Spreading Christmas cheer

Last updated 05:05 12/12/2013
Bill Campbell

Oreti Sands Golf Club member Helen Chesterfields shares a moment with Christmas Party patron Bill Campbell.

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Bill Campbell is what you might call a good bloke - at least the folks who belong to the Oreti Sands Golf Club think so.

For the past 15 years, Mr Campbell has organised an annual family Christmas party at the clubrooms, known as ''Bill's Bash.''

He has decorated the place so it looks like Santa's castle, he's arranged games and music to entertain young and old and he's even provided prizes for those competing in the Christmas golf tournament and treats for afterwards - and all of this out of his own pocket.

He says he just enjoys the giving, the smiles that it brings to people's faces and the fact that he reckons this is what the festive season is all about.

''Christmas is a time of year for friends and family - everyone should be a part of it. It's what it's all about really.''

Club members enjoyed their Christmas party last week and keen golfer Helen Chesterfield said it was a wonderful event.

''This is really Bill's gift to the club. It's just so lovely.''

Mr Campbell said the club was reasonably small and members got along well.

''It's just one big family.''

The festive decorations would remain in place at Oreti Sands until early January and anyone who wanted to see them was welcome, he said

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- The Southland Times


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