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    2019 - 08.16

    High times: Some of the organisers of the 25th anniversary high tea, club president Clive Jackson, second from left, Beth Gabriel, second from right, and Dorothy and Stan Galbraith. Support: Invited guests at the high tea, from left, Jutta Hall, Marian Longobardi and Dot Bransdon.
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    Invited: Long-standing mixed bowls suporters Hazel and Harry Lavender.

    Gratitude: Guests invited to the high tea, from left, Margaret and Allan Goodwin and Margaret and Harry McKay.

    Celebration: Invited to share in the mixed bowls 25th anniversary high tea are Fae Smurthwaite, left, and Cathy Clark.

    Foundation: Invited guests, from left, George Smurthwaite, Barbara Morton and Jim Galbraith.

    Activity: Among the guests of honour at the high tea were Lester Thurgate and Sue Gates.

    Spread: Mixed bowling club members baked some of the cakes for the spectacular high tea.

    Main event: The celebratory mixed bowlers high tea gets under way.

    WHEN Wauchope Mixed Bowling Club celebrated its 25th anniversary this week its president Clive Jackson pointed out it wasn’t one of the oldest in Australia, it was in fact the only one in Australia – as far as anyone can tell.

    The club has made inquiries through the state organising body, the Royal NSW Bowling Association, and advertised asking for information about any other mixed bowling groups and drawn a blank – aside from return inquiries from prospective members.

    Other clubs obviously play mixed bowls too, but as part of a men’s or women’s club, not separately.

    So the group’s anniversary really was something to celebrate – a unique and long-lasting group of organised social mixed bowlers.

    The club invited along some of the founders and long-standing members of the club to join the celebration, and in his short address at the start of the celebratory high tea Clive pointed them out as “the invited guests without whom the club wouldn’t exist” and who had supported it and put a lot of work into keeping it going.

    He also asked members to help put together a history of the club by “jotting down their memories” of past events and practices.

    Asked how the club had come into being as the one-of-a-kind group that it is, he said he thought that it was there because 25 years ago a group had got together and decided to do it.

    The club currently has about 60 members and usually has a roll-up of about 40 players on a typical Monday afternoon, he said.

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