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Published February 21st 2016
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Helen Earley Ensemble
Toowoomba's family choir, the Helen Earley Ensemble.

Toowoomba Philharmonic Society

The Toowoomba Philharmonic Society began as the Austral Choir in 1903 presenting festivals in an open building opposite Queen's Park. One hundred and twenty members sang to up to ten thousand and also competed in eisteddfods around Queensland. During WWI the initial musical donated $152 to the Wartime Foodstuffs Fund. WWII saw the hall being taken over by the army and members joining the services. In 1975, the Laguna premises were purchased, which became the 'in' place to hold social events. Late 2004 saw a move to Matthews Street where the venue also hosts the University of the Third Age and other functions. Greater versatility is the goal moving forward. If you love music and singing, consider joining up. The next event is 'Trivia Through the Ages' on 27 February 2016 at 7pm. A performance of 'Grease' drives into the Empire Theatre 20-24 September.

Toowoomba Repertory Theatre

Four major productions are presented annually by the Toowoomba Repertory Theatre. Rehearsals are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights for around two months. Set construction takes place over several weekends. Three one-act plays are performed during the Carnival of Flowers in September. These plays are selected competition winners. Open auditions are sometimes held to add to membership. In the near future presentations will include: The Gift (drama, ends 27 Feb); The Last Romance (comedy, Apr 27-May14); Here on the Flight Path (comedy, Jul 13-30); and Festival of One-Act Plays (20-24 Sep). If you'd like to be a part of a theatre with eighty-four years of experience, contact on telephone 07 4632 8058.

Helen Earley Ensemble

The consummate choir director, Helen Earley founded the Helen Earley Ensemble in 1988 as the 'Earleybirds'. Helen looks to widen the audience base by encouraging new membership. If their Christmas carols are anything to go by, they are a world-class choir of varying ages and full of enthusiasm. Helen and the choir are friendly and professional. To join this exciting ensemble telephone 07 4632 4204 or mobile 0418 159 857.

Toowoomba Art Society

Established in 1925, the Toowoomba Art Society provides expert advice, fellowship among artists, monthly meetings, classes, workshops, field trips and exhibitions. After several venue moves the society now meets in Culliford House adjacent to picturesque Queens Park. A typical week sees Children's Art Classes, Creative Artists' Books, Life Drawing, Art in Bark, U3A classes and oil painting. Contact 07 4632 5725 for more info, or email

Toowoomba Literary Society

Over one hundred years old, the Toowoomba Literary Society holds monthly meetings at 147 Mary Street. You don't have to be a writer to join, you only need a love of reading. A variety of genres are read each month with members contributing presentations on authors or topics of their choice. Three free attendances are allowed before registering for $25. For further details contact Heather Little on 0438 511 412.

Toowoomba Stamp Club

Formed in 1945 the present name, the Toowoomba Stamp Club, was adopted in 1977. Around sixty members meet monthly for a variety of philatelic interests including auctions, displays and discussions. Visitors and juniors are welcome. Meetings are at 1pm, second Saturday of every month at the Salvation Army Hall, cnr West St & Anzac Ave. Call Bob Littlehales for details on 07 4635 5623.

More Groups

Toowoomba and the region abounds in community groups, apart from those listed including:

Pittsworth (Kurrajong) Pony Club, 140 Yandilla St, Pittsworth, telephone 0407 693 063.

Gidgee Coal Bush Ballard Awards, 83-85 Yandilla St, Pittsworth, telephone 07 4693 2593.

The Toowoomba Orchid Society, St Paul's Hall, cnr James & Philips Sts, Toowoomba, telephone 0424 644 068.

Scrubby Creek Rural Fire Brigade, Millmerran Woods Dve, Captains Mountain, telephone 07 4695 4240.

Lions Club, 42 Taylor St, Cecil Plains, telephone 07 4663 2174.
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