Mayor encourages residents to celebrate at a free community Christmas meal event

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo has provided grants to support local groups to hold free community Christmas meal events in December. The events are aimed at supporting local community connections and inclusion during the festive season.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the City has provided grants of up to $1,000 to 10 local groups to hold the events in the lead up to Christmas through its Community Grants Program. 

“The grants have made it possible for a range of small, local events to be held across Greater Bendigo rather than one large event taking place in central Bendigo,” Cr Metcalf said.

“The events are always well attended and are aimed at helping people meet others in their community and learn more about the work of local groups.

“We are really pleased so many local groups are again hosting events this year as we know that having opportunities to connect with others is really important for community wellbeing.
“The events give local groups a chance to showcase their great work and how others can get involved and they also provide opportunities for residents to connect at this special time of the year. 

“Events like these would not be possible without the support of volunteers. Many of these events are also being supported by the generosity of local businesses, reminding us that it’s important to buy local and support small business whenever we can.

“Anyone can attend these free events taking place in December and I hope lots of people will take up the chance to join in.”

The following organisations are hosting events in December and interested people should contact the event organiser if they would like to attend for catering purposes:

Thursday December 7
5pm - 10pm
Hispanos Unidos de Victoria Inc, 
Rotunda, Rosiland Park, Pall Mall, Bendigo

RSVP by Friday December 1, to email: 

[email protected]

Walk-ins welcome!

Saturday December 9
11am - 2pm
Eaglehawk Community House, 19 Bright Street, Eaglehawk
RSVP by Wednesday November 29, by phone 5446 8322 or email: 

[email protected]

Walk-ins welcome!

Saturday December 16
11am - 2pm
Kangaroo Flat Community House, 
21 Woolcock Avenue, Kangaroo Flat 
RSVP by Wednesday December 6, by phone to 5447 9687 or email: 

[email protected]

If children are attending, please RSVP. Walk-ins welcome!

Sunday December 17
10am - 1pm
Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria, 
Old Church on the Hill, 36 Russell Street, Quarry Hill 
RSVP by Tuesday December 5 by phone to 0420 757 680

Tuesday December 19
11am - 1.30pm
Eaglehawk Uniting Church Food & Care, 
Eaglehawk Uniting Church, Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk 
RSVP by Tuesday December 5 by phone to 0434 769 862
Walk-ins welcome! 

Tuesday December 19
5.30pm - 8pm
Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat, 
Gateway Park, High Street, Kangaroo Flat (opposite APCO)
For more information phone 0400 653 515
Limited walk-ins welcome!

Wednesday December 20
11.30 - 2.30pm
Anglican Parish of Eaglehawk, 
St Peters Church Hall, 63 High Street, Eaglehawk
RSVP by Wednesday December 13 by email to:

[email protected] or to 5446 8251

Wednesday December 20
12.30 - 2pm
Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre, 52-54 Derwent Drive Long Gully
RSVP by Thursday December 14 to 5442 1165 or email:

[email protected]

Walk-ins welcome!

Thursday December 21
5.30pm - 9.30pm
A Reasonable Christianity, 2/109 Breen Street, Golden Square
RSVP by Thursday December 14 by text message with name and number of people attending to 0478 492 016

Monday December 25
11am - 1.30pm
The Salvation Army Bendigo, 
65-71 Mundy St, Bendigo (Enter Gate 1)
RSVP to 5440 8436 or visit:

Walk-ins welcome!

Greater Bendigo