Tip your hat to new friends

IF you are single and sassy, the Coolangatta Red Hat Society wants you.

The social club is looking for flamboyant ladies over 50 who want to have a good time, founder Glory Tame said.

“We meet at different venues in the area on Sundays for lunch and to just enjoy ourselves,” she said.

“Our only rule is we wear a purple outfit with red hat.”

Ms Tame, of Coolangatta, moved to the area about six weeks ago and decided to start a local chapter of the international club to make friends.

“I had been in the Red Hat Society in Brisbane and met a lot of lovely ladies,” she said.

“It is a great way to get to know people.”

Ms Tame decided to make the Coolangatta club for single ladies only, being single herself, but most branches are open to married women also.

“I just thought we would all band together better,” she said.

“And it has been really good; we have all got something in common.”

The society has chapters in every state and over 30 countries, with thousands of women who dress up in purple and red, get together and have fun.

“The Red Hat Society originally began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humour and élan,” Ms Tame said.

“We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join hands and go for the gusto together.

“Underneath the frivolity we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.”

Ms Tame said they are part of the biggest women's playgroup in the world.

“Our philosophy is that life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, with a piece of chocolate in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, thoroughly used up, totally worn-out, proclaiming 'Wow what a ride'.”

Ms Tame is hoping to get about 15 members to ensure there are 10 at each gathering.

“If you would like to meet like-minded women for fun and friendship and like the idea of dressing up, we would love you to join us.”

Contact Ms Tame on 0408 157049 or email groovy.granny01@hotmail.com.

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