Build skills and sol­i­dar­ity in the com­mu­nity shed

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The Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed is a place for lo­cal men over 60 to work on projects, share skills, make new friends and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity.

It first opened be­hind Comag, and now has around 20 mem­bers and ‘‘a very strong com­mit­tee work­ing away in the back­ground’’.

The new shed is lo­cated next to Mata­mata Tim­ber and Hard­ware, and can be ac­cessed through the lane be­tween the SPCA Op Shop and Ware­house Sta­tionery.

‘‘Fol­low the signs from Broad­way and come in for a look and a chat,’’ chair­man Bill Hughes said.

Sec­re­tary Pam Dazeley said they were al­ways look­ing for new peo­ple to join.

It was the per­fect source of ca­ma­raderie and friend­ship for many of the mem­bers, she said.

Hughes also en­cour­aged more peo­ple to think about join­ing up.

It didn’t mat­ter if you had a back­ground in car­pen­try or not, he said. ‘‘Come and have a visit.’’ Any­one is wel­come to make a do­na­tion or to pop in and see the men about any fur­ni­ture they have that they would like re­paired or re­fur­bished.

Dona­tions help to cover the cost of run­ning the shed.

The of­fi­cial hours are Tues­day and Thurs­day 10am till 4pm, although there is of­ten some­one there out­side th­ese hours.

Any dona­tions of tools or tim­ber are much ap­pre­ci­ated by the com­mit­tee.

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