Shed’s float to be showcased in parade
Hundreds of hours work goes into helping groups take part in festival
Alexandra Men’s Shed member Fosyl Colyer says ‘‘once you retire, you get roped into everything’’. And for the past several weeks, six of the shed members have been putting in hundreds of hours to help groups build floats for the Alexandra Blossom Festival Grand Parade on Saturday. Shed member Neil McArthur said it was the third year the group had helped people with their floats but it was the first year they were doing it as part of the shed. The shed, based in Molyneux Park, opened in March. Mr McArthur said the group had been helping with six floats and would be entering its own float. Part of the float is a children’s playhouse, which will be raffled during the festival’s Saturday in the Park after the parade. Funds raised from the raffle will go towards the group. Mr Colyer said the group was enjoying helping the community. His favourite part about working on the floats was ‘‘getting to the end of the parade and watching what you have accomplished’’, he said. He joined the group after moving from Southland to Alexandra. ‘‘I went and had a wee nosy [at the shed] and have been a member ever since,’’ he said.
Handy helpers: Alexandra Men’s Shed members Brian Phillips, Fosyl Colyer, Sam Smiler and shed mascot Nelly with the children’s playhouse which will be part of the group’s float and then raffled to raise funds for the group.