Indigo Shire residents had the opportunity to attend a Community Christmas Lunch in Rutherglen, Beechworth or Yackandandah in 2016 thanks to the generosity of volunteers and local businesses.
Teams of volunteers in each of the Indigo Shire towns busily prepared for the lunches that were open to anybody who wanted to share Christmas Day with others in their community.
Rutherglen’s Francis Walsh, who has coordinated the Rutherglen lunch since 2012, said this year’s Christmas Lunch in Rutherglen was once again a major success.
“It was fantastic to see the interaction between everyone, including our guests and many volunteers,” she said.
“We had people from Corowa, Wahgunyah, Rutherglen and Chiltern attend as well as some of the residents from Glenview.
“The lunch is a perfect example of what our community is all about, everyone working together.”
Frances told the Free Press that the community lunch was all made by possible by the Masonic Lodge and the Rutherglen RSL members who set up the tables and chairs, the delicious Christmas puddings and cakes that were donated by the Rutherglen Primary School and Rutherglen High School and potatoes and onions kindly donated from the Silver Key Cafe and last but not least the time donated from the host of volunteers.
“There are too many people to thank individually but please accept this as a thank you from the committee of the Community Christmas Lunch,” she said.
The first Christmas Community Lunch was held in the small Monsignor Lawless Hall and as the lunch has grown in popularity the event has been moved to the Soldier’s Memorial Hall to accommodate the 80 to 100 people who now attend each year.
The Community Christmas Day Lunch is aimed at creating community connections on Christmas Day for people who want to take up the option of sharing some time and Christmas lunch together.
Corowa Quilters were very busy during the latter half of 2016, making 80 fabric Christmas trees for the enjoyment of local nursing home residents.
These were distributed in December to Karinya, Carroll wing at Corowa hospital and Glenview in Rutherglen.
Corowa Quilters meet on the second Saturday of the month from 10 to 3.30pm at St Mary's School hall, Corowa.
New members are welcome.