Joy Davies has been thanked for a phenomenal 45 years of serving Meals on Wheels in the local area.
She was honoured with a gift presentation, where she reflected on her nearly five decades of service and recalled things were quite different when she started out.
"I started delivering meals in 1974 with Thelma Haynes and Shirley Williams when the Red Cross was organising meals and the hospital was doing the cooking.
"We had to dish out the meals hoping we would not run out. Halfway around, a Mrs Derrick would wash our utensils and we would go off again, still hoping we would have enough food left for the last person.
"Plastic dishes with each person's meal dished up was a much better idea, although some clients did not realise the plastic could not be put in the oven. So they then brought in the foil plates."
After Mrs Haynes and Mrs Williams retired, Joy Wicks took their place alongside Mrs Davies. Then when Mrs Wicks moved away, Mrs Davies was joined by her husband Alan, until they both retired in November last year.
Mrs Davies observed: "We have enjoyed our time delivering meals, meeting people we would never have met otherwise."
Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Lorraine Kilgour on 0414 438 472.