Junior Farmers to reconnect

Arthur and Delma Day, Jim Caswell, Laurie Dunne and Margaret Dennis
Arthur and Delma Day, Jim Caswell, Laurie Dunne and Margaret Dennis

For people living in rural areas in the 1950s to the 1970s, the Rural Youth and Junior Farmers clubs were a great way to meet people and learn new skills.

Former members of these organisations from around the region are invited to a reunion on the first weekend in April.

The weekend features a dance and supper on 1 April at Tamrookum Hall for those who would like to get their dancing shoes on and a gathering on Sunday 2 April from 10am in Jubilee Park, Beaudesert.

Supported by the Queensland Education Department, the clubs provided post-school education to young people, encouraging better farming practices and community spirit.

Arthur and Delma Day knew each other for many years but the Junior Farmers Association brought them together.

Delma was in the Beaudesert State High School Club and was President of the Club before joining Beaudesert.

Arthur was in the Woodhill Club and was Area Three Chairman for many years while Delma was Secretary/Treasurer.

“We used to go around to all the Clubs and visit their meetings,” said Arthur.

“We were good friends but a couple years later we got married.”

“It was a marvellous organisation.”

Margaret Dennis (nee Diekman) is looking forward to the celebrations.

She was involved in many of the dressmaking competitions run by the Junior Farmers and won a State-wide competition at the age of 16.

“It was the only entertainment in the area, other than the dances and it was good for people on the land,” she said.

“It is where I met my husband, Bert.”

Reunion organisers Lani Deeran and Laurie Dunn are keen to reunite people from around the district.

For enquiries please contact Lani Deeran on 0488 785 325 or Laurie Dunne on 0407 442 198.

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