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Dire "non" à McDonalds

Not exhausted by their 8 year battle to have the Guildford Hotel saved from ruin, Guildford residents recently completed a successful fight to have McDonalds refused permission to build an outlet in Guildford.

the proposed outlet was part of the Guildford Hotel owner's plans to redevelop the hotel, but it met stiff opposition from locals, including several local politicians (thank you Michelle Roberts MLA, State Labor member for Midland; Claire Scanlan and the other three ladies behind the Say No To McDonalds in Guildford facebook page, and the countless others who have contributed ).

We here at GuildfordWA were pleased to be able to pull a few strings in high places to get some high-vis support . . . sshhh Agnes . . .

Local heroes save historical roses

The Manetti roses were originally placed on the river bank in 1852 by the young Royal Engineer Lieutenant Du Cane, who planted them near Barkers Bridge in Guildford.

The roses were very nearly lost in 1997 when contractors for the city of Swan sprayed them with herbicide.

The local Guildford Association and other conservation groups, including students from Polytechnic West, replanted the roses with cuttings from the original roses.

Members of the Guildford Association were known to have carried buckets of water from the river to water the roses during the heat of the following summers, until City of Swan installed reticulation.

The world is full of unsung local heroes.

A lost tradition fondly remembered

Two local heroes: cricket legends Kevin Gartrell (L) and Keith Slater in front of a small section of the crowd at the now defunct but hugely popular Lilac Hill Festival Cricket Match. The Lilac Hill match was traditionally the opening match of any side touring Australia, and was the most anticipated event on the Western Australian Cricket calendar, regularly drawing crowds in excess of 10,000.

Keith (Spud) Slater was a major force behind getting the match established as a permanent fixture.

Keith and Kevin (above) openened the iconic Slater Gartrell Sports Store in nearby Midland in 1978. The store continues to operate, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (2018).

Wartime hospital

The Chapel of St. Mary and St. George at Guildford Grammar School framed by the autumnal display of old English plane trees planted along the avenue leading up to and beside the school.

The stone used in the building is sandstone from Donnybrook in Western Australia's south.  Marble from Italy and Belgium make up the floor, and hand-carved English oak worked by English craftsmen adorns the interior.

The chapel was consecrated on 25th of March, 1914.

A large faint cross can be seen on each slope of the roof of the chapel, remnants of the time in WWII that the US Navy commandeered the chapel for use as a hospital.

Going . . . going . . .

Pioneer gravestones were moved to the grounds of Guildford Grammar School when roadworks disturbed an old graveyard. They are "on display", even though you have to walk past a No Entry sign to get to them.

They lay flat to the ground, unprotected from the elements, slowly deteriorating. Several have eroded to the point their inscriptions are indecipherable.

Here is one of the better preserved examples (1867).

. . . and below . . . gone! Lost beyond repair.

I'm sure the Guildford community can do better . . .

A striking pair of beauties

A sparkling 1942 Chevy Cabriolet (L) alongside an equally striking 1936 Chrysler Plymouth at the Guildford Heritage Festival.

Summer Sisters

Sisters at the station in late afternoon light.

Situated on the main Midland to Perth railway line, Guildford has two rail stations (Guildford and East Guildford) making the use of public transport to and from the town a breeze.

Summer Nights

Summer nights on the village green

. . . when the weather warms up, the Guildford Twilight Markets spring back into life. Held monthly in the centrally-located Stirling Square, surrounded by towering Sugar Gums and just a short walk from the Guildford train station, the markets are a popular fixture on the local calendar.

For lovers of the human voice

Rhythmos, Curtin University's award-winning a cappella choir performing at the inaugural Guildford Songfest, 2017.

Spread across several easy-to-stroll-between venues in the beautiful Guildford village, the inaugural Guildford Songfest in 2017 featured dozens of top-class vocal acts from around Australia.

The good news is that the brilliant Songfest is back again this September (2018), bigger and better.

Did they find her?

I often remember this half-torn poster and wonder if they found her. I tell myself they did . . .

Beware of the Frogs

Kings Meadow Reserve.
In the original 1829 Guildford Town Plan prepared by H.C. Sutherland, a huge riverside-frontage allotment was vested in the Crown. It remains pubic land.

On its website, the City of Swan issues the following warning:
"Beware of snakes during summer as this reedy area where the two rivers meet is a huge frog habitat".

Perhaps this explains the precise, careful gait of this polo pony (part of the reserve is currently leased to the Perth Polo Club).

A shadow of her former self?

The Guildford Hotel stood derelict and unprotected from the elements for 8 long years after a fire ripped through her belly, destroying much that will never be replaced . . .

. . . and even that which has been replaced just ain't quite exactly as it was.

It's close. Very close. But . . . missed it by that much . . .

Local residents mounted an unrelenting campaign to save the grand old building from demolition by neglect, facing often unsupportive Government machinations and, to be honest, much indifference from the wider Perth community.

The irony is that the reworked hotel is reportedly now a more popular venue for many from that once indifferent wider Perth community than it is for the locals. C'est la vie.

Music in the streets? . . .

Buskers are not often seen on the streets of Guildford, which is a shame. This gentleman fitted in perfectly one Christmas, but I've lost his details.

Keeping the fairways trimmed

Kangaroos on the fairway before even the keenest of golfers.

Beware the cats of Guildford

Trained to guard their house's electricity meter-box with their lives, the cats of Guildford are not to be reckoned with . . .unless you scratch them softly under the chin  . . . or just a little bit more to the left . . . you bring fish human? . . .

Guildford Artist's work loose in Manhattan

At Guildford's incredible Museum of Natural History, taxidermist Michael Buzza presents visitors with a jaw-dropping selection of not-quite-alive animals . . . including dinosaurs such as this one, seen here checking out Godzilla at the movies in downtown Manhattan, New York. And yes Agnes, that is indeed the faint scent of Photoshop you have so expertly noticed . . .

The 10th Light Horse lives on

St Matthew's Church in Guildford is the only Garrison Church in Australia. Guildford was also the staging post for the 10th Light Horse Battalion during World War 1. Needless to say, the legendary Light Horse Regiment features prominently in all ANZAC day commemorations