Friends, family to unite at Beaudesert Reunion on March 13

REUNION: Kirtsey Arthy, Cheryl Bizzell, Denise Martin, Shirley Antcliff and Judy Balmer at the 2020 Beaudesert Reunion. Photos: Larraine Sathicq
REUNION: Kirtsey Arthy, Cheryl Bizzell, Denise Martin, Shirley Antcliff and Judy Balmer at the 2020 Beaudesert Reunion. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

LOCALS and former locals from all walks of life will unite for the 69th Beaudesert reunion in March.

The event, first held in the 1950s, brings together past and present residents and their descendants in an annual celebration to catch up and share stories about the town and the people in it.

This year's reunion will be held on March 13 at St Thomas' Anglican Church on Albert Street.

Attracting up to 200 people in previous years, the event has come a long way since four Beaudesert women gathered in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in 1953.

Organisers Shirley Antcliff and Judy Balmer said the reunion was open to anyone who lived, worked or went to school in Beaudesert, and people travelled from near and far to attend.

"We've had people coming from Victoria, NSW," Ms Antcliff said.

"We had a guest who was on a trip from England drop in one year.

"People might not stay in Beaudesert but it's a wonderful place to come back to and gather."

Beloved Beaudesert resident Josie Arthy attended the event until she was 102.

Another resident attended the event from 1955 up until the 2010s.

A group of three sisters who live across different parts of Queensland and NSW use the event as an opportunity to catch up each year.

"People really enjoy meeting with relatives and friends," Ms Antcliff said.

"Technology is going too fast for some people so it's nice for them to meet up face-to-face."

She said Beaudesert was a special place with special people.

"It has changed a lot but we're still a country town," she said.

The event will kick off at 9.30am on Saturday, March 13.

Morning tea will be served, and visitors can bring their own lunch.

There will be an entry fee of $5 with a lucky door prize, and a raffle.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to Queensland Country Women's Association Public Rural Crisis Fund.

The event will adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

For more information, please contact Judy Balmer on 5541 2172 or Shirley Antcliff on 5541 1296.