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Carols by the River

Christmas cheer

EventsJoanne Eisemann

ONCE AGAIN, the Combined Churches of Deloraine are supporting two significant Christmas events, inviting everybody to take part in Carols by the River and the Christmas Day Dinner as part of their Christmas celebrations.

The Carols, now in their 31st year, will be held by the rotunda near the Meander River in Deloraine, on Saturday, 15th December.

Starting at 6.30pm with the free barbecue, entertainment will start at 7.30pm, finishing at about 9.00pm - a great opportunity for a family occasion.

The Meander Men, with their robust performance of songs and carols will begin, followed by school choirs and other entertainers, including the Kids’ Club.

Of course, everybody gets the chance to sing some favourite carols. Josh Skeat will be the MC.

The award-winning Christmas Day Dinner is held on Christmas Day (obviously) from noon. All are invited.

The Dinner will be held in the Mennonite Church (formerly the Uniting Church Hall) at 20 West Barrack Street. As well as a traditional Christmas dinner, there will be plenty of music and fun.

Russell MacKenzie will be MC and will help lead the singing of another round of community carols.

Betty and Warwick Holmes started the dinners fourteen years ago. After seven years, they moved to New Zealand and other people have now taken on the organising role.

Thanks to the generosity of the local combined churches and businesses, the event is free. A place must be booked by phoning Judy or Graham on 0434 845 697.


Sing a song of Christmas

NewsJoanne EisemannComment


The sausages were sizzling, the night was balmy and the familiar sound of carols drifted through the air as the Combined Christian Churches of Deloraine held their annual Carols by the River Service. It was almost standing room only as the space around the rotunda was packed with locals and international spectators who were treated to a traditional feast of yuletide music and song. Pictured above, enjoying the evening, were Imogen Milne, Addy Myers & Eva Milne, all of Deloraine.

Photo | Mike Moores

A lovely backdrop for yuletide songs

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‘CAROLS BY the River’ usurps ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in Deloraine this year.

Taking place on 17th December, thus starting earlier than in the past, the 7.00pm to 8.30pm programme of singers, speakers and community carolling will be left with too much daylight for candles to have much impact.

Besides performing, Amelia Reynolds, Will Kelly, school choirs and other local musicians will lead the community sing-along of all the favourite Christmas carols.

Dan Richie is there to remind us of what Christmas is really all about, with members of Kids’ Club enacting a nativity play.

Happening at the Rotunda near the Meander River in Deloraine, the family event starts with a barbecue at 6.00pm, once again, as the Combined Christian Churches of Deloraine’s Christmas gift to the community.

Bring along a chair, a rug or even a picnic to ‘Carols by the River’. For more details please contact John Phelps on 6362 4488.

Photo | Mike Moores