Christmas Events Happening Near You!

Christmas Events

Christmas Events

Here at the VillageBuzz we have trailed through 100's and 100's of Facebook pages and businesses looking for events that are happening in and around Brisbane.

Below is the list we have discovered so far and will continue to grow as we find more leading up to Christmas day.

If you have an event you'd like to promote, please message the VillageBuzz on Facebook with the event's Facebook link and we'll add it to our list for free.

(Scroll left, to move table across)

Things you may not have known about why we celebrate Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Recently it was drawn to my attention just how much is not known about our history and that of the Anzacs. With the invention of google still so much has been lost and needs to be remembered. So, bearing in mind Sunday is 11 November is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day or better known as Remembrance Day I thought it was poignant to discuss our Anzacs and what this day means also highlighting a small fundraising exercise for a documentary to be produced.

Armistice Day marks the day that World War One ended in 1918 and at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month and it is when a 2 minutes silence is held to remember those who have died in war. The definition of Armistice is an agreement for a temporary stop to a war and is also referred to as a treaty. It is also known as the Armistice of Compiègne which is where the signing of the ceasefire between the Allies and Germany took place and it came into force at 11am.

A way to mark Armistice Day is with a remembrance poppy and this has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy, Papaver rhoeas. In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in the battle-scarred fields to write the now famous poem call “In Flanders Fields”. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.

The red poppy has long had an association with Remembrance Day and it is a symbol of sleep, peace and death. Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative and death because of the common blood-red colour of the red poppy in particular. The red poppies were the first to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.

The white poppy was introduced in 1933 by Britain’s Co-operative Women’s Guild and is worn as a remembrance for all victims and a symbol of commitment to peace.

The purple poppy is to commemorate animal victims of war. Animal Aid in Britain issued a purple poppy to be worn alongside the traditional red one, as a reminder that both humans and animals have been victims of war.

The black poppy is a symbol which commemorates all those who have died, and are still dying, due to war and its legacy. It remembers dead soldiers, dead civilians, dead conscientious objectors. It remembers those who have fallen victim to invasion, occupation, gender-based violence, starvation and poverty. This was a symbol first seen in Glasgow in 2014 where counter-militarism activists pasted 16,000 black poppies to appeal to the public to consider what Remembrance Sunday means.

As recent as July this year the yellow poppy has emerged with a craft group in New South Wales knitting them to be given to a relative of an athlete as a memento of the 2018 Invictus Games held in Sydney in October.

This year marking the Armistice Centenary a public art project has been carried out by the Queensland Government and the installation has travelled around the state and is now at River Quay, Southbank for viewing up until Sunday 11 November. This impressive art installation is over 3m high and 16m long and is a reminder of the importance to remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women. It contains thousands of handmade paper poppies to honour the 57,705 Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War.

I also want to highlight a small fundraising exercise to fund a documentary called “A War Veteran’s Final Interview” with the last surviving raid member of World War 2 Operation Jaywick. Abel Seaman Moss Berryman was just 18 years old (he is now in his 90s) when he and 13 other men from the Allied Forces Z Special Unit undertook one of Australia’s most daring and successful wartime missions. They spent 4 months at sea aboard the MV Krait, a reclaimed Japanese shipping vessel and travelled from Exmouth, Western Australia to Singapore Harbour. They dressed as local Malay fishermen and in October 1943 they managed to sink or destroy 7 Japanese shipping vessels. Every member of the operation made it back alive and hold the record for the longest amount of time spent undetected in enemy territory. This piece of Australian history was hidden for decades and now there is an opportunity to be taken on a journey, through history with the firsthand account from Moss Berryman.…/moss-berryman-and-operation-jaywick. There is currently a GoFundMe page for this documentary and they are hoping to raise $15,000. Currently it stands at just over $12,000. If you wish to support this go to:-

So, on Sunday don’t forget our Anzacs, whether you choose to wear a poppy, mark two minutes silence or perhaps spare some dollars for the GoFundMe documentary.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic

The Samford Wellbeing Trail and the Big Picnic is being held this Saturday 20 October, there are signs everywhere but what is it, what’s it all about?

Over the next three weeks, Samford is expected to be a hive of activity with many wonderful events planned to celebrate 100 years of the Village officially being formed in 1918 when the railway line came to Samford.

These events start at 10 am on Saturday with a FREE Wellbeing Trail throughout Samford where you can visit up to 17 sites which are conducting activities involving health and wellbeing professionals such as physiotherapists, medicos, sports coaches, Pilates, pharmacists, and fitness experts to name a few. There are many activities and freebies to take away as a reminder of your experience. You can grab a trail passport at any of the 17 participating sites on the day and have it stamped at each site. The more stamps the more entries in a major prize draw of over $2,000 in prizes and as a tip there are 2 bonus entries each for visiting the “off the beaten track” sites 12, 13, 14 & 15. As part of some of the activities, you could make a pedal-powered smoothie, wander through a Zen garden enjoying Bonsai art, have your blood pressure checked or try your hand at the Giant Jenga. You can check out all the activities here and plan your day…/wellbeing-trail-big-picnic.

Samford is also a great spot just to sit and enjoy nature so if you’re not keen or able to participate in the activities you can still enjoy the day with the “Big Picnic” in John Scott Park commemorating the picnic that never was in 1947. The Camp Mountain train disaster happened on 5 May 1947 when a crowded picnic train derailed, due to excessive speed, between Ferny Grove and Camp Mountain stations on the now-closed Dayboro line. It is still recorded in history as the largest loss of life in a rail accident on the Queensland railway network with 16 fatalities and 38 injured.

You can BYO your picnic or why not pre-order a picnic hamper online from… supplied by some of the great eateries in town and with prices starting at $8 there’s something delicious for everyone. And you don’t need to worry about the grass being wet as there will be a Long Table option set up with chairs and tablecloths to add to the ambiance of the day.

There will be a mini trackless train at John Scott Park and if you wish you can catch the FREE shuttle bus between all of the 17 points on the trail. Parking will be available at the Bowls Club, Soccer Club, and St Paul’s Church and there will be signs showing how to get to them.

Many other free events are running until 11 November including a Festival on 3 November, Markets, Tributes to local Diggers for the Qld Anzac 100 commemoration and you can obtain further information here

The Samford Wellbeing Trail is a proud initiative of Samford Commons with 22 partners and sponsors throughout the Moreton Bay Region.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Support a local charity AND a great night out? #winning

local charity AND a great night out
local charity AND a great night out
Support a local charity AND a great night out?
$30 secures your Gold Lounge ticket for the new release movie, First Man [PG], at the recently renovated Reading Cinemas in Newmarket. The ticket includes popcorn and a drink, this is a great way to support our local community.
North-Brisbane based charity, Nexus Care, has been active within our local community for over 7 years and this event offers a way to support their good work while enjoying a great night out!
Grab a friend & get your tickets today!
Handy Links:

Can you reverse park a warship?

It’s big, it’s fun and it’s made for small business - the Big Breakfast is the Hills Districts Chamber of Commerce favourite networking and charity fundraising event of the year.

And it’s happening on 12 September at the Eatons Hill Hotel.

There’s the community-minded executive as the keynote speaker who can reverse park a warship. Penelope Twemlow was 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Social Enterprise, and Not-For-Profit. And more…

“Plus, you can show off your business in front of hundreds of local businesses,” said Big Breakfast Organising Committee Co-Chair Leah Hudson. “And everyone is welcome to participate, not just Hills District Chamber of Commerce members.”

“The Trade Showcase is always a buzzing, impressive entrance to the event- and there’s still time to get a display table for your business, or book a seat to the breakfast,” she said.

“And being a charity fundraiser for local community groups, the friendly vibe is palpable.”

“Last year we raised $15,000, distributed it between 7 local charities.”

But what was the money used for?

“Over a period of around 8 months, 10 young people used this donation to get closer to their driver’s license,” said Nicole Walsh from North West Youth Accommodation Service.

“Getting a job is a major step in permanently moving away from homelessness,” she said.

“But getting your license is a major factor in keeping that job.”

“Five young people benefited from packages of five lessons, and one 25yo young mother with a 6yo child got her license with help from this program.”

Tickets are available online at . Everyone is welcome to attend.

 For interview

Inquiries about trade tables and business showcase contact Leah Hudson m 0420 365 173.

NW Youth Accommodation Service Nicole Walsh 3855 5233.

Queens of the Desert – Sassy Seniors shake their tail feathers for Farmers

By popular demand, Hot Inspirations is returning to Toowoomba on 7 September 2018 to help our farmers by giving you a fun night of entertainment and raising funds at the same time for the Buy a Bale of Hay charity which delivers feed to where it is most needed. We often perform in bowls clubs – many of which are struggling or closing down. Everybody wins you, the farmers, the Club and us – we get to stay fit and active while having fun.

The troupe is made up of three feisty women: Joy Darmody, Rana Jewell, and Kristy Ulla. “We present a variety cabaret show and donate a percentage of all ticket sales to a charity or local community project or person – it’s a mix of solos, duos and trios performing a song, dance, comedy and instrumental to a range of music from the 40s to the 70s,” says Jewell. As one fan wrote to us: “you create a community” and another: “I love your social enterprise business model, doing good and having fun while earning a living.”

This is a show you have to experience to appreciate. So often we hear “oh my goodness if I’d known the cabaret was going to be this much fun, I would have brought more friends with me” or “No-one likes where we are heading (old age) but you make light of it and your costumes are to die for!” and “you lift our spirits!”

Jewell says: “We do both private and charity gigs. In the past 2 years, we’ve raised and donated $ 4,036.85 to various charities and local families in need. It is our dream to travel and take our show out to rural Queensland and direct to the farming community. One of our fans has already designed our banner – Lifting the Spirits of the West.”

Barbara from Tamborine Mountain adds: “it's not a show you sit back and watch up on the stage - you make us part of the show - it's like being in your lounge room at a top party!”

What: Hot Inspirations Farmers’ Cabaret
When: Friday 7 September 2018, Show commences 7.00pm
Where: Souths on Hume, Sth Toowoomba Bowls Club, 331 Hume Street
Price: $15 pre-paid, $20 at the door (pre-show Club Meals extra – from 5.45 pm)
Tickets: For cash at Souths on Hume, or online:

For further Comment:
Contact: Rana Jewell
Phone: 0408 510 001

, , ,


Please join us for a fun and exciting night of trivia to raise funds for the P&C.

This is a community event; friends, family, neighbours are all welcome to attend this adults-only night.

Grab a group of the best trivia minds and book a table of 8!



The rebuild and refit of our Tuckshop facilities.

Grovely Grub – Grovely State School’s Tuckshop – is dedicated to preparing high quality and fresh food at good prices. Over the last few years the student numbers have grown at Grovely State School and the facilities in the current Tuckshop are not adequate to maintain the level of service we aim to achieve. To help ensure our Tuckshop can continue to deliver delicious and nutritious food to the school community, the P&C has decided that its current fundraising goal is a full rebuild and refit of the Tuckshop facilities.

This is a big target and we appreciate all your support in helping us achieve it.


DATE: Friday 3rd August, 2018

TIME: Doors Open At 6.30pm, Trivia Starts At 7pm – 9.30pm

VENUE: GPAC – Grovely State School Hall
200 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054

$15 per person (Max 8 people per table)

Mitchell Bidner

Pay using the Qkr! App or online at
(Non-members of the school community can create a guest account)


Bank: Commonwealth
BSB: 06 4171
Account Number: 00901469
Reference: You must use your surname as the reference


Team registrations close Wednesday 1st August, 2018.
Team registration must accompany the purchase of a table ($120). Maximum 8 people per team.
To register your team, email with your Team Name and Table Captain.


Pay to play at $15 per person and be grouped on the night to form impromptu team tables of 8. What a wonderful way to meet new trivia minds!



The school hall is wheelchair accessible.
EFTPOS will be a $10 minimum spend.
Please bring your ID with you.
Free tea, coffee and tap water will be available.

 Click here to visit our Facebook Page for details




AUCTION – Saturday 13.2.2010 at 28 Newhaven Street, Everton Park @ 3pm

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

AUCTION - Saturday 13.2.2010 at 28 Newhaven Street, Everton Park @ 3pm


Busy busy week!

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Busy busy week! find my updated list of properties under contract and OPEN FOR INSPECTIONS for Saturday 5.09.09.