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Lenten Soup Night always a popular event

Lenten Soup Night
Anglican Men’s Society, Bundaberg branch, retired president Fr Norman Wagstaff enjoys his time at a previous Lenten Soup Night.

For a quarter of a century Lenten Soup Night hosted by Anglican Men’s Society has been part of the Bundaberg community.

Usually, the men roll up their sleeves and set about in the kitchen making simple, yet delicious, soups with some guidance from their female counterpart, for the annual event.

Anglican Men’s Society president Dr Mike Cox said traditionally, members made the soups as a simple meal to be enjoyed during Lent, and Lenten Soup Night was always held on the Friday evening before Palm Sunday.

This year's Lenten Soup Night will be held in the Parish Hall of Christ Church, on the corner of Woongarra and Maryborough Streets, on Friday 26 March at 6 pm.

He said it was quite an achievement to host Lenten Soup Night for 25 years in the Bundaberg community, and it was always a popular event on the Anglican Men’s Society calendar.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year, as we raise money for other groups,” Mike said.

Lenten Soup Night
For a quarter of a century Lenten Soup Night hosted by Anglican Men’s Society has been part of the Bundaberg community. Pictured: Dr Mike Cox

“Men try to do all the cooking, with their wives beside them for guidance.

“We keep the meals simple, and the soups include pumpkin, zucchini and blue cheese, and even lamb shank.

“They are always well received by fellow members”

Mike said they were fortunate to have the Archbishop of Southern Queensland, The Most Rev’d Dr Phillip Aspinall, who would attend as guest speaker.

“We have asked His Grace to talk on the topic of church unity,” he said.

“Last year we had to cancel our Lenten Soup Night because of COVID-19, and so we are all really looking forward to the opportunity again this year.”

This year Mike said Lenten Soup Night would run a little differently because of COVID-19 safety regulations, but it was sure to be an enjoyable evening.

“Other years we have had members bring in their soups, but this year because of COVID-19 it will be different,” Mike said.

“The soups will be made in the commercial kitchen, under the safe preparation of food guidelines. And we will also use soups supplied by Meals on Wheels to fill the quantity needed.”

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