Three people promoting Christmas Day lunch

Free Christmas lunch and festivities

FOR the third year in a row, Arthur Square in central New Norfolk will be the venue for a free Christmas Day lunch. Anyone without plans for Christmas Day lunch is welcome to join in the picnic-style community feast.

A local tradition for about three decades, this free Christmas Day lunch moved outdoors in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Provided by the churches of New Norfolk and community volunteers, the lunch has previously been held in the St Matthew’s Church Hall and the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall.

The lunch is free and open to all from 11am-3pm on Christmas Day. The location for this year’s event has moved to the opposite end of Arthur Square at the High St and Stephen St corner.

Limited seating will be provided but spokesperson Gillian Parton said anyone 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. Family activities will start at 11am and food service will start at noon. There will be entertainment after lunch. If the weather is bad and you find the Square empty, head to the alternative venue at the War Memorial Hall in Circle St.

Mrs Parton said great support had been received from the Derwent Valley Council, along with the local Lions and Rotary Clubs, Banjo’s Bakery Cafe and other helpers. 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.

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

CHRISTMAS EVE
Merry Little Market – High St, New Norfolk. Christmas edition of the New Norfolk Market. More than 100 stalls, musical entertainment and a visit by Santa Claus. 8am-1pm.
Santa Run – Maydena to National Park. Maydena Fire Brigade will take Santa around Maydena at 5pm, and then on to Fitzgerald, Tyenna and National Park. Listen out for the sirens. Wait for the vehicles to stop before approaching Santa.
Santa Run – Lachlan. Lachlan Fire Brigade will take Santa on three loops around the district. Loop 1 (Mapley Rd/Lower Swamp Rd/Top Swamp Rd) from 9.30am. Loop 2 (Lachlan Rd/White Timber Rd/Hydehurst Rd, Mt Charles Rd) from noon. Loop 3 (Lachlan Rd/Moores Rd/Ironstone Gully Rd/Haney Rd) from 2.30pm. Listen out for the sirens. Wait for the vehicles to stop before approaching Santa.
Santa Run – New Norfolk, Lawitta, Magra. New Norfolk Fire Brigade will take Santa around the town and surrounds. See the Facebook page “Santa Visits New Norfolk” for more information.

CHRISTMAS EVE
Church services
SALVATION ARMY:
Christmas Eve Service, Derwent Valley Corps, Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk, 7pm.
CATHOLIC: Family Mass, St Peter’s Church, Hillside Crescent, New Norfolk, 6pm.
CATHOLIC: Midnight Mass, St Peter’s Church, New Norfolk, 9pm.
ANGLICAN: Carols, Readings and Nativity at St Andrew’s Church, Ellendale, 6pm.
ANGLICAN: Family service at 6pm, St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, 6pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY
Church services
RADIO BROADCAST:
The Reverend Celia Hooker on 98.9 Tyga FM at 9am.
ANGLICAN: Holy Communion at St Matthew’s Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, 9am.
ANGLICAN: Christmas service at St John’s Church, Ouse, 10am.
CATHOLIC: Mass at St Andrew’s Church, Bothwell, 10am.
CATHOLIC: Mass at St Colman’s Church, Ellendale, 11.30am.

CHRISTMAS DAY
Free lunch
– Arthur Square, New Norfolk town centre. Free community lunch in a picnic-style, catered by combined churches. Noon-3pm. All welcome.
Merry Christmas!

PICTURE: Captain Tim Size and of the Salvation Army with cook Justin Logie and helper Gillian Parton at Arthur Square, New Norfolk.

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