Talk it over with some scones, jam and cream
WHEN you listen to Scone Time organiser Martin Duncan describe his monthly get together, it's hard not to imagine a wonderful time for all who attend.
He talks about the good company, fresh scones, home-made and Rosella jams, smooth cream, white linen tablecloths, floral centrepieces and even Royal Albert crockery laid out each month at the Cooroy Memorial Hall while a pianist plays in the background.
"There's about 100 attend each time," Martin said.
"It reconnects people who are alone at home; it gives them something to look forward to."
Scone Time is held on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 10am.
Currently it's only been offered in Cooroy, but by late July Martin and his team of volunteers will be conducting the event at Montville on the last Monday of each month.
"I have business owners and people from the community with one on each table," Martin said.
"They introduce each person and start the flow of conversation, which gives a sense of community within the tow."
The cost is $8 for all the beautifully fresh scones, jam and cream you can eat with tea and Noosa Black coffee.
The Montville sessions will cost $10 per person and Montville Coffee have come onboard to help out each month.
For those seniors who don't drive, Martin said he has volunteers available to pick-up and drop back guests, plus some villages and aged care venues provide transport to the community hall.
"I'd like to see down the track that Scone Time gets taken up everywhere because it does such a great thing," Martin said.
"Loneliness is such a big thing in our society and it does such great things by reconnecting people.
"The stories are fabulous. These old halls; people went to dances, 21st birthdays, weddings and the like at these old halls.
"They have memories from those times.
"Often the teacups start a conversation as well because they got those for presents."
The next Cooroy Scone Time is on May 14.
For details on Cooroy and Montville, please phone Martin Duncan on 0473 902 261.