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Hot foot it over to Guildford for cars, bikes, music & more
The Friends of Linnwood House are having their final open day at Linnwood House on Sunday the 13th of November and once again, they are putting on so much that you need every bit of time between 11am and 4pm to take it all in.
So much to see and do at Linnwood House. Image courtesy of the Friends of Linnwood.
There will be motorbikes on display from the Vincent HRD Owners club, plus a variety of vintage cars like the Austin 40, Buick, Wolseley, Chevrolet, Motor Cycle Council and pre-1918 cars from the Veteran Car Club.
While you are there, you will be able to talk to the owners about their meretriciously looked after vehicles and how they have lovely restored their cars and bikes. You may even have one of your own and you have always been wanting to meet other like-minded enthusiasts or join their club and take part in open days like this one.
As well as the clubs listed, they will also have some vintage speedway cars and the possibility of some XW – XY Falcons there on the day as well.
To keep you entertained, the Toongabbie Music Club, who are a local Aussie Folk Music Band, will be performing throughout the day.
The Toongabbie Music Club will be performing throughout the day. Image courtesy of the Toongabbie Music Club.
The Toongabbie Music Club was started in 1983 by folk singer/songwriter Sonia Bennett and a handful of people interested in playing music together. They all lived in the Greater Parramatta part of Sydney and the intention was to encourage local musicians to perform together.
Maybe you have wanted to start singing and performing by yourself. If so you could always have a chat to one of the members who will be attending on the day and see what you need to do to come along to one of their Friday meetings.
And don't forget to check out the arts and craft stall that will be on display inside Linnwood House.
The Western Sydney Wood Turners will have a display table going on throughout the day, so make sure that you check them out. Originally the Club was founded by students, teachers, and ex-students of the Woodturning course at Sydney Technical College, Ultimo. Formerly known as the Western & Blue Mountains Region of the Sydney Woodturners Guild, the Club became incorporated during 2006 and is now registered as Western Sydney Woodturners Inc.
Currently the Club has over 150 men and women, who enjoy the hobby of woodturning, learning woodturning techniques and showing their work. Open woodturning occurs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday nights. Members can gain maximum enjoyment and success in woodturning, as well as sharing ideas & encouragement for turning projects. There are always members willing to discuss and advise on any problems that may be being experienced.
The Traditional Tools Group (TTTG) are a group of men and women who promotes the preservation of traditional tools and trade skills and runs workshops teaching these skills. They are also interested in quality hand tools and old machinery and in the use of tools and machines.
Don't forget to check out the tools at the The Traditional Tools Group table. Image by Gary Brown.
You will also be able to check out the Carnival Glass Collectors Association while you are there. Carnival glass is pressed glass with an iridescence finish (oily shine). This finish was obtained by pulverising metallic salts on the glass while it was still hot and the glass was fired a second time. The Carnival Glass Collectors Association will be displaying a wide range of colourful glassware from Australia, USA, Europe and Argentina.
Beautiful Carnival on show. Image courtesy of Dorothy Warrick.
For those of you that don't know, Linnwood is a historic house set on 5 hectares of ground at Guildford in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and was built in 1891 by George McCredie, a prominent businessman of the day. In February 2003, the house and estate was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in February 2003 and is now under the Trusteeship of Holroyd City Council.
These open days at the Linnwood estate would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who have a passion for everything old and historic and this is one of the reasons that the Friends of Linnwood Inc was formed in 2002 after a community led campaign was successful in saving the Linnwood Estate from being sold and redeveloped.
So, to help the Friends of Linnwood raise the much need funds for the continued restoration and conservation work on the house you should hot foot it over to Guildford on Sunday the 13th of November and take a look around.