Men’s shed opens in practical style
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
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
Well deserved: Chairman Jim Gibbs presents founding member Buck Buchanan with a copy of his ‘‘Buck’s Bench’’ dedication plaque.