Mudgee's Red Hat Society chapter will meet on Wednesday at 11am

A MID-WESTERN CHAPTER: Pam Bellhouse, Dawn Miller, Pam Ridley, Rhonda Walters and Pamela Meredith met at Alby and Esthers for Mudgee's opening meeting. Photo: Jake Humphreys
A MID-WESTERN CHAPTER: Pam Bellhouse, Dawn Miller, Pam Ridley, Rhonda Walters and Pamela Meredith met at Alby and Esthers for Mudgee's opening meeting. Photo: Jake Humphreys

Age is just a number and the joys of being a woman should never end.

That’s the mindset that was put into The Red Hat Society on its founding date in 1998.

20 years onward, and the playgroup that initially caught fire in America is now worldwide and deeply entrenched in the central west.

The association it now has with Mid-Western region is largely attributable to Pam Bellhouse who’s taken on the role of The Queen of Mudgee.

“We want to have fun. We’re a fun-raiser and not a fundraiser,” Bellhouse told The Mudgee Guardian.

“A lot of the girls have dedicated time to volunteer work and charity, but this group is for us to enjoy ourselves.”

After spending many years in Queensland, Pam returned to the town where she grew up and thought she could make her presence felt by kick-starting a Red Hat chapter.

While the group isn’t large in numbers yet, Pam hopes to recruit ladies to it and thinks the magnitude of Dubbo’s chapter is a fair indication of the potential Mudgee’s has.

The girls are set to meet at Alby and Esthers on Wednesday at 11am and will get together at least once a week at a venue that is yet to be confirmed.

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