Sharing festive spirit in Winton

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Winton Community Christmas Lunch co-organisers Junell Reece (left) and Maree Ronald.

REGISTRATIONS are being accepted for the Winton Community Christmas Lunch.

Into its second year, the “free, full, traditional festive” lunch proved popular last year, committee member and co-organiser Maree Ronald said.

“It is an opportunity to bring people together at a time of year which can be quite lonely for some.”

About 40 people attended last year’s lunch, as well as volunteers who helped prepare the food, serve and clean-up.

This year’s Christmas Day lunch would be held in the Presbyterian Church complex on Meldrum St.

The idea came from Hospice Winton customer Theresa Melville who had seen a similar event advertised in another town and had suggested the idea to Mrs Ronald.

“The lunch is an attempt to gather those people who may be alone on Christmas Day, or who may find the Christmas period challenging,” she said.

Co-organiser Junell Reece said this year had been especially hard for some.

“No matter what your circumstances… you don’t have to be alone on Christmas Day.”

A small committee had been set up and everything organised including food, decorations and gifts.

Up to 10 volunteers were still needed to help throughout the day.

To make it easier for volunteers, there would be three shifts preparation (9ish-11ish), serving (11.30am-1.30pm) and clean-up teams (1.30pm to 3pm), so they could spend time with their families.

Lunch would be personally served buffet-style with a choice of ham-on-the-bone, lamb, chicken, as well as the traditional new potatoes, peas and salads. Dessert would include trifle, pavlova, meringues, jelly, ice cream, fruit salad and Christmas cake.

Although almost enough food had been donated, organisers still needed some legs of lamb, as well as Christmas gifts for adults which would be given out in a lucky dip-style.

“Although we have enough gifts for children, we still need more for the adults, with the expectation about 60 adults will attend.

“If anyone was able to help, we would appreciate a wrapped gift of no more than $10 value to be left at the Winton Hospice Shop, with male or female written on the gift.”

The other items needed were disposable food containers for people to take home any leftover food.

Transport was also available within the Winton township. Registrations for the lunch would close on Thursday, December 10.

  • To register for the lunch, phone 03 236 9792, or for more information, phone Maree Ronald on 027 724 1615.
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