Ready to get in­volved

John Stott has al­ways kept busy giv­ing back to the Gayn­dah com­mu­nity

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Pho­tos: Bran­don Livesay

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.

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