FLOWER POWER: Westhaven retirement village residents including Marley Morgan, Laura Davis and Val Tame, rode on board the decorated bus (float) in the Carnival of Flowers Parade.
FLOWER POWER: Westhaven retirement village residents including Marley Morgan, Laura Davis and Val Tame, rode on board the decorated bus (float) in the Carnival of Flowers Parade.

Group guide: Toowoomba


WE WILL hold our October Country Music Afternoon on Sunday, October 13, at St John's Lutheran Hall, 431 Bridge St, Wilsonton, from 1pm-5pm. Adults - $8 inc lucky door and afternoon tea. Raffle tickets on sale. No booking required.

For more, phone 07 4635 6429 a/h.



Garden City-Toowoomba

WE WILL meet at Drayton Bowls Club, cnr Ball and Gipps Sts, on Monday, October 21, at 9.30am. Cost of $7 includes morning tea. Visitors welcome. Guest speaker is Sue Robin from Brisbane who is a storyteller. Bus trip for October is a mystery progressive luncheon.

For more, phone Hazel on 07 4635 4519.



OUR branch holds their monthly morning teas on the first Thursday of each month and bus trips on the third Thursday of each month.

Phone Desma on 07 4613 6750.


ST MARK'S Women's Guild's 57th Annual Rose Festival is on Friday, October 11, at the St Mark's Parish Hall off Grafton St, Warwick. Careful tending by volunteer parishioners has produced the first blooms in the Church Memorial Gardens. Pick up Competition Schedules detailing the five sections with perpetual trophies and cash prizes from St. Mark's Church. No charge to enter competition with entries to be submitted between 8.30am and 10.30am. The trophy and prize presentation starts at 1.30pm with entertainment, raffle, cent sale, delicious afternoon tea and a lucky door prize all for $10 entry.

For more, go to warwickanglican.org.au, phone Joyce on 07 4661 1938 or Sue 0427 962 281 or email sue.nalder@gmail.com.


QCWA Toowoomba Branch's Mini Christmas Market will be held on Tuesday, November 26, from 8am-1pm at 263 Margaret St in the CWA rooms. All invited to support fundraiser.


ARS Cantorum presents Celebration - a concert of sacred music on Friday, October 18, at 7pm at St James Anglican Church, cnr Russell and Mort Streets, Toowoomba. The concert showcases a Mass for Christmas Eve written C.1800 by Fr. Nunes Garcia - a Brazilian priest/composer who was a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn. The program also includes a Kyrie by Charpentier, The Heavens are Telling by F. J. Haydn and other items by J.S. Bach, John Rutter and more. Tickets are available at the door; Adults $25; Concession & Uni Students $20; accompanied school age children no charge. The concert will be followed by "cheese & wine" for audience and performers in the adjacent Parish Centre.


EVERY Carnival of Flowers is memorable but for Bolton Clarke Westhaven retirement village residents, who turned the village bus into a float for Saturday's parade, sharing the memories of parades past was just as important as creating new ones.

For Marley Morgan, Laura Davis and Val Tame, the Carnival of Flowers brought back a trove of treasured recollections. For 78-year-old Marley, it is the first Carnival procession that stands out the most, as it was also her aunty's wedding day. She recalls watching the floats go by from the roof of the reception venue. Parade day brings back wedding memories in Laura's family too. Laura has lived at Westhaven since 2011 and was excited to join fellow residents in the parade.

Val, now 86, recalls fondly her shining moments in the 2nd Grand Parade in 1951, when she was the Carnival Queen entrant for the Table Tennis Association. Val's passion for the sport remains, and she still plays regularly.

Westhaven retirement village residents rode aboard the bus in the Parade, many of whom had helped to decorate it according to this year's theme "The Power of the Flower."

Harking back to 70's 'flower power' the finished bus-turned-float was affectionately dubbed 'Rapunzel' as she looked so beautiful in her flowers and finery, most of which had been hand-crafted by the residents.

The project has provided hours of conversation and great opportunities to meet new friends.


THE Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver are holding their Rare And Beautiful variety sale on Saturday, October 26 at 71 Margaret St, Toowoomba from 6.30am-12noon. On sale will be items of value - Rare and Beautiful, as well as everyday items including crockery, glassware, linen etc.

All funds go to assist the missions. For more information contact the Sisters on 07 4632 1818.



Annual Charity Jazz Breakfast

WE ARE holding our Annual Charity Jazz Breakfast Sunday, October 27 from 9am at our very own DownsSteam Museum Railway Cnr Ball and Cambooya Streets in Drayton. Tickets are now on sale. Price is $35 per person for Breakfast while listening to Jazz music in the background.

Phone Toowoomba Hospice on 07 4659 8500 to book.


Melbourne Cup

WE HAVE a 'fever'.....yes you've got it 'Melbourne Cup Fever'! Toowoomba Hospice is holding its Annual Melbourne Cup Lunch on November 5 from 11.30am at Café Valetta and tickets are now on Sale. Ticket price is $70 per person which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and nibbles upon arrival, delicious two-course lunch, prizes for the best dressed female, male, hat, fashion parade, raffles and sweeps.

Phone Café Valetta on 07 4632 0332 to book your tickets.

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