ANYONE without plans for Christmas Day lunch is welcome to join in a picnic-style community feast at Arthur Square in central New Norfolk. A local tradition for about three decades, this free Christmas Day lunch is moving outdoors for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Provided by the churches of New Norfolk, the lunch has previously been held in the St Matthew’s Church Hall and the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall. More than 200 meals were served at last year’s event. Despite the change from a sit-down lunch to a picnic, the basic idea remains the same: bring a friend, or come alone and make a friend.
The lunch is free and open to all from noon-3pm on Christmas Day tomorrow. The cooking will once again be done by Justin Logie of Black Mountain Gourmet Bakery, ably assisted by several volunteers. “The Derwent Valley Council – along with New Norfolk Rotary and Lions – has offered to assist with gazebos, a few tables and chairs, and COVID–19 safety management,” spokeswoman Gillian Parton said.
“Anyone attending who could bring their own chair or picnic rug would make it easier for those not able to carry chairs or get up off the ground,” Mrs Parton said. “There will be drinks and great food, but no self-serve, so please respect the directions of the volunteers. Food will be served on paper plates or in take away containers.”
Entry to the lunch will be at the corner of Pioneer Ave and Bathurst St, under the Arthur Square sign. Under the COVID-Safe plan, one person per group will be needed to sign in.
Anyone wishing to financially support this community-based initiative can donate to the New Norfolk Christian Leaders Association via BSB 067404, Account 2800 0822, referring to the Christmas Lunch. For more information call Gillian on 0429 611 528.
PICTURE: Captain Tim Size and of the Salvation Army with cook Justin Logie and helper Gillian Parton at Arthur Square, New Norfolk.