Well done, Margaret
Referring to your article in February Journey regarding 2016 Australia Day Awards recipients, I would like to advise that Mrs Margaret Buchanan was awarded the Ipswich City Council Senior Citizen Award for 2016. Margaret has been a church member since 1951. She has been involved with music programs for residents at Lauriston Nursing Centre from 1972, firstly with the Silkstone Methodist Church and also at Nowanvil Nursing Home with Glebe Road Uniting Church until 2012.
Margaret also played for their church services, some funerals and “hymnalongs”. She is currently back playing at Brassall Village once a month for residents’ birthday morning teas, organised by three other ladies of her church.
Margaret has been church organist and pianist for 62 years. She has also held Sunday School and Christian Endeavour positions, choir conductress, elders’ secretary, Comrades district director and Silkstone Eisteddfod committee member since 1956. Margaret recently retired from being vocal convenor for 25 years, but is currently in her 20th year as secretary. The Silkstone Eisteddfod will be celebrating its 90th eisteddfod this year. She was involved in organising the eighth annual reunion of Methodist Girls’ Comrades and Order of Knights held in Ipswich in 2010.
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