Harry Huggard and his wife Shirley after he was awarded Life Membership of the VRI Bowling Club 09/03/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy

The Victorian Railways Institute recognised Bendigo VRI Bowling Club member Harry Huggard on Tuesday by awarding him life membership.

Mr Huggard has been a member of the Bendigo club since 1991, with mateship and a sense of community keeping him engaged with the club for so long.

Many hours of dedication to the club including maintenance works and renovations had Mr Huggard jesting that he “didn’t know where I found time to go to work with all the time I’ve spent at the bowling club.”

He was awarded life membership at the Bendigo VRI five years ago, but the VRI at large has now also recognised his service and loyalty to the club both on and off the green.

Mr Huggard was surprised to receive the recognition saying, “I was really surprised and greatly appreciate it.”

The Bendigo VRI Bowling Club has more than 50 members and Mr Huggard thanked his wife Shirley for her ongoing support and the clubs’ small, but loyal members, describing them as a family.