Community news from Beaudesert, Boonah and Rathdowney

HAPPY ST PAT'S: Eilleen and Tom Formosa with Therese Mitchell and Graham Brine ready celebrate at Kooralbyn in 2019.
HAPPY ST PAT'S: Eilleen and Tom Formosa with Therese Mitchell and Graham Brine ready celebrate at Kooralbyn in 2019.



Happy St Patrick's Day everyone.

My mother always said my dad was as Irish as Paddy's Pigs and he came from a huge family of Irish people who came to Australia.

All eight Stapleton brothers and sisters who survived childhood, all arrived (some with families, some of whom did not survive the voyage) on at least four different ships in 1841, 1851 and 1854 and settled around Avoca church at Black Springs, Isabella, Oberon and Bathurst.

When we went to Ireland, daughter Carmel said "I want to go to Avoca". When I said I did too she was surprised that I watched BallyKissAngel.

I had no idea what she was talking about but it was a TV program apparently. She was equally surprised that when we holidayed with our Stapleton relations, we loved the Avoca Church best.

So I guess I'm 4th generation Australian.

My first mother-in-law was Irish in the days before you had to become Australian as she said anyone who had 12 AustraIian children who were 6th generation Australian on their paternal side, did not need that piece of paper.

Thus, because of Irish/UK rules my children were allowed to have dual citizenship and so work in Ireland or UK without the age and time limits.

Wyandra State school, Charleville Convent and Soubirous Brigidine college all celebrated with "the wearing of the green". Catholic schools had a schoolwork holiday and just had a fete or a sports day to honour of St Paddy's Day.

St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. In 1983 Terry Sheil and our children and I saw the biggest and most militant St Patrick's Day ever with a parade of army tanks and weapons and Leprechorns and music and dancing girls and bagpipes. Absolutely worth going to US for.

I won the trip for all of us playing bingo in the Sunday Sun, a now defunct Brisbane paper that came out weekly. May the luck of the Irish be with you today and all through this year.


Beaudesert Bush Bards met Friday with all nine members present. BBB meets on the second Friday of each month at the Arts and Information Centre from 9am-noon. It is $10 membership per annum plus $3 a meeting to cover room hire, tea, coffee, biscuits.

A quick meeting decided that Joy, Barry and Elva would entertain at the Beaucare Men's Group in Beaudesert on Tuesday 13 April and Ian, Norma Jean and Barry at Kooralbyn at 10am on 6 April.

Any other BBB poets may join in. Ian reported on an excellent day with the Salvation Army old folk with three bush bards performing at Kalbar.

Most of the nine members had poems on the meeting theme of hope and some excellent and funny poems were enjoyed. The next bush bards starts 9am, Friday 9 April, at The Arts and Info. Centre, corner Brisbane Street and Enterprise Drive, Beaudesert. The theme phrase is Global Warming. That may put a cat among the pigeons.


A small crowd had a thoroughly delightful night with Rod Waters playing. Albert Schwarz and Lyn Mortensen won the lucky spot prizes. Lucky door prize winners were Jane Kruger, Joy Drescher, Desie Grace, Carolyn Willey. Raffle winners were Carmel Lockwood, Coral Millar, Joy Drescher, Desie Grace and two for Leo Rogers.

The Monte Carlo Gypsy Tap winners were Vincent and Jane Kruger and Keith and Carmel Lockwood.

There will be a working bee at the hall on Sunday 11 April from 7am-3pm. The next dance starts 7.30pm on Saturday 17 April.


Next Tamrookum dance starts 7.30pm 20 March and all welcome. Covid still calls for BYO supper but hot drinks supplied. Tamrookum hall committee AGM is Wednesday 24 March at Beaudesert RSL club, with Joy Drescher chairing.


Don't forget to book your seat for the QCWA Hoy and High Tea at the CWA hall, 86 Brisbane St, Beaudesert on Monday 22 March. $5 each. Bookings 0427 698 519. 10.30am-noon Saturday 20 March.


Local artists, performers, creative groups and individuals welcome the Scenic Rim's new-look Open Studios program. Council is hosting a free Open Studios information session, Saturday 20 March at The Centre, Beaudesert and all creatives are welcome by booking to discover opportunities to host and promote an Open Studio.

Open Studios are fabulous for sales and networking. Folk love to meet the artists. Although council's official Open Studios trail is planned for May, there are now opportunities for artists to negotiate council approval for up to 14 Open Studio events through the year. For catering purposes and COVID-19 requirements, bookings are essential for the information session from 10.30am to noon Saturday 20 March. Visit to find out more.


Last week Rotary met at EAGLE EYE signs and graphics for a workplace visit, with Greg's cooking and wraps and things from Subway Lucky Door prizes went to Lesley Turton and Raelene Baker. It was a great night.

The workshop on wildlife rescue and caring by Wildcare Australia had nearly 40 participants and two speakers with lots of pictures and artefacts to show people how to save injured wildlife and caring for immature animals and birds for catch and release.

The raffle takings went to Wildcare with Toni Jones, Joy Drescher, Chris Grimmett and Cecilia Moroni winning prizes.


It closes 30 April. Do you know a young and/or emerging artist (18-35), from the Scenic Rim, who would benefit from the development of their creative


It closes 30 April. A callout for artists who would like to become influential, prolific, and sustainable arts business leaders. Leadership and entrepreneurial skills? Only three spaces are available. PO Box 25 Beaudesert 4285, Scenic Rim Cultural Services



Come to the Easter Markets that will be held on Easter Sunday, April 4,at the Information Centre. Kathy Keogh of Mount Alford will manage the markets. Stall bookings are being taken and application forms may be obtained at the VIC.


Unfortunately the campdraft had to be postponed because wet weather made the drafting oval too wet for safety and it was becoming too wet to load cattle. A new date has not been set yet.


Yoga is up and running with a 9.15am start at the Rathdowney Hall on Saturday. The cost $15. Come along and discover what a difference yoga can make to your health.


Aqua Fitness has finished for the season and hopefully it will be able to resume when the next season comes around.


The Pony club held a Rally Day last Sunday. There were 15 riders who concentrated on rounding up the mechanical cow, an obstacle course and trot poles. Rathdowney Club members attended a gymkhana at Greenbank last Sunday. All four of them took home trophies. Alannah was 2nd overall in her age group, Rosie also was 2nd overall in her age group while Patrick was 1st overall in his age group and

Deanna came 3rd overall in her age group. Congratulations to these young people.


The next dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 31, the last Wednesday of the month. Come along ladies and enjoy a relaxing couple of hours chatting to friends and neighbours and having a meal, that you have not had to prepare.


The Post Office opening hours are now from 8am until 4pm Monday to Friday. Tracey has plenty of goods on her shelves. Always a good place to pick up a gift or some supplies for the home office.


March 31 - WOW dinner, March 21 Rathdowney Country Markets, April 4- Easter Sunday Markets at the Information Centre. April 3 rd - end of Term 1, school holidays begin, April 25 - ANZAC Day Service at the Main Gate of the Memorial Grounds.


The P&C Association is looking for a treasurer. Contact the school on 55404333 if you would like to volunteer. Mr Kroll has filled this position for a few years but is unable to continue.

Last week students voted for the new school leaders for 2021. All students were eligible and Harlow and Max are captains and Will is vice captain. Congratulations. With Easter around the corner, art and craft with Mrs Kelly and Kirsty is all about Easter.

The preps made and decorated hats and they made their own ham or honey sandwiches. Good for their fine motor skills. The Students' Council members handed out boxes of chocolates for students to sell as a fundraiser last week so if you are asked to buy some they would be most grateful as money raised goes toward their donations to The Chaplaincy Project, The Queensland Cancer Foundation and the entrance fees to venues for their excursions.


On Friday the 5th open triples were played. Trevor Domjahn, Jim Black and Justin Hills were winners; Klaus Rudzitia, Bob Ramsey and Geoff Roberts; Runners-up and Brian Harrion, Robert Chiball and Doug Hardgrave were third. The next triples will be played on April 9.


Soccer training has started again at the Memorial Grounds for children over 5. Training is from 3.30 on Wednesday afternoon. For information contact Emma Williams on 0423637202.



Our reports from the museum are written by Gill Wells. This week she writes: I am sure nearly everyone has something of their grandmother's or even mother's belongings that need care and attention.

The people at Templin have been thinking about this and were wondering if there are some among you out there who might be interested in learning restoration and storing of old things? If you are keen to learn please get in touch with the museum and if enough people come forward classes could be arranged for Saturday afternoons.

It could be beneficial to all. Templin Historic Museum is at 397 Boonah/Fassifern Road Templin and is open Sundays from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Bookings for groups and bus tours are available.


Kalbar Ladies Craft is held at Kalbar Baptist Church, 10 Edward Street Kalbar, fortnightly on Thursdays, with the next craft morning on Thursday March 18. For more information phone Olive Neuendorf on 54637262.


Fassifern Rural Women's Group celebrated International Women's Day with morning tea served by trainees at Carinity Fassifern Community Centre on Wednesday March 10. Twenty ladies listened with interest as guest speaker, local author Gillian Wells, spoke of her journey into writing and about her latest book Alone for which she has been nominated for a Miles Franklin award.


The exhibition opening on Wednesday March17 at Boonah Art Gallery is "Lens and Hands - 2 Peters' Views of Nature Through Lens and Hands". The exhibition will continue until April 17. The Boonah Art Gallery is open from Wednesday to Sunday each week with the exception of Public Holidays and entry is free.


Members of Fassifern Community Men's Shed meet in "The Shed" at the Kalbar Showgrounds on Monday and Friday of each week from 8am to 10am. Members get together to talk, work and generally have a good time while sharing skills and projects.

The shed provides an opportunity for men to tap into and experience the very essence of being "blokes" in a purposeful and friendly atmosphere, the smell of timber, comfortable feel of work clothes, the lack of unnecessary decorations that all make a place where men are at ease. Membership is open to all men and prospective members are invited to visit three times before joining.

For more information contact president Neville Rieck on 5463 7343; mobile 0431 188 103 or email: The website is


Early Childhood Early Intervention NDIS Partner in the Community will be outreaching at The Community Cafe at Fassifern Community Centre at 4 Little High Street Boonah on Friday March 19 from 10am to 12noon. Come and Chat and Connect with a member of the EACH team, where you can talk with staff while your children play and also meet and engage with other families.

Staff will be available to answer questions, discuss child development, model interactions with children during play, and connect families to services in the community.

They will be able to respond to questions you may have relating to NDIS access, and existing plan, reviews, linking with providers, just to list a few. Drop in or confirm by contacting Renia Cuddy on 0400 429 641 or email


Three opportunities are available to artists to promote and share your creativity and develop your entrepreneurial capabilities at the Open Studios Information Session at The Centre Beaudesert on Saturday March 20 from10.30am to noon.

Artists, performers, groups or individuals are invited, as we will unpack how to host and promote your Open Studio up to 14 days in a calendar year. This is a free event but registration is essential. Register Online, at the Box Office, in person or by phone (Tues - Fri, 10am - 4pm).


The Fassifern Salvation Army Family Store will hold a Fashion Parade and Devonshire Tea at the Fassifern Salvation Army, 74 George Street Kalbar on Saturday March 27 at 2pm. There will be new stock for sale on the day. Tickets $10 to be pre-booked on 0432 474 693.


Carinity Fassifern Community Centre offers free training courses for eligible teenagers 15 to 19 years and looking for a job.

Participants will gain their Certificate II in Work Skills and Vocational Pathways and successful participants will transition to employment.

To be eligible, teenagers must have left, or are leaving school and looking for work. For more information, to determine if you are eligible and to enroll contact FCC on 5463 2966 or email:


The Scenic Rim Baha'i Community Serenity Space is a 30 minute program of beautiful music, prayers and inspirational readings followed by refreshments. It is a space offering participants an opportunity to relax, be inspired, to recover from stress, to refresh in a calm and tranquil atmosphere.

These gatherings are on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 2.45pm for 3pm start. The next Serenity Space will be held on Sunday March 28 when the topic will be Service to Humanity. Everyone is invited to stay for a cuppa. For the venue and more Information phone 5463 2408 or 5463 4357.


The Moogerah Passion Play is a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ (his life, death and resurrection) and uses up to 100 actors, technicians, backstage and front-of-house helpers. Up to 11 denominations are involved in this ecumenical event each year.

Performances take place in an open-air auditorium at Lake Moogerah. There are four performances each year. They will be on Saturday March 27; Sunday March 28; Good Friday April 2 and Easter Saturday April 3. All performances start at 5pm and gates open at 4pm. Entry is free but it is a ticketed event and you must register to attend. Food is available.

Only service dogs allowed and proof of service ID badge must be shown. To register go to


Fassifern Tennis is looking for players. Ladies mid-week - Wednesdays 9am to 1pm. Weekly competition from March to October. Sunday mixed - fortnightly noon to 5.30pm. Competition from March to November. For more information email: or phone 0432 426 190