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The Timaru Community Christmas Dinner is back on the calendar, due to popular demand.

The popular festive feast has been added to the calendar, once again, and main organiser Melissa Brennan is calling for volunteer support.

Ms Brennan has taken bookings for the event in previous years, a role she will continue this year, along with having the responsibility of main organiser.

Timaru’s Community Christmas Dinner will return to the Caroline Bay Hall at noon on Christmas Day.

“The hard work of Sharon Mackay, the rest of the committee and volunteers over the last three years will no doubt make it a bit easier this year than our first Christmas hosting the dinner in 2014, when it was new to us all,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to attending the dinner for the first time this year and seeing the hard work of all the volunteers come to fruition, as well as hopefully getting to meet some of our regulars.”

There is plenty to do before decorations are hung and tables set.

To get the ball rolling, Ms Brennan wants to hear from anyone willing to assist in the lead-up and on the day, including a cook, people who want to work doing front of house and a van driver to get people to and from the dinner.

The role of cook could be split between two people – someone to cook the meat the day prior and someone else to assist with cooking duties on the day.

“We need volunteers over all [aspects] – helping the day before, peeling potatoes and things like that, setting tables.”

Although Christmas Day was still about 10 weeks away, there was plenty to do before then to ensure the event was another great success.

“It’s good to get all this out there now so people can start thinking about it,” she said.

The dinner is limited to 250 people, so bookings are essential.

For more information contact Melissa on 0204- 07-3351 or (03) 684-4410, email timaru.ccd.bookings@gmail.com or visit the TimaruCommunitChristmasDinner Facebook page.