Beaudesert U3A held a memorable Christmas party at Centacare.

THERE was something for everyone at the Beaudesert University of the Third Age Christmas party on Friday, as groups from the numerous courses held around the Scenic Rim came together to celebrate their end of year.

About 100 people turned up to the Christmas party at Centacare in Petersen Street to celebrate the season.

Students and instructors from existing classes were in attendance, as were some from courses to be established in the New Year. These will include a class for model train enthusiasts and a card games group planned for Kooralbyn.

Colin Liebke, who will hold the classes at his purpose-built train shed at Veresdale Scrub Road in Veresdale Scrub said he would be running a two-to-three hour weekly hands-on course, with the  emphasis on fun and learning.  

“People will be able to learn all there is to know about model trains, including electronics,” Mr Liebke said.

Lise Leatherbarrow said she would co-ordinate the cards group, which will meet at the Kooralbyn Community Centre on Wednesdays starting January 30 with times yet to be determined.

Another new activity for next year will be line dancing, to be held in the air-conditioned main room of The Centre in Beaudesert every Tuesday afternoon for two-hour sessions from 1pm.

A class for history buffs will also be introduced next year, with a Meandering Through History class planned for Thursday mornings from 10am at Centacare.

U3A publicity officer Cheryl Folley said some of the new offerings, including indoor bowls and trivia puzzling would be subject to interest and class times would be finalised in the New Year.

“Anyone interested in these classes can contact Laurel Fechner on 0417 644 506 and will be kept informed,” she said.   

At the Christmas party, gardeners, Mahjong lovers, computer nerds and table tennis players all joined the fun and enjoyed a buffet lunch with all the trimmings.

The French class, which will extend its classes next year to cater for both beginners and advanced speakers, presented a rousing rendition of the French national anthem La Marseillaise. Guitar tutor Ken Jurd provided the music for the event, along with local musician Wayne McNiven, who gives his time every year to entertain at the U3A Christmas shindig.