Mansfield Men’s Shed remembers its founder
IN 2000, Don Hodge met with the Mansfield Shire Council to discuss starting a men’s shed.
Don envisioned a place where locals would come together – a backyard atmosphere that would foster a sense of companionship for those who might otherwise feel isolated.
Some 17 years later, the Mansfield Men’s Shed was officially recognised as the Don Hodges Memorial building - with a special sign recognising the shed as such.
“I unfortunately never got to meet Don,” Mansfield Men’s Shed vice president Bill Copley said.
“His name is legendary here – he is part of shed folklore.”
Don passed away in 2016 - but his memory was honoured on the day by his wife Barbara, and daughters Lisa O’Dwyer and Tracey Shipley.
“My dad always said, if you want something, you go out and achieve it, and you don’t give up until you get a result,” Lisa recalled.
“The Mansfield Men’s Shed is a perfect example of that.”
Mansfield Shire councillor Paul Sladdin remembered the time he was first approached by Don.
“I can still remember that day, almost 20 years ago,” Paul said during the unveiling.
“There is no doubt - this shed would not be here today without the influence of Don.”
REMEMBERING DON: The Mansfield Men’s Shed was officially unveiled as the Don Hodges Memorial building at a special ceremony earlier this month. Pictured (from left) are MSC councillor Paul Sladdin, Lisa O’Dwyer, Tracey Shipley, Barbara Hodge, Mathew O’Dwyer and Mansfield Men’s Shed vice president Bill Copley.