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

FESTIVE FUN: The community is busy planning various Christmas activities.
FESTIVE FUN: The community is busy planning various Christmas activities.


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378.


If you haven't already voted why not do it now for the local Beauy School? Please go to to vote for our school's entry in the 2019 Archibull People's Choice competition. We're trailing a NSW entry by 10 per cent, so every vote counts. Entries close November 7.


The lights go on at Elysium Village each night from December 1-28 and everyone is welcome to go up and enjoy. Parking is available outside the village. A-Choired Taste will be singing on 2,10,19,20 December from 6-7pm. On choir nights there will be food on sale and a coffee van. Raffle tickets available at the gate.


Rotary Christmas Carols in the Park will be on Wednesday, December 4 with a grandstand full of music, food and drinks and Santa. All Beaudesert service clubs will be doing something to make this night great as well as BAMS and A-Choired Taste - just come along and enjoy the music, friendship and ambience.


Light Up Beaudesert is on Sunday, December 1 from 6.15-7.30pm at the Christmas Tree between the ANZAC Memorial and Wright's Jewellers. Get into the Christmas spirit as the lights are switched on, carols are sung, dress up in Christmas gear, free face painting, friendly food for sale! Sounds great, doesn't it?


The Centre team invites you to the November Arts Dinner on November 19 at The Centre Beaudesert. This Arts Dinner showcases the outcomes from Arts Ablaze and celebrates the year! It is hoped you can join this special dinner - please RSVP for catering by November 13. Your feedback and perspective as volunteers involved in so many aspects of this Conference and Festival are vital to enhancing the success of events.


The Undecided played beautifully at the last Kerry dance. Russ and Helen Davidson won lucky spot prizes in the progressive barn dance. Albert Schwarz won the lucky door prize. Raffle winners included Laurie Musche, Albert Schwarz, Alice Thompson, Lyn Cockburn, Bill Nason, Paul Deeran, May Geitz, Lyn Mortensen, Vicky Johnson, Jo Wright, Helen Davidson, Jock Baldock, Bev Stevens, Bevan Heeb, Estelle Dean, Monty Brider and Shirley Meggs. Monte Carlo winners were Paul and Lani Deeran and runners-up Bevan and Annnette Heeb. Next Kerry dance starts 7.30pm, Saturday, November 23 with Mike Woollett playing.


There were 16 at the Maroon dance on Saturday night. The lucky door prize went to Jocelyn Oppermann. Winners of the Monte Carlo gypsy tap were Terry and Leanne Harvey. Runners-up were Barry and Lyn Watson. First prize raffle of a fruit tray went to Rachel Waters and the second prize meat voucher went to Angela Miller.


Roadvale dance starts 7.30pm Friday, November 8 with Malcolm Rouse performing.


Rathdowney Mrs, Miss and Junior Miss kicks off at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 9.


No Beaudesert Rotary meeting on Monday, November 11 as Barefoot Bowls at Beaudesert Bowls Club is on Tuesday, November 12 and the service clubs' combined dinner at the RSL (hosted by Zonta Club) is on Wednesday, November 13. And Rotarians do have families too!

Jon Forbes-Smith moved the International Toast to the Astoria Rotary Club which meets on the Columbia River USA and hosts a Museum Festival and a Timber Festival.

Rob Bruce from BeauFM was guest speaker and asked if Rotary would be interested in working together. Peter Truer spoke on a rally run to Stanthorpe to give the community a boost. Joy Drescher was chairman, Tamarra Jarrett was sergeant. Lucky door winners were Mark McCabe and Mark Jackson.


Twenty-six enjoyed the band of June Farmers, Terry Moloney and Glenys Beaman. Joan Panitz was celebrating her 90th birthday. Raffle winners were Irene Haack and Glenda Laegel, euchre winners Joan Brose and Dawn Schmidt, bowls winners were Irene Haack and Lloyd Taylor, Marie Taylor and Barry Dunn.


The Anglican Church of Beaudesert is having a Christmas bake and craft stall outside Mitre 10 on Friday, November 15, 2019, starting at 7.30am. There will be a raffle and first prize is a Christmas cake kindly made and donated by Mrs Jane Thomas. Second prize is a basket of goodies.


All are invited to 'Prayer for Rain' at 4pm, this Saturday, November 9, at the Beaudesert Baptist Church, Cnr Anna and Eaglesfield Streets. This has been organised by the Ministers Fraternal.


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: How many of you realise that Templin is on Facebook? It's a good way to keep up with the latest happenings and also gives you the opening times and contacts too. Here is the mobile number where you can speak to Karen our secretary it is 0425 876 697. As she is a teacher she isn't available all the time but you can always leave a message, she will get back to you. Don't forget we enjoy having groups visit and we are wheelchair friendly too, so come and see us soon. Templin Historic Museum 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 next Boonah Country Market will be held on Saturday, November 9 at Springleigh Park, Coronation Drive, Boonah, 7am - noon. Free Entry.


The Kooralbyn Markets are held at Billabong Park, Kooralbyn, on the second Sunday of each month from 7am to 12 noon with the next market morning to be held on Sunday, November 10.


Members of the community are invited to join the RSL Services to commemorate Remembrance Day to be held at Park Street Boonah on Monday, November 11 from 10:50am - 11:20am or at Edward Street Kalbar from 10.45am to 11.15am. For more information contact Wayne Ward (Boonah) by phone 0427 566 902 or Email or Peter Prenzler (Kalbar) by phone 5463 7260 or Email:


Boonah Library will also commemorate Remembrance Day with an Honour Board of Remembrance on Monday, November 11 and throughout the week in remembrance of those brave men and women who defend our country. Please add your photos or words of respect to the Library Wall of Remembrance.


Just a reminder to start getting those nominations in for the Scenic Rim Council 2020 Australia Day awards. These close on November 11.


There will be an Eat Well, Live Well Cooking Workshop at the School of Arts Hall, 63 Edward St, Kalbar on Monday, November 11 from 9.30am to 11.30am. At this workshop, delivered by a qualified dietitian, you will learn to prepare tasty, healthy and affordable meals in a hands-on cooking class. The cost is $5. To book your place contact or phone 0432 061 886.


The Boonah Hospital Auxiliary meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the meeting room at Boonah District Hospital, Leonard St, Boonah, 9.30am. The next meeting to be held on Monday, November 11. New members are always welcome


The next Grandparents Support Group at the Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah, will be held on Monday, November 11 from 9am. The group has been developed for those who have become primary caregivers to their grandchildren or who are in need of support. The support group is free of charge. Morning tea is provided and a gold coin donation is very much appreciated.


The next meeting of Fassifern BlueCare Auxiliary will be held at BlueCare, 10 Macquarie Street, Boonah, on Tuesday, November 12 commencing at 10am. New members are welcome.


The Women's Shed, at Harrisville, operates on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 9am to 12noon at the Hall in Dunns Avenue, behind the Anglican Church with the next shed morning to be held on Thursday, November 14. For those who have children, there are ladies at the shed who will mind your children while mums have a break. For more information contact Charmaine Standfield on 5467 1336


Kalbar Ladies Craft is held at Kalbar Baptist Church, 10 Edward Stree,t Kalbar, fortnightly on Thursdays, with the November craft mornings to be held on Thursday, November 14 and the Break Up on Thursday, November 28. This will see the end of the craft mornings for 2019 until they resume in February 2020.


The next Friday Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday, November 15 at 10am, 1pm and 7pm will be"Red Joan" (M). Starring: Judy Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes and Tereza Srbova.Joan Stanley is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. Running time:109 minutes. Meet your friends at the Boonah Cultural Centre to enjoy a recent release movie, drinks, and snacks from the bar. Admission for Friday Flicks - Adults $10, Concession $7.50. Tickets to be purchased at the Box Office in person on the day of screening. Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm screening.


Soak up the fun with lots of neon pool tubes, games, music and giveaways at the Free Family Fun Day at the Boonah Pool in Macquarie Street Boonah on Saturday, November 16 from11am to 2pm. A sausage sizzle will be available for purchase.


By Pam Hardgrave,


Work on the electrics in the Information Centre was carried out last Wednesday and Thursday by SRRC electrical contractors. It is to be hoped that now everything is in compliance with the audit that was carried out recently. The audit covered all facilities in the public precinct ie Bowls Club, tennis courts, Memorial Grounds Canteen, drafting oval, the main sports oval, old school building and adjacent toilets and the caravan park.

Tony and Louise attended an information day at Cedar Creek Lodges, Tamborine last Wednesday. There were a number of tourist operators present and nine of them spoke on behalf of their business. There was a report on the progress of Binna Burra Lodge that is making its way back to recovery after the recent fires.


Last week there were only four participants at the exercise group and two of those for various reasons will be away for four to six weeks. It will be interesting to see how long Beaucare will continue to run these sessions with attendances so low - four is about the average. Ladies and Gentlemen of senior years you are invited to come along and enjoy an hour of gentle movement that can do you nothing but good. The cost is only $6 and Beaucare provides a snack when finished and this gives time for a few minutes to socialise. Just bring your rubber-soled footwear and a water bottle. We would love to see you at 11am on Wednesday morning.


Last Thursday night women from the Rathdowney district met at the hotel to have a meal together and celebrate having been meeting for 12 months. Being Halloween several ladies got into the mood and came as witches or vampires and one lady wore a particularly sexy outfit in red and black! The group is planning a Community Christmas Party on the Memorial Grounds on December 15. The invitation is to all Rathdowney and district citizens and it is hoped that there will be a huge roll up. More details on this later. There is an appeal for Christmas decorations and lights to decorate the ground's fence. Len Bundy is already having a tyre Christmas Tree made and decorated to stand in the park.- Getting into the Christmas Spirit. At the next Country Market Day the girls will be having a stall of Quality Second Hand Ladies Clothing (Items will sell for $5). Proceeds from this will go toward the Christmas Party. If you are having a spring clean of your wardrobe Ladies drop your unwanted items off at the Post Office. Tracey has kindly offered her premises for this.

Councillor Virginia West and Lacey Sawtell from the Regional Council as well as Rachel Rohan from Beaucare were there for the dinner. Lacey produced table games and several ladies took home gift packs with products from Scenic Rim Lavender and Christmas Creek Bees Wax.


The free Breast Screening Unit is in Beaudesert and will be there until December 5. Women between the ages of 50 to 74 years of age are urged to take advantage of this service. Call 132050 to make an appointment.


On Saturday night, the Miss and Mrs Rathdowney Dance will be held in the local hall. Put your glad rags on ladies and gentlemen and enjoy a night of dancing to the music of Walter Williams. There will be the usual novelty dances and Lucky Door ticket along with a multi-draw raffle and sit down supper. Walter will get the music going at 7.30pm and the dancing will finish at 11.30pm. Note: there will be no Junior classes.


Mr Robert Wright, who was the school's groundsman for many years, has decided to retire and his position has been filled by Janine Reilly who has been assisting Robbie for the last 18 months. During November the P&C Assoc will be running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings at Browns Plains and catering for the Harley Bikers' Club morning tea at the school in early December. End of year testing has begun and students are already learning their lines for the end of year musical that is titled "What We did in Our Holidays". Parents are probably already hearing the catchy tunes being sung around the house.


Aqua Fitness classes in the Rathdowney School Pool has started from 5.30-6.30pm and only costs $5. For 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 November 11 - Remembrance Day. The service will begin at 10.45am.