The Nagambie Lions Club members and Nagambie CFA Brigade joined forces on Saturday to provide a memorable night for a crowd of more than 300 families and locals who attended the carols evening at Buckley Park to share some Christmas cheer.
It has been a few years since it was held in the park, and feedback already received by the Lions Club indicated it was a successful night and locals would like it there again next year. The Buckley Park setting near the lake, under the old gum tree and near the playground and pavilion was a perfect place to enjoy the evergreen carols.
From 5pm Buckley Park was in full swing for the mini style Christmas Festival. The fire brigade crew cooked up a swag of sausages on the barbecue. Lions members sold drinks and Lions cakes, raffle tickets, glow sticks, carol programs and candles, and Strathbogie Shire had an information marquee there.
There was loads of fun for children who enjoyed themselves on the jumping castle, in the Sumo wrestler suits, getting their face painted by Jo Van Os, having their photo taken, creating bauble trinkets, and colouring in a Christmas competition.
Carols and Christmas songs were led by Tim and Cheryl-Ann O’Brien and Kevin Phelan. Then Nagambie Primary and St Joseph’s Primary school children sang Christmas songs with great enthusiasm and zest.
St Joseph’s choir was accompanied by junior musicians and they sang a couple of their songs in Indonesian and English.
To the amusement of the children Fr Gary Atherton from St John’s Anglican Church and his wife Karen, performed a Christmas puppet play with Toby the super guy.
Raffle prizes donated by local businesses were drawn and then along came the man in red on the Nagambie fire truck.
Santa’s appearance gave the children a thrill as he walked to the stage area to distribute his treats alongside his trusty helper ‘Stacey’ elf.
Nagambie Lions Club president Margaret Wilson thanked everyone for coming and supporting the Carols by Candlelight and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2018.
— Diane Grant