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Tess Swan­son joined the young dy­namic club 55 years ago. When she first drove to the club premises in Baulkham Hills there were a lot of pad­docks and very few build­ings on the way.

“I re­mem­ber ar­riv­ing once and there was a fair on the land op­po­site (where the shops are now) and there were ele­phants,” she said.

The 95-year-old was one of sev­eral long-time mem­bers who were spe­cial guests at the club’s 60th cel­e­bra­tions at its Jen­ner St premises on Tues­day.

Bad weather meant there was no bowl­ing but there was a great morn­ing tea fol­lowed by trivia and then a cel­e­bra­tion lunch at­tended by over 90 peo­ple.

Ca­role Elvin gave a de­tailed his­tory of the women’s bowl­ing club which started as a meet­ing of 18 women on the club­house veran­dah.

The club was af­fil­i­ated on May 1, 1959. By the time of its first AGM there were 50 mem­bers and in 1999, when it cel­e­brated its 40th an­niver­sary there were 166 mem­bers.

There are now 70 cur­rent mem­bers who gath­ered to cel­e­brate the mile­stone with for­mer mem­bers and other clubs.

The club has won 21 Pen­nant Flags since 1974/75. Present Club Pres­i­dent Pat Robin­son said she took up bowl­ing af­ter re­tire­ment and is now “hooked”.

“I am re­ally proud of be­ing pres­i­dent of this club. It’s an ex­cel­lent club. Bowl­ing is part of (the at­trac­tion) but it’s the ca­ma­raderie and the life­long friend­ships you make.”

She dis­missed any sug­ges­tion it was a sport for re­tirees though. “It’s not an age-re­lated sport, there are so many young peo­ple tak­ing it up now. There are a lot of State play­ers in their 20s or 30s. Give it a go.”

To find out your lo­cal club con­tact Women’s Bowls NSW. The Hills Women’s Club bowls on Tues­days at The Hills Club Jen­ner St, Baulkham Hills. For de­tails email womens bowls. the hills@ and call 9639 2733.

GOLDEN GIRLS: Club Pres­i­dent Pat Robin­son with (L-R) Pat Stott (1992), Mar­garet Walker (1999), Tess Swan­son (1964), Mary Quar­ter­man (1983), Val For­rest (1994), Grace Swift (1992) and Wendy By­ers (1990).

2019 EX­EC­U­TIVE The Hills Women’s Bowl­ing Club: Diane Cas­tles, Gail Hat, Bar­bara Bur­dack, Pat Robin­son, Marie Find­ley, Jan­ice Thomas, Jan Hawthorne and Ca­role Elvin.

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