Indigo spirit of Christmas
For the first time residents of the Indigo Shire will this year have the option of attending a Community Christmas Lunch in Rutherglen, Beechworth or Yackandandah.
Teams of volunteers in each of these Indigo Shire towns are busy preparing for the lunches that are open to anybody who wants to share Christmas Day with others in their community.
Rutherglen’s Francis Walsh, who has coordinated the Rutherglen lunch since 2012, said she was looking forward to the upcoming community lunch.
“Our first lunch was in the small Monsignor Lawless Hall, as the lunch has grown in popularity we have had to move the event to the Soldier’s Memorial Hall to accommodate the 80 to 100 people who now attend each year,” Ms Walsh said.
“The Rutherglen community has been extremely generous over the last four years, as it always is. “Many local groups, businesses and individuals contribute and we have two chefs who volunteer to cook on the day.”
In Yackandandah, Carmel Kelley is leading a group who are planning a lunch at the Yackandandah Butson Park Football Ground for the first time.
Event organiser Carmel Kelley has been pleased with the response from the community.
“This has been a plan of mine for several years,” she said.
“I am happy that it is finally happening and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the community and offers of assistance.
“While there are some areas that have provided a learning curve I’m pleased with the progress of the organising and I’m looking forward to a great day.”
In Beechworth an organising group, with representation from Beechworth Health Service, the Salvation Army and community volunteers, is looking forward to hosting their seventh lunch.
Community Engagement Officer at Beechworth Health Service Anna Mackinlay said she enjoyed being part of the team.
“We have watched the event grow and gain more and more support from a wide variety of groups and individuals in the community” Ms Mackinlay said.
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. • The Rutherglen lunch will be held at Ru- therglen Soldier’s Memorial Hall Supper Rooms on Christmas Day at midday. It is a traditional sit down, hot lunch and free transport is available for those who require it. The cost is a donation. RSVP to Francis Walsh on 0417 364 441. • The Beechworth lunch will be held at Beechworth Servicemen’s Memorial Hall on Christmas Day at 11.30am. It is a traditional sit down, hot lunch with free transport available for those who require it. The event is alcohol free and the cost is a donation. RSVP to Beechworth Health Service by December 2. A limited number of casual places for walkins are made available on the day. • The Yackandandah lunch will be held at Butson Park Football Clubrooms on Christmas Day at 11.30am. It is a traditional sit down, hot lunch, the event is alcohol free and the cost is a donation.
Organisers of the Community Christmas Lunch to be held in Rutherglen, Beechworth and Yackandandah - Francis Walsh , Carmel Kelley , Anne Bilston and Anna Mackinlay.