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All welcome .. Lumsden/Balfour/Kingston Presbyterian Church pastor Mike Kirkby-Sing and his daughter Adele (9) stand in front of the Lumsden Memorial Hall, where a free midwinter meal will be held this weekend. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Lumsden/Balfour/Kingston Presbyterian Church is hosting a free midwinter community meal to chase away the winter blues.

The meal would be three courses and entertainment would also be on the menu, church pastor Mike Kirkby-Sing said.

It was a success last year, attended by about 120 people, he said.

The meal had the potential to become an annual event.

“There’s a team organising the event and they wanted to do it again.”

The food would be provided by church and community members who volunteered to bring something for one of the three courses.

“People volunteer to bring something to share.”

Mr Kirkby-Sing said everyone was welcome and the meal would be a friendly affair.

“Everyone’s welcome to come along and get to know people in the community, especially if they’re new to the community – it’s good to meet others.”

Entertainment last year included skits, songs, poems and readings.

“People from the church will bring a story or song and it’s meant to be a fun night and it’s good for people to get to know each other.

“It lets the church share who we are and connect with the community.”

Mr Kirkby-Sing said there would also be entertainment for children.

If people wanted to help with food they could contact Brigid on 27372-752, or otherwise they could just come and enjoy the occasion, Mr Kirkby-Sing said.

Numbers were required for catering purposes. Those wanting to attend could email lbksec@xtra.co.nz or contact Jonny on 027275-6815 or Brigid at the number above, Mr Kirkby-Sing said.

The midwinter meal will be held this Sunday, July 29, from 5.30pm, at the Lumsden Memorial Hall.