Bingo returns to Windsor RSL, Richmond Club and North Richmond Panthers

Hawkesbury bingo enthusiasts are heading back to their local clubs to play the game this month, as regulations ease for indoor gatherings.

Bingo at Windsor RSL and North Richmond Panthers has returned on a weekly basis, while Richmond Club is back to offering games on various days of the week.

Dabbing her way to happiness: Hobartvilles Cindy OLoughlin says the best hing about playing bingo is the people you meet. Picture: Geoff Jones

Dabbing her way to happiness: Hobartvilles Cindy OLoughlin says the best hing about playing bingo is the people you meet. Picture: Geoff Jones

Kevin Wilson, 81, from South Windsor, will be glad to get back to both clubs for a dab this week, having missed the social aspect of bingo during COVID-19.

"I've been bored stiff here," he said on Wednesday morning, adding that he planned to visit Richmond Club for a dab later that day.

He said before the lockdown, for the past two years, he would play bingo four days a week at Richmond and once a week at Windsor.

"I know a few of the people who play, so I'm keen to get back as soon as I can," he said. "Socially it's quite good."

While the two local clubs were closed, Mr Wilson filled his days with exercise, reading novels, and getting out in the fresh air as much as possible.

"I do my four-kilometre walk in the mornings, then I sit out in the sun," he said. "But basically I've been doing nothing."

Both clubs are adhering to government regulations for social distancing within their facilities.

Mr Wilson said while he was looking forward to getting back to the game of bingo and seeing his friends, he was still "nervous about the virus".

"As long as everyone keeps 1.5 metres away then I will be happy to go in and start bingo again," he said.

Back to bingo: Kevin, pictured at his South Windsor home, is looking forward to getting back to normality, and playing bingo at his local clubs is a big part of that. Picture: Sarah Falson

Back to bingo: Kevin, pictured at his South Windsor home, is looking forward to getting back to normality, and playing bingo at his local clubs is a big part of that. Picture: Sarah Falson

Hobartville's Cindy O'Loughlin, who usually plays bingo four days a week at three different clubs, said she was "at a loose end" during the lockdown.

She was at Richmond Club for its first bingo game after the closure. "I was there and I won!" she said.

"It's a big relief to know that things are slowly getting back to normal," Ms O'Loughlin said.

During the closures, Ms O'Loughlin and her bingo pals kept an eye on each other.

"We kept calling each other to see how we were coping," she said.

"There was also online bingo, of course!"

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