A green thumbs’ de­light

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chilla

NOTH­ING says spring time bet­ter than bloom­ing flow­ers in green gar­dens.

While it’s de­light­ful just to get out and soak it all in with friends, it’s even bet­ter when those gar­den par­ties are aimed at sup­port­ing a good cause.

The Jandowae Unit­ing Church did just that on Satur­day.

The church held a Spring time in the Gar­den event at Jeff and Mar­i­lyn Bid­strup’s Warra prop­erty, which was or­gan­ised to sup­port both the Le­ich­hardt Pa­trol and Jandowae Kinder­garten.

The Le­ich­hardt Pa­trol is a min­istry run­ning be­tween Goondi­windi, Ta­room, Chin­chilla, Su­rat, and Yuleba.

Jandowae Unit­ing Church’s Coral Brown­hall said after de­cid­ing to hold a gar­den party to sup­port the two groups, the next de­ci­sion was fig­ur­ing out where to hold it.

“Mar­i­lyn Bid­strup is a very close friend of mine and I lived next door to her for many years and she just said ‘well, if you want to have a gar­den party why don’t you have it in my gar­den silly girl’, and it just snow­balled and this is where we’ve ended up.”

De­spite 23ml of rain the night be­fore the day turned out beau­ti­fully, as the vi­brant gar­den, de­li­cious food, and fan­tas­tic stalls drew in a crowd.

“Mar­i­lyn’s worked re­ally hard to get her gar­den ship shape... we were re­ally wor­ried about peo­ple get­ting bogged and all that sort of thing but it’s all turned out so it’s re­ally won­der­ful,” Mrs Brown­hall said.

The event fea­tured talks by a cou­ple of gar­den gu­rus, multi-draw raf­fles, lunch, a look at some vin­tage cars, and an ad­dress by the Le­ich­hardt Pa­trol’s Gra­ham Slaugh­ter.

Rev Slaugh­ter said he ap­pre­ci­ated the on­go­ing sup­port of the Jandowae Unit­ing Church, which of­ten pro­vided fresh drink­ing wa­ter for him to take to those in ar­eas where wa­ter wasn’t potable.

“Ev­ery now and then a load ap­pears and I dis­trib­ute it, so I’ve ap­pre­ci­ated their sup­port very much,” he said.

Rev Slaugh­ter also leads wor­ship in small churches around the re­gion.

“And then I visit on prop­er­ties and work with peo­ple in dif­fer­ent things,” he said.

“I go to cat­tle sales and all sorts of things, and just con­nect with other peo­ple.”

Both Rev Slaugh­ter and Mrs Brown­hall were pleased with the turnout, and thank­ful for the vol­un­teers who made the day pos­si­ble.

“I’m just over­whelmed by the sup­port that we’ve had and all the work­ers who’ve turned up to help us out, be­cause we’re only a small con­gre­ga­tion but we’ve got lots of helpers and friends and fam­ily so it’s all just won­der­ful,” Mrs Brown­hall said.


GREEN THUMBS: Vis­i­tors were treated to a stun­ning gar­den at the Warra Spring time in the Gar­den day on Satur­day. More pho­tos, p43.

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