Cof­fees, pas­tries and good com­pany

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Last week The Guardian caught up with the ‘‘ta­ble of knowl­edge’’ crew at Tatura Bak­ery and Lunches to get an in­sight into the group of men that meet ev­ery morn­ing to catch up, dis­cuss and en­joy a cof­fee to­gether.

The group has been con­tin­u­ing its rit­ual for more than five years by kick­ing the day off with a quick or some­times stretched out morn­ing tea where they look out for one an­other or some­times bring the grand­chil­dren along.

‘‘We started to come here be­cause of Jack Muir, he’s a nice guy and we all know him and have known him for quite some time and it was a place to freely come . . . and (we) have a bit of chat and then oth­ers sort of joined in,’’ John Freuden­stein said.

Hav­ing no strict mem­ber­ship rules Mr Freuden­stein said some days could see any­thing from seven to 14 peo­ple at­tend.

‘‘Quite a few of them are in­volved in com­mu­nity things, I think that’s prob­a­bly fit­ting to de­scribe what kind of peo­ple we are,’’ he said.

The group is happy to share its reg­u­lar ta­ble with any­one who gets to the bak­ery first.

‘‘If some­one’s sit­ting here when we come in we just start at that one, wait un­til they fin­ish and then we take the ta­ble back,’’ Mr Freuden­stein said.

He said one of the big things that kept the group com­ing back was the staff were par­tic­u­larly nice.

‘‘They re­ally are, they know all of our names,’’ Mr Freuden­stein said.

‘‘And we can get away with stir­ring them up a bit,’’ Ja­son Carter added.

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