tea

Yeah sure, our standard Mother and Daughter High Tea’s are pretty awesome (who doesn’t salivate at just the thought of a warm, freshly baked scone smothered in clotted cream and jam?), but a Disney themed one that is going to be awesome!

Honestly though, what better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by all-things Disney while munching on yummy food? There’s something to suit everyone, whether you’re a Snow White girl like me or a diehard Aladdin fan, there will be plenty of fun to be had at our Disney-themed afternoon tea this year.

Book online through the link below or pay on the day but please RSVP so we know for catering (and gift) purposes.  So ‘get your ears on’ and come and have some fun at our annual Mother and Daughter High Tea.

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Who Let The Dads Out? is coming!

GFS Perth is proud to announce we are working with Care for the Family in the UK to promote Who Let The Dads Out? movement in Western Australia (and then hopefully Australia!)  Any churches interested in running a group please contact the GFS Perth Office on 9202 1627 or email wholetthedadsout@gfsperth.com.au and we will get in contact with you.  Read more on our Who Let The Dads Out? page or follow us on the Facebook page 

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GFS World Council South Africa 2020

We have heard from Thembeka about the costing for World Council in 2020 9-19 July 2020
 

The process of viewing the Venue and other Conference needs has been finalized. According to calculations made, the cost of the GFS World Council Conference fees are R13,500.00 as per South African currency and is of today $993.00 US dollars, $ 1,358 AUD , Euro 867, Pounds 758. You can check the exchange rate yourselves. We all know that it will fluctuate and will depend on when did one pay. What is important at this stage is to know that Conference Fees are R 13,500.00 (South African Rand is the currency). Please respond back to GFS Australia by the end of February please to allow us to collate a list of those who are definitely wanting to attend world council and as a country we will send this information to Thembeka. The venue will be about an hour away from Johannesburg (this might also assist in planning air fares). Those people who are strongly interested by not quite sure about committing could also be noted. Please respond to Julie (julie679233@gmail.com – by the end of February) Yes, I am definitely coming to World Council in 2020, or I am very interested but still unsure about attending world council in 2020

or No, I am not able to attend world council in 2020

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Happy Australia Day

Wishing all our members, friends, families and visitors to this great nation a wonderful Australia Day tomorrow.  Enjoy the day and remember I am, You are WE ARE AUSTRALIAN!

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Special Meeting (By-Laws)

A special meeting is being held on Monday 17th December at 7pm to pass the By-Laws of GFS that will compliment the Model Rules that were passed earlier in the year.  All members should have received a copy either electronically or via the post.  Please advise if you are coming to the office by the 14th please.  It will not be a long meeting and we will have some supper after the meeting.

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Townsend Fellowship Christmas Meeting and Farewell Raylene

Next Tuesday the 6th of December we will be meeting at 10.30am for our last Townsend Fellowship meeting for 2018.  We will be enjoying Christmas goodies and also saying goodbye to Raylene as she heads back to New Zealand to be with her family.

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon

 
Tuesday 6th November 11am we will be holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon.  Dust off your hats and head along to Townsend Lodge to share in a lunch and watch the Melbourne Cup with us.  $10 per person includes lunch and a glass of champagne, bring along some gold coins for the sweep.  Please contact the office and leave a message on 9202 1627 to let us know you are coming.  See you there!

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Governance Report & Information

Out of Synod 2016, Diocesan Council asked for a governance review on GFS to be undertaken and presented back to Synod.  This was not possible last year as the final meeting had not been held with the Diocesan Secretary and the Independent Authority – Just Consulting to finalise the report.
 
The report was completed and has been with Mr Keith Stephens since 7th November 2017.  The full report with additional ‘Extra Report for noting’ was presented to the GFS Executive Committee at their November meeting.  A link to the report and other documents can be found here.

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130th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and Evensong

Please join us on Sunday 30th September 2018 2pm for afternoon tea and 5pm for Evensong.  This is our last celebration in our 130th year so please come along to this free event to help us celebrate this milestone.
 

We are asking all the parishes who have had GFS Branches or KidsPlus+ Groups in them at some time in the past 130 years if they still have any banners from their branch/group and to possibly send along a representative. It would be wonderful to have a representative there from each of the parishes listed below to help us celebrate this remarkable achievement.

We are excited to have Archbishop Kay and Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage – GFS Australia President with us to help us celebrate the occasion.

RSVP to the GFS Office on 9202 1627 or email info@gfsperth.com.au to let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by the 27th of September.


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130th Anniversary Dinner (Blessed to be a Blessing)

What a wonderful night we had at our 130th Anniversary dinner and the inaugural Blessed to be a Blessing Dinner on Saturday 23rd of July at the Duxton Hotel.  All of the photos from the photobooth and some taken by people at the dinner are available through Flickr 

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Monday Memories – Marjorie Burton Part 3

As planned, Miss Burton returned to WA in March 1937, accompanied this time by Miss Whalley who was to be driver/companion until November 1938, when she returned to England. Miss Burton obtained her driver’ s licence on 30 November and she felt it was particularly significant that it should be on St Andrew’s Day – “the first missionar y!” she noted beside the item in her diary.

Miss Burton found a special joy in driving the van and although she often had friends accompany her on her tours, she also liked to drive on her own. This concerned the Caravan Committee members, who stressed the importance of having someone with her in case of accidents or illness. However, she still did many trips on her own, although arrangements were made as often as possible for a companion to be with her.

Miss Burton kept a ‘ Daily Diary’, as did all the workers on the van. These are a treasure house of memories as they cover the 17 years of ministry to the people of the outback. They·are full of drama in many cases and the following is just one example taken from a report by Miss Burt on in July 1942:

“I left Wyalkatchem parish and crossed to Bencubbin…the roads were so wet and greasy that I was travelling with wheel chains on. On the way to Mukinbudin the next morning the van slid down four miles to the next school! When I left South Tammin I was accompanied by the owner of the farm several miles over paddocks, partly fallowed, to reach a better road than I could have found alone. My aim was to make Bellakubella and Doodenaning schools before they closed for the week. After passing the rabbit proof fence the road became a swampy track. For part of the way I had no notion where I was except that the direction was mainly right. The house which I went to for guidance proved to be empty, but a man cutting timber was able to tell me where to find another house. The track to this was so bad, with so many rivers and roads and washaways and much mud, that I hardly knew if even our sturdy caravan would make it, but so much praise had been poured on our engine on bad tracks recently, that it warmed her to fresh effort and we reached the house safely, and – more wonderful still – both schools were reached in time.”
 
 

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GFS Headquarters Part 4

On the 21st of October and 25th of November last year we posted about the GFS Red Cross Emergency Company and clubs that were based at the GFS Headquarters. Today we follow on from those two posts.

GFS RED CROSS BRANCH
There was also a Red Cross branch at GFS Headquarters, which was formed at the outbreak of World War II. Over 3,000 knitted articles were donated to the Red Cross and funds were raised for special Red Cross appeals, such as the Lady Gowrie Fund and others. There was a harmonious relationship between those involved and a lot was achieved. The branch was closed in 1946 after continuous hard work by its members in support of the various armed services.

WAR SERVICES CLUB
With a name that means ‘welcome’, the GFS Orana Club had a special role to play at GFS Headquarters when it was formed in 1940 as a central club for members and non-members of the Society. However in March 1942 Mrs R.H. Moore, who was President at the time, saw a need and changed the Orana Club into a War Services Club for girls and women in the Services, as well as GFS members.

It was based at the Headquarters building and the facilities were a boon to off-duty girls. A meal was provided twice a day for a nominal charge on nine pence and over one thousand meals were served each month. There was wonderful help from young Associates and other voluntary workers, as well as members of the Mothers’ Union. Mrs Moore was a tireless worker in keeping the War Services Club going under very difficult conditions, always cheerful and encouraging to those taking part. It continued under her leadership until November 1947, when the club closed after having provided a wonderful service for 5½ years.


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Monday Memories – Caravan Part 7

Welcome back to Monday Memories for 2020!  We look forward to sharing these with you during the year and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Caravan Part 7

There is a file in the GFS Office full of letters which bring alive the work of the GFS caravan – letters from clergy in vast parishes in the outback of Western Australia, who paid a tribute over and over again to the women who travelled in the van and helped them from time to time in their enormous task.

The following comments speak for themselves:

Coorow: 4.1.1932 (The Revd A.W. Curtis)

“We appreciated the visit of the caravan to the district in December and marvelled at the energies of Miss Pine and Mrs Broadhurst.”

Wongan Hills: 30.7.1932

“Miss Dawson and Miss Pine made a really great impression upon this parish and I would be most grate/ul if the y would care to come again any time that is convenient.”

Bruce Rock: Easter 1935 (The Revd F.W. Guest)

“No Rector can help but say that the caravan is a God-send up in these scattered districts. The Rector has to work to a tim table and is able to devote only a small proportion of his time to each district. When the caravan arrives it is possible to get every district thoroughly visited, the children connected up with the Sunday School by Post and classes in the day schools, as well as the people having the opportunity of many extra Services.

I speak for my people when I say no one could have performed the work more efficiently nor won the hearts of the people so easily than Miss Burton.

Also, we must remember the driver, Miss Murray.  She certainly is a friend indeed of the Bush Parson.”

Meckering: 15.6.1935 (The Revd E.S. Bartlett)

“Before I came to WA I had heard of the wonderful work done by the caravan Missioners in Canada, so when I heard that there was a similar Mission touring the Diocese, I was eager to  come in contact with them.”

Wyalkatchem- Koorda parish:  27.5.1938  (The Revd L. Bothamley)

“The Caravan Workers came into the parish on 2 May and left again on 27 May, after a time of strenuous work largely devoted to giving instruction to confirmation candidates. I would like to say what a tremendous help their work has been to me.  At least 30 candidates live, some 30, others 50, and six of them 70 miles away from Wyalkatchem, our main centre. This fact makes ii very difficult to travel and give them regular and frequent instructions. Because Miss Burton, with her companion Miss Whalley, has been able to spend time at night on the farms far away and instruct the candidates, a great deal of important work has been done, which I could not possibly have managed myself since I have my regular daily round to do. I am most grateful for the splendid work that has been done and I pray that God will richly bless all their labours done in His name.”

Dongara: 22.7.1939 (The Revd R.G. Pym – Assistant Priest)

“. . . Quiet spiritual influence of the Missioner, who has made herself beloved by all.”

Moore River Native Settlement: 28.7.1939

“… I want to add the e thank s of the staff for the assistance Miss Burton gave at the hospital during a very taxing outbreak of pneumonia cases and flu among the staff; and for Miss Scott ‘s relief in the school. The natives all, young and old, have a very deep affection for Miss Burton and the caravan visit will long impress itself on all our memories as a happy, profitable occasion.”

Tour through Bencubbin-Nungarin: 7-27 March 1940 (The Revd Peter Hodge)

” The amount of good Miss Burton does is incalculable – she conducted services in places which have never had Good Friday or Holy Week Services before. Her work is almost perfect.

It is impossible to separate the caravaner from the caravan and vice-versa, and when I say that the caravan is a great asset to the parishes, I indicate that the Moving Church itself and Miss Burton as the Minister of that Moving Church are practically indispensable. “

 

If you would like to view the letters in their original format, please contact the office and we would love to show them to you.


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Monday Memories – Links with GFS and Perth Orphanage, Swan Homes

There was a long association between GFS and the girls of Perth Orphanage from the time it was in Adelaide Terrace until the girls moved in 1942 to join the boys at the Swan Orphanage because of wartime bombings in the north of the State. The name was then changed to Swan Homes. It became a tradition in the 1940’s for the girls to be invited to a Christmas party at GFS Headquarters and this was organised over a long period by Mrs. Margaret Moore (the wife of the Dean), who was the President of GFS at the time. She was assisted by members of the Orana club and the House Mother at Headquarters, as well as leaders and members from the branches. The hall was always gaily decorated and the paper hats and sweet baskets were made by the helpers.

As the Headquarters building was near the corner of High and Pier Streets, it was only a short walk to the Deanery after the party tea, to play games on the lawn behind the Deanery during the years that Mrs Moore lived there. Then it was back to Headquarters for a concert before they returned home. They were up to 60 girls from Swan attending these parties and there was usually 2 members from each branch there as well. For many years the little visitors were given gift as well as sweets before they left. However as they received many gifts from organisations at Christmas, it was suggested that branches arrange to send a birthday gift to each girl instead and also keep in touch by writing . This was done for a long time and built up many friendships.

Some of the girls from Swan homes the GFS Lodge their home when they commenced work and Mrs Viva Sundercome, who was later to receive the MBE for her work on the Anglican Orphanages Board and for her work with GFS, started a fellowship club for them at GFS Headquarters. Some moved to the country and she kept in touch with them by letter.

When Swan Homes became Swanleigh in 1960, with a role as school hostel instead of an orphanage, the Christmas party became one for the girls from Parkerville Children’s Home, some of whom had actually been invited to parties before. The Orana Club and the House Mother continued to organise these with the help of Headquarters Townsend Members as well as leaders and GFSers

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Monday Memories – Part 1 – The GFS Caravan

From 1926 – 1943 (17 years) a ‘little house on wheels’, as the children called it, travelled through the outback of Western Australia, bringing friendship, comfort and the message of the Gospel to the settlers, and a special ministry to their children.
The story of the GFS caravan, which pioneered mission outreach by van in this State to isolated farms and little town, is one of great personal faith and incredible bravery on the part of the women who drove the van and accompanied the driver – travelling through the heat of summer and the bitterly cold, wet winters on roads that were more often than not just bush tracks, with corrugations, rocky surfaces and deep ridges worn by carts.

They found themselves bogged in mud in the winter and facing fallen trees, floods and other hazards. Under the rough conditions, mechanical breakdowns were frequent and very often far away from any help. The women who drove the van soon became, by necessity – very proficient at ‘running’ repairs.

Amongst those they visited were settlers on the Peel Estate and the Group settlement areas of the south-west; people who had come from England to start a new life after World War 1 – the majority without any farming experience and with only enthusiasm and an axe to get them on their way. By 1926, 10,000 immigrants had moved into the Group Settlements in the south-west. A large proportion of the Group Settlers belonged to the Church of England. This placed a very heavy responsibility on the church in WA. The GFS was enabled to help through its van.

But how did GFS become involved in this way?
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Blessed to be a Blessing Ball

ONE MONTH TO GO!!! Come and join us at our Blessed to be a Blessing Ball https://buff.ly/2NfTIMS $80 per person (includes a 3 course meal – alcohol available for purchase at a cash bar) Photobooth fun and a DJ to dance the night away 💃🕺 So get your dancing shoes on and get a ticket today – why not grab some friends and get a table of 10 together


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Monday Memories – Part 2 – The GFS Lodge

Continuing our MM of the GFS Lodge, you will recall that The Society agreed to purchase a property. Mr Vincent a prominent Perth business man whose wife has been an Associate of St George’s Cathedral branch for many years and a friend of Mrs Ethel Burt co-operated with others to put up the required amount and soon afterwards he and Mr Loton became such generous benefactors to the Society.
The building at 240 Adelaide Terrace was in a poor condition when purchased and needed extensive renovations to make it suitable for its purpose. The Honorary Architect was Mr Herbert Parry and he worked tirelessly to develop a practical and attractive Lodge on the site. The cost to build the centre block and kitchen and renovate the existing buildings was 1,600 pounds (approximately AUS$162,000 in todays value).

Lady Barron, who was the wife of the Governor and also Patron of the Society, raised 1,000 pounds in a personal fund raising campaign. A leather bound book in which the donations are recorded are held in our archives. The GFS branches also contributed to the appeal. It is interesting to remember that during that time men earned approximately 1 pound per week!

The GFS Lodge was official opened by the Governor Sir Harry Barron on 5 June 1915 in the presence of a large gathering of people and officials. It was Lady Barron’s aim that the Lodge should be free of debt before she left WA and she made a special appeal in 1917 before she left. By 1920 1,874 pounds, plus interest, had been paid off the load, with 900 pounds still wing to Messrs Vincent and Loton. This they very generously liquidated, leaving the Lodge free of any debt and owned by GFS. In addition, money collected by the President, Mrs Riley, in a special appeal was returned to her by Messrs Vincent and Loton. This money was later used to help establish a hostel at Fremantle.

First photo is of Lady Barron and second is of Mr Loton (Mayor of Perth)


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Monday Memories

This week we are sharing our memories of another one of our early members Miss Margaret Milne Robertson. She was the GFS Secretary from 1931 to 1937. She was also Chairman of the Ethel Burt Townsend Fellowship during its most active period. She was a branch leader at South Perth and also GFS Representative on the Travellers’ Aid Society.

She met many migrants on their arrival at Fremantle and assisted them in every way possible. This was a work she continued over many years. Miss Milne Robertson organised many Easter camps in the hills and also went out in the GFS caravan when help was needed.

There was a great deal of work carried out from GFS Headquarters during the Depression years and Miss Milne Robertson played a major role in coordinating this.


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Membership

It’s time to renew your membership – or if you are not a member would you like to join. Please head to our webpage to get all the information you need to become a member today https://buff.ly/32c6fGg You can even pay online if you like!


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“Monday Memories – Part 1 – The GFS Lodge

GFS Lodge (Townsend Lodge) is situated at the site of the home of Captain John Septimus Roe, the first Surveyor General in Western Australia. The original home was a two story brick one, it had a tower and an upstairs balcony, it’s large garden and hedge sprawled on to Adelaide Terrace where there was formerly a ‘bend’ in the Terrace. There were stables in the backyard, a cellar under the dining room and a windmill provided water for the residents.

Ever since 1915 there has been a caring home provided on this same site for thousands of senior students and young business women. Most were from country areas and they came to Perth to continue their studies or to take up a job. The need for the Lodge was clearly seen by the Society and on 30 May 1913 a special meeting was called to discuss a proposal from the Claremont branch: “That all branches make a great effort to raise funds for a central Lodge.” This proposal was passed unanimously. In spite of the outbreak of war in 1914, when plans were being made, it was carried to a successful conclusion in 1915. This was made possible through the generosity of Richard Vincent and William Loton (later Sir William Loton), who advanced the 1,200 pounds required to purchase the building and this money was to be repaid, with interest, in seven years.

The first photo is that of the building in 1915 when it was purchased, second the statue of Captain John Septimus Roe and the third is after the first renovations were done around 1920″
 

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Mother & Daughter High Tea

Yeah sure, our standard Mother and Daughter High Tea’s are pretty awesome (who doesn’t salivate at just the thought of a warm, freshly baked scone smothered in clotted cream and jam?), but a Disney themed one that is going to be awesome!

Honestly though, what better way to spend an afternoon than surrounded by all-things Disney while munching on yummy food? There’s something to suit everyone, whether you’re a Snow White girl like me or a diehard Aladdin fan, there will be plenty of fun to be had at our Disney-themed afternoon tea this year.

Book online through the link below or pay on the day but please RSVP so we know for catering (and gift) purposes.  So ‘get your ears on’ and come and have some fun at our annual Mother and Daughter High Tea.

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Who Let The Dads Out? is coming!

GFS Perth is proud to announce we are working with Care for the Family in the UK to promote Who Let The Dads Out? movement in Western Australia (and then hopefully Australia!)  Any churches interested in running a group please contact the GFS Perth Office on 9202 1627 or email wholetthedadsout@gfsperth.com.au and we will get in contact with you.  Read more on our Who Let The Dads Out? page or follow us on the Facebook page 

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GFS World Council South Africa 2020

We have heard from Thembeka about the costing for World Council in 2020 9-19 July 2020
 

The process of viewing the Venue and other Conference needs has been finalized. According to calculations made, the cost of the GFS World Council Conference fees are R13,500.00 as per South African currency and is of today $993.00 US dollars, $ 1,358 AUD , Euro 867, Pounds 758. You can check the exchange rate yourselves. We all know that it will fluctuate and will depend on when did one pay. What is important at this stage is to know that Conference Fees are R 13,500.00 (South African Rand is the currency). Please respond back to GFS Australia by the end of February please to allow us to collate a list of those who are definitely wanting to attend world council and as a country we will send this information to Thembeka. The venue will be about an hour away from Johannesburg (this might also assist in planning air fares). Those people who are strongly interested by not quite sure about committing could also be noted. Please respond to Julie (julie679233@gmail.com – by the end of February) Yes, I am definitely coming to World Council in 2020, or I am very interested but still unsure about attending world council in 2020

or No, I am not able to attend world council in 2020

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Happy Australia Day

Wishing all our members, friends, families and visitors to this great nation a wonderful Australia Day tomorrow.  Enjoy the day and remember I am, You are WE ARE AUSTRALIAN!

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Special Meeting (By-Laws)

A special meeting is being held on Monday 17th December at 7pm to pass the By-Laws of GFS that will compliment the Model Rules that were passed earlier in the year.  All members should have received a copy either electronically or via the post.  Please advise if you are coming to the office by the 14th please.  It will not be a long meeting and we will have some supper after the meeting.

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Townsend Fellowship Christmas Meeting and Farewell Raylene

Next Tuesday the 6th of December we will be meeting at 10.30am for our last Townsend Fellowship meeting for 2018.  We will be enjoying Christmas goodies and also saying goodbye to Raylene as she heads back to New Zealand to be with her family.

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon

 
Tuesday 6th November 11am we will be holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon.  Dust off your hats and head along to Townsend Lodge to share in a lunch and watch the Melbourne Cup with us.  $10 per person includes lunch and a glass of champagne, bring along some gold coins for the sweep.  Please contact the office and leave a message on 9202 1627 to let us know you are coming.  See you there!

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Governance Report & Information

Out of Synod 2016, Diocesan Council asked for a governance review on GFS to be undertaken and presented back to Synod.  This was not possible last year as the final meeting had not been held with the Diocesan Secretary and the Independent Authority – Just Consulting to finalise the report.
 
The report was completed and has been with Mr Keith Stephens since 7th November 2017.  The full report with additional ‘Extra Report for noting’ was presented to the GFS Executive Committee at their November meeting.  A link to the report and other documents can be found here.

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130th Anniversary Afternoon Tea and Evensong

Please join us on Sunday 30th September 2018 2pm for afternoon tea and 5pm for Evensong.  This is our last celebration in our 130th year so please come along to this free event to help us celebrate this milestone.
 

We are asking all the parishes who have had GFS Branches or KidsPlus+ Groups in them at some time in the past 130 years if they still have any banners from their branch/group and to possibly send along a representative. It would be wonderful to have a representative there from each of the parishes listed below to help us celebrate this remarkable achievement.

We are excited to have Archbishop Kay and Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage – GFS Australia President with us to help us celebrate the occasion.

RSVP to the GFS Office on 9202 1627 or email info@gfsperth.com.au to let us know if you are coming for catering purposes by the 27th of September.


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130th Anniversary Dinner (Blessed to be a Blessing)

What a wonderful night we had at our 130th Anniversary dinner and the inaugural Blessed to be a Blessing Dinner on Saturday 23rd of July at the Duxton Hotel.  All of the photos from the photobooth and some taken by people at the dinner are available through Flickr 

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