Christ­mas cheer at Men’s Shed

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

If Santa ran his own work­shop, you would pos­si­bly find him at the Mata­mata Men’s Shed.

The hard work­ing vol­un­teers at the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion are gear­ing up for Christ­mas, run­ning a spe­cial fundraiser of unique wooden Christ­mas trees and tiered Christ­mas trees.

Sec­re­tary David Brock­le­hurst says the trees are the per­fect adorn­ment for any out­door Christ­mas dis­play, or for some­thing unique to put up in­side. And they are made to or­der.

The men will also soon be dust­ing off Santa’s sleigh and rein­deer, which they made for the Santa Pa­rade for very spe­cial guest, Santa Claus.

It will fea­ture in this year’s pa­rade on De­cem­ber 3.

The Mata­mata Men’s Shed, af­fil­i­ated with the Men’s Shed na­tional body, re­lies on fundrais­ing to op­er­ate.

It has 40 ac­tive mem­bers, with about 14 men work­ing ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day when the shed is open.

‘‘We survive on gen­eros­ity and good will, says Brock­el­hurst.

‘‘It is for re­tired peo­ple with time on their hands and is a way to keep busy and pro­vides ca­ma­raderie. There is al­ways plenty to do and there is some­thing for ev­ery­one, even the non­pro­fes­sion­als,’’ he says.

‘‘You can al­ways learn some­thing from some­one.

‘‘It’s also a way for wives to get rid of their hus­bands for a few hours,’’ he jokes.

It was orig­i­nally started as a re­pair shop, with the men mak­ing a few projects such as wooden toys, on the side to sell as well.

Now, they have veered into tak­ing or­ders to help meet op­er­at­ing costs, while still do­ing re­pairs.

They are work­ing on an or­der of rein­deer and sleigh for some­one and a few planter boxes, wheel bar­rows for a gar­den dis­play are also un­der con­struc­tion.

Brock­el­hurst says they are not try­ing to be an al­ter­nate op­tion for peo­ple hir­ing a trades­man.

All their work is only car­ried out at the Men’s Shed on Rewa Street, they do not do house calls.

With an en­gi­neer­ing depart- ment as well as a wood­work room, their ca­pa­bil­i­ties are quite var­ied and Brock­el­hurst says they en­joy a chal­lenge, so if some­one has a unique idea, they should just go in and chat to the men.

‘‘We charge a rea­son­able price.’’

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Mayor Jan Barnes is a huge sup­porter of the Mata­mata Men’s Shed and acts as their pa­tron. more than

David Brock­le­hurst, Mata­mata Mens Shed.

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