Big Christmas lunch prepped and ready for the oven

A BIG group of volunteers spent much of this morning preparing food for the annual Christmas Day lunch at Arthur Square in New Norfolk. This will be the fourth time the lunch has been held on the square. Anyone without plans for Christmas Day lunch is welcome to join in the picnic-style community feast which is provided free of charge by the churches of New Norfolk.

A local tradition for about three decades, this Christmas Day lunch moved outdoors in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In previous years it was 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. There will be children’s activities from 11am, lunch from noon, and carols and games afterwards. 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.

If the weather is bad and you find the Square empty, head to the alternative venue at the War Memorial Hall in Circle St. Gluten-free and vegetarian diets will be catered for, as well as dairy-free.

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 or to request local transport to the event, call Gillian on 0429 611 528.

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24
BROADCAST:
The Reverend Celia Hooker of St Matthew’s Anglican Church on 98.9 Tyga FM at 10am.
SANTA’S LOLLY RUN – MAYDENA TO NATIONAL PARK: Maydena Fire Brigade will take Santa around Maydena at 5pm, and then on to Fitzgerald, Tyenna and National Park. Times are approximate. Listen out for the sirens. Wait for the vehicles to stop before approaching Santa.
SANTA’S LOLLY 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 10am. Loop 2 (Lachlan Rd/Moores Rd/Ironstone Gully Rd/Haney Rd/Blackhall Gully Rd/Mill Lane and Ringwood Rd). Loop 3 (Lachlan Rd/Menzies Rd/Jefferys Track/White Timber Rd/Hydehurst Rd, Mt Charles Rd) from 1.30pm. All times are approximate. Listen out for the sirens. Wait for the vehicles to stop before approaching Santa.
NEW NORFOLK/LAWITTA/MAGRA: New Norfolk Fire Brigade will take Santa around the town and surrounds, starting with the town side at noon. Listen out for the sirens. Wait for the vehicles to stop before approaching Santa. See the Facebook page “Santa Visits New Norfolk” for more information.
CHURCH SERVICES – SALVATION ARMY: Christmas Eve Service, Hamilton Rd, New Norfolk, 10am. ANGLICAN: Family service and Holy Communion, St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, 10am. CATHOLIC: Family Mass, St Peter’s Church, Hillside Crescent, New Norfolk, 6pm. Midnight Mass, St Peter’s Church, New Norfolk, 9pm.

CHRISTMAS DAY, December 25
BROADCAST: The Reverend Celia Hooker of St Matthew’s Anglican Church on 98.9 Tyga FM at 9am.
CHURCH SERVICES – ANGLICAN: Holy Communion at St Matthew’s Church, Bathurst St, New Norfolk, 9am. St John the Baptist, Ouse, 10am. CATHOLIC: Mass at St Andrew’s Church, Bothwell, 10am. Mass at St Colman’s Church, Ellendale, 11.30am.
FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Picnic-style community lunch, provided by local churches at Arthur Square in central New Norfolk. 11am-3pm. Games at 11am, lunch at noon and carol singing afterwards. All welcome. For transport call 0429 611 528.

TYGA-FM CHRISTMAS MARATHON

SUNDAY
December 24
Christmas Eve


6-9am: Ray Hewitt
9-10am Sunday Service
10am-noon: Nigel Jones
Noon-2pm: Jeannie
2-4pm: Mark Corlett
4-6pm: Valerie Costarelli
6-8pm: Colin & Sharon
8-10pm: Roz Chapman
10pm-midnight: James T. Graham
MONDAY
December 25
Christmas Day

Midnight-3am: Mark Corlett
3-6am: Craig and Lee
6-9am: Phil Bingley
9-10am: Christmas Service
10am-noon: Nigel Jones
Noon-2pm: Warren Glover
2-4pm: Colleen Monk
4-6pm: Mark Corlett
6-8pm: Russell J. Alphey
8-10pm: Marni Kaulima
10pm-midnight: Andrew Clarke
TUESDAY
December 26
Boxing Day


Midnight- 3am: Andrew Clarke
3-6am: Doug Smith
6-9am: Janet Onn
9am-noon: Marni Kaulima
Noon-2pm: Nigel Jones
2-4pm: Valerie Costarelli
4-6pm: Colleen Monk
6-8pm: Rachael Green
8pm-midnight: Glen Mazur

Merry Christmas to all from New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

PICTURE: Volunteers preparing food for Monday’s Christmas Day lunch.

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