The first Coonabarabran Community Christmas Lunch has been hailed a great success, with more than 100 people converging on the Town Hall for a delicious three-course meal on Christmas Day.
No Christmas tradition was overlooked, with festive table decorations, bon bons, presents and mini fruit cakes.
The small group of volunteers behind the event were thrilled with the support shown by local people.
“The lunch was only made possible due to the contribution of many,” said Delwyn Matevski, one of the event organisers.
“What a caring and generous community we have in Coonabarabran.”
Mrs Matevski extended her appreciation to Warrumbungle Shire Council for the use of the hall, kitchen and cool rooms, as well as their substantial donation, and to all businesses, churches and the general public who donated goods or cash, volunteers who helped set up and prepare the food on Friday and Saturday, and those who served the food or acted as hosts on the day, and to the ladies who baked take-home gifts.
“Everyone agreed that the food was superbly cooked and presented, and a special thank you has to go to Jenny Dumble and Celia Canham, assisted by their mothers. Their expertise, dedication and generosity is to be commended,” Mrs Matevski said.
“Of course, the most important people on the day were the guests, from babies and young children, right up to the elderly.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves and a wonderful atmosphere of fellowship pervaded the event.
“The Christmas spirit was alive and well, and this continued afterwards with many people staying behind to help pack up and clean away.”
It is hoped that the Coonabarabran Community Christmas Lunch will become an annual event.
Beautiful homemade deserts lined the tables for the first Coonabarabran Community Christmas Lunch on Sunday, 25 December. Photo - Gabrielle Teale-McEvoy.