Men’s shed to open doors
Talking and tinkering – that’s the general idea.
It’s a concept that has swept the country and now Matamata is on the cusp of having it’s very own men’s shed.
A team of retired tradesmen, determined locals, and even a mayoral candidate, has come together to get the Matamata Community Men’s Shed off the ground.
It all started when former chippy Buck Buchanan mentioned to Jan Barnes he was interested in passing on his experience.
‘‘He came to me and said, ‘I want to share my skills,’ so I said, ‘Buck, you need a men’s shed.’’’
The pair decided to follow through with the idea and had soon recruited a set-up committee of 14 people.
Retired horse trainer Jim Gibbs was nominated as president and was happy to help out with the project.
‘‘The idea of the men’s shed is to meet new people and develop comradeship,’’ he said.
‘‘I have already made a few new friends – I think it will be good for the community.’’
Mr Gibbs is a self-taught carpenter and has two sheds of his own to potter around in, both full to the brim with handcrafted furniture.
He has donated a collection of tools to the project and helped to prepare the shed, which the committee has rented off Comag.
‘‘We are very keen to hear from anyone who is interested to join our shed development team, or who has items they wish to donate, such as tools, equipment or timber,’’ he said.
Retired builders, cabinetmakers, engineers and graphic designers have already signed up but Mr Gibbs said it wasn’t necessary to have any qualifications.
Anyone is welcome to join the set up committee, while only men over 60 can become members of the men’s shed for an annual fee.
The shed will officially open within the next month and at this stage it is thought it will open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am till 4pm.
Members will work on small jobs and projects and Mr Gibbs said they already had their first request building toys and children’s furniture for a local daycare centre.
Members of the community will be welcome to throw jobs the way of the men’s shed and will be asked to make a recommended donation in return. These jobs will help the men to keep busy and to pay for rent, materials and power.
The committee would like to thank Keith Cooke of Metso Minerals, Bruce Magan and Kevin Deane of Comag, Rod Condor, and many others for their support.
Interested in becoming a member or can help in some way? Contact Mr Gibbs on 027 230 0936, Noel Hill on 888 8594 or Harlan Dazeley on 027 499 7466.
For the boys: Matamata Community Men’s Shed set up committee members, from left, back: John Barnett, Paul Donderwinkel, Noel Hill, Buck Buchanan, Jim Gibbs, Graham Jefferson, Harlan Dazeley and, front, Jan Barnes, Peter Thissen and Pam Dazeley. Absent: Geoff McMillan, Sue Whiting, Rod Brookes and Rod Condor.