EVERY Thursday morning Teralba Bowling Club is awash with blue shirts featuring a top-hat wearing, blase-looking grim reaper with one foot in the grave.
The tongue-in-cheek reference sums up the mood of Lake Macquarie Old Blokes club, a bunch of rowdy guys who are always up for a laugh.
Lake Macquarie Old Blokes has come a long way since it started in 2005.
It was launched when the local Uniting Church received a six-month government grant to start up a group for older men.
Club member Kevin Milles said it had evolved to meet the needs of its members over the years.
The club now has 32 members, who range in age from 58 to 86, from a cross-section of backgrounds and all over Lake Macquarie.
"We used to sit around and talk about our health problems, but those days are gone," he said. "It's more of an active, social group. We meet every Thursday and once a month we take a day trip out of town."
Nowadays the formalities of the meetings rarely last longer than 10 minutes, and the rest of the time is spent socialising, whether it be cooking up a storm over the barbecue or playing cards.
■ Lake Macquarie Old Blokes meet at Teralba Bowling Club every Thursday from 10am. All old blokes are welcome.