Midwinter party chance to get together

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A feast including egg nog, whitebait fritters, lamb and pavlova went down well with pensioners in Lawrence late last month.

A total of 53 gathered at the Lawrence Golf Club for a midwinter pensioners’ party hosted by Tuapeka Health Inc.

Tuapeka Community Health Inc (TCHI) chairman Mark Hay said because of recent events many pensioners were staying at home, spending a lot of time alone and missing out on meeting up with their friends at their usual sports or recreational activities.

Soup? . . . Mark Chapman serves Jean Goodlet her soup at the mid-winter pensioner party at Lawrence . PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

“We came up with the idea for supporting our community by organising at short notice a get-together and meal and it has grown from that.’’

Ready to go . . . Awaiting the start of the mid-winter pensioner party were (left), Jan Harper and Angela Meechan. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

TCHI director Suzanne Stephenson said it was a fun way to get people together.

“We had a wonderful menu organised, and our staff have helped us out, volunteering their time to serve as chefs, servers, waiters and helpers on the night,” she said.