Johnson family historic shops' auction

SITTING in on the auction of Gracemere Traders last Saturday were members of the Johnson family sharing the sadness of the closure of business which had traded in Gracemere for many years.

Linda and her husband Arthur purchased the block in 1980. With the passing of the founder of the business last year, it was decided to “step back” and sell the block of shops.

A spokesperson said that although it was disappointing to the family that the business did not sell on the day, it was revealed that there is an offer on the table.

Quilt drawn

MUCH interest was shown in the donated quilt at the Historical Museum Spring Fair which was drawn on Saturday, September 26, with the winner, K. Riley coming from Mt. Chalmers.

The popular quilt, which was crafted by Dotty's Patchwork and Craft of Bluff, had people as far away as Barcaldine hoping to win the unique quilt. The craft shop is well worth a visit and is situated on the Capricorn highway.

Organisers of the well supported day say that they are looking forward to organising a similar event with many more stalls towards the end of November.

School cheque

A PRESENTATION of a cheque for the collection of batteries was made recently to Stanwell State School. The Stanwell State School's Parents and Citizens Association was involved in nominating the school for the Battery Recycling Competition run by Battery World and the Regional Council.

With the help of parents and community, the school won the competition and were presented with cheques by Skip from Battery World and Mayor Brad Carter.

Pink bowls

THE local Gracemere Bowls Club is participating in the Bowls Queensland McGrath Foundation Pink Bowls Day on Sunday, October 25, with a 1.15pm start. Participants are encouraged to wear something pink as there will be “pink” surprises on the day.

The Gracemere Bowls Club also advises that Thursday Night Bowls has recommenced.

All new bowlers are most welcome, with bowls available if required. Dress is casual with flat-soled shoes or barefoot. Names in by 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Contact Garry Walker on 4933 2311 for further information.

Watch group

GRACEMERE Neighbourhood Watch will meet at the Gracemere State School on Wednesday, October 7, at 5.30pm. All interested persons are invited to attend.

The group is always in need of volunteers to help out and residents interested in gaining a little exercise by delivering newsletters every second month are most welcome.

The Neighbourhood Watch October newsletter has been delivered to Gracemere households.

A list of phone numbers of area coordinators are listed in the newsletter if you have any questions or need more information about Gracemere's Neighbourhood Watch Group.

Sizzling snags

THE Gracemere Lions Club in conjunction with the local Neighbourhood Watch Group are holding a sausage sizzle at Johnson Park, which is situated between Sunset Drive and Sunrise Crescent (“Reservoir Hill”) on Sunday (October 11), starting at 4pm.

A gold coin donation would be appreciated to cover costs. Soft drinks will be available.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet your Neighbourhood Watch members and find out a little more about the group.

If you have missed out on a delivery of the NHW Newsletter or never had one delivered and would like to receive it, please contact Chris Bailey on 4933 1781.

The newsletter contains a police report on local incidents for the previous two months as well as other relevant information.

QCWA meets

THE Gracemere branch of the QCWA meets tomorrow. This meeting date change is for this month only.

Meetings are held in the Gracemere Guides Headquarters, James Street, next to the RSL Club, and start with a morning tea at 9.30am. Craft meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at the same venue and residents are invited to come along for a chat and bring their choice of craft with them and enjoy a chat and a cuppa.

If residents are looking for a place to go and meet friendly folk, the Gracemere QCWA will fulfill those needs. For more information, please contact President Cindy Kime on 4933 3105.

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