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