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 Chronicle - - News -

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.

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‘‘ 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.

Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed vol­un­teer Dick Fran­cis at work on the lathe.

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