Scenic Rim community news | January 15


By Joy Drescher,, 0447 346 378


In preparation for this year's 68th Beaudesert Reunion to be held on Saturday, March 14, a planning meeting is to be held on Friday, January 31, in the CWA rooms, Brisbane Street, Beaudesert starting at 10am.

An appeal to anyone who is interested in contributing to the planning of this event to attend the meeting - new faces bring new ideas, and extra hands will make the reunion day an enjoyable one for everyone, as attested by those who attended last year. Whether you were born in, lived in, or went to school in the Beaudesert district, the committee would love to have you attend, to get together with your old friends and family. For more information, please contact Judy Balmer on 5541 2172, or Shirley Antcliff on 5541 1296.


Jimboomba Quota club are very grateful to all of you who have entered the event over the past 17 years and wish to extend the invitation to you to once again support Quota to raise funds to be distributed to the local community.

All Artists, Crafters, Photographers and Students, Quota is on the way to organising the 18th Annual Quota Art Show to be held from June 5 to 7. The Non Judged Craft entries are popular and will continue. Quota Jimboomba is delighted to announce the continuation of the Theme Category and in 2020 the theme the is Wild Waters. This can be of any medium.

Categories in addition to the Craft Display include: Traditional Art, Modern Art, 3D (three dimensional) Art, Students, All Textile Works and Handicraft, Photography, Students ONLY Photography, All Abilities Art - For people with disabilities who like to express their artistic side, Theme 2020 "Wild Waters"- Any Medium, This must relate to nature. The closing date is Saturday, May 23, strictly no late entries. Further details on


Tamrookum hall dance was enjoyed by 40 dancers with TechicTone playing the music. Margaret Leach and Carmel Stephan won lucky spot prizes in the Progressive Barn Dance. Lucky door prizes went to Allan Dennis, Mark McCabe, Jock Baldock, Judy Willis. Bill Nason, Lyn Cockburn, Ken Meggs, Coral Millar, Lyn Durre, Ann Boomer, Larry Fish, Lani Deeran, Desie Grace, Heather Banditt, Janet Dennis, Rita and Joe Surawski each won at least one raffle prize. The Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap winners were Ken Meggs and partner and runners-up Judy Willis and Joe Binder also getting chocolates. Next Tamrookum Dance starts 7.30pm Saturday, January 18.


The Coachman played at Roadvale dance with 77 through the door. Ron Alcock won the Lucky Door prize. Raffle winners were Allan Walls and Rita Davey. Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap winners were Trish and Gary Evans and ruuners-up Bob Chapman and Trish Frampton.


Beaudesert Rotary started off the year on Monday 6 January as Doug Drescher finally celebrated his real 90th birthday with a Rotary meal at The Railway Hotel accompanied by wife and fellow member Joy , daughter Carmel and grandson Sterling. At the Christmas Rotary meeting five new members were inducted so this was wonderful for the club.


BADCAP members were starting the year off with a BYO plate to share at Sue and Rob Overell's home, The Olive Grove, where so many people loved 10 wonderfully successful Arts in the Olives Festivals.


Scenic Rim Writer's group had guest Debbie Cahill.Deb Cahill, Purveyor of fluff and things on screen; master of printables and actioner of design's business is Southern Cross graphics. E: Scenic Rim Writers meet first Tuesday monthly from 10-2pm at The Centre, 82 Brisbane St, Beaudesert.


Doug Drescher, Beaudesert resident for the last 30 odd years, celebrated his 90th Birthday at Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant with 45 in his party. Members of Doug and Joy's families were present as well as Jedda Van Os from the Netherlands and Vanessa Bull from Tamborine Mountain. Kudos to Carmel and Sterling Geramoschos-Sheil for coming all the way from Singapore to help him celebrate his big day.


Doug and Joy Drescher went to the Mountain Brew Coffee place on Tamborine Mountain for a three hour lunch to say Goodbye to Jedda Van Os who returns to The Netherlands next week. Jedda works at the Jherummus Bosch Art Gallery near where she lives. This artist is greatly admired by all three of them. She generously had the Dreschers to stay with her for five days at her home when they visited the European continent five or six years ago. Her son moved to the mountain and grandson Jay was born here, just 2 months before my grandson Jaya was born. We miss her.


Lyn Price, winner of the Champion Portrait of Beaudesert Show (Joy Drescher and Archie dog) and Supreme Artist of Beaudesert Show 2019 recently relocated to Brayford Estate. Doug and Joy Drescher went to welcome her to Beaudesert and enjoy her hospitality and a quick look at her new home.


Helen Thomas, Joy Drescher's niece from Sydney, was staying at Kooralbyn with her daughter Lily and friend for one of her cousin's 50th birthday at Hoya. She invited Doug and her Aunty Joy Drescher and cousin Katie Barton from Beaudesert and aunties Marita and Margie Stapleton from Jimboomba to eat with her at Lilly's Restaurant at Kooralbyn. Allan and Lisa Saunders who now run Lilly's spoiled all of the party rotten with delicious food and wine.


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: Templin Historic Museum has more than a dozen buildings in all, filled with displays and memories. The renowned House of Fashion has exhibits which are changed regularly; the former Frazerview School is home to the War Gallery and Hospital displays; the original Templin School room is a real education in history and the Bicentennial Shed has a large range of historic engines and machinery. There are many other exhibits which include Blacksmith and Wheelwright workshops; the former Aratula C.W.A.building and the original Cannon Creek Church. There are extensive grounds with tree-lined walks and wheelchair access to most areas. Entry is very reasonable but is cash only as they do not have Eftpos. Situated at 397 Boonah-Fassifern Road Boonah, Templin Historic Museum has a large parking area and is open 9.30am-3.30pm Sundays and other times by appointment.


The current exhibition which opened on Thursday, January 2 at Boonah Art Gallery in High Street Boonah is presented by the Warrego Art Group and continues until Saturday, February 8. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday during exhibitions, 10am to 4pm excluding public holidays and admission is free.


The Scenic Rim Aqua Fitness Centre at 10-14 Elizabeth Terrace, Boonah, reopened for 2020 on Monday January 13 after being closed for maintenance. Volunteers have painted the hydrotherapy pool and it is now refreshed and gleaming and ready for Learn to Swim classes and the many programs and classes. The Splash and Play Playgroup caters for infants up to four years and uses instructor-led activities to encourage water confidence and familiarisation in a fun social setting. This program will run every week from Thursday January 16 to Thursday, February 20, 9am-9.30am. Volunteers are always needed to help out in many ways at the centre. For more information regarding all programs or for how to be a volunteer, check out their website, email them at or phone 5463 1499.


The next Friday Family Flick at Boonah Cultural Centre on Friday, January 17 will be Aladdin (G) starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott at 7pm. Aladdin will also be shown as part of the school holiday program on Thursday, January 16 at 10am; Wednesday January 22 at 10am and Friday January 24 at 1pm. Running time 128 minutes. All tickets are $5 and include drink and snack. Tickets are only available at the door on day of screening. Venue doors open at 6pm for 7pm screening.


The first meeting of the Boonah Garden Club for 2020 will be held at Simon's Tavern Boonah on Wednesday January 22 commencing at 9.30am and everyone is welcome. They will hold their Annual General Meeting at Simons Tavern on Sunday January 26 with an Australia Day theme. For more information contact President Lynne Faux on 5463 8201 or email


This is part of the Be Healthy and Active program and is held at Fassifern Retirement Village, Boonah every Tuesday 1.30pm-3pm. It is free. Come and fill your emotional tank and join in the musical fun. This is a group music activity using a variety of instruments. For more information contact Monica Watson on 0431 370 080


Boonah Library has two group pottery classes. Group Pottery for Adults is held every Friday 12.30-2.30pm and Group Pottery for Children is held every Friday 3.30pm-5pm. The groups are a great introduction to pottery where you can learn techniques to build your clay masterpiece. The cost for both pottery groups is $5 and bookings are essential. For more information and to book phone Monica Watson on 0431 370 080


Serenity Space is a 30-minute program of beautiful music, prayers and inspirational readings followed by refreshments. It is a space offering the participants an opportunity to relax, to be inspired to recover from the stress of daily living, to refresh and visualise a life of possibilities in a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Serenity Space is held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 21 Milford Ave, Boonah at 3pm. For more Information phone 5463 2408


Envision Hands is a project to collect plastic recyclable waste destined for landfills, turn it into filament for 3D printers and make hands for kids. If you think plastic bottle tops are useless and only belong in the bin, think again. Incredibly, the small recyclable lids can be transformed into artificial limbs. It is for a project-based in Victoria, launched by an organisation called Envision. They shred the tops, which are then fed through an extruder, which produces an ink-like filament. It is then used in conjunction with 3D software to print the mobility aids. They currently use all flat soft drink, water and milk bottle tops, including those from long-life containers. The tops should be numbered either No 2 or No 4 in the recycled triangle but not all are marked. Ideally all bottle caps should be sorted into 2, 4, milk and soft drink tops without markings. They can use the unknown bottle caps for their R&D projects. They cannot process tops which have other plastic or metal attached - this includes water bottle tops which have pull up tops. Any tops with other numbers like 5 or 7 are not required. They also ask that the caps are cleaned before they are donated and that no extra plastic, metal or other material is attached. If you wish to support this project, there is a deposit bin at Boonah Library.


By Pam Hardgrave,


The school pool is open daily during the school holidays 2pm to 6pm for the public. The next RADHA meeting will be held at the Information Centre on the second Thursday of February (13th) at 7.30pm.


There will be a general meeting of the Memorial Grounds Committee in the meeting room near the tennis courts on Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm.


The next markets will be held at the Memorial Grounds on Sunday January 19. Come along, have a cup of coffee, a burger or chips at the canteen, listen to some music while you enjoy the food, pick up some goods from the stalls, have a chat to friends you meet and have an ice cream on the way out. What a way to spend a Sunday morning! New stallholders are welcome. The site fee is only $5.


You're invited to the hotel on the last Thursday night of the month (January 30) at 6pm for meet and greet and enjoy a meal together. This year Beaucare will not be involved and it is up to us girls to keep up the momentum. It has been suggested that to add to the enjoyment of the evening those present might like to participate in some board games ie cards, dominoes, mah jong (there is a local lady who has been going to Tamborine to play Mah Jong for 20 years and if we don't have anyone who can play mah jong she might be prevailed upon to come along and pass on her knowledge.), Chinese checkers, snakes and ladders and jenga. Some might also like to meet at Tracey's carport for morning tea occasionally. Bring along your ideas. This year, we will be responsible for own meals so we might be able to come to an arrangement with the hotel regarding the menu and prices. Those who are regular attendees are asked to bring a friend or two.


Classes are held on Monday afternoon 6pm to 7pm. The cost is $5 and all levels of fitness and ages are welcome. The SRRC kindly supports the opening of the pool to the public. There was a huge turnout at the pool last Saturday when Amelia celebrated her sixth birthday. Friends and family had a great afternoon.


In an effort to clear the shelves Lesley is inviting you to come to the markets and fill a bag for $1. The markets beside the post office are open each Saturday 10am until 12.30pm


On Australia Day there will be a chance to catch up with friends, family and neighbours at the Barefoot Bowls from 10am The cost of bowls hire will be $10 and the bar will be open so no BYO. All proceeds of the day will go directly to the bowls club. Please bring a plate of eats to go on the lunch table. This will be a great way to celebrate our national day, January 26 .


The SRRC Library will visit Rathdowney on January 23 in the Tramway building from 10am.

A little trivia for you. Some years ago Al McInnis who had the local post office gave me a print out of rainfall recording for Rathdowney from 1910 and I have kept records here at Mt Lindsay from 1983. This last year, 2019, at Mt Lindsay, we recorded 322mms (the lowest recording ). The next lowest was just 100 years ago in 1919 when 372.4mms were recorded in Rathdowney. The highest recording was 1457mms in 1947. In 1917 when Cyclone Debbie struck 881mms were recorded but 400mm of that total fell in the last 14 days of March.