Ready to get involved
John Stott has always kept busy giving back to the Gayndah community
LIFE in Gayndah has kept John Stott very busy.
He is a member of many community groups and organisations, and is never shy of getting involved.
John and his wife, Sandra, are active members in the Red Cross, the Gayndah Development Association, indoor bowls, lawn bowls and North Burnett Field Archers.
Originally from Tasmania, John moved to Gayndah with his Mother in 1979.
He worked in the orchards for Doug Emerton and later at the Golden Mile.
Sandra came into his life in 1983, when they met at the Old Time Dance at Mundubbera Show Hall.
He asked her for her hand in marriage on Christmas Day in 1985.
Theywere officially engaged on Valentine’s Day (the day after her birthday).
And on November 1, 1986, they were married at the Anglican Church in Gayndah.
Two ministers presided over the wedding, a Catholic minister for John and an Anglican minister for Sandra.
John has always been active in the community; he was a scout leader for many years and was recently awarded his 30 year service medal with Gayndah’s chapter of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.
The Buffalo Lodge is one of his passions, and he is proud that the club has had a busy year already.
“We’ve had three new members join us, and we have given two loving cups this year,” he said.
“Loving cups are given to babies of wives and partners of our members – it’s known as a christen cup.”
It’s a special gift for the child and brings the club members together.
John has always been a hardworker, and spent 15 years at the saw mills in Gayndah and Mundubbera.
He also served for 15 years in the local Fire Service.
Speaking with John at the Central and North Burnett Times office in Gayndah, he remembers being called out to a fire in the very same building many years ago.
“Therewas a fire in the units upstairs,” he said.
“It was Bevan Surtees shoe shop; we had to take out all the shoes.
“There were two of us fighting it at first, and about 10 minutes later more arrived.
“And then a fire truck from Mundubbera came as well. They knew we had a fire, but they didn’t know where.”
Another of John’s keen interests is music.
You can catch him on Burnett River Community Radio every Friday.
“I do the happy hour in the afternoon, the mys- tery show, boot scootin, and overseas music,” he said.
“I play all kinds of music from all sorts of places; French, Indonesian, Dutch, South African.”
LOVING CUP: Brett Strong presents DeanWells, Beth Wilson and AshleaWells, three-and-a-half-months, with the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes Loving Cup.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE: Brett Strong (left) presents Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes members John Stott (centre) with his 30-year medal as Colin Guyatt looks on with his 40-year medal.