Scenic Rim community news | What's happening in Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney, October 30


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378.


Nominations have closed for The Betty Markwell Bush Poetry Performance Competition from 9am, Saturday, November 2 in Beaudesert Arts and Info building during the Beaudesert Markets.

BBB meeting at 9.15am at the same venue on November 8. Topics are, "My Happiest Sandwich" and "Whatever floats your boat". The Christmas break-up is bring-a-plate from 10.30am to 3pm at the Arts/Info Centre on Friday, December 13. Topic is Black Friday.


All creatures great and small will be celebrated in a photographic exhibition where the focus is on the feathered, finned and furry friends which share our lives - pets. Through personal and family photographs, selfies and small artworks Pets, which officially opens at The Centre, Beaudesert, on Saturday, November 2, captures the joys, antics and bond shared by people and their loyal companions. Everyone is invited to the official opening on Saturday, November 2 at 1pm. RSVP essential: 5540 5050 or email and remember that pets are not on the invitation list.


Beaudesert Anglican Church has a Christmas bake and craft stall outside Mitre 10 on Friday, November 15, from 7.30am. There will be a raffle. First prize is a Christmas cake kindly made and donated by Mrs Jane Thomas. Second prize is a basket of goodies.


Rotary's Trivia Night was a roaring success with about 100 trivia players and non-playing workers. Beaudesert Rotarians and exchange students cooked all the hot meals and desserts and it was all very delicious. The Boonah Doona's came first, second placegetters were inexactly named so God only knows, third was the John Krause table Kraussians. I think past exchange students and other young people filled about three tables. There were a heap of raffle prizes. The winners included John Krause, Neil Summerton, Tony Richardson, Emma Taylor, Ann Kay, Jeff Varnum, Brian Suraski, Patrick Jackson, Scott Champion, Karen Thomas, Imogen Gilloway, Alyssa Gilloway, Ray Muscat, Tyrell Champion, Hannah Larracy, Keiron Walsh, Lloyd Graydon, Pam Marsden, Peter Truer and Susie Gaardsted. Karen Thomas, ADG, was the Rotary spokesperson for the cluster group of clubs who did this fundraiser for bush fire relief. Beaudesert Rotary will meet momentarily at 100 Brisbane Street, as will BADCAP who is lessee and sub-lessee respectively. All things are presently a 'work in progress'.


The Mrs Beaudesert District dance saw Paul and Tammie Jones showing off their beautiful new son Alexander. Judges, John and Christine Torr, judged Teresa Arnold to be the winner. She was partnered by Matt Stephan. Runner-up was Lyn Durre partnered by husband Allan. Lucky spot winners were Lyn Cockburn partnered by Bill Nason. Monte Carlo winners and runners-up were Russ and Helga Davidson and Gary Moloney and Margaret Leach.

Mrs Beaudesert District Teresa Arnold drew out the lucky door ticket making Shirley Meggs and Gunhilde Sickenger the winners. Raffle winners were Andy Chase, Jock Baldock, Rachel Waters, Jan Wilkinson, Isobel Barr, Helen Davidson and Gary Moloney.


The Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch advises that the Remembrance Day Service on November 11 will be held at Beaudesert Cenotaph starting time 10.45am.


Beaudesert Historical Society meetings start 4.30pm on Friday, January 17, 2020, preceded by afternoon tea at 3.30pm at the Museum, 54 Brisbane St, Beaudesert. The Christmas break-up is Friday, November 15, from 11.30am at Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant in William Street. Members pay their own bills.


Arts Ablaze will be on the table at the final Arts Dinner of 2019 on Tuesday, November 19, at The Centre Beaudesert, from 6pm. Join council as we wrap up 2019, celebrate the success of Arts Ablaze and a look forward to the highlights of 2020 and beyond. Combined with a Christmas celebration, this will be the final Arts Dinner of the year with Arts Dinners resuming in February 2020. Artists, suppliers, event organisers and volunteers, speakers and presenters, community members and organisations involved in cultural projects, Arts Ablaze market stallholders and workshop facilitators, arts organisations, partners and supporters are all welcome to this fitting finale of 2019. For catering purposes RSVP by phoning 5540 5050, drop in at the Centre Box Office or email by Friday, November 15.


By Natalie McDonald, phone 0417 793 872,


Our reports from Templin Historic Museum are written by Gill Wells who volunteers at the museum each week. This week she writes: it was the swap meet at Kalbar and we always get people who have been there then come on to see us. Needless to say, they are mostly machinery enthusiasts! One lovely lady came who says she always reads this bit so thank you. I'm glad to know that it makes it worthwhile and also it keeps everyone up to speed with what we have to offer. As often happens, we had a lady wanting to trace family and she was convinced we should have things from her long ago grandparents but sadly we hadn't got anything. Everything is very carefully catalogued and looked after so no one ever needs to worry when donating objects that they won't be cherished, they will. Come and see for yourselves. Situated at 397 Boonah-Fassifern Road Boonah, Templin Historic Museum has a large parking area and is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm on Sundays and other times by appointment. Entry is by cash only as the museum does not have Eftpos.


The Lions Club of Boonah meets at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah, on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month with the next meeting to be held on Monday, November 4. They meet at 6.30pm for fellowship and the meeting starts at 7pm. Catering is being provided by Carinity as part of its youth training scheme. If you are interested in finding out more about the efforts of the Lions Clubs or joining the club, please contact Boonah Lions Club secretary, Andrew Bader by email: or phone on 0448 299 948.


A cooking workshop will be held at the Aratula Community Sports Centre, Off Moffatt Park, 37 Elizabeth Street, Aratula on Monday, November 4 from 9.30am to 11.30am. At this workshop, hosted by a qualified Boonah dietitian, you will learn how to prepare tasty, healthy and affordable meals in a hands-on cooking class. The cost is $5. To book phone 0432 061 886 or email:


The Boonah/Kalbar Branch of QCWA hold its meetings at the CWA Hall in Walter Street, Boonah, on the 1st Tuesday of each month but due to the coming Tuesday being Melbourne Cup Day the next meeting has been moved to Tuesday, November 12 at 10am. New members are always very welcome. For information please contact Shelley Gumbley on 5463 8323.


The Common Thread - Boonah (The Australian Sewing Guild) meet at the CWA Hall at Templin Historic Village on the first Tuesday of each month at 9.30am, with the next sewing morning to be held on Tuesday, November 5. The group welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all ages, skill levels, interests and backgrounds - they even have spare machines for you to use. For more information contact group coordinator Jacqui Wearmouth by email:; on 5463 5933 or mobile 0427 654 167 or Helen Burke on 5463 2798.


The next Fassifern Cancer Support Network will be held at 10am on Wednesday, November 6. At the support network, you can find Assistance with your cancer journey; someone to listen and someone to talk to. They can also help with friendly companions; help with daily activities as well as information and support. For information contact Bev on 5463 9975 or 0407 659 583.


The U3A Photography Club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah, from 2pm-5pm with the next meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 6. For further details, contact Rebekah at or Heather on 0418 785 530.


Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah, U3A Book Club meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 4pm with the next meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 6.The books are obtained from the Library which means that the group can have great reading and invigorating discussion at no cost. For more information phone, Lillian Kerr on 5463 4698 or email

BOONAH WEIGHT REDUCTION CLUB Boonah Weight Reduction Club will hold a Street Stall on Thursday, November 7 in front of IGA commencing at 8am.


At the next workshop to be held at Boonah Community Garden on Thursday, November 7 from 10am to noon you will learn how to enhance your food by using fresh herbs before, during and after cooking. Gold coin entry. The community garden is situated in Coronation Drive, Boonah.


The dancers of The Barre Dance School proudly present a story ballet inspired by Ian Fleming's 1964 novel "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at their end of year concert at Boonah Cultural Centre on Saturday, November 9. This year there will be two performances, one at 2pm and one at 6pm. Tickets: Adult $17.50; Concession $14.50/ Child 4+ $12.50; Child under 4 Free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Box Office, by phoning 5540 5050 or online at


Boonah Library, together with U3A, are hosting a free get together for new and old residents to share knowledge of the district and friendship in a relaxed social event at the Library, 3 High Street, Boonah, on Saturday, November 9 from 10am to 11am.


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has advised that the Boonah Mobile Centre will be at Coronation Park on Monday, November 11 from 8am-1pm and on Tuesday, November 12 from 1pm-6pm.


By Pam Hardgrave,

RADHAJust a reminder that the Information Centre will not be open today as extensive work will be done on the electrics in the centre.


There were 22 stalls at the markets on the Memorial Grounds last Sunday so between visitors to the markets and those following the Pony Club camp drafting the canteen was kept busy. Members of the Pony Club manned the canteen and Sorelle was kept busy putting the new gas chip cooker through its paces. Thank you to Malcolm who takes his DJ equipment down to provide a musical background.


Swim Club is up and running this term, with several new members joining. However, there is still vacancies in all age groups from prep to year 12. The Rathdowney club is very low key and welcomes all ability levels. There is a "come and try" option with the first session free. Collect an info sheet at the Post Office or just come to the pool on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon to join or just have a look.


The next women's dinner will be held at the hotel tomorrow night October 31. Meet and greet is from 6pm and dinner from 6.30pm. Come along ladies and enjoy catching up with those who you don't see all that often.


Exercising in the water is a great way to get fit. There is a small group of adults who meet at the Rathdowney Pool on Thursdays and Fridays between 5.30pm and 6.30 pm. Some people swim laps, some walk laps. Others do their own exercises while having a friendly chat. New members are welcome.


Goodness gracious me Melbourne Cup is almost upon us! The calcutta on this race is once again being organised. Tickets ($1 each) will be available at the hotel and service station and the calcutta will be drawn and horses sold at the hotel on Monday night the 4th of November. Call into the hotel for dinner, stay for the auction and support the Casualty Centre that is manned by our local volunteer ambos.


The AGM was held on October 22. Contact people are Mike Cheevers, chairman; Frank Windeatt, vice chairman; Betty Wilson, secretary; Pam Hardgrave, treasurer; Lesley Klan, Publicity Officer and Hal Catchpole is the contact person regarding church services.


This year the regular Christmas Carols Service will be held on Sunday, December 22 at 6pm. Gayle Rankin will lead the carols once again. This is a great time of fellowship. The regular Sunday service will be held on November 22 at 1pm. The Christmas Day service will be held at 9.30am at the Little Blue Church at 101 Mt Barney Road, Barney View.

The Community Market is open every Saturday from 10am until about 1pm. It will also be open on Wednesday the 18th and Friday, December 20 from 10am until noon.


The Pre-Prep Program that is run for children entering prep in 2020 has started. It runs on a Wednesday from 10am until 11am. This has been a most successful program that has been running for several years now and it gives not only the children a small taste of what going to school will be like but gives the teacher a chance to observe the children that will be in her care next year. If you know of families with children of prep age please tell them of this program. You/They can contact the school on 5540 4300 for particulars.


There will be six weeks of Aqua Fitness classes in the Rathdowney School Pool starting on Tuesday, November 5 from 5.30-6.30pm. This great activity is part of the Be Healthy and Active Program, and only costs $5. For more information contact Carol on 0457 474 888. Bookings are not required, but please come 10 minutes early on the first day as there is a short questionnaire to complete.


A short Service will be held at the Memorial Grounds Gate on the 11th of November - Remembrance Day. The service will begin at 10.45am and will include a laying of wreaths ceremony.