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Jules the driving force for Rocks On Show ‘n’ Shine

Within days of packing up the 20 market stalls from the Arundel Rocks On Show ‘n’ Shine spectacular, organiser Julie Wallis is already dreaming up ideas for next year. Show ‘n’ Shine took over the village green for the second year running in June, with more than 200 residents, family and friends turning out to enjoy the bustling market and entertainment. A display of 24 classic vehicles – most of them owned by residents – was again a large part of the Show, bringing the charm and elegance of another era into the village.



Coordinating the market and its many moving parts was a labour of love for Julie and her partner Colin Howard, a former builder, who have called Arundel home for nearly eight years. Julie who operates “Jules Jewels” at the Mt Tamborine Markets saw an opportunity to bring the fun of a market to Arundel. Living opposite the village green, she says she was struck with the idea a market could be a great way to utilise the space and the idea was backed by the community. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, and the idea came to life!  All the stalls are from the village, so we have card-making, preserves and honey, and a workshop stall with wooden crafts, – even a children’s book author,” Julie said.



With music, food and colourful marquees adorned with crafty bunting, the market evokes the atmosphere of a traditional English market. “There was great support from the whole community with the Seachange Coffee Van Martha on board and a free sausage sizzle provided by the Seachange HOC committee,” Julie said. “We decided to include classic cars because I’ve been involved in car clubs before and thought it would be fun to have a Car Run,” she said.  “Paul Shepard and Rod Alford coordinated the cars and the Run and it was really well supported by the residents as we have plenty of classic car lovers here.”



As the next Rocks On Show ‘n’ Shine shapes up in the background, Julie has plenty more creative and colourful ways to bring a smile to her neighbours. “We have just held the Seachange Walkers’ Christmas in July breakfast, which was great fun, and I am involved in the decorating team, so always out there dressing up the country club with a theme,” she said.



Moving to Arundel was a great decision, says Julie, who was in the real estate business before retiring. “We were drawn in right away by the village green, and we have been really happy.  We always say you can do as much as you want, or as little as you want and just enjoy living here.”