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Lenten Soup Night shared for 27 years

Lenten Soup Night
Lenten Soup Night consists of a simple soup meal and it has been held in the Bundaberg Region for almost three decades after Tony Osborn started it 1996. Photo: File

In the lead up to Easter each year a group of local men cook a basic meal of soup to recognise the season of Lent and the community is invited to join in.

Anglican Men's Society, part of the Anglican Parish of Bundaberg, will host the annual Lenten Soup Night on Friday 31 March in the Supper Room adjacent to the church.

Chairman Howard Kingston said the annual Lenten Soup Night consisted of a simple meal and it had been held in the Bundaberg Region for almost three decades.

“This is a spartan meal in the spirit of Lent, which is a season of fasting for Christians,” Howard said.

“As such we serve only soups, mostly made by members of the society, together with bread rolls.

“Despite this there is no excuse for patrons to go home hungry.

“After the meal we will have an address by Bishop Jeremy Greaves who is regional bishop for our area.

“We conclude with a simple Christian service of Compline led by our locum rector, Rev Kate Ross.”

Lent is the season of fasting for Christians for 40 days prior to Easter to commemorate Jesus' resurrection.

Howard said this year St Luke's Anglican School students would help provide hospitality and volunteer in the kitchen as well as serve the soups during the popular event.

He said it was 27 years ago when parishioner Tony Osborn came up with the idea of the annual soup evening and each year more community members were inspired to become involved.

Last year, Tony Osborn shared information about his famous soup for Lent with the community.

“The original inspiration for our event was Mr Tony Osborn who will have his 100th birthday in September,” Howard said.

“He expects to be making his usual Mulligatawny soup prior to attending Soup Night this year.”

Community members can purchase tickets for $15 each at the parish office, adjacent to Buss Park. There are only 60 tickets available and purchases are to be made by Tuesday 28 March.

Lenten Soup Night details
When: 31 March
Where: Supper Room at the Anglican Parish of Bundaberg
Tickets: $15

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