Com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Com­mu­nity tea. Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil­lor Deb Bower (cen­tre) with Cheryl Evans and Pat Har­vey at the eighth Nagam­bie Christ­mas com­mu­nity tea.

Thun­der­storms, heavy rain and a power black­out on Thurs­day did not de­ter the eighth Nagam­bie Com­mu­nity Christ­mas party, for those who live alone, who are iso­lated or are house­bound in the dis­trict.

Nagam­bie Golf Club looked fes­tive with Christ­mas ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions, and Christ­mas cheer was ex­pe­ri­enced by all.

More than 80 at­tended the com­mu­nity tea with guests com­ing from Nagam­bie, Avenel, Sey­mour, Goul­burn Weir and Kir­wans Bridge.

They en­joyed the meal pre­pared by vol­un­teers and the ev­er­green Christ­mas Carols led by the Lake­side Larks Choir and ac­com­pa­ny­ing mu­si­cians.

One high­light was the ac­tion song Rein­deer Hokey Pokey, that had most peo­ple up singing and do­ing the tra­di­tional ac­tions.

It is the eighth year since the idea took heart and the com­bined churches and com­mu­nity groups are still spread­ing their Christ­mas spirit to those who may not have their fam­ily near to them to share this Christ­mas time.

Unit­ing Church com­mu­nity out­reach worker Michael Eas­ton gave a Christ­mas mes­sage and bless­ing for the party go­ers, and Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil­lor Deb Bower gave a Christ­mas mes­sage at the party on be­half of the Mayor and shire.

The visit by Santa was as pop­u­lar with the oldies as it is when chil­dren see him, and all the guests who at­tended said they had a great time and looked for­ward to com­ing again next year.

Thanks to the folk from the four churches, the Lake­side Larks, Com­mu­nity House, Mar­lene Brew (pud­dings), Cham­pi­ons IGA su­per­mar­ket, Mitchel­ton Win­ery, Nagam­bie Golf Club, Nagam­bie Health­care vol­un­teers, food, raf­fle and lucky door donors and es­pe­cially those vol­un­teers who gave up their time and ef­fort to share some Christ­mas good­will with those who live alone or are iso­lated in our com­mu­nity.

— Diane Grant

Catch­ing up:

Reg­u­lar guests: Avenel’s Lyn Brad­bury and Iris Side­bot­tom come each year to the

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