Community news from Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney

Lessons: Riders got some tips and tricks from experts at a recent camp at Rathdowney Pony Club. Photo: Supplied by Pamela Hardgrave
Lessons: Riders got some tips and tricks from experts at a recent camp at Rathdowney Pony Club. Photo: Supplied by Pamela Hardgrave


By Joy Drescher Phone 0447 346 378

MEMORIAL DINNER – Freemasons Beaudesert invite members, family, friends to Battle of Long Tan Memorial Dinner at The Centre, Beaudesert on Thursday August 17. The Lodge commemorates the service personnel who served in Vietnam War and all conflicts around the world, past and present. More details on

VERESDALE DANCE – 67 people attended Veresdale dance with Country Drifters playing. Teddy and Noelene won the Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap and runners-up Lyn Ryan and Allan Durre also won chocolates. Tiffany Fay and Leo Rogers won prizes in the progressive barndance. Courtney Teese was holidaying from nannying at Tansy.  Birthday wishes to Peter Ardrey 70th and Ashley Teese 72nd. Tia Day won the lucky Door prize.Raffle prizes were won by Joan and Len Henderson, Diane Hoyle, Glenys Moore, Liz Noonan, Kevin Heise, Shirley and Ken Meggs, Margaret Leach, Lisa Hamilton, Lyn Cockburn, Leanne Teese, Shirley Schwarz, Tiffany Fay, James Kerr, Heather Barnes, Lenore Chase, Maria Wells and Jeanette Jackson.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Sheila Venz is guest speaker at Beaudesert Historical Society meeting at 1.30pm on Friday August 18. Sheila will speak about her early life and the lives of her parents and grandparents. Sheila's grandfather, Charles Jurd could turn his hand at a wide range of trades such as smoked ham and bacon, black and white pudding, and cementing.

BEAUDESERT BUSH BARDS – Beaudesert Bush Bards meet 9.15am Friday August 18 at the Arts and information centre, corner Enterprise drive and Brisbane Streets. President Pam hopes everyone has gained pleasure from the written word. Theme for poems is  “Been there Done That” [life Changes). BBBs applied for a grant for an essential sound system.  Entertaining at monthly Markets helps the BBB’s  give back to the community.

TAMROOKUM DANCE – Over 50 people went to Tamrookum dance,some learning the Tamrookum Tango. Progressive barn dance lucky spot prizes went to Ken Meggs and Trish Jurd. Ian Dieckmann and Vincent Kruger won lucky door prizes. Raffle prizes went to Janet Dennis, Jeanette Jackson,Jane Hawkins, Marilyn Vogel, Carolyn Willy, Tom Wilkinson, Margaret Leach, Tiffany Fay, Rod Waters Desie Grace,  Joan Henderson, Ken Meggs, Joan Edmunds, Andy Chase. 

ROTARY – Thirty-one people attended Rotary to see and hear Estelle McCabe’s presentation on her work and travels in Japan including St Mary’s Father Kevin. There were three exchange students present including Arenta from Madrid, Spain (who was celebrating her 16th birthday) and Nadoka from Japan and another from Jimboomba Rotary. Kevin Marsden passed out rosters for Veresdale School fete on August 14 and Beaudesert Show on 8/9 September. Rotary meets at L&A Hotel at 6 for 6.30pm every Tuesday .

BEAUDESERT PROBUS – Sixty-eight people enjoyed Beaudesert Probus Club meeting on Wednesday 2 August. Guest speaker, Colin Dobie Rose City Warwick Probus Club, spoke about how old customs and traditions still influence attitudes of Chinese government – a most interesting and thought-provoking talk. Places available for the Fun and Friendship Five Club Day at Stanthorpe on 23 August after Warwick’s success last year. Morning tea, entertainment, guest speaker, raffles, luncheon,  opportunities for making new friends for $30. Contact Nev on 0404 956 878 for queries/bookings.

CONGRATULATIONS – Three of Jacques van der Merwe’ artworks were included in Festival A-part in Le Baux-de-Provence, France from 24 July to 27 August 2017 - theme of  Lost Paradise.  Jacques’ art was exhibited in an art space called Post Tenebras Lux meaning After Darkness Light, dating from 1571. The character of the building complemented his work, with the focus on a work called The Fly Master II. 

WRITERS GROUP – Helen Chrissides ran a great workshop with ten writers present.Stories about streets in the Scenic Rim up to 1000 words will be accepted until 4 September for possible inclusion.

DAVONSKI CONCERT – Over 100 people from around the Scenic Rim attend the Davonski Concert Orchestra performance on Saturday afternoon at the Harvest Point Church, Gleneagle.  The Orchestra consists of 20 to 25 experienced musicians based on the Sunshine Coast. Founded in January 2014 the Orchestra continues to entertain audiences across south-east Queensland with its unique style of music and is conducted by Noel Bowden.  The programme consisted of excepts from Fiddler on the Roof, The Swan, Schindler's List and Pirates of Penzance Overture.  A wonderful afternoon of classic music, enjoyed by all.

COUNTRY AND WESTERN MORNING  On Tuesday August 22 at 9.30am, enjoy the talented musicians fun-filled session with Morning tea, lucky door, multi-draw raffle, trade table, and plant sale. Entry $6and prize for the most colourful shirt. All are welcome at St Thomas’ Anglican Church hall. 7 Albert St,Beaudesert.

 BEAUDESERT TENNIS ASSOCIATION – Ladies Tennis Social Mondays 9.30am! Join for weekly relaxed Hit! FREE for members $5 for Non-members. For more information contact Myleigh 0411489404

FUN TENNIS – Friday FUN tennis is a social night for all ages and abilities. It is a great active &  affordable night out for the whole family. 5pm-7pm - Dinner is available at canteen. Learn more or contact Myleigh 0411489404


By Natalie McDonald, Phone 5463 8285

TEMPLIN HISTORIC MUSEUM – Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the Museum each week. She writes: I sometimes wonder where people that are researching their family history would go if it wasn't for our archivist at Templin. Just about every week she is needed by someone to help with researching their family tree or looking up ancestors that seem to have disappeared. She is a very popular lady and rightly so. That however leads me to saying that today I was cataloging items that had been donated and I came across some lovely photographs of children possibly taken in the 60s and no name or anything to say who they are or where they are from. I to have photographs of people long dead but from my family but no clue as to who they are, it seems so sad, so try and remember everyone to caption your portraits, especially, so future generations know who they are looking at. The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and by appointment. For bookings phone 5463 1970

MOUNT ALFORD ARTISANS MARKET – The next Artisans Market will be held on Saturday September 2 at the Mount Alford Hall. The theme for this market is “Spring”. The markets will start at 9am and finish at 3pm. Stalls will include homemade ice-cream, artisan bread, jewellery, plants, books, ceramics, original artworks, vintage clothes, weaving, food, chutneys, vegetarian food, organic produce, macaroons, fresh herbs, and doTERRA oils. Father’s Day is Sunday September 3 so bring Dad out for a day in the country – visit our markets, then walk across the road to visit the Scenic Rim Brewery before calling into our friendly local pub. Convenor: Yonna Powell, email: Mobile: 0427 762 469

BOONAH SENIOR CITIZENS – Members of Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club enjoyed an Armchair Travelogue on Germany, presented by Paul Oates at their Seniors’ morning on Wednesday August 2. Paul’s travelogues are always very interesting. He will return on November 1 with another treat for members. At the next meeting on in August the club will welcome members of Booval 50 Years and Over Club, and the entertainment for the morning will be by Kylie Castle and Kym Carson. Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8.30am, when members come together to enjoy each other’s company along with Indoor Bowls, Cards and Table games such as Scrabble etc. A buffet lunch is enjoyed after the activities. Membership of Boonah & District Senior Citizens Welfare Club is open to all members of the community aged 50 years and over and welcomes new members. Transport can be arranged for those who need help to attend. For information about the Boonah Senior Citizens Club please contact Natalie on 5463 8285

TAI CHI – TAI Chi classes for help with Arthritis and health are held at Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah each Monday from 4-5pm during school terms. Contact Sue on 5463 2251.

BOONAH WEIGHT REDUCTION CLUB – The Boonah Weight Reduction Club holds their meetings each Monday morning. Weigh-in is from 8am and meetings begin at 9.45am  Phone Dawn 5463 8120. 


By Pamela Hardgrave, phone 5544 3174

Very few locals took advantage of the invitation to attend an information afternoon at the bowls clubhouse on Wednesday to hear about the harvesting of 400ha of hoop pine from the Back Creek and Old Mt Lindsay plantations. It is expected that harvesting will take place over a period of three to four years with an average of 10 truck loads transported daily (Monday to Friday). When harvesting is completed the area will be given back to the state government. Most of the timber will go to export customers with some being used domestically.

PONY CLUB – Last week-end the pony club members held a camp drafting school at the Memorial Grounds camp draft oval. Local instructor Nicholas Ward took the class of 24 keen young riders who will benefit greatly from Nicholas’ expertise and experience. Most camped at the grounds for the night and were up bright and early for the second day and lady members had the canteen in operation to help keep the strength of the participants up. Many thanks to Warren Drynan whose man Darcy Gough was able to rotary hoe the oval so that it would be in good order for the weekend of sport.

BARNEY VIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH – A new toilet block is to be erected in the cemetery grounds on Barney View Road. A grant has been received to enable this to happen. It will not go on the church allotment as at present the church is being rented from the Uniting Church and if the present committee is unable to secure the church and it is sold the toilet block will remain there for the benefit of the community. Church is each Sunday at 1pm after which people go to the Shed Café for coffee and apple pie and to socialise.

GRUESOME FIND – Last week the severed head and intestines (no hide) of a bally faced beast were found dumped in a pull-over a kilometre or so north of the border. The NLIS tag had been cut out of the ear (so no one could identify where it had come from) and the beast had not been dehorned. ‘Tis to be hoped that those responsible are enjoying their ill gotten gains!

SCHOOL NEWS – A busy month  for the school is coming up. On August 15 Rathdowney will host a STEM Day of excellence for local prep & year 1 students on the same day Years 4 & 5 students will travel to Woodhill School and the years 2 & 3 students are invited to Flagstone School and on the 28th Years 3&4 students have been invited to Canungra School to attend a Science Day.  On Friday August 18 students will travel to Hillview to take part in NAIDOC activities. Students will also attend the AG-ED program at the Beaudesert Show on the Friday. 

POST OFFICE BOXES – Owners of Office Mail Boxes will have received a notice to say that work will be done on the Box Wall over the long weekend on of August 12-14. Owners will not be able to access their boxes during that time.

BOWLS – The Gary Overton Pub Fours Day will be held on August 15.  Scroungers are played every Saturday. The Lady’s Skip Day is played on the third Friday of the month.

MARKETS  – Swap and Sell markets are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month under the Innisplain School building beside the Post Office.

CAR CLUB VISIT  – On August 26 the Mini Morris Minor Club will visit Rathdowney from 9.30am. If you’re a Mini fan come down to the playground area to have a look at these iconic little cars.