Parish opens for preschooler morning tea

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Hinds stalwart Rosa Bennett (right) gets into the festive spirit with preschoolers (from left) Amrose Kaur, 18 months, Milly Fowler, 4, Jasmyrah Kaur, 3, Travis Thomas, 3, Evie McIlwaine, 4 and Freya McIlwaine, 2.

Members of the co-operating parish at St Lukes Church in Hinds opened the church grounds to scores of preschoolers last week for their annual Christmas morning tea.

The morning tea, with around 50 children, some parents, caregivers, play centre and preschool teachers, was led by Hinds stalwart Rosa Bennett.

It was initially started by the late Noeline Clarke many years ago with the help of Mrs Bennett.

The children enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle, were visited by Father Christmas who gave each of them a book, and then had a delicious morning tea prepared by parish members.

Strawberries and cream, fruit, cinnamon oysters, cheese and crackers, chocolate hazelnut wafer sticks, cheesecake, meringues and fairy bread were among the festive offerings.

Many of the children present are recipients of annual birthday cards from Mrs Bennett, who for as long as anyone can remember, has been sending, by post, birthday cards to preschoolers in the Hinds district.

They get them until they are five. One parish lady said her children received the annual card when they were younger and they were nearing 50 years old now.