July 23, 2024 10:21 PM

Christmas in July (we hope)


Helping in the kitchen at Singleton Neighbourhood Centre’s Open Door are Karlie Sills and Jan Damstra.

Singleton Neighbourhood Centre is hoping to hold their annual Christmas in July at the end of this month however the final venue is still being determined.

Covid has put a spanner in the works for the event to be held on July 30 so there may be some last minute adjustments but organisers are hoping it can go ahead.

The event, at $150 a head, includes champagne and canapes on arrival, a three course meal and light entertainment in what is traditionally a relaxing evening and cause to reflect on the hard work of the Neighbourhood Centre.

Those wanting to support the event can book tickets by calling 6571 2499.  Numbers will be limited to 40 maximum because of covid restrictions and the available space.

During the past year, even with a covid shutdown, the Open Door served up 400 meals compared to the 230 served the previous year giving volunteers assurance that the service is very much needed.

Manager Judy Mitchell is extremely thankful to the volunteers but quickly added that the service wouldn’t be as successful without corporate help.

“We receive donations of food from Coles through their second bite program and Woollies gives us donations through their food recovery program where we get a lot of their frozen meat and canned items and Aldi also helps us,” Mrs Mitchell said.

Big W also provide Open Door with a good stock of clothing, all new, which is provided free to Open Door visitors.

Then there is the assistance of the local community and mining companies, Glencore, Glendell, Bloomfield and Integra.

Because of covid restrictions the Open Door is also preparing meals for takeaway and while visitors continue to be welcome through the door, people are encouraged to take up the takeaway option.