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(L)Those were the days . . .Gore Women's Club treasurer Julie Tattershaw looks through the organisation's first minute book.PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS (R)Pioneers . . .Original members of the Gore Women's Club captured on film 90 years ago.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Gore Women’s Club was formed 90 years ago and it is still in good heart.

The club is gearing up for its birthday party.

Treasurer Julie Tattershaw said the celebration would be held on November 6, starting at 6pm at the clubrooms.

“We’re going to celebrate it by having a birthday party,” she said.

Past, present and life members, along with representatives from sister clubs, will attend.

The club has 145 members.

“It’s huge for a town this size,” she said.

Entertainment for the celebration will include singing group Synergy and singer David McMeeking, of Invercargill.

Dinner will also be served.

There were several meetings held before the club was formed, Mrs Tattershaw said.

The first was held on November 6, 1928 in the Gore Borough Council chambers. Forty women attended that first meeting.

“And that’s when it all started.”

The club met in an upstairs venue in Main St for many years before building its own rooms in Lyne St in 1970.

to provide fellowship for women and a forum to meet people, she said.

“You can imagine it would be very important for women in those days.”

The club offers several “interest circles” women can choose from.

The circles are art and garden, bridge and games, evening, music, play reading, summer, travel and discussion.

Other events brought all members together during the year, such as the mother-daughter night, she said.

The club still provided a focus point for women to meet.

“There are a lot of women out there on their own.

“It provides them with company and a place to go.”