Sometimes in life you have two things that just go together – an example of that in Gunnedah is Pat Tobin and pottery.

Many people in Gunnedah and its surrounds immediately associate pottery with Pat who has provided almost 50 years of continuous service to Gunnedah Pottery Club.

So it was only fitting that at the club’s annual general meeting a proposal was made to name the club shed in Pat’s honour.

Unsurprisingly, the motion was passed unanimously.

Ex-Gunnedah signwriter and good friend of Pat, Mick Rowlands, undertook the challenge to make a suitable sign to reflect the contribution made by the club life member.

Club member Geoff Dawson said Pat, ever modest in her achievements, didn’t want a fuss and requested a low-key event.

“That is how Pat operates all the time,” Mr Dawson said.

“She has been, and is still, willing to provide assistance to new and existing members, just like she has been doing for the last 48-plus years.”

Pat joined the pottery club when it had been running for just nine months.

In 2025, the club will be celebrating its 50th birthday.

Pat was joined at the opening by fellow club life member Anne Pickett, and Annie Simson and Louise Baker who were awarded life membership earlier this year for service to the Gunnedah Pottery Club.

Members of the Gunnedah Pottery Club celebrating the naming of the shed and the unveiling of the new sign.

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