Scenic Rim community news


By Joy Drescher, Phone 0447 346 378

CAC MEETING – The last CAC meeting for 2017 is at 11am on Friday,  December 1, at the Council Chambers with Councillor Virginia West in charge.

READY REFERENCE – Ready Reference group about Commonwealth Games opportunities is 3pm in Beaudesert Civic Centre with Councillor Michael Enright chairing.

BEAUDESERT MARKET – Beaudesert Markets are on Saturday, December 2, 7am to around noon with heaps of stalls selling just about anything. There is also entertainment.

GOURMET GOODIES FROM ZONTA – Zonta will be at the Beaudesert Markets again on Saturday,  December 2, for the annual fundraising stall. Come and buy Zonta’s homemade puddings, cakes and all things Christmassy. They make great gifts and save you doing the work .

BEAUDESERT BUSH BARDS – Beaudesert Bush Bards entertain Beaudesert market goers from the Rotunda from around 9.30am or 10am to give the musicians a break and poetry lovers a treat.  At 11.30am members attend their annual Christmas lunch at the RSL with no other BBB meeting in December. Bush Bards resume  9.15am Friday, 19 January, at Information Centre.

PEAK CROSSING DANCE – Good dance at Peak Crossing. Terry Moloney and David Massey won the Lucky Door prizes, Stevo Stevenson won the raffle. Bob Chapman and Yvonne Crosby won lucky spot prizes. Lloyd Horkings and Alice Thompson were Monte Carlo winners. Next Peak Crossing dance starts at 7.30pm on 15 December. All welcome.

TAMROOKUM DANCE –  Just over 30 people attended the Tamrrokum Dance with TechnicTone playing. Rachel Waters and Toliman Surma-Hawes won lucky spot prizes in the progressive Barn dance. Emcee welcomed Annette and Wayne on their first visit to Tamookum. The next dance starts 8pm, Saturday, 2 December. Bill Nason and Toliman Surma-Hawes won lucky door chocolates. Raffle winners included Carolyn Willey, Rachel and Rod Waters, Lois and Eric Muller, Bill Nason, Pauline Rogers, Dianne Hoyle, Jock Baldock, Lyn Cockburn and Desie Grace.  Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap chocolate winners were first Rachel Waters and Allan Dennis and runners-up Leo and Pauline Rogers.

KALBAR DANCE – Nearly 30 people attended the Kalbar Afternoon Tea dance last Sunday. Noelene Fritz and Rita Surowski won lucky spot prizes. Jock Baldock and Dianne Hoyle won the Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap with Joe and Rita Surowski the runners-up. Lucky door prizes were won by Albert Schwarz, Teddy Fritz, Terry Moloney, Ellen Gross and Joy Drescher. Raffle prize winners were Desie Grace [2] and Doug Drescher. Next Kalbar dance is 1pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, 17 December, in the Kalbar Hall in Edward Street.

ST MARY’S NEWS – There will a stall of Sister Catharina’s Christmas sweets and jams at St Mary’s masses at all 2/3 December masses as well as items from the piety stall such as Christmas holy family scenes and 2018 Columban  art calendars. So bring some pocket money with you.

A moving Farewell Mass for Father Michael McKeaton was concelebrated by present parish priest Fr Kevin Njoku and past assistant priests Fathers Subin Thomas and John Echowodo. About 50 people attended the Mass , a good crowd for a Thursday 5.30pm. RIP Father Michael.

MONDAY BOOK CLUB – Monday Book Club’s Christmas Break-up meeting is at 1pm at Beaudesert Library meeting room on 4 December. All past members are welcome as well as prospective members. Present members are each bringing a plate of Christmas goodies. The book to be discussed is The Frozen Circle by Peter Watt.

ELYSIUM VILLAGE LIGHTS PROGRAM – The first Big Event at Elysium will be on Monday, 4 December,  with A-choired Taste, The Town Choir, to entertain, Santa to give out wrapped sweets to the children. Hot and cold drinks will be available along with food – BBQ -sausage sizzle etc, plum pudding and custard as well as Icecreams. The same will happen on Wednesday 13, and Wednesday, 20 December. Raffle tickets will be on sale those nights and every night until Wednesday 20 when the raffle will be drawn - several hundred dollars of prizes will be up for grabs. The gates will be open and the lights on at 6.45pm each night from 30 November until just after New Year.

 BEAUDESERT SENIORS – Beaudesert Seniors meet fortnightly at Beaudesert Golf Club in Kerry Road. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 5 December starting between 9am  and 9.30am. This is the last meeting for this year. Cost is $10 a head for morning tea, lunch and indoor bowls, cards, Community singing and individual. For more information ring president Sylvia on 0400 540 071. Those present can also win lucky door prizes or buy tickets in the raffle. Avril Giesemann, Liz Bond, Ed and Helen Youll were welcomed as visitors.The musical corner played Christmas songs including The Holy City, Once in Royal David’s City, Good King Wencellas by Elaine Reid. Mary McDougall and Terry Moloney told jokes. Main raffle winners were Fay Wilkinson and Terry Moloney. Euchre winners were Joan Brose an Cecil Strow. Crib winners were Paul Seddon and Bill Rawlins. The  Indoor Bowls winners were Edna McDougall, Mary McDougall, Barry Dunn and Bev Bass.

WRITER’S GROUP 5/12 –  The Scenic Rim Writers Group will next meet from 10am-2pm at The Centre, 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert and all members are urged to attend.

ROTARY CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – Carols by Candlelight, hosted by Beaudesert Club, with all other service clubs being part of the team making it happen, will be on Wednesday, 6 December – bring a rug or a chair. There will be some seating available. Santa will visit and you can enjoy steakburgers by Lions, Chips by Rotary. Probably hot and cold drinks and hopefully icecreams or other iceblocks. All welcome, starts about 6pm.

BEAUDESERT RSL WOMEN’S AUXILIARY RAFFLE – The Beaudesert RSL Women’s Auxiliary is running its yearly Christmas raffle with three prizes of Christmas hampers to be won. Tickets will be on sale outside Beaudesert Hardware Mitre 10 store in the mornings  from December 7 to the draw date of December 15, Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5. Please come along and support these lovely ladies who work tirelessly to raise funds for the local veteran community.


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. This week she writes – Buckets and scrubbing brushes, cloths, dusters brooms, dustpans, you name it it's in use at Temple school.  By the time you read this the School Break Up Anniversary will be over but as I write it's an ongoing project to have everything spick and span. Have you noticed that when there is something big in the wind you always feel as if it will never be done on time but somehow it always is. Well I think that is how people at Templin have been feeling over this Party but it will be done easily and I am sure it will be a great fun day for all. The displays in the school room have been changed in fact the whole of the interior has been changed and it looks wonderful and also it’s much easier to see things.   In tidying up some real treasures have also been unearthed so even if you have been many times there is still something new to see.       The other thing I want to tell you about is that the splendid exhibition in the House of Fashion featuring Madam Weigel's work will actually be running until into the New Year as it is proving very popular so if you haven't seen it yet do drop by.

The museum is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment.  For bookings phone 5463 1970

COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB SOCIAL – The Boonah Country Music Club will present their usual great night of music with guest Pete Smith at the Boonah Golf Club on Saturday December 9 commencing at 7pm. Pete is a well known award winning bush balladeer.  He has made six albums and was a gold medallion finalist for the 2010 NSW Bush Balladeer of the year awards. He writes comedy and songs that cover many aspects of life and has a love for our Australian birds.  You can tell this by his amazing bird calls.  Pete will tell you jokes and a yodel or two.  He is looking forward to joining the Boonah members for a great night of entertainment.   Entry includes free tea/coffee and biscuits and hot meals are available.   Line dancers are welcome.  Please contact Robyn on 5463 1920 for bookings.

COUNTRY WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION – The Boonah/Kalbar Branch of QCWA will hold their last meeting of the year on Tuesday December 5  and will hold a street stall outside Boonah IGA on Friday, December 8.  They will then be in recess until Tuesday, February 6. Meetings are held at  the CWA Hall, Walter Street Boonah.   New members are always very welcome.  For information please contact Shelley Gumbley on 5463 8323  

INVITATION – You are cordially invited to “The Serenity Space” to enjoy tranquil, relaxing music while meditating on verses shared from our world’s divinely revealed religions on various themes such as Unity, Friendship, Prayer, Powers of the Soul, Meditation, Capacity Building, Attaining Contentment, Understanding Suffering. The next date is December 3 at 21 Milford Road, at 3pm. For venue and more information please phone 5463-4357 or (04) 5077-9519.

THE COMMON THREAD – Common Thread - Boonah ASG (Australian Sewing Guild) will hold their last morning get together for this year on Tuesday, December 5.  They will then be in recess until Tuesday February 6.  New members are always welcome.  For more information contact group coordinator Jacqui Wearmouth by email:; on 5463 5933 or mobile 0427 654 67                                    

KALBAR SCRABBLE GROUP – The Kalbar Scrabble Group held their special Christmas luncheon for members on Monday November 27,   and will hold the final Scrabble morning for 2017 on Monday, December 11.  They will be in recess over the Christmas New Year period, resuming on Monday January 8.   The Kalbar Scrabble Group meets at the Kalbar Community Centre at 9am on Monday of each week. New members are always welcome. Contact Joan on 5463 1483 or Bev on 5463 8085 for all enquiries

U3A PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP – The U3A Photography Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah, with the next meeting to be held on Wednesday December 6 from 1pm-5pm.  The group gets together to share knowledge of photography, photo editing techniques, other tips and tricks and also go on field excursions from time to time.  Between meetings the club members share their latest photos via the internet.  For further details, contact Rebekah on or Heather on 0418 785 530.

U3A BOOK CLUB MEETING – U3A Book Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street Boonah, with the next meeting to be held on Wednesday December 6 from 4pm.  Meetings last about an hour and the group review a book set one month earlier.  The books are obtained from the Library which means that the group can have great reading and invigorating discussion at no cost.     You can join the book club at any time.  For more information please contact Jeanette Grounds on 5463 1140


By Pamela Hardgrave, Phone 5544 3174 

COUNCIL NEWS – Members of Scenic Rim Regional Council staff  have been busy doing some upgrading of the facilities in Tilley’s Park. A new picnic shelter has been erected and renovations done on the toilet block and its transpiration area. Tilley’s Park is a favourite place where many passing through and visitors to the area stop for a while to enjoy a picnic or barbecue as well as use the conveniences. The park in the centre of town is also well used and looks so inviting now that the lawn is green and the garden beds full of colour.

PONY CLUB -  Members of the Pony Club held their end of the year function at the Memorial Grounds on Saturday night and then held their Ribbon Day on the Sunday. This was the last get together for the year and will hold their first Rally Day in 2018 in February.

SWIM CLUBAfter a year off, Swim Club is happening again in Rathdowney.  Training is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with club night on Friday night.  Children who can swim a minimum of 10m are eligible to join.  Swim Club is a great way for children to improve fitness and swimming strokes, while having fun and socialising. For more information and how to sign on contact Carol 0457474888.

GIRLS GET GOING - There are only two Girls Get Going sessions left - December 5 and December 7.  Time 5.30pm -6.30pm and the cost $5 per session. Take a noodle if you have one.

SCHOOL NEWS - The last few week of school are always busy.  Rehearsals for the end of the year concert have started in earnest.   The years six students will go to Planet Commando at Yatala for a morning of self-confidence building, leadership and team building activities. They will also attend an orientation day at the High School in Beaudesert to prepare them for the big move that they will make in 2018.  The Mustering Yard at Jimboomba is where they will go for a Graduation Dinner on November 30.  Students have been writing Christmas Cards to send to serving men and women in overseas countries and well as making Christmas decorations. In between all of this parent/ teacher Interviews will be held and on the second last day of school the annual swimming carnival will be held.  Cunningham gained highest points in the Easter Carnival let’s see if they can repeat the result. Go Cunningham!!

NDIS - Representatives will come to Rathdowney on the library bus when it returns in the New Year. The Mobile Library comes out on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month and parks in Collins Street.   Staff will provide information on the NDIS and the help and support provided.  Please ring 3454 0500 for more information.

SENIORS GROUP – Will meet for the last time in 2017 on Tuesday, December 5, when they will  have their annual Christmas Lunch.

BARNEY VIEW COMMUNITY CHURCH – An Evening of Carols by Candlelight will be held at 6pm on Christmas Eve at the little Church on Barney View Road.   Everyone is invited to come along and a plate of eats to share afterwards would be appreciated. There will also be a Christmas Service at 9.30am on Christmas morning. All Welcome.

MARKETS – The markets will be open every Saturday from November 25 until Saturday, December 23.   Come along for a browse around you might just find that little something that someone will love for Christmas.

BEAUCARE  - A Rathdowney Community Centre has started to operate in Rathdowney.  It is situated in the brick building behind the Bowls Club and tennis courts.   Representatives of Beaucare will be on site each Thursday from 9am until 4pm. They will offer many services. Ring 5541 4216 if you wish to make an appointment or just drop in.