Open day to lure more retired men into shed
If you have any projects in mind, pop along and have a chat with us.
Matamata’s Community Men’s Shed will hold its first open day in its new premises on April 18.
The not- for- profit group provides an outlet for retired men to use their life’s skills in the area of woodwork and metalwork.
The Men’s Shed also provides a vital link between retired men and others from the area who have similar interests.
This often led to friendship and camaraderie, Men’s Shed chairman Bill Hughes said.
The open day would hopefully provide the group the opportunity to get more members, especially men, he said.
‘‘If all blokes do is turn up for a cup of tea then that’s great, at least they’re getting out of the house.’’
The Men’s Shed is also looking for odd jobs to help keep the group afloat.
‘‘We have fairly high costs so we’re looking for odd jobs.
‘‘ We can make planter boxes, dog kennels, garden seats, anything really,’’ Bill said.
In the past, the men have also built outdoor equipment for preschools and early childhood centres.
The men can also restore any manner of things and will look at any type of broken wooden articles.
The open day will hopefully also attract those who need jobs doing and those keen on checking out what the group gets up to.
‘‘If you have any projects in mind, pop along and have a chat with us,’’ Bill said.
The open day will also feature wood turning demonstrations.
A fundraising sausage sizzle and refreshments will be available on the day, which will run from 10am-2pm.
The Men’s Shed can be found by going through the alleyway between Warehouse Stationary and Redoubt.
Matamata Community Men’s Shed volunteer Dick Francis at work on the lathe.