Scenes from the 2011 Allora Community Auctio. It’s on again on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June.
Scenes from the 2011 Allora Community Auctio. It’s on again on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June.

Brain power to be put to test

THE St Patrick's School P&F Association invites all in the Southern Downs community to test your trivia knowledge on Friday May 25 at the Allora Community Hall for the 9th annual Rattle of the Brains Trivia Night fundraiser.

Once again a great night out is promised with prizes, giveaways, pizza, supper and a licensed bar, not forgetting the significant dose of intellectual stimulation.

At this time of year, the St Patrick's School is always humbled by the wonderful generosity of our local and regional sponsors and the support by the patrons. For those with an interest, there are still a limited amount of question rounds available for sponsorship.

Those wishing to test their trivia knowledge can nominate a team of eight by phoning the St Patrick's School in Allora on 4666 3551 or email allora@twb.catholic.edu.au. If you are having trouble putting a team together, individuals can also nominate and we'll find you a full team. At only $10 each, this can be paid at the door on the night.

Great prizes include first prize $300, second $200 and third $100, try your hand at tossing for the rum bottle, plus dozens of other great prizes up for grabs. Doors open at 6.;15pm.

Allora's Last Winter Community Auction

The Allora community is anticipating another huge auction day at the Allora Showground on June 11, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday.

To book in items to sell at this auction, reported to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, you need to phone Shirley Cornhill on 4666 3394 or 0427 100 210 as soon as possible. Since its beginning as a White Elephant Sale organised by Apex members to raise funds for the Allora community, the auction has evolved into a sale of massive proportions.

In 2008 the few remaining Apexians handed the reins over to the Allora Show Society, guiding them all the way. Items are sold on commission if not donated and the profits are shared between the Show Society and all the organisations volunteering their services throughout the weekend.

Last year 27 local organisations received funds. About 200 volunteers assist over the three days.

The coming auction will have a section specific to the Allora Medical Support Group Inc, with community members able to contribute items that will be auctioned ,with funds generated to support the AMSG quest for a new Medical Centre in Allora. Anyone wishing to donate such items should register them with Shirley Cornhill by calling 4666 3394 or 0427 100 210 as soon as possible. Should storage be needed, donors can contact Jon Constable on 4666 3100 to arrange for item storage.

This year flea market stall sites at $15/day are on offer, for bookings please phone Wendy Ardrey on 4667 3778 or 0488 673 778.

Morning teas for cancer

Allora's Railway Hotel will continue a tradition commenced last year with its Biggest Morning Tea in the hotel dining room. It's on today with the first cuppas poured at 10.30am. Tea, coffee and a long table of sweet treats and a lucky door prize are all available for a reasonable $10 entry fee. Host Robyn Miles has been selling tickets in a multi-draw for the event, with two tickets to the State of Origin clash in Brisbane in July as first prize, followed by a XXXX brewery tour for two as second prize heading a great list of prizes on offer.

With 13 years of events to their credit, Anne and Robert Lawson will have the kettle boiling for another successful Biggest Morning Tea to be hosted at their back yard at 5 Jubb St from 10am on Thursday, May 24.

Friends of the Massie Hall will again be hosting their Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser, on Sunday, May 27 at the Massie-Deuchar Hall, a shared family lunch underway from 11am. For more information contact Narelle Henry on 4667 4724.



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