Martin Duncan wants to enjoy the country  halls.
Martin Duncan wants to enjoy the country halls.

Cooroy Country hall and scones

Who can resist a fluffy scone topped with lashings of jam and whipped cream?

It's a tradition at high tea and local foodie, Martin Duncan, wants to combine the scone with another tradition. The country hall.

He has come up with the idea of monthly morning teas for older folk called Scone Time, and for the inaugural event, he's chosen to hold it in the recently refurbished Cooroy Memorial Hall.

"I love the old halls on the Sunshine Coast," he said. "The idea to use the halls for afternoon teas came from small video I saw on Facebook. A 96-year-old UK resident, Georgina, who, with no family remaining, decided to involve herself with a local charity that hosted tea parties for people over the age of 75.

"I saw it has an opportunity to not only connect with older people, but also utilize the beautiful old venues around the Sunshine Coast."

Martin, who is President of Country Noosa says he dragged the CWA ladies to judge a scone-off where he matched his favourite and much-loved scone recipe to a friend's pumpkin scones.

"A scone is something everyone can relate to," he said. "Everyone can remember their Nanna or their Mother making scones. I make mine quite moist using lots of butter. Then the jam and cream. There are some amazing jams (produced) in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

"When I saw the interview with 96-year-old Georgina I thought that surely the isolation older people feel is a worldwide issue. Our beautiful region has so many community halls that, back in the day, would have come to life on Saturday nights for dances, special events and weddings. How exciting it will be to create social experiences for our senior folk in these unique special buildings."

Local businesses are invited to sponsor a monthly gathering, donate their time or simply pay it forward for a guest (and carer) to attend Scone Time as a one-off attendance or more. By involving local businesses, it is hoped the event will generate a positive social outcome in the community and enough income to cover its running costs to ensure its ongoing success.

"We all crave experiences," Martin said. "Money and materials are not important as being part of a community. The most important thing is people."

FACT BOX

The inaugural Scone Time event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 in the recently refurbished Cooroy Memorial Hall and then roll out into other halls across the Sunshine Coast. Working with CWA ladies and local businesses, the event is set to not only reignite life into these wonderful old halls but also help older people feel connected to their community.

The Cooroy Scone Time will commence at 10am on the second Tuesday of every month at a nominal charge.

For bookings, or more information on becoming involved please phone 0473 902 261. Regular Scone Times in other halls yet to be confirmed.


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