Build skills and solidarity in the community shed
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.