CHRISTMAS came early for nearly 50 of the Attunga area’s more senior residents on Tuesday night when they were treated to the Anglican Church’s annual Christmas tea.
Guests enjoyed a spread of corned beef, salads, fruit salad and icecream, slice, Christmas cake and punch – non-alcoholic, of course – put on by Jean Jansen and a merry band of five other helpers, who come together each year to spread a bit of Christmas cheer in the village.
The dinner was first held back in 1972 by Mrs Jansen and other ladies involved in the Girl Guides’ Brownies group.
It stopped in 1985, before it was brought back again in 1998.
Mrs Jansen said the tradition was revived because there was a need for it and people really enjoyed attending.
It was so well-loved that one lady had since moved to Tamworth, she said, but continued to head out to the village each year to attend.
While it is held by the church, it is non-denominational and anyone over the age of about 60 is welcome to attend.
The dinner is funded through donations, with about $200 raised this year.
The night included lucky door prizes and entertainment from the Somerton singers.
All guests also went home with a little present – a tin of biscuits or a box of shortbread.