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All smiles . . . Friendship Waimate members (from left) Arthur Johnson, Alan Meyer, Jenny Darragh, Trevor Manhall, Audrey Aitken and Lyn Aitken enjoy afternoon tea at the combined South Canterbury Friendship club gathering on Friday. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMANAll smiles . . . Friendship Waimate members (from left) Arthur Johnson, Alan Meyer, Jenny Darragh, Trevor Manhall, Audrey Aitken and Lyn Aitken enjoy afternoon tea at the combined South Canterbury Friendship club gathering on Friday. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

More than 70 members of South Canterbury Friendship clubs gathered at the Timaru Indoor Bowling Club on recently.

Area representative Dick Dodds said the gathering, on November 17, was a chance for all the clubs to meet, as it was the first combined social event since the organisation, formerly under the Probus banner, had changed its name to Friendship more than a year ago.

The afternoon social gathering was also to honour the more than 40 members of the South Canterbury clubs aged 90 or over.

Mr Dodds and national Friendship president Graeme Pierson gave updates on the organisation.

There was also a chance for club members to ask questions and share ideas, after which there was a singalong.

Several Christmas carols, performed by a small band including Mr Dodds on violin, were sung before the members switched their attention to afternoon tea.

While several of the clubs were from Timaru, others travelled from Waimate, Temuka and surrounding towns for the afternoon’s activities.