Welcome to Linville

Hello 2024 – Looking Forward to a Big Year

The first Members Meeting for the year is scheduled on Monday, 19 February 2024 from 9 – 10.30am in the Community Hall.

Linville Progress members will receive an Agenda and the Minutes of the previous meeting by 29 January 2024.

2024 is shaping up to be a fulsome year already for the Hall and Garden – so come along and help us shape the future and our sense of place in Linville and District.


Last Members Meeting for 2023

Join your Management Committee on Monday, 18 December 2023 at 9:00am in the Linville Hall for the last meeting of the year.

Click here for the Agenda


Event Program – Under The Stars Concert

Click here to see the event program

The fourth annual Under The Stars Concert with Voices is being held at Linville Community Garden, this Saturday, 18 November 2023

There are still tickets available which can be booked by clicking the below link: 

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1116355 


Full Program – Heritage Arts & Festival next weekend!

Click here to see the full program 

 


Arts Events – Where to See Them and How to Register or Attend 

Saturday, 18 November 2023

  • Linville Art Prize

Around Linville Village

An interactive experience

Wander around Linville village, find where the 18 to 20 landscape artists have positioned themselves, chat to them, understand their perspective, look at the media they are using, see art come alive before your eyes.

9.00am – 3.00pm

  • Chainsaw Art in Action 

Opposite the Community Hall 

Watch talented chainsaw artist Luke Sheehan carve an artwork out of a huge piece of solid timber.  Back for a third year in a row to create magic from wood.

10.00am – 2.00pm 

Sponsored by Total Sawmilling & Timber

  • Whip Cracking and Whip Plaiting 

Opposite the Community Hall 

Performance Art in its own right!

International and National Whip Cracking champions, Gabby Wooler and father Andrew Wooler will put on powerful live performances.

Shows at 10.00am, 12.00pm and 2.00pm 

  • Healing Garden Workshop

Linville Community Hall

A hands on, creative gathering where participants use paper and textile craft to form flower elements which will then be placed together to form a larger art piece for a gallery installation in Toogoolawah.  Led by an experienced workshop facilitator, the focus is on the healing power of the garden and the artistic process – suitable for participants who have no previous experience. All materials supplied.

Bookings Essential.  Tickets are FREE and places can be reserved by phoning the Community Recovery Officer at Somerset Regional Council on (07) 5424 4000 or sending an email to mail@somerset.qld.gov.au – attention: Community Recovery Officer.

Sponsored by Somerset Council

12.00 – 2.00pm

Capacity 20 people

  • History is Art – Book Lecture and History Talk by Historical Author Everald Compton 

Linville Community Hall

CATCHING THE LINVILLE TRAIN is based on Everald’s views of world history and its leaders during his lifetime. Catching the train from Linville to Toogoolawah in his early schooldays was his first view of the world beyond Linville. The book ends with his return to Linville for a charity walk to the village of Moore and back on his 90th birthday and his views about the future of small towns in Australia just like Linville.

Free Admission

2.30pm – 3.30pm 

  • Live Music – Come and Listen to the Bands

The Linville Hotel

All day dining against a backdrop of live music 

Myles Dunn

11.00am – 3.00pm

Bowery Boys

3.30pm – 7.30pm

  • Art Prize Judging

Linville Community Hall

Watch the second annual Linville Art Prize being awarded. Find out who wins and who is runner up. Wander around this ‘pop up’ art show and perhaps purchase a painting from one of the artists. Stay on for the Gourmet BBQ in the Linville Community Garden behind the hall.

4.30pm – 6.00pm

  • Concert Under the Stars with Voice

Gather under the Stars in the peaceful Linville Garden.  Listen to the music of chamber music ensemble Angel Strings accompanied by Oliver Samson who will sing pieces from well know classical operas and musical theatre. Bookings Essential.  General Admission ticket $35 – can be purchased at:

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1116355

Wet weather provision is inside the Linville Hall – so all bases are covered. Enjoy homemade cakes and tea/coffee or a glass of bubbles at interval.

7.30pm – 9.30pm (with interval)

Capacity 120


Sunday, 19 November 2023

  • Arts and Crafts Stalls at the Festival Markets

Linville Community Hall

Wander around the stalls at the Sunday Market.  Art and Craft offerings include local watercolour artists, prize winning quilts, natural timber products, handmade gifts, vintage treasures, crafted fashion and home decor.

7.00am – 12.00pm

  • Bill and Pete in the Garden

Linville Community Garden

Once again this year, Father and Son duo will play near the Sandstone Piazza in the garden. They will present an Australian themed repertoire with railway related songs Wander around the garden, grab a fresh berry and cream pancake from the catering tent. Sit in the shade and enjoy the music, check out the shade-house and its range of seedlings grown by Linville Progress garden lovers – they are for sale, browse through the garden stalls.  Just relax.

7.30am – 11.30am

  • Play Me I’m Yours – Piano painting and Final Reveal

Outside Verandah Linville Community Hall. 

Watch local artist Susan McConnel put the finishing touches to painting an upright piano that will be located outside of the hall for the next 12 months. Free for anyone to play on. These pieces usually last around 12 months, so next year it will be replaced by another donated piano painted with new artwork. It’s a novel idea and part of a worldwide program to bring music and fine art together for the enjoyment of the general public.

8.00am – 1.00pm

  • Live Music at the Hotel

The Linville Hotel

Full dining menu all day

  • Artists Talk by Rosie O’Brien

Linville Community Garden

Listen to talented local mosaic artist as she explains her approach to her latest installation – a stunning mosaic bird, bee and butterfly bath situated on a sandstone plinth in front of the shade house in the Community Garden.  Rosie is a fascinating speaker who brings the creative process alive in an engaging and inclusive manner.

12.00pm – 1.00pm


Festival Food and Where to Find It

Saturday, 18 November 2023

  • Sausage Rolls, Pies, Cakes, Drinks and Coffee

Linville General Store

7am – 5pm

28 George Street

  • Fresh Pastries and Barista Coffee

Fresh from their Patisserie in Toogoolawah.  Check out the handmade preserves and local honey.

Picnic Society

8am – 3pm

44 George Street

  • Devonshire Tea in the Community Hall

Enjoy a country style morning tea with lemonade, pumpkin or date scones, jam and cream, butter or golden syrup. Pots of English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea.

Linville Community Hall

Linville Progress Association

9.30am – 12noon

40 George Street

  • All Day Dining and Live Music

Indulge in the best of what country hospitality has to offer.  Relish in Linville Hotel all-day dining, choosing between their tantalising special board selections or exploring their refreshed menu.  As you savour each bite, let the soulful sounds of live music enrich your experience all set within an ambiance of timeless country charm. 

The Linville Hotel

34 George Street

  • Evening Gourmet BBQ and Drinks

Choose from a Gourmet Chicken and Salad Box, an Artisan Sausage Box or A Cheese and Fruit Box

Linville Community Garden

Linville Progress Association

5.00pm to 7.00pm

40 George Street

 


Sunday, 19 November 2023

  • Sausage Rolls, Pies, Cakes, Drinks and Coffee

Linville General Store

7am – 5pm

28 George Street

  • Handmade French Pastries and Barista Coffee

Taste test locally sourced handmade jams, relishes and pickles. Check out the specially made Linville Roasted Strawberry Jam.  Savour on freshly baked danishes and scrolls.

Picnic Society.

7am – 12 noon

44 George Street

  • Fresh Strawberries or Bananas on Pancakes

Hot off the griddle. Drizzle with maple syrup or honey and a dab of fresh cream. Gluten free pancakes available. Look for the tent in the garden and relax listening to Australian and Railway songs by acoustic guitar musicians Bill and Pete.

Linville Community Garden

Linville Progress Association

7am – 10am

40 George Street

  • Soft Drinks in the Hall

Hydrate with soft drinks and water

Available from the kitchen in the hall where the Country Markets are being held

Linville Community Hall

Linville Progress Association

7am – 12 noon

  • Pie Cart at the Markets

Chomp on a fresh pie or sausage roll made from the back of the pie cart outside of the Hall

Lanark Baked Goods

Linville Progress Association

7am – 12 noon

40 George Street

  • All Day Dining and Live Music

Indulge in the best of what country hospitality has to offer.  Relish in Linville Hotel all-day dining, choosing between their tantalising special board selections or exploring their refreshed menu.  As you savour each bite, let the soulful sounds of live music enrich your experience all set within an ambiance of timeless country charm. 

The Linville Hotel

34 George Street

  • Pizza Night

Top the Weekend off with Fresh Pizza hot from the oven

The Linville Hotel

4pm – 7pm

34 George Street


Linville to Host Fourth Annual Heritage & Arts Weekend Festival in November

Preparations for Linville Progress Association’s Heritage & Arts Festival are gearing up as the village prepares for its fourth annual event in the second half of November.

The first festival was held in 2020 to recognise and celebrate the significance of the opening of Linville’s railway line and railway station on the exact day 110 years earlier.

This year the festival is scheduled on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 November as that is the date closest to the weekend that the Linville railway station was officially opened on 21 November 1910.

The two-day weekend festival showcases the beautiful village of Linville and this year is being programmed around the theme Railhead, Resilience and Recitals.

Ian Shipp, President of Linville Progress says ‘the theme allows us to connect Linville’s proud farming and forestry heritage to the creative arts – that’s why we include many arts experiences into the program so as to connect with community and the physical environment.

The flagship event is our Concert Under the Stars with Voice on the Saturday evening. Held in the Linville Community Garden, it features well known Chamber Orchestra ensemble Angel Strings and singer Oliver Samson’, Ian said.

This year Linville Progress introduced voice into the musical program with works performed from well-known operas and musical theatre including Nessun Dorma, the Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables and the Carmen Suite.

‘We keep getting asked to bring the orchestra back so it is a joy to be able to do so again this year. Many in our audience do not get the opportunity to experience the beauty and power of live orchestral music. The night is magical’, Ian added.

‘An audience of around 120 people is expected and we know from past events that people are drawn from towns and villages across the Somerset region’.

Bookings are essential and can be made by clicking on the below link:

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1116355


It’s on again – visit Lovely Linville in November and check out our two day Heritage & Arts Festival

Mark out Saturday, 18 November and Sunday, 19 November as the days to come to Linville for a day trip or an overnight stay.

That’s when the fourth annual Linville Heritage & Arts Festival is on – and it will take over the lovely village of Linville – located on the rail trail 30 minutes from Kilcoy or 30 minutes from Toogoolawah.

Watch the whole place come alive!

Saturday:

  • Enjoy a Devonshire Tea in the Community Hall
  • Check out the model train demonstration in the Community Hall
  • Catch a horse and carriage ride around the streets of Linville
  • Watch renowned chainsaw artist Luke Sheehan create a piece of art from a huge hewn log
  • Enjoy lunch or dinner or all day dining at The Linville Hotel  
  • Order a picnic box Have a Picnic and order a picnic box for pick up from Picnic Society or visit their shop in the Main Street next to the Community Hall
  • Discover what 18 artists are painting in real time from vantage spots around Linville – stop and talk to them about their art
  • Attend a paper flower making workshop in the Community Hall
  • Listen to History Talks in the Community Hall

Stay late and attend a classical music concert Under the Stars – bookings essential.  Click here to book

Sunday

  • Munch on a Fresh Strawberry and Pancake Breakfast in the Community Garden
  • Checkout the Country Market in the Community Hall
  • Grab a coffee and freshly made French pastry from Picnic Society 
  • Wander around the Garden, buy a plant, checkout the public art, listen to live music by Bill and Pete
  • Enjoy lunch and more live bush band music at The Linville Hotel
  • Go on a self-guided walk around the Village

And those are just a few of the activities.

Don’t forget to check out the Linville General Store and Cafe open both days 7.00am to 5.30pm.  Serving coffee, cold drinks, light snacks, pies and cakes.

Stay tuned for more updates.


Notice of Next Meeting

The next Members Meeting is scheduled for Monday, 26 June 2023 at 10:00am in the Linville Hall.

Make a note on your calendar and see you there!


Meet Your New Management Committee

Congratulations to members Ian Shipp, John Arrowsmith and Carolyn Barker for being elected to the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary respectively of Linville Progress Association Inc. at the recent AGM.

Ian Shipp is the owner of Linville’s largest employer, Total Sawmilling & Timber.

John Arrowsmith and his wife are operators of an innovative local Rail Trail accommodation property designed specifically for bike riders and rail trailers.

Carolyn Barker has a number of properties in Linville including the retail shop, Picnic Society, which operates throughout the year as a pop-up shop.

The new committee held its first meeting immediately after the AGM and invited outgoing Treasurer Isobelle Torralba to attend to ensure a thorough financial handover and briefing.

The Agenda items for that meeting were:

    1. Overview of Current Financial Position, including incoming Grants and Fund Raising Initiatives
    2. Determine 2023 Sub Committees and Membership/Garden Committee/Market Committee/Heritage Committee
    3. Hall Maintenance Discussion – Hall Upgrades/Possum Removal/Cleaning Equipment/Cleaning Schedule
    4. 2023 Hall Bookings /Community Activities/Linville Progress Event utilisation
    5. 2023 Heritage Festival Overview/Date planning
    6. Commitment to three-year Strategic Plan 2022-2024
    7. 2023 Management Committee Meeting Schedule/including meetings via Teams or Zoom.

To contact any member of the Management Committee, email hello@linvilleprogress.com.au


See you in Lovely Linville on Easter Sunday

Why not come for a fun drive in the country this Easter and visit Linville Progress Association’s  Easter Sunday Market and monthly Breakfast Barbecue on Sunday, 9 April 2023 from 7:00am to 12 noon.

For years, the Progress Association has held monthly breakfast barbecues and now it will be incorporating a market at the local community hall. Funds raised from these events go to the regular maintenance, utilities and increasingly higher costs for insurances that a country community hall must bear. 

Linville is a thriving small village with four businesses – the well-known Linville Hotel, The Linville Store and Café, Total Sawmill & Timber and Pop-up Providore Store Picnic Society. There are also a number of active local hobby home businesses.

The Progress Association arranges fund raising events and community and visitor engagement centred on its community hall and community garden and works at showcasing the benefits of country life while promoting health, wellbeing and resilience for locals and visitors alike.

So take a drive, come and camp, visit for the day and enjoy the Easter weekend at Linville and at the same time know that you will be supporting a local rural community.

There is free camping across the road from the Linville Hotel.


2022 President’s Report

To read the President’s Report from the 2023 AGM held today, please click here


Reminder – Annual General Meeting this Sunday, 26 March 2023

Linville Hall, 40 George Street, Linville


Come and See Our Latest Outdoor Sculpture

Thanks to a Queensland Government Disaster Recovery Grant and the efforts of Somerset Regional Council, Esk based artist Rosie O’Brien was commissioned to create a new addition to Linville Garden’s outdoor sculpture installations. 

Here is the thinking behind this magnificent art piece in the artist’s own words here.


It’s Membership Renewal Time

At the October 2022 members’ meeting, the President outlined proposed dates for the distribution of membership renewal forms, the AGM process and the AGM itself.  Members approved the timeline and key dates are as follows:

  • Annual membership renewal forms are to be sent on or before 26 February 2023 and to be returned on or before 12 March 2023.
  • Attendance at the AGM on 26 March 2023 is open to members and visitors, however, only those who have renewed by 12 March 2023 or new members who joined and were approved by the management committee before 12 March 2023 will be able to vote in person at the AGM on the day or submit a Proxy Form (proxy forms will be distributed with the Notice of Meeting and Agenda for the AGM).

The key dates can be viewed here.

Please note that at a previous members meeting in 2022, the annual membership fee was increased to $25 which will be applied from the 2023 year.  The fee is made up of $10 (Association membership) and $15 for the building insurance levy.  This increase is to help offset the very large annual building insurance payment required to protect the Association’s most important asset, the Hall.  All members received this letter from President Damian Bathersby explaining the context for this increase, and it can be read here.

To renew your membership, please fill out the membership renewal form, and return it to hello@linvilleprogress.com.au at the same time as transferring your $25 membership renewal fee (using your name as the reference) or you can place the completed form and a cash payment in the secure donation slot at the front of the Linville Hall.

Thank you so much for your continued support and volunteerism this past year.

Yours in progress,

Carolyn Barker, Secretary


New Members Meeting Date

The next general members meeting is now scheduled for 10.00am on Monday, 6 March 2023 at the Linville Community Hall.

The agenda and meeting pack will be sent out soon.

Morning tea will be available after the meeting.

See you there.

Carolyn Barker, Secretary


Letter from the President

Dear Member

I am writing to advise of an increase in membership fees for Linville Progress Association.  This will take effect in March 2023 when the renewals are sent out.

While the association’s management committee wants to keep membership affordable for everyone, we have been left with no choice but to increase the cost to help cover insurance of the Linville Progress Hall.

The hall is the association’s most important asset (apart from you, its members) and insurance cover costs us $4,700/year, which is raised through association fundraising activities.

At present, a generous local businessman helps us with a contribution of $2,000, but we cannot take it for granted that money will be provided forever.  Despite some members believing the money can be raised through a series of major fundraising events, I don’t believe our small group of active members is capable of achieving that.  So, we have been left with no choice but to increase annual membership of the association to $25, made up of $10 (Association membership) and $15 (Hall insurance levy).

We realise it is a significant increase but cannot see any other way of guaranteeing the protection of our hall.  Even with this increase, it is likely we will have to continue holding fundraisers such as our monthly BBQ breakfasts to meet insurance payments.  I hope you understand our position and will continue to support Linville Progress Association through your continued membership.

If you would like to help with our ongoing fundraising efforts, please feel free to contact any member of the management committee or attend one of our quarterly meetings in the hall.

The key dates for renewal of membership prior to the association’s AGM are listed here.

Once again, thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards

Damian Bathersby

President


Come for Breakfast and Visit our Community Garden

The first of our monthly breakfast barbecues start again on Sunday, 5 February 2023.  Scheduled on the first Sunday every month, the BBQs are the best way to combine fundraising with community spirit and a welcome to visitors who may be staying over, camping across the road or cycling /walking the Rail Trail. 

February’s guest BBQers are Leanne and Lionel Tinney – amazing Linville Progress members and community volunteers. 

So join us from 6.30am to 10am on Sunday and check the ‘open’ garden and its outdoor artworks behind the Linville Hall.  The half acre grounds are open to residents and visitors alike.


Last Members Meeting of the Year

See you at the members meeting on Sunday, 27 November 2022 at the Linville Hall – 9am to 10.30am.

The minutes and attachments from the last meeting have already been sent to members.


Linville Heritage & Arts Festival: 19 & 20 November 2022

The Countdown is on!
 
What a full program of activities and events for this weekend’s third annual Linville Heritage & Arts Festival.
 
See you on 19 and 20 November 2022.
 
Thank you to Jan Bathersby for chairing the organising committee.  Mammoth job!
 
 
 

Angel Strings Returns to Linville for Heritage & Arts Festival this November

Last year’s Chamber Music performance, played under the stars in the Linville Community Garden, was mesmerising. A capacity audience from the towns and villages throughout the Somerset region joined Linville residents to listen to Angel Strings String Quintet perform in the open on a balmy spring night.

This year, Brisbane based Angel Strings are back again with an enticing musical program that will feature the classics that many audience members will instantly recognise as well as a few pieces by Australian composers. 

Formed in 2004, Angel Strings are fuelled by the objective to bring beautiful music to as many audiences in as many different contexts as possible.  They are regular performers of a broad classical repertoire as well as edgy contemporary work and have connected with varied audiences in the Brisbane City, throughout the major cities in Queensland and in small rural communities like Linville – where some audience members will experience live classical music for the first time.

‘Angel Strings is bringing an ensemble of five string players, a quintet, to our village to play in the garden on our central Piazza’, Jan Bathersby, Chair of the Linville Heritage & Arts Festival said.

This year the program will start with Bizet’s highly recognisable Carmen Suite, then followed by the Spring and Summer concerti from Vivaldi’s famous work – Four Seasons.  The first half will conclude with Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s work titled Small Town.

‘We chose the repertoire for the first half because we wanted to reflect a world perspective, a pastoral perspective and an Australian rural perspective’, Ms Bathersby said.

After interval, the second set will offer selections and arrangements of well-known Australiana music and once again Linville Progress will be presenting another Bush poem by resident and current Linville Progress Association president Damian Bathersby.

This concert has been made possible as a result of a successful Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant from Arts Queensland as administered by Somerset Regional Council.

According to Ms Bathersby, ‘Supporting events like this in a small village like Linville brings live orchestral music straight to the people’. ‘It gives us a sense of place making and tells a unique Somerset story’, she added.

Arts Queensland partners with local councils to support quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund. It promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions and invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities across Queensland.

Under The Stars Revisited- Chamber Music Performance is on Saturday, 19 November 2022 from 7.30-9.30pm including interval.  It is part of a weekend of activities presented by Linville Progress Association, its businesses and residents – to recognise and celebrate Linville’s rich history as a timber and farming community and it’s love of creativity and the Arts. 

Purchase your tickets for the Under The Stars: Revisited Concert HERE

A dinner tent will be open for a pre-concert gourmet BBQ and tickets can be purchased HERE

The wet weather provision is to move into the Linville Hall so there is not the threat of weather-related cancellation or re-scheduling.


BBQ Brekky: Sunday 2 October

See you on Sunday Morning!  Don’t miss the BBQ Brekky this Sunday 2 October 2022.  Star BBQers Leanne and Lionel Tinney are back at the grill.  Meet you outside of the hall under the awning from 6:30am until 10:00am.  

Warm, fresh bacon and egg rolls with hash browns + tea and coffee.

All proceeds to aid fundraising to help prepare for the Heritage Festival in November.


Have a Say About a Social Plan for Our Area

Council’s social planner’s engagement team (yes there is such a thing) is coming to Moore and Linville on this Saturday 17 September 2022.

This will be a great opportunity for residents to have a say to help inform the development of a social plan.

The team from council will set up under the awning outside of the Hall at 12.15pm (around lunchtime) for a couple of hours. So drop in and say hi. They want to hear your ideas and opinions and views.

When: Saturday 17 September 2022
Where: Moore Hall Markets Soldiers Hall, between 8am and 10am
Where: Linville Community Hall, 40 George Street Linville, between 12.15pm and 2.15pm

Social Plan


BBQ Brekky: Sunday 4 September

Good morning, Linville! Don’t miss the next Linville Progress Association Inc. BBQ Brekky on Sunday 4 September 2022 from 7:00am.

We’ll have eggs, bacon, and hash browns on the grill. Yum! This month’s guest BBQers are Damian and Jan Bathersby. Plus a fabulous Father’s Day raffle basket!

See you at the Linville Hall.


Upcoming Members Meeting

The third quarterly Linville Progress Association Inc.’s meeting is scheduled on Sunday 28 August 2022 from 9am to 10.30am at the Linville Hall.

The agenda and meeting pack will be sent to members one week prior to the meeting, so make sure you look out for it.

At the last members meeting there was a request for two additional meetings per year. Given we are in the second half of the calendar year, there will be one more meeting scheduled for Sunday 30 October 2022. Mark that one in your calendars as well. 


Linville Progress Supports Somerset Celebrates Art Month with Saved By the Bells Concert

Experience a truly unique live music concert performed by Brisbane Bells in Linville as our contribution to Somerset Arts Month.

Brisbane Bells

Brisbane Bells are an ensemble of talented classically trained musicians who play a four octave range of handbells. They will present a repertoire of contemporary music that you will instantly recognise – all performed on the musical instrument of ‘the handbell’.

Brisbane Bells is a community based ensemble that specialises in playing music on handbells, hand chimes and other unique percussion instruments. They aim to introduce the wider community to the art and joy of handbell ringing, create a skilled ensemble to perform music by local and international composers. and engage and educate audiences about handbells can do.

The program features two 40 minute segments with a 20 minute intermission during which morning tea will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for Linville Progress.

Capacity is 55 people and we are positive that this will be a sell out event. Linville Progress Members receive a $10 discount.

When: Sunday 26 June 2022 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon
Where: Linville Community Hall
Cost: $15 Linville Progress Members, $25 for General Admission
Book online: https://www.trybooking.com/BYJPD

Download the event posterDownload the event poster

Free Community Workshop: Introduction to Handbell Ringing

After the concert, a 75 minute workshop will be available to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of handbell ringing.

Participants need not have a musical background or previous experience with an instrument.

This hands-on workshop will have participants making music within a short space of time. It will be fun, interactive, engaging and will cater for all levels – from beginners to those with a music background or who are current musicians.

Handbells will be provided by the ensemble for participants to use during the workshop.

At the end of the workshop, players will answer questions about handbell ringing and music related queries.

When: Sunday 26 June 2022 from 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Where: Linville Community Hall
Cost: Free – maximum participants: 15
Book online: https://www.trybooking.com/BYJPI

Pre Order your Morning Tea
We’ll have your order ready for you at interval

Choose from:
Two Homemade Scones with Cream, Butter and Jam
Or
Chocolate Cake with Cream and Cherry Filing

Plus Tea OR Coffee

$10 per person

Add
A Glass of French Bubbles
$15 per person

When: Sunday 26 June 2022 10.45am to 11.05am at Interval
Where: Linville Community Hall
Cost: $10 per head, add bubbles $15 per head
Book and pay online: https://www.trybooking.com/BYYNX


Two ANZAC Day Services at Linville

Join residents for the Dawn Service at the Linville Memorial at 5:00am on Monday 25 April 2022.

Then the traditional ANZAC Day March will start at 8:00am from the Linville State School and proceed down the George Street footpath to the Memorial. The students will distribute programs and sprigs of rosemary.

Could all personnel participating in the ANZAC Day March please assemble at the Linville State School gate at 7:45am. The Service at the Memorial will commence at 8:15am.

After the Service, head to the Linville Progress Hall for light refreshments provided by the Linville State School P&C for a gold coin donation.

Your support in coming along to join in this very sombre and historical occasion is very much appreciated.

View all upcoming events


Management Committee Re-elected at 2022 AGM

After a packed and passionate AGM on Sunday 27 March 2022, the Management Committee was returned by the members for another year.

Gail Bawden and Jeff Rae both nominated for the President’s position. Gail Bawden was returned with a 51 to 21 vote.

Carolyn Barker AM and Tanya Davis both nominated for the Secretary’s position. Carolyn Barker was returned with a 51 to 21 vote.

Isobelle Torralba nominated for the Treasurer’s position and was returned unopposed.

As well as dozens of current active members, there were a number of new members in attendance, so it was wonderful to see a full hall. The meeting lasted several hours before it was brought to a close.

One of the main issues was a source of confusion around timelines for the AGM. There were questions from the floor from some new members about the AGM timelines, and as a result, this caused confusion for some present. These timelines had been unanimously approved at the Members meeting in November 2021 for the 2022 AGM, using exactly the same process as took place the year before.

Ms Bawden spoke again to the dates and the AGM process and indicated that they had been posted on the Linville Progress website for the last four months.

A large number of proxies were given to one member in particular but these proxies were deemed invalid by the two scrutineers as they were not from financial members. This was not to everyone’s satisfaction, but due process was followed and the proxies were disallowed.

There was considerable discussion throughout the meeting and under the ‘Business from the Floor’ item. Simeon Lord put the motion ‘That Linville Progress Association Inc. make strong representation to Federal Member Shayne Neumann to further pursue Telstra to deliver suitable and reliable telecommunications access, including improved landline access and/or reliable, consistent mobile access to the residents of Linville village and Mt Stanley’.

The motion was adopted unanimously and a letter has been sent to Shayne Neumann’s office.

The Management Committee continues to be active in terms of fundraising, planning and offering community events and in securing grants so that the Hall and Gardens are maintained in good condition and the garden can continue to evolve.

Ms Bawden thanked all present for their attendance and invited the new members who had not previously been to a quarterly members meeting, but who attended the AGM, to volunteer for one or more of the many projects that are in progress.

The 2022 events program is available on this website.


Membership Renewal Reminder – Linville Progress Association

A reminder that annual membership renewals need to be submitted with payment of $10 before Friday 11 March 2022 in order that members can attend and vote at the AGM scheduled on Sunday 27 March 2022 or to hold a proxy for that meeting.

Thank you to those members who have already renewed. However, we have had questions from current members asking if they can pay their renewal at the adjourned General Members Meeting which is now scheduled for Sunday 13 March 2022.

Please remember that the recent devastating floods have meant that two General Meeting adjournments have been necessary in order that members who have been flood-affected from throughout the Somerset region can attend.

This has meant that the adjourned General Members meeting date of 13 March 2022 now falls after the due date for membership renewals – that being on 11 March 2022.

This has been an unavoidable set of circumstances, so your Management Committee wants to make very sure there is no confusion.

We look forward to receiving your membership renewal with payment before 5pm Friday 11 March 2022.


Yoga Comes to Linville Community Hall

When yoga instructor Chet Attawar approached Linville Progress with the suggestion of conducting weekly yoga classes in Linville, it aligned with the start of the Association’s 2022 events program for residents and visitors from Linville and district.

While Chet runs yoga classes in Kilcoy, he felt there was a need to provide access to yoga and its health and well-being benefits to residents in the Linville and Moore and surrounding areas.

President Gail Bawden and the Management Committee agreed and so a 12-week program was born. It will take place at the Linville Community Hall every morning from Wednesday 9 March until Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 8 to 9 am.

Chet believes that anyone can do yoga regardless of age, gender, body type or level of fitness. He meets participants where they are in their yoga journey and gently and safely guides them to deeper practice.

The effect on mind and body can be life changing.

Linville Progress is thrilled to support this initiative as it reflects and supports one of the major key goals in its strategic plan, that being ‘to promote community wellbeing, acceptance of diversity and social inclusion by creating programs that support local residents and their range of economic, social and health needs.’

“We have a wide variety of activities and events planned in the hall and gardens over the next 9 months. And yoga classes complement these activities,” Ms Bawden said. 

“Towards the end of each year, Linville Progress members give significant input into an events plan for the next calendar year. The general members meetings are extremely well attended and there is open and lively discussion about the next 12 months’ activities,” she said.

Casual sessions are $15 per person and session fees for regulars are $12 per person. Bookings can be made by emailing Chet or on Facebook.


Australian Premiere of The Guardian of Linville Wows Audience 

When Linville resident and former journalist and writer Damian Bathersby shared some of his bush poetry at a social event earlier in the year, it was evident that his passion and talent for storytelling had to be included in the 2022 Linville Heritage Festival.

Damian was asked to compose a poem that reflected Linville’s journey through time and to reveal it at the classic music performance ‘Under the Stars’ that was planned for the Saturday evening of the festival weekend.

The poetry reading was inspiring and its inclusion in the program on that night linked straight back to the reason that the Heritage Festival was born – to celebrate the opening of the Linville Railway Station and the steam train coming to and through the village on 21 November 1910. The concert was exactly 1 day before that opening 111 years ago.

A sell-out audience enjoyed the two-hour program which started with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and ended with a number of classical music highlights that were easily recognisable by the audience. Brisbane based chamber ensemble Angel Strings received a standing ovation and they deserved every minute of it.

We’ve been asked for copies of the poem – so here it is. Enjoy!

Damian BathersbyDamien Bathersby


Full Steam Ahead for Linville’s Second Annual Heritage Festival

Mark out the weekend of 20 and 21 November 2021 and take a day trip to lovely Linville in the upper Brisbane Valley for the Second Annual Heritage Festival.

The village of Linville is again organising a weekend of activities to recognise its rich history as an early railhead, a logging town and a prolific farming community. The rail line was extended to Linville over a century ago and allowed the area to accommodate the transport of timber and beef to Brisbane for onward sale. It just so happens that the (then) new Linville Railway Station was officially opened on 21 November 1911 – some 111 years ago to the Sunday of this year’s festival.

Read more or download the press release

Download the 2021 Program of Events

Linville Heritage Festival


Linville Progress Association’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon Offers a Fun Twist

The race that stops a nation is just around the corner and Linville Progress is taking full advantage of our ability to travel freely throughout this region by mounting a Melbourne Cup event at its refurbished Community Hall in the heart of Linville Village.

A good old fashioned country luncheon will be on offer as well as door and seat prizes, gifts for the best hat or fascinator and a prize for the best dressed man and woman on the day and a prize for the best up-cycled outfit is ready and waiting for a guest to win.

Read more and book online


Mark This Date in Your Diary – Sunday 28 November – Linville Progress Members Meeting

The last of the quarterly general members meetings for 2021 is scheduled on Sunday 28 November from 9am to 10.30am at the Linville Community Hall.

We always have a great turnout, an interesting agenda and lively input – so it’s a fun meeting to attend. Ideas flow, decisions are made and plans are shared. Stay after for a chat with your Management Committee, fellow members and visitors. Enjoy a cuppa and (member) Julie’s chocolate and cream cake – not to be missed.


Linville Lights 2020 – Let’s Light Up Linville

Linville Lights will take place on 1 – 31 December 2020 and builds on the existing efforts of Linville residents who light up their yards for Christmas every year. Linville Lights will be a fun competition that complements the Somerset Regional Council’s Christmas Lights competition.  Find out more here.


Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra Celebrates Linville’s Rich History

 

 
The Camerata- Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra – brought a string Quintet to Linville on Sunday 22 November 2020 …and brought the house down!
 
The feature event of the day was an hour-long concert titled ‘A Song with Words’.   
 
Australian actor, Barbara Lowing teamed with the Chamber Orchestra, in an original work that intertwined words and music to commemorate Linville’s rich history.
 
While the music and poetry choices were not specific to Linville’s actual history, the musical and poetic journey was fictional in facts, aiming to explore the emotional range and mood of the events and moments that create an imagined set of Linville stories and tales.
 
Live orchestral music can be one of the most moving experiences a person can have and that was the feedback from those who attended the concert. ‘It brought me to tears’ one audience member told us. ‘I had goosebumps the whole time’ another said.
 
The show was sold out and Linville was proud to be the location for Camerata’s first-ever Brisbane Valley performance.
 
As they say in the classics- BRAVO!
 
 
 

 


Linville Heritage Festival Programme Released 

The Linville Heritage Festival Programme has been released and it is packed full of events.  There is something for everyone.  The Linville Heritage Festival is a weekend not to be missed.   Stay an hour or stay the whole weekend on 21/22 November 2020.  Full Festival Programme and Bookings Links here.


Club 500 – A Fund Raising Initiative to Support the Linville Community Garden 

From small seeds, a vibrant garden will bloom…

The Linville Community Garden is a planned working garden on the private half acre grounds of the Linville Hall right in the main street of Linville Village. 

Club 500 is a Linville Progress fundraising initiative that was established in July 2020 to help fund Stage One of the Linville Community Garden Project.

Ten businesses have now committed to becoming Stage One Supporters of the Garden. Linville Progress has received payment for their $500 donations and funds have been deposited in a separate Garden Project sub-account.

The following Somerset businesses are the inaugural supporters (listed in order of becoming a Club 500 Member)

Find out more about Club 500 and how your business could become a Club 500 sponsor here.


Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra to play at Linville Hall as the highlight of Heritage Festival.

 

In a coup for the Brisbane Valley and the village of Linville, the celebrated Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra – will perform a morning concert in Linville on Sunday 22 November.

The concert titled ‘A Song With Words’ is an original work that intertwines words and music to commemorate Linville’s rich history. As a special treat, Camerata is joining forces with brilliant Australian actor, Barbara Lowing to bring residents and visitors this beautiful morning concert experience.

Camerata has always had a regional focus and loves bringing music to rural communities, however we have never played in this region before and never in Linville’ Artistic Director Brendan Joyce said. ‘We are all looking forward to this adventure’.

Actress Barbara Lowing knows the area well. Her connection with the Brisbane Valley goes back to a time when her mother’s family owned a farm on Cressbrook Creek in the 1940’s. In the early 1980’s, her family moved to a farm on Fulham Road, outside of Toogoolawah and her brother still lives and works in the Valley.

“I am so happy to be part of the Heritage Festival. Many times my dad and I would spend time, driving and exploring The Brisbane Valley, and it’s beauty never ceases to amaze me” Barbara said.

For this performance, a string quintet will be playing. So Linville welcomes:

Violin:               Brendan Joyce, Jonny Ng

Viola:                Anna Colville

Cello:                Katherine Philp

Double Bass:   Marian Heckenberg

The concert is scheduled from 9.00am to 10.00am in the Hall and tickets are on sale now. Seating is by 8.45am sharp.

Given current COVID restrictions, the Hall can accommodate an audience of 80 so secure your seat by buying tickets as soon as possible through Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/BMMJN

Linville’s inaugural Heritage Festival was conceived by Linville Hotel owners Leah and Paul Squire and is supported by Linville Progress Association and local businesses.

A quintet from Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra will perform with actor Barbara Lowing in ‘A Song With Words’ as part of Linville’s Heritage Festival.

Lovely Linville Stages Inaugural Heritage Festival on 21/22 November

On Saturday 21 November 2020, the village of Linville will celebrate a significant milestone, that being, the 110th anniversary of the opening of the new rail line and the Linville Railway Station.
 
Early last century the railway station, railway yards, railway turntable, and surrounding infrastructure was built to accommodate a significant commercial rail operation that transported livestock and logging through the Brisbane Valley to Brisbane. For decades throughout the 1900s Linville was a thriving railway town with a big wide main street that allowed bullocks and drays to turn around after picking up or delivering goods. It is said to have had the second-largest railway yards in Queensland.
 
While the railway was decommissioned some time ago, there are still original buildings, the railway station building itself, some old rail carriages and a rail trail where the railway lines used to be.
 
There is a large black and white photograph displayed in The Linville Hotel taken at the opening 110 years ago showing proud residents and the prominent citizens of the day standing in front of the new Railway Station building with the steam train in the background.
 
That photo was the impetus for the conception of the inaugural Linville Heritage Festival, now scheduled on 21 and 22 November 2020, on the original opening date 110 years earlier.
 
 The Railway Station building is being refurbished and made safe at the moment, so sadly there will be no entry this year.  However, it can still be viewed from the outside as visitors stroll around the grounds. It will be returned as a History Museum ready for the 2021 Heritage Festival event.
 
The idea for a Heritage Festival was conceived by the owners of the Linville Hotel,  Leah and Paul Squires. They asked the Linville Progress Association and other business owners in Linville and Moore to help bring the inaugural Heritage Festival to life.
 
The Hotel will present a range of activities at their venue and on their grounds. They have a highly engaged following and a vast social media presence.
 
Linville Progress will offer activities and mini-events that contribute to a ‘whole of village’ approach and to support its fundraising initiatives.
 
The General Store will open their beautiful side garden, and as a nod to Aussie heritage food, offer homemade pies and pastries and spuds for sale…and of course their terrific coffee.
 
The Old Church Gallery on Linville Road Moore (on the way to the village) will offer Bush Tucker fare at their cafe and have a photographic retrospective featuring the Linville Races – a highlight of the district’s equestrian and social scene for many decades. The Gallery is a treasure in this neck of the woods and there is plenty of parking.
 
Linville residents have volunteered to manage a range of activities including a Heritage Morning Tea in the Hall In Saturday morning and a  Pancake Breakfast in the Hall Grounds on Sunday morning.
 
In a first for the Brisbane Valley and Linville, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra will be performing an hour-long concert on Sunday morning from 9 am to 10 am. Ticket purchase is a must-do buy your tickets here.
 
So join us on either day of the weekend of 21 and 22 November 2020 for a relaxed day trip in Linville in the Somerset Region. It’s just one and a half hours from Brisbane and Caloundra and an hour from Ipswich and Toowoomba.
 
Enquires please contact

 


Association Membership Swells

At the July quarter Linville Progress Members’ Meeting,  a packed (but socially distanced group) of members, shared ideas and commented on progress plans.  

Highlights included:

  • Presentation and discussion of three major iniatives – the Hall’s Community Garden, the Linville Heritage festival and the Linville Christmas Lights programe.  
  • Seven new members joined on the morning – many of whom were long time Linville District members.
  • Senior Constable Sam attended as an observer and Linville State School Principal Jane Dean attended her first meeting as a new member.
  • Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke also attended and members were delighted to see her.

President Gail Bawden held a smooth running and highly inclusive meeting and confirmed that the members’ meeting in this format would be held on a quarterly basis going forward.  She also briefed the gathering that a Sceptic System Replacement (fully funded by Somerset Regional Council) would be installed by the beginning of August 2020.  After that work on Stage One of the Community Garden will start, ready for its launch at the Hertiage Festival on 21/22 November 2020. 

You can read the full minutes of the meeting here.

Next Linville Progress Assocation Quarterly Member’s Meeting is at the Linville Hall on Sunday 20th September 9.00 am – 10.30 am.