Local news from Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney

Time to dance: Rathdowney students recently took part in the Schools Dance Fever Challenge. Photo: Supplied
Time to dance: Rathdowney students recently took part in the Schools Dance Fever Challenge. Photo: Supplied


By Joy Drescher, phone 0447346378

AUTHOR TALK AT LIBRARY – Beaudesert Library hosts new author Luke Stegeman, former member SRRC Writer’s Group, to do his  author-talk on 'The Beautiful Obscure' at Beaudesert Library  on Friday, October 6 , 4-5pm. Luke writes on Spain’s influence on Australia and his life growing up in both countries . Bookings appreciated! All welcome.

WILD MOUNTAINS – Weekend activities every October Weekend at Wild Mountains, Phillps Road, Rathdowney include Bushwalkers  on 6-8 October, 13-16 Earth Education Workshop, 20-22 Volunteer weekend, 27-29 Thought Mastery.

SUSTAINABILITY INFO DAY – The crew have organized an awesome day on 7 October 10 am- 4pm with speakers from wiki houses, hemp building materials, repair cafe, sustainable design and much more. This is in conjunction with the Sustainability Living presently at The Centre. All welcome - it's free! The Centre 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert.

TAMROOKUM DANCE – Tamrookum Hall dance at 8pm Saturday  7 October has TechnicTone playing. The Tamrookum Tango practice is 7.30pm.

PEAK CROSSING DANCE – Peak Crossing’s fifth Friday dance had 78 dancers . White Heather played. Lucky Spot winners were Bernadette Mohr and Graham Lawrence,  Raffle winners were Bernadette Mohr and Pam McNeill with Lucky door winners being Jan Turner, Noelene Fritz and Carmel Vines. Monte Carlo  winners were Alice Thompson and Lloyd Horkings. Jan Turner and her husband were runners-up. Next dance is on Friday 20 October commencing at 7.30pm with Mike Woollett, HonkeyTonkMan, playing the music. All welcome.

VERESDALE DANCE – Veresdale hall hosted 67 dancers at its fifth Saturday dance. Lenore Chase and Tiffany Fay won the Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap and Mark and Bernadette McCabe were the runners-up. Birthday wishes went to Alan Durre and Delma Day. Raffle winners included Jane Hawkins, Leanne Teese, Joan Edmunds, Margaret Leach, Desie Grace, David Jack, Lyn Ryan, Shirley Schwarz, Laurie Herbert, Tom Moore, Tom Musch, Joy Drescher, Bernadette McCabe and Glenys Moore and May Geitz. Ken Meggs and Lyn Cockburn won the Lucky Spots in the Progressive Barn dance. Next Veresdale dance is Saturday 30 December.

HILLVIEW HALL MEETING – Hillview Hall Committee will have a Committee meeting at 4.30pm at 12 Anna St, Beaudesert on Tuesday 10 October to ensure all is in readiness for Miss and Mrs Chinghee Dance on Saturday 14 October. All welcome.

CUTTING& WESTERN PERFORMANCE FUND RAISER – Beaudesert Cutting & Western Performance Club’s Blue/Pink Day is on Sunday  8 October.It’s a colourful event raising funds for Cancer Research and celebrating the lives of survivors. Starting at 8 o’clock with free entry, there is fancy dress, decorated bra/jocks competition, Western Performance Spectacular, Cutting Horse action. All day tickets will be sold in a huge multi draw raffle.  Coffee, Cold drinks & BBQ Luncheon available.  For more information contact Janice Turner 0428 750 145.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB – Monday Book Club is at 1pm Monday  9 October  at Beaudesert Library. Dulcie Grogan chairs discussion on “The Other Boleyn Girl” by  Phillipa Gregory. New members welcome. No charge!

BEAUDESERT SENIORS – Beaudesert Seniors meet fortnightly at Beaudesert Golf Club, Kerry Road, Beaudesert, from 9am with program of cards, indoor bowls, band, community singing, individual performing. Lunch and morning tea included in $10 entry fee - next is 10 October- with raffle and lucky door .Visitors,new members welcome – phone Sylvia on 0400540071 for more information. 77 attended the last meeting including 22 Gatton members and Judy Calvert.The band,June Farmers, Keith Freiberg, Terry Moloney and Glenys Beaman played lively music. Vocalists were Elaine Reid and Arthur Day. Community singing included Give Me Five Minutes More  and Roll Out the Barrell. Gatton’s Coral Kammholz and Daphne Grosskopf and Beaudesert’s Irene Haack and Jennifer Seddon won indoor bowls. Noela Heise Gatton and Elsie Carter Beaudesert won the Euchre. Maureen Johnson celebrated her birthday. Raffle winners included Dorrie Rogers and Birdie Duncan.

LNP MEETINGS – LNP Beaudesert Branch meets Wednesday October 11,  6.30 for 7pm upstairs at Logan and Albert Hotel, Brisbane St Beaudesert. Buy your meals at the bar for deliverer upstairs.  RSVP to Matt or Tom by 5pm Friday October 7.December meeting is 13 December. Women’s section meet at Alice Warby’s, 7618 Mt Lindsay Highway, Beaudesert 10.30am on Saturday 14 October. Please bring a plate. Queries to Alice 0467600760, 55410150, jurven@onthenet.co.au

SPRING FETE – St Thomas Anglican Parish Spring Fete is 14 October, 8am to 1pm, St Thomas' Church, 7 Albert St Beaudesert with stalls of Cakes, home produce, plants, books, craft, $1 clothes, white elephant, bargain basement. Also Lucky bottles, chocolate throw and net-a-duck to try vie for!  Live entertainment 9am including AChior'd Taste, Michael Woollett, FAD Cheer and Dance, Fashions for $1 Parade, Tom Moore's Country Music. Devonshire Tea and BBQ!

COMBINED SERVICE CLUB MEETING – Beaudesert Rotary, Quota, Zonta and Lions met at RSL last week. Host Club Quota’s President Rosemary Ryan welcomed everyone and  introduced MC Mark McCabe as MC. Clubs all spoke on their fundraisers and projects. Zonta makes breast cancer cushions and does up birthing kits. These will be packed at McAuley college. To register or inquire please contact Ellen Logan on 5543 1223 or 0408431223. Rotary supports schools in both Cambodia and Solomon Islands, also heaps of amenities mainly in Jubilee Park, Carols in the Park, High School air conditioning. Funds come mainly from the food van. Quota supports Quokka Reading. A Trivia night is on Friday 3 November  at B S Primary School. Lions Charity Golf Day is coming up and this funds t-shirts for years  1 & 2 at Beaudesert Schools.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – John Flanagan will speak on the Beaudesert NARM factory which once stood where Coles now is. Half of it became Beaudesert Kindergarten and half became the supper room at the Kerry hall. This factory employed many women including Norma Flanagan. All welcome at 1.30pm at Historical Society Museum on Friday 20 October.          


By Natalie McDonald, Phone 5463 8285

BOONAH ART GALLERY – The current exhibition “The Spirit of Things”, mixed media and photography by Carolyn Stubbin and Heather Secombe runs until November 12 at the Boonah Regional Art Gallery The Gallery is open during exhibitions from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.   Boonah Regional Art Gallery phone number is 5463 2999

TEMPLIN HISTORIC MUSEUM – Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the Museum each week. This week she writes:  In spite of the hot day we had some lovely visitors today. That includes six people who came out from Brisbane on a private mystery tour. One of the ladies organised it and they bought a huge picnic with them and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. That is what we are there for and it was good to see. They now want to come back when we have some of our special open days. It was a busy week at Temple as some bus tours came through, and the feedback was very pleasing.  Not long now till the harvest day so please remember to come along if you can and if you belong to another Historical group please wear a badge so you can get a discount. It would be good if we could have a gentle rain before then too but not so fierce it knocks the oats about. Like everywhere else the lawns at Temple are bone dry which rather spoils the beauty of the place. We also had an evening function which was very popular with those who took part so remember we can open all hours if necessary. Here are some dates for your diary from Templin.  We do hope you can join us. On the Sunday October 8 (not far off) we will be harvesting the oats so anyone who would like to see harvesting done in the old way this day is our chance.. It will be a fun day and a chance to show any children that may come a real insight into the hard work that was involved years ago in the harvest field. Another date which I have mentioned before is Saturday November 25 when it will be the 125th anniversary of the Opening of the school. If you can't come to one of these events we do hope you manage the other. We have a new path leading into the museum grounds from the car park which has a hopscotch pattern laid into the cement, how many of you remember hopscotch? Do children even play it now? Maybe if you played it in your youth you could come and try it out again! Hope to see you at one of these events or maybe playing hopscotch.      The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment.  For bookings phone 5463 1970

INCREDIBLE CONCERTS – Here are some incredible concerts still to come to the Scenic Rim and tickets are available now.

Chris Cook Band - The Big Country Show – Music from another era, will be held at the Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday October 13 commencing at 11am. (morning tea from 10am).  This combination of instrumental variety and excellence, popular old-time and rock’n roll dance music and Chris’ ability to engage and relate to his audience creates this enjoyable and entertaining, high energy Big County Show  This part of the Matinee Concert Series.   Tickets: Adults $16; Groups of 10+ $12.50.  For more information and tickets phone 5463 3068

The Internationally Acclaimed Classical Duo, Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici will perform at the Boonah Cultural Centre on Saturday October 14 at 7.30pm. The music will come from five centuries of music, from the Italian Renaissance to the present day.  From the gentle Spanish lullabies to fiery contemporary works from Schubert to De Falla, Clerici and Schaupp reinvent beautiful melodies with lush accompaniments for the unique and intoxicating combination of cello and guitar. The listener is taken on an emotional journey through life, with songs drawn from all over the world and from different life stages, interwoven with anecdotes about the inspiration behind these timeless melodies. Tickets Adults $48 Concession $38 Student $18.  For information and tickets phone 5463 3068

The Magic of Fred Astaire at Boonah Cultural Centre on Thursday October 19 at 7.30pm. Bringing back the old world glamour and charm, this exciting production celebrates the wonderful life of Fred Astaire From his humble beginnings on Broadway, all the way to his Hollywood days and on screen romances with his many leading ladies, including Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and or course Ginger Rogers, A Fine Romance is a show with a big heart, capturing the story of a dancing legend and an all-round entertainer who was, and still is adored by millions of fans around the world. This is a Live Performance.  Tickets Adults $47, Concession & Groups of 8+ $42. For information and tickets phone 5463 3068


By Pamela Hardgrave, phone 5544 3174.

RADHA – Volunteers at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle had a very busy day last Saturday.   They cooked 70kgs of sausages and were on the go from 8.00am until 5.00pm.   This is not counting travelling and arriving there by 7  to get set up. Once again many compliments about the flavour of the sausages were received from people who are used to having the supermarket product.  A big effort from a small number of people. We are quite used to the roar of Harleys and Ducatis arriving in or passing through town and the putt-putt of the machines that pulled in on Wednesday afternoon was something else.   Lambretta and Vesta enthusiasts were on a ride through the Scenic Rim intending to cover 1000kilometres in 2 days.   They don’t have a club but enjoy these group events.  One gentleman (who was injured I believe) was sitting up in a sidecar and being chauffeured by his lady.  Pulling up at the garage they stretched their legs had a cool drink and were last seen heading toward Boonah where they were to stop for the night.

SENIORS – The Seniors Group continues to meet at the Bowls Club on alternate Tuesday mornings.   On the 10th of October they will have a day trip away.  The 24th of October will be another trip away followed by the Melbourne Cup Luncheon on the 7th of November.

MARKETS – The Garage Sale Trail market at Rathdowney will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October.    If you would like to register your own sale or sell through the Rathdowney Markets please contact Lesley Klan on 55443140 and she will give you any information that you may need.

MEMORIAL GROUNDS – The Memorial Grounds Committee will hold their annual general meeting on  Thursday the 19th of October at 7.00pm at the Information Centre.   The Grounds Committee could do with some new enthusiastic community minded members to help keep the facilities in good condition and be there when fund raising activities are being held.   While the population of Rathdowney grows the interest of residents seems to be evaporating!!

WOOL REQUIRED – One of our very busy local ladies knits pullovers and beanies for vulnerable people and she is almost out of wool. If you have any that you no longer require it will be gratefully accepted.   It does not matter what amount you have – needs not be full balls nor does the ply matter.    Donations can be left at the Information Centre between 9.00am and 3.00pm on week days or 9.00am and 4.00pm on weekends.   The last dozen or so she made went to Nepal after the devastating earthquakes they suffered.

SCHOOL NEWS – By the time this goes to print the kids will be back at school and will be having their first swimming lesson for the season.  Swim lessons start on Wednesday so all students are to take their  bathers, towel and cap or they will miss out. Unfortunately the painting of the pool hasn’t happened yet and that will happen sometime during the term. The P&C will hold a ‘Freaky Friday Disco’ on Friday the 13th (Black Friday) in the school hall. The disco will start at 6pm and finish at 8pm. There will be prizes to be won for the best dressed and hot food will be available.

PREPREP PROGRAM – The PrePrep Program that has proven to be very successful and beneficial in previous years will be on again this last term. Parents with children to start in Prep next year are invited to bring their child along on Wednesday morning from 10am for a short stay in the classroom and morning tea.   Please bring something to eat and a hat.   The program starts today (the 4th) and continues for 6 weeks. Playgroup operates from 9.30am on Wednesday in what was the Preschool under the junior wing.  Mums and or Dads, if there are younger children might like to take advantage of this while they wait for the PrePreps. There are lots of activities for children to use and facilities for a cup of tea or coffee for the parents. School photos will be taken on Tuesday the 31st of October and senior students will be back from their 3 day excursion to Moreton Island (24th-26th October) just in time for photos.

BREAST SCREEN– The Breast Screen Clinic will be at the Beaudesert Hospital until December 14 and women between the ages of 30 and 74 are urged to make an appointment by phoning 132050 or go online at breastscreen.qld.gov.au.