Kingsley Locke and Ken Pinington at yesterday’s Italian luncheon at Oak Tree Retirement Village.
Kingsley Locke and Ken Pinington at yesterday’s Italian luncheon at Oak Tree Retirement Village. Kerri Burns-Taylor

New tastes for seniors

WARWICK seniors filled their bellies with mouth-watering Italian cuisine yesterday, as the hugely celebrated Seniors’ Week draws to a close today.

The resounding feedback from the guests was their lunch was “delicious” and empty plates were scattered across tables as the guests enjoyed every last morsel of their tasty lunch.

Oak Tree Retirement Village hosted around 165 hungry seniors from across the district yesterday and fed them on authentic Italian Bolognese.

Several local bands took the main stage to entertain the guests while they enjoyed their meal.

Following lunch the guests were treated to a tour of Warwick’s newest retirement village, before indulging in a cup of tea or coffee among friends.

Company director Mark Bindon said the event was a great way for the staff of the village to engage with local seniors.

“We hosted the event as a way to try and get closer to the community and get to know people,” Mr Bindon said.

Oak Tree staff spent many hours preparing the delicious meals, with a few extra hands needed on deck to get through the afternoon.

“We have brought eight staff up from Brisbane to help out for today,” Mr Bindon said.

Oak Tree’s first resident Daph Cross was one of the diners to bring along a couple of friends to the event.

Mrs Cross moved into Oak Tree on Christmas Eve last year and yesterday said she loves her new home and was pleased to be able to host her friends at the luncheon.

Yesterday’s event was the latest in a long list of events in the jam-packed Seniors’ Week calendar of events.

It topped off a successful week of concerts, friendship and great food enjoyed by the seniors across the region.

Today brings the final event in the Seniors’ Week events with a bus trip to the Queensland State Archives.

There are still places on the bus and anybody interested can call Karen McKechnie on 4666 303.

Tickets are $30 and the bus will depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 7.30am.



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