Full house at St Thomas' Anglican for annual Beaudesert Reunion

THE annual Beaudesert Reunion saw returning residents gathering at St Thomas' Anglican Church on March 9.

Event organisers Shirley Antcliff and Judy Balmer said 104 people turned up for the popular event, including former Scenic Rim resident Professor Marilyn Leask who now lives in Bedford, England.

Ms Antcliff said the annual reunion was important to people who had moved away from the district.

"Many of them will ring  up their old school friends and arrange to meet at the reunion," she said.

"Sometimes that is the only chance they get to see each other."

Ms Balmer said the event started at 9.30am with morning tea and finished about 2pm, with people bringing their own lunch and staying well into the afternoon.

She said the whole thing was put together after just two meetings of the organising committee throughout the year.

"Local ladies provided cakes, slices and scones with jam and cream for morning tea and the entry fee was $5, with proceeds going to the CWA Rural Crisis Fund," she said.

"We also had 20 raffle prizes and six lucky door prizes, most donated by local residents, but this year we had one fellow who came from Stanthorpe with a sack of apples he had picked the day before.

"They looked like beautiful apples, much better than you see in the shops and they went into the raffle too."

Ms Balmer said the reunion was held every year for anyone who lived, worked or went to school in the Beaudesert district.

The organising committee is looking for new members, with interested locals encouraged to call 5541 1296 (Shirley) or 5541 2172 (Judy) for more information.