Come on down to the Shed

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ARMADALE Men’s Shed is set to open its doors to the pub­lic to share its projects, a tale or two and a spot of pool.

Mem­bers will be on hand for the Novem­ber open days to an­swer ques­tions about be­ing in­volved in a men’s shed and what kind of ben­e­fits they of­fer both mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity.

Gra­ham Samp­son was Armadale Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed Inc’s pre­vi­ous chair­man and has been in­volved with the group since 2008.

“I was the di­rec­tor at the Ro­tary Club and we found a lot of in­ter­est in start­ing a men’s shed,” Mr Samp­son said.

“Men have a lot to of­fer in re­tire­ment; all the skills they’ve built up over time, they can of­fer to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Samp­son said there were about 23 men on the books at the Men’s Shed, with any­where up to 80 peo­ple com­ing through.

From wood­work­ing to me­tal pot­ting ta­bles, and mem­bers tak­ing on ra­dio broad­cast­ing and more, the men are con­stantly work­ing on some­thing new.

“It’s not only ben­e­fi­cial to them­selves but also the other guys at the shed,” Mr Samp­son said.

“Some­times guys get in­volved in a pro­ject that’s a lit­tle bit too big for them, so it’s help­ful to get other peo­ple on­side for that cross-fer­til­i­sa­tion of ideas and shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and skills.”

The open days are part of the City of Armadale’s Pos­i­tive Age­ing Se­niors Fes­ti­val, with the pub­lic in­vited to visit the shed at 2 Tu­dor Road.

“We’ll be strip­ping down old ma­chin­ery and things like tha, and there’s any num­ber of craft ideas,” Mr Samp­son said.

“We’ll also have pool shed cham­pi­onships for a cou­ple of dol­lars to find out who’s the pool shark of Armadale.

“Ev­ery­one who comes down, we’ll find them some­thing to do.”

The open days will be held on Novem­ber 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 9am to noon.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 0424 776 348.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Gra­ham Samp­son (cen­tre) with (from left) Bar­rie Spencer, Peter Davies and Tom White at the Armadale Com­mu­nity Mens Shed. d475455

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