Reunion calls on locals

THE search is underway for former residents of Nymboida as a group of locals and former residents prepare for a reunion on the October long weekend

And it's all thanks to a Facebook page which is reconnecting former Nymboida-ites and current residents as well.

"Memories of Nymboida and Its People" was started just over a year ago by Jan Bathersby, who grew up in Nymboida as Jan Clark and returned for five years as Jan Kennedy in the late 1990s.

Jan now lives on the Sunshine Coast, as do her parents Norm and Gwen Clark, who lived in the village most of their lives. Jan's grandparents and great-grandparents also lived in the village their entire lives.

"A couple of years ago, I gave my cousin David, who I haven't seen for years, a "memory" for his birthday via a Facebook post," Jan said.

"It was a couple of sentences on a joint memory of his grandmother and growing up in Nymboida.

"He loved it and I sent him a few more memories via Facebook the next year.

"Then a year ago, I thought I should make a Facebook page so others could have somewhere to share memories.

"I called it Memories of Nymboida And Its People, so that people could post anything they liked about Nymboida and their life there.

"It's been a big hit and people have posted memories of people, old toys, TV shows, dances, bus drivers, pets and old wives tales, just to name a few.

"The page has proven very popular and we now have 190 members.

"We regularly post memories of our days in Nymboida - the power station, the school and what a great place it was to grow up.

"Something like 700 old photos have been posted and a lot of people have been able to connect with old friends they haven't seen for years - in some cases decades."

Interest in the page has been so strong, that a number of members will gather at the Nymboida Canoe Centre to catch up over the October long weekend.

Jan has been joined in organising the event by Narelle McLennan.

She said it would be a fairly casual weekend, with people turning up when they could and some camping out at the centre.

"We hope to be able to visit the school and maybe have a wander around the village but mainly it will be about catching up with people we haven't seen for years," she said.

"There will be a morning tea at 10am on the Sunday at the canoe centre and we are asking people to bring a plate if they are attending that.

"There are also rumours of sack racing, egg and spoon races and a three-legged race challenge."

Everyone is welcome to attend and the best way for people to catch up on what's planned is to visit the Facebook page - Memories of Nymboida and Its People.

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