Christmas arrived a few months early for a group of Eden RSL and Legacy Widow members on Friday, with the group’s monthly luncheon taking on a ‘Christmas in July’ theme.
The day marked the third such event since Eden RSL sub-branch secretary Steve Mahoney put the idea into practice, but the attendance at the Eden RSL Hall was slightly lower this month due to members including Steve and wife Marie, and coordinator Leanne Daly, being away due to other commitments.
The lively theme more than compensated for their absence though, with those in attendance enjoying games including bingo and a variation of celebrity heads, before lunch was provided by the Eden Lioness Club.
Christmas hats, reindeer antlers and a pair of large red glasses did the rounds, much to the amusement of the guests.
Eden RSL sub-branch president Barrie Beck says the monthly events are a great social benefit.
“It’s a chance for people who don’t usually get out of the house to come out and socialise,” he said.
“Many of the people who come here are widows who now live on their own, and some are residents from Bupa.
“They come up here to play games, have lunch and a drink if they want one.
“It’s a nice thing to do and a bit of fun, particularly for people who live on their own and don’t get see others very often.”
The first group luncheon was held at the Great White Bite cafe in May, before moving to the RSL Hall last month.
Barrie says it is an ideal venue for members to get to.
“Everyone’s from around the local area, and it’s a nice central place for everyone to get to,” he said.
“You don’t have to drive too far, and it’s easy enough for the Bupa bus to just come up the road.
“The Lionesses do a great job with the catering for us, and they’ve got a good space in the kitchen here as well.”