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Spreading Christmas for those alone

The Nagambie combined churches, Lions Club, Nagambie Lakes Community House and volunteers held a special Christmas tea for those alone.

DIANE GRANT December 24, 2013 4:55am

Back, Margaret Rea, John Sanderson and Nancy McKenzie. Front, David Dohrmann, Doreen Murphy, Karen Fry and Doris Whitling.


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Each year the festive season seems to come around faster and for some it is a happy time with family and friends, but for others it can be one of the loneliest times of the year.

For the third year the Nagambie combined churches, Lions Club, Nagambie Lakes Community House and individual volunteers have sponsored the annual Christmas community tea for those who live alone, are isolated, or who may spend Christmas alone.

This year the Bendigo Bank donated funds towards the evening and the Lions Club of Nagambie and District Inc also supported the evening with small Lions cakes which were wrapped by the Krafty Friendship Club ladies.

Grace was said and more than 75 guests were welcomed to the community tea with a summer Christmas meal prepared by the members of the churches, golf club and Lakeview Lodge hostel volunteers.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Deb Swan wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of the shire, and thanked everyone connected with the community tea for their contributions to make it a happy night.

Marlene Brew was thanked for her delicious plum puddings, Maggie Law for her Christmas lucky door prize gifts, June Aldred for her mince tart surprise packs, and donors of the food hamper goodies for their contribution towards the raffle.

Thanks to a variety of local volunteers who chipped in to clean up after the event or take some of the guests home.

Guests Alice Thomas, Deanne Page, Norma Young, Doris Whitling said they ‘‘would like to express their appreciation for a very happy evening and thank all the volunteers who made it a special evening for them all.’’

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