The More the Merrier!

Vicki McAteer and the Crochet Crew
Vicki McAteer and the Crochet Crew

Beaudesert’s Christmas Spirit Committee is rallying the troops to paint the town red, green and white for a festive season as merry as ever.

The community-led initiative, which has been going for about five years, encourages everyone to help decorate the town for Christmas.

Everyone is welcome to help with jobs as follows:

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  • bunting construction at Beaudesert Arts and Information Centre. 9am, 20 November
  • helping install yarn bombs on trees around town. 5.15am, 22 – 30 November
  • decorating town. 4pm, 28 November, meeting at the tree at Central Place

Donations of crocheted or knitted pieces and red, white and green are also welcomed to be left at Beaudesert Library.

Preparations for the annual festivities are already in full swing, with the Crochet Crew (pictured) meeting at Jubilee Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to natter, knit and crochet the morning away.

Additionally, there is at least half a 40ft container of existing pieces volunteers have been preparing to reuse from previous years to decorate the town.

Vicki McAteer, who is on Beaudesert’s Christmas Spirit Committee with Finella Loch, Shelly Currie, Julie Ferguson and Cr Michael Enright, said it was about bringing the community together.

“It’s been a really great way for people to keep connected, even during Covid, and it’s absolutely a case of the more the merrier,” she said.

“We reuse so many pieces for several years in a row and we keep making new pieces as each year rolls around.

“Every piece is different and there’s a huge amount of teamwork. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time or you’re some sort of champion crocheter – they all go up.”

Beaudesert Rotary will host Carols in the Park at 6pm, 1 December at Jubilee Park. The lighting of the Christmas tree will be live streamed that same night so people can watch it on their phones without having to leave the carols, and they’ll be encouraged to enjoy the lights on their way home.

To keep up to date with the latest information, follow Beaudesert’s Christmas Spirit on Facebook.

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