Fun and fellowship on offer at The Pod

South Alive Friendship Group members Julie Stewart (left) and Shirley MacKenzie with one of the birthday cakes to celebrate the group's fifth birthday at South Alive's The Pod in South Invercargill on Tuesday.

BISCUITS, a cup of tea or coffee, and a good “gossip” session the South Alive Friendship Group celebrated in the usual way at its fifth birthday on Tuesday.

What began with three people has blossomed into a friendly bunch of folk who gather together at South Alive’s The Pod, behind The Pantry, on Grace St, Invercargill, on a Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The group’s spokeswoman Shirley MacKenzie said up to 20 people now joined in the fun.

Although last Tuesday was a bit special with cake and sandwiches to celebrate the group’s birthday, there were biscuits and refreshments each week, she said.

People of all ages were welcome, both men and women, although most were aged in the 60 to 80-plus bracket.

As well as fellowship, and plenty of laughter, there were Housie and raffles on offer with money from the raffles used to buy cards for birthdays or if someone was unwell, member Julie Stewart said.

As well as the weekly get-together, sometimes members of the group went out for meals together, or car-pooled to visit various places of interest, like a trip to Riverton or Fortrose.

Then there was the end-of-year Christmas dinner to be celebrated.

“We all decide where we go and what we do… we all have to be in agreement.”

It was also a place where people could gather to discuss things which concerned them, whether it be questions about their electricity bills or anything else.

Mrs MacKenzie said anyone was welcome to come along to the group to see if they liked it.

“The first time it is nil, then it was $2 to cover costs and refreshments.

  • South Alive Friendship Group, Tuesdays, The Pod (behind The Pantry on Grace St, South Invercargill), 1.30pm-3.30pm. Everyone was welcome.

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