Dalyellup decks its hall with boughs of holly

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Nicolette BarbasBunbury Herald
Event organisers and Dalyellup residents Simon and Lisa O’Neill hosted their first Christmas in July fundraiser.
Camera IconEvent organisers and Dalyellup residents Simon and Lisa O’Neill hosted their first Christmas in July fundraiser. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Dalyellup Community Hall was covered in all things Christmas on Saturday night for the first Christmas in July ball.

The newly formed Dalyellup Collective group invited residents and businesses of the South West to get their festive gear out and spend the night celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Red, green and a tonne of tinsel was seen sported on guests while they mingled and danced along to Michael Buble’s serenading soundtrack of Christmas tunes.

Dalyellup Community Christmas Festival event coordinator Lisa O’Neill said the night was a huge success.

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“We have been working with the shire of Capel to try and activate more things for the community to do in winter as well as summer,” Ms O’Neill said.

“Following the success of the Christmas carols we held last year and the fact that in Australia we never really get to have a hot meal over Christmas, we thought we would keep that theme and hold a Christmas in July event.”

“It’s a great way to get people out of their homes and have some fun whilst also bringing the community together.”

All proceeds raised from the night will be going towards the 2019 Dalyellup Community Christmas Festival at the end of the year.

The evening, which included a sit-down meal, raffles, silent auctions and games was all thanks to the volunteers and community input.

“We had a lot of local businesses sponsor us by giving us prizes of up to $800, so we have been quite fortunate.”

A 6m LED tree stood tall outside the community hall as guests entered the venue.

“We were lucky enough to get a sponsorship grant from Bendigo Bank last year to build the Christmas tree that is sitting out the front.”

“However, unfortunately with the severe wind conditions we had last year were unable to put it up, so this is it’s first debut.”

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