Scenic Rim News | November 20

HAPPY DAY: Desmond and Lorraine Jackson (nee Mitchell) on the day of their marriage, November 21, 1959.
HAPPY DAY: Desmond and Lorraine Jackson (nee Mitchell) on the day of their marriage, November 21, 1959.


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378.


The Festival of Small Halls is at Kerry Hall, November 21. The main act is Fitz Hat and Cara and Blair Dunlop. Doors open 6pm, tickets $15, available at the door. BBQ and bar from 6pm


On November 21 Desmond and Lorraine Jackson (nee Mitchell) celebrate their 60-year Diamond Wedding Anniversary with family.They were wed in the Methodist Church, Beaudesert on November 21, 1959. Desmond and Lorraine are lifetime residents and very proud of the fact they have shared their married life on their grazing property on Knapp Creek Road, Beaudesert 4285. Dad said the property Rockbrook has been in the Jackson name since 1922.


Forty-nine attended the last Beaudesert Seniors Morning. Entertainment was by Keith Dunn who sang for the morning with such numbers as Country Road, Maggie, When I'm 64, Sad Movies, Me and My Guitar and Pub with No Beer. Raffle winners were Barry Halson and Dorrie Rogers. Bowls winners were Terry Moloney, Paul, Snoren and Glenys Beaman. Euchre winners were Joan Brose and Maureen Johnson. Bev Bass was the only birthday girl. Next meeting is Tuesday November 26. Break-up day/Christmas will be Tuesday December 10. Names need to be down beforehand for catering purposes. Please ring Sylvia on 0400 540 071.


There was an excellent turnout at the Combined Beaudesert Service Clubs Dinner at the RSL last week. This year the dinner was hosted by Zonta. MC was Zontian Michelle Turner. Alice Warby moved the toast to Queen and Country and Anne Beulah moved The Toast to Kindred clubs. Other clubs represented were Beaudesert Lions, Beaudesert Rotary, Jimboomba Sunrise Rotary (still part of Jimboomba Rotary). Each of the service club presidents gave a quick talk on their main activities. Louise Dwyer, general manager of Beaucare, was guest speaker. Libby Venz won the lucky door prize.


Jimboomba and Beaudesert Rotary Clubs had their annual barefoot bowls night grudge match last week. Grudges were so bad some Rotarians had to play for the opposing team to even out the numbers. Jimboomba won. The meal supplied was tasty and plentiful. Beaudesert Rotary has organised a working bee to help sort out the meeting room, catering arrangements, and other essential things in their new home, Stationmaster House, 100 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert which is shared with BADCAP.


Rotary Christmas Carols, Jubilee Park is Wednesday December 4 with carols, food, drinks, Santa. With all Beaudesert service clubs , BAMS, A-Choired Taste. Come enjoy music, friendship, night sky.


Light Up Beaudesert is Sunday December 1, 6.15-7.30pm at Christmas Tree at ANZAC Memorial. Enjoy the Christmas Spirit. See the lights switch on. Sing carols, wear Christmas gear, free face painting, food for sale.


Enjoy Glad's Girls Christmas concert for Bluecare at The Centre on Tuesday December 3. Lots of Christmas songs, solos, jokes, lucky door and raffle prizes! Morning tea at 9.30am, concert at 10am. Admission $10. All welcome! For further information contact Lyn on 0439 733 026.


Scenic Rim Writer's group's new anthology titled "Mystery, Murder and Mayhem - A Scenic Rim Collection" will be launched in 2020. The next meeting is Tuesday December 3 10am - 2pm. Do remember to get your stories in for editing by Luke Steggmann as soon as your contribution is finished.


Scenic Rim members and friends are invited to the LNP Christmas Party 4pm, Sunday December 1 Boonah Golf Club, 99 Bruckner Hill Rd, Dugandan $40 adults, $10 children. Grazing tables on The Terrace followed by a two-course smorgasbord Christmas dinner in the clubhouse. Santa will visit. Please RSVP to Kit Krause by November 27: or 0410 411 981.


BADCAP members plan an Open House or house warming party with Christmas stalls by members on Saturday December 14 from 4-8pm at Stationmaster House,100 Brisbane St, Beaudesert. Possible member stalls may include Xmas gift wrapping, painting, pinch pots, string bags, Raku firing, drumming circle, pizza and punch, retro clothing, blacksmithing, plasma cutting, jewellery, projection installation.


Kooralbyn Valley Christmas Markets Sunday December 8, 8am to 1pm. Located near the hub of Kooralbyn in Billabong Park opposite Kooralbyn's Billabong Village, Salisbury Avenue, Kooralbyn. Last market for 2019. See Santa, live entertainment, stalls. Fun morning for the family. Please contact Lynn Turgeon by Phone: 0400 610 055 or by Email: for more details.


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: I really thought we'd be very quiet today with the fires burning not that far away, but we had quite a few visitors through. One lady came with a donation of a beautiful sewing box and we had other donations too. Talking to people, it's amazing the different ideas people have for dealing with or stopping bush fires which was uppermost in everybody's mind today. Years ago of course fires like these would have just kept going until they ran out of fuel. Indigenous people used fire to cleanse the land, of course, and maybe we should learn from them. After all their land management goes back centuries. All I know is if a fire came through the museum grounds everybody would lose an absolute gem with all the amazing things we have both on display and in storage. Which leads me to another thing; our president is a qualified electrician and has put the most beautiful lights into the display cabinets in one of the buildings quite apart from the lights in the building itself, not only that but they are solar powered too. 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


Due to the current weather and fire conditions the Free Family Fun Day at the Boonah Pool in Macquarie Street Boonah on Saturday November 16 was postponed to a later date.


Living in the Scenic Rim has been very worrying this past week. My husband and I live in the Clumber area so of course we were on the Watch and Act alert. The weekend was very scary due to the strong winds and we were very pleased to have a visit from the SES people on Sunday afternoon. What great people these SES folk are, along with the wonderful firies and all those people who work so hard to keep us safe in difficult circumstances. What would people in rural areas do without these unselfish, hardworking volunteers? We all owe them so much and a great big thank you.


The exhibition at Boonah Art Gallery in High Street Boonah is the BASI Members Yearly Mixed Medium Exhibition which opens on Wednesday November 20 and continues until Sunday December 22. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday during exhibitions from 10am to 4pm excluding public holidays and admission is free. To find out more email Boonah Regional Art Gallery phone number is 5463 2999


A garage sale will be held at the Scenic Rim Aqua Fitness Centre, Hydrotherapy Pool,10-14 Elizabeth Terrace Boonah on Saturday November 23 starting at 7.30am.


At Boonah Library there are two Book Club gatherings scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month with the next Book Club gatherings on Tuesday November 26. Boonah Book Lovers Club is held at 2pm and the Boonah Book Cover To Cover Book Club is held at 5pm. The next scrabble morning will be held on Wednesday November 27. The chess group meets every Friday from 3.30pm. Boonah Archives are open to the public every Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm. For more information phone the Library on 5463 3064.


The Boonah Weight Reduction Club meets each Monday morning at the Salvation Army Hall in Park Street Boonah. Weigh-in is from 8am and meetings begin at 9.30am. They have some ladies who are happy to help and advise you on your weight loss journey. President Gail is very happy to talk to anyone who has any questions and she can be contacted on 0448 844 740


Justice of the Peace Services are available each week from 11am to 1pm at Kalbar Civic Centre on Tuesdays and at Boonah Library on Thursdays.


The Kalbar Scrabble Group meets at the Kalbar Community Centre at 9am on Monday of each week. New members welcome. Contact Bev on 5463 8085 for all enquiries


The last meeting of the year for Boonah Garden Club will be the Christmas Party and Break-up to be held on Wednesday November 27. The club will then be in recess until January.


The Fassifern Community Men's Shed is located within the Kalbar Showgrounds and caters for residents through the Fassifern region. That includes Boonah, Peak Crossing, Aratula, Kalbar, and Moogerah. If you live around those areas, please come along and meet them on Mondays and Fridays from 7am to 10am. You will be made very welcome. For more information phone Neville Rieck on 0431 188 103 or email


Members of the Rotary Club of Fassifern Valley still have a few things to get done before a well-earned break. Most members of the club attended the combined Trivia Night with the Rotary Clubs of Boonah, Beaudesert and Jimboomba Sunrise. Many thanks to all the clubs and their members for their contributions into making it such a fun and successful night. Also a massive thank you to Ross McInnes and Therese Russell for all their work in putting together the questions, presentation and answer sheets for the night. Club members Scott, Aleeta, Jill, Brian and Cara had a great day catering for the Vintage Dirt Bike Riders Australia a couple of weekends ago.

Members have been busy buying and collecting items to go into the Digger Boxes which the club sends overseas annually to serving men and women away families at Christmas. As the weather is staying dry and hot, members keep all the families struggling with the drought and now the fires in their thoughts and prayers, and hope that sometime soon there will be some rain. If you are interested in the Rotary Club of Fassifern Valley contact president Cara Champion on 0428 582 774 or secretary Aleeta Wozencroft on


By Pam Hardgrave,


The RADHA meeting to be held last Thursday night was cancelled. There are lots of little items in stock in the Information Centre now - just in time for Christmas. There are also native bee houses on the shelves again. There are made and decorated by the residents of the Correctional Centre.


Swim Club is up and running this term. The goal is to help children gain confidence in the water, learn the strokes and improve fitness. 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 last week's Wednesday 2Fs exercise class was cancelled because there was only going to be two maybe three participants there. However, it is expected that the session will be on again Wednesday at 11am


Classes are Saturday mornings at 9.15 in the hall and the cost is $15. There is also a Wednesday evening class with Lizz, from 5.30-6.30 which is $10. Spare mats are available if you do not have one. Exercises are modified to suit all ages and abilities, so come along and feel how yoga can help improve your strength and balance, which is important as we age.


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 Grounds fence.


There was a short Remembrance Service held at the Flag Pole in the Memorial Grounds last Monday morning at 10.45. Thank you to Pastor Ironside for contributing to the Service and once again we were most fortunate to have Sophie Cahill and her clarinet there to provide the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair. Year 6 students from the school and their Chaplain Karen were also there. Those attending were invited for refreshments at the Bowls Club after the Service.


The Free Breast Screening Unit is in Beaudesert at the moment 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 that could save a life. Call 132050 to make an appointment.


Services are held at St David's on the first Sunday of the month at 10.30am. People of all denominations are welcome to come along.


Once again the dance at Rathdowney did not have a huge attendance. Emily Robinson was sashed Miss Rathdowney and Tahlia Fay was runner-up. Lynne Durre became Mrs Rathdowney and Colleen Moloney was runner-up. Local ladies Lou Cheevers and Leeanne Miers carried out the duties of judges and our thanks to them for happily carrying out this job. The giant multi-draw raffle with trays of fruit and vegetables, baskets of groceries and a variety of other goodies and novelty dances saw at least 20 patrons going home with their arms full.


The School's Guidance Officer has provided the school and parents with guidelines on what constitutes bullying as the term is often misused by parents, students and staff. Arrangements are being made to have Rathdowney Fire Brigade talk to the junior school students about their work in the near future and the Rural Fire Brigade speak to the senior students about bushfires later in the term.