Above: At the Narrabri Meals on Wheels 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday – back, Pat Baker, Patricia Mackereth, Judy Simmonds, Donna MacMillan, Barbara Huggett, Lerina (Pixie) Aldridge, Margaret Smith, Lyn Graham, front, Karen Smith, Heather Gleeson and Elaine Jones.


Narrabri Meals on Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, May 18, with a dinner held at the Narrabri Bowling Club.

Clients and dedicated volunteers attended the dinner, which also featured a wonderful display of press clippings and photos, bringing back many fond memories.

The display was compiled by committee members Pat Baker and Karen Smith, with the support of the Meals on Wheels committee, and the wooden frame for the display was built by Mrs Smith’s husband, Larry.

The celebration was opened by Meals on Wheels manager, Donna MacMillan and president, Lerina (Pixie) Aldridge.

Local historian Richard Barry, who had researched the organisation, also gave a speech.

Mr Barry traced the development of Meals on Wheels from Britain, where it started during the Blitz, to South Australia, where the first Meals on Wheels service was founded in 1953.

By the 1960s, the idea had caught on in Australia, and Narrabri formed a Meals on Meals committee in 1968, and began delivering meals in 1969, at a cost of 30 cents per three course meal.