Men’s shed opens in prac­ti­cal style

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart @wrcn.co.nz

The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed was of­fi­cially opened on Thurs­day by newly- elected Barnes.

It’s a project that Mrs Barnes started work­ing on more than a year ago with re­tired chip­pie Buck Buchanan.

‘‘It’s some­thing that I

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Jan have al­ways wanted to do,’’ said Mr Buchanan.

‘‘I felt the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem wasn’t get­ting through to a lot of young fel­las and I wanted to pass on my knowl­edge of build­ing, how I learned – with a saw and a chisel.’’

Chair­man Jim Gibbs said they were sim­ply lay­ing the foun­da­tions for the ‘‘ young ones com­ing through’’.

Mr Gibbs pre­sented Mr Buchanan with a plaque nam­ing one of the benches ‘‘ Buck’s Bench’’ in ac­knowl­edge­ment of his hard work es­tab­lish­ing the shed.

Close to 100 in­ter­ested peo­ple came along to check the shed out and to help cel­e­brate the open­ing.

The shed is a place for lo­cal men over 60 to work on projects, share skills, make new friends and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity.

The com­mit­tee is still seek­ing do­na­tions of tools and ma­te­ri­als to help keep the shed run­ning.

The com­mu­nity is also wel­come to throw work the way of the mem­bers.

You can con­tact Mr Gibbs on 888 9911.

Of­fi­cially open: Mayor Jan Barnes cuts the rib­bon at the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Men’s

Pho­tos: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Well de­served: Chair­man Jim Gibbs presents found­ing mem­ber Buck Buchanan with a copy of his ‘‘Buck’s Bench’’ ded­i­ca­tion plaque.

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