SPRING TIME: Toowoomba Clivia Society club members (from left) Graham Cottee, Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with club members Greg Anderson and Ray Robinson.
SPRING TIME: Toowoomba Clivia Society club members (from left) Graham Cottee, Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with club members Greg Anderson and Ray Robinson.

Group guide: Toowoomba



Garden City - Toowoomba Branch

WE WILL meet on Monday, September 17 at Drayton Bowls Club, corner of Ball and Gipps Streets at 9.30am. Cost $7, Visitors welcome. Guest speaker will be Jeff Powell from the Cobb & Co Museum Our monthly bus trip will be to the Boggo Road Gaol and a River Cat Ride on Tuesday, September 25. For more information, phone Hazel on (07) 4635 4519.



OUR Branch meets for morning tea on the first Thursday of the month at All Seasons Function Centre, corner of North and Tor Streets, Wilsonton from 9.30am. Lucky door and raffle prizes to be won. October 4 we are having a rep from the Bone Clinic. We have a bus trip on the third Thursday of the month, regrettably our September trip is full. Our next trip on the October 18 is to the Queensland Tennis Centre. For information, phone Desma on (07) 4613 6750 or Yvonne (07) 4638 5252.



OUR Saviour's Spring Fair will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 7am-1pm, corner of West and Alderley Streets, Harristown. Cakes, goodies, preserves, sweets, craft, second-hand clothes and books, garage sale items, plants, ice blocks and drinks. Browse and buy while you enjoy morning tea and/or a sausage. For more information, phone Shirl on (07) 4630 1104.


THE October meeting will be at 11.30am in the Community Meeting Rooms, Level 3, Toowoomba Regional Library, Victoria Street on Thursday, October 4. Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Rachel Jeffrey. Rachel holds the position of Member Services Officer at Parkinson's Queensland Incorporated.

She will be able to inform us of PQI's latest activities and what will be of interest to us as a support group in the future. Rachel will also give us some first-hand insights into the Cambodian Odyssey 11-day cycle adventure challenge from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh last year which raised funds for Parkinson's Queensland to continue its important work. A shared lunch will be available as usual. Phone Jan Barrett (07) 4635 4844 or Patricia Stevens (07) 4564 9353 for any further information.


THREE years of determined effort has at last paid off for the Toowoomba Parkinson's Support Group. The group is thrilled to have finally achieved regular Dance for Parkinson's sessions in Toowoomba. A local ballet teacher has trained as a specialist Dance for Parkinson's teacher and in July commenced sessions weekly at the Radiance Dance Academy. To date, 20 people have attended the classes regularly and are surprised just how much they are getting from the sessions. Joe Chalmers, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease nine years ago, says he is amazed just how much the dance works his body.

Another dance regular, June Whelan, has said how the dancing also gives her mind a workout. "Remembering the order of moves is a real challenge and I think that it is great exercise for the brain - not only for People with Parkinson's but also for anyone as they get older!" Participants have found that the classes are structured to cater for those with a range of mobility issues. Movements can be performed seated, progressing to supported or free movement options across the dance floor.


ST STEPHENS & Middle Ridge Uniting Church Combined Mission Committee will hold a car boot sale on Saturday, October 6 from 7-11.30am at 264 Stenner Street. Proceeds will go to Buy a Bale to help our struggling farmers. Come and browse a variety of stalls, have a sizzled sausage, or de-clutter and have your own site for $15. Phone Sandra on (07) 4636 9814.


HANGING Basket display on Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 30. Surround yourself with a spectacular display of 60 hanging baskets in the Museum Show ring. Each basket was lovingly created in an Alice in Wonderland theme by community members as part of design competition. Supported by Yates. The museum is located at 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba and open 9.30am-4pm daily.


THE Clivia show is on at the TAFE horticultural pavilion (behind the Cobb & Co museum). Entrance via Campbell Street, opposite the botanical gardens. It will be held during the Carnival of Flowers week from Friday, September 21 - Wednesday, September 26 at 9am-5pm daily. Admission by gold coin. Inquiries with Kerry on 0437 533 982 or Gary on 0407 336 940 or go to toowoombaclivia society.com.au. Mr Felix Loh led a delegate of dignitaries to Toowoomba and was hosted by the Toowoomba Regional Council. They were impressed by our clivias and purchased some very special ones to plant in their gardens in Singapore.


THE St. Mark's Women's Guild's 56th Annual Rose Festival is on Friday, October 12 in St Mark's Parish Hall off Grafton Street, Warwick. The Guild celebrates its 70th birthday, having been reformed in March 1948 following the war years, and our Parish Church of St Mark, celebrates 150 years since the laying of its foundation stone. Competition schedules detailing the five competition sections with cash prizes and five perpetual trophies are available from St Mark's Church or Office, warwickanglican.org.au or email sue.nalder@ gmail.com.

No charge to enter competition with entries to be submitted between 8.30-10.30am. The Trophy and Prize Presentation commences at 1.30pm with entertainment, raffle, cent sale and delicious afternoon tea and a lucky door prize all for $10 entry. Phone Joyce on (07) 4661 1938 or Sue 0427 962 281.

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